|Nov-18-07|| ||Ragh: This Dragon guy is one funny GM. Look at his bio part of one of his chessbase articles below.|
<My parents, Rade and Rada, love to tell a story that I learnt how to move pieces around the chessboard when I was 1.5 years old (number still decreasing), just watching father and uncle play.
I don't remember this period of my life that well, but it is more likely that I only learnt how to throw pieces around the house at this age. Some years later, when I destroyed my father's last chess-set, he took me to Novi Sad Chessclub, where they had indestructible wooden pieces. >
<Enormous quantities of time invested by my father in my first chess-steps resulted in a surprising manner – I mastered the rules of the game and even some basic endings. Having gained so much knowledge, I could dominate the children who didn't know how to make moves. The sweet taste of a victory made me fall in love in chess. >
|Nov-18-07|| ||TheAlchemist: <Dragon> Interesting typo, his name is actually Dragan :-)|
I met him a few times, he's a really great guy, very nice, great sense of humour, he played in my town 3 times (2003-2005) and when he came, he would greet us all first (I helped with the organization and was sure he wouldn't remember me, but he did), and even though he was the first seed and previous winner, he didn't act like a snob (as did some other players), he would also come and watch us play on the lower boards (we played in a different room than the top ones). I was really happy he won all three times.
|Apr-01-08|| ||BIDMONFA: Dragan Solak|
|Mar-29-10|| ||maelith: Yeah this GM is funny.|
|Mar-29-10|| ||wordfunph: funny indeed!
..his scalps include Sadvakasov, Vajda, Jakovenko, Tukmakov, Iljushin, Cebalo.
his current rating is 2553.
|Mar-30-10|| ||DiscoJew: Always loved this guys name. The Dragan part and the Solak sounds Solar or something to me.|
|Mar-30-10|| ||wordfunph: enjoy your birthday Dragan!
"I don't remember this period of my life that well, but it is more likely that I only learnt how to throw pieces around the house at this age. Some years later, when I destroyed my father's last chess-set, he took me to Novi Sad Chessclub, where they had indestructible wooden pieces." GM Dragan Solak
i'm thinking of giving you a chess set on your birthday.. :-)
|Mar-31-10|| ||DiscoJew: < enjoy your birthday Dragan! >|
Wow I never even realized it was his birthday when I wrote my last message! Talk about eerie intuition!
Thanks <wordfunph> for bringing this to my attention.
|Jan-05-12|| ||asianwarrior: It seems he is now a turkish national.|
|Feb-09-12|| ||wordfunph: <asianwarrior: It seems he is now a turkish national.>|
yes, with 8.5/10 achievement.
|Feb-26-12|| ||King Sacrificer: This guy is the top rated Turkish player at the moment, with 2613 rating.|
|Mar-30-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday Solak!|
|Jul-30-12|| ||Ghuzultyy: He has extremely good results with Exchange Ruy.|
|Aug-25-12|| ||Cemoblanca: Well, his surname sounds also very very Turkish!
Solak = left-hander
|Oct-23-13|| ||Dionysius1: Doesn't he just <Ghuzultyy>! 14 points from 19 games, and no losses.|
|Aug-05-14|| ||Mr. V: He drew Caruana on board 1 in the Olympiad today, allowing his country to beat Italy on the lower three boards. Congratulations!|
|Apr-14-15|| ||Penguincw: Congrats to Dragan Solak for winning the Dubai Chess Open (2015). He finished in a 6-way tie for 1st, but edged out Howell (1st seed), Fedoseev (2nd), Istratescu (11th), Ivanisevic (8th) and Safarli (9th) on tiebreaks. All finished with 7/9. Solak was an undefeated +5.|
It wasn't easy, as he had to face each of the top 3 seeds (he entered as the 19th seed). Solak also gained rating points in every game, for a total of +19.5 (2602 -> 2622).
|Apr-20-15|| ||ketchuplover: Kudos :)|