Ivan Šarić (chess player)

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Ivan Šarić
Ivan Šarić 2013.jpg
Ivan Šarić, 2013
Full name Ivan Šarić
Country Croatia
Born (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 26)
Split, Croatia
Title Grandmaster (2008)
FIDE rating 2648 (March 2017)
Peak rating 2680 (November 2014)

Ivan Šarić (Croatian pronunciation: [ǐv̞an ʃǎːrit͡ɕ]; born 17 August 1990) is a Croatian chess grandmaster. He earned his IM title in 2007, and his GM title in 2008. He won the Under-18 European Youth Chess Championship in 2007, and the Under-18 World Youth Chess Championship in 2008. He also has won the Croatian Chess Championship in 2009 and 2013, and holds a notable victory over Magnus Carlsen, which he achieved at the 2014 Chess Olympiad.

Early life[edit]

Born in Split on 17 August 1990, his father taught him to play chess at the age of five.[1] He took up the sport seriously when he was nine and began to compete in club and youth tournaments before venturing out into the international chess scene.[2]

Chess career[edit]

He finished 8th in the 2002 Under-12 European Youth Chess Championship, tying with Magnus Carlsen on 6 points while Ian Nepomniachtchi won with 8.

In 2007 he became internationally known when he won the Under-18 division at the European Youth Chess Championship in Šibenik, scoring 7 out of 9.[3] The following year he earned the grandmaster title and won the 2008 Under-18 World Youth Chess Championship, scoring 8 points in 11 games for a performance rating of 2623.[4][5]

He has won the Croatian Chess Championships of 2009 and 2013,[6][7] and has played for the Croatian national team since 2009.[8]

In 2011 he tied for 2nd–7th with Julio Granda, Aleksander Delchev, Maxim Turov, Pablo Almagro Llamas and Mihail Marin at the 31st Villa de Benasque Open.[9]

Šarić won the Tata Steel Challengers tournament in 2014 with a score of 10/13 points.[10] As a result, he qualified for the 2015 Tata Steel Masters, where he finished in 12th place scoring 4.5/11.[11]

His most notable result to date was defeating Magnus Carlsen in the 2014 Chess Olympiad,[12] where Šarić finished with 7/11.[13]

Personal life[edit]

He graduated in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Split, and he lives in Omiš, Croatia, with his wife and daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Ivan Šarić". Chess24.com. 
  2. ^ Smolčić, P. (30 October 2008). "Šahovska senzacija iz Splita: Ivan Šarić svjetski prvak" (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. 
  3. ^ Valery Golubenko (8 October 2007). "New record for the European Youth Chess Championships". chessbase.com. Retrieved 2 November 2008. 
  4. ^ P. Smolčić (30 October 2008). "Šahovska senzacija iz Splita: Ivan Šarić svjetski prvak" (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. Retrieved 2 November 2008. 
  5. ^ Mateo Ivić (30 October 2008). "Ivan Šarić postao juniorski prvak svijeta u šahu" (in Croatian). 24 sata. Retrieved 2 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Match I.Saric-A.Jankovic for Croatian Champion for 2009. Tournament report". FIDE. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  7. ^ Mihailov, Anton (2014-02-14). "GM Ivan Saric is champion of Croatia". FIDE. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  8. ^ Ivan Šarić team chess record at Olimpbase.org
  9. ^ "Tigran Petrosian Victorious in Benasque Open". Chessdom. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "76th Tata Steel Tournament 2014 | The Week in Chess". theweekinchess.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  11. ^ "Magnus Carlsen wins Tata Steel Masters 2015 | The Week in Chess". theweekinchess.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  12. ^ Profile, newsinenglish.no; accessed 1 December 2014.
  13. ^ Profile, chess-results.com; accessed 1 December 2014.

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