He immigrated to America as a young boy and first came to notice in 1984 when he finished 3rd in the U.S. Chess Championship. He was 2nd= in New York 1985, 2nd= in Clichy 1986–87 and 3rd= in the 1987 U.S. Chess Championship.
He turned to chess politics and ran for and was elected President of the United States Chess Federation in 1990.
Bankers Trust placed an ad in the New York Times for young chess masters believing that they would make good securities traders. Dlugy answered the ad and was hired and got a job working on Wall Street. Eventually, he became a principal of the Russian Growth Fund, a hedge fund. Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov was formerly associated with Dlugy's Russian Growth Fund.
In March 2006, after returning to the United States, Dlugy received a special invitation to play in the U.S. Chess Championship in San Diego, California, . He achieved a plus score.
Dlugy was one of the campaign managers along with Garry Kasparov for Anatoly Karpov when he ran for FIDE President in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia in 2010.
He played for the Lithuanian team in every Chess Olympiad since 1992, except in 2000 and 2012. Rozentalis won the Lithuanian Chess Championship in 1981, 1983 (jointly with Aloyzas Kveinys) and 2002.
In 1995 he tied for first in the Canadian Open Chess Championship. He also tied for first, with 6/9, in the 2008 staging of this event, in Montreal. In 2009/10 he tied for 1st-5th with Radosław Wojtaszek, Pavel Ponkratov,Luke McShane and Igor Lysyj at the 39th Rilton Cup in Stockholm. In May 2010, he won the 3rd Magistral Ciudad de Asunción Copa Roggio tournament. In 2012 Rozentalis won the Cultural Village tournament in Wijk aan Zee and qualified for the Grandmaster Group C of the 2013 Tata Steel Chess Tournament; however, he did not take part in the latter event.
At the age of 5 he was taught chess and decided to continue his journey. His major early successes included winning the European Youth Championship U16, silver medalist in the European & World Championships U18, becoming an IM in 2007 and soon after a GM.
He helped his team win the French team Championship in 2007,2008 and 2010 and has been a part of winning teams in other European leagues as well.
In 2012 he became French co-Champion and won a strong open tournament in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
He’s achieved his greatest success to date recently, at 2013 European Team Championship, helping his French team win the silver medal and earning an individual gold medal on the third board.
He has assisted former World Veselin Topolov at numerous events.
We are honoured to have such an accomplished and experienced player, as part of our team.
GM Ivan Sokolov’s long and rich chess career speaks for itself.
He is the winner of international tournaments in Biel, Hastings, Sarajevo, Selfoss, Reykjavik, Hoogeveen, Lost Boys Amsterdam, Staunton Memorial London…In 2009 he shared first place in the European Chess Championship. More recently in 2012, he won the World Open in Philadelphia, Politikin Cup and the Admiral Niels Cup.
He has been ranked as high as n°12 in the world, and has spent many years in the top 20.
His dynamic attacking style has brought him wins against 5 World Champions: G.Kasparov, V.Kramnik, V.Anand, V.Topalov and V.Smyslov, all-in classical time control games.
He had also had succes in team competitions: With his Chess Club Bosna he has won the European Club Cup 4 times, captaining the team thrice. He has participated in ten Chess Olympiads and seven National Team Championships.
Won with his Bosnian team Silver on the Olympiad in Moscow 1994 and Gold with his Dutch team in the European Club Cup in Gothenburg 2005.
In May 2010, Ivan succesfully organized one of the biggest Opens in the World, the Bosna Open.
In the midst of an intense playing schedule, Ivan found the time to write eight books: Winning Chess Middlegames was one of the bestsellers of 2009, The Ruy Lopez revisited injected new life into the Spanish opening and became an important reference work, Strategic Nimzo Indian shared his many years of experience with the structures of this popular opening. His most recent effort Sacrifice and Initiative came out 6 months ago.
Currently Ivan works in Dubai as the coach of the United Arab Emirates National Team.
We are honoured to have Ivan Sokolov as ‘Author and Managing Editor’ of Thinkers Publishing!
Alojzije Jankovic is a 30 old Grandmaster and Fide Trainer from Croatia, currently rated 2563.
In 2010 he shared first place at the Croatian National Championship. Several times he represented Croatia at the Olympiads and ECC competitions. He won twice the Mitropa Cup, 2013 most recently. He won several international Open and rapid tournaments.
He also just finished his degree at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.
His first book, The Kozul Sicilian cowritten with GM Zdenko Kozul, will be coming out shortly and Thinkers Publishing is honoured that Alojzije has decided to share his experience and analysis with us!
Zdenko Kozul is a 47-year-old Croatian grandmaster who has been representing his country for almost 25 years at the Olympiads, World, and European Championships.
His career best ( ELO ) rating was 2640 in October 2004. He is a Grandmaster since 1989 and also has the title of FIDE Trainer. He took the individual bronze medal on the 3rd board at the Olympiad in Novi Sad in 1990. As a member of Š.K. Bosnia team he won three European Club Cup titles: Bugojno 1999, Neum 2000 and Kalithea 2002. At the World Cup in Tripoli in 2004 he made it to the best 16, to be eliminated against Topalov. His best result he achieved in the Individual European Championship in Kusadasi(Turkey) in 2006, where he became the European Champion.
Zdenko Kozul lives in Zagreb, Croatia and successfully combines playing individual and team tournaments with working as a trainer for the Croatian Chess Federation.
We are honoured to have IGM Zdenko Kozul and Alojzije Jankovic on board of Thinkers Publishing as our first authors.
Loek Van Wely
The charismatic IGM Loek Van Wely started to play chess at the age of 4, becoming an IM at 17 and IGM at 20.
He entered the world top 10 in 2001, after winning many major events: Berliner Sommer, Capablanca Memorial, World Open and New York Open, Rubinstein Memorial, Amsterdam Open. He is a 6 times Dutch Champion ( from 2000-2006), the winner of the Foxwoods Open, the Chicago Open, the National Open in Las Vegas, Sydney Open and was a quarter finalist at the World Championshipcycle in 1997.
He has seconded G.Kamsky, V.Topalov, R.Ponomaroiv, V.Kramnik and A.Giri and on several occasions he coached talented Dutch and foreign youngsters. He led the Dutch team to first place at the European Championships in 2001 and 2005. He is very active in team leagues, playing for Charlois Europoort in the Netherlands, Porz in Germany, Clichy in France and Gros in Spain.
He is currently rated 2678 and preparing to play in one of the strong closed tournaments in the world, the top group of Tata Steel in Wijk Aan Zee.
This will be his first book and we are honoured that Thinkers Publishing may present it this Spring.
Paul Van der Sterren
Paul van der Sterren (1956) was jarenlang een van de beste schakers van Nederland. Hij veroverde de grootmeestertitel, werd twee keer nationaal kampioen en maakte acht keer deel uit van het Nederlands olympiadeteam. Sinds hij in 2001 zijn professionele carrière beëindigde schreef hij verschillende goed door het publiek ontvangen boeken, waaronder de driedelige serie De wereld van de schaakopening (in het Engels verschenen als Fundamental Chess Openings), Zwart op wit en Terug in het strijdperk.
Karel van der Weide
Karel van der Weide (1973) is schaakgrootmeester in ruste. Hij behoorde jarenlang tot de Nederlandse top, won grote internationale toernooien (Bad Wiessee 2004, Praag 2005, Sevilla 2007) en werd gedeeld tweede bij het kampioenschappen van de Europese Unie (Liverpool 2006). De schaakbond stelde hem aan als jeugdtrainer. Bij het EK in Göteborg (2005) nam hij zelfs het Nederlands Damesteam onder zijn hoede. Van der Weide was een verdienstelijk (of berucht) verslaggever van schaakevenementen. In 2008 publiceerde hij met Schaken voor huisvrouwen (De Arbeiderspers) zijn ‘literaire memoires’.
Karel van der Weide ( 1973) is a retired Dutch Grandmaster. He belonged to the Dutch elite in Chess, winning big events like Bad Wiessee 2004, Praag 2005, Sevilla 2007, sharing second place at the Championship of the European Union in Liverpool 2006.
The Dutch Chess Federation appointed him also as a trainer for their promising youngsters.
At the EK in Göteborg, 2005, he was coach of the Dutch Women’s team, enabling them to achieve a great result.
He is very much known or famous for being an inspired journalist, reporting from several tournaments.
In 2008, his first work came out, titled “Schaken voor huisvrouwen” ( De Arbeiderspers).
He was a 15-year-old second behind Blažimir Kovačević at the IM tournament First Saturday Tournament in May 1999. For the Serbian national team, he played in the Chess Olympiads in 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014 and the European Team Championships 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015 . In February 2015, it is ranked No. three of Serbian ranking. He is in Serbia Member of Novi Sad Chess club, but once played for the BSK Gambit. In Austria it was reported from 2005 to 2011 in Styria Graz, but was only in the seasons 2005/06 (in which he was an Austrian team champion) and 2006/07 for use. In the 2012/13 season was Robert Markuš Austrian with Sparkasse Jenbach team champion. In Croatia, he plays for the Šk Liburnija Rijeka. In Hungary he played from 1999 to 2007 for Statisztika PSC and since 2007 for the Aquaprofit Nagykanizsai Tungsram Sakk club with which he was in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Hungarian team champion. In the German chess Bundesliga since the 2014/15 season he plays for the SC Hansa Dortmund. In the Bosnian Premijer Liga, he played from 2003 to 2006 for the ŠK Panteri Bijeljina, 2008 and 2009 for the ŠK Slavija Istočno Sarajevo and 2012 for the ŠK Bosna Sarajevo. In the Netherlands Meesterklasse Markuš plays in the season 2015/16 for Charlois Europoort. He is married to the chess player Ana Srebrnič.
Grandmaster Milos Pavlovic was born in Belgrade in 1964 . So far he won many chess tournaments worldwide. In 2002 he become the Yugoslav Champion. He is a well know theoretician, already the author of three widely appraised books and wrote numerous articles published in various chess magazines. Currently he is also writing for Chess Publishing and Chess Base.
Adrian Bohdanovych Mikhalchishin (also Mihalcisin, Mihalčišin or Mykhalchyshyn, Ukrainian: Адріян Богданович Михальчишин, born November 18, 1954 in Lviv) is a Ukrainian chess grandmaster now playing forSlovenia. Education: Lviv University, faculty of physics 1976. Mikhalchishin is married, with two children.
He became a Grandmaster in 1978, shared first place at the Nikolaev tournament in 1983, and was second at Hastings in 1985-86. Vice President of Ukrainian Chess Federation 1998-2001. Speaks Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian, English and German languages.
As a player best result 4th place in Soviet Championship 1984, Soviet Youth champion 1977. World Youth Champion in team 1977, 1980, winner of European Cup 1984, winner of international tournaments Banco do Roma 1977, Copenhagen 1980, Leipzig 1979, Brno 1990, Eeklo 1991, Dortmund 1999, Warsaw 2002.
Slovenian Champion 2002. In Ukrainian Championships best result was 2-3 places in 1977 and Rapid Ukrainian Champion in 1993, many times junior Champion of the country.
Participant of Chess Olympiads 1992 for Ukraine, 2000-2006 for Slovenia.
Winner of team Championships and National Cups of USSR, Ukraine, Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Croatia, Hungary.
A modern-day Renaissance man from Kitchener, Canada, Raja Panjwani holds the title of International Master and attends a master’s program in International and Development Economics at Yale University. He previously earned an MSt in Philosophy of Physics from Oxford, and an undergraduate degree in physics and philosophy from Western University in Canada.
“At Yale, I’m also part of the chess club, and we’ve got some strong members: GM Robert Hess, WIM Yuanling Yuan and WGM Anya Corke,” he says.
Panjwani’s family is from India and was living in Kuwait in 1990 when the first Gulf War began. They moved to Canada to join Panjwani’s uncle, and Panjwani was born there.
At the age of five he learned chess from his parents, who both enjoy the game. He recently earned his first Grandmaster norm at the SPICE Cup this past October 2014, and needs two more to earn the title, as well as push his rating past FIDE 2500.
In his sporadic free time, Panjwani enjoys playing basketball and following the professional sport. In addition to chess and graduate school, Panjwani started an organization called Sage: School for Young Writers. This program connects budding writers with established authors in genres such as poetry and fiction. The authors teach writing courses and mentor individual writers as well. Sage also provides academic writing coaches, such as history PhD students who critique papers of undergraduate students.
Adrien Demuth is a strong French chess player, born 14 April 1991 in Saint- Denis and started to play chess in Tahiti from 1998 to 2002 . Became an International Master in 2011, was champion of Paris in 2013 , he earned the title of International Grandmaster in 2015 . As Student in mathematics, he became the champion of the France Universities in 2011 and 2015 . In the Spring of 2016, Adrien Demuth is the 19th French player and world n° 440 with an Elo rating of 2552.
In 1998 Shirov's ranking rose to number four in the world. On the basis of his rating, he was invited to play a ten-game match against Vladimir Kramnik to select a challenger for World Champion Garry Kasparov. Shirov won the match with two wins, no losses and seven draws. However, the plans for the Kasparov match fell through when sufficient financial backing could not be found. When Kasparov instead played Kramnik for the world title in 2000, Shirov maintained that the match was invalid and he was the rightful challenger. In 2000, Shirov reached the final of the FIDE World Chess Championship, losing 3½–½ to Viswanathan Anand.
In May–June 2007 he played in the Candidates Tournament of the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007. He won his first round match against Michael Adams (+1 −1 =4, won in rapid playoff), but was eliminated when he lost his second round match to Levon Aronian (+0 −1 =5).
In November–December 2007 Shirov played in the Chess World Cup 2007. He made the final, but lost the final 2½–1½ to Gata Kamsky.
In May 2009, Alexei Shirov won the category 21 M-Tel Masters 2009 tournament, held in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In September 2010, Shirov participated in the Grand Slam Chess Masters preliminary tournament in Shanghai, where he faced world No. 4 Levon Aronian, world No. 5 Vladimir Kramnik, and Wang Hao; the top two scorers qualified for the Grand Slam final supertournament from October 9 to 15 in Bilbao against world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen and World Champion Viswanathan Anand. After drawing his first two games, Shirov then won three consecutive games, including his first victory over Kramnik since 2003.Finishing with 4½/6 points, Shirov won the tournament, qualifying along with Kramnik for the Grand Slam final.
In May 2011, Shirov won a strong round-robin tournament in Lublin, Poland, the 3rd Lublin Union Memorial 2011 with a score of 5/7. In December 2011, he switched back federations from Spain to Latvia.
In February 2012, Shirov won the Aivars Gipslis Memorial in Riga with 8 points out of 9. In June 2012 Shirov won the Buenos Aires Masters Tournament (category 13) with 5½/7.
In August 2013, he played in the Chess World Cup. He won his first round match against Hou Yifan, but was eliminated when he lost his second round match to Wei Yi.
In August 2015, Shirov won the 5th Riga Technical University Open edging out on tiebreak score Robert Hovhannisyan, after both players finished on 7½/9.