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Zdenko Kozul
Number of games in database: 1,137
Years covered: 1984 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2631 (2482 rapid, 2556 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +441 -285 =331 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 80 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (69) 
    E94 E98 E99 E91 E60
 Slav (53) 
    D10 D12 D15 D19 D11
 Catalan (52) 
    E06 E04 E01 E09 E08
 Grunfeld (51) 
    D97 D85 D90 D99 D94
 Queen's Pawn Game (50) 
    E10 E00 A40 D02 A41
 Semi-Slav (46) 
    D47 D45 D48 D43 D46
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (268) 
    B67 B22 B57 B52 B31
 King's Indian (163) 
    E94 E60 E92 E77 E90
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (103) 
    B67 B62 B60 B61
 Grunfeld (34) 
    D73 D78 D79 D76 D87
 English (19) 
    A15 A16 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A45 A40 A46 A41 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Joel Benjamin vs Z Kozul, 1997 0-1
   Z Kozul vs Rublevsky, 2004 1-0
   Soltis vs Z Kozul, 1989 0-1
   D Krajina 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 Jadrijevic vs Z Kozul, 2011 0-1
   Z Kozul vs L Handler, 2013 1-0
   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)
   GRENKE Chess Classic (Open) (2017)
   Croatian Championships (2005)
   European Club Cup (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Karpos Open (2015)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   European Individual Championship (2015)

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

   Z Kozul vs Kulaots (Apr-17-17) 1-0
   Z Kozul vs N Vitiugov (Apr-17-17) 1/2-1/2
   Z Kozul vs R Vogel (Apr-16-17) 1-0
   R Svane vs Z Kozul (Apr-16-17) 0-1
   Z Kozul vs A Lagunow (Apr-15-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born May-21-1966, 50 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Croatia)

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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:

 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,137  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Z Kozul vs Blatny  1-072 1984 EU-ch U20D02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Kurajica vs Z Kozul  1-032 1985 Bosna GM TournamentA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
3. Marjanovic vs Z Kozul 1-037 1985 Bosnia & HerzegovinaE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
4. Z Kozul vs Chandler  1-058 1985 Bosnia & HerzegovinaE12 Queen's Indian
5. Z Kozul vs Kiril D Georgiev  1-031 1985 Bosna GM TournamentE12 Queen's Indian
6. P Popovic vs Z Kozul  1-041 1985 YUG-chB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. E Dizdarevic vs Z Kozul  1-047 1985 Bosna GM TournamentA15 English
8. Dlugy vs Z Kozul  ½-½24 1985 Ch World (juniors) (under 20)E88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
9. Z Kozul vs Velimirovic  0-140 1985 Bosna GM TournamentA78 Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6
10. Z Kozul vs Drasko  0-146 1985 Bosna GM TournamentD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Sax vs Z Kozul  1-050 1985 Bosna GM TournamentB67 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. Ulf Andersson vs Z Kozul  1-030 1985 Bosnia & HerzegovinaA15 English
14. P Popovic vs Z Kozul  1-060 1985 Bosna GM TournamentB56 Sicilian
15. Z Kozul vs Ribli  ½-½25 1985 Bosna GM TournamentE12 Queen's Indian
16. J Nogueiras vs Z Kozul  1-035 1985 Bosna GM TournamentE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
17. Z Kozul vs V Kovacevic  1-046 1985 JUG-ch ;MCL 02A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
18. Z Kozul vs B Lalic  ½-½8 1985 Bosna GM TournamentD97 Grunfeld, Russian
19. Z Kozul vs Marjanovic  0-176 1985 Ch YugoslaviaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. B Ivanovic vs Z Kozul 0-127 1985 YUG-chB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
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. Z Kozul vs Romanishin  ½-½44 1988 TbilisiE17 Queen's Indian
24. G M Todorovic vs Z Kozul 1-031 1988 YugoslaviaB89 Sicilian
25. Z Kozul vs Romanishin  ½-½35 1988 SarajevoE17 Queen's Indian
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Zdenko!
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  Stonehenge: Sretan ti rodjendan :)
May-21-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday!
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  Tabanus: He won today the Open 'Mediterranean 2017' Rijeka (Croatia) 2009:, congratulations!

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  Tabanus: The Zagreb Open (Croatia) ended today, with Kozul in 4th place:

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  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...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  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)

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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Kozul!
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  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
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  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  waustad: Here is a decent pic from an article where he won (on tie breaks) a tournament in Skopje:
Apr-17-13  waustad: Coming in equal last in the Croatian Championship this year was not a good result for the highest rated player:
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Zdenko!
Sep-23-13  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.
Nov-12-14  waustad: Congratulations on winning the Durres Open 2014.
Nov-21-14  waustad: SV Wolfsberg won its first round match 4-2 but lost the second 2-4 in the Austrian Bundesliga 1. For the first two rounds they used 5 Croatian players along with Erich Steflitsch. There are two more rounds this weekend and perhaps we'll see Eva Moser on board 4, which would bring up the overall elo slightly. Sparkasse Jenbach seems to be the team to beat here and Schachclub MPÍ Maria Saal has been the most disappointing so far.

Dec-20-14  waustad: There is a line in the Sicilian Richter-Rauser called the Kozul variation. He's even written a book on it:
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  Penguincw: Congrats to 3rd Zdenko Kozul (2620) for still remaining perfect at the Bosna Open. He cruisied through the first 4 rounds with ease, and in R5, will face the other perfect player - 5th GM Hrvoje Stevic (2596).
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  Penguincw: And the 3rd seed would win the Bosna Open with 7/9 (+5,-0,=4). He won his first 4 games, then drew the next 4, and beat 12th seed Miodrag Savic with black in the final round to secure it.

Kozul would actually finish in a 5-way tie for 1st, but edged out compatriot Stevic (50.5-50) 6th seed Mladen Palac (2561), 15th seed Dusan Popovic (2492) and 4th seed Predrag Nikolic (2618) on tiebreaks.

For his 2666 TPR, he gained a modest 8.1 points to move from 2620 to 2633.1 (rated 2625 on the June list), just 7 points behind Croatian #1, Ivan Saric.

May-14-16  waustad: A week from today he'll be eligible to play in the younger versions of senior tournaments. Since he is still quite active, it will be interesting to see if he starts playing in these.
May-21-16  waustad: The software that chooses POTD really should put a preference for players with landmark birthdays. Happy 50th birthday to a former European Champion!
May-21-16  siggemannen: Happy Birthday! The best game for me is the game against Rublevsky a few years ago, where he sacked the house to win
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