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Nikolay N Minev
  
Number of games in database: 601
Years covered: 1953 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2370
Highest rating achieved in database: 2428

Overall record: +155 -128 =318 (52.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (47) 
    B22 B40 B93 B23 B25
 King's Indian (29) 
    E71 E61 E86 E81 E80
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E46 E41 E43 E59 E21
 Modern Benoni (14) 
    A56 A58 A67 A64 A62
 King's Pawn Game (12) 
    C44
 Grunfeld (12) 
    D94 D80 D87 D79 D82
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B32 B60 B59 B57 B58
 Semi-Slav (26) 
    D45 D46 D43 D47 D44
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C67 C63 C75 C92 C70
 French Defense (22) 
    C11 C12 C02 C03 C05
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E56 E41 E25 E46 E31
 French (15) 
    C11 C12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Minev vs Doda, 1963 1-0
   N Minev vs I Novak, 1974 1-0
   N Minev vs Kavalek, 1963 1-0
   S Hamann vs N Minev, 1963 0-1
   Uhlmann vs N Minev, 1963 0-1
   N Minev vs O Neikirch, 1954 1-0
   N Minev vs Korchnoi, 1954 1-0
   N Minev vs Wojtkiewicz, 1999 1-0
   N Minev vs L Popov, 1960 1-0
   N Minev vs B Pietrusiak, 1967 1-0

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NIKOLAY N MINEV
(born Nov-08-1931, died Mar-10-2017, 85 years old) Bulgaria (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Nikolay Nikolayev Minev was born in Ruse (Ruscuk), Bulgaria. Awarded the IM title in 1960, he was Bulgarian champion in 1953 (after play-off), 1965 and 1966 (after play-off). Together with John William Donaldson, he authored two definitive works on Akiba Rubinstein. Minev died on March 10, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

Wikipedia article: Nikolay Minev

Last updated: 2018-05-18 08:38:06

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 601  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Bruechner vs N Minev  ½-½371953BUL-GDRB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
2. N Minev vs S Bruechner 0-1241953BUL-GDRC05 French, Tarrasch
3. O Neikirch vs N Minev  ½-½601954BUL-ch mD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. N Minev vs O Neikirch  1-0281954BUL-ch mD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. N Minev vs O Neikirch  1-0511954BUL-ch mA02 Bird's Opening
6. O Neikirch vs N Minev  1-0311954BUL-ch mA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
7. O Neikirch vs N Minev  1-0341954BUL-ch mE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
8. N Minev vs Korchnoi 1-0291954OsloB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. N Minev vs Filip  ½-½371954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Sliwa vs N Minev  ½-½151954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. N Minev vs I Solin  1-0581954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Uhlmann vs N Minev  ½-½241954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
13. N Minev vs G Kluger  1-0481954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalC47 Four Knights
14. Pachman vs N Minev  1-0481954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalC44 King's Pawn Game
15. N Minev vs B Hodja  1-0301954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
16. G Barcza vs N Minev  1-0831954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalA21 English
17. E R Lundin vs N Minev  ½-½411954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Stahlberg vs N Minev  ½-½661954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
19. N Minev vs Eigil Pedersen  ½-½211954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. N Minev vs G Palmason  0-1351954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalA20 English
21. N Minev vs F Olafsson  ½-½211954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalC44 King's Pawn Game
22. N Minev vs Sajtar  ½-½251954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. V Ciocaltea vs N Minev  ½-½161954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalC57 Two Knights
24. N Minev vs Balanel  ½-½171954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalC15 French, Winawer
25. Szabo vs N Minev  1-0571954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-06-05  WorldChampeen: Minev has authored a number of books, 2 on the French Defense including a grand number of miniatures and an all round great collection of hundreds of games. He has written other books. As of 1988, he was living in Seattle.
Jul-21-08  jakaiden: I have 4 books by IM Minev - The French Defense 2, The Dutch Defense, Mastering Tactical Ideas, and The Sicilian Defense: The Last Decade. All books are excellent and highly recommended for your library. The first 2 I mentioned are published by Thinker's Press which makes them even better. He offers many old and new ideas in his annotations. Nice work!
Aug-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Passport photograph? : http://www.newinchess.com/Common/Im...
Jun-13-09  myschkin: . . .

"The Minev Project"

http://www.thechesslibrary.com/mine...

Nov-26-09  Adirondacker: For me, his best book was "A Practical Guide To Rook and Pawn Endgames". Of course two weeks after I bought it, they came out with the version that includes the CD (see here, for example: http://shop.chesscafe.com/item.asp?...) - I think the USCF has a bundle with the book and CD. What I love about Minev is he explains the "WHY". He doesn't gradually (nor rapidly!) lose the reader with deep theoretical stuff, but "keeps it real" for the beginner & intermediate player - and this was his goal. I say "Mission Accomplished!" Nikolay! I own over 30 chess books (yeah, I KNOW that's not a LOT, but...) and Minev's is by FAR the best & most instructive.
Dec-19-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Working through "A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames" right now. Probably one of the top 3 endgame books I've seen.
Jan-05-14  BIDMONFA: Nikolay Minev

MINEV, Nikolay
http://www.bidmonfa.com/minev_nikol...
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Mar-16-17  pazzed paun: R.I.P.
IM Minev
Jul-17-17  diagonal: R.I.P. IM Nikolay Minev

Hopefully, his Chess Library Website with tournament crosstables will not be inactivated (as it happened i.e. with endgame.nl, briefly after its editor died).

http://www.thechesslibrary.com/

THE CHESS LIBRARY - Tournament crosstables, from the 1800s to the 1980s, particularly chess from the time immediately following WWII, through about 1980, the active professional period of bulgarian (then U.S.) IM and noted author Nikolay Minev.

May-18-18  takchess: https://new.uschess.org/news/nikola...

Also this is a very good book.

Game Collection: mastering Tactical ideas by minev

May-18-18  takchess: An interview
https://derricksblog.wordpress.com/...
Jan-24-19  GM Maybe: Minev was the trainer of our favourite comentator, Yasser Seirawan. In one of his videos, think it was the game Nezhmetdinov-Polugaevsky, Yasser said: "In the words of my coach Nikolai Minev, White is going to die with the full tummy"...
May-02-19  Telemus: What is the opinion about his reliability as an author?
May-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Well, I think its safe to say he won't be writing any more books.
May-02-19  JimNorCal: I've heard it said that some books are "ghost" written. So, there's that.
May-03-19  Telemus: <JimNorCal> Interesting. Thanks!

I thought a co-author of Donaldson should not fall under a certain level. Wrong! There is one of his contributions at chesscafe.com which disproves this assumption easily. And unsurprisingly some of the alternative facts made it to Edochess.

May-04-19  Telemus: Some details fwiw. I found somewhere a game Tarrasch vs Alapin and wondered about the event. Google led me to http://www.edochess.ca/matches/m142... . Its only source is Minev's article: https://web.archive.org/web/2014070..., and there we have this text:

<Unknown Games

Was there an Alapin – Tarrasch match? Officially such a contest is not mentioned in recent chess history. But in 1903/4 many newspapers and chess magazines were involved in a dispute over whether the nine games played between these two in Monaco and Marseilles, at the end of 1902 and beginning of 1903, were match games (as claimed by Alapin), or friendly games (as claimed by Tarrasch).

The games were played with a clock and a normal time control. From the evidence available to me, this was probably some sort of training match, with some pre-conditions – the games, for example, were to be played without spectators, and (probably) the score was not to be released. But a Belgian newspaper published the score anyway: +4, -3, =2, in favor of Alapin.

Tarrasch was furious and used bitter, insulting words against his opponent. Alapin’s answer was more polite, making the point that he had nothing to do with the Belgian publication. He also showed a great deal of satisfaction in the fact that at least Tarrasch did not deny the score.

The result of this dispute was unfortunate for Alapin. After the furor, the German chess press (with Tarrasch and Mieses in the lead) virtually ignored Alapin’s existence for years. As for the games, it is most likely that four are lost forever. At any rate, I did not find them after a fairly thorough search. The other five were published in Wiener Schachzeitung in 1904, but until now were buried between pages 295-299, and not noticed at all.>

Minev's text is incomprehensible to anyone who read and understood WSZ 1903 and 1904.

May-04-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: <yschkin: . . .
"The Minev Project"
http://www.thechesslibrary.com/mine...

Your link regarding the writings of Minev is helpful. Thank you yschkin!

May-04-19  Telemus: <Was there an Alapin – Tarrasch match?> The answer is no. Alapin himself called the term inadequate, because there was no agreement on how many games should be played etc.

<Officially such a contest is not mentioned in recent chess history.> That's wrong. Minev's article appears in the wayback machine in 2011, but the contest is of course covered in Kamm's Tarrasch biography published 2004.

<But in 1903/4 many newspapers and chess magazines were involved in a dispute over whether the nine games played between these two in Monaco and Marseilles, at the end of 1902 and beginning of 1903 ...> The games were played in Marseilles and Monaco (in this order) and all games were played in 1903. The year 1902 appears in WSZ 1904.

<The games were played with a clock and a normal time control.> No. A clock was used only in Marseilles where seven games were played from 29 January to 7 February. The time limit was 15 moves per hour.

<From the evidence available to me, this was probably some sort of training match,..> No match, a series of games, see above.

<.. with some pre-conditions – the games, for example, were to be played without spectators, ...> No, spectators were present in Marseilles and Monaco, too.

<.. , and (probably) the score was not to be released.> I have seen nothing like this. In fact, all games were published (see below).

<But a Belgian newspaper published the score anyway: +4, -3, =2, in favor of Alapin.> Well, not only the score was published in Revue d'Echecs, but also all nine games. But when the first games were published, someone had exchanged the player's names. Thereby it looked like Alapin won clearly. (Someone who can read German, will enjoy Marco's pretty report in WSZ 1903, which start with a score of 6:1 in favor of Alapin and ends +3, -2, =2 in Tarrasch's favor.)

May-04-19  Telemus: So, what was the result really?

In Marseilles, Tarrasch lost the first two games, nut then turned the match in his favor: +3, -2, =2.

The two games in Monaco were played without clock in front of some masters and allegedly some moves were taken back. Both games were won by Alapin.

Alapin preferred to count all nine games, because then the overall result was in his favor. Tarrasch preferred to consider the final games as casual ones.

May-04-19  Telemus: <Tarrasch was furious and used bitter, insulting words against his opponent.> I don't agree. Tarrasch's contribution changes from humour to irony to sarcasm, I would say. But he accused Alapin for the wrong result that resulted from exchanging the names, while Alapin claimed no responsibility for that.

<As for the games, it is most likely that four are lost forever.> It is hard to understand why Minev thought this. As already mentioned: all games were published in 1903 and this is mentioned in WSZ.

<At any rate, I did not find them after a <fairly thorough search>.> .

<The other five were published in Wiener Schachzeitung in 1904, but until now were buried between pages 295-299, and not noticed at all.> Kamm published all nine games.

That's it.

May-04-19  JimNorCal: For the record, I do not claim that any of Minev's books were ghost written.

I was only making a silly joke based on MissS's previous comment that no further Minev-authored books would be forthcoming.

May-06-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: < Kamm published all nine games.>

What is Kamm's take on the matter? Does he suspect Alapin was directly or indirectly behind the publication in <Revue d'Echecs>? Did Alapin ever make the charge that Tarrasch blackballed him?

May-06-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: ***

Some film of the Tarrasch - Alapin 1903 match has surfaced.

https://www.facebook.com/ChessFIDE/...

...and who knows, maybe the 1903 Tarrasch - Alapin dispute which apparently hit the newspaper inspired this piece of slapstick. The claim is that it is the first piece of chess on film.

***

May-06-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <MissSally>, do you think we should alert <Telemuzzz> to the possibility that you're joking?
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