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Marjan Semrl
Number of games in database: 34
Years covered: 2000 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2111
Highest rating achieved in database: 2190
Overall record: +13 -6 =15 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening (3 games)
C43 Petrov, Modern Attack (3 games)
B25 Sicilian, Closed (2 games)
E15 Queen's Indian (2 games)
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A40 Queen's Pawn Game (2 games)

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(born Jul-18-1954, 65 years old) Slovenia

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GMC who is the 24th Correspondence Chess World Champion.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 34  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Semrl vs A Caoili  1-0352000Bled op 21stA25 English
2. M Semrl vs O Jovanic  0-1342001BledB25 Sicilian, Closed
3. K Novak vs M Semrl  0-1362001BledB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
4. M Semrl vs E Fucak  1-0412001BledC10 French
5. M Tratar vs M Semrl  1-0242001BledA40 Queen's Pawn Game
6. M Semrl vs R Philipowski  0-1212001BledB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. M Pazlar vs M Semrl  1-0452001BledB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. M Semrl vs K White  1-0222001BledA40 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Martin Aljancic vs M Semrl  ½-½52001BledC45 Scotch Game
10. Sax vs M Semrl  1-028200112th OpenB01 Scandinavian
11. M Semrl vs M Pazlar  1-041200112th OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Franc Rodman vs M Semrl  ½-½26200112th OpenA50 Queen's Pawn Game
13. M Semrl vs M Kodela  1-030200112th OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. S Jeric vs M Semrl  0-136200112th OpenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. I Sitnik vs M Semrl  1-041200112th OpenE20 Nimzo-Indian
16. M Semrl vs B Sirnik  ½-½56200112th OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
17. Z Basagic vs M Semrl  ½-½46200112th OpenA21 English
18. M Semrl vs Jan Lounek  ½-½572007WCCC27CT02(WS)B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
19. D Buse vs M Semrl  ½-½252009World Championship 24 FinalC42 Petrov Defense
20. M Semrl vs N Joao  ½-½522009World Championship 24 FinalE15 Queen's Indian
21. J Bokar vs M Semrl  ½-½222009World Championship 24 FinalC42 Petrov Defense
22. M Semrl vs F Kunzelmann  ½-½532009World Championship 24 FinalA30 English, Symmetrical
23. M Tirabassi vs M Semrl  ½-½302009World Championship 24 FinalD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. Joze Novak vs M Semrl  ½-½562009World Championship 24 FinalD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. M Semrl vs S V Sabaev 1-0282009World Championship 24 FinalC53 Giuoco Piano
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  cro777: By winning his last game Marjan Semrl (Slovenia) has become the 24th Correspondance Chess World Champion, ahead of Dr Hans-Dieter Wunderlich and Dr Tansel Turgut (<chesscard>). Congratulations!
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  cro777: Some years ago Semrl wrote a booklet about "Knowledge of Chess Analysis" by using computers and modern chess software. It is in Slovenian language, and was very helpful for many Slovenian players to improve their chess and analytical skills. He is also working on some special analysis for strong OTB grandmasters. (This work is mainly dedicated to find some theoretical novelties and new poisoned moves for their opponents).

Here are some of his <introductory> tips how to make a good chess analysis using computer programs. ( An example of a poor, a better and the master computer analysis).

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Qb6 8. Na4 Qa5+ 9. c3 c4 10. b4 Qc7 11. Be2 Be7 12. a3 b5 13. Nc5 Nxc5 14. bxc5 a5 15. O-O Bd7 16. Qd2 O-O 17. Rab1 Rfb8 18. Ne1 Rb7 19. Bf3 Be8

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Inexperienced operator of computer analysis will open the position by the user interface (in this example Deep Rybka 4 Aquarium) and run the static analysis. He will see the results <20. Bg4> as the best move and will be satisfied with "his work".

A more experienced player will include a dynamic analysis, leaving a computer turned on over the night. This time the computer has decided that the best move is <20.Bf2>. But an experienced player will for sure put his attention to move <f5 (white sacrifices a pawn)>, because he knows that chess engines underestimate the deficiency of the material. So, he will take move f5 seriously into further processing ...

Master will begin his analysis quite differently. First, he will examine the position and its properties very carefully. White stands slightly better and attacks on the king's wing. Black will try to counter-attack on the queen's wing. It is necessary to stop the black on the queen's side and to rapidly initiate concrete action against the black king. White black square bishop is currently a bad piece, because it is blocked by his own pawns.

Master will see very quickly the idea of move <20.f5>, which opens the black diagonal for the bishop, weakens black pawn structure, opens the f line and begins attacking the black king. Master will take into consideration the advice of the program, but he will advise the program too, and force it to analyze the move <20.f5>.

(This is an introduction into his new project "Computer Chess Analysis Skills in 100 Lessons". To this purpose, he will start a new blog very soon. )

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  cro777: Marjan Semrl is correspondence chess grandmaster at ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation) with current rating 2601 and national master with one IM norm in OTB chess.

Semrl wrote a few words about himself:

I live in a small village 25 km away from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. I am married, with two daughters Maja and Nina. By profession I am a software application project manager.

My chess career began relatively late at my 18’s. I played OTB (over the board) chess and became a Candidate Master at my 23’s. I also tried myself in correspondence chess and won some middle class tournaments in former Yugoslavia. After 10 years of playing I had to take a long break at chess because of family and professional reasons.

I came back to wonderful world of chess in 1996 and played in some international open tournaments in Slovenia. In the tournament “Ljubljana Open 1999” I achieved a norm for IM title in OTB chess and for this result I was awarded with the title of “Slovenian National Master”. My comeback in correspondence chess happened in year 2000.

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