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Born in Viña del Mar, he began to play chess at age 9. In 1979 he won the Pan American Junior Chess Championship. In 1980, Morovic took third place in the World Junior Chess Championship in Dortmund, behind Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short respectively. The following year he won the Chilean Chess Championship. At 22 he became the first Chilean to be awarded by FIDE the title of International Grandmaster (GM). His best tournament participation was in 1993, when he won in Las Palmas, ahead of Viswanathan Anand, with whom he drew.
Morovic's best Elo rating is 2613, achieved in 1999.
- Mercedes 1979 - 5° Campeonato Panamericano Juvenil. BrasilBase.
- Men's Chess Olympiads: Ivan Morović. OlimpBase.
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