TOURNAMENT OF PEACE

1st Tournament

In April 1965. first Tournament of Peace, which was organised by the Representatives of the city of Zagreb together with leading local players, took place. Very strong field of 20 players competed in round-robin tournament, tied for the first place were Borislav Ivkov and Wolfgang Uhlmann with 13,5/19. Reigning World champion at that time, Tigran Petrosian, placed 3rd with 12,5 points. Interesting was that Portisch had won all games against first three players, but two many draws against lower field has cost him a title. Further on in final ranking were great players like Parma, Bronstein, Larsen, etc. Curiosity was that the winner
was meant to get a sculpture – Horseman of the Peace, but since Ivkov and Uhlmann shared the first place nobody got the sculpture. Players from Zagreb were: Marovic, Minic, Damjanovic, Udovcic and Bertok. 

Portisch, Lajos – Uhlmann, Wolfgang [D87] Zagreb (6th round), 1965.
[commented by GM Alojzije Jankovic]

1.c4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.0-0 b6 10.Be3 Bb7 11.Rc1 Na5 12.Bd3 c5 Now things got quickly extremely complicated after 13.d5 c4 14.Bc2 Qd7 15.Nd4 e5 16.dxe6 fxe6 17.Qg4 Bc8 18.e5! Portisch at his best! 18…Bxe5 19.Be4 Bb7 20.Bxb7 Nxb7 21.Rfd1 Qc8 22.h4 Bf6 23.Nf3 Rf7 24.Ng5 Re7? It was not an easy decision to part with the bishop, however best was 24…Bxg5!] 25.Ne4 Bg7 26.h5 gxh5 27.Nf6+ Kh8 28.Qh4?! [Much more simple was 28.Nxh5] 28…Rf7 29.Nxh5 Qc6 30.Rd4!? Nd6 31.Rcd1 Nf5 32.Rd8+ Rf8 33.Qg5 h6 34.Rxf8+ Rxf8 35.Qg6

Till this moment Uhlmann was defending like a lion, but now makes a huge blunder 35…Rg8?? 36.Nxg7 Rxg7 37.Rd8+ 1-0

2nd Tournament

Next Tournament of Peace was played both in Rovinj and Zagreb in 1970. Tournament was organized with less players, however it was even stronger than the first one and brought appearance of legendary Robert James Fischer! Bobby had won the tournament with two points ahead of World chess elite and announced his run for World chess crown. 

Fischer arrived to Rovinj directly from Herceg Novi, where he has won a strong blitz tournament, inspected the playing hall with lighting that same evening after which he showed Browne some games from Herceg Novi for which he had no objections

Herceg Novi blitz Final standings:

1 Bobby Fischer (USA) 2720 19

2 Mikhail Tal (URS) 2590 14½

3 Viktor Korchnoi (URS) 2670 14

4 Tigran Petrosian (URS) 2650 13½

5 David Bronstein (URS) 2570 13

6 Vlastimil Hort (CZE) 2610 12

7 Milan Matulovic (YUG) 2560 10½

8 Vasily Smyslov (URS) 2620 9½

9 Samuel Reshevsky (USA) 2590 8½

10 Wolfgang Uhlmann (GER) 2570 8

11 Borislav Ivkov (SER) 2570 7½

12 Predrag Ostojic (YUG) NR 2

Source: Wikipedia

Prior to the start of the tournament, the next day, he set a requirement for further $ 1,000 fee for which the organizers did not agree. The round has already begun and when the decision to replace him with IM Marangunic has already been decided, the thing saved Parma, with whom Fischer was supposed to play in the 1st round, who has told him: “Bobby, you know that Russians are happy that you will not play?” Fischer said, “True. Ok, let’s play!”

Parma, Bruno – Fischer, Robert James [B97] Rovinj/Zagreb Zagreb (1st round), 12.04.1970.
[commented by GM Alojzije Jankovic]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 At that time the Poisoned pawn variation was very topical and Ficher had analyzed it very deeply. 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Be2 Bg7 12.0-0 f5 13.Rfd1 0-0 14.exf5 exf5 15.Nd5 Nc6 16.Nxc6 bxc6 17.Ne7+ Kh8 18.Nxc8 Rfxc8 19.Qd3 Parma was very solid player who liked to play for a draw, however Ficher has found a way to play for a win. 19…Qc5+ 20.Kh1 Re8 21.Qc4 Qxc4 22.Bxc4 Re4 23.Bxf7 Rf8 24.Bh5 Rxf4 25.Rb6? First mistake, better was 25.Rxd6 Rh4 26.Be2 Be5 27.Rxc6 25…Be5 26.Rxa6 Rh4 27.Bf3 Rxh2+ 28.Kg1 c5 29.Ra8 Rxa8 30.Bxa8 Rh4 31.Bc6 Rb4 32.a4 Rb2 33.c4 Kg7 34.Rd3 Ra2 35.Kf1 Kg6

White is doomed to a passive defence. 36.Re3 h5 37.Re2 Ra3 38.Rd2 h4 39.Ke2 Bf4 40.Rd3 Ra2+ 41.Kd1 Kf6 42.Rf3 Be5 43.Rd3 Ke7! Important plan to transfer the king and cut white’s bishop. 44.Rd2 Ra3 45.Ke2 Bc3 46.Rd3 Ra2+ 47.Kd1 Bd4 48.Rh3 Bf6 49.Re3+ Be5 50.Rd3 Kd8 51.Rd2 Ra1+ 52.Ke2 Kc7! After this move the bishop will be completely out of play. 53.Bb5 Bf4 54.Rc2? Losing move. It was necessary to stay on the d-file with 54.Rd1 54…Ra3 Now Ficher took control of the third rank. 55.Rb2 Be5 56.Rd2 Rg3 57.Kd1 f4 Parma resigned since after f4-f3 the h-pawn will promote. 0-1

For first place Fischer got the sculpture Horseman of Peace which he had deposited in the US Embassy and probably it is still there today. Players from Zagreb who competed in the tournament were: Minic, Bertok, Kovacevic (who only defeated Fischer and it was his first loss after three years!), Marovic and Udovcic.

3rd Tournament

Third Tournament of Peace was again played both in Rovinj and Zagreb in 1975. Since it was quite exhausting to play so many rounds, the organizers reduced number of players, so it was 14 players round-robin. This time players from Zagreb, GMs Kovacevic and Nikolac, was close to win the tournament, but in the end it was Sax who took the first place. Nikolac, was close to win the tournament, but in the end it was Sax who took the first place.

Nikolac, Juraj (2470) – Sax, Gyula (2510) [D86] Rovinj/Zagreb Zagreb (13th round), 1975.
[commented by GM Alojzije Jankovic]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Ne2 b6 9.0-0 Bb7 10.f3 Nc6 11.Be3 Na5 12.Bd3 Qd7 13.Qd2 c5 14.Bh6 cxd4 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.cxd4 Rfc8 17.Qb4 Rc7 18.Rac1 Rac8 19.Rxc7 Rxc7 20.Bb5 Qc8 21.h4 Qe6 22.d5 Qf6 23.h5 Nikolac was clearly playing for a win, trying to develop an attack. However, Sax defended very well and slowly outplayed his opponent. 23…Rc2! 24.a4 Rb2 25.Qe1 Nb3 26.hxg6 hxg6 27.Qg3 Nd4 28.Nxd4 Qxd4+ 29.Kh2 Rc2 30.Bd7 Ba6 31.Rg1 Be2 32.Qf4 Bc4 33.Rc1 Rxc1 34.Qxc1 a6 35.Qg5 Qf6 36.Qg3 Qd6 37.Bc8 a5 38.f4?! Dubious move and as it usually happens, one mistake leads to another. 38…Qc7

39.Bd7?? Just blundering a pawn. Nikolac has seen that his bishop is indirectly protected due to Qc3 check, yet he forgot about intermediate move Bxd5. Only move was 39.Bb7! 39…Bxd5 40.exd5 Qxd7 41.Qc3+ Kg8 42.Qc6 Qg4 43.g3 Qe2+ 44.Kg1 Qf3 45.Kh2 Qf2+ 46.Kh3 Qg1 47.d6 exd6 48.Qe8+ Kg7 49.g4 Qd4 50.Kg3 g5 0-1

4th Tournament

Last Tournament of Peace was played in 1985. and was marked with big success of the legendary blitz player from Zagreb, Krunoslav Hulak, who took 2nd place behind great Jan Timman (one of the strongest player in the world at that time) with result of 8,5/13.

“Kruno“ died in 2015. and every year in Zagreb the Open tournament is played in his honour. In 2018. it is scheduled from 1st till 8th of December.

Timman, Jan H (2650) – Hulak, Krunoslav (2450) [E31] Zagreb, 1985.
[commented by GM Alojzije Jankovic]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4 c5 6.d5 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 d6 8.e3 e5 9.f3 Nbd7 10.Bd3 g5 11.Bg3 Qe7 12.Ne2? Carelessly allowing to black his next move 12…e4! Great pawn sacrifice by Hulak. 13.Bxe4 Nxe4 14.fxe4 Nf6 Losing control of the e5 square, more to the point was 14…h5! 15.e5! Timman seeing that he is in problem seizes the chance. 15…dxe5 16.Nc1 Ne4 17.Qf3 Nxg3 18.Qxg3 f5 19.0-0 e4 20.a4 a5? Tempting, but wrong. Hulak wanted to transfer his queenside rook to the kingside, in the same time to stay with his bishop on c8 to protect everything, however that just doesn’t work. 21.Rb1! Ra6 22.Rxb7?

Timman saw the right idea, but forgot about other option. 22.Rxf5! Bxf5 23.Qb8+ was just winning! 22…Bxb7 23.Qb8+ Qd8 Now the position is unclear. 24.Qxb7 Rf6 25.Qb5+ Kf7 26.Qxc5 Qd6? Losing mistake. Only move was 26…Qb6 since now after 27.Qd4 black can play 27…Rc8 and there is no Nb3 move. 27.Qd4 Rc8 28.Nb3 Qa3 29.Nd2 Qc5 30.Qxf6+ Kxf6 31.Nxe4+ Ke5 32.Nxc5 Rxc5 33.Rd1 Rxc4 34.d6 Rc8 35.d7 Rd8 36.Kf2 Ke6 37.Ke2 1-0

Former Croatian Chess Federation Secretary General, Ervin Sindik, generously shared his private photo album which was not published before:

12th round Tournament of Peace, Zagreb 1970.

Ficher and Gligoric before the 12th round in Zagreb 1970.

Original scoresheet of the game Smyslov – Fischer

Smyslov, Vassily – Fischer, Robert James [B26] Rovinj/Zagreb Zagreb (9th round), 22.04.1970.
[commented by GM Alojzije Jankovic]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Smyslov was not interested in going for a forced line against Fischer. 2…d6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 Nc6 6.Be3 Rb8 7.Qd2 b5 8.Nf3 b4 9.Nd1 Bg4 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Nf6 12.Bg2 0-0 13.0-0 Re8 14.Bh6 Bh8 15.Ne3 Nd7 16.Rab1

16…Rb6!? Interesting rook lift in the spirit of Fischer’s style, always trying to complicate the matters. 17.Nc4 Ra6 18.a3 Nb6 19.axb4 cxb4 20.Be3 Nxc4 21.dxc4 Ra2 22.f4

22…Bxb2 Too greedy. Better was to stop the e5-push with 22…Qc7 23.e5! Bc3 24.Qd5 Ra6 25.e6 Altough the position looks quite complicated, actually neither side is in real problems. 25…fxe6 26.Qxe6+ Kh8 27.f5 Nd4 28.Bxd4+ Bxd4+ 29.Kh1 g5 30.Rxb4 Bf6 31.Rfb1 Rb6 32.Rxb6 axb6 33.Bd5 Rf8 34.Qe3 Qc8 35.g4 Qc5 1/2-1/2

Ficsher with Marovic at drawing of lots

Ficher – Udovcic, Zagreb 1970.

Fischer, Robert James – Udovcic, Mijo [B06] Rovinj/Zagreb Zagreb (12th round), 28.04.1970.
[commented by GM Alojzije Jankovic]

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 Nc6 5.Be3 Nf6 6.h3 0-0 7.g4 First Croatian grandmaster, Mijo Udovcic, in the spirit of old days, went in a sharpe battle which against Fischer was a bit suicidal. 7…e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.f5 gxf5 10.gxf5 Nd4 11.Nf3 c5 12.Bg5 Qb6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Nd5 Nxf3+ 15.Qxf3 Qh4+ 16.Ke2 Be6 17.Ne3 

17…Rad8? [Necessary was 17…Bd7!] 18.Rg1! Kh8 19.fxe6 fxe6 20.Qg3 Qf6 21.Qxg7+ Qxg7 22.Rxg7 Kxg7 23.Ng4 Rf4 24.Ke3 Rdf8 25.Be2 h5 26.Nxe5 Rh4 27.Rg1+ Kh7 28.Rh1 Rhf4 29.Nd3 R4f7 30.Nxc5 Rc8 31.Nxe6 1-0

Minic – Fischer, Rovinj 1970.

Minic,Dragoljub – Fischer,Robert James [B99]Rovinj/Zagreb Zagreb (3rd round), 14.04.1970.
[commented by GM Alojzije Jankovic]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.g4 b5 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.g5 Nd7 13.a3 Rb8 14.h4 b4 15.axb4 Rxb4 16.Bh3 0-0

17.Nf5? Right idea, wrong execution. More forcing was 17.Nxe6! fxe6 18.Bxe6+ Kh8 19.Nd5 and the position is very unclear after 19…Qb8! (or 19…Qc4 20.b3 Qc5) 20.Nxe7 Ne5] 17…Nc5! Now Fischer was in driver’s seat and never let Minic out of the hook. 18.Nxe7+ Qxe7 19.h5 Bb7 20.h6 Bxe4 21.Nxe4 Nxe4 22.hxg7 Rc8 23.Rh2 Ra4 24.Kb1 d5 25.c4 Raxc4 26.Bf1 Rb4 27.Qh3 Nc3+ 28.Kc1 Na4+ 29.Kb1 Rxb2+ 30.Rxb2 Nc3+ 31.Kc1 Qa3 32.Bd3 Qa1+ 33.Kd2 Qxb2+ 34.Ke1 Ne4 0-1

Postcard signed with players of the tournament 1965.

Closing ceremony Zagreb 1970.

2018. Edition

Born again, the Tournament of Peace will be held in Zagreb in hotel Palace (the same place where Fisher was staying in 1970.) from 12th till 23rd November 2018. The tournament is 16th category and will consist of six best GMs from city of Zagreb and six GMs from all over the world.

Players:

1. Ivan Saric (current European Champion)

2. Vassily Ivanchuk (Top grandmaster)

3. Etienne Bacrot (eight times French champion)

4. Vladimir Malakhov (winner of many medals in European and World championships)

5. Ivan Cheparinov (top class player, long second of former World Champion Topalov)

6. Baskaran Adhiban (upcoming star, Olympic medal winner with India)

7. Amin Bassem (African Champion)

8. Zdenko Kozul (former European Champion)

9. Mladen Palac (winner of many Open tournaments)

10. Robert Zelcic (former European blitz Champion)

11. Hrvoje Stevic (former World cadets Champion)

12. Zoran Jovanovic (best Croatian blitz player)

Schedule:

11.11. Players arrival

12.11. Opening ceremony 14:00

12.11. 1st round 15:00

13.11. 2nd round 15:00

14.11. 3rd round 15:00

15.11. 4th round 15:00

16.11. 5th round 15:00

17.11. 6th round 15:00

18.11. Free day with simultaneous display

19.11. 7th round 15:00

20.11. 8th round 15:00

21.11. 9th round 15:00

22.11. 10th round 15:00

23.11. 11th round 11:00

Closing ceremony after the last round

In the middle of the tournament, on free day (18th November 2018), there will be a simulatanous display with top GMs against players from local chess clubs, school kids and persons from public life of the city of Zagreb.

Sports Association of Zagreb and all the Representatives of the City of Zagreb headed by mayor Mr. Milan Bandic, made this tournament reborn again. Also special thanks goes to European Chess Union who supported the tournament as well.

More about players:

VASSILY IVANCHUK

Vassily Ivanchuk is a Ukrainian grandmaster, born in1969. in the Ukraine. He won the 1987. European Junior Chess Championship in Groningen and first achieved international notice by winning the 1988. New York Open with 7,5/9, ahead of a field of grandmasters. He tied for first place in the 1988. World Junior Chess Championship at Adelaide. He was awarded the a grandmaster title in 1988., and entered the world top 10 the same year. Ivanchuk gained chess world fame in 1991. at the age of 21 when he won the Linares tournament and he become part of the small group of chess players considered ‘world elite’ and stayed in the group to this date which is phenomenal achievement. He won many tournaments but most notable are: Linares (1989., 1999. and 1995.), Wijk aan Zee (1996.), Tal memorial (2008.), Gibraltar masters (2011.) and M-Tel masters (2008.). He conquered the World of chess twice. Once in Blitz World Chess Championship (2007.) and once in Rapid Chess Championship (2016.). He also has great results as team player. He has played in 14 Chess Olympiads, twice for the Soviet Union (1988. and 1990.), and twelve times for Ukraine. He has won a total of thirteen medals, and has been part of four gold-medal winning teams (USSR in 1988. and 1990., Ukraine 2004. and 2010.). He plays on the Croatian 1st Chess National League for the team ŠK „Zagreb“ on board 1 and made exceptional results. He achieved highest elo of 2787 on October 2007. which was no. 2 rating in the world!

IVAN CHEPARINOV

Ivan Cheparinov was born on 26 November 1986. in Bulgaria. This year he switched his national federation to Georgia. He learned to play chess at age five and progressed quickly, winning the junior championship of Bulgaria in 2000. He is a four-time Bulgarian champion (2004., 2005., 2012., 2018.). In October 2006. Cheparinov shared first place at the Essent open in Hoogeveen with 7/9, and also shared first place at the Morelia open in 2007. He won the traditional Sigeman & Co Invitation tournament in Malmo in April 2007. He shared first place, with six others, at the 2007. European Individual Chess Championship in Dresden. In June 2009. and in June 2010., he won the Ruy Lopez Masters, an invitational tournament, its fourth and last edition in 2010. with a performance rating of 2904. He won the strong Gibraltar Chess Festival 2014, after winning the tie-break play-off. First time he has crossed 2700 barrier was on January 2008. Highest elo of 2718 he achieved on August 2018.

ETIENNE BACROT

Etienne Bacrot is a French chess grandmaster and former chess prodigy. He was born on 22 Janaury 1983. in Lille, France. He learned to play chess when he was four years old and he quickly started to win junior tournaments. At 13 years of age, he won a game against Vasily Smyslov, former Chess World Champion. He became grandmaster in March 1997 at the age of 14 years and 2 months, making him at that time the youngest person to have gain the GM title. Eight time he become French champion Also he has good results in matches, he beat Boris Gelfand and Ivan Sokolov on standard time control and Judit Polgar in a match on rapid time control. He was the Winner of Aeroflot open (2009.) and Karpov Poikovsky tournament (2005.). Highest elo of 2749 he achieved in November 2013.

 Team results:

– European Team Champion playing for France (2nd in 2001., 3rd in 2005.) 

– Several times French Team Champion and European club Champion with Nao Chess Club.

BASKARAN ADHIBAN

Baskaran Adhiban is an Indian grandmaster, born on 15th of August 1992. in Mayiladuthurai. He was the 2008. World U16 Champion and the 2009. Indian Champion. In 2007. he won the Asian under-16 championship in Tashkent. He won the 2013. Sants Open in Barcelona with a score of 8,5 points out of 10. This event included 23 GMs and 28 IMs. In July 2014. he won the Masters Open tournament of the Biel Chess Festival. In the following month, he contributed to India’s bronze medal at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromso scoring 7/11 on board four. In January 2016. Tata Steel Challengers Tournament he won the first place in a three-way tie. Next year with the world chess elite he was made his best result, placed right behind the World Champion Magnus Carlsen who was second. Adhiban won the 2018. Reykjavik Open scoring 7,5/9. Career high rating of 2689 he achieved in September 2016.

BASSEM AMIN

Source: Gevorg Asatryan

Bassem Amin is an Egyptian grandmaster, born on 9 September 1988. Graduated from the faculty of Medicine Tanta University, in 2012. he become a doctor. He is the highest rated chess player in Africa and plays for national team of Egipt on board 1. He won twice bronze medal in World youth and junior chess championships (in categories under-18 and under-20). He won five times African men Championship. Some of important tournament victories: Arab Men Champion (UAE) 2005. and 2006. In 2007. he tied for first place in the Abu Dhabi Festival, with performance rating of 2747, Co-winner of Reykjavik open 2013., Mediterranean Chess Champion in Greece 2014. Highest elo of 2700 he has achieved in November 2017. 

VLADIMIR MALAKHOV

Vladimir Malakhov is a Russian grandmaster born on 27. November 1980. in the Ivanovo, Russia. His father taught him to play chess at the age of five and he participated in his first tournament at age seven. He won the U12 Russian Championship in 1992. and the World U14 Chess Championship in 1993. He earned his international master title in 1995. and his grandmaster title in 1998. His most notable wins in tournaments are: European Chess Champion in rapid chess for 2009. (tournament was played in Warsaw), tieing for the first place in Sarajevo 2006.(the tournament of 17th category of strength), winning the 3rd Tournament of the Stars in Benidorm. He contributed to Russia’s team gold at the 2009. World Team Chess Championship, scoring 5/7 and this effort earned him gold medal on bord five. Apart from chess he has career as part-time nuclear physicist.

IVAN SARIC

Ivan Saric is Croatian grandmaster born on 17. August 1990. in the city of Split, Croatia. As a junior player he was twice crowned in the big international competitions. Once as European Chess Champion in category under-18 (2007.) and World Chess Champion in category under-18 (2008.). As a senior player his biggest success is recent conquering of European chess becoming European Chess Individual Champion for 2018! The tournament was played in Batumi, Georgia. He won four times Croatian individual Chess Championship (2009., 2013., 2014. and 2018.). During his career he won both, opened and closed international tournaments, but first time he draw significant international attention was when he won Tata Steel Challenger in 2014. and next year played in the main group with World Champion Carlsen and other top players. For National chess team he plays on bord 1. and has made significant contribution for the biggest success of Croatia, shared 3. – 4. place at European Team Chess Championship in 2017. played in Crete. He is Croatian player with highest elo in history, career high of 2690 he reached in August 2018.

ZDENKO KOZUL

Zdenko Kozul was born on 21. May 1966 in city of Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He learned to play chess in the primary school. He achieved his international master title in 1987. and grandmaster title in 1989. He won two times (1989. and 1990.) individual Championship of former Republic of Yugoslavia. He won two times Croatian Individual Chess Championship (2006. and 2016). His biggest success as chess player is surely winning European Chess Individual Championship in 2006! He won Interzonal tournament in 1993., which was played in Zagreb. In 2004. he reached the final 16 k.o. FIDE World Chess Championship which is best achievement among Croatian players ever. In his rich career he won many closed and Open tournaments and as a team player he was over 20 years part of Croatian National Team. Currently he is a National Team captain and has great results on this position, the biggest one is shared 3. – 4. Place at European Team Chess Championship in Crete 2017.

HRVOJE STEVIC

Hrvoje Stevic is Croatian grandmaster born on 8. January 1980. in the city of Osijek, Croatia. He won World Youth Chess Championship in category under-16 in 1995., played in Brasil. He won twice Croatian Individual Chess Championship (2008. played in Split and 2012. played in Plitvice). He won many tournaments during his career but most notable victories are two time winning Zadar Open (2002. and 2011.) and winning Mediteran Open in 2010. played in Rijeka. As a team player his biggest success is shared 3. – 4. place of Croatian National Team on European Team Chess Championship in 2017. played in Crete.

MLADEN PALAC

Mladen Palac was born on 18 February 1971. in Donji Mamici, Bosnia and Herzegovina. At an early age his family moved to Vukovar, Croatia, where he grew up. He achieved his international master title in 1990. and grandmaster title in 1993. He won four times Croatian individual Championship (2001., 2004., 2008. and 2012.). He won few dozens international open tournaments, to mention a few: Graz, Cannes, Vienna, Cap d’Agde, Biel, Montpellier, Muenchen, Nice, Lausanne, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Pula, Zadar, etc. As a team player he was considered always exceptional player for National team. He won gold medal on 3rd board playing for Croatian National Team in European Team Chess Championship in Pula 1997; bronze medal playing on 2nd bord in European Team Chess Championship in Batumi 1999. and again gold medal playing for National team on 2nd board in European Team Championship in Goeteborg 2005. He was part of the Chess Club Borov – Vukovar ’91 which achieved best result in Croatian history at 12th European Chess Club Cup 1996.

ROBERT ZELCIC

Robert Zelčić was born on 21 September 1965. in Zagreb, Croatia. He achieved his international master title in 1990. and grandmaster title in 1997. He won three times Croatian Individual Chess Championship (1996., 1998. and 2003.). He won few dozens international open tournaments. To mention a few notable tournaments: Saint Vincent, Metz, Ljubljana, Graz, Schwarzach, Zadar, Pula, Zagreb, etc. His biggest success is winning the European Indvividual Chess Blitz Championship in 2006.! As a team player he played six times for National team and in Torino Olyimpiad 2006. he won silver medal for result achieved on 4th bord. He was also member of the Chess Club Borov – Vukovar ’91 which achieved best result in Croatian history at 12th European Chess Club Cup 1996

ZORAN JOVANOVIC

Zoran Jovanovic was born on 7. June 1979. in the city of Osijek, Croatia. In his hometown he learned to play chess and grew as a player. He got his grandmaster title in 2006. He was placed second twice at National Individual Championship (2006. in Kutina and 2018. in Pozega). He won Open tournaments of Rijeka, Schwarzach, Pula, Bošnjaci, etc. As a team player he was twice national champion. First time with Chess club “Osijek“ in 2009. and second time with Chess club “Liburnija“ in 2016. He played many times for Croatian National Team in Mitropa cup and two times was a part of winning team (Rogaska Slatina 2009. and Balatonszarszo 2017.).

About the author:

Alojzije Jankovic is a 35 years old grandmaster and FIDE trainer with rating 2543. In 2015. He was Croatian National Champion. With Croatian National Team two times he won Mitropa cup, but the biggest success was shared 3. – 4. place at European Team Chess Championship in Crete 2017. He host television show “Chess Commentary” which is on the air every Saturday at the 3rd program of Croatian National Television. His a Zonal President and member of FIDE Executive Board.