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Zdenko Kozul
Z Kozul 
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Number of games in database: 1,290
Years covered: 1984 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2597 (2481 rapid, 2543 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +505 -322 =383 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 80 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (79) 
    E94 E98 E99 E91 E60
 Catalan (61) 
    E06 E04 E01 E09 E02
 Queen's Pawn Game (59) 
    E10 E00 A46 A41 D02
 Slav (57) 
    D10 D12 D11 D18 D15
 Grunfeld (55) 
    D97 D85 D99 D90 D94
 Queen's Indian (52) 
    E12 E17 E15 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (295) 
    B67 B22 B57 B56 B32
 King's Indian (188) 
    E94 E60 E92 E77 E61
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (110) 
    B67 B62 B63 B61 B60
 Grunfeld (41) 
    D78 D76 D79 D73 D85
 English (24) 
    A15 A16 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A45 A40 A46 A41 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Z Kozul vs Rublevsky, 2004 1-0
   Benjamin vs Z Kozul, 1997 0-1
   A Jadrijevic vs Z Kozul, 2011 0-1
   Z Kozul vs A M Berescu, 2006 1-0
   Soltis vs Z Kozul, 1989 0-1
   V Kovacevic vs Z Kozul, 1993 0-1
   D Krajina vs Z Kozul, 1989 0-1
   Z Kozul vs Barbero, 1990 1-0
   O Jovanic vs Z Kozul, 2011 0-1
   Shirov vs Z Kozul, 2007 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (2006)
   Croatian Championship (2005)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   GRENKE Chess Open (2017)
   Sarajevo (1988)
   Karpos Open (2015)
   EUR-chT (Men) 11th (1997)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Biel Interzonal (1993)
   European Championship (2003)
   European Championship (2009)
   European Championship (2008)
   European Championship (2010)
   European Championship (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Kozul plays Suicide Variation by Deceptor

   🏆 31st TCh-SLO NML
   Z Kozul vs I Ivanisevic (Oct-24-21) 1/2-1/2
   A Moiseenko vs Z Kozul (Oct-17-21) 1/2-1/2
   Z Kozul vs P Flierl (Oct-16-21) 1-0
   Z Kozul vs Makan Rafiee (Oct-15-21) 1-0
   Z Kozul vs I Zaragatski (Oct-14-21) 1-0

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(born May-21-1966, 55 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Croatia)

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Zdenko Kozul was born in Bihac, (now part of Bosnia) in former Yugoslavia. He became an International Master in 1986 and a Grandmaster in 1989. In 1989 and 1990 he won the Yugoslav Championship.

Kozul has lived in Croatia since 1993 and led the Croatian team on five Olympiads. Kozul also played on the Sarajevo Bosnia team that won European Clubs Cup in 1999, 2000 and 2002.

Other tournament achievements include equal first at the Sibenik Open in 1988, and winning the 7th European Individual Championship (2006) in Kusadasi, the Open 'Mediterranean 2017' Rijeka (CRO) 2009, the Zagreb op-A (2012) and the Karpos Open 2013 in Macedonia. Croatian Champion in 2015. Kozul is also a FIDE Trainer (2005).

Wikipedia article: Zdenko Kožul; photo:

Last updated: 2017-10-30 08:00:46

 page 1 of 57; games 1-25 of 1,419  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Z Kozul vs Blatny  1-0721984EU-ch U20D02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. P Popovic vs Z Kozul  1-0411985YUG-chB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
3. Z Kozul vs V Kovacevic  1-0461985YUG-chA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
4. B Ivanovic vs Z Kozul 0-1271985YUG-chB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
5. Z Kozul vs K Georgiev  1-0311985Bosna GM TournamentE12 Queen's Indian
6. J Nogueiras vs Z Kozul  1-0351985Bosna GM TournamentE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
7. Z Kozul vs Drasko  0-1461985Bosna GM TournamentD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Marjanovic vs Z Kozul 1-0371985Bosna GM TournamentE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
9. Z Kozul vs Ribli  ½-½251985Bosna GM TournamentE12 Queen's Indian
10. Z Kozul vs Velimirovic 0-1401985Bosna GM TournamentA78 Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6
11. Z Kozul vs Lputian 0-1411985Bosna GM TournamentD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Z Kozul vs Mikhalchishin  ½-½111985Bosna GM TournamentA48 King's Indian
13. Andersson vs Z Kozul  1-0301985Bosna GM TournamentA15 English
14. Sax vs Z Kozul  1-0501985Bosna GM TournamentB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
15. Z Kozul vs Marjanovic  0-1761985YUG-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. E Dizdarevic vs Z Kozul  1-0471985Bosna GM TournamentA15 English
17. Z Kozul vs Chandler  1-0581985Bosna GM TournamentE12 Queen's Indian
18. Z Kozul vs B Lalic  ½-½81985Bosna GM TournamentD97 Grunfeld, Russian
19. Kurajica vs Z Kozul  1-0321985Bosna GM TournamentA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
20. P Popovic vs Z Kozul  1-0601985Bosna GM TournamentB58 Sicilian
21. Dlugy vs Z Kozul  ½-½241985Wch U20E88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
22. Anand vs Z Kozul  1-0521985Wch U20B89 Sicilian
23. Z Kozul vs D Polajzer  ½-½321987TonimirD97 Grunfeld, Russian
24. Gheorghiu vs Z Kozul  ½-½521987Graz OpenE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
25. M Zupe vs Z Kozul  0-1501987Graz opB53 Sicilian
 page 1 of 57; games 1-25 of 1,419  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Mar-14-11  Maatalkko: This guy is crazy experienced at the Classical Sicillian.
Mar-19-12  Calar: Recently he won open tournament in Zagreb:

Zagreb op-A (2012)

May-21-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Kozul!
May-21-12  lost in space: Happy birthday GM Kozul. Your games were my pathfinder through the Richter-Rauser system in the world-cc game vs. GM A. Nickel
May-21-12  lost in space: .. and what has this strange picture to do with GM Kozul? Looks like a bowling alley?!
Jan-17-13  Yopo: [Event "Yugoslavia"]
[Site "??"]
[Date "1989.??.??"]
[White "Davor Krajina"]
[Black "Zdenko Kozul"]
[Round ""]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B56"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3
Nc6 6. f4 g6 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. e5 Ng8 9. Qf3
d5 10. Be3 h5 11. h3 Bf5 12. O-O-O e6 13. Ba6
Ba3 14. bxa3 Qa5 15. g4 hxg4 16. hxg4 Rxh1 17. Rxh1
Bxg4 18. Qxg4 Qxc3 19. Bg1 Qxa3+ 20. Kd1 Qxa6 21. Rh8 O-O-O 22. Rh7 d4 23. Rxf7 Qc4 24. Rxa7 Kb8 25. Ra3 Ne7 26. Qh3 Nd5 27. Qb3+ Qxb3 28. Rxb3+ Kc7 29. Rg3
Nxf4 30. Rg4 Nh3 31. Rxg6 Nxg1 32. Rxg1 c5 33. Rg6
Re8 34. Kd2 Kc6 35. c3 Kd5 36. cxd4 cxd4 37. Rg4
Ra8 38. Rg7 Rxa2+ 39. Kd3 Ra3+ 40. Kd2 Kxe5 41. Rg5+
Kd6 42. Rg8 e5 0-1

Mar-19-13  waustad: Here is a decent pic from an article where he won (on tie breaks) a tournament in Skopje:
Apr-17-13  waustad: Coming in equal last in the Croatian Championship this year was not a good result for the highest rated player:
May-21-13  brankat: Happy Birthday Zdenko!
Sep-23-13  waustad: After winning the Austrian Bundesliga 2 Mitte last year, his team SV Wolfsberg will be in the main Bundesliga. First board this year will be more of a challenge, since he'll be facing a lot more higher rated players. He is 15th highest rated this year, compared to 2nd last year.
Nov-12-14  waustad: Congratulations on winning the Durres Open 2014.
Nov-21-14  waustad: SV Wolfsberg won its first round match 4-2 but lost the second 2-4 in the Austrian Bundesliga 1. For the first two rounds they used 5 Croatian players along with Erich Steflitsch. There are two more rounds this weekend and perhaps we'll see Eva Moser on board 4, which would bring up the overall elo slightly. Sparkasse Jenbach seems to be the team to beat here and Schachclub MPĂ– Maria Saal has been the most disappointing so far.

Dec-20-14  waustad: There is a line in the Sicilian Richter-Rauser called the Kozul variation. He's even written a book on it:
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  Penguincw: Congrats to 3rd Zdenko Kozul (2620) for still remaining perfect at the Bosna Open. He cruisied through the first 4 rounds with ease, and in R5, will face the other perfect player - 5th GM Hrvoje Stevic (2596).
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  Penguincw: And the 3rd seed would win the Bosna Open with 7/9 (+5,-0,=4). He won his first 4 games, then drew the next 4, and beat 12th seed Miodrag Savic with black in the final round to secure it.

Kozul would actually finish in a 5-way tie for 1st, but edged out compatriot Stevic (50.5-50) 6th seed Mladen Palac (2561), 15th seed Dusan Popovic (2492) and 4th seed Predrag Nikolic (2618) on tiebreaks.

For his 2666 TPR, he gained a modest 8.1 points to move from 2620 to 2633.1 (rated 2625 on the June list), just 7 points behind Croatian #1, Ivan Saric.

May-14-16  waustad: A week from today he'll be eligible to play in the younger versions of senior tournaments. Since he is still quite active, it will be interesting to see if he starts playing in these.
May-21-16  waustad: The software that chooses POTD really should put a preference for players with landmark birthdays. Happy 50th birthday to a former European Champion!
May-21-16  siggemannen: Happy Birthday! The best game for me is the game against Rublevsky a few years ago, where he sacked the house to win
Apr-06-18  waustad: He is now playing a match with Nikola Dukic. They've split the first two games. I suspect that there has been a transliteration problem, but I only see him as a Serbian unrated player: Is he related to Sandra Djukic
Apr-07-18  nummerzwei: This looks more like it:

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  Messiah: He had a very interesting win over Bosiocic recently: 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 d4 3. b4 Bg4 4. g3 Bxf3 5. exf3 e5 6. Bg2 Bxb4 7. Qa4+ Nc6 8. f4 e4 9. Bxe4 Qe7 10. Kd1 Kf8 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. Re1 Qd6 13. a3 Bc5 14. d3 Nf6 15. Nd2 Re8 16. Rxe8+ Kxe8 17. Nb3 Ng4 18. Ra2 Bb6 19. f5 Ne5 20. Bf4 Kd7 21. c5 Bxc5 22. Qa5 Qd5 23. Nxc5+ Kc8 24. Bxe5 1-0
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  Messiah: Against Zelcic the game was not less interesting, not at all! 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 e5 4. Bxc4 exd4 5. exd4 Bd6 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. O-O O-O 8. Nc3 Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. g4 Bg6 11. Ne5 c5 12. Nxg6 hxg6 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. Bf4 Nc6 15. Qxd8 Raxd8 16. Rad1 Bd4 17. Rfe1 a6 18. a4 Rfe8 19. Rxe8+ Rxe8 20. Bc1 Bxc3 21. bxc3 Ne5 22. Bf1 Ne4 23. Kg2 Nc5 24. Re1 Re6 25. f4 Ned7 26. Rxe6 Nxe6 27. a5 Nb8 28. Kf3 Nc6 29. Ke4 Nxa5 30. Be3 Nc6 31. Kd5 Kf8 32. Kd6 Ne7 33. Bc4 Ke8 34. Bxe6 fxe6 35. Kxe6 Nc6 36. Kd6 a5 37. Kc5 a4 38. Bc1 Ne7 39. c4 Nc6 40. Bb2 Nd8 41. Kb4 Ne6 42. Bc1 Kd7 43. Kxa4 Kc6 44. Kb4 Nd4 45. Bb2 Ne2 46. Be5 Ng1 47. Bd4 Nxh3 48. Be3 g5 49. f5 Kd7 50. Kc5 Kc7 51. Kd5 Kd7 52. Ke4 Kd6 53. Bd4 Ke7 54. Bxg7 Nf2+ 55. Kf3 Nd3 56. Ke3 Nc5 57. Bd4 Nd7 58. Ke4 Kd6 59. c5+ Ke7 60. Kd5 Nb8 61. Be3 Kf6 62. Kd6 Na6 63. Bd2 1-0
May-21-21  Jimmy720: An opening pioneer
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  SkySports: Croatian Champion 2021!

Dec-12-21  Albertan: Kozul wins 2021 Croatian Chess Championship:

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