Mato Damjanović

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Mato Damjanović
Mato Damjanović 1966.jpg
Mato Damjanović in 1966
Full name Mato Damjanović
Country Croatia
Born (1927-03-23)23 March 1927
Đeletovci, Croatia (then Yugoslavia)
Died 12 February 2011(2011-02-12) (aged 83)
Zagreb, Croatia
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2490 (January 1971)

Mato Damjanović (23 March 1927 – 12 February 2011) was a Croatian chess grandmaster who represented Yugoslavia in international team events. In 1964 he became the second Croatian grandmaster, after Mijo Udovčić.[1]

Damjanović represented Yugoslavia at first reserve board (+6 -2 =2) in the 14th Chess Olympiad at Leipzig 1960, and won individual silver and team bronze medals there.[2] There was a second, more modest appearance for the national team at the European Team Championship, held in Hamburg 1965. His score of +1 -2 =6 was however good enough to contribute to a team silver medal. He was awarded the International Master title in 1962, and the Grandmaster title in 1964.

A prolific tournament player, he participated in hundreds of events during the 1960s and 1970s, his most active period. Although his results were very mixed, they included first or second place at a number of tournaments; principally, second equal at Sochi 1964 (Chigorin Memorial), first at Rovigo 1966, first at San Benedetto del Tronto 1966, first equal at Paris 1967/8, first at Zagreb 1969, second equal at Netanya 1969, first equal at Bad Pyrmont 1970, second at Reggio Emilia 1971/2, first at Firenze 1972, second equal at Zagreb 1972, second at Birmingham 1976, second equal at Vukovar 1976, first equal at Virovitica 1976 and second equal at Birmingham 1977.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Hrvatski šahist preminuo usred partije". (in Croatian). HINA. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. ^ 14th Chess Olympiad: Leipzig 1960.
  3. ^ Litmanowicz, Władysław & Giżycki, Jerzy (1986, 1987). Szachy od A do Z. Wydawnictwo Sport i Turystyka Warszawa. ISBN 83-217-2481-7 (1. A-M), ISBN 83-217-2745-X (2. N-Z)
  4. ^ Sunnucks, Anne (1976). The Encyclopaedia of Chess (2nd Ed.). Hale. pp. 505–544. ISBN 0-7091-4697-3.