|Jul-23-03|| ||Benzol: Anybody know what Drazen is doing at the moment? |
|Mar-18-04|| ||Benzol: <AdrianP> OK mate, here it is, my first and so far only encounter with a Grandmaster.|
Event : Simultaneous Display in the Howick Mall.
Site : Auckland, New Zealand.
Date : 1st February 2003.
Result : 1/2-1/2.
White : Sermek, Drazen.
Black : Morten, Paul.
ECO : D56
WhiteElo : 2577
BlackElo : ????
PlyCount : 82
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 c5 10.dxc5 Nxc5 11.Qxd8 Rxd8 12.Ke2 Bd7 13.Ne5 g5 14.Bg3 Be8 15.f3 a6 16.a4 Rac8 17.a5 Ncd7 18.Bd3 Nh5 19.Nxd7 Bxd7 20.Be5 Bf6 21.Bxf6 Nxf6 22.Rhd1 Bc6 23.Rd2 Nd5 24.Nxd5 Rxd5 25.Bc2 Bb5+ 26.Ke1 Rdc5 27.Be4 Rc1+ 28.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 29.Rd1 Rxd1+ 30.Kxd1 Bc6 31.Bxc6 bxc6 32.Kd2 Kf8 33.Kd3 Ke7 34.Kd4 Kd6 35.b4 e5+ 36.Kc4 f5 37.g4 e4 38.gxf5 exf3 39.Kd3 g4 40.e4 Ke5 41.Ke3 h5 1/2-1/2.
After I made my 41st move I offered my opponent a draw. He thought about for a few seconds and then nodded his agreement.
During the game I was considering 27...f5 but was only looking at 28.Bxb7 Rb8. As my powerful opponent was polishing off his partners on the other boards so his appearance at mine became more frequent and I had no time to think. It was only later that it occurred to me that Black can play 28...Rc7. Still I was very pleased to draw this game.
Let me know your opinion.
|Mar-19-04|| ||Lawrence: Benzol, nice. In case you haven't got a silicon friend here are a few points from Junior 8, for what they're worth. Your 18...Nh5 was one move too late, should have been 17...Nh5 giving you a nice edge. His 25.Bc2 was not strong, J8 does not know what he was thinking about. Finally, you're quite right, 27...f5 would have been very good. If White takes the pawn it's not 28...Rc7 but 28...Rb8. Congratulations on an excellent game. |
|Mar-19-04|| ||chessgames.com: Benzol, very good, feel free to submit the game to our database if you like. |
|Mar-19-04|| ||Benzol: <chessgames.com & Lawrence> Thanks for the 'thumbs up', analysis and compliments. I'll post the game properly in the near future. |
|Mar-22-04|| ||AdrianP: <Benzol> Great game... that K and pawn endgame did not look trivial - I would have been sweating a bit there! I can run the game through Fritz 8 if you like...? |
|Mar-22-04|| ||Benzol: OK if you want to mate. <Lawrence> had Junior 8 go through it but it might be interesting to see what Fritz 8 says.
Drazen nodded in approval when I played 37...e4, he is a nice and generous man. Afterward he told me that he thought 37.g4 was going to give him a perhaps decisive edge but that my 37th was a fine rejoiner.
A few days later he gave a lecture at the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club and featured the only game he lost in the New Zealand Championship against Leonard McLaren. See L McLaren vs D Sermek, 2003 |
|Mar-23-04|| ||Benzol: Correction to my last post. It was the Auckland Open not the New Zealand Championship. |
|Mar-29-04|| ||AdrianP: <Benzol> Here you go... it pretty much all passes Fritz's beady eye.|
D56: Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defence 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 h6 6.Bh4 0–0 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 c5 10.dxc5
[ 10.0–0 a6 ( 10...b6 11.Re1 Bb7 12.Bg3 Ne4 13.Nxe4 Bxe4 14.Bd3 Nf6 15.Bxe4 Nxe4 16.Qd3 Nxg3 17.hxg3 Qd6 18.Rac1 Rac8 19.Red1 Rfd8 20.Rc2 cxd4 21.Rxc8 Rxc8 22.Qa6 Qc7 23.Nxd4 Rd8 24.f4 Bc5 25.Qa4 Janiesch,M-Kletzin,M/Winterberg 2002/CBM 88 ext/1–0 (56)) 11.a4 b6 12.Qe2 Bb7 13.Rfd1 Ne4 14.Nxe4 Bxe4 15.Bg3 Qc8 16.dxc5 Bxc5 17.Nd4 Nf6 18.Be5 Be7 19.Rac1 Qb7 20.f3 Bc6 21.Bxe6 Bxa4 22.Rc7 Bxd1 23.Qxd1 Qxc7 24.Bxc7 fxe6 Ostenstad,B-Grotnes,N/Kristiansand 1987/EXT 97/1–0 (34)]
[11.0–0 a6 12.a4 Nfe4 13.Qxd8 Bxd8 14.Nxe4 Nxe4 15.Bxd8 Rxd8 16.Rfd1 Bd7 17.Rd4 Bc6 18.a5 Nf6 19.Rad1 Rxd4 20.Rxd4 Rc8 21.Kf1 Bxf3 22.gxf3 e5 23.Rh4 g5 24.Rxh6 Kg7 25.Rxf6 Kxf6 Sziraki,T-Lengyel,B/Hungary 1996/EXT 2000/0–1 (43)]
11...Rxd8 White cannot castle queen side 12.Ke2 Bd7 13.Ne5 g5 14.Bg3 Be8 15.f3 Covers e4 15...a6 Controls b5 16.a4 Rac8 17.a5 Ncd7 [ 17...Nh5 18.Rhd1=+] 18.Bd3 Nh5 19.Nxd7 Bxd7 20.Be5 Bf6 21.Bxf6 Nxf6 22.Rhd1 Bc6 23.Rd2 Nd5 24.Nxd5 Rxd5 25.Bc2 [ 25.e4 Rd4+=] 25...Bb5+ 26.Ke1 Rdc5 27.Be4 Rc1+ [ 27...f5!? 28.Bd3 Bxd3 29.Rxd3 Rb5=+] 28.Rxc1+= Rxc1+ 29.Rd1 Rxd1+ 30.Kxd1 Bc6 31.Bxc6 bxc6 32.Kd2 Kf8 33.Kd3 Ke7 34.Kd4 Kd6 35.b4 e5+ 36.Kc4 [ 36.Ke4!?+= must be considered] 36...f5 37.g4 e4 38.gxf5 exf3 39.Kd3 g4 40.e4 Ke5 41.Ke3 h5 ½–½
|Mar-29-04|| ||AdrianP: <Benzol> Out of 587 games played by Drazen with white in my database, 584 started with 1. e4 and 1 started with 1. d4... looks like you caught him out of his opening preparation early on!!|
As Black, he sometimes plays 1. ...d5 in response to 1.d4 but pretty much invariably plays the Queen's Gambit Accepted.
|Mar-29-04|| ||AdrianP: Here's a very nice win by Drazen
D Sermek vs Zsofia Polgar, 1994
|Mar-29-04|| ||Benzol: <AdrianP> Thanks for the analysis and other game references mate. Looks like it must have been my lucky day when he opened 1.d4! |
|Jan-30-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Drazen Sermek|
|Jan-30-07|| ||Benzol: Happy Birthday Drazen.|
|Dec-23-08|| ||whiteshark: Player of the Day
... and I wonder why?
|Dec-23-08|| ||kramputz: <Dec-23-08 whiteshark: Player of the Day |
... and I wonder why?>
,,,,,,,because he played this brilliant miniature; game #436
Drazen Sermek vs Susanto Megaranto ....
Have a happy
|Dec-23-08|| ||theodor: <kramputz: <Dec-23-08 whiteshark: Player of the Day
... and I wonder why?>
,,,,,,,because he played this brilliant miniature; game #436 Drazen Sermek vs Susanto Megaranto ....
Have a happy> christmas and new year. the game in question is 434.
|Dec-23-08|| ||kramputz: <Dec-23-08 kramputz: <Dec-23-08 whiteshark: Player of the Day ... and I wonder why?>
,,,,,,,because he played this brilliant miniature; game #436 Drazen Sermek vs Susanto Megaranto ....>
I was refering to #428, the short draw in 6 moves, just to be funny|
|Jul-21-09|| ||whiteshark: Sermek was Slovene champion in 1993 and 1998.
Sermek was a member of Slovenia Olympic team in 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006.
|Dec-23-11|| ||Penguincw: Not his birthday, but player of the day.|
|Jan-30-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Drazen Sermek!!|