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GM Vlado Kovačević
GM Vlado Kovacevic
Vlado Kovacevic

Vlatko (Vlado) Kovacevic was born in Dubrovnik on March 26th, 1942. He attended Grammar School in Split, graduating at the Faculty of Electronical Engineering in the same town in 1965. The next 13 years find him teaching at the Military High School of Technical Sciences in Zagreb. However, he is forced to quit his teaching post due to the ever increasing top-level chess obligations. From 1979 onwards, he has worked as journalist at The Sports Desk of the Croatian Radio in Zagreb.

He begins his chess career in Split, by joining the Chess Club Mornar in the spring of 1957. Three years later, in 1960, he wins the Croatian junior championship. But it was only after his move to Zagreb, that his chess career really took off. In Zagreb he joins the chess club «Mladost», one of the strongest Yugoslav clubs at the time, where he remains a full 30 years. Currently, he is member of the chess club «Mravince – Dalmacija Cement», the most successful club in Croatia’s post– war history.

A master candidate in 1961, he obtains the master title in 1967. He was awarded the IM title in 1970 – the same year he beats in a brilliant manner the legendary Robert James Fischer, in the Rovinj – Zagreb tournament. In 1976 he is awarded the prestigious GM title. Three times Croatia’s champion (1967,1969,1971), he has also won 15 international tournaments. Perhaps his best results are 1st place in Vinkovci 1982, 2nd in Sarajevo 1982, and 2nd-3rd at Hastings 1982/1983. He creates quite a stir that very year (1982) when he unexpectedly reaches the 33rd placing on the Fide rating list- a fantastic result for a part-time player.

He very successfully competed on the national team. He has played 106 games in official international competitions and scored 66 points – over 62%. He has participated in 6 Chess Olympiads, 3 European Teams Championships, 3 Balkans Teams Championships and 2 Mitropa Cups. His best achievements are 4th place in the Lucerne 1982. Olympiad and the silver medals in the European Teams Championships in Plovdiv 1983 and Haifa 1989.

From 2000 – 2004, he acted as selector of the Croatian Men’s national team.

He is also a well-known chess author. He has written 9 books, has a column in «Hina», and has also presented a chess television programme on «Good morning, Croatia«.



GM Blažimir Kovačević
GM Blazimir Kovacevic 1
Blazimir Kovacevic


Blažimir Kovačević was born on October 16th, 1975 in Osijek.
He began to play chess in the seventh grade and became the Croatian junior champion in 1994.
In 1999 he completed the International Master’s norm at a tournament in Budapest.  He is awarded GM title in 2018. Blažimir holds a FIDE Trainer title since 2016.

He was a long time member of the chess club Liburnija, Rijeka.
In 2020, Blažimir joined the chess club «Novi Zagreb».

Blažimir successfully played in many international tournaments, as well as team competitions.  He works as a chess trainer.




CM Boris Sudar
CM Boris Sudar
Boris Sudar


Boris Sudar was born in Đakovo on September 3rd, 1977. He graduated at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb in 2004. Education and work experience on his LinkedIn profile.

Boris is FIDE Candidate Master and FIDE Instructor. He is member of chess club «Novi Zagreb».