Nebojša Baralić

baralicnebojsaNebojša Baralić is a mechanical engineer, National Candidate Master (Elo rating: 2247), International Arbiter, tournament organizer, and co-founder of Chess Openings 24/7, who has supported the development of the CHOPIN subscription service from the idea’s very beginning.

The list of official events and international open, round-robin, and Scheveningen tournaments for which he was an arbiter and web master is quite impressive: European Individual Chess Championship (Budva 2009), European Team Championship (Novi Sad 2009), European Club Cups (Ohrid 2009, Plovdiv 2010, and Rogaška Slatina 2011), World Junior Chess Championship (Maribor 2012), European Youth Chess Championships (Budva 2003, Herceg Novi 2005, Herceg Novi 2006, and Herceg Novi 2008), European Youth Team Championship (Obrenovac 2004), World Senior Chess Championship (Opatija 2011), and the European Senior Team Championship (Rogaška Slatina 2012).

The Serbian Institute for the Improvement of Education and Upbringing has appointed him the official coordinator of the project introducing chess as an elective subject in primary school. Nebojša has provided invaluable contributions to university chess programs as well, and his efforts have always been geared toward the organization of events for the benefit of university chess teams and the promotion of chess and education. He has lent his organizational expertise and extraordinary commitment to seven editions of the Transatlantic Cup – a one-of-a-kind chess match held annually via the Internet between the University of Belgrade and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Nebojša had a brief tour as a Secretary General of the Serbian Chess Federation, but his true fields of interest and work lie elsewhere – he belongs to a rare breed of chess enthusiasts, whose contribution to the popularization of chess is beyond praise.

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