Croatia Chess Championship

18-28th January at the Open University in Otočac

CRO ch 2009

The Croatian Chess Championship is taking place on 18-28th January at the Open University in Otočac. Twelve players, all but one with Grandmaster rank, are competing in the round robin tournament. The Championship is officially valid for the year 2009, and top four finishers will qualify for the 2010 event. The prize fund is 10.000 EUR.

The last round has just started and is set to determinate the winner after an exciting race between GM Ivan Šarić, the 2007 U18 European Chess Champion and the 2008 U18 World Youth Chess Champion, and GM Alojzije Janković, who are both entering the final round with 7.5 points each. Distant third is GM Nenad Šulava on 6.0 points. Replay the selected games bellow.

Update: The two leaders were paired against each other in the last round, but the game finished with a disappointing 13-moves draw. The tiebreak scores depend on the outcome in other games and we will wait for the official announcement on who is the new champion.

Standings after round 10:

1. GM Šarić Ivan 2586 and GM Janković Alojzije 2541 – 7,5

3. GM Šulava Nenad 2539 – 6,0

4. GM Stević Hrvoje 2614 – 5,5

5-6. IM Martinović Saša 2499 and GM Jovanić Ognjen 2533 – 5,0

7-8. GM Kožul Zdenko 2617 and GM Palac Mladen 2563 – 4,5

9-10. GM Cvitan Ognjen 2554 and GM Zelčić Robert 2557 – 4,0

11. GM Jovanović Zoran 2537 – 3,5

12. GM Brkić Ante 2564 – 3,0


GM Zdenko Kozul leading the Croatian Chess Championship

WIM Rajna Sargac is heading the women section

GM Zdenko Kozul is clear first in the Croatian Chess Championship after 8 rounds. GM Zdenko Kozul has 5,5/8 points and continues leading the balanced event, where all players are in the 2500 – 2600 range.

Second place is shared between GM Mladen Palac and GM Hrvoje Stevic, both with 5,0/8. The competition is a total of 11 rounds.

Standings after round 8

1 GM Kozul Zdenko CRO 2594 5.5

2 GM Palac Mladen CRO 2553 5

3 GM Stevic Hrvoje CRO 2592 5

4 GM Hulak Krunoslav CRO 2532 4.5

5 GM Saric Ivan CRO 2566 4

6 GM Bosiocic Marin CRO 2578 4

7 GM Zelcic Robert CRO 2569 4

8 GM Lalic Bogdan CRO 2538 3.5

9 GM Jovanic Ognjen CRO 2527 3.5

10 GM Jovanovic Zoran CRO 2558 3.5

11 GM Jankovic Alojzije CRO 2571 3

12 GM Cvitan Ognjen CRO 2542 2.5

Pairings and results

In the women section after 3 rounds the leader is WIM Rajna Sargac with 3,0/3. She is followed by WIM Solic and WIM Franciskovic with 2,5/3.

Standings after round 3, women section

1 WIM Sargac Rajna CRO 2198 3

2 WIM Solic Kristina CRO 2204 2.5

3 WIM Franciskovic Borka CRO 2260 2.5

4 NM Kruljac Petra CRO 2052 2

5 WIM Jelica Mara CRO 2222 2

6 WGM Medic Mirjana CRO 2303 1.5

7 MK Deur Zrinka CRO 2007 1

8 MK Ivekovic Ivana CRO 1942 1

9 WFM Berke Ana CRO 2081 0.5

10 MK Ivekovic Ana CRO 1931 0

Pairings and results

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