Your Jungle Guide to 1.d4! – 1A Grandmasters Kotronias and Ivanov are renowned as leading
theoreticians and chess trainers. They offer a unique and world-class repertoire based on 1.d4! They
advocate an ambitious approach for White, with the aim to fight for an advantage in any position.
This is their first joint effort; they tackle the ever- popular Queen’s Gambit Accepted and their
sidelines in Volume 1A and 1B.
We at Thinkers believe their job could not have been done any better.
Vassilios Kotronias was born in 1964 and is the first Greek Grandmaster. He is a former top-50
player and has represented both Greece and Cyprus in many chess Olympiads, mostly on the 1st
board. He has also authored several chess books, his most notable work being a 5-Volume work on
the King’s Indian Defense. He has been extraordinarily successful in individual competitions overall,
winning prestigious events such as Gibraltar, Hastings, Capelle la Grande (in a tie) and numerous
other closed and open tournaments. He did qualify several times for FIDE’s knock-out World Cup
tournament and participated often in European Individual Championships, as well as club events. He
won trophies with prestigious chess clubs in the leagues of Greece, Serbia, Italy, Sweden, Hungary
etc. As a trainer he has coached the Greek National team and strong world class players like Alexei
Shirov, Veselin Topalov and Nigel Short.
Your Jungle Guide to 1.d4! – 1A
Mikhail Ivanov, was born in 1969, Bryansk, Russia. He earned his Grandmaster title in 1993 and won
countless chess events in the European chess circuits. We remember him being among the winners
of one the largest opens in Europe (the Neckar Open, now better known as the Grenke Chess Open),
2002 with L.Aronian and winning this event in 1998. He played for several different European clubs
in the Bundesliga, Austria, Iceland, Finland, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Czech Republic, etc.
During the European Club Championship in Ohrid (2009), he took 3rd place on the 2nd board. He
mainly focused now on coaching and writing.