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Josip Rukavina
Number of games in database: 262
Years covered: 1971 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2384 (2417 rapid, 2315 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2480

Overall record: +70 -73 =119 (49.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English (31) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A17
 Reti System (15) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English, 1 c4 e5 (9) 
    A20 A26 A22 A25
 King's Indian (9) 
    E66 E60 E62 E73 E70
 English, 1 c4 c5 (8) 
    A30 A36 A35 A33 A32
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A45 A40 D02 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (25) 
    B09 B07 B08
 Robatsch (24) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A41 A40
 King's Indian (9) 
    E62 E91 E94 E95 E76
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C95 C93 C90 C79 C91
 Philidor's Defense (7) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Rukavina vs Korchnoi, 1973 1-0
   J Rukavina vs Tal, 1973 1-0
   J Rukavina vs J Hartung-Nielsen, 2010 1-0
   M Foglia vs J Rukavina, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Pula Open (2003)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   21st World Seniors Championship (2011)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2010)

   J Rukavina vs A Indjic (Dec-20-13) 0-1
   W Wittmann vs J Rukavina (Nov-26-11) 1-0
   J Rukavina vs V Srebrnic (Nov-25-11) 1-0
   M Leskovar vs J Rukavina (Nov-24-11) 1-0
   J Rukavina vs N Pushkov (Nov-23-11) 1/2-1/2

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(born Oct-29-1942, 74 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Croatia)

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International Master

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 262  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Minev vs J Rukavina  1-041 1971 Sarajevo 14thB06 Robatsch
2. H Messing vs J Rukavina  1-056 1971 SarajevoB06 Robatsch
3. M Bobotsov vs J Rukavina  1-037 1971 SarajevoA56 Benoni Defense
4. J Rukavina vs Bronstein  0-130 1971 SarajevoE15 Queen's Indian
5. Matulovic vs J Rukavina  0-157 1971 SarajevoB08 Pirc, Classical
6. J Rukavina vs Beliavsky  ½-½28 1972 Parcetic Memorial 5thA04 Reti Opening
7. J Rukavina vs Tseshkovsky  1-038 1972 YUG-URSA14 English
8. Tseshkovsky vs J Rukavina  ½-½43 1972 YUG-URSC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Tseshkovsky vs J Rukavina  0-139 1972 YUG-URSC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. J Rukavina vs N Skalkotas  1-041 1972 ?A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
11. Velimirovic vs J Rukavina  1-037 1972 Parcetic Memorial 5thC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
12. J Rukavina vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½31 1972 YUG-URSE17 Queen's Indian
13. J Rukavina vs Adorjan  1-040 1972 Parcetic Memorial 5thB06 Robatsch
14. Ljubojevic vs J Rukavina  ½-½38 1972 YUG-chB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
15. J Rukavina vs Matulovic  1-041 1972 YUG-chA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
16. Ivkov vs J Rukavina  ½-½26 1972 YUG-chC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
17. J Rukavina vs Kurajica  ½-½22 1972 YUG-chD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
18. Velimirovic vs J Rukavina  0-143 1972 YUG-chB06 Robatsch
19. J Rukavina vs A Planinc  ½-½18 1972 YUG-chA04 Reti Opening
20. J Rukavina vs Smejkal  ½-½76 1972 Vrnjacka Banja ZonalA15 English
21. Adorjan vs J Rukavina  ½-½31 1972 Vrnjacka Banja ZonalB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
22. J Rukavina vs R Hartoch  ½-½16 1972 Chess Olympiad Final-AA04 Reti Opening
23. J Rukavina vs Matulovic  ½-½49 1972 Parcetic Memorial 5thA10 English
24. Kholmov vs J Rukavina  1-031 1973 DubnaB06 Robatsch
25. J Rukavina vs Tal 0-127 1973 DubnaA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 262  PGN Download
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Sep-16-08  Poisonpawns: Yugoslavian/Croatian IM Defeated Tal and Korchnoi in 1973 Interzonal tournament.Chessmetrics has him at 2591 in 1973 and he was #82 on 1973 ratings list.
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  Tabanus: IM Josip Rukavina, Croatia, born 29* October 1942. Now rated 2428,

IM in 1972. Chessmetrics (today): 2554 in 1972 (world no. 66).

Interzonal tourn. 1973:

Played in the olympiad 1972 (2nd reserve) and in Mitropa Cup 1978 (board 2). Co-winner of Biel Master Open 1980.

Placed 15th in World Senior Ch 2009, 120th in European Individual Ch 2009 (see who's no. 121!):

Biography: (in Polish)


Hort is also on his list. But not Spassky:

[Event "Chigorin Memorial"]
[Site "Sochi"]
[Date "1973.09.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Spassky, Boris V"]
[Black "Rukavina, Josip"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2660"]
[BlackElo "2460"]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.f4 O-O 6.Be3 c6 7.Bd3 a6 8.Nge2 b5 9.O-O Nbd7 10.Kh1 Rb8 11.b3 e5 12.Rc1 Re8 13.d5 cxd5 14.cxd5 Nh5 15.Qd2 Nc5 16.Bb1 Bd7 17.g4 Nf6 18.Ng3 Qa5 19.g5 Nh5 20.Nxh5 gxh5 21.Qf2 Rbc8 22.Ne2 Qa3 23.Ng3 Rc7 24.Nxh5 Rec8 25.Qh4 Kh8 26.Nxg7 1-0

*I assume 29, not 27 as in

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  brankat: Happy birthday Josip!
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: And once again: Happy Birthday!
Oct-29-15  BIDMONFA: Josip Rukavina


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