As the principal founder of Chess Openings 24/7, Sanja Vuksanović has consistently been on the forefront of all developments, covering many areas of responsibility as general manager of the company. The team’s chess players teasingly call her “The Boss Lady,” as she thrives in organizational matters and decision-making.
During her chess career, Sanja achieved the title of Woman Grandmaster, with her FIDE rating peaking at 2365 in 1998. In addition to several national titles with her club, she won the Yugoslav individual championship in 1992, and became a perennial national team member, making it to the Olympic team three times (Manila 1992, Yerevan 1996, and Elista 1998). She twice became a rapid champion of Moscow, in 1988 and 1989, and those are her most cherished results, along with the national champion’s title.
Although an alumnus of the highly-touted Mathematical High School “Veljko Vlahović,” where she studied nuclear physics, Sanja nonetheless chose chess and graduated in 1989 from the School of Chess at Moscow State University under GM Boris Zlotnik’s tutelage. Upon her return home, she opened a chess school, and two of her pupils eventually became national champions. Always eager to promote chess, she has penned many exclusive interviews for newspaper columns, hosted chess TV shows, and co-written an official chess textbook and workbook (“3, 4, pozor – šah”) for the Serbian primary school system; it is dedicated to her daughter Gala, who is also the book’s main character.
Sanja also holds a degree from the Diplomatic Academy in Belgrade. She was Chief of Cabinet for the Deputy Foreign Minister, and is currently working at the Serbian telecommunications concern “Telekom.”