Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Slaying The Dragan
Tonight , Wednesday May 6, 2009, Dragan Milovanovic will be crowned Hamilton Chess Club Champion Forever. This will be the ninth consecutive year, that Dragan has won the HCC Club Championship since 2001.
The question is : Is he that good ? or is the competition around him for the Club Championship just not strong enough. I believe the latter.
The Hamilton Club Championship weekly Swiss tournement held at Groveville, New Jersey takes several months to complete is old school. A recommendation by Atomic Patzer, an HCC club member , is that the HCC club should go to a weekly Wednesday night league and give prizes at the end of the cycle for best upset, most games played, most wins, most rating points gain and best percentage. I am also an Hamilton Chess Club member and agree with Atomic Patzer completely, that there should be change, such as League Play.
Updated May 7, 2009 : Congratualations to Dragan Milovanovic for winning his ninth consecutive Hamilton Chess Club Championship. Kudos for being unselfish in his time by playing in the HCC Championship, and for his participation year in and year out playing in the HCC Hamilton Chess Club Championship.
Another side note is that Dragan will hold a Simul on May 20. 2009 at Hamilton Chess Club in Groveville, New Jersey for free. I believe this is Club restricted for Club members only.
I am posting this game below in ChessFlash that was played in 2000, which the Dragan was slained as White. Of course his opponent rating was almost two hundred points higher than Dragan. I will ask Dragan in the near future if he wants some of his games posted on my blog to show his winning style.
In the second game, Dragan refuses to be slain by Dean Ippolito and holds his ground.
Position after Move 13 Ippolito vs Dragan Milovanovic
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Ne4 7.Qc2 f5 8.e3 b6 9.Ne2 Bb7 10.f3 Qh4+ 11.g3 Qe7 12.Bg2 Nf6 13.0-0 c5
Position after Move 27 Ippolito vs Dragan Milovanovic
14.dxc5 bxc5 15.Bd2 a5 16.Rad1 d5 17.cxd5 Nxd5 18.e4 fxe4 19.fxe4 Rxf1+ 20.Rxf1 Nf6 21.Bg5 Nbd7 22.Nf4 Qd6 23.Kh1 Rc8 24.Re1 Qe5 25.Bxf6 Nxf6 26.Qb3 Bd5 27.Qb5 Ba8
Position after Move 34 Ippolito vs Dragan Milovanovic
28.Qa6 Re8 29.Qxa5 Bxe4 30.Bxe4 Nxe4 31.Qa4 Nxg3+ 32.Kg2 Qxb2+ 33.Kxg3 Rf8 34.Qe4 Qxa3+
Position after Move 46 Ippolito vs Dragan Milovanovic
35.Re3 Qa1 36.Qxe6+ Kh8 37.Qd6 Qg1+ 38.Ng2 Qf1 39.Nf4 Qg1+ 40.Ng2 Qf1 41.Qd2 h6 42.Qe2 Qf7 43.Qg4 Qc7+ 44.Kh3 c4 45.Nh4 Kg8 46.Rg3 c3
Position after Move 61 Ippolito vs Dragan Milovanovic
47.Nf5 Rxf5 48.Qxf5 c2 49.Qe6+ Kh8 50.Qe8+ Kh7 51.Qg6+ Kg8 52.Qe6+ Kh8 53.Qe8+ Kh7 54.Qg6+ Kg8 55.Qe6+ Kh8 56.Rf3 c1Q 57.Rf8+ Kh7 58.Qg8+ Kg6 59.Qe6+ Kh7 60.Qg8+ ½-½
Note: The two GM games listed below were added late on May 10, 2009
In games three and four below in Chessflash format , Dragan breathes fire on the two GM's below and smokes them. Games were played in Tuzla in 1998.
Dragan also has an older brother Rade Milovanovic , who is rated close to USCF 2500.
Here is a link to Rade Milovanovic
US Open 2008 Dallas, Texas
GM Alexander Shabalov and IMs Rade Milovanovic and Enrico Sevillano tied for first in the U.S. Open (Dallas, August 2-10) with 8/9 each. Remarkably, all three players won their final games with Black.
Biographical Infomation Below on Dragan Milovanovic
Dragan ( born in Bosnia, previously known as Yugoslavia ) was new to the HCC in November, 1999. He entered his first tourney (Game 15 Championship) and came out 4-0 in First Place. Since that time, we have not seen this Club Champion lose more than 2 or 3 games
Continuing his excellence in Club Competitions, Dragan became a Co-Champion of HCC along with Vlad Vainberg in the Millenium year, as they both played to identical records in our Annual Tournment. But in 2001 Dragan won the sole Championship title, and repeated in 2002 thru 2009 inclusive, nine consecutive years total, also in the year 2000, he was co-champion. He is our first Club Champion to win in nine consecutive years. Pete Peterson's Five Championships was tied in 2004 by Dragan. Dragan's current USCF rating is 2221. His brother who lives in Dallas Texas, Rade Milovanovic is even a stronger player ... perhaps he'll visit us sometime.
In addition to being a very strong Chess player, Dragan is perhaps the softest spoken high rated player I've ever known ... a true gentleman