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Dragutin Sahovic
Number of games in database: 308
Years covered: 1969 to 2003
Highest rating achieved in database: 2520

Overall record: +76 -86 =146 (48.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    A45 D02 A46 E10 A40
 Queen's Indian (20) 
    E15 E17 E16 E12 E18
 Grunfeld (16) 
    D91 D95 D94 D90 D80
 Modern Benoni (13) 
    A70 A56 A58 A73 A75
 King's Indian (12) 
    E92 E60 E94 E67 E90
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    D27 D25 D21 D23
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (23) 
    B84 B52 B90 B29 B40
 Uncommon Opening (22) 
 King's Indian (21) 
    E92 E62 E82 E99 E96
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    A50 A40 D02 A45 E00
 French Defense (15) 
    C04 C16 C15 C05 C10
 French Tarrasch (7) 
    C04 C05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Polugaevsky vs Sahovic, 1969 1/2-1/2
   Ree vs Sahovic, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Sahovic vs J Diaz, 1976 1-0
   Ree vs Sahovic, 1979 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vrnjacka Banja (1984)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Kostic Memorial (1979)
   Novi Sad (1978)
   Biel (1979)
   Yugoslav Championship (1980)
   Jurmala (1978)
   Dubna (1979)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Biel (1980)
   Amsterdam IBM (1979)
   Lone Pine (1978)

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(born Aug-08-1940, died Nov-12-2005, 65 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Serbia/Montenegro)

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Dragutin Sahovic was born in Kraljevo, 1940 and awarded the GM title in 1978. His best tournament results were =1st at Lone Pine 1977, 1st at Sombor 1978, =1st at Dubna 1979, 1st at Vrnjacka Banja 1984 and =1st at Montpellier 1988. Like many other Yugoslav players, he depended upon the prize money he won in open tournament to provide an income for his family. He won nearly 100 tournaments during his career. He and Aleksandar Matanovic founded the ECO codes(1) for chess openings.

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Last updated: 2017-02-09 09:58:16

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 409  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sahovic vs Janosevic  ½-½631969BelgradeD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
2. Ivkov vs Sahovic  1-0311969BelgradeA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
3. E Bukic vs Sahovic  ½-½151969BelgradeD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
4. Polugaevsky vs Sahovic  ½-½421969BelgradeD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
5. Gligoric vs Sahovic 1-0241969BelgradeA50 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Sahovic vs Matulovic 0-1261969BelgradeA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. Sahovic vs Hecht  ½-½411969BelgradeC05 French, Tarrasch
8. P Ostojic vs Sahovic  1-0291969BelgradeC05 French, Tarrasch
9. Lengyel vs Sahovic  ½-½231969BelgradeD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Sahovic vs Geller  ½-½471969BelgradeB89 Sicilian
11. Sahovic vs B Kurajica  1-0431969BelgradeB10 Caro-Kann
12. Sahovic vs G Tringov  ½-½261969BelgradeB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
13. A Matanovic vs Sahovic  ½-½221969BelgradeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
14. Sahovic vs Botvinnik ½-½231969BelgradeB15 Caro-Kann
15. Sahovic vs Suttles  0-1531969BelgradeA10 English
16. Sahovic vs F Mrsa  ½-½451970Imperia opA25 English
17. Sahovic vs Ivkov  ½-½341971Vrnjacka BanjaA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
18. Stein vs Sahovic  1-0411971Vrnjacka BanjaE97 King's Indian
19. Vaganian vs Sahovic  1-0431971Vrnjacka BanjaA04 Reti Opening
20. M Vuruna vs Sahovic  0-1301971Bari OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
21. N Cortlever vs Sahovic  0-1421972Hoogovens-BC02 French, Advance
22. Ribli vs Sahovic  1-0391972Hoogovens-BB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
23. Sahovic vs W Schmidt  ½-½671972Hoogovens-BD80 Grunfeld
24. Sahovic vs Velimirovic  1-0431975YUG-chA04 Reti Opening
25. Sahovic vs A Planinc 0-1561975YUG-chA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-22-05  Eastfrisian: According to TWIC 576 Dragutin Sahovic died on 12.11.2005 in Belgrade. He was born in Kraljevo. He should be honored in the next time as player of the day.
Aug-08-06  BIDMONFA: Dragutin Sahovic

SAHOVIC, Dragutin

Jun-04-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: I like his chessy surname. :)
Aug-05-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Subtitles for non-Slav fellas: his surname (Šahoviæ) is like O'Chess or Chessby or Chesser or Fairchess or Chesswood or sth. like that, since 'Šah' means 'chess' in many Slav languages.
Aug-05-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Oops ... 'æ' is a bit corrupt inhere. Infact it should be written as 'c with acute', like in
Aug-08-07  brankat: Yes, Sahovic. Where <S> is pronounced like English <sh>, and the last letter <c>, like <ch>.

When I was a teenager, way back in 1967/68, Mr.Sahovic, an MC at the time, was in the Yugoslav Army, which was mandatory back then, and stationed in my hometown, Karlovac. He used to visit our Chess club, the oldest one in the entire Balkans (100the anniversary this year!), so I had a chance to play many games against him, all Blitz. If I remember correctly, I may have had some 2-3 wins :-)

Aug-08-07  whiteshark: Playing initially 1... b6 against 1. e4, he later (early 80ties) shifted to 1... Nc6. Besides Tony Miles the only GM who played Nimzowitsch Defense regularly.
Aug-08-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Hello, brankat. Karlovac? That's a close call, i'm from near neighbourhood. So how's it in Vancouver? I heard you had a heat-wave recently plus first time over 35 degrees. Must have felt like your old home, huh? ;) On the other side of Atlantic is pretty much the same thing – we've seen 40s, fellas Serbians even 44s. Must be a smart decision to go to always-tempered-climate like yours... Greets
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  Stonehenge: <brankat> < Autoreparaturwerkbau >

evo, nesto za vas:

Aug-09-07  brankat: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> Hi there. Nice to meet a neighbour!

This year a "heat-wave" in Vancouver was pretty short lived (so far). Actually we have hardly had any summer to speak of. Which usually means, the winter will be kind of messy, too.

Not that it's any better elsewhere. This just shows what catastrophic blows we have dealt to the planet and it's climate. I fully expect things to get worse.

Btw, drop by at my forum sometime.

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  GrahamClayton: The following variation of the QGD is known as the Sahovic Defence: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 ♗f5

Source: "Unorthodox Openings", Eric Schiller and Joel Benjamin, Batsford, 1987

Aug-08-09  wordfunph: <GM Dragutin Sahovic, like other Yugoslav players, played many open tournaments, looking for the prizes to provide survival for his family. He had won nearly 100 tournaments during his career.>

Happy Birthday GM Sahovic!

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  LIFE Master AJ: How about a picture??? (Of this player.)
Aug-08-11  rogl: He kinda have a chessy first name as well, since 'Drag' in Swedish means move.
Aug-08-11  whiteshark: In that case Drag♕ means move the Queen, too?
Nov-18-11  brankat: <He kinda have a chessy first name as well, since 'Drag' in Swedish means move.>

More than that. First 3 letters of his last name, <SAHovic>, means <Chess> (in his mother-tongue, Serbian). In English it would be something like <Chessovic).

Jul-10-16  stanleys: Sahovic playing at the European Tean Championship, 1980 -
Aug-08-16  diagonal: Dragutin Sahovic was winner of the 9th International Open Master Tournament at Biel in 1976 with 224 participants, played parallel the Interzonal at same venue. Sahovic was also co-winner at the prestigious Lone Pine Open, California in 1977, his biggest success.

He won nearly 100 events during his chess career. Mostly were open, apart from the mentioned Biel 1976, and Lone Pine 1977, he also took Zurich (Weihnachtsopen) 1981, and many further Open Festivals in Italy, France and Spain, as well as the closed invitation tournaments at Sombor (8th Ivan Parcetic Memorial) 1978, Dubna (USSR) 1979, or Vrnjacka Banja 1984.

Sahovic was a great fighter, a very inventive and original player. Together with some other Yugoslavian players, under the lead of Aleksandar Matanovic, they launched the universal ECO codes for openings, one of the most sustainable paradigm shiftings in chess!

Aug-08-16  brankat: R.I.P. Dragutin.
Aug-08-16  The17thPawn: Sad that so few of his games are represented here.

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