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Dragan Solak
Number of games in database: 631
Years covered: 1994 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2594 (2510 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2641

Overall record: +195 -95 =336 (58.0%)*
   * 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 (90) 
    B25 B20 B51 B52 B96
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C69 C68 C67 C65 C63
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (33) 
    C69 C68 C85
 French Defense (27) 
    C07 C03 C05 C04 C10
 French Tarrasch (24) 
    C07 C03 C05 C04 C09
 Caro-Kann (20) 
    B10 B11 B12 B14 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (82) 
    D10 D11 D17 D12 D18
 Sicilian (56) 
    B22 B43 B56 B40 B42
 Caro-Kann (42) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B11
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A41 A40 A45 A46 D04
 King's Indian (22) 
    E67 E94 E92 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 N Khalafova, 2013 1-0
   Nderim Saraci vs D Solak, 2017 0-1
   D Solak vs A Allemann, 2001 1-0
   D Solak vs N Petre, 2010 1-0
   D Solak vs A Istratescu, 1995 1/2-1/2
   D Solak vs M Kavsek, 2005 1-0
   D Solak vs C Lupulescu, 2005 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   European Individual Championship (2014)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   Baku Open (2013)
   Acropolis Tournament (2006)
   28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012)
   European Team Championship (2005)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   European Individual Championship (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   European Championship (2019)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2017)

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 C Lupulescu (Aug-22-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Adams vs D Solak (Aug-21-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   D Solak vs Nepomniachtchi (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, 40 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 26; games 1-25 of 631  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Malakhov vs D Solak  1-0321994Wch U14B40 Sicilian
2. D Solak vs A Istratescu  ½-½471995Wch U20B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. D Solak vs S Nistiriuc  ½-½501996Wch U16B07 Pirc
4. D Solak vs Matulovic  0-1501998Serbian-ch 29thB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
5. Miroslav Markovic vs D Solak  1-0521998Serbian-ch 29thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. D Solak vs T Gelashvili  ½-½381999Chania op 9thC41 Philidor Defense
7. A Kovacevic vs D Solak  ½-½271999Lazarevac 28thB41 Sicilian, Kan
8. M Manninen vs D Solak  ½-½181999EU-chT (Men)E92 King's Indian
9. D Solak vs E Berg  1-0371999EU-chT (Men)C05 French, Tarrasch
10. M Manik vs D Solak  0-1261999EU-chT (Men)B56 Sicilian
11. D Lobzhanidze vs D Solak  ½-½431999EU-chT (Men)B50 Sicilian
12. D Solak vs I A Nataf  ½-½331999EU-chT (Men)B33 Sicilian
13. D Solak vs R Ibrahimov  ½-½171999EU-chT (Men)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. D Solak vs Velimirovic  ½-½532000Novak Nikolic mem 2ndB08 Pirc, Classical
15. D Solak vs A Kovacevic  1-0772000Novak Nikolic mem 2ndE77 King's Indian
16. Beliavsky vs D Solak 1-0462000EU-ch 1stE97 King's Indian
17. A Kovacevic vs D Solak  ½-½322000YUG-chT 52nd playoff sf2B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. D Solak vs A Kovacevic  ½-½172000YUG-chT 52nd playoff sf2B01 Scandinavian
19. D Solak vs A Kovacevic  ½-½462000YUG-chT 52ndB27 Sicilian
20. G Sargissian vs D Solak  ½-½222000Wch U20A25 English
21. D Solak vs V Malakhov  ½-½312000Wch U20A40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Aronian vs D Solak  1-0452000Wch U20B20 Sicilian
23. K Asrian vs D Solak  ½-½262000World JuniorB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
24. A Gershon vs D Solak  ½-½532000World JuniorB42 Sicilian, Kan
25. D Solak vs A Iljushin  1-0282000World JuniorB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 631  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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!
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  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:

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

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