Mario Bertok

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Mario Bertok (2 September 1929 – 20 August 2008) was a Croatian chess master and sports journalist, writing for the Sportske novosti[1] daily sports newspaper. He was born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia.

Bertok earned the International Master title in 1957. He represented Yugoslavia on board four at the 1960 Chess Olympiad, scoring +5=5−3. A second place finish in the 1960 Yugoslav Championship earned Bertok a berth in the 1960 Budapest Zonal where he placed 2nd, taking third after a playoff. At the 1962 Stockholm Interzonal he finished 17th. His best international result was Rovinj-Zagreb 1970 where he finished 9th=.

Bertok's wife was a well-known Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress Semka Sokolović-Bertok (1935–2008), who herself was a competitive chess player in her youth.[2]

On 20 August 2008, Bertok was reported missing after a few hours of swimming off the shores of Jarun Lake; his body was recovered from the lake later the same day.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Na Jarunu se utopio Mario Bertok" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. August 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Umrla Semka Sokolović-Bertok". (in Croatian). March 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 

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