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Ivan Ivanisevic retains the title of Serbian Champion

The 2012 Serbian Chess Championship was held from 23rd April to 5th May in Vrnja─Źka Banja. Fourteen players with average elo of 2534 competed in the round robin tournament.

GM Ivan Ivanisevic convincingly won the tournament with 10/13 points leaving the nearest followers point and a half behind and claiming his 4th title of the national champion in last five years. The row was interrupted only in 2010 when GM Nikola Sedlak took the trophy.

On the shared 2nd place with 8.5 points each are GM Milos Perunovic, champion in 2005 and 2007, and GM Dusan Popovic, who is making a steady progress after the difficult surgery.

GM Branko Damljanovic held the lead in the first half of the tournament, but later on a pair of defeats pushed him to the 4th place with 8 points.

Ivan Ivanisevic

GM Ivan Ivanisevic

Final standings:

1. GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2645 – 10
2-3. GM Perunovic Milos 2582 and GM Popovic Dusan 2561 – 8.5
4. GM Damljanovic Branko 2582 – 8
5. GM Markus Robert 2625 – 7.5
6. GM Sedlak Nikola 2593 – 7
7-8. IM Indjic Aleksandar 2430 and GM Abramovic Bosko 2460 – 6.5
9. GM Miladinovic Igor 2555 – 6
10-11. GM Bogosavljevic Boban 2523 and GM Milanovic Danilo 2520 – 5.5
12. GM Pikula Dejan 2525 – 4.5
13-14. GM Markovic Miroslav 2480 and IM Bodiroga Predrag 2397 – 3.5

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