Nikolay Minev, Bulgarian chess player, Died at 85


Nikolay (or Nikolai) Nikolaev Minev was born on November 8, 1931, and died on March 10, 2017.

He was a Bulgarian chess International Master (IM) and noted chess author.

He was born on 8 November 1931, in Rousse, Bulgaria.

Minev was awarded the IM title by FIDE in 1960.

Nikolay was the champion of Bulgaria in 1953, 1965, and 1966.

Minev played for Bulgaria in the Chess Olympiad six times (1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1966).

His best international results were: third at Varna in 1960, second at Warsaw in 1961, tie for first at Sombor in 1966, and second at Albena in 1975.

Minev contributed to early editions of the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings and the Encyclopaedia of Chess Endings (see Chess endgame literature).

He and his wife emigrated to the United States in the mid-1980s and settled in Seattle, Washington.

Minev was associated with Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan and his magazine Inside Chess in the 1980s and 1990s.

Minev died in Seattle.

Nikolay Minev passed away at 85 years old.