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Happened Today in the Chess World - May 21, 2024


Zagabria 2019: GM Zdenko Kozul - Source:

Today is Grandmaster Zdenko Kozul's birthday, born on May 21, 1966, in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Kozul is a two-time Yugoslavian champion and a two-time Croatian champion.
In the 2004 FIDE World Championship, he stood out by eliminating players of the caliber of Mikhail Gurevich and Sergey Rublevsky before being eliminated by Veselin Topalov, the future world title winner. European champion in 2006, he has maintained his rating at very high levels for over thirty years, with a peak of 2640 Elo points reached in October 2004. Kozul is a FIDE Trainer who has defeated players such as Tal, Ponomariov, Shirov, Short, Jussupow, Aronian, M. Gurevich, and Hübner.

Adrian Mikhalchishin (2520)-Zdenko Kozul (2595), Portorose (Vidmar Memorial) 1993
Black to move


32...Ra4! 33.Qxc5 Qxc5 34.Rxc5 Rxa1! 0-1

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