Dragan Barlov (born 1957) is a chess Grandmaster, having earned the title in 1986, the same year he won the Yugoslav Championship in Budva. A string of impressive performances catapulted him into national team contention, and he made his Olympic team debut in Dubai the very same year. In 1987, his success in the Zonal tournament (Pucarevo) qualified him for the Zagreb Interzonal later that year.
Barlov was a highly-touted team player, and his consistent form over the years secured him another Olympic team berth in Novi Sad (1990). His greatest team success came in 1988, when he was a member of the silver medal-winning team in the Euroteams at Haifa. That performance also earned him the National Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Development and Affirmation of Sport.
He has finished first, either outright or by tie, in 18 international tournaments over a 33 year span, from Belgrade and Hallsberg (1975) to Las Palmas (2008). His international rating peaked in July 1987 (FIDE Elo: 2555), when he ranked among the world’s Top 50 (tied from 42nd to 48th place).
Barlov currently resides in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain). He is married, and has two children.
Barlov authored two books on chess: Stories of Chess and My Apologies to Openings, but Endgames Are More Important. He joined Chess Openings 24/7 in 2012, in a humble attempt at redemption for his second book’s title. Our subscribers will have the final say on whether he has succeeded in doing so.