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Predrag Nikolic
P Nikolic 
Number of games in database: 1,907
Years covered: 1976 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2562 (2658 rapid, 2550 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2676

Overall record: +545 -292 =832 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 238 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (127) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E19
 King's Indian (103) 
    E60 E67 E63 E62 E64
 Grunfeld (86) 
    D78 D76 D79 D73 D83
 Queen's Pawn Game (80) 
    A40 D02 A41 A46 E00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (75) 
    D37 D31 D39 D30 D38
 Slav (71) 
    D10 D12 D15 D11 D18
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (175) 
    C18 C03 C19 C02 C07
 Ruy Lopez (145) 
    C92 C91 C84 C69 C77
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (123) 
    C92 C91 C84 C89 C99
 French Winawer (83) 
    C18 C19 C15 C16 C17
 Slav (68) 
    D10 D16 D12 D11 D15
 English, 1 c4 e5 (62) 
    A25 A20 A27 A28 A29
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Nikolic vs M Gurevich, 1993 1-0
   A Rosell vs P Nikolic, 2012 0-1
   P Nikolic vs Korchnoi, 1987 1-0
   P Nikolic vs Piket, 2000 1-0
   P Nikolic vs Huebner, 1987 1-0
   P Nikolic vs Kotronias, 1991 1-0
   P Nikolic vs Timoshenko, 1990 1-0
   P Nikolic vs N Grandelius, 2013 1-0
   Gligoric vs P Nikolic, 1982 0-1
   Kaidanov vs P Nikolic, 1993 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Sarajevo (1983)
   12th International Junior Tournament (1978)
   Yugoslav Championship (1980)
   Yugoslav Championship (1984)
   Hoogovens Group A (1994)
   Kostic Memorial (1983)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   8th European Junior Championship 1978/79 (1978)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Novi Sad (1982)
   Zagreb Interzonal (1987)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik World Cup 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Tilburg Interpolis 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Tilburg Interpolis 1987 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1984 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1986 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Bundesliga 2019/20
   M Santos Ruiz vs P Nikolic (Oct-17-21) 1-0
   A Hoenig vs P Nikolic (Oct-16-21) 0-1
   Rozentalis vs P Nikolic (Oct-16-21) 1/2-1/2
   P Nikolic vs S Maze (Oct-15-21) 1/2-1/2
   P Nikolic vs P Hoffmann (Oct-14-21) 1-0

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(born Sep-11-1960, 62 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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Predrag Nikolic was born September 11, 1960 in Bosanski Samac, Yugoslavia.

Awarded the IM title in 1980 and the GM title in 1983 he won the Yugoslav Championship in 1980 and 1984. In 1993 whilst playing in Argentina civil war broke out in Yugoslavia and for a while Nikolic was domiciled in Holland along with Ivan Sokolov. He won Wijk aan Zee in 1994 and was Dutch champion in 1997 and 1999. He is back home now in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the states that made up the former Yugoslavia. In 2004 he tied for first place at the European Championship with Vassily Ivanchuk. Bosnian champion in 2007. Nikolic is also a FIDE Senior Trainer (2014).

Wikipedia article: Predrag Nikolić

Last updated: 2017-01-17 06:56:49

 page 1 of 79; games 1-25 of 1,970  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Nikolic vs P Cramling  0-1401976Wch U16A36 English
2. P Nikolic vs Van der Wiel 1-0311976Wch U16A37 English, Symmetrical
3. P Nikolic vs E Di Cera  1-019197812th International Junior TournamentA10 English
4. J L Traca Borges vs P Nikolic  0-145197812th International Junior TournamentB08 Pirc, Classical
5. P Nikolic vs N Ivell  1-022197812th International Junior TournamentD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. P Nikolic vs B Zueger  1-052197812th International Junior TournamentE60 King's Indian Defense
7. P Gerbert vs P Nikolic  0-158197812th International Junior TournamentB06 Robatsch
8. Azmaiparashvili vs P Nikolic  1-060197812th International Junior TournamentA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
9. P Nikolic vs A Lauvsnes  1-038197812th International Junior TournamentD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. P Nikolic vs E Tangborn  1-045197812th International Junior TournamentE17 Queen's Indian
11. C McNab vs P Nikolic  0-134197812th International Junior TournamentC41 Philidor Defense
12. P Nikolic vs N Gagic  1-0391978YUG-ch U20D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
13. P Nikolic vs Plaskett  ½-½581978European Junior Championship 1978/79E17 Queen's Indian
14. Dolmatov vs P Nikolic  1-0601978European Junior Championship 1978/79C07 French, Tarrasch
15. P Nikolic vs P Heaven  ½-½341978European Junior Championship 1978/79E18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
16. A Hessenbruch vs P Nikolic  0-1451978European Junior Championship 1978/79D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
17. I Gazik vs P Nikolic  1-0251978European Junior Championship 1978/79C01 French, Exchange
18. P Nikolic vs T Natsis  1-0351978European Junior Championship 1978/79A95 Dutch, Stonewall
19. A C Yurtseven vs P Nikolic  0-1501978European Junior Championship 1978/79C19 French, Winawer, Advance
20. P Nikolic vs A McCarthy  1-0351978European Junior Championship 1978/79A16 English
21. T Karolyi Jr. vs P Nikolic  1-0601978European Junior Championship 1978/79B06 Robatsch
22. P Nikolic vs B Tiller  1-0481979European Junior Championship 1978/79A17 English
23. P Nikolic vs K Valkesalmi  1-0351979European Junior Championship 1978/79D90 Grunfeld
24. Van der Wiel vs P Nikolic  1-0481979European Junior Championship 1978/79B06 Robatsch
25. P Nikolic vs Petursson  1-0471979European Junior Championship 1978/79E15 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 79; games 1-25 of 1,970  PGN Download
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Jan-31-05  csmath: Nikolic and Sokolov are the last generation of Yugoslav chess. If Yugoslavia stayed together others would follow. This way they are the last products of that once powerful chess nation, now a basket case in every way.
Jul-10-05  stinky2: <csmath> There are some very good young players in ex-Yugoslavia, like Borki Predojevic (b.1987) and Ante Brkic (b.1988).
Aug-08-05  yoozum: Markus Robert (Lord Malshun on Playchess) is also quite good. He played very well in the Euro Team Championships and I expect that he will soon pass 2600.
Jan-08-06  Petrosian63: This guy is a very solid player.
He has won Corus twice.
May-18-06  BIDMONFA: Predrag Nikolic

NIKOLIC, Predrag

May-18-06  lopium: "In 1993 whilst playing in Argentina " whilst, is it my English that is too incomplete, or is it a little error?
May-18-06  ganstaman: Whilst is one of those funny little words that I don't think anyone actually uses anymore unless they are trying to sound old or smart. Unless it actually is used outside of the US, in which case I wouldn't know about it.

Ok, checking with, it says that whilst means while, and it is chiefly used in British English.

May-19-06  lopium: Nice word! Thank you ganstaman, I hope I will use it in my next exam.
Apr-16-07  gambitfan:
Oct-04-07  aazqua: This guy is the biggest chese puff you'll find in chess. I couldn't find a single interesting game he won on his own merits. Take a look at his notable games - four examples of inexplicable blunders but good players to hand Pedrag winning positions. Talk about damning with faint praise.
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  Tabanus: Winner of the 4th Leiden Chess Tournament (Holland) 9-18 July 2010:, congratulations!

Feb-19-11  kramputz: shows his FIDE rating as" 2019".
How ridiculous !! There must be another player with the same last name.
Feb-19-11  wordfunph: <kramputz> good eyes! :)
Feb-19-11  kramputz: 14400014 Nikolic, Predrag
Federation Bosnia & Herzegovina
FIDE title Grand Master
Rating: 2598
B-Year 1960
Sex Male


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  HeMateMe: I have a book by Predrag Nikolic, somewhere.
Feb-19-11  sevenseaman: I agree with <kramputz>. The general impression I have of Nicolic calibre, his TPR should be close to 2700.
Feb-19-11  AnalyzeThis: 2019 guys don't tie with Ivanchuk for first.
Feb-19-11  jovack: Bosnian Serb
Oct-31-11  waustad: His rating at the moment is 2645:
Nov-29-11  th3doctor: pretty sure if you can win this endgame against Korchnoi:

P Nikolic vs Korchnoi, 1987

you'll never be a 2032 again

Feb-18-12  AlphaMale: According to Chessmetrics, Nikolic was the strongest 10-11 year old in history:

I suspect this is due to a case of mistaken identity based on the result of this event:

Apr-03-12  Whitehat1963: At age 51, Predrag is the only player in the top 100 above the age of 50.
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  Penguincw: Happy 54th birthday to GM Predrag Nikolic.
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  Penguincw: Fast forward about 9 months from his 54th birthday:

Congrats to Predrag Nikolic for his performance at the Bosna Open. Entering as the 4th seed at 2618, he won the first game, then drew the next, and then another win, 2 more draws, 2 more wins, another draw and 1 last win to finish with 7/9 and a 5-way tie for 1st (but 5th after tiebreaks). He was also the highest placing Bosnian.

His June rating was 2601, and he gains 0.1 points, so it's going to remain there. :|

Sep-11-20  diagonal: 60 years, Happy Birthday, GM Predrag Nikolic!

Peak ranking as <no. 6= of the world> in 1988 (January to July list), behind only dominating Kasparov on top, and Karpov, the two players above 2700 Elo, followed by Timman, Beliavsky, and Korchnoi, together with Short and Tal at Elo 2630. Big names indeed!

Peak rating much later in 2004 and 2005 at Elo 2676, out of top twenty.

Nikolic <won twice at the traditional and prestigious Wijk aan Zee>: in 1994 as clear first ahead of Tiviakov (ten players, top seeded: I. Sokolov) and 1989, shared with Ribli, Sax, and young Anand (14 players, top seeded: Ribli), both editions weren't that powerful, compared to other Wijk aan Zee tournaments.

Nikolic also <won twice at Bosna>, then a pretty strong international invitation tournament at Sarajevo, in 1983 (clear first ahead of Smejkal, Adorjan, Kurajica, including Gligoric, 16 players), and in 1987 (clear first 1.5 points ahead of Vaganian, Polugaevsky, followed by Miles, Seirawan, etc., twelve players, this was his best career performance according to Chessmetrics by Sonas). In addition, Nikolic was later several times (co-)winner of the Open at Sarajevo, which has now a more local character (Bosna series switched format).

National Championships: Predrag Nikolic is a two times <Champion of former Yugoslavia>, two times <Champion of The Netherlands>, and once (at least) a <Champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina>.

At the Interzonal in Zagreb in 1987, Nikolic narrowly failed to qualify for the Candidate's, sharing fourth place behind Korchnoi, who won at age of 56 (the oldest player ever to win an Interzonal), and joint runners-up Ehlvest and Seirawan, three players to advance.

In the following cycle, at the Interzonal in Manila in 1990, played in swiss system, Nikolic <qualified for the Candidate's>.

In his 1/7-final (Karpov was seeded directly) in January / February 1991 in Sarajevo, Nikolic tied Gelfand (4-4, two wins, two losses, four draws), but was just edged out in the rapid play-off (5.5-4.5 end result). Boris Gelfand then was the clear no. 3 of the world.

<World Senior Chess Champion (section 50+) in 2015> at age of 55.

This year, in early Spring 2020, Predrag Nikolic won a veteran’s Quadrangular, the “Old Masters Rapid Tournament”, it was held over a weekend alongside the 80th Daniel Noteboom Memorial in Leiden, the Netherlands. Participants were Hübner (the nestor of the group, 72 years), Karpov, Timman (both 69), and Nikolic (60). Nikolic went undefeated at 4.5/6, he beat Timman twice and Karpov once in the double round-robin event.

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