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Bojan Kurajica
B Kurajica 
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 
Number of games in database: 2,535
Years covered: 1962 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2511 (2342 rapid, 2465 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585

Overall record: +898 -371 =1237 (60.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 29 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (224) 
    A46 D02 A40 D05 A41
 Sicilian (158) 
    B90 B22 B32 B56 B50
 Ruy Lopez (91) 
    C95 C91 C84 C92 C94
 Reti System (87) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English (71) 
    A15 A14 A13 A10 A12
 King's Indian (68) 
    E67 E62 E64 E63 E66
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (395) 
    B32 B30 B28 B47 B42
 Nimzo Indian (94) 
    E32 E40 E20 E21 E52
 Queen's Pawn Game (93) 
    E00 A46 A45 A40 D02
 English (89) 
    A13 A17 A14 A15 A12
 Queen's Indian (85) 
    E12 E15 E16 E17 E14
 Sicilian Taimanov (78) 
    B47 B46 B48 B45 B49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kurajica vs Velimirovic, 1972 1-0
   Kurajica vs Andersson, 1980 1-0
   Kurajica vs P Littlewood, 1980 1-0
   Polgar vs Kurajica, 2002 0-1
   Kurajica vs Karpov, 1994 1-0
   G Garcia Gonzalez vs Kurajica, 1979 0-1
   Kurajica vs I Miladinovic, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Mitkov vs Kurajica, 2002 0-1
   Tal vs Kurajica, 1976 0-1
   Kurajica vs Korchnoi, 1976 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens (1977)
   Yugoslav Championship (1984)
   Osijek (1978)
   Karlovac (1979)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   Kostic Memorial (1979)
   Sarajevo (1983)
   Hoogovens (1970)
   Reggio Emilia 1967/68 (1967)
   First Lady's Cup (1982)
   Elista Olympiad (1998)
   Malaga Open (2001)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   21st World Seniors Championship (2011)
   Cappelle-la-Grande Open (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam IBM 1976 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1970 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1976 by WCC Editing Project
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1976 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee 1977 by EmperorAtahualpa
   Hastings 1966/67 by suenteus po 147
   Basman Hastings 1966/67 by skware

   🏆 29th TCh-CRO Div 1a
   B Kurajica vs J Plenca (Oct-03-21) 1/2-1/2
   B Kurajica vs B Medak (Oct-02-21) 1-0
   S Zelenika vs B Kurajica (Oct-01-21) 0-1
   B Kurajica vs M Palac (Sep-30-21) 1/2-1/2
   B Kurajica vs V Bukal Jr (Sep-29-21) 0-1

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(born Nov-15-1947, 75 years old) Croatia

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Bojan Kurajica (born 15 November 1947 in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia) is a Croat-Bosnian chess grandmaster (GM).

Kurajica grew up in Split. He earned the International Master (IM) title in 1965 by winning the World Junior Championship. He moved to Zagreb in 1966 to study Italian and English at the Faculty of Philosophy, graduating in 1972.

Kurajica was awarded the GM title in 1974. He played chess in Zagreb until 1979, when he relocated to Sarajevo in order to play for ŠK Bosna. He played for Yugoslavia in Chess Olympiads at Valletta 1980 (won team bronze medal) and Thessaloniki 1984.

One of his notable tournament successes was joint 3rd/4th place (together with Mikhail Tal whom he beat in their individual game) at the 1976 Wijk aan Zee (Fridrik Olafsson and Ljubomir Ljubojević won). In 1979, Kurajica shared the win at the traditional Bosna tournament in Sarajevo. In 1981, he won the strong Lugano Open (first with best tie-break score).

In 1991, Kurajica broke the Guinness World record for playing a simultaneous game on the largest numbers of boards up until that moment.

After the collapse of Yugoslavia, he represented Bosnia and Herzegovina ten times between 1992 and 2012 (won team silver medal at Moscow 1994), in total 12 Olympiad appearances. Since 2019, he has represented Croatia, as he did between 2006 and 2009.

In December 2005 Kurajica won the 13th Salona GM Invitation Tournament in Solin. In the same year he was awarded the title of FIDE Trainer. As of 2006, he alternated his residence between Sarajevo and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

On the September 2016 FIDE list his Elo rating is 2529.

Wikipedia article: Bojan Kurajica

Last updated: 2022-11-15 18:57:44

 page 1 of 101; games 1-25 of 2,517  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Lovass vs B Kurajica  0-1371962HUN-JUGB40 Sicilian
2. B Kurajica vs I Lovass  1-0441962HUN-JUGB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. B Kurajica vs G D Lee  0-1671963Wch U18B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
4. S Bojkovic vs B Kurajica  ½-½391963Wch U18B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. A Vitolinsh vs B Kurajica  1-0951963YUG-URSB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. B Kurajica vs A I Zakharov  0-1301963YUG-URSB06 Robatsch
7. A I Zakharov vs B Kurajica  ½-½791963YUG-URSB30 Sicilian
8. B Kurajica vs K Grigorian  1-0501964URS-YUGB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
9. B Kurajica vs G Kuzmin  0-1321964URS-YUGB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
10. V Vorotnikov vs B Kurajica  1-0431964URS-YUGE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
11. K Grigorian vs B Kurajica  1-0291964URS-YUGD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. B Kurajica vs M Janata  1-0451964Zurich - jungmeisterC05 French, Tarrasch
13. O Jakobsen vs B Kurajica  1-0681964Zurich - jungmeisterA07 King's Indian Attack
14. B Kurajica vs P N Lee  0-1421964Zurich - jungmeisterA07 King's Indian Attack
15. B Kurajica vs H Pfleger  0-1311964Zurich - jungmeisterC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. H Glauser vs B Kurajica  0-1621964Zurich - jungmeisterB42 Sicilian, Kan
17. C Zuidema vs B Kurajica  0-1351964Zurich - jungmeisterB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. H Holaszek vs B Kurajica  ½-½171964Zurich - jungmeisterB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. E Eichhorn vs B Kurajica  0-1471964Zurich - jungmeisterE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
20. B Kurajica vs M Markus  1-0461964Zurich - jungmeisterA07 King's Indian Attack
21. O Kinnmark vs B Kurajica  ½-½281964Zurich - jungmeisterB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. B Kurajica vs F Tejero Royo  ½-½191964Zurich - jungmeisterC10 French
23. B Kurajica vs Y Bleiman  ½-½121965Wch U20 f-AB32 Sicilian
24. R Hartoch vs B Kurajica  1-0411965Wch U20 f-AB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
25. E Simon Padros vs B Kurajica  0-1261965Wch U20 f-AA07 King's Indian Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of puzzles from Bojan's games:
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday to you!
Mar-10-07  BIDMONFA: Bojan Kurajica


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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday to you! =)
Jan-14-08  brankat: Wow! <WannaBe> accounts for 50% of the posts on this page! Not any more though. it is now down to 40% :-)
Jan-15-08  suenteus po 147: This guy played in Dutch tournaments in the seventies.
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  WannaBe: Very Happy Birthday to you! =)
Nov-15-08  WickedPawn: Happy Birthday Bojan!
Nov-16-08  brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday Bojan!
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday to you, Vladislav Akselrod!!
Nov-15-09  I Like Fish: wannabe...
a bit frantically...
happy bday bojan...
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  Tabanus: Chessmetrics: 2674 in March 1978, #29 in world

He won today a tournament in Gran Canaria, Spain:

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  Tabanus: And second today in the Pedro Lezcano Montalvo Memorial (Gran Canaria, Spain):

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  Tabanus: Placed 3rd today in Ciudad de La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) 5-11 April 2010:

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  Tabanus: 3rd today in the IV Hotel Avenida de Canarias Open (Spain) 18-25 July 2010:

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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday, Bojan, (why did I think you are Vladislav 2 years ago?)
Nov-15-11  brankat: Happy Birthday Bojan!
Nov-15-11  belgradegambit: Unfortunately he was held to a draw today at the world senior championship,
Mar-08-12  wordfunph: GM Kurajica's contribution to chess openings..

Kurajica Defense (English) 1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 c6

Nov-15-12  brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Bojan Kurajica for his performance at the Bosna Open. He scored 6/9 (+5,-2,=2) and finished in 13th place, the best 60+ player. He did lose 3.9 points (rated 2519 in May and 2510 in June) though.
Nov-15-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Bojan Kurajica.
Nov-15-16  Big Pawn: Happy belated Columbus Day, Bojan Kurajica! Hey Borjan, what's up man!!? Hey - Borjan, Happy Day! Have a good one!! You. Are. The. Man! Go Borjan!! Woo hoo!! Happy Birthday!
Nov-15-22  Nosnibor: Kurajika sure had his fellow Grandmaster Gligoric`s number with 4 wins to one loss. Many happy returns of the day Bojan.

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