In the last list of the top Chess players we published, we went over the best Swiss Chess players. Now in this article, we’re ranking the best Serbian Chess players from Serbia. All of the players in the top ten are Grandmasters with an Elo rating over 2500. For more information on ratings, see the guide on how to get a FIDE rating.
10. Igor Miladinovic
Full Name: Igor Miladinovic
Born: January 25, 1974
World ranking: 632
Igor Miladinovic was granted the grandmaster title in 1993 and the International Master title in 1991. He has a FIDE rating of 2509 and a Peak rating of 2630. He was named the sportsperson of the year in his country after winning the World Junior Chess tournament in 1993. In addition, he clinched the 46th Reggio Emilia Chess championship in 2003/ 2004.
9. Luka Budisavljevic
Full Name: Luka Budisavljevic
Born: January 22, 2004
World ranking: 581
In 2021, Luka Budisavljevic was accorded the title of Grandmaster, International Master title in 2020, FIDE Master title in 2018, and Candidate Master title in 2015. He is Serbia’s youthful Grandmaster in ever played in their chess history. From 2019- 2022, he has played a total of 245 games; 91 wins, 101 draws, and 53 losses, averaging a winning score of 57.76 percent. In 2015, Luka was a gold medalist at the Rapid Chess European team tournament in the Under- 14 category. In 2021, he became a silver medalist at the `Individual European Youth Rapid tournament in the Under-18 category.
8. Boban Bogosavljevic
Full Name: Boban Bogosavljevic
Born: April 26, 1988
World ranking: 543
Boban Bogosavljevic was presented with the grandmaster title in 2008 and the International Master title in 2005. His recent FIDE rating is 2493 – 2490 blitz and 2614 rapid, while 2569 is the highest rating he has attained. He has participated in about 131 tournaments, for which he has won 52, lost 32, and drawn 39, resulting in a winning score of 58.1 %. The notable tournaments he has participated in include; the 2010 and 2016 European club cup and the 2007 Cvitanovic mem-A 12th.
7. Marko Nenezic
Full Name: Marko Nenezic
Born: August 24, 1995
World ranking: 507
In 2013, Marko Nenezic was awarded the International Master title by FIDE. During the Serbian championship Under-14 category, Nenezic came the third position and later emerged victorious in an event of that kind in 2009. In 2010, he earned the victory in the Serbian Under-16 championship. He has played in major tournaments like; the 2008 21st Belgrade Trophy, 2012 European Championship, 2016 European Club cup, and 2018 Batumi Olympiad.
6. Milos Perunovic
Full Name: Milos Perunovic
Born: January 14, 1984
World ranking: 416
Milos Perunovic was presented with the title of Grandmaster in 2004, the International Master title in 2000, and the FIDE Master title in 1997. He has a FIDE rating of 2543 and a Peak rating of 2641. He won the Serbia national chess championship in 2005 and 2007. He has played four times in chess Olympiads for Serbia – 2014, 2012, 2008, and 2004 and in the European team chess tournament -seven times. During the European individual chess championship in 2014, he shared tenth to 23rd position with several others, which made him qualify for the 2015 chess world cup.
5. Ivan Ivanisevic
Full Name: Ivan Ivanisevic
Born: November 23, 1977
World ranking: 363
Ivan Ivanisevic has conferred the title of Grandmaster in 2000 and earned the International Master title in 1997. He has a FIDE rating of 2557 and a Peak rating of 2665. He clinched the Serbian chess tournament six times (2019, 2017, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008) and played in chess Olympiads on seven occasions. In 2021, Ivan managed to be part of the competition for that year’s chess world cup and proceeded to the second round but was knocked out by Areshchenko Alexander. Also, in the 2011 chess world cup he took part in, he did not manage to proceed to the second round after being knocked out in the first round by Onischuk Alexander. However, that year, he clinched the third Balkan individual chess tournament and the Chigorin memorial tournament 2014.
4. Bojan Vuckovic
Full Name: Bojan Vuckovic
Born: September 12, 1980
World ranking: 356
Bojan Vuckovic was granted the title of International Master in 1999. He has a FIDE rating of 2578 and a Peak rating of 2630. Vuckovic has played over 261 games, won 99, lost 58, and drawn 99, attaining a winning score of 58.0 percent. His most notable tournaments include; the European championship in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, the Aeroflot open in 2011, Gibraltar Masters in 2004, and the European club cup in 2016 and 2018.
3. Robert Markus
Full Name: Robert Markus
Born: October 7, 1983
World ranking: 178
Robert Markus was accorded the title of Grandmaster in 2004 and the International Master title in 2000 and managed to play for Serbia in the 37th chess olympiad. He has a FIDE rating of 2589 and a Peak rating of 2673. He equals a winning percentage of 63.2 for the 1160 games he has played in various tournaments like; the European championship (2010, 2007, 2005), 2016 Baku Olympiad, and 2004 Calvia Olympiad, among others.
2. Indjic Aleksandar
Full Name: Indjic Aleksandar
Born: August 24, 1995
World ranking: 153
In 2013, Indjic Aleksandar was accorded the title of Grandmaster and the International Master title in 2012. His FIDE rating and Peak rating are at 2620 and 2646, respectively. He claimed victory in the Serbian chess tournament on three occasions (2014, 2018, and 2020). In 2018, he finished at the top at the Portugal Open, which earned him another trophy. Indjic furthermore played at the Aeroflot Open and the European Individual chess championship.
1. Velimir Ivic
Full Name: Velimir Ivic
Birth: August 27, 2002
World ranking: 142
Velimir Ivic earned the title of Grandmaster in 2020, the International Master title in 2018, and the FIDE Master title in 2016. His Peak rating is 2620, while his FIDE rating is 2628. He played for Serbia at the Under-16 World Youth Chess Olympiad and participated in the 2018 chess Olympiad. He became the second youthful chess player awarded the third grandmaster norm (GM). Velimir also took part in the 2021 chess world cup after qualifications.
That concludes the list of the best Serbian Chess players. If you like list posts like this, you may also be interested in seeing the ten best Japanese Chess players or the best Russian Chess players.
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