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Ognjen Cvitan
O Cvitan 
Number of games in database: 1,004
Years covered: 1978 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2467 (2582 rapid, 2519 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585

Overall record: +281 -142 =529 (57.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 52 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (61) 
    E62 E67 E60 E63 E69
 Semi-Slav (35) 
    D47 D45 D46 D44 D49
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    A41 A40 D02 E00 A46
 Slav (30) 
    D14 D10 D13 D15 D11
 Orthodox Defense (27) 
    D58 D55 D52 D61 D60
 Reti System (27) 
    A04 A06 A05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (205) 
    B40 B42 B22 B43 B90
 King's Indian (106) 
    E92 E97 E98 E77 E88
 Sicilian Scheveningen (40) 
    B84 B81 B82 B80 B83
 Sicilian Kan (36) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Sicilian Najdorf (27) 
    B90 B99 B92 B93 B91
 Nimzo Indian (21) 
    E42 E46 E32 E53 E24
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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
   Hort vs O Cvitan, 1994 0-1
   O Cvitan vs Hort, 1992 1/2-1/2
   O Cvitan vs V Kovacevic, 1988 1-0
   O Cvitan vs A Donchenko, 2013 1-0
   O Cvitan vs P Kokol, 2015 1-0
   Z Gyimesi vs O Cvitan, 1994 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bad Ragaz (1994)
   Reggio Emilia 1993/94 (1993)
   Oberwart Open (1997)
   Bern Open (1993)
   Toulouse Open (1990)
   Pula Open (2001)
   Zenica (1986)
   Pula Open (2003)
   Yugoslav Championship (1981)
   GMA World Cup Open (1989)
   European Championship (2001)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)

   🏆 European Individual Championship
   O Cvitan vs Z Urh (Apr-06-22) 1/2-1/2
   E Roebers vs O Cvitan (Apr-05-22) 1/2-1/2
   O Cvitan vs D Kadric (Apr-04-22) 0-1
   A Donchenko vs O Cvitan (Apr-03-22) 1/2-1/2
   O Cvitan vs R Bethke (Apr-02-22) 1-0

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(born Oct-10-1961, 60 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 42; games 1-25 of 1,035  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. O Cvitan vs N Gagic  1-0291978YUG-ch U20D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. O Cvitan vs N Sulava  0-1461980ViroviticaA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
3. Bukic vs O Cvitan  ½-½381981Yugoslav ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
4. O Cvitan vs V Raicevic  0-1411981Yugoslav ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. R Nicevski vs O Cvitan  ½-½361981Yugoslav ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
6. B Ivanovic vs O Cvitan  1-0311981Yugoslav ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. O Cvitan vs Z Krnic  1-0371981Yugoslav ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
8. Simic vs O Cvitan  ½-½161981Yugoslav ChampionshipE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
9. O Cvitan vs Rajkovic  ½-½401981Yugoslav ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
10. Velimirovic vs O Cvitan  1-0401981Yugoslav ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
11. O Cvitan vs J Rukavina  ½-½131981Yugoslav ChampionshipD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
12. Z Nikolic vs O Cvitan  1-0411981Yugoslav ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
13. O Cvitan vs Z Klaric  1-0431981Yugoslav ChampionshipA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
14. I Jelen vs O Cvitan 0-1241981Yugoslav ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
15. O Cvitan vs M Cebalo  ½-½461981Yugoslav ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
16. S Martinovic vs O Cvitan  0-1521981Yugoslav ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
17. O Cvitan vs K Hulak  0-1601981Yugoslav ChampionshipD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
18. Ivkov vs O Cvitan  ½-½221981Yugoslav ChampionshipE73 King's Indian
19. O Cvitan vs P Nikolic  1-0331981Yugoslav ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
20. M Vukic vs O Cvitan  1-0421981Yugoslav ChampionshipD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. O Cvitan vs M Knezevic  ½-½151981Yugoslav ChampionshipE14 Queen's Indian
22. Salov vs O Cvitan  0-1361981Wch U20E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
23. O Cvitan vs Short 1-0231981Wch U20E12 Queen's Indian
24. O Cvitan vs M Cebalo  ½-½141982Yugoslav ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. Velimirovic vs O Cvitan 0-1411982Yugoslav ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,035  PGN Download
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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.
Dec-04-04  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!

Oct-10-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Ognjen!
May-20-09  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.

Feb-19-11  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)

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