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Ivan Saric
Number of games in database: 735
Years covered: 2001 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2664 (2660 rapid, 2572 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2680

Overall record: +234 -118 =258 (59.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 125 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B90 B48 B30 B42 B80
 Ruy Lopez (56) 
    C67 C65 C92 C95 C96
 Caro-Kann (44) 
    B18 B12 B15 B11 B10
 French Defense (43) 
    C11 C18 C16 C10 C12
 Sicilian Najdorf (38) 
    B90 B92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (27) 
    C92 C96 C95 C89 C87
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (80) 
    E81 E94 E97 E90 E92
 Sicilian (75) 
    B33 B30 B56 B22 B90
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C78 C69 C77 C96 C92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C96 C92 C91 C95 C93
 Reti System (17) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Slav (17) 
    D12 D10 D13 D11 D14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Saric vs Carlsen, 2014 1-0
   I Saric vs T Batchuluun, 2014 1-0
   I Saric vs A Sharafiev, 2015 1-0
   I Saric vs Van Wely, 2015 1/2-1/2
   I Saric vs A Mastrovasilis, 2016 1-0
   R van Kampen vs I Saric, 2015 0-1
   I Saric vs E Paehtz, 2017 1-0
   I Saric vs F Meissner, 2017 1/2-1/2
   I Saric vs M Gurevich, 2007 1-0
   O Abdulov vs I Saric, 2017 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel Group B (2014)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2010)
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Team Championship (2013)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2018)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)

   🏆 Pro Chess League
   Forest Chen vs I Saric (Feb-14-18) 0-1, rapid
   V Fedoseev vs I Saric (Feb-14-18) 1-0, rapid
   I Saric vs Y Zherebukh (Feb-14-18) 0-1, rapid
   I Saric vs Akobian (Feb-14-18) 0-1, rapid
   I Saric vs A Kozak (Feb-01-18) 1-0

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(born Aug-17-1990, 27 years old) Croatia

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International Master (2007); Grandmaster (2008); European U18 Champion (2007); World U18 Champion (2008), Croatian Champion (2014).

Ivan Šarić won the 2007 U18 European Championship and the 2008 World U18 championship, the latter held in Vung Tau, Vietnam. In 2009 he won the Pula Open and was second in the Zadar Open (Croatia) Group A. In 2011 he tied for 2nd at the 31st Villa de Benasque Open. In 2014, he stunned the field at the category 14 Tata Steel Group B (2014) by winning the event with a round to spare (final score 10/13 - +7 =6), which not only entitled him an invitation to the Tata A Group in 2015 but raised his rating sufficiently to lift him into the world's top 100. Followed up in February 2014 by winning the Croatian Championship outright with 7/9. Saric's equal second placement with 8/11 at the European Individual Championships (2014) qualified him to play in the World Cup (2015), where he was eliminated from the event in the first round by Egyptian GM Bassem Amin.

Wikipedia article: Ivan Šarić (chess player)

Last updated: 2017-01-29 04:52:14

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 739  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Papp vs I Saric 1-0202001EYCC B12C56 Two Knights
2. M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Saric  1-0222002WYb12C77 Ruy Lopez
3. Kurajica vs I Saric  ½-½47200510th Father Ivan Cvitanovic MemorialA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
4. I Saric vs S Feller  ½-½2620057th Festival IMA07 King's Indian Attack
5. V Vepkhvishvili vs I Saric  0-1562005Tournoi MIA48 King's Indian
6. I Saric vs M Schuette  1-0382005Open AB01 Scandinavian
7. V Faibisovich vs I Saric  0-1322005Open AE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
8. P Dobrowolski vs I Saric  ½-½122005Open AB30 Sicilian
9. I Saric vs Alen Markovic  1-0412005Kostrena ZNG111 8thB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. B Predojevic vs I Saric  1-047200612th Bosnjaci OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. O Cvitan vs I Saric 1-040200612th Bosnjaci OpenD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
12. Sedlak vs I Saric  ½-½462006Zagreb OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. I Saric vs L'Ami 0-16520067th European Individual ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
14. E Postny vs I Saric  1-05220067th European Individual ChampionshipA65 Benoni, 6.e4
15. I Saric vs A Duman  ½-½7320067th European Individual ChampionshipB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
16. H Ziska vs I Saric  ½-½4520067th European Individual ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
17. I Saric vs P Makoli  ½-½4720067th European Individual ChampionshipB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
18. S Yeke vs I Saric  0-13020067th European Individual ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
19. I Saric vs S Iskusnyh  ½-½6120067th European Individual ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
20. S Guliev vs I Saric  1-03120067th European Individual ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. I Saric vs Blatny 1-08020067th European Individual ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
22. C Weiss vs I Saric  1-04220067th European Individual ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
23. I Saric vs J M Lopez Martinez  ½-½3820067th European Individual ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
24. L Klima vs I Saric  ½-½242006Mitropa CupE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. I Saric vs P Cech 1-0382006Mitropa CupC10 French
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  Penguincw: Congratulations to Ivan Saric for winning the Tata Steel (Group B) (2014) with a round to spare. His final score is 10/13 (+7, -0, =6), which is +7. He was the only undefeated player in the tournament. Saric finished 1.5 points ahead of runner-ups Baadur Jobava and Jan Timman (he drew both of them, but could've beaten Jobava).

Saric gained 24 points, bumping his rating to 2661, which is a career high. 24 points is the largest increase for both tournaments.

Great performance, and let's see how he'll do next year.

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  cro777: Saric's impressions on his win of the tournament and next year's challenge.

"I'm very happy that next year I will play in the Tata Steel A tournament. I've never played such strong players before."

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  cro777: After 8 rounds Saric leads Croatian Championship by a full point. (12 players are competing in 11 rounds, from 3 - 13 February 2014).
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  twinlark: Congratulations to Ivan Saric, winning the Croatian Championship so soon after his splendid win at Tata B.
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  cro777: Croatian championship has finished in Porec. 12 grandmasters determined the champion in a round-robin. Ivan Saric finished first scoring 7/11.

As <twinlark> pointed out, this is Saric's second big sucess this year - recently he became the winner of the Tata Steel B (Challengers) in Wijk aan Zee. This gives him the opportunity to compete in A-group in the next year.

Ivan Saric is 23 years old and his current rating is 2661.

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  cro777: Ivan Saric was chosen by the Association of Chess Professions to participate at 15th Poikovsky, the International Chess Tournament named after the former world champion Anatoly Karpov , which will take place from May 11 to 20.

Saric's achievements were not left unnoticed by ACP: he won Wijk aan Zee B-Group, became champion of Croatia and shared 2nd place at European championship.

Apr-04-14  Calar: Games from Croatian Chapionship of 2014, won by Saric:

Croatian championship (2014)

May-15-14  paavoh: Continuing his success at Poikovsky with 3.5/4 so far.
May-23-14  paavoh: ... and finishing with 0.5/4, unfortunately. Nevertheless, an interesting player for sure.
Aug-12-14  Conrad93: Defeating Carlsen in a mere 33 moves.


Aug-12-14  Conrad93: 37 moves. My mistake.
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  cro777: GM Ivan Saric after his win against the World Champion: "The biggest win of my career"
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  cro777: The story of the day.

In the game Saric - Carlsen, the ceremonial first move was made by the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg ... and the best Croatian grandmaster won.

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  cro777: 15 pictures by Chess Club Live of Ivan Saric and his wife WFM Zrinka Deur Saric.

Aug-13-14  freakclub: Carlsen deserved to lose that game. I think he learned a lesson from that one. Not to fool around with lower-rated GMs.
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  Penguincw: Happy 23rd Birthday to GM and rising star Ivan Saric.

At the Chess Olympiad (2014), he went a solid +5,-2,=4. His only 2 losses came to the black pieces, so good job! He also beat Carlsen. By my unofficial count, he gained 5.3 rating points to jump to (presumably) a career high 2676. He's getting there!

Aug-17-14  csmath: Pretty very Slavic looking lady. Nice looking couple and obviously fine people. Happy birthday!
Nov-02-14  waustad: Perhaps he'll get more notice soon, since he'll be playing in Tata A this year, according to TWIC.
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  MissScarlett: Yes, simply beating the world champion is evidently insufficient to garner wide acclaim. I suggest one or more of the following: i)be accused of cheating; ii)be punched to the ground by a lovelorn rival; ii)be told to 'speak normal' and stop smiling.
Nov-02-14  waustad: Earning the spot in Tata A by winning Tata B was an important stepping stone. Another would be reaching 2700 elo. Each of these could help make him better known. After a period of stable 2650ish rating he has added some elo recently, which could help get more high visibility invitations. Those seem to be getting harder to find since many big tournaments are getting smaller. Tata, for example, now only has two groups instead of three.
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  cro777: Tata Steel Masters 2015

Drawing of lots

Ivan got number 5.

In Round 1 he meets Aronian with the white pieces.

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  WannaBe: Wow, why can't all chess tournament do drawing of the lots that way? Instead of some stupid blitz tournament!!??!!
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  twinlark: Probably that the blitz events provide some pre-game entertainment.
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  cro777: <WannaBe: Wow, why can't all chess tournament do drawing of the lots that way?>


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  The Boomerang: Ivan now one has commented over 2 years so I will:)

Sve ti najbolje!:)

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