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Vasilios Kotronias

Country Greece
Born 25 August 1964
Athens, Greece
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2628 (January 2008)

Vasilios Kotronias (Greek: Βασίλειος Κοτρωνιάς; first name sometimes spelled Vassilios; born 25 August 1964 in Athens) is a Greek chess grandmaster and chess author. He is ten-time Greek champion (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2006, 2010, 2014).

Kotronias was awarded the titles of International Master in 1986 and Grandmaster in 1990.

Between 1998 and 2004, he represented Cyprus, but has since switched federations to become a Greek national player once again.

He was a candidate for the European Parliament with The River, in the elections of 25 May 2014.

International tournament record

Most played openings

With the White pieces With the Black pieces
Sicilian (212) Sicilian (188)
Ruy Lopez (117) King's Indian (140)
French Defense (71) Sicilian Richter-Rauser (55)
Ruy Lopez, Closed (62) English (27)
French Tarrasch (57) Queen's Pawn Game (25)
Caro-Kann (49) Queen's Gambit Declined (18)

Team events

In team chess, he has participated in many Chess Olympiads since 1984, including eight on top board, with a healthy overall plus score of +63 −29 = 62 (61%). In seven appearances at the European Team Chess Championships, all played at board one, he made a score of +19 −13 = 26. At León, in 2001, he earned an individual silver medal for his score of 5½/8. He also earned a bronze medal for his performance on the second board at the Dresden Olympiad 2008 and a gold medal for his performance on the reserve board at the Warsaw European Team Championship 2013.

Notable games