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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
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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 K Kolev, 1991 1-0
   G Minchev vs O Santana, 1987 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
   Ivan Ivanov vs G Minchev, 1992 0-1
   G Minchev vs H Vasilev, 1994 1-0

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Minchev vs C Lumumba 1-0151986?A46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. G Minchev vs D Miraschiev 1-0111986?C46 Three Knights
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. Topalov vs G Minchev 0-1541988SofiaB57 Sicilian
8. N Kirov vs G Minchev 0-1381988?C55 Two Knights Defense
9. G Minchev vs V Mechkarov 1-0601988?A46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. G Minchev vs Topalov 1-0471989SofiaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. G Minchev vs K Nikov 1-0441990SofiaC46 Three Knights
12. G Minchev vs N Dobrev 1-0591990SofiaC46 Three Knights
13. G Minchev vs Z Golubovic 1-0451990?C46 Three Knights
14. G Minchev vs D Veselinov 1-0651991?C46 Three Knights
15. I Hristov vs G Minchev 0-1561991?C42 Petrov Defense
16. G Minchev vs K Kolev 1-0371991?A36 English
17. G Minchev vs Y Stoynov 1-0671991?C46 Three Knights
18. I 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 C Vasilev 1-0431994TCh-BULC46 Three Knights
25. G Minchev vs Z Georgiev 1-0421994TCh-BULC46 Three Knights
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
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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
Nov-29-20  KeiserP: Searching news about the Halloween Gambit, which still is my favourite ( together with Tennison and Englund gambits ), I found this site. I can confirm Gregor Minchev really exists and has participated at the second Halloween Gambit Tournament in 2004/2005 in which he ended at the third place after Maurits Wind and Peter Van der Houwen ( correspondence world master) . There is also a picture of him to find in Kaissiber Magazine 20 (July 2005). About the games of the two tournaments I still have most of them on my PC, some of them were IM's, FM's and even a GM. In the tournaments the use of Chessprograms was allowed, so the games were of high quality. And most important they prove that the Gambit is not @#$%*&!#.
Dec-22-20  the eel: In the Halloween Gambit accepted and the 5 -- Nc6 line after the moves 6 d5 Ne5 7 f4 Ng6 8 e5 Ng8 9 d6 cxd 11 exd Qf6 what is whites best continuation? I have tried both Nb5 and Qe2ch but black seems to be fine with the extra piece.
Dec-22-20  KeiserP: A. 11.Nb5 which I prefer because the moves are easy to find A1. 11. .. Rb8? 12.Be3 b6 13.Qe2 Kd8 14.0-0-0
A2. 11. .. Kd8 12.Be3 Nh6! Other black moves favourite White 13.Qd2 b6 14.f5 Qxf5 15.Nxa7 or 15.0-0-0 BUT
if the blackplayer knows the theory then 11. .. Nxe4 ! refutes this line and White has not enough compensation. At best he can reach the endgame with a pawn less. Nevertheless I always plays Nb5 in OTB games and I never met someone who played Nxe4. The move is very difficult to find without computer help.

B. 11.Qe2 leads to much more complicated play
B1. 11. .. Qe6 12.Nb5 Qxe2+ 13.Bxe2
B11. 13. .. Rb8 14.c4! b6 15.b4 Bb7 16.0-0
B12. 13 ..Kd8 14.Be3 b6 15.h4 h5 16.Rd1
B2. 11. .. Kd8 12. Be4 Qe6 13.g4 f5 14.gxf5 Qxf5 15.Rg1 In all these lines White has enough compensation as proved in a Thematic Correspondence Tournament 2006 with computer assistence.

I have more detailled analysis with both Nb5 and Qe2, but I think this is sufficient at the moment.

Dec-22-20  the eel: Thanks for the analysis KaiserP. Is it 11 -- Nxf4 that refutes Nb5? How have your OTB results been with the Halloween?
Dec-25-20  KeiserP: Yes after 11. .. Nxf4 12.Nxc7 and 13.Nxa8 The knight cannot escape anymore . At the best White can reach an endgame with a pawn less. You should not believe it, but I won all my games OTB. That is 15 years ago, I dont play OTB anymore. In that time I knew a lot of lines by heart. Either I won in the early moves because my opponent went wrong, or he used so much time that at the end he was running out of time while I still had more than an hour on the clock.You do not have to play the best move but the most annoying one.
Dec-28-20  the eel: How many OTB games did you win back then? Maybe you can give the moves of a few of them? Did any opponents try giving back the piece? Thanks for the information.
Dec-31-20  KeiserP: I think it were about 10 games, but I only found a few back :

Keiser, P. (1950) -- Krukowski, M. (1980)
Handel, persoonlijk 2001.02.18 1-0 C47 (Keiser Paul)

1.Nc3 Nf6 2.e4 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4 Bb4 6.dxe5 Nxe4 7.Qd4 ( 7.Qg4 d5 8.Qxg7 Rf8 9.a3 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 Qh4 11.Be3 Nxc3? 12.Bc5 ) 7...Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 d5 9.exd6 O-O 10.dxc7 Qxc7 11.Bb2 Re8 12.O-O-O Qf4+ 13.Kb1 Qxf2? 14.Qxe4 Bf5 15.Qa4 Re4 16.Qb3 Re6 17.Bd3 Rb6 18.Qd5 Be6 19.Qd4 Qxd4 20.cxd4 1-0

Keiser, P. (1950) -- Kooyman (1870)
Handel Pers 2000.12.20 1-0 C47 (Keiser Paul)

1.Nc3 Nf6 2.e4 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4 Bb4 6.dxe5 Nxe4 7.Qg4 d5 8.Qxg7 Rf8 9.a3 ( 9.Bh6 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Bxc3+ 11.Kd1 Qe7 12.Rb1 )
9...Qh4 10.g3 Nxg3 11.axb4 Nxh1 12.Qg2 Qxb4 13.Qxh1 Bf5 14.Ra4 Qc5 15.Be3 Qc6? 1-0

Keiser, P ⩲. -- Luyckx, W.
Interclubs 2003.02.09 1-0 C47 (Keiser Paul)

1.Nc3 Nf6 2.e4 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4 Ng6 6.e5 Ng8 7.Bc4 Bb4 8.Qf3 Qe7 9.O-O Bxc3 10.bxc3 Nh6 11.g3 ( 11.Qd3!? d6
( 11...O-O 12.Bxh6 gxh6 13.f4 )
( 11...Qh4!? )
12.exd6 Qxd6 13.Re1+ Ne7 14.Qe4 Nf5
( 14...Bf5 15.Qf3 )
15.g4 Nh4 16.a4 Qd7 17.Ba3 Ng6 18.h3 )
11...O-O 12.Bxh6
( 12.Qh5! d6 13.Bxh6 gxh6 14.f4 )
12...gxh6 13.Qe3 d6 14.f4 dxe5 15.f5 exd4 16.Qxh6 Qe3+ 17.Qxe3 dxe3 18.fxg6 hxg6 19.Rf3 e2 20.Kf2 Bf5 21.Bd3 Bxd3?! 22.cxd3 Rad8 23.Re3 Rd5 24.Kxe2 Rfd8 25.Rb1 b6 26.Rb4 Ra5 27.Rb2 Kf8 28.Kf3 Ra3 29.Rc2 Rd5 30.d4 Rf5+ 31.Ke4 Rfa5 32.Ree2 R5a4 33.Ke5 Ke7 34.Kd5+ Kd7 35.Ke5 Ra5+ 36.Kf6 Rf5+ 37.Kg7 Raa5 38.Kf8 f6 39.c4! Ra3 40.Re7+ Kc8 41.Kg7 g5 42.Rf7 Raf3 43.Re2 Rf2? ( 43...Rc3 )
44.Ree7 Rxa2 45.Rxc7+ Kb8
( 45...Kd8 46.Kf8 )
46.Rce7 1-0

Keiser, P. -- Vansichen, J.
IC2001 ???? 1-0 C47 (Keiser)

1.Nc3 e5 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4 Bb4 6.dxe5 Bxc3+ ( 6...Nxe4 7.Qg4 )
7.bxc3 Nxe4 8.Qg4 d5 9.Qxg7 Rf8 10.Bh6 Qe7 11.Bd3 ( 11.Qxf8+! Qxf8 12.Bxf8 Kxf8 13.c4 )
11...Nxc3 12.O-O Be6 13.Qxh7 O-O-O 14.Bxf8 Rxf8 15.Bf5 Qg5 16.Bxe6+ fxe6 17.Qd3 Qxe5 18.Rae1 Qf6 19.Re3 d4 20.Rf3 Qg7 21.Re1 Rxf3 22.Qxf3 Kd7 23.Qxb7 Qg6 24.Qxa7 Qxc2 25.Qxd4+ Nd5 26.a3 c5 27.Qe4 Qxe4 28.Rxe4 Kd6 29.h4 Nf6 30.Re2 c4 31.f3 c3 32.Rc2 Nd5 33.Kf2 Kc5 34.h5 Kc4 35.h6 Kb3 36.Rxc3+ Kxc3 37.h7 1-0

Dec-31-20  KeiserP: Keiser, P. -- Van Camp, K.
IC,Brasschaat ???? 1-0 C47 (Fritz 5.00 (30s))

1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.e4 Nf6 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4 Ng6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Bc4 d5 8.Bb3 ( 8.Be2!? Ne4 9.Nxd5 ∓ )
8...c6 9.O-O Ng4 10.f4 Qh4
Zie je de mat dreiging?
11.h3 Nh6 12.Bd2 Nf5
( 12...Bxh3!? 13.gxh3 Qg3+ 14.Kh1 Qxh3+ 15.Kg1 -+ ) 13.Be1 Qh6 14.Bd2
( 14.Qd2 Bb4 -+ )
( 14...Nxd4 Is duidelijk inferieur. 15.f5 Qh4 16.fxg6 hxg6 17.Be1 ⩲ ) 15.Ne2 a6 16.c3 Bh4 17.Rf3 Be7?? =, quiet
Geeft de tegenstander nieuwe kansen.
( 17...Bd8 ⌓ -+ Dit zou groot voordeel voor zwart hebben opgeleverd. 18.g4 Nfh4 19.Rf2 Nf8 20.f5 Bg5 ) 18.g4 Ngh4 19.Rd3 -+ c5 ⩱
( 19...Qg6 ⌓ En zwart zou het beste van het spel krijgen. 20.Bc2 h5 -+ ) 20.Bxd5
( 20.gxf5? Gaat niet. 20...c4! Logisch en sterk. ( 20...Bxf5?! 21.Rg3 Be4 22.Qf1 ∓ )
21.Rg3 cxb3 22.Qxb3 Nxf5 -+ )
20...cxd4 ⩲
( 20...c4!? ⌓ Moet onderzocht worden. 21.Bxc4 Qc6 22.Bxf7+ Kxf7 23.Qb3+ Ke8 ∓ ) 21.Qa4+ =, quiet
( 21.cxd4 Qg6 22.Kh1 Nh6 ⩲ )
21...b5 ⩲
( 21...Bd7!? 22.Bxf7+ Kxf7 23.Qxd7 Rhd8 24.Qxb7 Rab8 =, quiet ) 22.Qb3 Be6 23.Bxe6 ⩱
( 23.gxf5!? Komt in aanmerking. 23...Nxf5 24.cxd4 ± ) 23...Qxe6 =, quiet
( 23...fxe6 24.gxf5 dxc3 25.Bxc3 Nxf5 26.Bb4 =, quiet ) 24.Qxe6
( Niet 24.gxf5 Qc6! zwart neemt de leiding. 25.Rg3 Nf3+ ) 24...fxe6 25.gxf5 dxc3 26.Bxc3 Nxf5
Het paard staat daar goed op f5.
Dekt b4
27...O-O 28.Bb4 Rfd8 29.Rxd8+ ⩱
( 29.Rad1 Rxd3 30.Rxd3 Bxb4 31.axb4 Rc8 =, quiet ) 29...Bxd8 =, quiet
( 29...Rxd8 30.Bxe7 Nxe7 31.Kf2 ⩱ )
30.Rc1 Bb6+ 31.Bc5 Bd8 32.Bf2 Bh4? ±
( 32...Kf7!? ⌓ =, quiet Ziet er nog speelbaar uit. ) 33.Bxh4 Nxh4 34.Rc6 ⩲
( 34.Nd4 Re8 ± )
34...Kf7 ± 35.Nd4 Rd8 36.Rc7+
( 36.Nxe6 Rd2 ⩲ )
36...Kg6 37.Nxe6 =, quiet
De gepasseerde pion op e5 leidt snel tot dreigingen. ( 37.Rxg7+! ⌓ Kxg7 38.Nxe6+ Kg6 39.Nxd8 +- ) 37...Rd1+ 38.Kf2 Rd2+ 39.Ke3 Rxb2 40.Nd4 ⩲
( 40.Rxg7+ Kh6 41.Rf7 Rb3+ 42.Ke4 Rxh3 43.Nf8 +- ) 40...Nf5+ 41.Nxf5
Wit dreigt sterk met e6.
41...Kxf5 42.Rf7+ ⩲
( 42.Rxg7 Rb3+ 43.Kd4 Kxf4 44.Rf7+ Kg5 45.h4+ Kh6 46.Rf6+ Kh5 ± ) 42...Ke6 43.Rxg7
De gepasseerde pion op f4 zal snel een gevaarlijk wapen worden. 43...b4? +-
( 43...Ra2 ⌓ ⩲ Houdt de strijd gaande. )
( 44.Ke4 Re2+ 45.Kf3 Re1 46.axb4 Rf1+ 47.Ke3 Re1+ 48.Kf2 Re4 +- ) 44...Rb3+ 45.Ke4
Matdreiging-hoe dan?. De partij wordt met een koningsaanval afgesloten. 45...Rxb4+ 46.Kf3 Kf5?
( 46...Rb3+ ⌓ 47.Kg4 h5+ 48.Kxh5 Rxh3+ 49.Kg4 Ra3 +- ) 47.Rf7+ Kg6 48.Rf6+ Kg7 49.Rxa6 h5 50.Kg3 Re4 51.Rf6 Kh7 52.Kh4 Re3 53.Rf5 Kg6 54.Rg5+ 1-0

Jan-07-21  the eel: Thanks Keiser, when OTB chess restarts I will include the Halloween in my repertoire. I notice that you always open with 1 Nc6, my favourite opening move but with black!
Jan-03-23  truthSeeker23: Considering that some of his Heroes 3 maps are stolen from other people, it wouldn't surprise me if these games are not even his.
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  Messiah: Terrible repertoire!
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