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How I became an International Master

Most of you are surely accustomed to this opening line – “Hello this is FIDE Master Valeri Lilov…” Guess what, that is no more. I am now officially an International Master and would like to thank you all for the great support in my chess career. This title was officially awarded to me at the 84th FIDE Congress in Tallinn, Estonia.

To achieve the title, I participated in three very strong Open tournaments earlier this year and managed to score my third and last IM norm. It was 27 games and many strong matches I played during one month of this year’s chess summer.

In this week’s video I want to share with you one of my excellent games played in the Golden Sands Grand Open. My opponent was the experienced Grandmaster Boris Chatalbashev and I had white pieces as an advantage. The game was a nail biting encounter and one of the most critical in my chess career. This is because a loss would have reduced my chances to achieve a title norm. So, here is how the game went:

Overall, that game was really exciting for me and although it was far from being perfect, I learnt a lot of things from both my misses and the opponent’s mistakes. From now on, I will be fighting for the three Grandmaster norms and 70 ELO rating points that are keeping me away for the highest title in chess!

Once more, thank you to all for the support on my road to mastery. In order to get some personalized training from an International master, you can visit www.tigerlilov.com Smile You can also watch my instructional Free Videos on YouTube, please subscribe to stay abreast of the new developments – http://www.youtube.com/user/TigerLilov 

Comments


  • 6 months ago

    warmachine18

    Awesome!!! I think u can easily get the gm title next!!! Perhaps even win the fide candidates!!!!!!!

  • 6 months ago

    D_Ostwald

    Congratulations on your new title and thanks for sharing one of your matches with us; very enjoyable.  :)

  • 6 months ago

    Spiritbro77

    Congratulations on you acomplishment! And you did it playing the English :) May your road to GM be an exciting and rewarding one!

  • 6 months ago

    Wappinschaw

    Well done indeed!!

  • 6 months ago

    learningthemoves

    Well done sir! Congratulations. Smile (Where's the party hat emoticon when you need it?)

  • 6 months ago

    RyanMurphy5

    Well done!

  • 6 months ago

    adamstask

    very helpful and instructive commentary. thanks and congrats. 

  • 6 months ago

    mon03

    congrats IM Laughing !!

  • 6 months ago

    lesperance

    CongratsSmile

  • 6 months ago

    juliandp

    Congratulations! Keep the hardwork on!

  • 6 months ago

    mang00neg

    hey great job, congratulations!

  • 6 months ago

    Alioos_90

    this is great :)

    congratulations

  • 6 months ago

    EddieBarber

    Well deserved sir.  Always enjoyed your instructions, lessons and analysis.  Best Regards, EddieB

  • 6 months ago

    vadzzim

    Cool! Congratulations!

  • 6 months ago

    clc_chess

    congratulations IM tiger!!! well deserved!!!

  • 6 months ago

    Natchez

    Way to go. You were one of the first videos on chess.com that I watched. And I kept coming back for more. I have enjoyed all your videos, they have been very helpful and positive. I look forward to you becoming a Grandmaster soon.

  • 6 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Very nice, congrats!

  • 6 months ago

    pdxbarb

    Congratulations! I have learned so much from your videos. I'm glad you're going to keep doing them.

  • 6 months ago

    NM SamCopeland

    Congrats!

  • 6 months ago

    QuantumPlayer

    Congratulations!!! 

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