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Nikola Karaklajic
N Karaklajic 
Number of games in database: 395
Years covered: 1949 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2303
Highest rating achieved in database: 2365

Overall record: +107 -85 =201 (52.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (66) 
    B56 B76 B44 B42 B93
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C86 C71 C84 C85 C78
 French Defense (18) 
    C01 C05 C07 C18 C02
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C86 C84 C85 C90
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
    B93 B92 B90
 Sicilian Dragon (10) 
    B76 B36 B39
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (39) 
    C67 C77 C79 C82 C81
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E55 E54 E46 E59 E30
 Scandinavian (22) 
 Queen's Gambit Declined (17) 
    D38 D39 D30 D35 D31
 Ruy Lopez, Open (12) 
    C82 C81 C80
 Semi-Slav (11) 
    D46 D45 D47 D44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Karaklajic vs A Fuderer, 1955 1-0
   N Karaklajic vs S Nedeljkovic, 1957 1-0
   N Karaklajic vs D Andric, 1961 1-0
   N Karaklajic vs Robatsch, 1956 1-0
   N Karaklajic vs Rellstab, 1956 1/2-1/2
   Tal vs N Karaklajic, 1968 1/2-1/2
   N Karaklajic vs A Matanovic, 1968 1/2-1/2
   N Karaklajic vs Matulovic, 1955 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Yugoslav Championship (1955)
   Hoogovens-B (1967)
   Venice (1980)
   Hoogovens-B (1965)
   Yugoslav Championship (1957)
   Sofia Zonal (1957)
   YUG-ch 6th (1951)
   Belgrade (1952)
   Moscow Olympiad qual-2 (1956)
   Hoogovens (1968)
   Zagreb (1955)
   21st Belgrade Trophy (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sofia Zonal 1957 by Chessical

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(born Feb-24-1926, died Dec-16-2008, 82 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Serbia)

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He was awarded the IM title in 1955.He was 1st in the "Masters" section at Beverwijk Hoogovens 1967. The "Grandmasters" section was won by Boris Spassky.

He is the first notable exponent and probably inventor of the Belgrade Gambit. He won the Yugoslav Chess Championship in 1955, competed in the 12th Chess Olympiad, Belgian Chess Championship, European Team Chess Championship and played notable games with Hans Berliner, Borislav Ivkov and others as part of the peer group of strong Yugoslav players contemporary with Borislav Milić.

Aside from chess Karaklajić is also known as a radio personality on Radio Belgrade (1957-1982) and for his interest in rock music featured in the documentary Rockovnik. He was first editor in chief of Džuboks (i.e. Jukebox) magazine and once arranged visas for Zlatni Dečaci by representing the band members as young chess players. He organized the first concert of YU grupa and featured on YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike. His radio show Nedeljom u devet i pet (Sunday at 9:05), which he produced and hosted, introduced bands such as Samonikli.

Wikipedia article: Nikola Karaklajić

Gino Di Felice, "Chess Results 1964-1967" pp.358-359

Jeremy Gaige, "Chess Personalia" p.204

Last updated: 2022-03-19 22:20:02

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 477  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Karaklajic vs B Tot  1-0511949YUG-chB10 Caro-Kann
2. N Karaklajic vs Gligoric  0-1371949YUG-chC13 French
3. Kostic vs N Karaklajic  0-1361949YUG-chB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. N Karaklajic vs B Rabar  0-1401951YUG-ch 6thB07 Pirc
5. Janosevic vs N Karaklajic  1-0911951YUG-ch 6thC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
6. N Karaklajic vs Udovcic  ½-½701951YUG-ch 6thC42 Petrov Defense
7. Puc vs N Karaklajic  1-0531951YUG-ch 6thE20 Nimzo-Indian
8. N Karaklajic vs V Kozomara  ½-½591951YUG-ch 6thC22 Center Game
9. D Andric vs N Karaklajic  0-1301951YUG-ch 6thE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
10. N Karaklajic vs L Majstorovic  1-0301951YUG-ch 6thA28 English
11. B Simonovic vs N Karaklajic  ½-½641951YUG-ch 6thA06 Reti Opening
12. N Karaklajic vs S Nedeljkovic  ½-½601951YUG-ch 6thD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
13. A Fuderer vs N Karaklajic  ½-½601951YUG-ch 6thD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
14. N Karaklajic vs Kostic ½-½101951YUG-ch 6thC42 Petrov Defense
15. N Karaklajic vs Gligoric  ½-½231951YUG-ch 6thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
16. M Bertok vs N Karaklajic  0-1531951YUG-ch 6thE10 Queen's Pawn Game
17. N Karaklajic vs A Matanovic  ½-½351951YUG-ch 6thB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
18. M Vidmar Jr vs N Karaklajic  ½-½481951YUG-ch 6thD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. N Karaklajic vs P Trifunovic  ½-½341951YUG-ch 6thB30 Sicilian
20. B Milic vs N Karaklajic  ½-½351951YUG-ch 6thA03 Bird's Opening
21. P Trifunovic vs N Karaklajic  1-0361951YUG-ch 7thD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
22. D Andric vs N Karaklajic  ½-½341951YUG-ch 7thB01 Scandinavian
23. N Karaklajic vs M Longer  0-1451951YUG-ch 7thC52 Evans Gambit
24. Gligoric vs N Karaklajic  ½-½611951YUG-ch 7thD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
25. B Tot vs N Karaklajic  0-1361951YUG-ch 7thD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-28-05  Robin01: Looks like Korchnoi gave him problems. However, he did get a draw against Tal.
Feb-03-06  John Abraham: At first I thought that this person was female, given the name.
Feb-04-06  chessmaster pro: <John Abraham> No, Nikola is a name common used for boys in Yugoslavia.Well atleast in those times i don't know if they still like to use that name in Yugoslavia.
Feb-24-06  BIDMONFA: Nikola Karaklajic


Dec-18-08  Parelius: I was very priveliged to meet this great gentleman in Obrenovac just recently , very sad to hear he has passed . Rest in peace Nikola .
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  SteinitzLives: Karaklajic had a fascinating opening repertoire, always willing to try different stuff!

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