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Kiprian Berbatov
Number of games in database: 103
Years covered: 2005 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2456
Highest rating achieved in database: 2490

Overall record: +45 -37 =21 (53.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (23) 
    B33 B90 B57 B28 B56
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C78 C67 C70 C95 C64
 Four Knights (5) 
    C48 C49
 Caro-Kann (4) 
 Sicilian Najdorf (4) 
    B90 B92
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (20) 
    B81 B90 B80 B51 B84
 King's Indian (15) 
    E99 E63 E90 E69 E61
 Sicilian Scheveningen (7) 
    B81 B80 B84
 Sicilian Najdorf (5) 
    B90 B96 B93 B94
 English (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Berbatov vs D Chatterjee, 2010 1-0
   K Berbatov vs T Petrik, 2010 1/2-1/2
   Nikita Petrov vs K Berbatov, 2010 0-1
   K Berbatov vs N Milchev, 2010 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   European Championship (2008)
   European Championship (2009)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   European Championship (2010)
   European Championship (2011)

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(born Aug-06-1996, 26 years old) Bulgaria

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IM Kiprian Berbatov first played a FIDE rated tournament when he was 9 years old, competing in the 1st Sofia Open in July 2006, scoring at least 4 points in 9 rounds. Also in 2006, he played in the World Youth Championship (U10) scoring 7/11 and placing =12th and scored his first tournament win in the 14th Memorial Nikola Baharov in Sofia, scoring 6/6 in a field whose average ELO was 2315, in effect a category 3 tournament, including a win against IM Kalin Karakehajov and Krasimir Rusev (then rated 2453). Not shying away from difficult competition, the 12 year old competed in the 29th Bulgarian Open Championship "Georgi Tringov" 2007, scoring 5/9.

He participated in numerous international tournaments in 2007, one of the best results being =3rd in the International Tournament in Torredembarra in 2007 scoring 6.5/9, half a point behind the two joint leaders. In April 2008 during the European Championship, aged 11, he scored his first win against a GM, Julian Radulski. The September quarter of 2008 was especially active and productive for Berbatov, competing in 8 international tournaments and picking up 96 ELO for his efforts, to take him to 2346 3 months after his 12th birthday; his best effort in this period was =1st in the VIII International Alonso Leira Memorial Tournament shortly after his 12th birthday. In September 2008, he won the European U12 championship.

Berbatov's successes continued into 2009, and he was awarded the IM title in this period, aged 12. He scored 6/9, one point off the lead, in San Sebastian, and came =1st with 7.5/9 at the Vila Torredembarra International Open, his only loss being to joint first placegetter GM Krasimir Rusev. In October 2009, he was =1st (2nd on count back) at the International Open at Rohde in France, with 7.0/9 and won the Roquetas de Ma International Open, with 7.5/9. He came =1st (4th on count back) in the International Open at Seville in January 2010.

Berbatov's subsequent form since then was comparatively patchy, although he scored a strong 5/7 result in the Spanish First Division Championships. He played first reserve for Bulgaria in the Chess Olympiad (2010), scoring 4.5/8 with a 2457 performance rating. He also played in the World U14 championships but scored only 7/11. 2011 started well with an outright win in the 75th Bulgarian Individual Chess Championship Semifinal - Men, scoring 7.5/9 with a performance rating of 2627. Although he was unplaced in the Reykjavik Open (2011), his 6/9 result (TPR of 2565) was a point off the lead, and included a win against co-leader Jon Ludvig Hammer, and draws against co-leaders Yuri Aleksandrovich Kuzubov and Vladimir Olegovich Baklan. His patchy form continued in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011) where he scored 6/11, a TPR of 2382 reflected in the fact that he lost to the four of the five GMs he faced in the event, but nevertheless managing to defeat Victor Markovich Mikhalevski. Soon afterwards, he returned some modest results in the French and Bulgarian team championships, followed by some equally modest results in the 3rd International Tournament in Albena, Bulgaria (6.5/9) and in the Varna Open (also 6.5/9) before an upbeat result in the 2nd Festival de Vaujany in France, in which he placed outright 2nd, half a point behind powerful Romanian GM Andrei Istratescu. He also participated in the 5th International Tournament in San Juan, playing at rating strength and scoring 6/9, but scored only 5.5/9 in the European U16 Championship in September 2011, losing three games to much lower rated players.

In November 2011 and at the age of 15, Berbatov announced his retirement from chess to concentrate on mathematics.*


Wikipedia article: Kiprian Berbatov

Last updated: 2019-08-06 11:20:32

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 107  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Berbatov vs Nyzhnyk 1-0222005EU-ch U10B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
2. K Berbatov vs H Gabuzyan  1-0282005EU-ch U10B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. K Berbatov vs N Abasov  1-0412005EU-ch U10B33 Sicilian
4. K Berbatov vs B Zlatanovic  0-1282007Plovdiv Tringov mem 7thC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
5. K Berbatov vs D Kokarev  0-1292008European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. J Radulski vs K Berbatov 0-1552008European ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
7. K Berbatov vs D Andreikin  0-1262008European ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Nedev vs K Berbatov 1-0422008European ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. K Berbatov vs S Baumegger  0-1312008European ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
10. V Petkov vs K Berbatov  1-0432008European ChampionshipA10 English
11. K Berbatov vs T Willemze  1-0302008European ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. V Lilov vs K Berbatov  0-1482008European ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
13. K Berbatov vs G Margvelashvili  0-1392008European ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. R Dimitrov vs K Berbatov  0-1592008European ChampionshipA10 English
15. K Berbatov vs Lampert  1-0632008EU-ch U12 18thC42 Petrov Defense
16. C Suarez Garcia vs K Berbatov  0-1402008EU-ch U12 18thB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. K Tomsia vs K Berbatov  0-1412008EU-ch U12 18thE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
18. K Berbatov vs O Bortnyk 1-0342008EU-ch U12 18thC42 Petrov Defense
19. K Berbatov vs A Mindlin  1-0302008EU-ch U12 18thC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
20. I Beradze vs K Berbatov  ½-½222008EU-ch U12 18thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. K Berbatov vs K Khamidov  1-0322008EU-ch U12 18thC02 French, Advance
22. Kosten vs K Berbatov  1-0482008Grand Prix CCASA10 English
23. K Spraggett vs K Berbatov  1-0472009Seville opE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
24. K Berbatov vs Kurajica  ½-½412009XXXIV OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
25. K Berbatov vs M Nikolov  0-155200973rd ch-BULB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-25-08  Kwesi: Dimitar Berbatov's cousin!
Sep-25-08  ivan999: he has just won the europen U12 championship.
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  alexmagnus: Cousin? You surely mean nephew...
May-18-09  Raisin Death Ray: Berb, Berb, Berb. Berb is the werb!
Jul-14-09  BIDMONFA: Kiprian Berbatov


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  Tabanus: He ended 2nd today in the quite strong Open Rohde tournament (France), see

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  GrahamClayton: After winning the M-tel junior tournament in Sofia earlier this year, Berbatov challenged Veselin Topalov to an impromptu blitz match, losing 0-5 to 1.5. He must have a lot of confidence!
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  Tabanus: He was 12th in World U14 Ch Nov. 2009 (at age barely 13), and won Open Villa de Roquetas (Spain) today ahead of 6 GMs and 12 other IMs:

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  Tabanus: Chessdom reports: (Villa de Roquetas 2010) (M-tel 2009)

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  Tabanus: He came 4th today (with 7/9 as four others) in the quite strong Seville Open (Spain):

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  Tabanus: His game today:

[Event "XXXV Abierto Ciudad de Sevilla"]
[Date "2010.01.16"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Lemos, Damian"]
[Black "Berbatov, Kiprian"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2544"]
[BlackElo "2455"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. O-O Nbd7 7. Nc3 e5 8. h3 c6 9. e4 Re8 10. Re1 exd4 11. Nxd4 Qb6 12. Na4 Qa5 13. Bf4 Ne5 14. b3 Nfd7 15. Bd2 Qc7 16. Bc3 Nc5 17. Nb2 a5 18. a3 Qb6 19. Qc2 Ne6 20. Nxe6 Bxe6 21. Kh2 d5 22. Na4 Qc7 23. exd5 cxd5 24. cxd5 Bxh3 25. d6 Qc8 26. Nb6 Ng4+ 27. Kg1 Qxc3 28. Qxc3 Bxc3 29. Nxa8 Bxe1 30. Bxh3 Bxf2+ 31. Kg2 Bd4 32. Rc1 Ne3+ 33. Kf3 Rxa8 34. d7 Rf8 35. Rc7 Nd5 36. Rxb7 Nf6 37. Rb5 Rd8 38. Rxa5 Kf8 39. Ke2 Ke7 40. Kd3 Bb6 41. Ra6 Nxd7 42. Kc4 f5 43. b4 Bf2 44. a4 Rc8+ 45. Kd5 Nb6+ 46. Ke5 Bxg3+ 47. Kd4 Bf2+ 48. Ke5 Rc4 49. Ra7+ Nd7+ 50. Kd5 Rd4+ 0-1

Apr-05-10  notyetagm:

<But, to his pleasure, he feels that an interesting trend is taking place in the chess world presently: a new generation of players, that he calls <<<‘post-Carlsen generation’>>>, is coming up; young players who are not so much dependent on computers and are more practical, ‘hand players’. Carlsen may even become a world champion, but at this moment, a new generation is growing and training. ‘Richárd is one of them; then there is Nyzhnyk, a very interesting player from Ukraine, <<<Berbatov, a very talented young player from Bulgaria.>>> But the leader of this generation I would say is Wesley So. He is extremely talented and has produced some very interesting games, like his wins against Ivanchuk at the World Cup. <<<These post-Carlsen players have a different style and attitudes. They are not obsessed with the opening theory, like their older predecessors. They are looking for much more practical play and are very aggressive. They are not necessarily a computer generation, as Carlsen’s generation was.>>> Computers came with their powerful programs and chess players wanted to try them. But I feel this trend is finishing now.’>

Nov-01-10  parisattack: <notyetagm: >

I read that piece and sincerely hope it is true; that computers will take a less important place at the top and sheer talent will move to the front!

I even fancy a modern-day champion of hypermodernism might appear on the scene.

I do especially like Berbatov and recently put him on my young player 'watch list' along with Ding Liren, Nyzhnyk, Hess and a couple of others.

Mar-28-11  YourNickname: Is there any player in the database younger as him?
Mar-28-11  Imposter: Ivana Maria Furtado
Nov-24-11  Bratek: ''...that's what the younger generation is like--not only in chess but also in all other sports. The old practice of self-discipline, self-improvement and self-sacrifice is rarer and rarer among the young. That's the problem for Bulgarian sport as a whole...there's nothing coming up from below...''

Danailov was referring to 15-year old Kiprian Berbatov's sudden decision to quit chess and dedicate himself to mathematics. The decision took everyone by surprise, as the gifted Berbatov was being groomed as the next big hope from Bulgaria and was even put on the powerful National Team at last year's Olympiad in 2010.

Jun-25-12  Kanatahodets: The decision to retire from chess is quite smart. Chess is nothing more than a game and there are more productive areas of human activity. Rogoff was a very talented and devout player but he retired from chess and became one of the leaders of economic science. Way to go son (Berbatov not Rogoff:)!
Jun-25-12  dx9293: A lot of people say that a youngster retiring from chess is "smart," and in many cases I agree, but a young 2650+ grandmaster has as much chance to make a decent (no, not spectacular) living as someone in many other professions. That is where Berbatov was projecting.

Sure, there are some professions that pay much higher than chess does, but not that many.

A lot of people in the USA go to law school, or try to get into finance, or go for a PhD, and FAIL to get the big money. They have to hustle to eke out an existence. Too many people assume that simply going to college/university and then some graduate program will give a better living than a pro chessplayer, but that is not necessarily true. Play professionally, teach a handful of students on the side if need-be, and they will be fine.

If a grandmaster wants to seriously TEACH chess, then he can make good money without problems. I make about 60K teaching chess, and I could make more than that if I wanted to by adding a couple more classes or private lessons. And I am FAR from a grandmaster. I certainly make more money than most of my college peers who went into PhD programs and the like, and I don't work hard at all.

The opportunities are out there.

Daniil Dubov is lighting it up in the Russian Higher League, but I read the interview where he says he is going to school also. My honest question is: WHY? The kid is 15, and his live rating has to be around 2600. Shoot for the top 10 (as he says he wants to). If you land in the top-25 range and want more cash, fine then, go to school or give lessons. After a short while, giving high-quality chess lessons pays well and is easy as boiling water. I get paid well AND my students get results!

If a person really loves chess, or mathematics, or whatever, they will find a way to do it. Chess is becoming more popular each year I think we all can see. There will always be opportunities, and I don't mean for only the Top 10.

Jun-25-12  wordfunph: <In November 2011 and at the age of 15, Berbatov announced his retirement from chess to concentrate on mathematics.>

a loss to chess :(

Jun-25-12  twinlark: <dx9293>

Really interesting thoughts...the only thing I would query is that there seems to be a lot more money to be made from coaching and teaching chess, than from winning prize money in actually competing OTB.

Making a living by coaching and teaching would probably mean that a player would have to give away their top level aspirations as that detracts from the time they need to give in preparing opening lines and researching opponents.

Jun-26-12  dx9293: <twinlark> Definitely. If a player begins to coach, they give up their aspirations to become a top player. But, a strong GM can try to play professionally (especially if they are young, high rated, and start to get attention and invites), and if it doesn't work the way they want, they can teach.

Soon there will be WAY more chess students than qualified teachers for them. The elite teachers will make even more money than they do now...

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  diasattack: Very strange guy as all bulgarian cheaters players like Topalov

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