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Ognjen Cvitan
Number of games in database: 678
Years covered: 1981 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2490 (2543 rapid, 2606 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585

Overall record: +190 -110 =330 (56.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 48 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (36) 
    E62 E63 E67 E60 E64
 Slav (23) 
    D14 D15 D11 D13 D10
 Semi-Slav (23) 
    D47 D45 D46 D43 D44
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    A40 A41 E00 D02 A46
 English (18) 
    A15 A13 A10 A18 A17
 Grunfeld (17) 
    D76 D73 D79 D87 D94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (152) 
    B90 B22 B42 B40 B43
 King's Indian (74) 
    E92 E97 E98 E88 E99
 Sicilian Scheveningen (26) 
    B84 B85 B81 B82 B83
 Sicilian Kan (24) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Sicilian Najdorf (23) 
    B90 B99 B91 B93 B96
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E42 E46 E24 E21 E32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ftacnik vs O Cvitan, 1997 0-1
   O Cvitan vs Short, 1981 1-0
   E Mariano vs O Cvitan, 1999 0-1
   Psakhis vs O Cvitan, 1992 0-1
   O Cvitan vs P Kokol, 2015 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Pula Open (2003)
   Zürich Meister (2004)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   European Individual Championships (2007)

   V Kunin vs O Cvitan (Dec-28-16) 1/2-1/2
   O Cvitan vs Huzman (Dec-18-16) 0-1, blitz
   Huzman vs O Cvitan (Dec-18-16) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   O Cvitan vs V Onischuk (Dec-18-16) 0-1, blitz
   V Onischuk vs O Cvitan (Dec-18-16) 0-1, blitz

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(born Oct-10-1961, 55 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Croatia)

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Ognjen Cvitan was born in Sibenik, Yugoslavia. He was World Junior Champion in 1981. Cvitan was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1987.

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 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 678  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. B Ivanovic vs O Cvitan  1-031 1981 YUG-chB54 Sicilian
2. Salov vs O Cvitan  0-136 1981 Ch World Yunior's ( under 20 )E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
3. I Jelen vs O Cvitan 0-124 1981 YUG-chE97 King's Indian
4. Velimirovic vs O Cvitan  1-040 1981 YUG-chB33 Sicilian
5. Ivkov vs O Cvitan  ½-½22 1981 YUG-chE73 King's Indian
6. O Cvitan vs Short 1-023 1981 Mexico City Wch jrE12 Queen's Indian
7. O Cvitan vs Marjanovic  1-065 1982 YUG-chD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. B Ivanovic vs O Cvitan  1-0115 1982 YUG-chB83 Sicilian
9. O Cvitan vs Ljubojevic  ½-½19 1982 YUG-chD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Velimirovic vs O Cvitan 0-141 1982 YUG-chB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Gligoric vs O Cvitan  1-036 1982 YUG-chA61 Benoni
12. O Cvitan vs Ivkov  ½-½42 1982 YUG-chA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
13. Speelman vs O Cvitan  ½-½14 1983 It (cat.8)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. V Malaniuk vs O Cvitan  1-031 1983 BakuB53 Sicilian
15. O Cvitan vs Bagirov  ½-½27 1983 BakuD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. O Cvitan vs F Sideif-Sade  ½-½25 1983 BakuA48 King's Indian
17. O Cvitan vs Short  ½-½64 1983 BakuA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. O Cvitan vs N K Ivanov  ½-½45 1983 BakuD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. P Van der Sterren vs O Cvitan  1-051 1983 BakuE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
20. Azmaiparashvili vs O Cvitan  0-125 1983 BakuA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. T Toshkov vs O Cvitan  1-041 1983 BakuE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
22. O Cvitan vs Taimanov  0-139 1983 BakuE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. N Rashkovsky vs O Cvitan  ½-½25 1983 BakuE73 King's Indian
24. D Gurevich vs O Cvitan  0-138 1984 Lugano opE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
25. O Cvitan vs Jansa  1-040 1984 Smederevska PalankaD85 Grunfeld
 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 678  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Premium Chessgames Member
  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

CVITAN, Ognjen

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!

Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday Ognjen!
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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)

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