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Ivan Cheparinov
I Cheparinov 
Number of games in database: 996
Years covered: 1995 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2688 (2713 rapid, 2672 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2713

Overall record: +328 -135 =356 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 177 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (68) 
    B90 B48 B42 B46 B33
 Slav (56) 
    D12 D15 D11 D17 D10
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C95 C67 C78 C65 C84
 King's Indian (33) 
    E92 E60 E97 E94 E99
 French Defense (28) 
    C18 C11 C10 C05 C03
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    E00 E10 A41 D02 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (149) 
    B90 B51 B50 B22 B20
 King's Indian (56) 
    E92 E97 E99 E63 E81
 Sicilian Najdorf (49) 
    B90 B92 B94 B96 B91
 Grunfeld (39) 
    D85 D76 D80 D78 D97
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C67 C65 C78 C93 C89
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    A45 E10 D02 A40 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Cheparinov vs Sutovsky, 2013 1-0
   N Ninov vs I Cheparinov, 2005 0-1
   J Ivanov vs I Cheparinov, 2004 0-1
   Wang Yue vs I Cheparinov, 2007 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs E Alekseev, 2008 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs L Lang, 1995 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs Z Almasi, 2006 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs Ivanchuk, 2005 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs I Cheparinov, 2005 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs Stellwagen, 2005 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   XI Anibal Open (2005)
   68th Bulgarian Championship (2004)
   69th Bulgarian Championship (2005)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Corus Group B (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Cheparinov! by larrewl
   2005 Corus (group B) by gauer

   I Cheparinov vs Wang Hao (Mar-17-17) 1/2-1/2
   Yi Xu vs I Cheparinov (Mar-16-17) 1/2-1/2
   I Cheparinov vs Anh Khoi Nguyen (Mar-16-17) 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs Tuan Minh Le (Mar-15-17) 1/2-1/2
   I Cheparinov vs D Saduakassova (Mar-14-17) 1-0

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(born Nov-26-1986, 30 years old) Bulgaria

[what is this?]
Ivan Cheparinov was born in Asenovgrad in 1986. He learned to play chess at age five, and progressed quickly enough to win the junior championship of Bulgaria in 2000. He then took the overall Bulgarian championship in 2004, the same year he became a grandmaster. He went on to win the Bulgarian championship in 2005 and 2012.

Since then, Cheparinov has put together some notable tournament successes, including joint second at Pamplona 2005 and clear first at the 2006 Essent Open. He took part in the FIDE World Cup (2005), eliminating Alexei Fedorov and Vassily Ivanchuk before losing his third-round match with Magnus Carlsen in quick-play tie-break. He advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2007 World Cup, winning against Wang Yue and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, among others, before again being knocked out by Carlsen. Nonetheless, his accomplishments raised his rating enough to qualify him as a participant in the inaugural FIDE Grand Prix series. In 2012, he came =1st (2nd on tiebreak) at the Albena Open (2012) held in Bulgaria, with a score of 7/9 and clear 1st in the Varna Open with 6.5/9. In March 2013, he scored 6.5/9 at the Karpos Open, a half point from the lead. In August 2013, he scored 8/10 to place =2nd at the Politiken Cup (2013). In February 2014, he won the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) in a blitz tiebreaker ahead of co-leaders Vassily Ivanchuk and Nikita Vitiugov.

Cheparinov qualified via his result at the European Individual Championships (2014) (=9th with 7.5/11) for the World Cup (2015), where he was knocked out of the contest upon a first round loss to former World Junior Champion Alexander Ipatov.

Cheparinov, the Bulgarian number 2, is also well-known for his role as a second to former FIDE World Champion and Bulgarian number 1 Veselin Topalov. He is credited with finding several of the opening novelties unleashed by his countryman during the past few years, for example the move 12. Nxf7 in Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008.

Wikipedia article: Ivan Cheparinov

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 996  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Navara vs I Cheparinov  0-129 1995 EU-ch U10C71 Ruy Lopez
2. I Cheparinov vs L Lang 1-012 1995 EU-ch U10D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Radjabov vs I Cheparinov 1-037 1996 Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
4. Radjabov vs I Cheparinov 1-065 1998 Wch U12A26 English
5. I Cheparinov vs C Werner  0-148 2000 CorusA53 Old Indian
6. L'Ami vs I Cheparinov  0-144 2000 CorusB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
7. I Cheparinov vs R Bertholee  ½-½25 2000 CorusE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. L Popov vs I Cheparinov  ½-½20 2000 CorusD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
9. I Cheparinov vs A Keatinge-Clay  1-043 2000 CorusD85 Grunfeld
10. I Cheparinov vs A Romero Holmes  1-037 2000 CorusA10 English
11. R Bellin vs I Cheparinov  ½-½62 2000 CorusB50 Sicilian
12. Ivkov vs I Cheparinov  0-153 2000 CorusA36 English
13. I Cheparinov vs Y Visser  ½-½41 2000 CorusE92 King's Indian
14. M Navarro Cia vs I Cheparinov  0-131 2000 ECh-u20B75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. A Brkic vs I Cheparinov  0-146 2001 Cat VE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
16. I Cheparinov vs R Milu  ½-½10 2001 Cat VE92 King's Indian
17. D Novakovic vs I Cheparinov  0-168 2001 Cat VD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
18. I Cheparinov vs B Macanga 1-034 2001 Cat VA57 Benko Gambit
19. Z Jovanovic vs I Cheparinov  ½-½12 2001 Cat VB25 Sicilian, Closed
20. I Cheparinov vs R Szuhanek  ½-½13 2001 Cat VD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. M Lukic vs I Cheparinov  ½-½10 2001 Cat VA48 King's Indian
22. I Cheparinov vs E Goric  ½-½9 2001 Cat VA55 Old Indian, Main line
23. V Dimitrov vs I Cheparinov  ½-½8 2001 Cat VD00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. I Cheparinov vs S Mladenov  1-041 2001 65th ch-BULE92 King's Indian
25. E Janev vs I Cheparinov  ½-½40 2001 65th ch-BULB50 Sicilian
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 996  PGN Download
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Dec-15-10  Eti fan: With replayable games, currently close to the leaders
Apr-08-11  checkmateyourmove: i would say one of his wins in this years euro championships deserves to be on his memorable games here.
Oct-25-11  plimko: Creative play:

[Event "Corsica Masters 2011"]
[Site "Corsica/France"]
[Date "2011.10.24"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Cheparinov, Ivan"]
[Black "Pesotskyi, Vitalii"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B12"]
[WhiteElo "2650"]
[BlackElo "2268"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2011.??.??"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 b5 2. e4 c6 3. Nf3 e6 4. a4 b4 5. d5 Bc5 6. dxe6 fxe6 7. e5 Qb6 8. Bd3 Bxf2+ 9. Ke2 Bc5 10. a5 Qc7 11. Nbd2 d5 12. exd6 Bxd6 13. Nc4 Nf6 14. Bxh7 Bxh2 15. Rxh2 Rxh7 16. Rxh7 Nxh7 17. Nd6+ Kf8 18. Ne5 Ba6+ 19. Kf2 Nd7 20. Ng6+ Kg8 21. Bf4 Ndf6 22. Nc8 e5 23. Nce7+ Kf7 24. Nxe5+ Ke8 25. Qf3 Ng5 26. Bxg5 Qxe5 27. Bxf6 gxf6 28. Qxc6+ Kf7 29. Qd5+ Qxd5 30. Nxd5 Rb8 31. Re1 Rb5 32. Re7+ Kg6 33. Nf4+ Kf5 34. Ne2 Rxa5 35. Rxa7 Ra2 36. Ke3 Ke5 37. Nf4 Bc4 38. Rxa2 Bxa2 39. Nd3+ Kd6 40. b3 Bb1 41. Kd2 1-0

Oct-25-11  frogbert: weird. the last 30 moves of this game are pure tactics.
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  Penguincw: Cheparinov downed Robert Lee Hess (I Cheparinov vs R Hess, 2012) with white today to stay a perfect 5/5 at the Reykjavik Open (2012).

Normally, this would give him solo lead, however Ivan Sokolov also won his game today to stay perfect.

Tomorrow, the two "Ivan"s face off. Only one (or none) can stay perfect.

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  twinlark: Congratulations to GM Cheparinov for his result at the Albena Masters.
Aug-01-12  Troller: <Premium Chessgames Member Penguincw: Cheparinov downed Robert Lee Hess (I Cheparinov vs R Hess, 2012) with white today to stay a perfect 5/5 at the Reykjavik Open (2012).

Normally, this would give him solo lead, however Ivan Sokolov also won his game today to stay perfect.

Tomorrow, the two "Ivan"s face off. Only one (or none) can stay perfect.>

How history repeats itself: in the current Politiken Cup (2012), Chepa starts out again with 5/5, but without solo lead, as Jonny Hector also has 5/5. These two combative players meet in rd 6. But had Hector lost his round 5 game against Ivan Sokolov instead of winning it, we'd have had the same situation as in Reykjavik...

A host of players including Vladimir Malakhov, Jacob Aagaard, Robert Markus, Alexey Dreev and Erwin L'Ami among others are on 4˝.

Aug-05-12  SimonWebbsTiger: congrats to Ivan who won this year's Politiken Cup (on tie break).

The final standings are on this link

Sep-19-12  Rata999: Congrats on winning the tournament in Bulgaria. His 5th title this year! Truely amazing!
Sep-19-12  theodor: derzai, brato!
Sep-19-12  theodor: <bharatiy: All the Chepa fans shuld have a look at this>>... dear friend, dont you think ther's a reason for Chepa's behaviour? Dont put your post out of context! That's not fair!
Sep-25-12  Rata999: 2709,8 after the Bulgarian team chess championship 6th title this year!Deserved congrats GM Cheparinov!
Aug-01-13  SimonWebbsTiger: Ivan is on fire. He won Politiken Cup 2012 and is on course to win again this year. 6/6. Round 7 underway now.
Oct-06-13  ChessVip: Richard Rapport from Hungary, Julio Granda from Peru,Ivan Cheparinov from Bulgaria,Lázaro Bruzón from Cuba and Iván Salgado from Spain are playing Entre Faros International Chess Tournament
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to 27 year old Bulgarian GM Ivan Cheparinov!
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  ketchuplover: Kudos on ROCKing Gibraltar!
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  Penguincw: I know this is kinda late, but congratulations to Ivan Cheparinov for winning the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) tournament, where he edged out Vassily Ivanchuk and Nikita Vitiugov on tiebreaks. He did not face either of those players, but it would've been interesting if he did. He also edged out 7 players by half a point, and 16 more by a full point.

Cheparinov scored +6 (+6,-0,=4) in the tournament, which got him 6 rating points, bumping his rating from 2672 to 2678. He now moves within 22 points of the "2700 club", somewhere he hasn't been since May of 2013, when he hit exactly 2700.

Jun-09-14  waustad: With his 9th round win over Vladimir Akopian he's some winner of the Albena Grand Europe cup.
Nov-26-14  Mr. V: Cheparinov reminds me of Efim Geller in his agressive play and his role as a creative opening theorist.
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  MissScarlett: <his role as a creative opening theorist.>

May we have some examples?

Nov-27-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<MissScarlet>

One novelty comes to mind: his Nxf7 in the anti-Moscow Gambit in this famous game Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008

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  wordfunph: Ivan Cheparinov (2690) - Wesley So (2779)

1-0 in 55 moves.


Aug-15-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: He taught a player 89 elo points higher than his a chess lesson. What a nice drubbing.
Aug-15-15  shintaro go: ahahahahaha talo sa isang 2400 player si Chuparinov ahahahahaha
Sep-28-15  The Kings Domain: Rude. Wonder what his issue was with Short.
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