Dragan Šolak

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Dragan Šolak
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Dragan Šolak, Baku 2016
Country Serbia
Born (1980-03-30) March 30, 1980 (age 38)
Vrbas, Socialist Republic of Serbia, Yugoslavia
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2609 (September 2018)
Peak rating 2639 (July 2014)

Dragan Šolak (Serbian: Драган Шолак; born 30 March 1980, in Vrbas) is a Turkish-Serbian chess grandmaster.


Šolak learnt chess from a very young age and started participating in tournaments before he turned four years of age.[1] In 2002 he tied for 1st–3rd with Vladimir Tukmakov and Andrei Sokolov in the Hilton Open in Basel[2] and tied for 3rd–4th with Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska in the Casino Open in Interlaken.[3] In 2011 he tied for 3rd–7th with Sergey Volkov, Ioannis Nikolaidis, Konstantine Shanava and Fernando Peralta in the 1st Isthmia International Tournament.[4]

He played for the Serbian national team in the Chess Olympiads of 2000, 2004, 2008[5] and in the European Team Chess Championships of 1999, 2005, 2009 and 2011.[6]

In December 2011 he transferred to the Turkish Chess Federation.[7] Šolak represented Turkey at the Chess Olympiads of 2012, 2014, 2016 [5] and at the European Team Championship of 2013.[6] He won the Turkish Chess Championship in 2012 and 2013.

Šolak finished equal second (fourth on tiebreak) at the European Individual Chess Championship of 2014 scoring 8 points out of 11 and this result enabled him to qualify for the 2015 Chess World Cup.[8] In 2015 he won the 17th Dubai Open, edging out other five grandmasters on tiebreak, after all finished on 7/9 points.[9] At the Chess World Cup 2015 he lost in the first round to Anton Korobov and therefore was eliminated from the competition.

His handle on the Internet Chess Club is "RuznaMamuna".[10]


  1. ^ "Interview with GM Dragan Solak (and video game review)". Chess Videos, Chess DVDs, Chess Software and more. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Tournament report April 2002: Hilton Open - Switzerland". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tournament report April 2002: Casino Open - Switzerland". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "1st International Tournament "Isthmia" 2011 Group A'". Chess-Results.com. 2011-08-28. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Bartelski, Wojciech. "Men's Chess Olympiads: Dragan Solak". OlimpBase. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  6. ^ a b Bartelski, Wojciech. "European Men's Team Chess Championship: Dragan Solak". OlimpBase. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  7. ^ Players transfers in 2011 FIDE
  8. ^ "Alexander Motylev is the new European Champion". Chessdom. 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Sagar Shah (2015-04-18). "Dragan Solak wins 17th Dubai Open". ChessBase. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "RuznaMamuna". Internet Chess Club. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 

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