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Krunoslav Hulak
K Hulak 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 491
Years covered: 1969 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2453 (2404 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2566

Overall record: +144 -143 =204 (50.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    D02 E00 A46 A40 E10
 King's Indian (22) 
    E60 E67 E62 E92 E64
 Sicilian (16) 
    B92 B82 B22 B85 B56
 Uncommon Opening (15) 
    A00 B00
 English (12) 
    A13 A15 A14
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C96 C70 C85 C67 C80
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (101) 
    B42 B43 B22 B80 B47
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    A46 A40 E00 E10 A45
 Modern Benoni (25) 
    A61 A70 A62 A67 A71
 Sicilian Kan (24) 
    B42 B43
 Sicilian Najdorf (18) 
    B90 B97 B92 B93 B99
 English, 1 c4 c5 (15) 
    A33 A30 A36 A38 A35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Planinc vs K Hulak, 1977 0-1
   K Hulak vs D Rogic, 2005 1-0
   P Nikolic vs K Hulak, 1987 1/2-1/2
   K Hulak vs Barlov, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Adorjan vs K Hulak, 1977 0-1
   K Hulak vs Hort, 1983 1-0
   K Hulak vs Csom, 1982 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Croatian Championship (2005)
   Croatian Championship (2008)
   Toluca Interzonal (1982)
   21st World Seniors Championship (2011)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee 1983 by EmperorAtahualpa

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KRUNOSLAV HULAK
(born May-25-1951, died Oct-23-2015, 64 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Croatia)

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Krunoslav Hulak was born in Osijek, Yugoslavia (Croatia). Awarded the IM title in 1974 and the GM title in 1976, he was Yugoslav champion in 1976. He played on several Yugoslav Olympiad teams and in tournaments was 1st at Varna 1974, 2nd at Zagreb 1985, 1st at Wijk aan Zee 1986 and 1st= at Banja Luka 1987. In 2005, he won the Croatian championship.

Wikipedia article: Krunoslav Hulak


 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 491  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Hulak vs Romanishin  0-1351969URS-YUG U18B32 Sicilian
2. K Hulak vs J Doery  ½-½421970Varna Juniors 2thC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
3. K Hulak vs I Biriescu  1-0331970Varna Juniors 2thC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
4. Tal vs K Hulak 1-04119743rd Liberation TournamentB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
5. Tringov vs K Hulak  1-0291975Rovinj/ZagrebB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
6. K Hulak vs Smejkal  ½-½201975Budapest TungsramC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
7. Polugaevsky vs K Hulak 1-0521975Budapest TungsramA73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
8. K Hulak vs Portisch  0-1361975Budapest TungsramB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Ljubojevic vs K Hulak  0-1391975Rovinj/ZagrebA07 King's Indian Attack
10. K Hulak vs A Planinc  1-0751975Rovinj/ZagrebB08 Pirc, Classical
11. V Kovacevic vs K Hulak  ½-½441975Rovinj/ZagrebA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Minic vs K Hulak  0-1601975Rovinj/ZagrebA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Matulovic vs K Hulak  0-1551975Rovinj/ZagrebB44 Sicilian
14. K Hulak vs Romanishin  0-1411976YUG-URSC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Romanishin vs K Hulak  1-0371976YUG-URSA33 English, Symmetrical
16. K Hulak vs Romanishin  1-0471976YUG-URSC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. A Planinc vs K Hulak 0-1401976Banja LukaB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Ivkov vs K Hulak  ½-½401976YUG-chD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. A Kuligowski vs K Hulak  ½-½321976LublinE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
20. Suetin vs K Hulak 1-0221976LublinB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
21. Robatsch vs K Hulak  ½-½171976LublinA28 English
22. K Hulak vs Chekhov  1-0361976Banja LukaA00 Uncommon Opening
23. K Hulak vs Suba  0-1551977VinkovciB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. K Hulak vs Ljubojevic  ½-½411977YUG-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. B Ivanovic vs K Hulak  1-0341977YUG-chB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-15-05  stanleys: Congratulations for his title!But why there isn't mentionned his biggest tournament success:in Belgrad/1988 at the first GMA tournament he shared the first place and was declared a winner.100 grandmasters played there
Jan-24-06  BIDMONFA: Krunoslav Hulak

HULAK, Krunoslav
http://www.bidmonfa.com/hulak_kruno...
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May-25-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday old friend!
Sep-29-08  jovack: lol jokes picture
reminds me of playing my uncle in europe

i wonder why they all love to smoke haha

Sep-29-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Hulak the Kulak.
May-25-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: nice to see GM Hulak smoking....memories of smoking while playing.. : )

smokers feel that the world is getting smaller everyday huh! we were being discriminated no end...anyway life is always unfair.

happy 59th birthday GM Hulak!

May-25-11  newzild: I used to smoke like a train while playing. Unfortunately, I was never allowed to smoke at the board, so I used to spend half the game standing outside with the other smokers. Time-trouble was my constant companion.
May-25-11  BobbyDigital80: Does chessgames.com keep a list of their players of the day?
May-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: the incredible Hul(a)k -an old friend of mine!
May-25-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday Kruno!
May-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: And once again! :-)
Oct-23-15  alfiepa: Death Today
a sad new
( from GM bogdan Lalic on FB)
Oct-23-15  Retireborn: Sorry to hear that :(

One of my favourite games, from the IBM Amsterdam:-

Adorjan vs K Hulak, 1977

Oct-24-15  Eastfrisian: RIP Master Hulak.
Oct-24-15  notyetagm: RIP GM Hulak.
Oct-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Very sad news! RIP Kruno.
Oct-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Does anyone know what happened?
Oct-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <plang> See http://sportske.jutarnji.hr/umro-kr...

He died of a short and severe pulmonary disease according to this article:

<U zagrebačkoj klinici za plućne bolesti "Jordanovac - KBC Zagreb" poslije kratke i teške bolesti zauvijek nas je napustio jedan od najvećih hrvatskih šahista, legendarni član zagrebačke "Mladosti" Krunoslav Hulak, od milja zvan Brko.

Krunoslav Hulak rođen je u Osijeku 25. svibnja 1951. godine, prve šahovske korake napravio je u osječkom "Grafičaru", a s malim prekidima bio je član "Mladosti" od 1971. godine. U iznimno bogatoj šahovskoj karijeri nanizao je bezbroj uspjeha, a posljednju, najtežu partiju izgubio je nakon što je ispunio sva 64 polja na svojoj životnoj šahovskoj ploči.

Već kao majstorski kandidat pokazao je veliku darovitost, a njegov vrtoglavi šahovski uspon počinje dolaskom u Zagreb. Godine 1974. postao je međunarodni majstor, a velemajstor već 1976. godine nakon odličnog nastupa na jakom Međunarodnom turniru u Vinkovcima. Vrlo brzo se probio do državne reprezentacije za koju je odigrao čak 111 službenih nastupa na velikim natjecanjima, pri čemu je postigao impresivan rezultat od 45 pobjeda i 44 remija uz samo 22 poraza.

Nastupio je na 6 olimpijada i 6 europskih prvenstava, a najveći uspjesi su mu bili 4. mjesto na Olimpijadi u Luzernu 1982. godine, te srebrne medalje na europskim prvenstvima u Plovdivu 1983. i Haifi 1989. godine, kada je ostvario čudesan rezultat osvojivši 7 bodova iz 9 partija.

Njegovo ime vezano je i za najveće uspjehe našeg šaha nakon osamostaljenja Hrvatske. Na Olimpijadi u Manili dao je veliki doprinos osvajanju 7. mjesta, a 7. mjesto osvajao je i na europskim prvenstvima u Debrecenu 1992. i Puli 1997. pri čemu je u Debrecenu igrao na prvoj ploči. Briljantan rezultat napravio je i u dresu kluba "Borovo-Vukovar 91." s kojim je osvojio srebrnu medalju u Kupu europskih prvaka 1996. godine.

Bio je prvak Jugoslavije 1976. i prvak Hrvatske 2005. godine, a 2000. godine podijelio je prvo mjesto na prvenstvu Hrvatske. Čak četiri puta igrao je na zonskim turnirima za pojedinačno prvenstvo svijeta, a dva puta na međuzonskim turnirima (u meksičkoj Toluci 1982. i Zagrebu 1987. godine). Za svoju "Mladost" tri puta je osvajao naslov momčadskog prvaka Hrvatske, a četiri puta Kup Hrvatskog šahovskog saveza.

Njegove sjajne rezultate na međunarodnim turnirima teško bi bilo i nabrojiti. Izdvajamo pobjede na međunarodnim turnirima u Banja Luci i Reggio Emiliji 1983., Ptuju 1995. i kao najveći dragulj - pobjedu na Međunarodnom otvorenom turniru u Beogradu 1988. kada je napravio svjetsku senzaciju trijumfom ispred 100 ponajboljih svjetskih velemajstora.

Krunoslav Hulak ostat će trajno zapamćen kao jedan od najdarovitijih igrača u povijesti hrvatskog šaha i kao pravi zaljubljenik u brzopotezna nadmetanja. U ŠK "Mladost" radio je kao trener i odgojio plejadu mladih igrača, a bio je i izbornik hrvatske reprezentacije od 2005. do 2007. godine.

Posljednji oproštaj od Krunoslava Hulaka bit će u Krematoriju na zagrebačkom Mirogoju u utorak u 14.30 sati.>

Oct-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: GM Krunoslav Hulak died on October 23, 2015 at the age of 64 after a short illness of lung cancer. A very sad news.

http://chess-news.ru/en/node/20345

Rest in Peace Grandmaster Hulak.

Oct-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Thank you - very sorry to hear of it
Nov-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sularus: Rest in peace
Nov-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: 64 seems like a proper age for a GM passing, though low for 21st century standards. Fischer did the same. And so did Mednis and Planinc. Probably others too... maybe 64 is to GMs was 27 is for rock stars (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27_Club).
Nov-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: I loved smoking. Sometimes I miss it. Sometimes I find a bar where someone is selling single cigs and I indulge (about 1 a month, although last month I had 3).

This man's passing is sad, especially for those that knew GM Hulak. But it can also serve as a reminder of how smokers have shorter lifespans than non-smokers.

Nov-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Fusilli> As is the case with poker, chess is sedentary, yet demands great concentration and allows no outlet for all the strain (at least at the table). It is not at all surprising that a good many top practitioners of both disciplines have passed on by their sixties.
Jun-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: I just found now that Kruno had died. Am very much saddened. The first time I met him was in the summer of 1968 when we both played at the Croatian Youth(U 19) Championship. Hulak won the Tourney.
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