Born in 1973 in Negotino, Macedonia, Trajko’s first successes came in junior competition in former Yugoslavia. FIDE awarded him with an International Master title in 1995, and he became a Grandmaster in 2000. He joined Chess Club “Alkaloid” from Skopje in 1989, and became a force to be reckoned with (he took Macedonian individual championships several times) in the team that won many Macedonian national team titles and Cups.
As a member of the FYR Macedonian national chess team at 9 Chess Olympiads, 8 Euroteams and 1 World Team Championship, Trajko won board medals on two occasions: he took individual bronze as the first reserve at the Yerevan Olympiad (1996), and he scored 5.5/7 to add individual silver at the European Team Championships in Plovdiv (2003).
Trajko’s consummate knowledge of chess opening theory often resulted in great opening preparation, which was the key component of his many tournament successes; he came first in Mulhouse and Copenhagen (both in 2004) and took the 5th Summer Cup in Porto Carras in 2010. He aptly demonstrated his Sveshnikov Sicilian expertise in “The Easiest Sicilian” (2008), the opening book co-authored with Bulgarian GM Atanas Kolev.