Happy Birthday Nikola Padevsky

Happy Birthday Nikola Padevsky

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There are seven Grandmasters who were born on "This Day in Chess History:"

  1. Nikola Padevsky of Bulgaria, born 1933, GM 1964.
  2. Lucas Brunner of Switzerland, born1967, GM 1994.
  3. Babakuli Annakov of the United States, born 1972, GM 1997.
  4. Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa of Mongolia, born 1989, GM 2013.
  5. Tan Zhongyi of China, born 1991, GM 2017.
  6. Hjorvar Steinn Grétarsson of Iceland, born 1993, GM 2013.
  7. Domaraju Gukesh (commonly known as Gukesh D) of India, born 2006, GM 2019.

Nikola Bochev Padevsky (Bulgarian: Никола Пъдевски) was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city. He became Bulgarian National Champion in 1954, going on to win it in 1955, 1962 and 1964 after which he gained the Grandmaster title.

Padevsky played in the World Student Team Championship six times (from 1954 through 1959). Playing first board in 1959 he helped Bulgaria win the team gold medal. He played on the Bulgarian team in eleven Chess Olympiads (from 1956 through 1978 except for 1976), playing first board in 1956 and again in 1962 and 1964.

Padevsky won the Rubinstein Memorial in Polanica Zdrój in 1963 at its inception, and shared first place at the international tournaments in Varna 1960 and 1975, and at Athens 1983 (Acropolis International).