OLDER generation of T&T chess players will remember
GM Svetozar Gligoric who was one of the worlds leading
chess players for three generations after the last World
War. It would be welcome news for them to learn that the
former 11-time Yugoslav champion was honoured earlier this
month on his 85th birthday by his people who organised an
85-player Swiss tournament in the city of Pancevo near Belgrade
to celebrate the occasion.
Gligoric was born in Belgrade in 1923 and became the best
chess player to be produced by Serbia and ex-Yugoslavia.
He won the national championship 11 times, earnd 12 Chess
Olympiad medals starting with Gold in Dubrovnik in 1950,
six in European championships and was candidate for the
World Championsip title many times. During three decades
after the War he was one of the best players outside the
More senior players in T&T will remember Gligorics
exploits and the inspiring quality of his games.
It was the idea of Milorad Mitrovic, internationãl
chess organiser, to make this day very special for Gligoric
and all chess players in Serbia. In the 15-minute rapid
play tournament, entitled To Gligoric with Love,
the number of invited players was limited to exactly 85
as a symbol for his age.
The tournament had 23 GMs, 21 IMs, 12 FMs, four WGMs, one
WIM and three WFMs. Five players scored 7 points and shared
first place, with Serbias number one, GM Ivan Ivanisevic
taking the trophy.
The winners: GM Ivan Ivanisevic; IM Ivan Marinkovic; GM
Aleksandar Kovacevic; GM Miodrag Savic and IM Mihajlo Zlatic.