Ivan Sokolov

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Ivan Sokolov
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Ivan Sokolov during the 2004 Essent Tournament in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands
Full name Ivan Sokolov
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Born (1968-06-13) June 13, 1968 (age 46)
Jajce, SFR Yugoslavia
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2623 (May 2015)
(No. 104 on the March 2014 FIDE ratings list)
Peak rating 2706 (January 2004)

Ivan Sokolov, nickname Lubanja (born 13 June 1968) is a Bosnian-born chess grandmaster[1] who resides in the Netherlands since 1992 and since 2002 has the Dutch nationality. Sokolov won the 1988 Yugoslav Championship and in 1995 and 1998 the Dutch Championship.

Before earning the GM title, he became a FIDE Master in 1985 and an International Master in 1986.[1] In 1987 and 1993 he won the Vidmar Memorial.[2]

Sokolov's most famous win in chess was against Garry Kasparov in the 1999 Hoogovens tournament in Wijk aan Zee where Sokolov outprepared Kasparov's legendary opening preparation.[3]


  • Sokolov, Ivan (1995). Nimzo-Indian Defence: Classical Variation. Cadogan Books. ISBN 978-18-5744-120-8. 
  • Sokolov, Ivan (1997). Sokolov's Best Games. Everyman Publishers. ISBN 978-18-5744-128-4. 
  • Sokolov, Ivan (2008). Winning Chess Middlegames: An Essential Guide to Pawn Structures. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-264-2. 
  • Sokolov, Ivan (2009). The Ruy Lopez Revisited: Offbeat Weapons & Unexplored Resources. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-297-0. 
  • Sokolov, Ivan (2012). The Strategic Nimzo-Indian: A Complete Guide to the Rubinstein Variation. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-378-6. 
  • Sokolov, Ivan (2013). Die hohe Schule des Mittelspiels im Schach: Gewinnen in d4 - Bauernstrukturen (in German). New In Chess (translated by Hansen, Hans). ISBN 978-90-5691-432-5. 
  • Sokolov, Ivan (2013). Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess: Seize the Moment to Get the Advantage. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-431-8. 


  1. ^ a b Gaige, Jeremy (1987). Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography. McFarland. p. 398. ISBN 0-7864-2353-6. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Milan Vidmar Memorial Tournaments". sah-zveza.si. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1011516

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