Grandmaster Atanas Kolev

Grandmaster Atanas Kolev

Atanas Ivanov Kolev ( born 15 of July 1967) is a Bulgarian  chess grandmaster with a more than 30 years of practice. 
He started at the age of 10 and became an international master (IM) in 1988. He won the grandmaster title(GM) in 1993 and can claim more than 60 victories in international chess tournaments throughout the world.
He had worked as a coach of the Bulgarian women’s  national team and also had helped some of the best Bulgarian chess players (like ex –world champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova, GM Kiril Georgiev, GM Vasil Spasov, etc.). Atanas Kolev helps and works with talented young players in the last years.
 Grandmaster Kolev and fellow Bulgarian grandmaster Kiril Georgiev are co-authors of The Sharpest Sicilian, a book about the Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defense, which was published in 2007. Five years after the first edition, the book was completely rewritten and redesigned - The Sharpest Sicilian 2012.
Atanas and Macedonian grandmaster Trajko Nedev are co-authors of The Easiest Sicilian, a book about the Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian, which was published in 2008.

Currently GM Kolev lives and works as a chess coach in Las Vegas.
The modern technologies are very useful for the chess lessons and GM Kolev uses mainly Skype and ICC for his lectures and classes with his students. 

If you would like to learn how to play chess, to improve your chess skills or you need a quality chess training, please do not hesitate to send an email: kolevatanas@hotmail.com or contact directly at: 702-330-1850.


Tournament victories


Year
Tournament
Place
Ranking
1
1988
Plovdiv Open
Plovdiv
1
2
1989
Bad Ragaz Open, Switzerland
Bad Ragaz
1
3
1990
Toulouse Open, France
Toulouse
1-3
4
1990
Cannes Open, France
Cannes
1-6
5
1990
XI Obert internacional de l'Hospitalet de l'Infant
Hospitalet de l'Infant
1
6
1991
Caldas de Reis(Galicia) Open
Caldas de Reis
1
7
1992
56 Bulgarian Ind. Championship
Bankya
1
8
1992
Tortosa Open
Tortosa
1
9
1993
VI Obert internacional de Sant Cugat
Sant Cugat
1
10
1993
III Open Internacional La Pobla de Lillet
La Pobla de Lillet
1
11
1993
X Torneo Abierto Internacional Collado Villalba
Collado Villalba
1
12
1993
II Obert internacional de Vilanova i la Geltrú
Vilanova i la Geltrú
1
13
1994
Round Robin, 9 cat., Elenite
Bourgas, Elenite
1
14
1995
Qmbol, mem. Angel Milev,
Qmbol
1
15
1995
Pernik, sponsored by Ognqn Antonov
Pernik
1-2
16
1995
Hockenheim Open
Hockenheim
1
17
1995
I Open "Posada de los Portales" Tomelloso
Ciudad Real
1
18
1995
IV Open Internacional Ciudad de Isla Cristina,
Isla Cristina
1
19
1996
V Abierto Cidade das Burgas
Orense
1
20
1996
VI Obert Ciutat de Reus
Reus
1
21
1997
II Obert Infant Pere
Hospitalet de l'Infant
1 - 5
22
1997
III Open Internacional UDAPI
Alicante
1
23
1998
XV Obert Club escacs Vulcà
Barcelona
1
24
1998
XXI Obert internacional del Vallès
Barberà del Vallès
1
25
1998
Durango
Durango
1
26
1998
X Festival Ibercaja " Memorial Dr. Rey Ardid"
Zaragoza
1
27
1998
Amposta,
Amposta
1
28
1998
Ciudad Real, 26.12-04.01.1999
Ciudad Real
1
29
1999
IX Obert Ciutat de Lleida
Lleida
1
30
1999
Obert internacional de Castellar del Vallès
Castellar del Vallès
1
31
1999
XIV Abierto Int. de Ajedrez Ciudad de Sevilla
Sevilla
1
32
1999
XIII Abierto Villa de Estadilla
Huesca
1 - 2
33
1999
I Open Villa de Salou
Salou
1
34
1999
IV Memorial Leandro Mercader Cegarra
Los Alcázares
1 - 3
35
2000
Durango
Durango
1
36
2000
Campionat Individual de Catalunya,
Barcelona
1
37
2000
Carboneras
Carboneras(Almeria)
1
38
2001
I Cerrado Internacional Badalona
Badalona
1
39
2001
Puebla de Montalban
Puebla de Montalban
1
40
2001
Zaragoza
Zaragoza
1
41
2001
XXVII Ciudad de Badalona
Badalona
1
42
2001
VII Virgen de Valencia
Viono(Santander)
1
43
2001
Socuellamos
Socuellamos
1
44
2001
Alzira(Valencia)
Alzira
1
45
2001
Barcelona
Barcelona
1
46
2003
IV Abierto Internacional "Villa de Gójar"
Gójar
1
47
2004
III Torneig escacs actius Terrassa
Terrassa
1
48
2004
VI Open Internacional Torrdembarra
Torredembarra
1
49
2005
Torneo Internacional Paz de Ziganda
Pamplona
1
50
2005
VII Villa de Salou
Salou
1-2
51
2007
I Abierto Ciudad de la Laguna
La Laguna
1
52
2007
Torneo Internacional Paz de Ziganda
Pamplona
1
53
2008
Las Vegas National Open
Las Vegas
1 - 6
54
2009
24 Acropolis Open
Chalkida
1 - 4
55
2010
32 Plovdiv Open
Plovdiv
1
56
2011
33 Plovdiv Open
Plovdiv
1
57
2011
Albena Open
Albena
1 - 2
58
2011
Plovdiv, Kan Krum
Plovdiv
1 - 4
59
2011
20th annual Midway Ch.
Chicago
1
60
2011
First Annual Int.Chess Festival
Detroit
1
61
2012
2 San Bernardino Open
San Bernardino
1