Ivan Cheparinov

A top 100 GM, ready to step in the 2700 super GM club

Cheparinov thinking

GM Ivan Cheparinov

A top 100 GM, ready to step in the 2700+ super GM club, Ivan Cheparinov is one of our most fierce young lions. He started playing chess at the age of 5. At age of 12 he already had in his hands the junior chess title of Bulgaria. Coached by his father, Nedelcho Cheparinov, Ivan started winning tournament after tournament.

His first big appearance on the international scene was in Wijk an Zee where he got his first IM norm. Since that moment, Ivan started working with manager Silvio Danailov. The young lion went through a series of open tournaments in Spain. He won a total of 6 first places. This increased his self confidence and he started defeating his opponents one after the other. In 2004 Ivan felt ready to attack the national championship of Bulgaria. He got the amazing 9.5/13, leaving behind names such as GM Boris Chatalbashev (current Bulgarian champion), GM Vasil Spasov, IM Krasimir Rusev, GM Petar Genov, etc. Later this year Cheparinov got his GM title.

Ivan Cheparinov – Vassily Ivanchuk


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. b6 d6 6. Nc3 Nbd7 7. a4 a5 8. e4 g6 9. Nf3 Bg7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Qxb6 12. Nd2 Ba6 13. Nb5 Rfb8 14. Qc2 Qd8 15. Nc4 Nb6 16. Nca3 Ne8 17. Rb1 Nc7 18. b3 Bxb5 19. Nxb5 Na6 20. Bg5 Nb4 21. Qd2 Qd7 22. f4 Rb7 23. f5 Qe8 24. Rf3 Nd7 25. Rbf1 Be5 26. Rh3 f6 27. Be3 g5 28. g4 Rc8 29. Bc4 Bd4 30. Nxd4 cxd4 31. Bxg5 Ne5 32. Bh6 d3 33. g5 Qf7 34. Rg3 Kh8 35. g6 hxg6 36. fxg6 Nxg6 37. Rf5 Ne5 38. Bf8 Qh7 39. Bg7+ Qxg7 40. Rh5+ Kg8 41. Rxg7+ Kxg7 42. Qh6+
Kf7 43. Qh7+ Ke8 44. Qf5 1-0

On the April 2007 list GM Cheparinov reached his highest rating. With a total of ELO 2646 he is currently 64th in the world. However, this is the least we can expect from him. Ivan has dedicated much of his career to helping VeselinTopalov. The young GM has been second to the 19th world champion since the beginning of 2005. Many chess specialists see Ivan as a key part in the ELO jump of GM Topalov and his fantastic performance in San Luis and other top tournaments.

That is a logical conclusion, since Topalov-Cheparinov tandem always brings novelties in the openings. Maybe the basis of the chess innovations comes from Cheparinov’s work with modern chess software. In many interviews the young GM shared that he finds in computer analysis the future of chess.

Cheparinov and Danailov

Cheparinov with his manager Danailov

Ivan shows a lot of desire in every game. When he won the Essent open group in Hoogeveen, Silvio Danailov said, “Ivan? He is the next Topalov.”

Ivan Cheparinov – Steve Berger


1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 b5 6. Nbd2 Bb4 7. Bg2 bxc4 8. bxc4 Bxc4 9. Rb1 Qe7 10. a3 Bxd2+ 11. Nxd2 Bd5 12. e4 Bc6 13. Qc2 O-O 14. O-O Qe8 15. a4 d6 16. Ba3 Qd7 17. Rfc1 Bxa4 18. Qxc7 Qxc7 19. Rxc7 Nc6 20. d5 exd5 21.exd5 Ne5 22. Bxd6 Rfe8 23. Be7 a6 24. Bxf6 gxf6 25. Ne4 Kg7 26. f4 Ng4 27. Nd6 Reb8 28. Rxf7+ Kg8 29. Rbb7 Rxb7 30. Rxb7 Rd8 31. Nf5 Bd7 32. Nd4 Kf8 33. Bf3 f5 34. Nc6 1-0

In the last several competitions Ivan always finishes top of the table. He has recently won Sigeman & Co with the fantastic 1,5 points ahead of Jan Timman, Berg, and Hillarp Persson. Before that he finished equal points with the winner of the European Individual Championship and shared first in the Morelia open.

Interview with Ivan Cheparinov