Nikolay (or Nikolai) Nikolaev Minev (Bulgarian: Николай Минев) was born in Rousse, Bulgaria, on 8 November 1931. He is a chess International Master (IM) and noted chess author.
Minev was awarded the IM title by FIDE in 1960. He was the champion of Bulgaria in 1953, 1965, and 1966. He played for Bulgaria in the Chess Olympiad six times (1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1966). Minev's best international results were: third at Varna in 1960, second at Warsaw in 1961, tie for first at Sombor in 1966, and second at Albena in 1975. He contributed to early editions of the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings and the Encyclopaedia of Chess Endings (see Chess endgame literature). Minev and his wife immigrated to the United States in the mid-1980s. He lives in Seattle. He was associated with Seattle Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan and his magazine Inside Chess in the 1980s and 1990s.