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|Aug-15-06|| ||Timothy Glenn Forney: He is the best accelerated dragon player of all time.|
|Aug-15-06|| ||Albertan: According to this website:
"Drasko was born on 1942. His mother Jovanka was Yugoslav women champion and his grandfather Nikolay was famous Bishop and is recognized as a saint by Serbian Orthodox Church. Drasko earned his IM title on 1972 and GM title on 1975. He participated in Yugoslav national championships more then 25 times and was the winner on 1970 and 1975."
As Dick Brain pointed out
the game that finally made "Velimirovic attack" famous was Velimirovic-Sofreski YUG-ch 1965 when he played the Nf5 sac.
|May-12-08|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Drasko!|
|Jun-21-08|| ||Some call me Tim: According to the openings database on this site the earliest example of the Velimirovic Attack is Velimirovic vs Bradvarevic, 1962
Velimirovic castled K-side in that game and didn't sac on f5 or e6. But he did come up with the basic formation with Be3, Qe2 etc. The wild sac attacks came later. An exciting player, to be sure.|
|Dec-13-08|| ||Parelius: Met GM Velimirovic at Belgrade Trophy 2008 and had the luck to analyze a bit with him , wonderful caracter ! A lot of funny and interesting stories as well and he showed me quite a lot of his best games. Will never forget it ! When we trying to prepare before his meeting with GM Sergej Kasparov we looked at some lines in the e5 CK when suddenly he said ; but wait , this position I had against the real Kasparov :-) And then he showed us , almost without a flaw , Velimirovic - Kasparov , Garry Moscow IZ 1982 .|
|Feb-06-09|| ||brankat: <Parelius> Thank You for the story.|
I also had a privilege of meeting GM Velimirovic on a couple of occasions way back in the late 1960s.
You are right, he's not only an extraordinary master, but also a very fine person.
|May-12-09|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: Happy Player of the Day, to Drago today! I have been working through Sacrifices in the Sicilian by David Levy; there are a few examples of the man's famous Nd5 sacs; what is amusing is that Levy appends stories of how everyone would go for weeks unsure whether the sacs were sound! Enterprising stuff. :)|
|May-12-09|| ||WhiteRook48: happy birthday!|
|May-12-10|| ||wordfunph: happy 68th birthday Velimirovic Attack!|
|Nov-28-10|| ||wordfunph: "Yugoslav GM Drashko Velimirovic can be dangerous to anybody in the world. In Amsterdam, he played a role similar to Westerinen's at Solingen. Drashko is certainly not a man who likes to hide his pieces. His style is very impressive, even if not always correct. Very often in his games you see the pieces flying - and if you can jump well with your King the Yugoslav grandmaster may find himself missing some wood at the end. If you play the Sicilian against him, you must always be alert to the possibility of a knight sacrifice on d5 or f5."|
- GM Lubosh Kavalek
Source: Chess Life & Review 1975
|Mar-22-11|| ||Caissanist: Lubos Kavalek's column from last December 2 gives an entertaining annotation to Velimirovic's game against Victoria Cmilyte in last year's "Veterans vs. Snowdrops" tournament, which is not present in this database: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lubom....|
|Jul-18-11|| ||qqdos: I have always admired Velimirovic, for his various characteristics described above, and he was certainly under-rated. He did enjoy the all-out attack. But mostly I like the fact that he devised an opening (B89), which justly bears his name, that is aimed fairly and squarely at the Black King and goes for the jugular! In this respect the Velimirovic Attack is similar to the Colle. Both openings develop an array of pieces (aided by advancing pawns) that can rip the Black King-side apart. Even though Kasparov has suggested that the Velimirovic Attack is played out - and Black has discovered some effective defensive counter-manoeuvres - the Attack is still being played today, with plenty of wins, by rated and other players. For instance, at the 2010 Chess Olympiad Berbatov vs Noritsyn (1-0) 36 moves produced an entertaining game, which included the thematic sacrifice 12.Nf5! Drago is a hero.|
|Jul-23-11|| ||brankat: <Caissanist> Thank You for the link. What a wonderful story!|
|Feb-10-12|| ||brankat: I first met Velimirovic in 1968, when he was Gligoric's second during Tal-Gligo match. Hard to believe he'll turn seventy this year. But then again, I was 17 back then. And now, I'm 16 years older than Gligo was in '68 :-)|
|Feb-10-12|| ||wordfunph: <brankat>'s age:
= (2011-1968) + 17
= 60 years old
|Feb-10-12|| ||brankat: <wordfunph> Now that's a mathematician :-) But yes, I'll be (hopefully) 61 in September.|
|Mar-03-12|| ||wordfunph: <brankat> 61 on September 15 :)|
|Mar-10-12|| ||brankat: <wordfunph> How did You know the date?|
|Mar-10-12|| ||wordfunph: <brankat> your forum :-)|
|Mar-10-12|| ||brankat: <wordfunph> I see. I suppose on September 15th last year. An excellent memory! You should be playing Chess :-)|
|Apr-04-12|| ||qqdos: <(B89)> in The Sicilian Sozin by Harding, Botterill and Kottnauer (1974) at page 53 there is a reference to (and partial score of) a correspondence game in 1960/61 Velimirovic vs Herzog. It is a Velimirovic Attack and seems to pre-date all other known games by Drago in his pet line. Can anyone shed light on this historic encounter?
He was 18- or 19-years old at the time and is not known for his postal play.|
|Apr-10-12|| ||brankat: <qqdos> I have not heard of the above corresp. game, but I think user: <bronkenstein> may know something about this, although he has not kibitzed in a few weeks now.|
|Apr-12-12|| ||qqdos: <brankat> many thanks. Tim Harding, a co-author of the 1974 Sozin book and correspondence chess expert, cannot remember where he saw the reference but thinks it might have been in the Teorijski Bliten magazine. He can find no postal games by Drasko but there was an R. Velimirovic playing correspondence chess. It would be a remarkable co-incidence if another Velimirovic pre-dated Drasko with his trade-mark Attack. Intriguing! If anyone with access or back-numbers can shed light, that would be welcome.|
|May-12-12|| ||Eastfrisian: Happy 70. Birthday, GM Velimirovic.|
|May-12-13|| ||brankat: Best wishes for your Birthday, Drasko!|
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