Selection of studies composed by GrandMaster

Petko Andonov Petkov

(Bulgaria, 27.2.1942)

Gurgenidze (left) with Petko Petkov (right).


GrandMaster of the FIDE in chess composition.

Title awarded in 1984.

He is International Master of the FIDE for chess composition since 1977.

He is International Judge of the FIDE for chess compositions since 1989.


The following information about him you can read at ChesscomposersBlogspot:

We can quote Petko Petkov is the best Bulgarian chess composer.
Since he is the leader in the world rank list with 369.75 points in the FIDE Albums (with 125 points more than the second-placed!),
it might be said that as far as FIDE Albums are concerned, he is the best in the world.
Not only is his output overwhelming (the number of his published problems is about 6000),
but his problems are rich in themes and technically impeccable (and gained him more than 2400 distinctions).
He has been twice World Champion in selfmates and fairy problems.
After 1989, he started publishing theoretical articles in Western chess problem magazines.
The number of these articles is also flabbergasting: more than 100.

In fact, Petko Petkov is a whole team of composers, theoreticians and writers by himself.
In his spare time, Petko Petkov also invented fairy conditions and pieces (AntiAndernach, Eiffel, half-neutral pieces).
He actively supported Bulgarian composers and founded the Bulgarian chess composition school,
but he also generously supported other composers and magazines, such as the Romanian fairy composing school and the Romanian magazine Quartz.
In 1996, French magazine Diagrammes issued two booklets with Petkov’s selected prize problems.
In 2000, U.S. author Mike Prcic published "Petkov - Selected Compositions".
His latest book was "The Art of Composing Selfmates" published in the USA in 2007.
He is also selfmate and fairy editor for StrateGems and Shahmatna Misal and fairy editor for Uralski Problemist.

More information about him can also be found here at

(All his studies, more exact dates, possible corrections or cooks and exact details about sources can be found in the

Harold van der Heijden database V (31-12-2015) ).