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Ivan Saric
Number of games in database: 419
Years covered: 2001 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2680 (2576 rapid, 2665 blitz)
Overall record: +161 -81 =177 (59.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (86) 
    B90 B48 B80 B32 B76
 Sicilian Najdorf (27) 
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C67 C96 C78 C65 C92
 Caro-Kann (25) 
    B18 B12 B11 B10 B17
 French Defense (22) 
    C11 C16 C18 C10 C12
 French (15) 
    C11 C10 C12
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (48) 
    E81 E94 E97 E61 E92
 Sicilian (44) 
    B33 B56 B31 B30 B60
 Ruy Lopez (35) 
    C78 C69 C77 C91 C96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C91 C96 C93 C92 C94
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D45 D44 D43 D48 D49
 Grunfeld (10) 
    D73 D76 D75 D71 D70
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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 V Malisauskas, 2009 1/2-1/2
   I Saric vs M Gurevich, 2007 1-0
   M Parligras vs I Saric, 2014 1/2-1/2
   I Saric vs Jobava, 2014 1/2-1/2
   I Saric vs J Duda, 2014 1-0
   K W Troff vs I Saric, 2014 0-1
   I Saric vs D Reinderman, 2014 1-0
   Z Kozul vs I Saric, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2014)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2010)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   European Team Championship (2013)
   European Individual Championships (2013)

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(born Aug-17-1990, 24 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.

Wikipedia article: Ivan Šarić (chess player);

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 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 419  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. T Papp vs I Saric 1-020 2001 EYCC B12C56 Two Knights
2. M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Saric  1-022 2002 WYb12C77 Ruy Lopez
3. Kurajica vs I Saric  ½-½47 2005 10th Father Ivan Cvitanovic MemorialA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
4. I Saric vs S Feller  ½-½26 2005 7th Festival IMA07 King's Indian Attack
5. V Faibisovich vs I Saric  0-132 2005 Open AE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
6. I Saric vs M Schuette  1-038 2005 Open AB01 Scandinavian
7. V Vepkhvishvili vs I Saric  0-156 2005 Tournoi MIA48 King's Indian
8. P Dobrowolski vs I Saric  ½-½12 2005 Open AB30 Sicilian
9. I Saric vs A Duman  ½-½73 2006 7th European Individual ChampionshipB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
10. L Klima vs I Saric  ½-½24 2006 Mitropa CupE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
11. Sedlak vs I Saric  ½-½46 2006 Zagreb OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. I Saric vs S Iskusnyh  ½-½61 2006 7th European Individual ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
13. I Saric vs M Jurcik  ½-½32 2006 Mitropa CupB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
14. E Postny vs I Saric  1-052 2006 7th European Individual ChampionshipA65 Benoni, 6.e4
15. I Saric vs J M Lopez Martinez  ½-½38 2006 7th European Individual ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
16. S Yeke vs I Saric  0-130 2006 7th European Individual ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
17. G Lettieri vs I Saric  1-062 2006 Mitropa CupB30 Sicilian
18. I Saric vs E L'Ami 0-165 2006 7th European Individual ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
19. C Weiss vs I Saric  1-042 2006 7th European Individual ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
20. I Saric vs P Makoli  ½-½47 2006 7th European Individual ChampionshipB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
21. I Saric vs O Moor 1-038 2006 Mitropa CupC11 French
22. O Cvitan vs I Saric 1-040 2006 12th Bosnjaci OpenD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
23. I Saric vs Blatny 1-080 2006 7th European Individual ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
24. H Ziska vs I Saric  ½-½45 2006 7th European Individual ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
25. I Saric vs P Cech  1-038 2006 Mitropa CupC10 French
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  Tabanus: And 2nd today in the strong Zadar Open (Croatia) Group A:

Jan-25-14  RedShield: Who is this cat?
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  cro777: The strongest Croatian Grandmaster Ivan Saric won the Tata Steel B (Challengers) with a round to spare. After 12 rounds he has a commanding 1.5-point lead at 9.5, making him the victor.

In 2009 he was invited to Topalov's team, prior to his title match against Anand in 2010. Besides chess, Saric is known to be a math genius.

Jan-25-14  Aleksandar Li: Greetings comunity! Here, I would like a share a sort of closer information concerning Ivan Saric. My native town Livno is just a 80 km from Ivan's-Split, and Miljenko Jergovic has published story about a man who travels from Split to Livno and something about the war in Bosnia eventually (haven't red it, yet) I gues, which is just by the way (for some readers maybe), and something less important for this post of mine here. I want to say some things about Ivan. Me and my chess friends follow him for more than 10 years, and we have been expecting Ivan to show up globally. So this is the time and young lion and my neighbour in a way is about to play in the prime section next year. Congratulations for him and his father and brother, his wife and all chess family and friends. But my point here is next: Mr. Ivan Saric is able to become one of the few on the top, and, as I see it, he will take this and next year to make some considerable growth in his rating status and global chess affirmation. And, as I am predicting it, I am looking forward that we will be one of his followers and comentators. In the end, I would like to mention that Ivan's treatment of peaces seems to me like a very serious thing, and I am happy for him for this success in Netherlands! My positiveness and best regards to all the chess lovers world wide!
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  cro777: Jon Ludvig Hammer: "Saric definitely earned his spot in the top group next year. He's born in 1990 - a decent crop of chess players!"
Jan-26-14  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.
Aug-17-14  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!
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  waustad: Perhaps he'll get more notice soon, since he'll be playing in Tata A this year, according to TWIC.
Nov-02-14  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.
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  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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