Kiril Georgiev

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Kiril Georgiev
Kiril georgiev 2011.jpg
Georgiev in 2011
CountryBulgaria (1982–2002; 2004–2018)
North Macedonia (2002–2004; 2018–present)
Born (1965-11-28) 28 November 1965 (age 55)
Petrich, Bulgaria
TitleGrandmaster (1985)
FIDE rating2577 (October 2021)
Peak rating2695 (July 2001)

Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev (Bulgarian: Кирил Димитров Георгиев; born 28 November 1965 in Petrich) is a Bulgarian and Macedonian chess grandmaster, and seven-time Bulgarian Chess Champion.

Chess career[edit]

Georgiev first caught the eye of the chess world in 1983, when he became the World Junior Champion with an unusually strong score of 11½ out of 13. This result automatically gave him the International Master title. Two years later, FIDE awarded him the Grandmaster title.

In the process of becoming the Bulgarian Champion of 1984 (shared), 1986 and 1989, he rapidly became recognised as Bulgaria's number one player, taking over from Ivan Radulov and eventually giving way to Veselin Topalov. He has represented his country at the Chess Olympiad many times, playing on either board 1 or 2. Exceptionally, in 2002 he played for Macedonia, while he was temporarily resident there.

At the 1988 World Blitz Championship in Saint John, Canada, Kiril Georgiev finished third after eliminating world champion Garry Kasparov (3 - 1) in the quarterfinal. In the semifinal he lost to Rafael Vaganian (3.5 - 4.5). The tournament was eventually won by Mikhail Tal.[1]

His record in international competition has been remarkable, considering that he has never quite reached supergrandmaster status (Elo 2700 or above). He was a winner at Sarajevo 1986 (and would meet board boy Ivan Sokolov there again, some 15 years later), San Bernardino 1988, Elenite (Burgas) 1992 (ahead of Sokolov, Topalov, Josif Dorfman, Yuri Razuvayev and Vassilios Kotronias) and the 1993 Budapest Zonal (ahead of Judit Polgár and Ľubomír Ftáčnik). He repeated his Elenite success in 1995 (with Topalov, ahead of Nigel Short, Boris Gulko and Sergey Dolmatov) and won at Belgrade 2000 (ahead of Alexander Beliavsky and Ulf Andersson).

Since 2000, his achievements have been no less impressive. First at Sarajevo 2001 (his first Category 16 tournament win - ahead of Topalov, Ilya Smirin, Alexei Dreev and Ivan Sokolov) and first at Bad Wörishofen 2002. At Gibraltar Chess Festival, he was joint winner (with Levon Aronian, Zahar Efimenko, Alexei Shirov and Emil Sutovsky) in 2005[2] and the outright winner in 2006 (ahead of Short, Sutovsky, Shirov, Vladimir Akopian and Viktor Bologan) with an 8½/10 score. This was also the year that he won a bronze medal at the European Individual Chess Championship (behind Zdenko Kožul and Vassily Ivanchuk). At the Aeroflot Open in Moscow, he finished only a half point off the lead.

Accordingly, these results have caused his Elo rating to advance rapidly during 2005 and 2006, reaching 2680 in July 2006, and placing him at number 26 in the (FIDE) World's 100 top players.

Georgiev has also participated in the World Chess Championship cycle. In 1990, he qualified for the Interzonal Tournament in Manila and placed a creditable 14th out of 64, surpassing expectation and losing only to Alexei Dreev. At Groningen in 1997, he lost in round 4 to Loek van Wely. In December 2009, he tied for 1st-4th with Georg Meier, Julio Granda and Viktor Láznička in the 19th Magistral Pamplona Tournament.[3] In 2010, he came third at the World Chess Open in León.[4] In 2011 he won the 29th Andorra Open.[5]

In 2009, he broke the world record for the most simultaneous chess games played: 360 games in just over 14 hours. He won 284, drew 70 and lost 6 for a total score of 88%. A score of at least 80% was required for the record to be accepted.[6]

He won the Bulgarian championship again for three consecutive years, in 2013, 2014 and 2015.


  1. ^ "1988 World Blitz Championship".
  2. ^ Crowther, Mark (2005-02-07). "The Week in Chess 535: Masters International". London Chess Center. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  3. ^ Crowther, Mark. "The Week in Chess: 19th Pamplona International". Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Michal Krasenkow wins World Chess Open Leon 2010". Chessdom. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark. "The Week in Chess: 29th Andorra Open". Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Georgiev breaks Guinness Simul Record". ChessBase. Dejan Bojkov. Retrieved 16 January 2015.

External links[edit]

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