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Milko Bobotsov
Dutch National Archives, The Hague
Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau
Number of games in database: 765
Years covered: 1950 to 1991
Overall record: +226 -150 =389 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-30-1931, died Apr-03-2000, 68 years old) Bulgaria

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Milko Georgiev Bobotsov was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He was Bulgarian champion in 1958 and was awarded the IM title in 1960 and the GM title in 1961. He was Bulgaria's first grandmaster and his most notable tournament results were 1st at Varna 1957, 2nd= at Moscow (1967) (behind Leonid Stein, and tied with Mikhail Tal, Vasily Smyslov, and Aivars Gipslis), and =1st at Sarajevo 1971. Bobotsov also played on eight Bulgarian Olympiad teams but after suffering a stroke in 1972 his chess and other activities were severely curtailed. He was married to Antonia Ivanova.

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Last updated: 2022-09-30 18:23:25

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 765  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bobotsov vs L Alster 1-0341950CSR-BULB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
2. V Stulik vs Bobotsov  1-0411950CSR-BULC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
3. Bobotsov vs J Sefc 1-0621950CSR-BULC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
4. V Stulik vs Bobotsov  1-0561950CSR-BULC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
5. Z Milev vs Bobotsov  ½-½731952MiedzyzdrojeA04 Reti Opening
6. S Gawlikowski vs Bobotsov  0-1501952MiedzyzdrojeE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
7. J Szily vs Bobotsov 1-0431952MiedzyzdrojeB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
8. Bobotsov vs E Bakonyi  1-0371952MiedzyzdrojeA47 Queen's Indian
9. S Szabo vs Bobotsov  1-0721952MiedzyzdrojeB20 Sicilian
10. K Plater vs Bobotsov  ½-½591952MiedzyzdrojeA03 Bird's Opening
11. I Balanel vs Bobotsov  0-1411952MiedzyzdrojeE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. Bobotsov vs K Makarczyk  ½-½411952MiedzyzdrojeB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. Bobotsov vs A Tarnowski 0-1871952MiedzyzdrojeC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. Bobotsov vs W Litmanowicz  ½-½911952MiedzyzdrojeC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. E Kuebart vs Bobotsov  0-1521952MiedzyzdrojeA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Bobotsov vs I Branicki  0-1421952MiedzyzdrojeC41 Philidor Defense
17. B Koch vs Bobotsov 1-0461952MiedzyzdrojeB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
18. H Szapiel vs Bobotsov  0-1591952Miedzyzdroje +E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
19. Bobotsov vs Sliwa  1-0501952MiedzyzdrojeC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. Bobotsov vs A Pytlakowski ½-½941952MiedzyzdrojeE14 Queen's Indian
21. Bobotsov vs E Arlamowski  ½-½681952MiedzyzdrojeB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
22. Bobotsov vs Uhlmann 1-0611953BUL-GDRC19 French, Winawer, Advance
23. S Bruechner vs Bobotsov  ½-½221954GDR-BULC56 Two Knights
24. Bobotsov vs S Bruechner 1-0311954GDR-BULA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
25. Bobotsov vs F Bohatirchuk 1-01061954Amsterdam Olympiad qual-2A53 Old Indian
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Jan-31-04  Resignation Trap: Bulgaria's first GM. Most notable result: 2nd-4th at Moscow, 1967.

Ever wonder how to win with two Knights vs. one Pawn? Try this:

Bobotsov vs Bogatyrchuk, 1954

Jan-31-04  Dick Brain: Long, long ago I spent a very long (i.e. way too much) time analyzing two knight vs pawn endgames. I believe this is one of the mistakes that I have made over the years that kept me from becoming a good player.
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  Benzol: Milko Georgiev Bobotsov
Born 30th September 1931 in Plovdiv
Bulgarian champion in 1958 he was awarded his IM title in 1960 and the GM title in 1961.
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  IMlday: It may be gossip but what I heard was that Bobotsov got a really high rating but then was in a car wreck and came out a vegetable. Nevertheless the Bulgars propped him up for a few tournaments to get his rating points back into the pool. (Caveat lector--this may just be anti-Bulgar propaganda.)
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  IMlday: Milko at his best:
Kavalek vs Bobotsov, 1972
Nov-04-05  stanleys: Milko Bobotsov is also known for his game against GM Ivkov(Beveren/1966),where he castled at the 46th move(maybe a world record?)
Dec-14-05  stanleys: Little information for chessgames:GM Bobotsov died in 2000
May-12-06  BIDMONFA: Milko Bobotsov


May-12-06  Daodejing: @ stanleys:

Latest castling was at move 48. So Bobotsov should have wait 3 Moves...


Jul-03-08  GreaseMonkey: According to John Grefe in Chess Life and Review (Jan 75), Bobotsov did indeed have a stroke - after the Skopje Olympiad in 1972. Grefe was playing at Varna 1974 when Bobotsov reappeared and made 2 out of 15. One of his draws was against Grefe!
Mar-01-09  great uncle bulgaria: siblings - cream-o and cheese-o
Aug-22-09  Dredge Rivers: Do the Bobot!
Sep-30-15  Mating Net: I can't help but think of this game every time I see Bobotsov's name. M Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958
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  eternaloptimist: His name has got to be 1 of the coolest names ever. He was Bulgaria's 1st GM & players like Topa followed his lead. <Mating Net> Lol that's a nice pun!
Jan-21-22  Gottschalk: I saw the win posted by Retireborn.
The final position is a shock!

Bobotsov vs Teschner, 1968

Artistic thing, anybody agree?

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  FSR: <Mating Net> Let's not forget Bobotsov vs Larsen, 1969.

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