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Krunoslav Hulak
K Hulak 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 586
Years covered: 1969 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2453 (2404 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2566

Overall record: +172 -167 =247 (50.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    D02 A46 E00 E10 A40
 Sicilian (27) 
    B92 B93 B30 B82 B84
 King's Indian (25) 
    E60 E67 E62 E92 E63
 Uncommon Opening (18) 
    A00 B00
 English (14) 
    A13 A15 A16 A14
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C69 C96 C80 C85 C70
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (111) 
    B42 B22 B43 B90 B47
 Modern Benoni (31) 
    A61 A70 A73 A67 A62
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    A46 A40 E00 E10 A41
 Sicilian Kan (25) 
    B42 B43
 English, 1 c4 c5 (22) 
    A33 A30 A35 A36 A34
 Sicilian Scheveningen (21) 
    B80 B83 B81 B84 B82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Planinc vs K Hulak, 1977 0-1
   K Hulak vs D Rogic, 2005 1-0
   K Hulak vs Barlov, 1987 1/2-1/2
   P Nikolic vs K Hulak, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Adorjan vs K Hulak, 1977 0-1
   H Ardiansyah vs K Hulak, 1982 0-1
   K Hulak vs Hort, 1983 1-0
   K Hulak vs Csom, 1982 1-0
   Timoshenko vs K Hulak, 1990 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Croatian Championship (2005)
   Amsterdam IBM (1977)
   Reggio Emilia 1983/84 (1983)
   Zagreb / Rijeka (1985)
   EUR-chT (Men) 9th (1989)
   Croatian Championship (2008)
   Banja Luka (1976)
   21st World Seniors Championship (2011)
   Zagreb Interzonal (1987)
   First Lady Cup 1st (1982)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   European Championship (2001)
   European Championship (2004)
   European Championship (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee 1983 by EmperorAtahualpa

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KRUNOSLAV HULAK
(born May-25-1951, died Oct-23-2015, 64 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Croatia)

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Krunoslav Hulak was born in Osijek, Yugoslavia (Croatia). Awarded the IM title in 1974 and the GM title in 1976, he was Yugoslav champion in 1976. He played on several Yugoslav Olympiad teams and in tournaments was 1st at Varna 1974, 2nd at Zagreb 1985, 1st at Wijk aan Zee 1986 and 1st= at Banja Luka 1987. In 2005, he won the Croatian championship.

Wikipedia article: Krunoslav Hulak


 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 586  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Hulak vs Romanishin 0-1351969URS-YUG U18B32 Sicilian
2. K Hulak vs J Doery  ½-½421970Varna Juniors 2thC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
3. K Hulak vs I Biriescu  1-0331970Varna Juniors 2thC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
4. Gindev vs K Hulak  ½-½461970Varna Juniors-02B83 Sicilian
5. Minic vs K Hulak  1-0281974YUGB06 Robatsch
6. K Hulak vs V Raicevic  1-0461974YugoslaviaC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
7. Tal vs K Hulak 1-04119743rd Liberation TournamentB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
8. P Poutiainen vs K Hulak  ½-½441975Budapest TungsramB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. Polugaevsky vs K Hulak 1-0521975Budapest TungsramA73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
10. K Hulak vs Smejkal  ½-½201975Budapest TungsramC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
11. Ljubojevic vs K Hulak  0-1391975Rovinj/ZagrebA07 King's Indian Attack
12. K Hulak vs Portisch  0-1361975Budapest TungsramB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. V Kovacevic vs K Hulak  ½-½441975Rovinj/ZagrebA45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. K Hulak vs A Planinc  1-0751975Rovinj/ZagrebB08 Pirc, Classical
15. Tringov vs K Hulak  1-0291975Rovinj/ZagrebB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
16. Minic vs K Hulak  0-1601975Rovinj/ZagrebA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Matulovic vs K Hulak  0-1551975Rovinj/ZagrebB44 Sicilian
18. Romanishin vs K Hulak  1-0371976YUG-URSA33 English, Symmetrical
19. K Hulak vs Romanishin  0-1411976YUG-URSC67 Ruy Lopez
20. K Hulak vs Romanishin  1-0471976YUG-URSC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. K Hulak vs Simic  1-0211976YugoslaviaB30 Sicilian
22. Ivkov vs K Hulak  ½-½401976YUG-chD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Robatsch vs K Hulak  ½-½171976LublinA28 English
24. A Kuligowski vs K Hulak  ½-½321976LublinE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
25. Suetin vs K Hulak 1-0221976LublinB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-15-05  stanleys: Congratulations for his title!But why there isn't mentionned his biggest tournament success:in Belgrad/1988 at the first GMA tournament he shared the first place and was declared a winner.100 grandmasters played there
Jan-24-06  BIDMONFA: Krunoslav Hulak

HULAK, Krunoslav
http://www.bidmonfa.com/hulak_kruno...
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May-25-08  brankat: Happy Birthday old friend!
Sep-29-08  jovack: lol jokes picture
reminds me of playing my uncle in europe

i wonder why they all love to smoke haha

Sep-29-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Hulak the Kulak.
May-25-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: nice to see GM Hulak smoking....memories of smoking while playing.. : )

smokers feel that the world is getting smaller everyday huh! we were being discriminated no end...anyway life is always unfair.

happy 59th birthday GM Hulak!

May-25-11  newzild: I used to smoke like a train while playing. Unfortunately, I was never allowed to smoke at the board, so I used to spend half the game standing outside with the other smokers. Time-trouble was my constant companion.
May-25-11  BobbyDigital80: Does chessgames.com keep a list of their players of the day?
May-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: the incredible Hul(a)k -an old friend of mine!
May-25-12  brankat: Happy Birthday Kruno!
May-25-13  brankat: And once again! :-)
Oct-23-15  alfiepa: Death Today
a sad new
( from GM bogdan Lalic on FB)
Oct-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Retireborn: Sorry to hear that :(

One of my favourite games, from the IBM Amsterdam:-

Adorjan vs K Hulak, 1977

Oct-24-15  Eastfrisian: RIP Master Hulak.
Oct-24-15  notyetagm: RIP GM Hulak.
Oct-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Very sad news! RIP Kruno.
Oct-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Does anyone know what happened?
Oct-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <plang> See http://sportske.jutarnji.hr/umro-kr...

He died of a short and severe pulmonary disease according to this article:

<U zagrebaèkoj klinici za pluæne bolesti "Jordanovac - KBC Zagreb" poslije kratke i teške bolesti zauvijek nas je napustio jedan od najveæih hrvatskih šahista, legendarni èlan zagrebaèke "Mladosti" Krunoslav Hulak, od milja zvan Brko.

Krunoslav Hulak roðen je u Osijeku 25. svibnja 1951. godine, prve šahovske korake napravio je u osjeèkom "Grafièaru", a s malim prekidima bio je èlan "Mladosti" od 1971. godine. U iznimno bogatoj šahovskoj karijeri nanizao je bezbroj uspjeha, a posljednju, najtežu partiju izgubio je nakon što je ispunio sva 64 polja na svojoj životnoj šahovskoj ploèi.

Veæ kao majstorski kandidat pokazao je veliku darovitost, a njegov vrtoglavi šahovski uspon poèinje dolaskom u Zagreb. Godine 1974. postao je meðunarodni majstor, a velemajstor veæ 1976. godine nakon odliènog nastupa na jakom Meðunarodnom turniru u Vinkovcima. Vrlo brzo se probio do državne reprezentacije za koju je odigrao èak 111 službenih nastupa na velikim natjecanjima, pri èemu je postigao impresivan rezultat od 45 pobjeda i 44 remija uz samo 22 poraza.

Nastupio je na 6 olimpijada i 6 europskih prvenstava, a najveæi uspjesi su mu bili 4. mjesto na Olimpijadi u Luzernu 1982. godine, te srebrne medalje na europskim prvenstvima u Plovdivu 1983. i Haifi 1989. godine, kada je ostvario èudesan rezultat osvojivši 7 bodova iz 9 partija.

Njegovo ime vezano je i za najveæe uspjehe našeg šaha nakon osamostaljenja Hrvatske. Na Olimpijadi u Manili dao je veliki doprinos osvajanju 7. mjesta, a 7. mjesto osvajao je i na europskim prvenstvima u Debrecenu 1992. i Puli 1997. pri èemu je u Debrecenu igrao na prvoj ploèi. Briljantan rezultat napravio je i u dresu kluba "Borovo-Vukovar 91." s kojim je osvojio srebrnu medalju u Kupu europskih prvaka 1996. godine.

Bio je prvak Jugoslavije 1976. i prvak Hrvatske 2005. godine, a 2000. godine podijelio je prvo mjesto na prvenstvu Hrvatske. Èak èetiri puta igrao je na zonskim turnirima za pojedinaèno prvenstvo svijeta, a dva puta na meðuzonskim turnirima (u meksièkoj Toluci 1982. i Zagrebu 1987. godine). Za svoju "Mladost" tri puta je osvajao naslov momèadskog prvaka Hrvatske, a èetiri puta Kup Hrvatskog šahovskog saveza.

Njegove sjajne rezultate na meðunarodnim turnirima teško bi bilo i nabrojiti. Izdvajamo pobjede na meðunarodnim turnirima u Banja Luci i Reggio Emiliji 1983., Ptuju 1995. i kao najveæi dragulj - pobjedu na Meðunarodnom otvorenom turniru u Beogradu 1988. kada je napravio svjetsku senzaciju trijumfom ispred 100 ponajboljih svjetskih velemajstora.

Krunoslav Hulak ostat æe trajno zapamæen kao jedan od najdarovitijih igraèa u povijesti hrvatskog šaha i kao pravi zaljubljenik u brzopotezna nadmetanja. U ŠK "Mladost" radio je kao trener i odgojio plejadu mladih igraèa, a bio je i izbornik hrvatske reprezentacije od 2005. do 2007. godine.

Posljednji oproštaj od Krunoslava Hulaka bit æe u Krematoriju na zagrebaèkom Mirogoju u utorak u 14.30 sati.>

Oct-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: GM Krunoslav Hulak died on October 23, 2015 at the age of 64 after a short illness of lung cancer. A very sad news.

http://chess-news.ru/en/node/20345

Rest in Peace Grandmaster Hulak.

Oct-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Thank you - very sorry to hear of it
Nov-01-15  Sularus: Rest in peace
Nov-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: 64 seems like a proper age for a GM passing, though low for 21st century standards. Fischer did the same. And so did Mednis and Planinc. Probably others too... maybe 64 is to GMs was 27 is for rock stars (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27_Club).
Nov-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: I loved smoking. Sometimes I miss it. Sometimes I find a bar where someone is selling single cigs and I indulge (about 1 a month, although last month I had 3).

This man's passing is sad, especially for those that knew GM Hulak. But it can also serve as a reminder of how smokers have shorter lifespans than non-smokers.

Nov-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Fusilli> As is the case with poker, chess is sedentary, yet demands great concentration and allows no outlet for all the strain (at least at the table). It is not at all surprising that a good many top practitioners of both disciplines have passed on by their sixties.
Jun-24-16  brankat: I just found now that Kruno had died. Am very much saddened. The first time I met him was in the summer of 1968 when we both played at the Croatian Youth(U 19) Championship. Hulak won the Tourney.
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