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IM Diyan Kostadinov
    diyanDiyan Kostadinov was born on 21st January 1982 in Burgas, Bulgaria. He has been playing chess since 1997 and later he becomes a student vice-champion of the town. Diyan began composing in 2000 and his first published problem won 2nd Prize in the threemover section of the Bulgarian chess magazine “Shahmatna misal”
   So far Diyan  has composed and published about 300 problems of all genres of composition and has won a great number of prizes in tournaments all over the world including Olympic Silver medal in 2010 (for Selfmates), Olympic Gold Medal in 2016 (for Selfmates), 2nd place for the World Cup in 2010 (for Fairy problems), 2nd place for the World Cup in 2011 and 2013 (for Selfmates) and Bronze medal in Selfmate section of the World Championship in composing for individuals 2010-2012.
   Diyan Kostadinov is awarded the title of National Master of Sports in chess composition (many times over reached the normatives for awarding this title just in 1 year!). From 2015 he is also "International Master of the FIDE for chess composition". Diyan has 28 FIDE Album points (the collections of the best chess problems from three year periods). He is International Judge of FIDE for chess composition (selfmates and fairies).
   Diyan is an author of many scientific articles in international magazines and he has also delivered lectures on World congresses for chess composition. In 2006 Diyan has published a book with the selection of his problems.
   He is the inventor of the fairy conditions "KoBul Kings", "Anti Take & Make", "Circe X", "SneK chess" and "Circle SneK".
    It is probably interesting that Diyan is also a magician. Using the artistic name "Hektor", he is a laureate from the  professional magician festivals: Smolyan 2001 (Excellent Prize of the Jury), 3rd Balkan Congress of magicians - Belgrad 2002 (3rd Prize for Manipulations), Sofia 2003 (The Golden cylinder), 4th Balkan Congress of magicians - Sofia 2004 (2nd Prize for Manipulations), 5th Balkan Congress of magicians - Istanbul 2006 (3rd Prize in Close-Up category and Special Prize for Manipulations), European and 6th Balkan Congress of magicians - Sofia 2008 (1st Prize in Card Magic category and Special prize for Manipulations).
    Diyan works as a General Manager of casino Hrisantema (Sunny Beach, Bulgaria). He is also a project manager of ChessComposer - an app for Adroid OS smartphones and tablets.
    Since 2008 Diyan has been married to Snejina.
    To see his selected compositions, please click HERE. 


+10 #1 seetharaman 2012-07-14 18:42
Congrats on winning yet another prize. This time the first prize in the Problemist Selfmate Tourney 2010. Excellent problem fully deserving the award !
+8 #2 dkostadinov 2012-07-15 06:26
Thank you Ram!
+10 #3 seetharaman 2012-07-17 20:06
You do work magic with your problems ! But how about a video of one of your magic tricks? !!
+9 #4 dkostadinov 2012-07-18 00:45
OK :) I will include some magic tricks video here :) But before that I plannig to make some chess composition video presentations for the site.
+4 #5 Rajendiran Raju 2015-08-14 04:14
Congratulations Mr.Diyan Kostadinov for achieving the Title "International Master of the FIDE for Chess Compositions"
+4 #6 Shankar Ram 2015-08-16 08:17
Oh Yes! Congratulations, IM Diyan!
You have to update this page Now. ;-)
By the way, you should also include your work for the Chess Composer App here.. :-)
+4 #7 Seetharaman Kalyan 2015-08-16 10:19
Congrats Diyan! Though now concentrating on selfmates and Fairies I see that your selected problems has excellent problems in all genres. Really versatile.... and in other fields too like magic!
+2 #8 Diyan Kostadinov 2015-08-16 23:13
Thank you Raju, Shankar and Seetharaman!

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