Wednesday, December 28, 2005

1st Bosnia & Herzegovina Chess Championship

10 years after the war has ended, Bosnia and Herzegovina had its first Chess Championship. Until this year, entities had separated championships.

BIH Chess Federation has many problems. Leading Grandmasters Borki Predojevic (2558), Bojan Kurajica (2532) and Emir Dizdarevic (2509) declined to participate for several reasons. They went to play other tournaments with bigger prize funds (Kurajica won strong Solin tournament). BIH also missed a chance to send National team to the European Team Championship held in Goteborg earlier this year. Angry about that GM Suat Atalik went back to Turkey rating list. Predrag Nikolic and Ivan Sokolov left BIH few years ago to live in Netherlands. FIDE vice-president Zurab Azmaiparashvili left BIH rating list after the black funds dried up. First united championship looks like a nice start for the new beginning.

Now few words about the first Bosnia and Herzegovina champion. 62-years old GM Milan Vukic (2467) won the race after the clinical finish when he scored 4 wins in last 4 rounds. Interesting fact is that he started to play chess at the age of 18. For few years he was busy with other sports and then when he started to play serious chess, it took him only 6 months to go from anonymous player to IM titleholder. He was also first BIH Grandmaster ever and champion of 3 different countries. In 1970 he was champion of Yugoslavia, in 1994 champion of "small" Yugoslavia and now champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Milan is probably the best blitz player on the Balkans.

Final standings in BIH Championship:
1. GM Milan Vukic (2467) with 7 points out of 9 rounds
2. GM Miodrag Savic (2542) and IM Dalibor Stojanovic (2459) 6,5
4. FM Zeljko Bogut (2419) 5,5
5. IM Vlado Jakovljevic (2385) 5
6. IM Zoran Runic (2434) 4,5
7-8. IM Sahbaz Nurkic (2426) and IM Vitomir Arapovic (2437) 3
9. IM Esad Goric (2357) 2,5
10. Efim Muratovic (2361) 1

FM Zeljko Bogut has earned IM norm.

GM Jan Timman - GM Milan Vukic
Banjaluka 1974
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.Ne2 e6 6.Ng3 Bg6 7.Be2 c5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Nc3 Nc6 10.Bg5 Be7 11.Qd2 Nb4 12.Bd1 Rc8 13.a3 Nc6 14.Bxe7 Ngxe7 15.f4 a6 16.Be2 Na5 17.Rc1 Nf5 18.Nxf5 Bxf5 19.Qd4 Nc4 20.Nd1 Qa5+ 21.c3 g6 22.Kf2 b5 23.Re1 Qd8 24.Rh1 Na5 25.Qb4 Qb6+ 26.Ke1 Nc6 27.Qb3 Nd4 28.Qa2 Nxe2 29.Kxe2 Bg4+ 30.Kd3 Rc4 31.g3 Bxd1 32.Rhxd1 Qf2 33.Rg1 Re4 34.Rcf1 Qe2+ 0-1

GM Slavoljub Marjanovic - GM Milan Vukic
Banjaluka 1979
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.e4 e5 5.Nge2 c6 6.f3 a6 7.Be3 b5 8.cxb5 cxb5 9.Kf2 Be7 10.g4 Bb7 11.Ng3 g6 12.h4 h5 13.g5 Nh7 14.Qb3 exd4 15.Bxd4 Nc5 16.Qc2 O-O 17.Rd1 Rc8 18.Bh3 Ne6 19.Qb1 b4 20.Nce2 Nxd4 21.Rxd4 Rb8 22.Rhd1 Qb6 23.Kg2 Rfe8 24.Nf4 Bf8 25.Qd3 a5 26.Qb3 Re5 27.a4 Nxg5 28.hxg5 Rxg5 29.Nd5 Bxd5 30.Rxd5 Qd8 31.Qe3 Bh6 32.Qa7 Ra8 33.Qd7 Qf6 34.Rxg5 Qxb2+ 35.Kh1 Bxg5 36.Qb5 0-1

GM Milan Vukic - GM Gyula Sax
Banjaluka 1981
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.Ne5 Bd7 8.Nxc6 Bxc6 9.Bxc6+ bxc6 10.Qa4 cxd4 11.Qxc6+ Nd7 12.Qxc4 Bc5 13.b4 Bb6 14.a4 O-O 15.Bb2 e5 16.Nd2 a5 17.b5 Rc8 18.Qd3 Nc5 19.Qc4 d3 20.Ba3 Re8 21.Ne4 Nxe4 22.Qxe4 d2 23.Rfd1 Bd4 24.Rab1 Bb6 25.Rb3 f5 26.Qxf5 e4 27.e3 Rc2 28.Kg2 Qc7 29.Rb2 Rc3 30.Rbxd2 Rxa3 31.Rd7 Qe5 32.Qf7+ Kh8 33.R1d5 1-0

GM Milan Vukic - GM Vlastimil Jansa
Bor 1985
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 O-O 5.Bg2 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.O-O Nb6 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.e3 e5 10.d5 Ne7 11.e4 Bg4 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 c6 14.Rd1 cxd5 15.Nxd5 Nbxd5 16.exd5 Nf5 17.d6 Rb8 18.d7 Nd4 19.Qd5 Qe7 20.h4 Rfd8 21.Bh3 Kh8 22.Rxd4 exd4 23.Bf4 f5 24.Bxb8 Rxb8 25.Rc1 Rd8 26.Rc8 Bf6 27.Bf1 Kg7 28.Rxd8 Qxd8 29.Qxb7 a5 30.a4 Kh6 31.Bd3 f4 32.Kg2 fxg3 33.fxg3 Qe7 34.b4 axb4 35.a5 b3 36.a6 Qe3 37.Qf3 1-0

GM Milan Vukic - GM Igor Miladinovic
Tivat Yug-ch 1994
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b5 3.c3 Bb7 4.a4 e5 5.axb5 e4 6.Nd4 h5 7.Bg2 h4 8.d3 h3 9.Bxe4 Nxe4 10.dxe4 Bxe4 11.f3 Bb7 12.e4 a6 13.Be3 axb5 14.Rxa8 Bxa8 15.Nxb5 Be7 16.c4 O-O 17.N1c3 Na6 18.O-O f5 19.Nd4 fxe4 20.Nxe4 Nc5 21.Nf2 Bg5 22.Qd2 Bxe3 23.Qxe3 Qb8 24.Nxh3 Qxb2 25.Ng5 Qb6 26.h4 d5 27.cxd5 Bxd5 28.Re1 Nd7 29.Kh2 Nf6 30.Nf5 Qxe3 31.Rxe3 Bf7 32.Re7 Nd5 33.Rd7 c6 34.g4 Nf6 35.Rc7 Nh7 36.Ne7+ 1-0

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