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Dragan Solak
D Solak 
Number of games in database: 674
Years covered: 1994 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2594 (2510 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2641

Overall record: +207 -107 =355 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (96) 
    B25 B20 B52 B51 B96
 Ruy Lopez (60) 
    C69 C68 C67 C65 C63
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (33) 
    C69 C68 C85
 French Defense (29) 
    C07 C05 C03 C04 C10
 French Tarrasch (26) 
    C07 C05 C03 C04 C09
 Caro-Kann (21) 
    B10 B11 B12 B14 B13
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (86) 
    D10 D11 D17 D12 D18
 Sicilian (62) 
    B22 B56 B43 B40 B42
 Caro-Kann (43) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B11
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    A41 A40 A45 A46 D04
 King's Indian (27) 
    E92 E67 E94 E97 E68
 Philidor's Defense (13) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Solak vs Karjakin, 2008 1-0
   D Solak vs Velimirovic, 2007 1-0
   D Solak vs Tukmakov, 2001 1-0
   D Solak vs Lupulescu, 2005 1-0
   D Solak vs N Petre, 2010 1-0
   D Solak vs N Khalafova, 2013 1-0
   M Kobalia vs D Solak, 2012 0-1
   Nderim Saraci vs D Solak, 2017 0-1
   M Guid vs D Solak, 2003 0-1
   D Solak vs M Kavsek, 2005 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   European Championship (2014)
   Portoroz op (2005)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   Baku Open (2013)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   European Championship (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   European Championship (2013)
   European Championship (2010)
   European Championship (2017)
   European Championship (2015)
   European Championship (2019)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   C 69- 5... Bg4 by cocodrillo68

   🏆 FIDE Online Olympiad
   D Solak vs M Bosiocic (Aug-23-20) 0-1, rapid
   D Solak vs Lupulescu (Aug-22-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   D Solak vs Nepomniachtchi (Aug-21-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Adams vs D Solak (Aug-21-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Aronian vs D Solak (Aug-21-20) 1-0, rapid

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(born Mar-30-1980, 42 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Turkey)

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GM Dragan Solak was born in Vrbas, Yugoslavia (Serbia). He was Turkish Champion in 2012 and 2013.

He was equal second with 8/11 at the European Individual Championship (2014), qualifying for the World Cup (2015). There he was defeated in the first round by Anton Korobov and therefore exited the event.

Wikipedia article: Dragan Šolak

Last updated: 2019-03-30 08:29:36

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 706  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Solak vs I Ivanisevic  0-1221994YUG-chTC41 Philidor Defense
2. V Malakhov vs D Solak  1-0321994Wch U14B40 Sicilian
3. D Solak vs A Istratescu  ½-½471995Wch U20B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. J F Cubas vs D Solak  0-1381996Wch U16E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. D Solak vs S Nistiriuc  ½-½501996Wch U16B07 Pirc
6. D Rogozenco vs D Solak  ½-½371998Cupa DinamoE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
7. D Solak vs Matulovic  0-1501998Serbian-ch 29thB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
8. M Markovic vs D Solak  1-0521998Serbian-ch 29thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. Vaganian vs D Solak  1-0291998Panormo ZonalE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
10. D Solak vs K Pappas  1-0301998Panormo ZonalC03 French, Tarrasch
11. Georgios Prassas vs D Solak  0-1301998Panormo ZonalB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. D Solak vs Drasko  1-0401998Panormo ZonalC03 French, Tarrasch
13. A Anastasian vs D Solak  ½-½681998Panormo ZonalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. D Solak vs Minasian  0-1201998Panormo ZonalB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. I Miladinovic vs D Solak  0-1391998Panormo ZonalE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
16. D Solak vs Z Sturua  ½-½221998Panormo ZonalC67 Ruy Lopez
17. A Vouldis vs D Solak  1-0451998Panormo ZonalB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. D Solak vs Rychagov  ½-½391999GRE-chT 28thB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
19. D Solak vs T Gelashvili  ½-½381999Chania op 9thC41 Philidor Defense
20. R Fontaine vs D Solak  ½-½191999EU-ch U20E92 King's Indian
21. A Kovacevic vs D Solak  ½-½271999Lazarevac 28thB41 Sicilian, Kan
22. I Ivanisevic vs D Solak  1-0431999Lazarevac 28thA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. M Manninen vs D Solak  ½-½181999European Team ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
24. D Solak vs E Berg  1-0371999European Team ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
25. M Manik vs D Solak  0-1261999European Team ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 706  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-18-07  Ragh: This Dragon guy is one funny GM. Look at his bio part of one of his chessbase articles below.

<My parents, Rade and Rada, love to tell a story that I learnt how to move pieces around the chessboard when I was 1.5 years old (number still decreasing), just watching father and uncle play.

I don't remember this period of my life that well, but it is more likely that I only learnt how to throw pieces around the house at this age. Some years later, when I destroyed my father's last chess-set, he took me to Novi Sad Chessclub, where they had indestructible wooden pieces. >

<Enormous quantities of time invested by my father in my first chess-steps resulted in a surprising manner – I mastered the rules of the game and even some basic endings. Having gained so much knowledge, I could dominate the children who didn't know how to make moves. The sweet taste of a victory made me fall in love in chess. >

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  TheAlchemist: <Dragon> Interesting typo, his name is actually Dragan :-)

I met him a few times, he's a really great guy, very nice, great sense of humour, he played in my town 3 times (2003-2005) and when he came, he would greet us all first (I helped with the organization and was sure he wouldn't remember me, but he did), and even though he was the first seed and previous winner, he didn't act like a snob (as did some other players), he would also come and watch us play on the lower boards (we played in a different room than the top ones). I was really happy he won all three times.

Apr-01-08  BIDMONFA: Dragan Solak

SOLAK, Dragan

Mar-29-10  maelith: Yeah this GM is funny.
Mar-29-10  wordfunph: funny indeed!

..his scalps include Sadvakasov, Vajda, Jakovenko, Tukmakov, Iljushin, Cebalo.

his current rating is 2553.

Mar-30-10  DiscoJew: Always loved this guys name. The Dragan part and the Solak sounds Solar or something to me.
Mar-30-10  wordfunph: enjoy your birthday Dragan!

"I don't remember this period of my life that well, but it is more likely that I only learnt how to throw pieces around the house at this age. Some years later, when I destroyed my father's last chess-set, he took me to Novi Sad Chessclub, where they had indestructible wooden pieces." GM Dragan Solak

i'm thinking of giving you a chess set on your birthday.. :-)

Mar-31-10  DiscoJew: < enjoy your birthday Dragan! >

Wow I never even realized it was his birthday when I wrote my last message! Talk about eerie intuition!

Thanks <wordfunph> for bringing this to my attention.

Jan-05-12  asianwarrior: It seems he is now a turkish national.
Feb-09-12  wordfunph: <asianwarrior: It seems he is now a turkish national.>

yes, with 8.5/10 achievement.

Feb-26-12  King Sacrificer: This guy is the top rated Turkish player at the moment, with 2613 rating.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Solak!
Jul-30-12  Ghuzultyy: He has extremely good results with Exchange Ruy.
Aug-25-12  Cemoblanca: Well, his surname sounds also very very Turkish!

Solak = left-hander


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  Dionysius1: Doesn't he just <Ghuzultyy>! 14 points from 19 games, and no losses.
Aug-05-14  Mr. V: He drew Caruana on board 1 in the Olympiad today, allowing his country to beat Italy on the lower three boards. Congratulations!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to Dragan Solak for winning the Dubai Chess Open (2015). He finished in a 6-way tie for 1st, but edged out Howell (1st seed), Fedoseev (2nd), Istratescu (11th), Ivanisevic (8th) and Safarli (9th) on tiebreaks. All finished with 7/9. Solak was an undefeated +5.

It wasn't easy, as he had to face each of the top 3 seeds (he entered as the 19th seed). Solak also gained rating points in every game, for a total of +19.5 (2602 -> 2622).

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  ketchuplover: Kudos :)
Mar-30-16  diagonal: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dragan Solak, winner of the 17th Dubai Open (2015), and thanks to <Penguincw> for the corresponding posting.

Solak's biggest tournament win so far, pictorial reported by Shagar Shah:

Premium Chessgames Member
  Breunor: If he played the Dragon defense, we could call it Dragan's Dragon!

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