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Vasilios Kotronias : biography

25 August 1964 -

Vasilios Kotronias ( first name sometimes spelled Vasilios, born 25 August 1964) is a Greek chess grandmaster and chess author.

Kotronias was awarded the titles of International Master in 1986 and Grandmaster in 1990. He is nine-time Greek Champion.

Between 1998 and 2004, he represented Cyprus, but has since switched Federations to become a Greek national player once again.

Notable games

International tournament record

  • 1st 1988 Athens (Acropolis International)
  • 1st 1993 Komotini
  • 1st 1993 Corfu
  • 1st 1994 Gausdal
  • 1st 1995 Greek Championship
  • 1st 1995 Gausdal
  • 1st 1996 Rishon le Zion
  • 1st 1998 Panormo

Team events

In team chess, he has participated in many Chess Olympiads since 1984, including eight on top board, with a healthy overall plus score of +55 −27 = 55. In seven appearances at the European Team Chess Championships, all played at board one, he made a score of +19 −13 = 26. At León, in 2001, he earned an individual silver medal for his score of 5½/8.


  • (With Andreas Tzermiadianos) Beating the Petroff, Sterling Pub Co Inc, 2005.
  • Beating the Flank Openings, Batsford Chess Library, 1998.
  • Beating the Caro-Kann, Batsford Chess Library, 1994.
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