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Member since Oct-10-05 · Last seen May-17-14
Branko Katic. Born and raised in former Yugoslavia, I have been living in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, for the last 30 years. Used to play chess actively when I was a teenager, and was awarded a Candidate Master title in 1970.

I "retired" a year later, mostly due to University studies and never participated in tournaments again. Instead I got a degree in History and Social Anthropology, which didn't do me much good :-)

I had neither played chess, nor followed chess events for more than 30 years. Until, by chance, I discovered this great site: in 2005.


A fellow member, and a friend, WILSON HU User: CHESSMORON, organized a double round-robin tourney: <The MASTERS vs. the MACHINES>, February - April, 2007. It was my privilege and an honour to be on the Masters team with FIDE Master ERIC SCHILLER Eric Schiller and the USCF Master BILL WALL Bill Wall!

The link to the games: Masters vs. Machines Invitational (2007)


<A few of my favourite Chess related quotes>:

"If Acoustics was a science that informed the world about sounds, then Music was an art that revealed the beauty of that science; if Logic was a science that revealed the laws of Thought, then Chess, in the form of artistic images, was an art that illuminated the logical side of thought."


"It is too beautiful to spend your life upon. Many times have I managed to break with Chess, yet I have always fallen in love with it again. I was too captivated by the conflict between ideas and opinions, attack and defence, life and death."

<Emanuel Lasker>

"The chess player who has lost his game - who will describe him? I have seen him unable to move. The public was long gone, the lights were out, and still he sat rigidly in his chair staring at the emptied board, because he had overlooked Bg2. A case of complete petrification, with bystanders whispering and tiptoeing by.

I have heard him begging for punishment in blasphemous language. He had forgotten Nh5, and in his dismay he called down annihilation upon himself. Derisively, he rejected our words of solace, demanding insults and chastisements.

Standing afar and horror-stricken, I have witnessed him swearing in orgiastic fury to rip off his genitals, because he had played Qf6 instead of Qb6."

<Jan Hein Donner>

The one I personally subscribe to:

"Of my 57 years, Iíve applied at least 30 to forgetting most of what I've learned or read, and since I succeeded in this I have acquired a certain ease and cheer which I should never again like to be without.

If need be, I can increase my skill in chess, if need be I can do that of which I have no idea present.

I have stored little in my memory, but I can apply that little, and it is of good use in many and varied emergencies. I keep it in order, but resist every attempt to increase its dead weight."

<Dr.Emanuel Lasker>

"Aspirin can prevent pregnancy. All a woman has to do is place an aspirin between her knees and not let it go."



CHESS related links I often use:

Game Collection: 170 Major Chess Tournaments 1882-2007 compiled by User: RonB52734 Games DATABASE Sarah's Chess JOURNAL

Nasruddin Hodja's Game Collections GAMES COLLECTIONS compiled by User: nasruddin hodja

Game Collection: Nf5 sac against the kingside castled fianchetto RECORDS games Chessville-QUOTES CHESS NOTES by Edward Winter

Petrosian-Spassky World Championship Rematch (1969) All WCC Matches HISTORY of Chess Matches from R.Lopez to V.Kramnik P.Morphy's notes: De La BOURDONNAIS-A.MCDONNELL The famous PLASKETT PUZZLE - Analysis


PHOTO ALBUMS Links: ALEKHINE FAMILY PHOTOS S.RESHEVSKY - "The WUNDERKID" - PHOTOS RUSSIAN MASTERS' PHOTOS, early 20th Century S.GLIGORIC 85th Birthday Celebration S.GLIGORIC, Photos Tribute to Dr.M.Vidmar (in Russian) Photos of all Teams from 1939 Chess Olympiad, Argentina


MISC: S.GLIGORIC Interview: Analyzing by the riverside with Bobby Fischer Dr.Emanuel LASKER Biography S.GLIGORIC Biography Chess on Stamps. B.Fischer-F.Castro, Havana, 1966 ________________________________________________-


User: wordfunph April-24 :-)

SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum: How to link to a specific post!

User: themadhair Carl Sagan on Voyager I

Complete List of BOOKS about <J.R.CAPABLANCA> and <A.A.ALEKHINE>, page 230, this Forum.

Links to <The BEATLES> videos, page 266, this Forum.

Link to <PETER, PAUL and MARY> videos, page 275, this Forum.

Link to <MAHALIA JACKSON> videos, page 276, this Forum.

Link to <PAVEL BURE> videos, page 271, this Forum.


<Events organized and hosted in this Forum>: ________________________________________________-

Consultation game: "MIXED DOUBLES"

Team White: THE BATCHIMEGS <jessicafischerqueen & Eyal>

Team Black: OPENLY DEFIANT CATS <Open Defence & Brankat>

Start: June/27/2007. - End: Aug/19/2007.

ECO: B76 - <SICILIAN, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack>

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Nc6 7. f3 Bg7 8. Qd2 0-0 9. g4 Nxd4 10. Bxd4* Be6 11. h4 Qa5 12. h5 Rac8 13. a3 Bc4 14. h6 Bh8 15. 0-0-0 Bxf1 16. Rhxf1 Rc4 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. Nd5 Qxd2 19. Kxd2 Re8 20. Nxf6+ exf6 21. b3 Rc5 22. c4 Re6 23. Ke3 f5 24. Rd5 Kf8 25. Kd4 fxe4 26. fxe4 Ke7 27. b4 Rc6 28. g5 Rc7 29. a4 Rd7 30. Ra5 b6 31. Rb5 Kd8 32. a5 == Draw offer accepted.


Consultation Game:

< Members vs. MFO (mrfixitonline) Chess Club Members>

<MFO> :

(Akavall, bin, buti_oxa, Ceri, ForceMid, FusterCluck, Joshua, madcat_lives, samurai goroh, Stormboy).


(TheAlchemist, chessmoron, dakgootje, hitman84, jessicafischerqueen, Marco65, Rocafella>, Swapmeet, TTLump, Zebra, EmperorAtahualpa, mckmac, Elixir of Life).

WHITE: < MFO > ---BLACK: < >

Start: Jan/21/2007 - End: May/23/2007

ECO: B90 - <SICILIAN, Najdorf>

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 Ng4 7. Bc1 Nc6 8. h3 Nf6 9. Be3 e6 10. g4 Be7 11. g5 Nd7 12. h4 O-O 13. f4 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 b5 15. O-O-O Rb8 16. h5 b4 17. Na4 e5 18. Qd2 Bb7 19. g6 Bxe4 20. Bg2 Bf5 21. Bd5 Rc8 22. Bb3 Be4 23. gxf7+ Rxf7 24. fxe5 Nxe5 25. Nb6 Rc6 26. Rhf1 Qe8 27. Rxf7 Nxf7 28. Nd5 Bd8 29. h6 a5 30. Re1 a4 31. Bxa4 Bh4 32. Qd4! and Black resigns.


Consultation game: American kibitzers: "ISOLATED PAWNS"
<Akavall, square dance, suenteus po 147>

vs. Canadian kibitzers: "NORTHERN KNIGHTS"
<AgentRgent, Hesam7, THE Pawn>


Start: Sep, 05/2006 - End: Nov, 11/2006.

ECO: B17 <CARO-KANN, Steinitz Variation.>

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Ng5 e6 6. Bd3 Ngf6 7. N1f3 Bd6 8. Qe2 h6 9. Ne4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4 c5 11. Bd2 Nf6 12. Qe2 a6 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. 0-0 0-0 15. c4 e5 16. Bc3 Re8 17. Rad1 Qb6 18. b4 Bxb4 19. Rb1 e4 20. Rxb4 Qc5 21. Bc2 Bg4 22. Qe3 Qxe3 23. fxe3 exf3 24. Bxf6 gxf6 25. c5 Be6 26. Bb3 Bxb3 27. axb3 Rac8 28. Rxf3 1/2-1/2.

Nov. 11/06: Draw offer accepted by "Northern Knights".

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   brankat has kibitzed 18539 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-05-14 brankat chessforum (replies)
brankat: Will be back in a couple of days.
   May-05-14 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
brankat: It's been only 5 weeks without any action. No big deal. We can wait until January. By then the Bookie may even be back from his holidays.
   Feb-05-14 Dmitry Andreikin (replies)
brankat: Happy Birthday Dmitry!
   Feb-05-14 Zurich Chess Challenge (2014) (replies)
brankat: <Chris321> Regarding "the great escapes", You may want to check Dr.Lasker's games from New York, 1924. I can't think of anything that would be quite comparable.
   Jan-30-14 Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2014 (replies)
brankat: Gelfand has been around for some 30 years. He has no reason to be "overjoyed" with a Draw. He will play for a win.
   Jan-26-14 Tata Steel (Group B) (2014)
brankat: Congratulations Ivan! Great work.
   Jan-23-14 Henrique Mecking (replies)
brankat: Happy Birthday!
   Jan-20-14 Milan Vidmar (replies)
brankat: It was more or less the same with the other co-signers of the agreement, particularly Nimzowitch and Rubinstein. But, fairly enough, Capablanca did get the taste of his own medicine after 1927.
   Jan-20-14 Svetozar Gligoric (replies)
brankat: Good show Belgrade!
   Jan-17-14 Maia Chiburdanidze
brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday!
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  brankat: Good luck in round #8!
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Good luck!

Somehow missed closing time...

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  brankat: Lucky You :-)
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  brankat: It looks like they are having a "rest" day after every game now! A rest from what? P-3? :-)
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  dakgootje: Ugh I know! :(

Missed yesterdays betting as I was gone - and then they're resting today <again>..

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  brankat: Best of Luck in round #9!
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  moronovich: Best of luck to you too !
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <brankat> <moronovich> Good luck for round 9! But don't hog it all :)
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  moronovich: Shure <Switch> we will save some bucks for you ;)And good luck to you too.It aint over till its over...
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  brankat: Another "rest" day!? These guys are less than 25 years old (on the average). Maybe they should do some work with picks and shovels.

The worst part is, they are showing no concern for P-3 players :-)

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  brankat: G.L.!
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Good luck!

Have you heard the good news yet? <luckydakkie, LIFE Master of Science> just won a Dutch thesis tournament :-)

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  brankat: <SwitchingQuylthulg>

LMLD won a Dutch Tennis Tournament?! That is something quite new to me. I didn't know they had tennis (thesis) in Holland :-)

I suppose <dakkie> is still (gainfully) un-employed :-)

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  brankat: Just one more round! It'll then be (mercifully) over.
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  dakgootje: I guess I'll love tennis until I'm 40. Just a shame that after a while you've ruined all the feathers and you have to get a new puck.

Yes, unemployed is the new old-thing.

<Just one more round! It'll then be (mercifully) over.>

Only a couple of days until Zurich, where they'll hopefully have fewer rest days :)

Jan-27-14  achieve: <brankat>

Hi Branko, how'r you doing? - just a brief visit about pronuciation of eastern-european names, like Cibulkova, Hantuchova, Ivanisevic, Sharapova, and the list goes on... These are all tennis players of course, and the english/americans do stress other syllables then we eg do in Holland, example: Cibulkova

E - they stress the -bul- part

D - we stress the -ko- part

But according to Wiki the last syllable, -va-, ought to receive the emphasis?

It just confused me, and you most likely know the answer to these questions, I am in fact quite sure :) - but are there a few rules of thumb that can be followed re which syllable gets emphasized?

Thanks in advance, old pal! ;)

Jan-28-14  achieve: Ah, this site was quite helpful -

Example Vladimir Ashkenazy, the famous concert pianist, I always, and everyone I know, always stressed syllables 1 and 3, Vla and -na-, but proper would be to stress 2 and 1 = Vla<di>mir <Ash>kenazy

Sounds kinda odd at first, doesn't roll easily off the tongue for me, but now I'm starting to like it!

Oddly enough they skip the former Yugoslav countries and names, so Ivanisevic I don't know if 3 or 4 needs to be emphasized.

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  martin moller: Hi Brankat - Good luck you chess gambler :-) :-)
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  brankat: Will be back in a couple of days.
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  WannaBe: Always good to have you back, <brankat>.
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  twinlark: Hi <brankat>

I'm constructing a suitable bio for the late great Dragoljub Velimirovic. Strangely enough, it's hard to find certain information about Yugoslav chess, no doubt in part due to the dismantling of the country since 1991.

What I'm looking for in particular is the difference, if any, between the Yugoslav Cup (chess not football!) and the Yugoslav Team Championships.

Do you have any info on this?

Look forward to your return.

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  wordfunph: mate <brankat>,

happy birthday, cheers!

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <brankat> Happy birthday!
Sep-15-14  achieve: <Brankat> Thought of you yesterday, and now today ;)

Hope you are well, happy Birthday, and please tell us how you are; of course you are always welcome to email me.

Best, Niels

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  moronovich: Happy Birthday <brankat> !
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