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M Bobotsov 
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Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau
Milko Bobotsov
Number of games in database: 746
Years covered: 1950 to 1991
Overall record: +225 -149 =372 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (61) 
    E81 E80 E87 E88 E82
 English, 1 c4 e5 (33) 
    A25 A28 A26 A21 A22
 English (33) 
    A16 A17 A10 A18 A14
 Grunfeld (25) 
    D94 D80 D98 D81 D72
 Queen's Indian (23) 
    E12 E14 E19 E15 E13
 English, 1 c4 c5 (21) 
    A36 A34 A35 A39 A38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (132) 
    B98 B90 B92 B93 B44
 Sicilian Najdorf (51) 
    B98 B90 B92 B93 B97
 King's Indian (50) 
    E83 E62 E63 E92 E70
 English, 1 c4 c5 (31) 
    A36 A37 A30 A34 A39
 Nimzo Indian (27) 
    E52 E41 E43 E36 E46
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C72 C97 C79 C64 C87
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Bobotsov vs F Bohatirchuk, 1954 1-0
   M Bobotsov vs A Kolarov, 1971 1-0
   M Bobotsov vs J Kozma, 1966 1-0
   M Bobotsov vs Ivkov, 1966 1/2-1/2
   M Bobotsov vs O M Hindle, 1967 1-0
   V Cibulka vs M Bobotsov, 1966 0-1
   D Marovic vs M Bobotsov, 1961 0-1
   M Bobotsov vs Hort, 1968 1/2-1/2
   K Langeweg vs M Bobotsov, 1968 0-1
   M Bobotsov vs S Muehlberg, 1957 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow (1967)
   Hastings 1959/60 (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1963 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   1965 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Busum (1969) by zanzibar
   Hastings 1959/60 by suenteus po 147

   M Bobotsov vs A Kolarov, 1971

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(born Sep-30-1931, died Apr-03-2000, 68 years old) Bulgaria

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Milko Georgiev Bobotsov was born on the 30th of September (and not October as some sources claim) 1931 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He was Bulgarian Champion in 1958 and was awarded the IM title in 1960 and the GM title in 1961. He was Bulgaria's first grandmaster and his most notable tournament results were 1st at Varna 1957, 2nd= at Moscow (1967) and 1st at Sarajevo 1971. Bobotsov also played on eight Bulgarian Olympiad teams but after suffering a stroke in 1972 his international play was somewhat curtailed. He was married to Antonia Ivanova.

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 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 746  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Stulik vs M Bobotsov  1-056 1950 CSR-BULC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
2. M Bobotsov vs J Sefc 1-062 1950 CSR-BULC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
3. M Bobotsov vs L Alster  1-034 1950 CSR-BULB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. V Stulik vs M Bobotsov  1-041 1950 CSR-BULC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
5. E Kuebart vs M Bobotsov  0-152 1952 MiedzyzdrojeA45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Z Milev vs M Bobotsov  ½-½73 1952 MiedzyzdrojeA04 Reti Opening
7. M Bobotsov vs I Grynfeld  0-142 1952 MiedzyzdrojeC41 Philidor Defense
8. H Szapiel vs M Bobotsov  0-159 1952 Miedzyzdroje +E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
9. M Bobotsov vs W Litmanowicz  ½-½91 1952 MiedzyzdrojeC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. M Bobotsov vs K Makarczyk  ½-½41 1952 MiedzyzdrojeB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
11. B Koch vs M Bobotsov 1-046 1952 MiedzyzdrojeB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
12. M Bobotsov vs E Arlamowski  ½-½68 1952 MiedzyzdrojeB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. S Gawlikowski vs M Bobotsov  0-150 1952 MiedzyzdrojeE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
14. K Plater vs M Bobotsov  ½-½59 1952 MiedzyzdrojeA03 Bird's Opening
15. Balanel vs M Bobotsov  0-141 1952 MiedzyzdrojeE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
16. M Bobotsov vs A Tarnowski 0-187 1952 MiedzyzdrojeC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. M Bobotsov vs Sliwa  1-050 1952 MiedzyzdrojeC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. M Bobotsov vs A Pytlakowski ½-½94 1952 MiedzyzdrojeE14 Queen's Indian
19. Szily vs M Bobotsov 1-043 1952 MiedzyzdrojeB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
20. S Szabo vs M Bobotsov  1-072 1952 MiedzyzdrojeB20 Sicilian
21. M Bobotsov vs E Bakonyi  1-037 1952 MiedzyzdrojeA47 Queen's Indian
22. M Bobotsov vs Uhlmann 1-061 1953 MatchC19 French, Winawer, Advance
23. M Bobotsov vs G Palmason 1-028 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-AE14 Queen's Indian
24. M Bobotsov vs H Kramer  ½-½43 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-AE14 Queen's Indian
25. M Bobotsov vs Panno  1-035 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-AA53 Old Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-31-04  Resignation Trap: Bulgaria's first GM. Most notable result: 2nd-4th at Moscow, 1967.

Ever wonder how to win with two Knights vs. one Pawn? Try this:

Bobotsov vs Bogatyrchuk, 1954

Jan-31-04  Dick Brain: Long, long ago I spent a very long (i.e. way too much) time analyzing two knight vs pawn endgames. I believe this is one of the mistakes that I have made over the years that kept me from becoming a good player.
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  Benzol: Milko Georgiev Bobotsov
Born 30th September 1931 in Plovdiv
Bulgarian champion in 1958 he was awarded his IM title in 1960 and the GM title in 1961.
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  IMlday: It may be gossip but what I heard was that Bobotsov got a really high rating but then was in a car wreck and came out a vegetable. Nevertheless the Bulgars propped him up for a few tournaments to get his rating points back into the pool. (Caveat lector--this may just be anti-Bulgar propaganda.)
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  IMlday: Milko at his best:
Kavalek vs Bobotsov, 1972
Nov-04-05  stanleys: Milko Bobotsov is also known for his game against GM Ivkov(Beveren/1966),where he castled at the 46th move(maybe a world record?)
Dec-14-05  stanleys: Little information for chessgames:GM Bobotsov died in 2000
May-12-06  BIDMONFA: Milko Bobotsov


May-12-06  Daodejing: @ stanleys:

Latest castling was at move 48. So Bobotsov should have wait 3 Moves...


Jul-03-08  GreaseMonkey: According to John Grefe in Chess Life and Review (Jan 75), Bobotsov did indeed have a stroke - after the Skopje Olympiad in 1972. Grefe was playing at Varna 1974 when Bobotsov reappeared and made 2 out of 15. One of his draws was against Grefe!
Mar-01-09  great uncle bulgaria: siblings - cream-o and cheese-o
Aug-22-09  Dredge Rivers: Do the Bobot!
Sep-30-15  Mating Net: I can't help but think of this game every time I see Bobotsov's name. M Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958
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  eternaloptimist: His name has got to be 1 of the coolest names ever. He was Bulgaria's 1st GM & players like Topa followed his lead. <Mating Net> Lol that's a nice pun!
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