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Marko Tratar
Number of games in database: 279
Years covered: 1990 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2472 (2501 rapid, 2467 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2517
Overall record: +90 -67 =122 (54.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 English, 1 c4 c5 (16) 
    A30 A34 A31 A36 A38
 Slav (14) 
    D11 D12 D15 D19 D10
 English (13) 
    A15 A17 A10 A11 A13
 King's Indian (12) 
    E97 E94 E92 E90 E99
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    D02 A41 A40 A46 E10
 Catalan (9) 
    E04 E06
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (34) 
    B22 B81 B92 B23 B51
 French Defense (29) 
    C10 C07 C00 C16 C04
 King's Indian (26) 
    E94 E92 E62 E67 E61
 French (16) 
    C10 C00 C11
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A41 A45 D02 A40 A46
 French Tarrasch (10) 
    C07 C04 C03 C05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Tratar vs I Kragelj, 2001 1-0
   J Behrmann vs M Tratar, 2001 0-1
   Kharlov vs M Tratar, 2002 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Team Chess Championships (2007)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

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(born May-20-1974, 42 years old) Slovenia

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IM in 1995, GM in 2006. Champion of Slovenia in 1997 and 2015. Played in the olympiads 1992 (2nd reserve), 1998 (1st reserve), 2002 (Slovenia III, board 1), and 2006 (board 4), and in European Team Ch 2007 (board 3). Played in five Mitropa Cups (1997: team won, him having 7.5/9 on board 4). Plays in several European chess leagues (Croatia: club Pula). Slovenian vice champion 2002 and 2007 ICC: Trale

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 279  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Barsov vs M Tratar  1-025 1990 Pula opE90 King's Indian
2. Leko vs M Tratar  1-040 1991 KecskemetB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Blatny vs M Tratar  1-068 1991 KecskemetD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. M Tratar vs Savon  ½-½23 1992 Ljubljana op 3rdE15 Queen's Indian
5. V Kovacevic vs M Tratar  ½-½52 1992 Bled op (07) ;CBM 29A45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Savon vs M Tratar  ½-½24 1992 Bled op 13thA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
7. M Tratar vs Pavasovic  1-050 1992 SLO-ch U18D02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. M Tratar vs D Sermek  0-123 1993 Groningen Chess Festival; GM openA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. I Yagupov vs M Tratar  1-023 1993 Groningen Chess Festival; GM openB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. K Berg vs M Tratar  1-013 1993 Groningen Chess Festival; GM openB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
11. M Tratar vs Sveshnikov  0-132 1994 LjubljanaE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
12. Zsofia Polgar vs M Tratar  1-032 1994 It (open), Bled (Slovenia)B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
13. M Tratar vs Psakhis  ½-½56 1995 Groningen opE20 Nimzo-Indian
14. V Tukmakov vs M Tratar  ½-½58 1995 Bled op 16thA40 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Kharlov vs M Tratar  1-032 1996 Vienna opB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
16. M Tratar vs P Haba  ½-½47 1996 Ceske Budejovice opD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. C Lutz vs M Tratar  1-035 1996 OpenB83 Sicilian
18. M Tratar vs V Tukmakov  1-063 1996 Bled op 17thE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. Pavasovic vs M Tratar  ½-½15 1997 SLO-chB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. M Tratar vs Pavasovic  ½-½65 1997 Portoroz opD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. M Tratar vs Ftacnik  ½-½41 1998 It (open), Ljubljana (Slovenia)A34 English, Symmetrical
22. V Malakhov vs M Tratar  ½-½48 1998 Montecatini Terme opB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
23. Pavasovic vs M Tratar  0-160 1998 Radenci opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. M Tratar vs Mikhalchishin  ½-½7 1999 Nova Gorica OpenD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. M Tratar vs S Atalik  ½-½58 1999 Nova Gorica OpenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
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May-19-06  BIDMONFA: M Tratar


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  Tabanus: GM Marko Tratar, Slovenia, born 20 May 1974. Now rated 2480,

IM in 1995. GM in 2006. ICC: Trale

Champion of Slovenia 1997. Played in the olympiads 1992 (2nd reserve), 1998 (1st reserve), 2002 (Slovenia III, board 1), and 2006 (board 4), and in European Team Ch 2007 (board 3). Played in five Mitropa Cups (1997: team won, him having 7.5/9 on board 4). Plays in several European chess leagues (Croatia: club Pula).

Slovenian vice champion 2002 and 2007. His GM norms:

Placed 4th in Open Bosnjaci 2009:

Interview (2005):,2... (in Slovenian)

Biographies: (in German) (in Polish)

Pictures: (in red)

Dec-06-09  Prugno: Physical disabilities are always a delicate subject, but I have played next to Mr. Tratar and I think it is right to add one piece of information which is not clear from the photos and texts linked by <Tabanus> (except perhaps the interview, but who understands Slovenian?). To put it very bluntly, his right arm is missing.

This only increases my admiration for him, since he has managed to achieve such good results in chess despite what must be a severe handicap!

Feb-15-10  jackpawn: <Prugno> No disrespect, but how is missing an arm a real handicap playing chess?
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  acirce: Because it's a handicap period. No exception for a chess player. I agree with <Prugno>.
Feb-16-10  Valmy: How a missing arm can be a handicap to play chess?
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  whiteshark: <Prugno <...but who understands Slovenian?>> Kaj misliš?
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  acirce: Might as well miss your legs too, can't make any difference, can it? As long as you have one arm left to move your pieces with.. Of course it's a handicap, seems pretty silly to deny.
Feb-16-10  Valmy: Please ACIRCE stop attacking me personally each time we disagree. I understand that you think differently in this case and it is your right.

You may well argue that a one-armed personed may have trouble to do simple things for us in everyday life like reading a book and using a chessboard at the same time for example... This is a valid argument you may use.
But you should try to understand that some people can thing differently and even be right.

I think that this obvious disability in everyday life has no or insignificant influence on the capability to play chess, a mind sport.

I know a President of Court of justice with one arm, no problem for him, exept when he must carry files;-). So, sorry but nothing silly in my opinion.

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  acirce: That was not a personal attack, and I don't remember having attacked you at any time before. And I left open the possibility of being wrong by saying "seems". Once you sit down at the board to actually PLAY it's probably not a significant handicap, but having to live with all those difficulties in everyday life should make it harder to become a strong player.
Feb-16-10  achieve: Speaking from experience it can also spur one on to compensate and create both physical and mental resources mostly unavailable to most able-bodied.

Yet overall acirce may be right. Case per case, individually, such claims are a different cattle of fish, and perhaps even rather irrelevant.

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  acirce: <achieve> That's a good point, indeed.
Feb-17-10  Prugno: Thanks to everyone who contributed to this discussion, and especially to <acirce>, for understanding my point of view.

Some handicaps (such as GM Tratar's) don't really hamper you in playing a single game of chess; but they make your everyday LIFE much more difficult, and to become a very strong chessplayer under such challenging circumstances requires either great talent or exceptional willpower.

This reminds me of a conversation I once had with IM Duilio Collutiis (who is both a former Italian Champion and World Champion for Silent Players, or whatever the deaf officially prefer to call themselves). He told me it could be no accident that the best players in those Championships were never the totally deaf, but those like him who, at least with the help of a hearing aid, had some chance to understand and interpret sounds. "During the game there is no difference, but - for them - studying and learning in an interactive manner is so much harder!"

Feb-18-10  ycbaywtb: gosh , the things people argue about, handicaps and stuff, sometimes it's a bit surprising

yet i'm not surprised people have their own opinions, and these differ often

chess is hard period

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  Tabanus: Placed 2nd today and 2616 perf. in San Sebastian Open 2010:

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  Penguincw: Congrats to 2nd seed GM Marko Tratar (2476) for winning the "29th International Open Tournament Pula" with a score of 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3). He did finish in a 4-way tie for 1st, but edged them out on tiebreaks.
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  waustad: FYI, he has never been a member of one of the disabled teams, but has always represented Slovenia in international competitions, if Olimpbase is correct. I have run across him in games from some Austrian leagues.
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  alexmagnus: <Never a member of a disabled team> hm, he would be too strong for that. Or not. Who is the strongest player to ever <have> played for IPCA? Luther?
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  waustad: Probably, but being from Germany it is harder for him to make the national team. Luther has been national champion though if I recall.
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  TheFocus: Steak Tratar?
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