Nikolay Dimitrov is a famous Bulgarian chess composer. He was born on 19th October 1929 in Dryanovo and since 1933 he has been living in Varna. Nikolay Dimitrov began playing chess at the age of 14. He became a junior champion of Varna in 1945 and 1946, and in 1948 he became a student champion of the city.
He began composing chess problems in 1946 and to date he has composed over 1000 compositions (mostly twomovers, threemovers, and studies as well), he has also won over 180 awards in international tournaments, whereof 13 first places. He has 6.5 FIDE Album points.
By profession he is an electrical designer, and he has participated in major projects in many European countries. He was awarded three Medals of Labor.
In 1969 at the World Congress of Chess Composition in Varna he was included in the subcommittee drafting a regulation on holding World Chess Solving Championship. The following year he moved to Frankfurt at the invitation of Gerhard Jensch, where they finalized their ideas on the regulation of the championship and at the idea of Nikolay Dimitrov it was decided to be a team championship. The proposal was approved at the next World Congress yet, held in The Hague (the Netherlands) in 1971, and then it was finally approved at the congress in Pula (Yugoslavia) in 1972.
In 1976 an experimental tournament under this Regulation took place in Varna, involving representative teams from Bulgaria, Finland, FRG, Yugoslavia, USSR, Poland, Romania and Hungary. Through this tournament some weaknesses in the system were found and after the correction thereof in 1977 during the World Congress of Chess Composition in Yugoslavia the first World Chess Solving Championship was held, having as its judge Nikolay Dimitrov.
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