1st BiH Premijer Liga (chess): Neum 2002

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Basic data

1st BiH Premijer Liga (chess)
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 2nd - 8th June 2002
City: Neum, Herzegovina-Neretva, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Venue: Hotel Zenit
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 10
Note! This was the first all-Bosnia team championship. The following teams were qualified from regional leagues run by three ethnical chess federations of BiH:
FBiH (Muslim Bosniaks): ŠK Bosna Sarajevo, HŠK Napredak Sarajevo, ŠK Sarajevo
RS (Serbs): ŠK Panteri Bijeljina, ŠK Glasinac Sokolac, KŠK Banja Luka
H-B (Croats): ŠK Kiseljak, ŠK Široki Brijeg, HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, ŠK Napredak Bugojno
Players participating: 72 (incl. 22 GMs, 17 IMs and 18 FMs)
Games played: 270
Competition format: Six board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: N/A
Other websites: Yahoo! groups RS
Downloadable game file: 02bih.zip

Tournament review

The powerhouse team of ŠK Bosna Sarajevo led by Michael Adams of England has won the 2002 Bosnia-Herzegovina Team Championships. This event that took place in Neum from June 2 to 8, had 100 players all in all including 23 Grand Masters and 21 International Masters. Other prominent members of the champion team are Alexei Shirov of Spain, Ivan Sokolov, who is the only real native of Bosnia in the team but he had defected to the Netherlands, Sergei Movsesian of Czech, Zdenko Kožul of Croatia, and youngest GM in the world today, Teimour Radjabov.

Bosna Sarajevo: Adams, Shirov, Sokolov, Movsesian, Radjabov, Kožul The young Radjabov was not able to join the team how­ever, since he was com­pe­ting at the FIDE World Grand Prix in Moscow. Just a wild card entry at that knock-out system Grand Prix, he was supposed to fly immediately to Neum once he gets eliminated there. Surprisingly though, the talented youngster was never eliminated and had actually marched on up to the finals where he met former World Champion and world no. 1 Garry Kasparov!

Adams and Shirov, two notable absentees in that elite Grand Prix, opted to carry the flag for Bosna Sarajevo which tallied a total of 42 out of 54 points. The team finished three points ahead of the runner-up team of ŠK Kiseljak bannered by Predrag Nikolić, Smbat Lputian and Mikhail Kobalia, and ten points ahead of third placer ŠK Napredak Sarajevo who had Ognjen Cvitan and Zoltán Varga.

Each match pitted six players from each team pitted against the other. Bosna Sarajevo started very strongly blanking ŠK Krajiški Banja Luka in the opening round, 6-0 and then beating the daylights out of ŠK Napredak Bugojno in the second round, 5½-½.

Bosna Sarajevo's only loss was against second placer Kiseljak, 2½-3½. Actually, Kiseljak won all their matches but the tournament is settled on board point, not match points and Bosna were heavier scorers. British champion Michael Adams played five games and scored 4½ while Shirov played only 2 games but he won both.

The top three team, Bosna, Kiseljak and Napredak Sarajevo will all head to Halkidiki in Greece in September to represent Bosnia-Herzegovina at the European Club Cup. Certainly, Radjabov will join his Bosna teamates there.

Best board results

1st Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Adams, Michael BOSN 5 90.0
2. GM Nikolić, Predrag KISL 5 70.0
3. GM Cvitan, Ognjen NAPR 5 9 55.6
3. GM Marković, Miroslav GLSS 5 9 55.6

2nd Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Varga, Zoltán NAPR 9 72.2
2. GM Lputian, Smbat KISL 5 8 62.5
3. IM Perunović, Miloš PBJL 5 9 55.6

3rd Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Kobalia, Mihail KISL 8 81.3
2. GM Sokolov, Ivan BOSN 7 9 77.8
3. GM Kosić, Dragan NAPR 9 72.2

4th Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Movsesian, Sergei BOSN 7 9 77.8
2. IM Blagojević, Dragiša NAPR 9 72.2
3. IM Vojinović, Goran PBJL 5 9 55.6
3. GM Palac, Mladen KISL 5 9 55.6

5th Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Kožul, Zdenko BOSN 8 9 88.9
2. FM Rašić, Damir NAPR 9 61.1
3. FM Brkić, Ante SIBR 5 9 55.6
3. FM Rosić, Slavko PBJL 5 9 55.6

6th Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Lugovoi, Alexei KISL 7 92.9
2. Čović, Darko NPBG 9 72.2
2. GM Kurajica, Bojan BOSN 9 72.2

Interesting games