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Grigor Minchev
Number of games in database: 41
Years covered: 1986 to 2004
Highest rating achieved in database: 2331
Overall record: +39 -0 =1 (98.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Three Knights (26) 
    C46
With the Black pieces:
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Minchev vs D Miraschiev, 1986 1-0
   G Minchev vs O Santana, 1987 1-0
   G Minchev vs A Petrov, 1994 1-0
   G Minchev vs K Kolev, 1991 1-0
   Topalov vs G Minchev, 1988 0-1
   G Minchev vs V Velev, 1994 1-0
   G Minchev vs A Turzo, 2004 1-0
   M Pavlov vs G Minchev, 1992 0-1
   I Ivanov vs G Minchev, 1992 0-1
   G Minchev vs S Simeonov, 1994 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
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GRIGOR MINCHEV
Bulgaria

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Grigor Minchev's site is here http://chess-bg.nm.ru/

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Minchev vs M Georgiev  1-017 1986 Sofia (Bulgaria)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. G Minchev vs C Lumumba 1-015 1986 openA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. G Minchev vs B Ganchev 1-013 1986 Sofia (Bulgaria)B02 Alekhine's Defense
4. G Minchev vs P Petkov  1-019 1986 Sofia (Bulgaria)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. G Minchev vs D Miraschiev 1-011 1986 openC46 Three Knights
6. G Minchev vs O Santana 1-076 1987 openA00 Uncommon Opening
7. G Minchev vs V Mechkarov 1-060 1988 openA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Topalov vs G Minchev 0-154 1988 SofiaB57 Sicilian
9. N K Ivanov vs G Minchev 0-138 1988 openC55 Two Knights Defense
10. G Minchev vs Topalov 1-047 1989 SofiaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. G Minchev vs N Dobrev 1-059 1990 SofiaC46 Three Knights
12. G Minchev vs Z Golubovic 1-045 1990 openC46 Three Knights
13. G Minchev vs K Nikov 1-044 1990 SofiaC46 Three Knights
14. G Minchev vs K Kolev 1-037 1991 openA36 English
15. I Hristov vs G Minchev 0-156 1991 openC42 Petrov Defense
16. G Minchev vs Y Stoynov 1-067 1991 openC46 Three Knights
17. G Minchev vs D Veselinov 1-065 1991 openC46 Three Knights
18. G Minchev vs T Taylor 1-079 1992 openC46 Three Knights
19. I Ivanov vs G Minchev 0-130 1992 OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. M Pavlov vs G Minchev 0-161 1992 OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. G Minchev vs P Lambev 1-060 1994 TCh-BULC46 Three Knights
22. V Velev vs G Minchev  0-154 1994 TCh-BULC39 King's Gambit Accepted
23. G Minchev vs V Velev 1-031 1994 Svishtov students tournamentC46 Three Knights
24. G Minchev vs C Vasilev 1-043 1994 TCh-BULC46 Three Knights
25. G Minchev vs S Simeonov 1-037 1994 TCh-BULC46 Three Knights
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
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May-20-07  Akuni: Oops, sorry. I get it now.
Jun-27-08  sharpnova: I still feel this way. There are a lot of interesting lines but nothing seems to even equalize for black after Nxe5.

It's simply such a bizzare move that it hasn't wormed it's way into the hearts of the world's best yet. But when computers are stronger, they will start to play this move on their own.

Then you'll see.

Aug-05-08  WarmasterKron: <sharpnova> I've not played the Halloween much myself, but looking at some of Minchev's games, I'd gladly give up a knight for such a strong pawn on d6.
Oct-31-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Castleinthesky: After more than two years, I still love the Halloween, especially in 5 minute games. It certainly throws all caution to the wind.
Jan-09-09  popski: <Castleinthesky> Yeah, me too! Here's one of my games against Crafty: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=O0JF4...
Jan-11-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Castleinthesky: <Popsky> Great video, I never knew the Halloween could be so stylish.
Feb-23-09  SmotheredKing: I am proud to say I have submitted one of his games to GTM, lets see how many people actually get Nxe5 :P
Feb-25-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  al wazir: Maybe <CG> knows how all these Minchev wins got into the database. In the absence of hard information, my guess is that Minchev himself compiled a collection of his best games and sent them in.

What do you expect from a player whose initials are GM?

Oct-31-09  GaeBulg: Why are only his wins (and one draw) included? Surely, he has lost before?
Nov-01-09  hedgeh0g: He plays in the true spirit of Halloween!
Jul-25-10  meppi: you can argue that - the halloween gambit is unlike other gambits because the game strategy is different. Unlike other gambits where you want superior development to launch fast a middle game attack for checkmate or win of material - the halloween focuses on developing an advanced and strong pawn center especially on the dark squares.

This is then used to to get to cramp blacks position, (or else have the minor piece or pawns offered back for space). Another common theme is white attacking the Queenside rook and the queenside pawns for a endgame with a Q-side pawn majority.

Many halloween gambits finish in the endgame not with a checkmate during the middle game. And I think that is the strategy you need if you want play this gambit.

personally ill only play it against the petrov defense because the petrov gives drawish positions and this gambit can mix it up a bit

Jul-25-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  SatelliteDan: < Can you give the main two lines of the two themes you mentioned, Thanks :).
Jul-26-10  meppi: e4 - e5
nf3 - nc6
nc6 - nf6
nxe5 - nxe5
d4 - nc6
d5 - ne5
f4 - ng6
e5 - ng8
d6...

Theres not much in terms of "main lines" when you compare with other openings. Theres still much to be discovered. Hopefully many interesting novelties. But i think you can see from this position - the dark square grip and the pawn chain - including the strong pawn on d6. check out some of the games you'll see how it is.

Oct-31-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eduardo Bermudez: Halloween specialits !!
Apr-13-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: It seems Minchev never played in international events, hence his lack of FIDE rating. All the games listed are in Bulgaria. Topalov was 14 at the time of his loss. It's just coincidence that Minchev happened to play someone who happened to become a big name.

I can't believe he would outright forge all these games.

Ditto that I've never seen a refutation of the Halloween. It is similar to the Cochrane, although I am more convinced the Cochrane is a sound opening.

Jan-10-14  hstevens129: Is this a real person? He really never lost a single game? Google searches yielded nothing. Quite the mystery.
Jan-10-14  ughaibu: There's four pages of kibitzing, or have you put everyone on ignore?
Jan-10-14  hstevens129: Even more strangely, the link provided in Minchev's chess.com player bio leads to a page at the bottom of which are links to a game called Heroes III. A Google search for Grigor Minchev returns as many results for a Grigor Minchev who is a Heroes III expert as for a Grigor Minchev who is a chess expert.

It almost seems as if the chess world lost one of its brightest minds to Heroes III, or Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia, a 1999 turn-based strategy game originally released for Windows. The same suggestion was made by a poster called "Martin" on one of Susan Polgar's blog posts from 2006 (http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/200...).

It gets stranger: A Google search for "Grigor Minchev" "Heroes" reveals that Minchev has made many maps in the Heroes III game. But, it seems, he is as much a mystery in the Heroes III world as he is in the chess world. In a Heroes forum from 2010 (http://www.celestialheavens.com/for...), users marveled at how such a mysterious person could make such wonderful and difficult maps.

One poster in the forum writes: "Minchev is a legendary chess master who never got beat, until he retired too early. He is a mystery in chess world as well as in Heroes. Maybe thats the reason he enjoyed so much painting aliens heads in his maps. He is an Heroes alien."

Another poster wrote: "Wow - didn't know he was a Chess player. Well, that certainly makes sense. His maps require the utmost in strategic thinking."

Very mysterious indeed.

Jan-10-14  blackburne: Las estadísticas de sus partidas no son reales, están sacadas de un pgn de la web de Minchev en el que sólo incluía sus partidas, por lo que sólo incluyó sus mejores victorias. Parece que muchas son de su niñez, por eso seguramente esos torneos no quedaron registrados de forma oficial y no hay ni rastro de él.
Jan-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: Could Mr. Minchev be a modern Prince Dadian?

What I mean is: just look at his record of +39 -0 =1. Nearly every game smacks of "masterpiece!"

I'm not saying he or his games aren't real, but it's humorous how we have such a sparkling collection of brilliancies and little else is known about the player.

Jan-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <Sneaky> Some of the games have quite a clearly given event name - Bulgarian team championship 1994. Maybe someone can find out more about <that> event?
Jan-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Marry, this is miching mallecho; it means mischief.
Jan-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Is "he" chess's answer to Nicolas Bourbaki?
Jan-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: < waustad: Is "he" chess's answer to Nicolas Bourbaki?>

More like Joey Buttafuoco.

Jan-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: Trainer of B. Ivanov.
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