Dragoljub Velimirovic
Number of games in database: 1,632
Years covered: 1961 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2407
Highest rating achieved in database: 2525
Overall record: +623 -429 =580 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (366) 
    B89 B47 B57 B46 B41
 Ruy Lopez (113) 
    C92 C97 C85 C78 C67
 French Defense (86) 
    C18 C11 C13 C16 C10
 Sicilian Taimanov (64) 
    B47 B46 B45 B48
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (62) 
    C92 C97 C85 C96 C99
 King's Pawn Game (61) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (281) 
    B36 B22 B31 B32 B39
 Sicilian Dragon (136) 
    B36 B39 B35 B34 B38
 Modern Benoni (124) 
    A56 A77 A63 A65 A61
 Old Benoni (66) 
    A43 A44
 King's Indian (62) 
    E90 E62 E91 E66 E64
 English, 1 c4 c5 (47) 
    A30 A37 A31 A36 A33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Velimirovic vs Csom, 1974 1-0
   Velimirovic vs Ljubojevic, 1972 1-0
   Velimirovic vs J Sofrevski, 1965 1-0
   A Planinc vs Velimirovic, 1975 0-1
   Velimirovic vs J Fridjonsson, 1974 1-0
   Velimirovic vs V Bukal Sr, 1971 1-0
   Velimirovic vs D Rajkovic, 1971 1-0
   B Pietrusiak vs Velimirovic, 1964 0-1
   I Farago vs Velimirovic, 1976 0-1
   Janosevic vs Velimirovic, 1972 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   21st Belgrade Trophy (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Secret Hero Velimirovic by Gottschalk
   Amsterdam IBM 1976 by suenteus po 147
   Göring Gambit games by vasileios
   Nikki Accelerated Dragon by reurbz
   Amsterdam 1994 B by suenteus po 147
   Classical Sicilian, 6.Bc4 by KingG
   reurbz maroczy by nikkiurbz
   Classical Sicilian: with 6. BC4 by Inlandmoon

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(born May-12-1942) Yugoslavia (citizen of Serbia)
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IM (1972); GM (1973).

Dragoljub Velimirovic was born in Valjevo, Yugoslavia. He was Yugoslav Champion in 1970 (jointly) and 1975 and also won the FR Yugoslavian Championship in 1997. He has a spectacular style which is much admired. He was 1st at Vrnjacka Banja 1973, 1st= at Zemun 1980, 1st= at Titograd 1984, 1st at Vrsac 1985, 1st= at Vrsac 1987 and 1st at the Metz Open 1988.

His mother Jovanka Velimirovic was Yugoslavia's first Women's Champion.

Wikipedia article: Dragoljub Velimirovic

 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,632  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Velimirovic vs M Ankerst  1-041 1961 YUG-Cup ttE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
2. Velimirovic vs A Shmit  0-130 1961 YUG-URSB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
3. Kindij vs Velimirovic  0-142 1961 YUG-Cup ttA56 Benoni Defense
4. Velimirovic vs O Pavlenko  0-139 1961 YUG-URSD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
5. M Milicevic vs Velimirovic 0-137 1961 YUG-Cup ttA56 Benoni Defense
6. U Vaskan vs Velimirovic  0-141 1961 YUG-URSB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
7. Brons vs Velimirovic  0-129 1961 YUG-Cup ttB32 Sicilian
8. B Barbulovic vs Velimirovic  ½-½42 1961 YUG-Cup ttB32 Sicilian
9. Velimirovic vs A Shmit 0-129 1961 YUG-URSB54 Sicilian
10. Velimirovic vs Bukic  ½-½38 1962 YUG-chB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. M Cetkovic vs Velimirovic 0-128 1962 YUG-chB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. Velimirovic vs I Nemet  ½-½33 1962 YUG-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Pirc vs Velimirovic 0-142 1962 YUG-chA04 Reti Opening
14. Velimirovic vs Parma  0-144 1962 YUG-chB72 Sicilian, Dragon
15. Velimirovic vs A Matanovic  ½-½51 1962 YUG-chB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
16. N Karaklajic vs Velimirovic  ½-½51 1962 YUG-chB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
17. Velimirovic vs M Bertok  1-053 1962 YUG-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. Gligoric vs Velimirovic ½-½44 1962 YUG-chA56 Benoni Defense
19. Velimirovic vs A Lukic  1-042 1962 YUG-chC47 Four Knights
20. M Damjanovic vs Velimirovic  ½-½65 1962 YUG-chA04 Reti Opening
21. Velimirovic vs A Bradvarevic 1-024 1962 YUG-chB89 Sicilian
22. Minic vs Velimirovic ½-½44 1962 YUG-chB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. M Lutovac vs Velimirovic  0-144 1963 YUG-ch 19thB25 Sicilian, Closed
24. Velimirovic vs P Trifunovic  ½-½43 1963 YUG-ch 19thB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
25. Parma vs Velimirovic  1-033 1963 Yugoslavia ztC78 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,632  PGN Download
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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.

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  brankat: Happy Birthday Drasko!
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  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.
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  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 .
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  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!
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  wordfunph: happy 68th birthday Velimirovic Attack!
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  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

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  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:
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.
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  brankat: <Caissanist> Thank You for the link. What a wonderful story!
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  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 :-)
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  wordfunph: <brankat>'s age:

= (2011-1968) + 17
= 60 years old

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  brankat: <wordfunph> Now that's a mathematician :-) But yes, I'll be (hopefully) 61 in September.
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  wordfunph: <brankat> 61 on September 15 :)
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  brankat: <wordfunph> How did You know the date?
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  wordfunph: <brankat> your forum :-)
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  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.
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  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.
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  brankat: Best wishes for your Birthday, Drasko!
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