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Ivan Cheparinov
I Cheparinov 
Number of games in database: 1,086
Years covered: 1995 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2702 (2697 rapid, 2637 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2713

Overall record: +354 -142 =375 (62.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 215 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (72) 
    B90 B48 B42 B46 B33
 Slav (59) 
    D12 D15 D11 D17 D10
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C95 C67 C78 C65 C84
 King's Indian (37) 
    E92 E94 E60 E97 E62
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    E10 E00 A41 D02 A46
 Queen's Indian (30) 
    E15 E17 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (156) 
    B90 B51 B50 B22 B20
 King's Indian (56) 
    E92 E99 E97 E63 E80
 Sicilian Najdorf (53) 
    B90 B92 B94 B96 B91
 Grunfeld (39) 
    D85 D76 D80 D78 D71
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C65 C67 C78 C93 C95
 English (30) 
    A15 A10 A13 A16 A12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Ivanov vs I Cheparinov, 2004 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs Sutovsky, 2013 1-0
   N Ninov vs I Cheparinov, 2005 0-1
   Wang Yue vs I Cheparinov, 2007 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs Ivanchuk, 2005 1-0
   Carlsen vs I Cheparinov, 2005 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs E Alekseev, 2008 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs L Lang, 1995 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs I Cheparinov, 2005 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs Z Almasi, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   68th Bulgarian Championship (2004)
   69th Bulgarian Championship (2005)
   XI Anibal Open (2005)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Aeroflot Open (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2018)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   European Individual Championships (2010)

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

   🏆 European Individual Chess Championship
   I Cheparinov vs A Pashikian (Mar-28-18) 1/2-1/2
   G Guseinov vs I Cheparinov (Mar-27-18) 1/2-1/2
   I Cheparinov vs E Alekseev (Mar-26-18) 1-0
   B Bok vs I Cheparinov (Mar-25-18) 1/2-1/2
   I Cheparinov vs R Hovhannisyan (Mar-24-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-26-1986, 31 years old) Bulgaria

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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 44; games 1-25 of 1,086  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Navara vs I Cheparinov  0-1291995EU-ch U10C71 Ruy Lopez
2. I Cheparinov vs L Lang 1-0121995EU-ch U10D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Radjabov vs I Cheparinov 1-0371996Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
4. Radjabov vs I Cheparinov 1-0651998Wch U12A26 English
5. I Cheparinov vs C Werner  0-1482000CorusA53 Old Indian
6. L'Ami vs I Cheparinov  0-1442000CorusB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
7. I Cheparinov vs R Bertholee  ½-½252000CorusE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. L Popov vs I Cheparinov  ½-½202000CorusD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
9. I Cheparinov vs A Keatinge-Clay  1-0432000CorusD85 Grunfeld
10. I Cheparinov vs A Romero Holmes  1-0372000CorusA10 English
11. R Bellin vs I Cheparinov  ½-½622000CorusB50 Sicilian
12. Ivkov vs I Cheparinov 0-1532000CorusA36 English
13. I Cheparinov vs Y Visser  ½-½412000CorusE92 King's Indian
14. M Navarro Cia vs I Cheparinov  0-1312000ECh-u20B75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. A Brkic vs I Cheparinov  0-1462001Cat VE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
16. I Cheparinov vs R Milu  ½-½102001Cat VE92 King's Indian
17. D Novakovic vs I Cheparinov  0-1682001Cat VD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
18. I Cheparinov vs B Macanga 1-0342001Cat VA57 Benko Gambit
19. Z Jovanovic vs I Cheparinov  ½-½122001Cat VB25 Sicilian, Closed
20. I Cheparinov vs R Szuhanek  ½-½132001Cat VD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. M Lukic vs I Cheparinov  ½-½102001Cat VA48 King's Indian
22. I Cheparinov vs E Goric  ½-½92001Cat VA55 Old Indian, Main line
23. V I Dimitrov vs I Cheparinov  ½-½82001Cat VD00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. I Cheparinov vs S Mladenov  1-041200165th ch-BULE92 King's Indian
25. E Janev vs I Cheparinov  ½-½40200165th ch-BULB50 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-25-08  dx9293: Cheparinov is sacrificing all of his "stuff" for Topalov. That explains his recent poor results, though I agree 0-4 is absolutely horrid!
Apr-28-08  Billy Vaughan: Hey, Cheparinov is no longer last place. Two wins in a row.....definitely picking up the pace.
May-02-08  yalie: make that three wins .. and counting. He beat Radjabov today.
May-08-08  Billy Vaughan: Won his first game at M-Tel Masters.
May-10-08  Billy Vaughan: Cheparinov's voice is really high:
May-18-08  Billy Vaughan: 4th at M-tel. Did anybody notice that he did exactly the same in both round robins?

Lost to Ivanchuk both times
Lost to Topalov both times
Tied Radjabov both times
Tied Aronian both times
Beat Bu both times

May-19-08  diabloprancer: <Billy Vaughan: Cheparinov's voice is really high> Yeah, that surprised me when I saw the video. That combined with the petty Nigel Short incident makes Cheparinov seem a rather girly whiner.

May-19-08  Rubion: Actually Topalov's voice is fairly high pitched and whiny as well. You don't think Dainalov might of .... no surely not.
May-19-08  Open Defence: well they could always join the boys choir if so....
May-21-08  Billy Vaughan: Maybe it's a Bulgarian thing? You know how people from different regions speak, even besides accents, a Briton generally speaks at a higher pitch than an American. Perhaps in Bulgaria they talk really high!

Though Chepa's voice is still unusual......his voice is around middle C; most girls I know talk lower :p

May-21-08  sallom89: <Rubion: Actually Topalov's voice is fairly high pitched and whiny as well. You don't think Dainalov might of .... no surely not.>

i donno.

May-21-08  MichAdams: It's all to do with hormones in the womb or something. Chepa should take a shot of HGH.
May-21-08  Billy Vaughan: <sallom89> That HAS to be Topalov's chessgames picture ;)
May-21-08  sallom89: <Billy Vaughan> why not? it looks awesome!

NOT, lol.

i wanted it to be my avatar a while ago though.

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  wallytherhino: If you look at his profile picture it becomes a perfect endorsement for Coca-Cola.
May-22-08  WarrenHam: Cheparinov's voice is unnaturally high, Topolav's just high. Bulgarian Ari Leschnikoff was known to sing high f without falsetto. Cheparinov has a male alto voice. I know a researcher Toufik M., whose voice is even more extreme. Would be interesting to hear a doctor's explanation.
May-22-08  Billy Vaughan: <WarrenHam: Cheparinov's voice is unnaturally high, Topolav's just high. Bulgarian Ari Leschnikoff was known to sing high f without falsetto. Cheparinov has a male alto voice. I know a researcher Toufik M., whose voice is even more extreme. Would be interesting to hear a doctor's explanation.>

Damn, I have trouble with F the octave down! It would be fascinating if Chepa got vocal training; with his high notes and airy tone, he really would sound a lot like a girl or young kid.

May-22-08  Augalv: When I listened Cheparinov por the first time I was kind of shocked.
Aug-11-08  Shadarshin: <Billy Vaughan: Maybe it's a Bulgarian thing?>

NO. I don't think they sound as bad in Bulgarian, maybe it's the way they learn and speak English. But definetely not all Bulgarians are like that; some have very deep voices.

Aug-11-08  m00natic: <<Shadarshin> some have very deep voices> yeah, for example
Aug-11-08  Stonehenge: Funny voices:
Aug-31-08  sallom89: < Stonehenge: Funny voices:;

lmao! lol.

Jan-15-09  bharatiy: All the Chepa fans shuld have a look at this
Feb-21-09  spreadsanity: Cheparinov's voice:

Alan Partridge: "One more thing, are you a boy or a girl?" Cheparinov: "I'm a boy!"
Alan Partridge - "Really?"
Cheparinov: "My name is Ivan!"
Alan Partridge - "It could be Ivanna! Well you sound like a girl!" Cheparinov- "I'm a boy and my name is Ivan!"

May-03-09  WhiteRook48: that's dumb!
I only know this guy from his forfeit for refusing to shake hands with Short.
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