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Mijo Udovčić

Mijo Udovčić, Amsterdam 1963
Full name Mijo Udovčić
Country Yugoslavia
Born September 11, 1920
Stara Jošava, formerly Yugoslavia, now Croatia
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2460 (July 1971)

Mijo Udovčić (September 11, 1920 - September 8, 1984) was a Yugoslavian chess player, who became the first Croatian Grandmaster in 1962. Jointly with Borislav Ivkov, he won the Yugoslav championships in 1963.


Udovčić gained the title of International Master in 1950 and became a Grandmaster in 1962. He was the first Croatian player to attain the Grandmaster title.

Chessmetrics gives his highest rating as 2618 in January 1953, which places him 39th in the world at that time. As well as being a top chess player, Udovčić worked as a judge.

Notable team results

Udovčić was part of the Yugoslavian team who won silver medals behind USSR at the 16th Chess Olympiad held in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1964. He played on the fifth board, scoring 5 points from 7 games.

Udovčić also played for Yugoslavia in two European Team Chess Championships, scoring 7/10 in Oberhausen in 1961 and 6/9 in Hamburg in 1965. Yugoslavia won silver medals behind USSR in both events.

Notable individual results

Notable games

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Larsen-Udovčić, position after 33...Ng4+!

Larsen, B-Udovčić, Sarajevo 1960

Bird's Opening (ECO F03)

1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 g6 4.b4 Bg7 5.Bb2 O-O 6.Be2 Bg4 7.O-O Nbd7 8.Na3 c6 9.c4 e6 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Qe7 12.b5 Ne4 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.bxc6 bxc6 15.cxd5 cxd5 16.Nb5 Qb4 17.Rb1 Qxd2 18.Bxe4 Qxe3+ 19.Kh1 Qxe4 20.Nd6 Qe3 21.Rb7 Nf6 22.f5 Qe5 23.fxg6 hxg6 24.Qf3 Rad8 25.Nb5 a6 26.Na7 Rd7 27.Nc6 Qf5 28.Qe2 Rxb7 29.Rxf5 exf5 30.Qxa6 Rb1+ 31.Kh2 Re8 32.Qa7 f4 33.Ne7 Ng4+ 0-1

Larsen resigned as 34. hxg4 was forced, which would have been followed by 34. ... Rh8 checkmate.