Borki Predojević

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Born in 1987, Borki became an International Master by the age of 15; his Grandmaster title followed soon thereafter, when he fulfilled the third norm at the 36th Chess Olympiad (Càlvia, 2004) at the age of 17, becoming the youngest GM in the region.

His junior career was incredibly successful, and his national titles were difficult to number, as he won numerable titles in Yugoslavia, Republika Srpska, and Bosnia & Herzegovina. In 1999, he won the U-12 European Youth Championship (Litohoro, Greece), two years later he became the U-14 European Champion (Kallithea, Greece), and in 2003 he won the U-16 World Junior Championship (also held in Kallithea).

Borki transitioned to professional chess seamlessly and achieved his peak rating of 2652 as the result of many successful performances over the years, including wins at the following tournaments: First Saturday GM (Budapest 2004), Open Metalis (Bizovac, Croatia 2006), Open Zagreb (Croatia 2007), Hit Open (Nova Gorica, Slovenia 2008), and the Acropolis Open (Chalkida, Greece 2009). He appeared in six of the “Bosna” super-tournaments (2004-2010), finishing second in 2007 (in the XVII category tournament) and 2009 (in the XVIII category tournament). His best result at the world’s strongest open tournament (“Aeroflot”, Moscow) was 4th place, in 2009.

As a member of the Bosnian national team, he participated in the 38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden (Germany), where they placed fourth overall, and in 2004 was the team’s best perfomer with 9 points in 12 games at the 36th Chess Olympiad in Càlvia (Spain). Among his many successes with Chess Club “Bosna” from Sarajevo, his finish in second place at the European Club Cup in Çesme/Izmir (Turkey) stands out. He has won many national awards, most notably “Most Outstanding Sportsman in Republika Srpska” in 1999 and 2003. A keen writer and analyst, Borki authored “My Creativity in Chess” (2010), and appears as a contributor in several volumes of “Chess Evolution” as well as numerous other chess periodicals. He is currently pursuing an MBA degree, but nonetheless finds time for his roles with Chess Club Bosna (the former European Club Cup winners from Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina) as team captain and member of their Board of Management.

Borki joined Chess Openings 24/7 to the great delight of its founders. He has earned an exceptional respect from his fellow co-workers and friends, who consider him talented, diligent, amiable, and well-behaved.

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