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Dragan Solak
Number of games in database: 535
Years covered: 1994 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2633 (2510 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2639
Overall record: +170 -78 =287 (58.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (82) 
    B23 B20 B52 B51 B32
 Ruy Lopez (49) 
    C69 C68 C67 C65 C63
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (25) 
    C69 C68 C85
 French Defense (23) 
    C07 C05 C03 C10 C04
 French Tarrasch (20) 
    C07 C05 C03 C04 C09
 Caro-Kann (19) 
    B10 B11 B14 B12 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (66) 
    D10 D11 D12 D17 D18
 Sicilian (54) 
    B22 B43 B56 B32 B42
 Caro-Kann (32) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B11
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A41 A40 A45 D04 D02
 King's Indian (19) 
    E67 E94 E92 E68 E97
 Philidor's Defense (11) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Solak vs N Khalafova, 2013 1-0
   D Solak vs Adams, 2015 1-0
   D Solak vs Karjakin, 2008 1-0
   D Solak vs E Grivas, 2006 1/2-1/2
   D Solak vs D Blagojevic, 2005 1/2-1/2
   D Solak vs N Petre, 2010 1-0
   Jakovenko vs D Solak, 2000 0-1
   Mamedyarov vs D Solak, 2015 1/2-1/2
   D Solak vs A Istratescu, 1995 1/2-1/2
   Michael Kunin vs D Solak, 2015 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   Baku Open (2013)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   Acropolis Tournament (2006)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012)
   15th European Team Championship (2005)
   Albena Open (2012)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   European Individual Championships (2013)

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(born Mar-30-1980, 36 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Turkey)

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GM Dragan Solak was born in Vrbas, Yugoslavia (Serbia). Turkish champion in 2012.

He was equal second with 8/11 at the European Individual Championships (2014), qualifying for the World Cup (2015). There he was defeated in the first round by Anton Korobov and therefore exited the event.

Wikipedia article: Dragan %C5%A0olak

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 535  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Malakhov vs D Solak  1-032 1994 Wch U14B40 Sicilian
2. D Solak vs A Istratescu  ½-½47 1995 Wch U20B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. D Solak vs S Nistiriuc  ½-½50 1996 Wch U16B07 Pirc
4. D Solak vs Matulovic  0-150 1998 Serbian-ch 29thB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. M Manninen vs D Solak  ½-½18 1999 EU-chT (Men)E92 King's Indian
6. D Solak vs T Gelashvili  ½-½38 1999 Chania op 9thC41 Philidor Defense
7. D Solak vs I A Nataf  ½-½33 1999 EU-chT (Men)B32 Sicilian
8. A Kovacevic vs D Solak  ½-½27 1999 Lazarevac 28thB41 Sicilian, Kan
9. D Lobzhanidze vs D Solak  ½-½43 1999 EU-chT (Men)B50 Sicilian
10. M Manik vs D Solak  0-126 1999 EU-chT (Men)B56 Sicilian
11. D Solak vs E Berg  1-037 1999 EU-chT (Men)C05 French, Tarrasch
12. D Solak vs R Ibrahimov  ½-½17 1999 EU-chT (Men)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. D Solak vs A Kovacevic  ½-½46 2000 YUG-chT 52ndB27 Sicilian
14. D Solak vs Sadvakasov  1-048 2000 Subotica 21st CenturyB23 Sicilian, Closed
15. Jakovenko vs D Solak  0-142 2000 World JuniorB56 Sicilian
16. Beliavsky vs D Solak 1-046 2000 EU-ch 1stE97 King's Indian
17. Emms vs D Solak  ½-½20 2000 34th OlympiadB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. D Solak vs A Kovacevic  1-077 2000 Novak Nikolic mem 2ndA68 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack
19. G Sargissian vs D Solak  ½-½22 2000 Wch U20A25 English
20. D Solak vs V Malakhov  ½-½31 2000 Wch U20B27 Sicilian
21. D Solak vs A Iljushin  1-028 2000 World JuniorB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. Kurajica vs D Solak  ½-½32 2000 34th OlympiadA40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. D Solak vs Sutovsky  0-135 2000 Istanbul ol (Men)D72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
24. A Gershon vs D Solak  ½-½53 2000 World JuniorB42 Sicilian, Kan
25. A Kovacevic vs D Solak  ½-½32 2000 YUG-chT 52nd playoff sf2B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
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Kibitzer's Corner
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. >

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  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

SOLAK, Dragan

Mar-29-10  maelith: Yeah this GM is funny.
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  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.
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  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.
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  wordfunph: <asianwarrior: It seems he is now a turkish national.>

yes, with 8.5/10 achievement.

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  King Sacrificer: This guy is the top rated Turkish player at the moment, with 2613 rating.
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  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!
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  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 :)
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  diagonal: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dragan Solak, winner of the 17th Dubai Open (2015), and thanks to <Penguincw> for the corresponding posting.

Solak's biggest tournament win so far, pictorial reported by Shagar Shah:

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