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Josip Rukavina
Number of games in database: 314
Years covered: 1971 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2384 (2417 rapid, 2315 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2480

Overall record: +82 -82 =150 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English (34) 
    A15 A14 A13 A10 A17
 Reti System (23) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (12) 
    E66 E60 E62 E73 E70
 Queen's Indian (10) 
    E17 E19 E15 E12
 English, 1 c4 e5 (9) 
    A20 A25 A26 A22
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A45 A40 D02 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (33) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Robatsch (29) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A41 A40
 King's Indian (10) 
    E62 E91 E94 E60 E95
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C95 C93 C69 C90 C94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C95 C90 C93 C94 C91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Rukavina vs Korchnoi, 1973 1-0
   J Rukavina vs Tal, 1973 1-0
   M Foglia vs J Rukavina, 2010 0-1
   J Rukavina vs J Hartung-Nielsen, 2010 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vrnjacka Banja Zonal (1972)
   Yugoslav Championship (1972)
   Yugoslav Championship (1984)
   Pula Open (2003)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Pula Open (2001)
   21st World Seniors Championship (2011)
   European Championship (2010)
   European Championship (2009)

   🏆 20th Zadar Open A
   J Rukavina vs Indjic (Dec-20-13) 0-1

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(born Oct-29-1942, 78 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Croatia)

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International Master

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 323  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Messing vs J Rukavina  1-0561971SarajevoB07 Pirc
2. Matulovic vs J Rukavina  0-1571971SarajevoB08 Pirc, Classical
3. J Rukavina vs Bronstein  0-1301971SarajevoE15 Queen's Indian
4. Bobotsov vs J Rukavina  1-0371971SarajevoA56 Benoni Defense
5. N Minev vs J Rukavina  1-0411971SarajevoB06 Robatsch
6. J Rukavina vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½311972YUG-URSE17 Queen's Indian
7. J Rukavina vs Tseshkovsky  1-0381972YUG-URSA14 English
8. Tseshkovsky vs J Rukavina  ½-½431972YUG-URSC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Tseshkovsky vs J Rukavina  0-1391972YUG-URSC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. J Rukavina vs N Skalkotas  1-0411972?A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
11. J Rukavina vs Kurajica  ½-½221972Yugoslav ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
12. Ljubojevic vs J Rukavina  ½-½381972Yugoslav ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
13. J Rukavina vs I Nemet  ½-½471972Yugoslav ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
14. M Vukic vs J Rukavina  0-1461972Yugoslav ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
15. Janosevic vs J Rukavina  0-1621972Yugoslav ChampionshipC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
16. D Marovic vs J Rukavina  1-0651972Yugoslav ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
17. J Rukavina vs Minic  ½-½491972Yugoslav ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
18. J Rukavina vs Matulovic  1-0411972Yugoslav ChampionshipA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
19. A Matanovic vs J Rukavina  ½-½241972Yugoslav ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
20. Ivkov vs J Rukavina  ½-½261972Yugoslav ChampionshipC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
21. Velimirovic vs J Rukavina  0-1431972Yugoslav ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
22. J Rukavina vs D Komljenovic  ½-½501972Yugoslav ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. P Ostojic vs J Rukavina  0-1421972Yugoslav ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
24. J Rukavina vs J Sofrevski  ½-½101972Yugoslav ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
25. J Rukavina vs L Masic  ½-½181972Yugoslav ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 323  PGN Download
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  Poisonpawns: Yugoslavian/Croatian IM Defeated Tal and Korchnoi in 1973 Interzonal tournament.Chessmetrics has him at 2591 in 1973 and he was #82 on 1973 ratings list.
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  Tabanus: IM Josip Rukavina, Croatia, born 29* October 1942. Now rated 2428,

IM in 1972. Chessmetrics (today): 2554 in 1972 (world no. 66).

Interzonal tourn. 1973:

Played in the olympiad 1972 (2nd reserve) and in Mitropa Cup 1978 (board 2). Co-winner of Biel Master Open 1980.

Placed 15th in World Senior Ch 2009, 120th in European Individual Ch 2009 (see who's no. 121!):

Biography: (in Polish)


Hort is also on his list. But not Spassky:

[Event "Chigorin Memorial"]
[Site "Sochi"]
[Date "1973.09.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Spassky, Boris V"]
[Black "Rukavina, Josip"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2660"]
[BlackElo "2460"]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.f4 O-O 6.Be3 c6 7.Bd3 a6 8.Nge2 b5 9.O-O Nbd7 10.Kh1 Rb8 11.b3 e5 12.Rc1 Re8 13.d5 cxd5 14.cxd5 Nh5 15.Qd2 Nc5 16.Bb1 Bd7 17.g4 Nf6 18.Ng3 Qa5 19.g5 Nh5 20.Nxh5 gxh5 21.Qf2 Rbc8 22.Ne2 Qa3 23.Ng3 Rc7 24.Nxh5 Rec8 25.Qh4 Kh8 26.Nxg7 1-0

*I assume 29, not 27 as in

Oct-29-10  brankat: Happy birthday Josip!
Oct-29-12  brankat: And once again: Happy Birthday!
Oct-29-15  BIDMONFA: Josip Rukavina


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