GM Marian Petrov

Marian Petrov is an accomplished professional chess coach, theorist, and Bulgarian champion in 2002 and 2017, as well as the winner of many open tournaments around the world. Also a FIDE trainer and coach of the team of Wales at the last Olympiad in Baku in 2016.

He graduated from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria with a Bachelor’s degree in Chess Pedagogy, a four-year undergraduate program designed to prepare top-level chess trainers.

Marian recorded numerous courses for TheChessWorld as well as written many articles on various chess topics.

Chess Articles by GM Marian Petrov

Best Games from the FIDE Candidates

FIDE Candidates BestAfter the longest half-time break ever, the Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg resumed. Ian Nepomniachtchi won the tournament with8.5 points and a round to spare and thus gained the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship title. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is second with 8 points. Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana have shared third place with […]

Fide Candidates Tournament – Nepomniachtchi Will Face Carlsen: Round 14

fide-candidates-round14The final standings of the Fide Candidates 1. Ian Nepomniachtchi – 8½ 2. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – 8 3. Anish Giri – 7½ 4. Fabiano Caruana – 7½ 5. Ding Liren – 7 6. Alexander Grischuk – 7 7. Kirill Alekseenko – 5½ 8. Wang Hao – 5 The last round might have been not so […]

Fide Candidates Tournament – Nepomniachtchi Wins Early: Round 13

fide-candidates-round13Ian Nepomniachtchi is the winner of the FIDE Candidates Tournament with a round to spare and a new Challenger for the world championship against Magnus Carlsen. Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ended in a draw. The Frenchman has chosen an interesting double fianchetto system where he avoided moving his central pawns. This has allowed white […]

Fide Candidates Tournament – The 4 Wins: Round 12

fide-candidates-round12This round proved to be the most entertaining from the start of the tournament. All four games had a winner and no draws. The game which fans were waiting for was between Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri. The American was a bit surprised by the move order which Giri has played. Now it was not […]

Fide Candidates Tournament – Return of Giri: Round 11

fide-candidates-round11The central game of the day was between the leader Ian Nepomniachtchi and Fabiano Caruana. The Russian had a point advantage and white pieces. He decides to play Scotch. The game went into a well-known variation where the game is quite simple. Black was trying to make it a bit sharper but with simple moves, […]

Fide Candidates Tournament – Nepomniachtchi Strikes Again: Round 10

Nepomniachtchi -strikes-againThe Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated his compatriot Kiril Alekseenko and increased his lead by a full point. Nepomniachtchi’s win, with which he became the world number-three player in the live ratings, was surprisingly smooth and quick. He managed to surprise his opponent in the opening when he went for English, but when black was trying […]

Fide Candidates Tournament – Anish Attack: Round 9

Anish Giri managed to win against Wang Hao in round nine. He is now only half a point behind the leader. The remaining games have finished drawing, no not without a big fight. “It was very important for me to win this game to realistically stay in the race, otherwise it would have been really […]

Fide Candidates Tournament Resumed: Round 8

The second part of the FIDE Candidates Tournament has started in Yekaterinburg. The strongest of the eight participants will earn the right to challenge the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen. The technical opening of the Candidates Tournament took place before the start of the 8th round at the Hyatt Regency hotel. The anthems of Russia and […]

Complete Ruy Lopez with GM Marian Petrov – reviews

Ruy Lopez or as many people know it the Spanish game, is one of the most popular openings played on all levels. And, this course is dedicated to it. Here is how this opening starts: 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5

World Chess Championship 2018 Tiebreaks and Final Results

world chess championship tiebreaksMagnus Carlsen has won 3-0 in the playoff and secures the World Chess Championship title until 2020! By winning in London he joins legends such as Wilhelm Steinitz and Alexander Alekhine with 4 classical WC titles.  In all the games in the rapid, he proved his advantage. In game one Caruana could make a draw […]
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