Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

There is a clue unsolved right now on the Holiday Contest Clues Page!   [Official Contest Rules]
Please see this announcement for some updates.

Ognjen Cvitan
Number of games in database: 695
Years covered: 1981 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2496 (2565 rapid, 2616 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585

Overall record: +193 -115 =339 (56.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 48 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (37) 
    E62 E63 E60 E67 E91
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A41 A40 D02 E00 A46
 Semi-Slav (23) 
    D47 D45 D46 D44 D49
 Slav (22) 
    D10 D14 D15 D11 D13
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E21 E40 E47 E55 E48
 English (18) 
    A15 A13 A10 A18 A17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (148) 
    B40 B42 B43 B90 B22
 King's Indian (78) 
    E92 E97 E98 E77 E88
 Sicilian Scheveningen (29) 
    B84 B80 B82 B81 B83
 Sicilian Kan (25) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Sicilian Najdorf (20) 
    B90 B99 B93 B91 B97
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E42 E46 E29 E54 E30
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ftacnik vs O Cvitan, 1997 0-1
   E Mariano vs O Cvitan, 1999 0-1
   O Cvitan vs Short, 1981 1-0
   Psakhis vs O Cvitan, 1992 0-1
   O Cvitan vs Hort, 1992 1/2-1/2
   Z Gyimesi vs O Cvitan, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Hort vs O Cvitan, 1994 0-1
   O Cvitan vs V Kovacevic, 1988 1-0
   O Cvitan vs P Kokol, 2015 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zürich Meister (2004)
   Pula Open (2003)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championship (2010)

   🏆 TCh-SUI
   O Cvitan vs R Loetscher (Oct-15-17) 1-0
   Hug vs O Cvitan (Oct-14-17) 1/2-1/2
   V Kunin vs O Cvitan (Dec-28-16) 1/2-1/2
   Huzman vs O Cvitan (Dec-18-16) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   O Cvitan vs V Onischuk (Dec-18-16) 0-1, blitz

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Ognjen Cvitan
Search Google for Ognjen Cvitan
FIDE player card for Ognjen Cvitan

(born Oct-10-1961, 57 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Croatia)

[what is this?]
Ognjen Cvitan was born in Sibenik, Yugoslavia. He was World Junior Champion in 1981. Cvitan was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1987.

Wikipedia article: Ognjen Cvitan

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 695  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Ivanovic vs O Cvitan  1-0311981YUG-chB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. Salov vs O Cvitan  0-1361981Ch World Yunior's ( under 20 )E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
3. I Jelen vs O Cvitan 0-1241981YUG-chE97 King's Indian
4. Velimirovic vs O Cvitan  1-0401981YUG-chB33 Sicilian
5. Ivkov vs O Cvitan  ½-½221981YUG-chE73 King's Indian
6. O Cvitan vs Short 1-0231981Mexico City Wch jrE12 Queen's Indian
7. Velimirovic vs O Cvitan 0-1411982YUG-chB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Gligoric vs O Cvitan  1-0361982YUG-chA60 Benoni Defense
9. O Cvitan vs Marjanovic  1-0651982YUG-chD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. O Cvitan vs Ivkov  ½-½421982YUG-chA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
11. O Cvitan vs Ljubojevic  ½-½191982YUG-chD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. B Ivanovic vs O Cvitan  1-01151982YUG-chB83 Sicilian
13. Speelman vs O Cvitan  ½-½141983BakuB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. V Malaniuk vs O Cvitan  1-0311983BakuB53 Sicilian
15. O Cvitan vs Bagirov  ½-½271983BakuD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. O Cvitan vs F Sideif-Sade  ½-½251983BakuD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. O Cvitan vs Short  ½-½641983BakuA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. O Cvitan vs N Kirov  ½-½451983BakuD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. P Van der Sterren vs O Cvitan  1-0511983BakuE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
20. Azmaiparashvili vs O Cvitan  0-1251983BakuA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. O Cvitan vs Taimanov  0-1391983BakuE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
22. T Toshkov vs O Cvitan  1-0411983BakuE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
23. N Rashkovsky vs O Cvitan  ½-½251983BakuE73 King's Indian
24. D B Gurevich vs O Cvitan  0-1381984Lugano opE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
25. Petursson vs O Cvitan  1-0521984YUGE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 695  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Cvitan wins | Cvitan loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Can someone give me a phonetic pronounciation of his name please!
Jun-04-04  GoodKnight: Blimey! What a tongue twister!
Jun-04-04  zagor: Og-nhien Cvhie-than
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <zagor> Many thanks. I'll have to practise though to get my english speaking tongue around it.
Oct-21-04  weirdoid: IIRC Cvitan was the U-20 world champ of 1981, ahead of Short and Salov. That was back when the junior title actually still meant something (past winners included Spassky, Karpov and (1980) Kasparov). Wonder why Cvitan (and a few other ex junior champs like Mark Diesen, Werner Hug, etc.) never became top players afterward.
Premium Chessgames Member
  vonKrolock: He detains the doubtfull record of having played the SAME quick draw nine times! Not an absolute record, however; it's amongst the GMs (Kahn, an hungarian IM did, so to say, better)- Told by Tim Krabbé in his site

The game is a classic: <Flohr - Kostro, Polanica Zdroj 1967 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 Bf5 7.e3 e6 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Bd6 10.Bxd6 Qxd6 draw.>

Krabbé continues: <"This was copied exactly in 142 tournament games. Among the copyists, we find luminaries like Vaganian, Adorjan, Ivkov, Portisch, Shirov, Kramnik and Andersson. Here, the great addict is grandmaster Cvitan from Croatia, who played this draw nine times. He did it twice twice in one tournament, and three times against grandmaster I. Nemet. (One time, they got no further than 10.Bxd6, but we'll turn a blind eye to that."> ...

<"Allowing two extra moves (usually 11.0-0 0-0 12.Rac1 Rac8), we find 845 tournament draws. Kahn now scores fifteen, but the amazing Cvitan has played it twenty-two times">

Full story in Tim Krabbé's "Open Chess Diary", number 268

Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Ognjen Cvitan
Born 10th October 1961 in Sibenik
World Junior Champion in 1981 he was awarded the IM title in 1982.
Sep-20-05  Runemaster: <vonKrolock> thanks - I loved that story.
Oct-10-06  BIDMONFA: Ognjen Cvitan

CVITAN, Ognjen

Mar-25-08  sitzkrieg: Apparently this game is not in the database yet:

Cvitan,O (2550) - Estrada Nieto,J (2373) [A20]
St Vincent (3), 2002

1.c2-c4 e7-e5 2.g2-g3 c7-c6 3.d2-d4 Bf8-b4+ 4.Bc1-d2 Bb4xd2+ 5.Qd1xd2 d7-d6 6.Nb1-c3 Ng8-f6 7.Bf1-g2 0-0 8.e2-e3 Qd8-e7 9.Ng1-e2 e5-e4 10.h2-h3 h7-h5 11.g3-g4 h5xg4 12.0-0-0 Nb8-a6 13.Ne2-g3 d6-d5 14.c4xd5 c6xd5 15.Kc1-b1 g7-g6 16.h3xg4 Bc8xg4 17.f2-f3 e4xf3 18.Bg2xf3 Bg4xf3 19.Qd2-h2 Nf6-h5 20.Ng3xh5 Rf8-d8 21.Nh5-f4 Bf3xh1 22.Rd1xh1 Qe7-f6 23.Nc3xd5 Qf6-g7 24.Nd5-e7+ Kg8-f8 25.Ne7xg6+ Kf8-e8 26.Ng6-e5 Qg7-f6 27.a2-a3 Ke8-e7 28.Qh2-g2 Ra8-b8 29.Rh1-f1 Qf6-f5+ 30.Kb1-a1 Rd8-g8 31.Nf4-d5+ Ke7-e6 32.Rf1xf5 Rg8xg2 33.e3-e4 Rg2-g1+ 34.Ka1-a2 Rg1-g6 35.Nd5-f4+ 1-0

I saw it in a book recently and was looking for some comments here, but alas. Great game though!

Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday Ognjen!
Premium Chessgames Member
  shalgo: <vonKrolock> <He detains the doubtfull record of having played the SAME quick draw nine times!>

That does not begin to describe it. He has played 36 short draws in the Exchange Slav. I count 588 Cvitan draws of 20 or fewer moves in my database, second only to Csom, though I might be missing some other contenders for the "Draw Master" title.

Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "I want to be dangerous." (during the post-mortem analysis of one of his games)

- GM Ognjen Cvitan

(Source: Understanding the King's Indian by Mikhail Golubev)

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC