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Valeri Lilov
V Lilov 
Photograph courtesy of Valeri Lilov.  
Number of games in database: 132
Years covered: 2001 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2438
Highest rating achieved in database: 2443

Overall record: +80 -17 =32 (74.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (20) 
    B23 B81 B20 B56 B43
 English (7) 
    A16 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A46 E00 A45
 French Defense (4) 
    C10 C00 C16
 Four Knights (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (11) 
    B31 B46 B32 B52 B50
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A45 D02 A46 D05
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C78 C85 C90 C97 C77
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
    C53 C50 C54
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E12 E17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Lilov vs M Bojchev, 2005 1-0
   V Lilov vs K T Todorov, 2013 1-0
   V Lilov vs O Todorov, 2013 1-0
   Topalov vs V Lilov, 2005 0-1
   V Lilov vs T Anton, 2001 1-0
   V Onyshchuk vs V Lilov, 2001 1/2-1/2
   V Lilov vs B Rzayev, 2009 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (2008)
   Golden Sands (2012)

   🏆 Varna op 7th
   V Lilov vs B Georgiev (Jun-27-13) 1-0
   V Lilov vs B Banov (Jun-25-13) 1-0
   L G Abdalla vs V Lilov (Jun-24-13) 1/2-1/2
   V Lilov vs M Bizovi (Jun-23-13) 1-0
   V Lilov vs M Nikolov (Jun-21-13) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-09-1991, 31 years old) Bulgaria

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Valeri Lilov was born July 9th, 1991 in Varna, Bulgaria. He learned chess from his father when he was seven. At age eight Lilov achieved a Bulgarian Chess Federation rating of 1985, the highest rating in the national U10 division. In 2000, Valeri Lilov became the U10 European individual school chess champion in Moscow, Russia. Between the years 2000 and 2006, he repeatedly won the National individual chess championships for boys for his respective age divisions.

In 2003, Lilov was bestowed the city award "Varna" by his hometown mayor, Kiril Yordanov. In 2005, Lilov achieved thirty-two wins in a row, all from national championships, which included two victories in simultaneous exhibitions against Bulgarian grandmasters Veselin Topalov and Kiril D Georgiev. In the same year, Valeri was also selected to receive the presidential award from the president of Republic of Bulgaria at the time, Georgi Parvanov, in recognition of his achievements and overall contribution to chess. In 2006, Valeri Lilov won the Abritus Cup Tournament held in Razgrad, Bulgaria, which was one of the strongest tournaments in Bulgaria at the time. In 2008, Valeri Lilov earned the title of FIDE Master, and in 2013 he earned the title of International Master.

Since 2007, Lilov has been a chess coach and personal trainer over the internet. Playchess hosted Lilov's chess broadcast, Tiger Lilov's Chess Show. He subsequently started to work for ChessBase,, ICC, ChessLecture, and ChessCube. In 2010, he recorded ChessBase DVDs on The Sicilian Kan and The Queen's Gambit Accepted. Lilov continues his collaboration with ChessBase by leading a weekly lecture every Monday on Playchess. For ICC and, he records short thematic lectures.

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 135  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Pap vs V Lilov  0-1432001EYCC B10A07 King's Indian Attack
2. V Lilov vs F Bekarovski  1-0282001EYCC B10C45 Scotch Game
3. I Chirila vs V Lilov  ½-½772001EYCC B10B32 Sicilian
4. V Lilov vs M Matlakov  0-1202001EYCC B10B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
5. A Hohluks vs V Lilov  0-1582001EYCC B10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. V Lilov vs M Roganovic  1-0482001EYCC B10C49 Four Knights
7. P Kruglyakov vs V Lilov  1-0322001EYCC B10B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
8. V Lilov vs T Anton  1-0282001EYCC B10C22 Center Game
9. V Onyshchuk vs V Lilov  ½-½722001EYCC B10B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. N Dobrev vs V Lilov  0-1372004Semifinal BUL-chA80 Dutch
11. V Lilov vs M Nikolov  0-1602004BUL-ch qualA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
12. V Lilov vs H Ivelinov  1-0422005I-st International Chess FestivalD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. I Enchev vs V Lilov  0-1312005The Hopes of The WorldA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
14. Topalov vs V Lilov 0-1352005Simul MTelA80 Dutch
15. V Lilov vs M Bojchev 1-0352005National Team Championship BU14B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
16. K Georgiev vs V Lilov  0-1582005SimulA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
17. M Nikolov vs V Lilov  1-0672006BUL-ch qualA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M Nikolov vs V Lilov  0-1482006Razgrad Cup OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Kasparov vs V Lilov 0-1592007Internet game, 4m + 1sB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. Kulaots vs V Lilov  1-0592007Istanbul opB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
21. V Lilov vs P Arnaudov  1-03720076th Kesarovski - Georgiev MemC16 French, Winawer
22. V Lilov vs G Grigorov  1-0322008Georgi Tringov memB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. V Lilov vs K Andreev  1-040200872nd Bulgarian Men ChampionshiB54 Sicilian
24. V Lilov vs L Katov  1-028200872nd Bulgarian Men Championship Semi-fiA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. G Filev vs V Lilov  ½-½35200872nd Bulgarian Men ChampionshiB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 135  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-09-08  ketchuplover: He's offering chess training and lessons.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: His homepage with further informations:
Jun-28-09  kramputz: Hello Valeri

I checked out your Web site.
Here is some contractive criticism.

1. The set up is too wide and half the page is cut off. (no, it's not my computer !!)

2. There are too much graphics and colors and it makes it too long to down load. Some viewers might lose patience and won't wait to look at the rest.

3. As I am writing this; still wafting for the download.

4. Keep it simple, fast and do not try to show off with your "graphic design" skill.

Wishing you the best and good luck.


Jul-10-12  Shams: Soon to be an IM, having just picked up his third norm despite coming down with the flu in the late rounds of the tournament. Great game annotated here:
Premium Chessgames Member
  pawn to QB4: Don't know if you ever come here, but if you do, I want to say great credit to you for your work on the Ivanov case. I hope it's long remembered by anyone wanting to take the quick dishonest route to the top. You've done chess a real service.
Oct-06-13  RedShield: Nice cardigan. Did you knit it yourself?
Oct-09-13  JustAnotherPatzer: i second what <pawn to QB4> says, great work on the Ivanov cheating scandal - and congratulations on gaining your third IM norm - fantastic achievement, more power to you Valeri.
Oct-15-13  kereru: There are plenty of far more notable players who don't write their own bios. Can't we keep this more objective and get rid of the blatant self-promotion?
Oct-15-13  Billy Vaughan: I cleaned up the bio a bit. It's still kinda promotional, but at least it's not filled with overly enthusiastic adjectives.
Mar-09-15  ketchuplover: is currently #195 on
Premium Chessgames Member
  scutigera: If you're as old as I am, it's hard to see that picture and not think "Nigel Short + Pee Wee Herman."
Jul-15-21  Nosnibor: His he going to be player of the day for the rest of 2021?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Let's not alert the admin. First, they should be paying attention to the main features of their own site. Second, it would be neat to set a record of some sort for most same player of the days in a row.

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