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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 in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Three Knights (26) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A46 A40
With the Black pieces:
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Minchev vs D Miraschiev, 1986 1-0
   G Minchev vs Aleksandr Petrov, 1994 1-0
   G Minchev vs V Velev, 1994 1-0
   G Minchev vs O Santana, 1987 1-0
   G Minchev vs K Kolev, 1991 1-0
   Topalov vs G Minchev, 1988 0-1
   G Minchev vs A Turzo, 2004 1-0
   G Minchev vs N Dobrev, 1990 1-0
   G Minchev vs S Simeonov, 1994 1-0
   N Kirov vs G Minchev, 1988 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Halloween Gambit -Let's Sack a Knight on Move 4 by takopenings
   Halloween Gambit -Let's Sack a Knight on Move 4 by takchess
   Halloween attack by Kracco
   Monster's favorite games by Monster

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Minchev vs D Miraschiev 1-0111986?C46 Three Knights
2. G Minchev vs C Lumumba 1-0151986?A46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. G Minchev vs P Petkov 1-0191986SofiaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. G Minchev vs B Ganchev 1-0131986SofiaB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. G Minchev vs M Georgiev  1-0171986SofiaB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
6. G Minchev vs O Santana 1-0761987?A00 Uncommon Opening
7. G Minchev vs V Mechkarov 1-0601988?A46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. N Kirov vs G Minchev 0-1381988?C55 Two Knights Defense
9. Topalov vs G Minchev 0-1541988SofiaB57 Sicilian
10. G Minchev vs Topalov 1-0471989SofiaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. G Minchev vs N Dobrev 1-0591990SofiaC46 Three Knights
12. G Minchev vs Z Golubovic 1-0451990?C46 Three Knights
13. G Minchev vs K Nikov 1-0441990SofiaC46 Three Knights
14. G Minchev vs Y Stoynov 1-0671991?C46 Three Knights
15. G Minchev vs D Veselinov 1-0651991?C46 Three Knights
16. I Hristov vs G Minchev 0-1561991?C42 Petrov Defense
17. G Minchev vs K Kolev 1-0371991?A36 English
18. Ivan Ivanov vs G Minchev 0-1301992OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. M Pavlov vs G Minchev 0-1611992OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. G Minchev vs T Taylor 1-0791992openC46 Three Knights
21. G Minchev vs A Konev  1-0551994?C46 Three Knights
22. G Minchev vs I Donev 1-0931994?C46 Three Knights
23. G Minchev vs V Velev 1-0311994Svishtov students tournamentC46 Three Knights
24. G Minchev vs P Lambev 1-0601994TCh-BULC46 Three Knights
25. G Minchev vs H Vasilev 1-0271994TCh-BULC46 Three Knights
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
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Jan-11-09  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
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  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  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

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  Eduardo Bermudez: Halloween specialits !!
Apr-13-11  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 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 (

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 (, 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.
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  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.

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  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?
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  offramp: Marry, this is miching mallecho; it means mischief.
Jan-10-14  waustad: Is "he" chess's answer to Nicolas Bourbaki?
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  offramp: < waustad: Is "he" chess's answer to Nicolas Bourbaki?>

More like Joey Buttafuoco.

Jan-10-14  john barleycorn: Trainer of B. Ivanov.
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  chancho: translation to <blackburne>'s post from Jan 10, 2014:

<The statistics of his games are not authentic.

They are culled from a pgn that only includes his games, of which he selected his best wins.

It also appears that most of his wins are from early childhood, and surely that is why these tournaments were not registered in official form and there is nary a trace of him.>

Jan-15-15  tommy boy: Hi all,

I'm Bulgarian and it is almost impossible to find something about GRigor Minchev even when google him in Bulgarian. The only thing I was able to find about him was these pictures

I found this address in a bulgarian chess forum - it was given by an user. There is a section with photos of old towa of Svishtov - the town Grigor Minchev is from according to - so it is pretty possible the guy on pics to be him.

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  Bubo bubo: <tommy boy: Hi all,

I'm Bulgarian and it is almost impossible to find something about GRigor Minchev even when google him in Bulgarian.>

So maybe we have an enhanced version of Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia here: not only the games are fake, but the player is fake too?

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  takchess: According to Paul Keiser article on the Halloween Gambit, Minchev played the in a Halloween gambit correspondence tournament organized by M. Wind in 2004. Anyone have access to those games ?

One game - Minchev,G-Di Tora,A,HGT2,2004,1-0(50)

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  takchess: @sneaky it was mentioned that Michev had a loss as black to Wind
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