Archive for June, 2009

History of Bulgarian Team Championships

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

In the last blog note I mentioned additional sources I had recently come across that were the focus of new work. This post is to say a little more about one of them.

The Bulgarian Chess Federation website ( is where I found a new book in the “Bulgarian Chess Archives” series. This series also features the 5 volume (and growing) set on the Bulgarian Championships. But the new title I was excited to find is:

Team Championships 1931-1981
Edited by Stefan Sergiev
ISBN 978-954-9541-68-1

The book contains team crosstables for most of the Team Championship events in the period, some background information on the event, and a sampling of individual game scores for each. The number of games varies, but for example, the chapter on the 1964 championship contains the scores of about 60 games. Overall, the book has 961 games.

I already had posted a few of the events on my website, but this will greatly expand the coverage with additional information that was unavailable to me before. I am currently in the process of creating the team crosstables in my standard format. I will also be correcting some cases of crosstables that I previously had posted (but now have better information).

So look for this to be announced in the What’s New section on the homepage within a week or so!

A note on new sources

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Just a quick note on new sources and materials I have come across that will be reflected in upcoming postings to the website:
– Vol 5 of Sergiev’s Bulgarian Championships (1967-1973) fills in some missing Minev games from those years.
– A new Bulgarian title by Parva covering the history of the Bulgarian Team Championships. This has both new Minev games missing from my collection, and also crosstables of the tournament standings. I will be posting these in upcoming weeks.
– Some new Minev games received from Andy Ansel. The total collection now is at 1200 games. The list on the website will be refreshed.
– Adding a number of new crosstables (100+) from 1920-1950 from material that I have received permission to use (from C. Sericano’s website files). This should fill in a number of international and national events currently missing from those years. (He also has other files from other years that I will add after completing the 1920-1950 period).
– Several new Minev books are being worked on, including a couple of new titles in the “Fifty Great Short Games” series.