Milko Bobotsov

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Milko Bobotsov in 1965
Milko Bobotsov in 1966

Milko Georgiev Bobotsov (Bulgarian: Милко Георгиев Бобоцов; 30 October 1931 Plovdiv – 3 April 2000 Sofia, Bulgaria[1]) was the first Bulgarian to attain the chess title of Grandmaster, achieving this title in 1961. Prior to gaining the title he won the Bulgarian national championship in 1958. Probably his best result was equal second at the powerful Alekhine Memorial tournament in Moscow in 1967. Other successes included first or shared first places at Varna 1957, Pécs (Asztalos Memorial) 1964 and Sarajevo, Bosna 1971.

He was not a full-time chess player, working as an instructor of gymnastics for several years before suffering a near-fatal stroke in 1972 that severely curtailed his chess and other activities. He was married to the Woman Grandmaster Antonia Ivanova.


  1. ^ Почина Милко Бобоцов Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine.. (4 April 2000)

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