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Ivan Sokolov

Ivan Sokolov during the 2004 Essent Tournament in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands
Full name Ivan Sokolov
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Born June 13, 1968
Jajce, SFR Yugoslavia
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2706 (January 2004)

Ivan Sokolov, (born 13 June 1968) is a Bosnian-born chess grandmaster who resides in the Netherlands since 1992 and since 2002 has the Dutch nationality. Sokolov won the 1988 Yugoslav Championship and in 1995 and 1998 the Dutch Championship.

Before earning the GM title, he became a FIDE Master in 1985 and an International Master in 1986. In 1987 and 1993 he won the Vidmar Memorial.

Sokolov's most famous win in chess was against Garry Kasparov in the 1999 Hoogovens tournament in Wijk aan Zee where Sokolov outprepared Kasparov's legendary opening preparation.

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