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Nikola Karaklajic
N Karaklajic 
Number of games in database: 477
Years covered: 1949 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2303
Highest rating achieved in database: 2365

Overall record: +135 -105 =235 (53.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (78) 
    B56 B76 B44 B93 B42
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C86 C71 C78 C85 C84
 French Defense (27) 
    C01 C18 C07 C05 C02
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C86 C84 C85 C90
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B93 B90 B92
 Sicilian Dragon (11) 
    B76 B36 B39
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (44) 
    C67 C77 C82 C79 C80
 Nimzo Indian (36) 
    E55 E54 E46 E30 E59
 Scandinavian (27) 
 Queen's Gambit Declined (19) 
    D38 D39 D30 D31 D35
 Semi-Slav (16) 
    D46 D44 D45 D47
 Ruy Lopez, Open (14) 
    C82 C80 C81
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Karaklajic vs A Fuderer, 1955 1-0
   N Karaklajic vs Robatsch, 1956 1-0
   N Karaklajic vs S Nedeljkovic, 1957 1-0
   N Karaklajic vs D Andric, 1961 1-0
   N Karaklajic vs Rellstab, 1956 1/2-1/2
   Tal vs N Karaklajic, 1968 1/2-1/2
   N Karaklajic vs A Matanovic, 1968 1/2-1/2
   N Karaklajic vs Matulovic, 1955 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Yugoslav Championship (1955)
   Hoogovens-B (1967)
   Venice (1980)
   Belgrade (1959)
   Hoogovens-B (1965)
   Yugoslav Championship (1957)
   Belgrade (1965)
   Parcetic Memorial (1966)
   Yugoslav Championship (1979)
   Reggio Emilia 1979/80 (1979)
   YUG-ch 6th (1951)
   Belgrade (1952)
   Belgrade (1954)
   Zagreb (1955)
   21st Belgrade Trophy (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sofia Zonal 1957 by Chessical

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(born Feb-24-1926, died Dec-16-2008, 82 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Serbia)

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He was awarded the IM title in 1955.He was 1st in the "Masters" section at Beverwijk Hoogovens 1967. The "Grandmasters" section was won by Boris Spassky.

He is the first notable exponent and probably inventor of the Belgrade Gambit. He won the Yugoslav Chess Championship in 1955, competed in the 12th Chess Olympiad, Belgian Chess Championship, European Team Chess Championship and played notable games with Hans Berliner, Borislav Ivkov and others as part of the peer group of strong Yugoslav players contemporary with Borislav Milić.

Aside from chess Karaklajić is also known as a radio personality on Radio Belgrade (1957-1982) and for his interest in rock music featured in the documentary Rockovnik. He was first editor in chief of Džuboks (i.e. Jukebox) magazine and once arranged visas for Zlatni Dečaci by representing the band members as young chess players. He organized the first concert of YU grupa and featured on YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike. His radio show Nedeljom u devet i pet (Sunday at 9:05), which he produced and hosted, introduced bands such as Samonikli.

Wikipedia article: Nikola Karaklajić

Gino Di Felice, "Chess Results 1964-1967" pp.358-359

Jeremy Gaige, "Chess Personalia" p.204

Last updated: 2022-03-19 22:20:02

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 623  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Andric vs N Karaklajic  0-1541949Smederevska PalankaD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. A Matanovic vs N Karaklajic  1-0271949Belgrade ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. S Vukovic vs N Karaklajic  1-0311949Belgrade ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
4. N Karaklajic vs B Simonovic  1-0341949Yugoslav ChampionshipE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
5. S Vukovic vs N Karaklajic  1-0431949Yugoslav ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. N Karaklajic vs A Matanovic  0-1481949Yugoslav ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
7. Kostic vs N Karaklajic  0-1361949Yugoslav ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
8. N Karaklajic vs Gligoric  0-1371949Yugoslav ChampionshipC13 French
9. P Trifunovic vs N Karaklajic  1-0541949Yugoslav ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. N Karaklajic vs M Germek  0-1641949Yugoslav ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
11. Ivkov vs N Karaklajic ½-½231949Yugoslav ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
12. N Karaklajic vs A Fuderer  0-1411949Yugoslav ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
13. D Avirovic vs N Karaklajic  0-1531949Yugoslav ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
14. N Karaklajic vs Janosevic  1-0411949Yugoslav ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
15. N Karaklajic vs B Milic  ½-½301949Yugoslav ChampionshipE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
16. Pirc vs N Karaklajic  1-0291949Yugoslav ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
17. N Karaklajic vs B Tot  1-0511949Yugoslav ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
18. V Tomovic vs N Karaklajic  0-1511949Yugoslav ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. N Karaklajic vs B Rabar  ½-½201949Yugoslav ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
20. S Puc vs N Karaklajic  1-0631949Yugoslav ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. S Nedeljkovic vs N Karaklajic  1-0591949Yugoslav ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. N Karaklajic vs B Rabar  0-1401951Yugoslav Championship 1950B07 Pirc
23. Janosevic vs N Karaklajic  1-0911951Yugoslav Championship 1950C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
24. N Karaklajic vs M Udovcic  ½-½701951Yugoslav Championship 1950C42 Petrov Defense
25. S Puc vs N Karaklajic  1-0531951Yugoslav Championship 1950E20 Nimzo-Indian
 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 623  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-28-05  Robin01: Looks like Korchnoi gave him problems. However, he did get a draw against Tal.
Feb-03-06  John Abraham: At first I thought that this person was female, given the name.
Feb-04-06  chessmaster pro: <John Abraham> No, Nikola is a name common used for boys in Yugoslavia.Well atleast in those times i don't know if they still like to use that name in Yugoslavia.
Feb-24-06  BIDMONFA: Nikola Karaklajic


Dec-18-08  Parelius: I was very priveliged to meet this great gentleman in Obrenovac just recently , very sad to hear he has passed . Rest in peace Nikola .
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  SteinitzLives: Karaklajic had a fascinating opening repertoire, always willing to try different stuff!

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