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Sad news: IM Krassimir Gandev passed away today
krassimir.gandev(12.04.2019) I am sad to inform that the great bulgarian chess composer IM Krassimir Gandev passed away today... He was with bad health for several years and today he lost the fight. Krassimir Gandev was fantastic composer and also good solver in the past. Here you can see more about him and some of his best compositions.


Gandev was born on 21st March 1946 in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria).
He made his first steps in chess composition in 1966 when he met Petko Petkov in Sofia and the following active cooperation and contacts which he maintained with other famous Bulgarian composers and also with editors of foreign magazines contributed to his quick advancement in this art. His contribution in West Germany was exceptionally successful and his chess problems were published and accepted with great triumph in magazines such as “Schach Echo”,”Feenschach” and “Die Schwalbe”. His style of composing was distinguished with his originality of ideas and perfect form. He liked using the fairy condition “Circe” and created exclusive masterpieces in this field and his favorite theme was “Allumwandlung” with which he realized dozens of incredible problems.

Gandev won many prizes in almost all fields of the chess composition as a composer and solver. In 1977 he became the first official Bulgarian chess solving champion.

Krassimir Gandev was given the title “International master of chess composition” in 1988 and now he has 59.33 FIDE Album points. But when the GM title was very near and absolutely real objective a long pause followed which has been for nearly two decades now due to business and health reasons. However during the last years the prominent Bulgarian chess composer has been active again and has begun composing so his exceptional chess problems make glad the admirers of this art again.
The great bulgarian composer passed away this morning - 12.04.2019 in Sofia (Bulgaria). Our deep condolences to his family!
At Gandev's home during his 70th Jubilee celebration - Sofia 2016
Krassimir Gandev, Klara (his wife), Diyan Kostadinov, Petko Petkov
Krassimir Gandev with his son Simeon and his wife Klara (Sofia 2016)
Klara and Krassimir on the Sand sculptures festival in Burgas during
our first meeting in my born city few years ago
Krassimir Gandev Selected compositions


+3 #1 Seetharaman Kalyan 2019-04-12 14:12
Sad news. So many fantastic problems. That #3 (in No.2) with remarkable play with multiple dual avoidance on f5 is memorable.
+4 #2 Shankar Ram 2019-04-12 14:17
Sad news. I always remember his miniature h#s with neutral Ps and Circe.
+2 #3 Rajendiran Raju 2019-04-12 17:05
May his Soul rest in peace ....
+3 #4 Manfred Rittirsch 2019-04-12 17:08
What a loss!There are a lot of his problems among my all time favorites, like PDB P1177754, P1294977 or P1299869.
+2 #5 Kenan Velikhanov 2019-04-12 17:11
My condolences to family and friends
+4 #6 Paul Raican 2019-04-13 05:00
Great lost. I analyzed some of his problems in the past, but not enough. His work is part of the universal heritage. Rest in peace.
+3 #7 Mario Parrinello 2019-04-13 16:00
Very sad news.
I never meet him but I studied some of his masterpieces.
My sincere condolences to his family and Bulgarian chess friends.
+3 #8 Dirk Borst 2019-04-15 20:06
A great loss for the Bulgarian chess problemists, but his beautiful compositions remain with us. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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