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VSK Sveti Nikolaj Wins Serbian Team Championship

Beograd Beopublikum finished second, photos and replayable games

The Serbian Premier Chess League had a thrilling finish on Friday when four teams in competition for the title were paired to play against each other. VSK Sveti Nikolaj (23 match points), last year champion Novosadski Sah Klub, 2007 champion Beograd Beopublikum (both 22 points) and the local Radnicki Kragujevac (21), were way ahead of the rest of the field.

VSK Sveti Nikolaj clinched the decisive match against Novosadski Sah Klub by 4-2, with wins from GM Ivan Ivanisevic and GM Aleksa Strikovic, both achieved with black pieces. This sparked a huge celebration in Valjevo camp who have finally won their first championship. Congratulations!

A quick win by Beograd Beopublikum’s best player, GM Bojan Vuckovic, was sufficient for the team’s victory as all the other games finished in draws. Beopublikum reached the second place, while brave Radnicki Kragujevac remained 4th. The last three teams are relegated to the lower divisions.

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GM Zahar Efimenko was the best top board, having collected 7.5/11 points

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GM Ivan Sokolov, leader of the new champion VSK Sveti Nikolaj

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GM Ivan Ivanisevic brought the decisive point in the last round. He lost three consecutive games in the middle of the competition, but then quickly recovered and finished with respectable +2

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GM Mihajlo Stojanovic played on the 4th board for the winning team

The event was held on 1-11th September in Hotel “Šumarice”, Kragujevac, which was also the venue of the last individual chess championship. Selected games can be replayed bellow.

Last round results:

Radnicki 2½ – 3½ Beograd Beopublikum
GM Antic Dejan 2518 0 : 1 GM Vuckovic Bojan 2600

Agronom 3 – 3 Politika PEP
IM Zlatic Mihailo 2456 0 : 1 GM Drazic Sinisa 2518
IM Dragojlovic Andjelko 2402 1 : 0 IM Pap Misa 2484
FM Sekulic Dusan 2295 1 : 0 IM Nestorovic Dejan 2434
FM Mihalj Miroslav M 2297 0 : 1 IM Nestorovic Nikola 2412

Sloga Amiga 3 – 3 Spartak Merkur

VSK Sveti Nikolaj Srpski 4 – 2 Novosadski sah klub DDOR
GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2614 1 : 0 GM Solak Dragan 2583
GM Strikovic Aleksa 2512 1 : 0 GM Lazic Miroljub 2450

Nis 1½ – 4½ Lasta
GM Marjanovic Slavoljub 2480 0 : 1 GM Halkias Stelios 2570
IM Perunovic Miodrag 2439 0 : 1 IM Ostojic Nikola 2412
IM Maksimovic Branimir 2421 0 : 1 IM Benkovic Petar 2463

SSK SK Premier 5½ – ½ Mladenovac

Final standings (match wins, draws, losses), match points:

1. VSK Sveti Nikolaj Srpski (8 2 1) – 26
2. Beograd Beopublikum (8 1 2) – 25
3. Novosadski sah klub DDOR (7 1 3) – 22
4. Radnicki (6 3 2) – 21
5. Lasta (6 1 4) – 19
6. SSK SK Premier (5 3 3) – 18
7. Nis (4 4 3) – 16
8. Sloga Amiga (3 4 4) – 13
9. Spartak Merkur (1 7 3) – 10
10. Politika PEP (2 1 8) – 7
11. Agronom (1 3 7) – 6
12. Mladenovac (0 0 11) – 0

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GM Viktor Bologan, first board for Politika PEP

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GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko (Beograd Beopublikum)

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GM Borki Predojevic (Nis)

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GM Emil Sutovsky for Novosadski Sah Klub, in his own words – one of the worst performances ever (3.0/10)

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GM Ferenc Berkes (Spartak)

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GM Nikola Sedlak (Spartak)

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IM Milos Roganovic (Spartak)

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GM Dragan Barlov, 7.5/11 for Radnicki Kragujevac

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IM Miodrag Perunovic (Nis)

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IM Branimir Maksimovic (Nis)


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