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Zdenko Kozul
Number of games in database: 970
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2613 (2562 rapid, 2540 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640
Overall record: +387 -261 =308 (56.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      14 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (60) 
    E94 E98 E99 E91 E77
 Queen's Pawn Game (50) 
    E10 D02 A40 E00 A41
 Slav (49) 
    D10 D12 D15 D11 D19
 Grunfeld (47) 
    D97 D85 D99 D90 D94
 Queen's Indian (45) 
    E12 E17 E15 E16
 Semi-Slav (42) 
    D47 D45 D48 D43 D46
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (232) 
    B67 B22 B57 B31 B56
 King's Indian (144) 
    E94 E92 E61 E60 E70
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (91) 
    B67 B62 B60 B61
 Grunfeld (28) 
    D73 D79 D76 D78 D87
 English (14) 
    A15 A16 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A45 A40 A41 D00 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Z Kozul vs Rublevsky, 2004 1-0
   J Benjamin vs Z Kozul, 1997 0-1
   Soltis vs Z Kozul, 1989 0-1
   Z Kozul vs Barbero, 1990 1-0
   Shirov vs Z Kozul, 2007 0-1
   Shirov vs Z Kozul, 1996 0-1
   A Horvath vs Z Kozul, 2013 0-1
   A Jadrijevic vs Z Kozul, 2011 0-1
   V Kovacevic vs Z Kozul, 1993 0-1
   Short vs Z Kozul, 1989 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   Croatian Championships (2005)
   European Club Cup (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   European Club Cup (2006)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Olympiad (2008)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Kozul plays Suicide Variation by Deceptor

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ZDENKO KOZUL
(born May-21-1966, 48 years old) Yugoslavia (citizen of Croatia)

[what is this?]
Zdenko Kozul was born in Bihac, (now part of Bosnia) in former Yugoslavia. In 1982, he became world U-16 champion and became a GM in 1989. In 1989 and 1990 he won the Yugoslav championship.

Kozul has lived in Croatia since 1993 and led the Croatian team on five Olympiads. Kozul also played on the Sarajevo Bosnia team that won European Clubs Cup in 1999, 2000 and 2002.

Other tournament achievements include equal first at the Sibenik Open in 1988, and winning the 7th European Individual Championship (2006) in Kusadasi, the Open 'Mediterranean 2017' Rijeka (CRO) 2009, the Zagreb op-A (2012) and the Karpos Open 2013 in Macedonia.

Wikipedia article: Zdenko Ko%C5%BEul; photo: http://www.bidmonfa.com/kozul_zdenk...


 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 970  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Z Kozul vs Blatny  1-072 1984 EU-ch U20D02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Z Kozul vs Marjanovic  0-176 1985 Ch YugoslaviaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. E Dizdarevic vs Z Kozul  1-047 1985 Bosna GM TournamentA15 English
4. Dlugy vs Z Kozul  ½-½24 1985 Ch World (juniors) (under 20)E88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
5. Z Kozul vs Kiril Georgiev  1-031 1985 Bosna GM TournamentE12 Queen's Indian
6. Z Kozul vs Chandler  1-058 1985 Bosnia & HerzegovinaE12 Queen's Indian
7. Marjanovic vs Z Kozul 1-037 1985 Bosnia & HerzegovinaE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
8. Z Kozul vs Drasko  0-146 1985 Bosna GM TournamentD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Z Kozul vs Velimirovic  0-140 1985 Bosna GM TournamentA78 Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6
10. P Popovic vs Z Kozul  1-060 1985 Bosna GM TournamentB56 Sicilian
11. B Ivanovic vs Z Kozul  0-127 1985 YUG-chB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
12. Z Kozul vs Lputian 0-141 1985 Bosna GM TournamentD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Sax vs Z Kozul  1-050 1985 Bosna GM TournamentB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
14. Z Kozul vs B Lalic  ½-½8 1985 Bosna GM TournamentD97 Grunfeld, Russian
15. Z Kozul vs V Kovacevic  1-046 1985 JUG-ch ;MCL 02A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
16. J Nogueiras vs Z Kozul  1-035 1985 Bosna GM TournamentE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
17. P Popovic vs Z Kozul  1-041 1985 YUG-chB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
18. Z Kozul vs Ribli  ½-½25 1985 Bosna GM TournamentE12 Queen's Indian
19. Kurajica vs Z Kozul  1-032 1985 Bosna GM TournamentA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
20. Ulf Andersson vs Z Kozul  1-030 1985 Bosnia & HerzegovinaA15 English
21. Z Kozul vs Mikhalchishin  ½-½11 1985 Bosna GM TournamentA48 King's Indian
22. Z Kozul vs D Polajzer  ½-½32 1987 TonimirD97 Grunfeld, Russian
23. G M Todorovic vs Z Kozul 1-031 1988 YugoslaviaB89 Sicilian
24. Z Kozul vs Romanishin  ½-½35 1988 SarajevoE17 Queen's Indian
25. Z Kozul vs V Arapovic  0-146 1988 SarajevoA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 970  PGN Download
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Apr-17-06  MeatGrinder: <Mameluk: Congratulations to famous war veteran for this completely unexpected victory. Can┤t wait for Topalov-Kozul match next year.>

They already played a mini match in Lybia - search "Topalov Kozul"

Apr-17-06  Ivan23: Of course, it's going to be a Kramnik-Kozul match next year :)
Apr-17-06  Bobak Zahmat: Or Topalov - Kozul :)
Apr-18-06  EmperorAtahualpa: An article in Dutch about Zdenko Kozul by GM Hans Ree:

"ZDENKO KOZUL ALS ZELFMOORDVARIANT

Door Hans Ree

,,Iedere opening is speelbaar als zijn reputatie maar slecht genoeg is,'' schreef de grote schaakgeleerde Savielly Tartakower (1887-1956). Tartakower formuleerde zijn inzichten graag als paradoxen en nam het daarmee voor lief dat ze minder ernstig werden genomen dan ze verdienden.

Bent Larsen was een verwante geest en werd in de jaren zestig van de vorige eeuw 'de beste van het Westen' (tot Bobby Fischer hem verdrong) en 'de wereldkampioen van het toernooischaak' door openingen te spelen die zo'n slechte reputatie hadden dat niemand zich er serieus in had verdiept.

Het kampioenschap van Europa in de Turkse badstad Kusadasi werd eind vorige week gewonnen door de Kroaat Zdenko Kozul. De favoriet Vasili Ivantsjoek werd tweede en daarna volgde een grote groep die de derde plaats deelde. Onder hen was de Bosnische Nederlander Predrag Nikolic.

Kozul was in rating slechts de 17de van de deelnemers en zijn overwinning was dus een grote verrassing, die hij dankte aan een openingsvariant met een slechte reputatie.

Kort geleden verscheen het zeer lezenswaardige boek The Classical Sicilian van de Amerikaanse grootmeester Alex Yermolinsky. Het gaat over de varianten na 1. e4 c5 2. Pf3 Pc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Pxd4 Pf6 5. Pc3 d6. Een van die varianten noemt Yermolinsky 'The Kozul Suicide Variation'.

Kozul kreeg in Kusadasi die variant met zwart drie keer op het bord en hij won alle drie de partijen. Zonder zijn zelfmoordvariant was hij geen kampioen van Europa geworden.

Nieuws verspreidt zich tegenwoordig snel in de schaakwereld. De komende maanden zullen veel schakers, ge´nspireerd door het succes van Kozul, zijn zelfmoordvariant op hun repertoire nemen en misschien is er nu al iemand bezig met een boek dat straks Winning with Kozul's Suicide Variation zal heten. Als dat boek verschijnt is de aardigheid er af en zal Kozul een nieuwe zelfmoordvariant moeten bedenken."

Source: http://www.nrc.nl/rubrieken/schaken... (registration required)

(the link also contains Hans Ree's analysis of Kozul's game against Sergey Erenburg.)

Apr-22-06  Ivan23: Chessbase interview with Kozul
http://www.fritzserver.biz/European...
Apr-28-06  alexandrovm: Kozul is a strong chess player, I hope to see more games of him at the top level...
May-25-06  Bobak Zahmat: <EA> This is a great article!
May-25-06  Cro: Quite a bad start for a new European champ in the Olympiad going 0.5/2 against lower rated opposition. Kozul has Black against Navara today, could be an interesting game.
May-21-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Zdenko!
May-21-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: Sretan ti rodjendan :)
May-21-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday!
Dec-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: He won today the Open 'Mediterranean 2017' Rijeka (Croatia) 2009:

http://www.chess-results.com/tnr236..., congratulations!

Mar-04-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: The Zagreb Open (Croatia) ended today, with Kozul in 4th place:

http://www.chess-results.com/tnr305...

May-21-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Sretan ti rodjendan :)
Dec-29-10  nummerzwei: From Krajina-Kozul, Vinkovci 1989


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Here, Kozul's opponent played 12.0-0-0!. At first glance, it now seems as if black, undeveloped as he is, could win an exchange with 12...Bg4, and perhaps Kozul had even intended this from afar. However, after 13.hxBg4 hxg4 White has an immediate win in


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14.Qxd5!!

- 14...RxRh1 15.Qxc6+
- 14...cxQd5 15.Bb5+
- 14...QxQd5 15.NxQd5 cxNd5(15...RxRh1 16.Nc7 mate)16.RxRh8

- 14...Qc7/c8 15.Bb5!

In the game, Black therefore contented himself with (12. 0-0-0 )e6, but after 13.Ba6 Ba3 (!!, Jacob Aagaard)


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the game still became spectacular!

The rest of the game was: 14.bxBa3 (14.Qe2 Qa5 15.Nb5! unclear, Aagaard)...Qa5 15.g4 hxg4 16.hxg4 RxRh1 17.RxRh1 Bxg4 18.QxBg4 QxNc3 19.Bg1 (19.Qh3!, Aagaard)...Qxa3+ 20.Kd1 Qxa6 21.Rh8 0-0-0 22.Rh7 d4 23.Rxf7 Qc4 24.Rxa7 Kb8 25.Ra3 Ne7 26.Qh3 Nd5 0-1

Aagaard's notes are quoted from the preface to 'Excelling at Chess Calculation'.

Mar-14-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: This guy is crazy experienced at the Classical Sicillian.
Mar-19-12  Calar: Recently he won open tournament in Zagreb:

Zagreb op-A (2012)

May-21-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Kozul!
May-21-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  lost in space: Happy birthday GM Kozul. Your games were my pathfinder through the Richter-Rauser system in the world-cc game vs. GM A. Nickel
May-21-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  lost in space: .. and what has this strange picture to do with GM Kozul? Looks like a bowling alley?!
Jan-17-13  Yopo: [Event "Yugoslavia"]
[Site "??"]
[Date "1989.??.??"]
[White "Davor Krajina"]
[Black "Zdenko Kozul"]
[Round ""]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B56"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3
Nc6 6. f4 g6 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. e5 Ng8 9. Qf3
d5 10. Be3 h5 11. h3 Bf5 12. O-O-O e6 13. Ba6
Ba3 14. bxa3 Qa5 15. g4 hxg4 16. hxg4 Rxh1 17. Rxh1
Bxg4 18. Qxg4 Qxc3 19. Bg1 Qxa3+ 20. Kd1 Qxa6 21. Rh8 O-O-O 22. Rh7 d4 23. Rxf7 Qc4 24. Rxa7 Kb8 25. Ra3 Ne7 26. Qh3 Nd5 27. Qb3+ Qxb3 28. Rxb3+ Kc7 29. Rg3
Nxf4 30. Rg4 Nh3 31. Rxg6 Nxg1 32. Rxg1 c5 33. Rg6
Re8 34. Kd2 Kc6 35. c3 Kd5 36. cxd4 cxd4 37. Rg4
Ra8 38. Rg7 Rxa2+ 39. Kd3 Ra3+ 40. Kd2 Kxe5 41. Rg5+
Kd6 42. Rg8 e5 0-1

Mar-19-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Here is a decent pic from an article where he won (on tie breaks) a tournament in Skopje: http://de.chessbase.com/portals/3/f...
Apr-17-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Coming in equal last in the Croatian Championship this year was not a good result for the highest rated player: http://www.365chess.com/tournaments...
May-21-13  brankat: Happy Birthday Zdenko!
Sep-23-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: After winning the Austrian Bundesliga 2 Mitte last year, his team SV Wolfsberg will be in the main Bundesliga. First board this year will be more of a challenge, since he'll be facing a lot more higher rated players. He is 15th highest rated this year, compared to 2nd last year.
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