GM Radoslav Simic 1948-2020

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Simon Rogers
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GM Radoslav Simic 1948-2020

Post by Simon Rogers » Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:41 am

I am sorry to inform you that Radoslav Simic has died aged 72.
He was born on 9th June 1948 in Serbia.
Radoslav became an International Master in 1978 and then Grandmaster in 1984 later achieving a peak rating of 2490.
In 1983 he won the Stava Pazova tournament, in 1987 was joint first at the Bad Worshofen Open and in 1988 joint first at the Montpellier tournament.
Results against English players:
Drew with black against Mark Hebden at the 1988 Montpellier Open.
Lost with white to David Norwood at the 1988 Lugano Open.
Drew with white against Nigel Davies at Vrnjacka Banja in 1991.
Beat Mark Hebden with white at Vrnjacka Banja in 1991.
RIP

Richard Bates
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Re: GM Radoslav Simic 1948-2020

Post by Richard Bates » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:25 pm

Simon - feel free to announce whichever deaths you want, and however long ago they occurred (this one was Jan 2020 for the record). But really, I think you are stretching the limits to consider this sort of thing an "English connection" to the extent that i wouldn't bother trying to make one if you don't agree with the suggestion/request made that deaths have to have such a connection to be worth posting.

My concern would be that what you are doing means that people might miss deaths they genuinely might have more than a passing interest in knowing about, and even would like to comment on, if they don't look at the forum for a couple of weeks (I apologise in advance to anybody who might have a particular interest in Grandmaster Simic - Grandmasters of course were a lot rarer in 1984 so there probably are some interesting things to know about him).

I suppose one compromise solution could be to have a single ongoing thread for "other chess deaths" to avoid ones that people might have a desire to comment on from rapidly being bumped.

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Christopher Kreuzer
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Re: GM Radoslav Simic 1948-2020

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:13 pm

I agree, particularly as more poeple are now posting in the thread about an English chess organiser.

For the record (after some digging) I found confirmation of this death in Serbian(?) language sources:

https://sahmatlista.wordpress.com/2020/ ... 1948-2020/

I would suggest that the death being reported in English-language sources would be a starting point (and a separate board on the forum).

Michael Yeo
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Re: GM Radoslav Simic 1948-2020

Post by Michael Yeo » Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:45 pm

I suspect that I was the last English player to play against Simic, with a loss and a draw in a double round tournament in Belgrade in 2003.

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Re: GM Radoslav Simic 1948-2020

Post by John McKenna » Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:11 pm

Michael Yeo wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:45 pm
I suspect that I was the last English player to play against Simic, with a loss and a draw in a double round tournament in Belgrade in 2003.
You were close to a draw in the long first game and GM Simic soon settled for a draw with the black pieces in the second.

I remember seeing Simic "in the flesh" at the 1990 Dieren "Open" (the top section was a 64-player Swiss and the full name was the Netherlands Open Championship). Simic came equal 3-4th but defeated GM Evgeny Ermenkov one of the two winners. (Andrew Martin - defeated Uhlmann's French - and Andrew Kinsman both played.)

Simon Rogers, who does a lot of good work, did not quite get it right in the original post -

"Grandmaster in 1984 later achieving a peak rating of 2490... Lost with white to David Norwood at the 1988 Lugano Open..."

In that game with David Norwood in 1988 Simic had his peak rating of 2515 (FIDE list for Jan.)

(NB: I largely agree with what IM Richard Bates posted further above. The difficulty is knowing how best to inform the forum about the passing of chess players in these trying times.)
To find a for(u)m that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. (Samuel Beckett)

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