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.
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.
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