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Kiril Georgiev

Number of games in database: 1,935
Years covered: 1981 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2592 (2666 rapid, 2540 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2695
Overall record: +626 -270 =777 (60.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 262 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (76) 
    B90 B58 B30 B40 B81
 Slav (74) 
    D17 D15 D11 D12 D10
 King's Indian (72) 
    E60 E63 E62 E67 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (69) 
    D02 A46 A45 E00 A41
 Nimzo Indian (62) 
    E32 E42 E38 E46 E39
 English (56) 
    A15 A10 A13 A14 A17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (243) 
    B90 B22 B76 B52 B70
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E32 E20 E21 E46 E39
 Ruy Lopez (73) 
    C67 C65 C78 C85 C84
 Sicilian Dragon (61) 
    B76 B70 B77 B78 B72
 Sicilian Najdorf (60) 
    B90 B92 B97 B99 B96
 Queen's Gambit Declined (55) 
    D37 D39 D31 D30 D38
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kasparov vs K Georgiev, 1988 1/2-1/2
   K Georgiev vs Dlugy, 1983 1-0
   K Georgiev vs Shirov, 1992 1-0
   K Georgiev vs Grischuk, 2007 1-0
   K Georgiev vs Topalov, 1992 1-0
   K Georgiev vs R C Sanchez Alvarez, 2018 1-0
   K Georgiev vs C Ward, 2005 1-0
   K Georgiev vs S Erenburg, 2005 1-0
   K Georgiev vs Nisipeanu, 2000 1-0
   K Georgiev vs Suba, 1987 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bulgarian Championship (1989)
   First Private Bank Ltd (1992)
   Budapest Zonal Group-A (1993)
   Bad Woerishofen Open (2002)
   Gibraltar Masters (2006)
   Karpos Open (2014)
   World Junior Championship (1983)
   Karpos Open (2017)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   World Junior Championship (1984)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Bundesliga 1998/99 (1998)
   Gibraltar Masters (2007)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1985 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Szirak 1985 by Tabanus
   Linares 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Linares 1988 by Tabanus
   Karpov Poikovsky 2001 by Tabanus

   🏆 Bundesliga
   M Fromm vs K Georgiev (Oct-22-23) 0-1
   K Georgiev vs T Heinemann (Oct-21-23) 1-0
   M Womacka vs K Georgiev (Nov-27-22) 0-1
   Bogdan Bilovil vs K Georgiev (Apr-02-22) 1-0
   K Georgiev vs R Samadov (Apr-01-22) 0-1

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(born Nov-28-1965, 58 years old) Bulgaria (federation/nationality Macedonia)

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Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev was born in Petrich. He was awarded the IM title in 1983 and the GM title in 1985. He was World Junior Champion in 1983 and has been Bulgarian champion five times: in 1984, 1986, 1989, 2014 and 2015. In January 1993 he was ranked the number 9 player in the world (rating was 2660). His current ranking within Bulgaria can be seen at


In tournaments he came 4th at Wijk aan Zee 1985, 2nd at Plovdiv 1985, 1st at Sarajevo in 1986, 3rd at Leningrad 1987, and 1st at San Bernadino 1988, Elenite 1992 and 1995 and the 1993 Budapest Zonal. He also won at Belgrade 2000 (ahead of Alexander Beliavsky and Ulf Andersson) and came first at Sarajevo 2001 (his first Category 16 tournament win - ahead of Veselin Topalov, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Alexey Dreev and Ivan Sokolov with a 2789 performance rating) and first at Bad Worishofen 2002. He was joint winner (with Levon Aronian, Zahar Efimenko, Alexey Shirov and Emil Davidovich Sutovsky) at the Gibraltar Masters (2005) and the outright winner at the Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006) (ahead of Nigel Short, Sutovsky, Shirov, Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian and Viktor Antonovich Bologan) with 8.5/10. This was also the year that he won a bronze medal at the 7th European Individual Championship (2006) (behind Zdenko Kozul and Vassily Ivanchuk). At the Aeroflot Open (2006), he finished only a half point off the lead with 6/9. In 2008, he won the Pozivni kup u cast Dana Elektroprivrede Crne Gore in Niksic and the International Open in Montenegro, and came second at the Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona Casino de Barcelona behind Dreev. In 2009, he won the XXIX Open Internacional Villa de Benasque on count back from Zaven Andriasian , Mihail Marin and Geetha Narayanan Gopal, won the XXIV Open Internacional d'Escacs Ciutat de Balaguer on count back from Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli and was =1st (4th on count back) with Georg Meier, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga and Viktor Laznicka in the 19th Magistral Pamplona Tournament.

In 2010, he came =1st (3rd on count back) at the 2nd memorial GM Nino Kirov in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, came third at the 38th World Open (2010) in León, was runner up to Boris Nikolov Chatalbashev in the Bulgarian Championship, and won the 30th Open Internacional de Ajedrez "Villa de Benasque" 8-17 July 2010 on count back ahead of Eltaj Safarli with 8.5/10 and a 2717 performance. He scored 7/11 in the Serbian League 2010, and 6/7 in the 19th Croatian team Championships. 2011 started with a solid =5th (10th on count back), scoring 7/10 in the Tradewise Gibraltar (2011), but he faltered in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), scoring only 6.5/11 (TPR 2589). After some reasonable results in the Italian and Bulgarian team championships, he competed in the 41st International Tournament in Sarajevo, Bosnia, scoring 5.5/9, two points off the lead, and in the XXXIV Barbera Del Valles International Open in Italy coming second with 7/9 behind Georgian GM Levan Aroshidze. Also in July 2011, he won the 29th International Open in Andorra with 7.5/9 (TPR 2722). He finished 2011 with =1st at the International Open at Zaragossa in Spain, scoring 7.5/9. In January 2012, Georgiev placed =1st at the 23rd International Open at Roquetas de Mar in Spain with 7/9, and then followed in February 2012 with =1st at the 34th International Open Bulgarian Chess Championship "Georgi Tringov Memorial", scoring 7.5/9. He finished with 7.5/11 at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) and subsequently won the Open Karposh 2012 in Skopje with 7.5/9 (+6 =3). In June 2012, he scored 6.5/9 in the Golden Sands (2012), more or less on rating par. In July 2012, he scored 5/6 to win the 11th Bergamo Open in Italy and then came =1st with 7/9 at the 30th International Open in Andorra. In August 2012, he scored 5.5/7 at the Vienna Open 2012, a half point off the lead, and in March 2013, he scored 6/9 at the Karpos Open, a point from the lead. In July 2013, he won the Bergano Open and wound up 2013 by winning the FE 16 Citta' di Padova in Italy, with 7/9, restoring him to the top 100 for the start of 2014 and placing =2nd at the 37. Zurich Weihnachtsopen Masters with 5.5/7.

2014 started off disastrously for Georgiev, scoring only 5.5/10 (+5 -4 =1) at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014), losing a massive 32 rating points. However in April 2014, he was outright winner at the powerful Karpos Open 2014 held in Skopje in Macedonia. In May 2014, he won the Bulgarian Championship for the fourth time, and repeated that feat almost a year later to take the national title for a fifth time. In November 2014 he was =1st alongside Zdenko Kozul at the Durres International Open 2014 with 7.5/9. In March 2015, he came =2nd at the Karpos Open 2015 with 7/9.

Team Events

<Olympiads> Georgiev has participated in every Olympiad from 1984 to 2012, usually on board 1 or 2. Apart from the 2002 Olympiad, where he was top board for Macedonia, he has played for Bulgaria.

<Other National Team Events> He has also participated in all the biennial European Team Championships since 1983, barring 1997, 2001 and 2009, winning two individual bronze medals (in 1983 and 2003) and one individual gold medal (in 1999 when Bulgaria came 4th, its best result in the 3 decades since 1983.

<Balkaniads> Georgiev won gold on board 1 for Bulgaria in the Junior Balkaniads (between Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Yugoslavia) of 1981 and 1982, also helping his team to bronze and gold at those events. At the senior Balkaniads of 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1988, he played board 1 in the last three events, and in total won 2 individual golds and an individual bronze, and 2 team golds, one team silver and one team bronze.

<Leagues> He has played in the European Club Cup every year since 2000 except 2011, winning team gold with his ŠK Bosna Sarajevo club in 2000. He has played with the Italian team, Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova, since 2010 on board 2 behind Hikaru Nakamura. He also played one season in the Russian Premier League with the Youth of Moscow club, scoring a bronze medal for board 3. In 2003, he played a season in the Bosnia and Herzegovina League scoring individual and team gold for his team ŠK Bosna Sarajevo. He had a personally successful 2013 season in the Serbian and Croatian leagues, playing for the Metalac Takovo team in the former (scoring 7/9) and for the ŠK Vukovar '91 team in the latter (scoring 6/9). In the 2014 Serbian League played in August and September, he played top board for SK Metalac Takovo - Gornji Milanovac, which came seventh out of twelve in the competition, personally scoring a rating neutral 6/11, repeating that performance in 2015. Georgiev has played in the Bulgarian Team Championships since 1988.

World Championship competition

In 1990, he qualified for the Interzonal Tournament in Manila and placed 14th out of 64, losing only to Alexei Dreev. At the World Championship Knockout Matches held in Groningen in 1997, he lost in round 4 to Loek van Wely after defeating Boris Valeryevich Alterman in round 2 and Vadim Markovich Milov in round 3 (he was seeded straight into round 2). At the 2000 World Championship Knockout Tournament in New Delhi, Georgiev defeated Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu before losing to Topalov. At the 2001-02 World Championship Knockout event in Moscow, he defeated Fouad El Taher and Lazaro Bruzon Batista before losing to the eventual winner Ruslan Ponomariov . He was defeated in the first round of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) by Aleksander Wojtkiewicz. At the World Chess Cup (2007), he defeated Susanto Megaranto in Round 1 and Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the second round before losing to the eventual winner, Gata Kamsky in the third round.


In 2009, he won the III Memorial Vicente Sebastián with 7/8 and immediately followed this up with a 7.5/8 win at the IV Memorial Vicente Sebastián and in 2010 he won the Gran prix Slavia blitz Sofia.


In 2009, he broke Zsuzsa Polgar 's 4 year old world record for the most simultaneous chess games played: 360 games in just over 14 hours with a +280 =74 -6 (88%) result.* However, that record lasted only a few months before it was broken in turn by Morteza Mahjoob.


Wikipedia article: Kiril Georgiev

Last updated: 2018-07-25 10:34:02

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 page 1 of 78; games 1-25 of 1,936  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Georgiev vs G Tringov  0-1421981Bulgarian ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
2. K Georgiev vs L Spassov  ½-½121981Bulgarian ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. K Georgiev vs K Stefanov  0-1601981Bulgarian ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. K Georgiev vs M Gochev  1-0421981Bulgarian ChampionshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
5. K Georgiev vs T Toshkov  ½-½601981Bulgarian ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. V Inkiov vs K Georgiev  1-0651981Bulgarian ChampionshipD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
7. V Lukov vs K Georgiev  ½-½631981Bulgarian ChampionshipA17 English
8. N Radev vs K Georgiev  0-1331981Bulgarian ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
9. L Popov vs K Georgiev  1-0451981Bulgarian ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
10. K Georgiev vs N Spiridonov  ½-½351981Bulgarian ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
11. J Grigorov vs K Georgiev  ½-½111981Bulgarian ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
12. E Ermenkov vs K Georgiev  ½-½311981Bulgarian ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
13. K Georgiev vs D Donchev  ½-½221981Bulgarian ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. K Georgiev vs P Velikov  0-1461981Bulgarian ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
15. K Georgiev vs D Trifonov  1-0321981Bulgarian ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
16. N Kirov vs K Georgiev  ½-½281981Bulgarian ChampionshipD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
17. K Georgiev vs K Georgiev  1-0621981Bulgarian ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
18. V Lukov vs K Georgiev  ½-½511982BUL-chB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
19. E Prandstetter vs K Georgiev  0-1431982VarnaB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. K Georgiev vs Savon  ½-½571982Varna 21stE10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. V Lukov vs K Georgiev  1-0481983BUL-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Psakhis vs K Georgiev  ½-½211983EUR-chT (Men) 8thE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
23. K Georgiev vs M Cebalo  1-0491983EUR-chT (Men) 8thE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
24. K Georgiev vs P Littlewood  1-0711983EUR-chT (Men) 8thE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
25. A Schneider vs K Georgiev  ½-½421983EUR-chT (Men) 8thE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
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  Tabanus: Biography: (English) (Polish) (Italian) (German) (Dutch)

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  Tabanus: Yesterday, Bulgarian vice champion 2010:

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  Tabanus: And today he won the 30th Open Internacional de Ajedrez "Villa de Benasque" 8-17 July 2010:

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a photo of Kiril's record breaking simul:

Sep-08-10  smaragdus: Kiril Georgiev crossed the 2700 mark for the first time in his entire career as far as I know (he is 45 now) and now is 38th in the live rating, ahead of Morozevich.
Dec-24-10  kramputz: This must be the longest bio
Nov-28-11  whiteshark: <kramputz: This must be the longest bio> Well, the some are even longer, e.g.

Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik

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  Penguincw: Happy 46th birthday and congratz for beating some strong players.
Nov-28-11  theodor: congratulationes, dear compatriot. many GM would envy your palmares(in bulgarian - palamarka)! keep it rigid!
Mar-31-12  wordfunph: 13th European Individual Chess Championship 2012

from official tournament bulletin..

<Two days before the start of the tournament Kiril Georgiev suffered an accident, broke his arm and had surgery the day before his first game.>

his 1st game against Italian IM Stella Andrea (2439) ended in a draw.

Apr-02-12  theodor: congratulationes again, dear compatriot! If there is a coefficient for the age, you should be absolut N 1 !!!
Nov-28-12  Abdel Irada: <theodor: congratulationes again, dear compatriot! If there is a coefficient for the age, you should be absolut N 1 !!!>

Please don't advertise alcoholic beverages on this family-oriented site. ;-)

Dec-05-12  theodor: <<Abdel Irada>: <theodor: congratulationes again, dear compatriot! If there is a coefficient for the age, you should be absolut N 1 !!!> Please don't advertise alcoholic beverages on this family-oriented site. ;-)> dear Abdel, if I change absolut with borzoi, it will sound very strange: "you should be borzoi N 1"!
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  ketchuplover: banned for 3 years by the bulgarian chess federation
Jun-06-15  AsosLight: Why is that?
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  Stonehenge: See
Jun-07-15  fgh: The Bulgarian Chess Federation has disqualified Georgiev for 3 years. Metodi Stoinev has been banned for 3 years too, while Simeon Stoichkov has received a 5 year ban.

Jun-07-15  fgh: Here's a report in English:

Jun-11-15  fgh: Georgiev: "I Will Fight For My Rights"

Mar-26-16  cbpatzer: While fighting for his rights, GM Georgiev releases his full knowledge on the Berlin Endgame opening
Nov-28-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Kiril Georgiev.
Nov-28-16  theodor: dear kiril, i wish you further success, good health and a lot of luck!
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  FSR: <Mr. Georgiev, Wear Down This Tal!> Kiril D Georgiev vs Shaked, 1999 The greatest pun ever used by, but that will change later this year.
Sep-26-20  Zahodjakin: The BCF got angry because, Kiril Georgiev and others gave authorities evidence against them. Not because of any wrong doing on their part. You should make that clear, otherwise it looks like he's the one guilty when he is clearly not.
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