|Dec-08-03|| ||Eggman: This guy wrote a book called "Beating the Caro-Kann", espousing the advance variation. The book features an 18-page introductory section discussing the ideas behind this variation. |
Every opening book should have such a section. The best opening book I've seen!
|Jan-16-04|| ||Megawat: Well done in Hastings! |
|Jan-16-04|| ||AdrianP: He's one of the few players getting decent results with the King's Indian in recent times:
(see 2000-2004) and for a good example see his game against Nielsen at Hastings in "Notable Games" on this page.
|Aug-30-04|| ||WMD: "Unfortunately the flagship event the British Championship is under a cloud after what is effectively a boycott by all England's top players.|
"Only two of England's twenty seven Grandmasters have entered and this is undoubtedly due to the ridiculous BCF regulation permitting any Commonwealth master to play in the Championship. Players, journalists and others have been calling for a change in the rules for many years. There were renewed calls for change in this column after the relative unknown RB Ramesh made the last Championship ' an Indian takeaway' and scooped the £10,000 first prize in the face of limited opposition. Even as far back as 1999, GMs John Emms and Chris Ward submitted a well supported with a petition calling for reform.
"There are no fees offered to the titled players and England internationals are not even offered expenses and with so many strong foreign players in the field the tournament is highly unlikely to be worthwhile for a professional English player. They have voted with their feet. The highest ranked Englishman at Edinburgh is Nick Pert who is the English number twenty three after that comes GM Peter Wells at number twenty six.
"As usual there are plenty of players from India, I counted thirteen in the Championship many of whom have sponsorship and can afford to come and play and they will make off with much of the prize fund. The situation is made even more absurd this year with the top seed being a Cypriot, GM Vasilios Kotronias who recently entered the Commonwealth when he left the Greek Chess Federation. The majority of entries to the British Women's Championship are from India."
|Aug-30-04|| ||Lawrence: That of course was last year. |
|Mar-24-05|| ||cu8sfan: <He's one of the few players getting decent results with the King's Indian in recent times> Joseph G Gallagher is also playing the KID with quite a bit of success. |
|Mar-24-05|| ||WTHarvey: Here are some of Vasilios's early mates and 'must win' positions not shown here: http://www.wtharvey.com/kotr.html |
|Jun-05-05|| ||Benzol: I'm afraid the only game of his I've seen is this one P Garbett vs Kotronias, 1990|
|Jun-05-05|| ||cade3: he's the top player from Greece/Cyprus. also got a new book called "Beating the Petroff".|
|Jun-29-05|| ||mazetas: Kotronias is a Greek player not Cypriot(he born and live in Athens). he took the Cypriot citizenship for political reason (he wants to fortify the Cypriot chess). Now he plays chess again under the Greek flag.|
|Jun-30-05|| ||niemzo: Great performance in the european championship with 8/12. He had some time to achieve such a result which is why he is out of top 100 list|
|Mar-26-06|| ||Loisp: here is a novelty against fritz 5.32(in 1998) 18...a5
[White "FRITZ 5"]
[Black "Kotronias V"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8.
O-O-O O-O 9. f4 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 Qa5 11. Bc4 Bd7 12. e5 dxe5 13. fxe5 Bc6 14. Bd2
Nd7 15. Nd5 Qd8 16. Nxe7+ Qxe7 17. Rhe1 Rfc8 18. Bf1 a5 19. Qg4 Qc5 20. Bc3 Bd5
21. Kb1 b5 22. Bd3 b4 23. Bd4 Qe7 24. Be3 Nxe5 25. Bxh7+ Kxh7 26. Qh5+ Kg8 27.
Qxe5 f6 28. Qd4 Rc4 29. Qb6 Be4 30. Re2 Rac8 31. Rdd2 a4 32. Bd4 Bf5 33. h3 e5
34. g4 Bg6 35. Bf2 Kh7 36. Qe3 Qc7 37. g5 Rxc2 38. Rxc2 Bxc2+ 39. Ka1 Bd1 40.
Qe4+ Kh8 41. Re1 Qc1+ 42. Qb1 Qxb1+ 43. Kxb1 Bc2+ 44. Kc1 Bg6+ 45. Kd1 Kg8 46.
gxf6 gxf6 47. Re3 Bb1 48. Be1 Bxa2 49. Bxb4 Bb3+ 50. Ke1 Rc1+ 51. Kf2 Rc2+ 52.
Re2 Rc4 53. Ba3 Kf7 54. Rd2 f5 55. Rd6 Rc2+ 56. Kf3 Be6 57. h4 f4 58. Ke4 Re2+
59. Kf3 Re3+ 60. Kg2 Rh3 61. Ra6 Rxh4 62. Ra7+ Kg6 63. Ra5 e4 64. Ra6 Kf5 65.
Ra5+ Kf6 66. Bd6 Rg4+ 67. Kf2 Bb3 68. Ra6 Kf5 69. Ra5+ Ke6 70. Bc7 Kd7 71. Ra7
Kc6 72. Be5 e3+ 73. Kf3 Bd1+ 74. Ke4 e2 75. Bc3 f3+ 76. Ke3 Rg1 77. Rf7 e1=Q+
78. Bxe1 Rxe1+ 79. Kd2 Rf1 0-1
|Jun-20-06|| ||offramp: Isn't the world's tallest building named after him?|
|Aug-24-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Vasilios Kotronias|
|Jul-29-08|| ||DarthStapler: The Burj Dubai?|
|Aug-25-08|| ||whiteshark: Χρόνια πολλά!|
|Nov-26-08|| ||DIO: Congratulations for the Olympic medal Mr. Kotronias!!!|
|Dec-31-11|| ||Birthday Boy: Wow, nice record against the Caro-Kann. Lots of 1-0.|
|Feb-16-14|| ||offramp: < Birthday Boy: Wow, nice record against the Caro-Kann. Lots of 1-0...>|
Well spotted! +28 =17 -4. The losses are all long games.
|Mar-17-14|| ||GrahamClayton: A nice finish by Kotronias against Ioannis Stathopoulos at Vrachati in 2013:|
click for larger view
27. ♘e5+ fxe5 28. ♕f3+ ♔e8 29. ♖xd8+ ♕xd8 30. ♖g7 ♕b8 31. ♕f7+ 1-0
|Aug-25-15|| ||eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the 8-time Greek Chess Championship champ GM Kotronias!|
|Aug-25-15|| ||diagonal: Happy birthday to GM Kotronias, winner of the very first <Gibraltar Festival>:|
Of course, the Open field in 2003 at Gibraltar's inaugural edition wasn't that large compared with today, but already pretty strong, and it's always nice to be the first name in the winner list of a traditional tournament series :)
Vasilios Kotronias, won on tie-break over Nigel Short, beating his co-winner in the fifth round: Kotronias vs Short, 2003
|Mar-07-16|| ||notyetagm: Ilya Smirin|
A new book by Smirin is coming out from Quality Chess, of course on the King's Indian Defense:
<I am also working on a book provisionally called (tongue in cheek) King’s Indian Warfare by Ilya Smirin. <<<This will be a how-to-play book that supplements Kotronias’ five book series perfectly,>>> by maybe the most creative grandmaster alive. The material is fantastic. The book will need some editing, but it is simply a remarkable draft.>
|Sep-27-16|| ||diagonal: Kotronias is now a ten-time national Greek champion (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2006, 2010, and 2014).|
Won or shared first places:
Nikaia (Open) 1984, Athens Acropolis (Invitational, 12th) 1988, Kavala (Open) 1991, Gausdal Troll Masters 1992 (among others, alongside with young Vladimir Kramnik), Wijk aan Zee, Sonnevanck Master 1992 (closed invitation, ahead of joint Van Wely and Nijboer), Gausdal Troll Masters 1993, Komotini GP (Open) 1993, Corfu Open 1993, Gausdal International (Open) 1995, Ankara Zonal 1995 (shared), Rishon Le Zion GM 1996 (with Alterman, ahead of Yudasin, 10 players), Korinthos Open 1997, Panormo Zonal 1998 (shared), Glifada Open 2001, Gausdal Classics GM 2002 (joint with Kualots, best on tie-break, and Lie; 7./8. young Magnus Carlsen), Thessaloniki, White Tower Open 2002, <Gibraltar Open 2003 (inaugural edition of the series, joint with Short)>, Athens Acropolis (Invitational, 18th) 2003, Kavala Open 2003, <Hastings 2003/2004 (the last edition which has been played as a round robin, joint with Rowson)>, Korinthos Open 2004, Thessaloniki, Kalamaria Open 2005 and 2007, Capelle-la-Grande-Open 2008 (shared with seven other players, Gashimov winning on tie-break), Nikaia (Open) 2014, first with a clean score of 9/9, Ikaros Open (Aegean Open Championship) 2016.
Best ELO rating: 2628 in 2008. Highest ELO ranking: no. 44= in FIDE list July - December 1996.