Vasilios Kotronias

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Vasilios Kotronias
Kotronias GM.JPG
Full name Vasilios Kotronias
Country  Greece
Born (1964-08-25) August 25, 1964 (age 50)
Athens, Greece
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2555 (May 2015)
Peak rating 2628 (January 2008)

Vasilios Kotronias (Greek: Βασίλειος Κοτρωνιάς; first name sometimes spelled Vassilios, born 25 August 1964) is a Greek chess grandmaster and chess author.

Kotronias was awarded the titles of International Master in 1986 and Grandmaster in 1990. He is nine-time Greek Champion.[1]

Between 1998 and 2004, he represented Cyprus, but has since switched Federations to become a Greek national player once again.

He is a candidate for the European Parliament with The River, in the elections of 25 May 2014.

International tournament record[edit]

Most played openings[edit]

With the White pieces[3] With the Black pieces
Sicilian (212) Sicilian (188)
Ruy Lopez (117) King's Indian (140)
French Defense (71) Sicilian Richter-Rauser (55)
Ruy Lopez, Closed (62) English (27)
French Tarrasch (57) Queen's Pawn Game (25)
Caro-Kann (49) Queen's Gambit Declined (18)

Team events[edit]

In team chess, he has participated in many Chess Olympiads since 1984, including eight on top board, with a healthy overall plus score of +63 −29 = 62 (61%). In seven appearances at the European Team Chess Championships, all played at board one, he made a score of +19 −13 = 26. At León, in 2001, he earned an individual silver medal for his score of 5½/8. He also earned a bronze medal for his performance on the second board at the Dresden Olympiad 2008 and a gold medal for his performance on the reserve board at the Warsaw European Team Championship 2013.

Notable games[edit]


  • Carlsen's Assault on the Throne (2013) by Vassilios Kotronias & Sotiris Logothetis
  • Kotronias on the King's Indian Fianchetto Systems by Vassilios Kotronias (2013)
  • Kotronias, Vassilios (2011). The Grandmaster Battle Manual. Quality Chess. ISBN 978-1-906552-52-7.
  • (With Andreas Tzermiadianos) Beating the Petroff, Sterling Pub Co Inc, 2005.
  • Beating the Flank Openings, Batsford Chess Library, 1998.
  • Beating the Caro-Kann, Batsford Chess Library, 1994.


  1. ^ "The Grandmaster Battle Manual". Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Crowther, Mark (1998-11-09). "The Week in Chess 209: Zonal 1.5 Panormo, Crete". London Chess Center. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  3. ^ "The chess games of Vasilios Kotronias". 

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