|Jun-04-04|| ||Benzol: Can someone give me a phonetic pronounciation of his name please! |
|Jun-04-04|| ||GoodKnight: Blimey! What a tongue twister! |
|Jun-04-04|| ||zagor: Og-nhien Cvhie-than |
|Jun-04-04|| ||Benzol: <zagor> Many thanks. I'll have to practise though to get my english speaking tongue around it. |
|Oct-21-04|| ||weirdoid: IIRC Cvitan was the U-20 world champ of 1981, ahead of Short and Salov. That was back when the junior title actually still meant something (past winners included Spassky, Karpov and (1980) Kasparov). Wonder why Cvitan (and a few other ex junior champs like Mark Diesen, Werner Hug, etc.) never became top players afterward. |
|Dec-04-04|| ||vonKrolock: He detains the doubtfull record of having played the SAME quick draw nine times! Not an absolute record, however; it's amongst the GMs (Kahn, an hungarian IM did, so to say, better)- Told by Tim Krabbé in his site|
The game is a classic: <Flohr - Kostro, Polanica Zdroj 1967
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 Bf5 7.e3 e6 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Bd6 10.Bxd6 Qxd6 draw.>
Krabbé continues: <"This was copied exactly in 142 tournament games. Among the copyists, we find luminaries like Vaganian, Adorjan, Ivkov, Portisch, Shirov, Kramnik and Andersson. Here, the great addict is grandmaster Cvitan from Croatia, who played this draw nine times. He did it twice twice in one tournament, and three times against grandmaster I. Nemet. (One time, they got no further than 10.Bxd6, but we'll turn a blind eye to that."> ...
<"Allowing two extra moves (usually 11.0-0 0-0 12.Rac1 Rac8), we find 845 tournament draws. Kahn now scores fifteen, but the amazing Cvitan has played it twenty-two times">
Full story in Tim Krabbé's "Open Chess Diary", number 268
|Dec-27-04|| ||Benzol: Ognjen Cvitan
Born 10th October 1961 in Sibenik
World Junior Champion in 1981 he was awarded the IM title in 1982.
|Sep-20-05|| ||Runemaster: <vonKrolock> thanks - I loved that story.|
|Oct-10-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Ognjen Cvitan|
|Mar-25-08|| ||sitzkrieg: Apparently this game is not in the database yet:
Cvitan,O (2550) - Estrada Nieto,J (2373) [A20]
St Vincent (3), 2002
1.c2-c4 e7-e5 2.g2-g3 c7-c6 3.d2-d4 Bf8-b4+ 4.Bc1-d2 Bb4xd2+ 5.Qd1xd2 d7-d6 6.Nb1-c3 Ng8-f6 7.Bf1-g2 0-0 8.e2-e3 Qd8-e7 9.Ng1-e2 e5-e4 10.h2-h3 h7-h5 11.g3-g4 h5xg4 12.0-0-0 Nb8-a6 13.Ne2-g3 d6-d5 14.c4xd5 c6xd5 15.Kc1-b1 g7-g6 16.h3xg4 Bc8xg4 17.f2-f3 e4xf3 18.Bg2xf3 Bg4xf3 19.Qd2-h2 Nf6-h5 20.Ng3xh5 Rf8-d8 21.Nh5-f4 Bf3xh1 22.Rd1xh1 Qe7-f6 23.Nc3xd5 Qf6-g7 24.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-f8 25.Ne7xg6+ Kf8-e8 26.Ng6-e5 Qg7-f6 27.a2-a3 Ke8-e7 28.Qh2-g2 Ra8-b8 29.Rh1-f1 Qf6-f5+ 30.Kb1-a1 Rd8-g8 31.Nf4-d5+ Ke7-e6 32.Rf1xf5 Rg8xg2 33.e3-e4 Rg2-g1+ 34.Ka1-a2 Rg1-g6 35.Nd5-f4+ 1-0
I saw it in a book recently and was looking for some comments here, but alas. Great game though!
|Oct-10-08|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Ognjen!|
|May-20-09|| ||shalgo: <vonKrolock> <He detains the doubtfull record of having played the SAME quick draw nine times!>|
That does not begin to describe it. He has played 36 short draws in the Exchange Slav. I count 588 Cvitan draws of 20 or fewer moves in my database, second only to Csom, though I might be missing some other contenders for the "Draw Master" title.
|Feb-19-11|| ||wordfunph: "I want to be dangerous." (during the post-mortem analysis of one of his games)|
- GM Ognjen Cvitan
(Source: Understanding the King's Indian by Mikhail Golubev)