Forgotten Genius -The Life and Games of Grandmaster Velimirovic

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Forgotten Genius -The Life and Games of Grandmaster Velimirovic


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I sincerely hope that this book will ensure that we do not forget the Serbian chess autodidact, one of the greatest chess players, theoreticians and coaches the world has ever known. Almost last, but not least, I would like to thank the contributors (you will find their names in the colophon) who have invested too many hours of their free time in this project. And finally, although perhaps they should be at the top, the members of my family who have so patiently endured my escapes to the great chess masters of the world.


– 380 pages

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Forgotten Genius -The Life and Games of Grandmaster Velimirovic I sincerely hope that you, dear

readers, will enjoy the wonderful masterpieces you will find in this book. In addition to the authors,

some of Drasko’s contemporaries were also involved in the writing, and they immediately responded

with pride and love to the request to keep the memory of the Serbian genius alive. I would like to

thank all those who participated in this project.

 Mohr & Ana

To the Grandmasters who wrote down their own memories of Drasko Velimirovic, which you will

find in this book in special ”boxes”. To the contemporaries, friends, and comrades-in-arms of ”Boss”

who remember this or that anecdote, this or that event, this or that memory.

This second volume covers Drasko’s life and chess from 1976 until 2011.

was a former


Yugoslav – Serbian, chess grandmaster whose international career was handicapped by political

intrigues and his outspoken temperament.

Forgotten Genius 

During the heyday of the USSR as the greatest national chess power, the former Yugoslavia was

capable of running the Soviet Union a good second. Dragoljub Velimirovic posed a real threat to the

men from Moscow.

Forgotten Genius -The Life and Games

Velimirovic was born in 1942 to a prominent family from Valjevo, in the former Yugoslavia. He was

introduced to chess at the age of seven by his mother, Jovanka Velimirovic, one of Yugoslavia’s

leading female chess players.

He died at the age 72, being one of the last players to develop a system or strategy that is so inventive

it bears its creator’s name.

It is a feat that is unlikely to be repeated in the modern era, when computer-based games and

databases so thoroughly dominate competition that it is almost impossible to come up with

something new.

Grandmaster Velimirovic

That does not mean that players were more talented or courageous in the decades when Velimirovic

was in his prime. Velimirovic, who became a grandmaster in 1973, was never among the 20 top-

ranked players in the world. And that was when there were only 200 or so grandmasters; today, there

are about 1,800.

Forgotten Genius



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