I was born on the 12th of June 1979 in Belgrade, Serbia. Since my early childhood I have lived in Nis, where I finished elementary and high school before graduating from college with a Law degree. Afterwards, I passed the Bar exam and I currently work as Senior Expert Assistant at Court of Appeals Nis.. I am married to Miljana and we have a daughter Masa (2010) and a son Uros (2014).
I started to play sports the age of 8 when I chose karate. I then moved on to football, training for seven years in the top division club Radnicki Nis. I was first introduced to chess at the age of 12, when my brother taught me how to move the pieces and that is how my chess career began. I must also mention that my family has a long chess tradition: my father is a Candidate Master, International Arbiter and long-time delegate, while my brother is a 1st category player. Even my wife was the best player for her age as a junior. They all provided me with invaluable support in my chess development.
My first chess success was winning the city and regional junior championships with a perfect score. I followed this by placing 3rd in Serbia and 2nd in Yugoslavia in the U14 national championships. After that I became a one-time champion and four-time vice-champion of Yugoslavia in classical chess for my age. Also, as a blitz and rapid specialist I ended up winning numerous tournaments in the faster time controls. I began to represent Yugoslavia internationally from 1997 when I participated in the World Junior Championship in Yerevan and again at the 1999 European Championship in Patra.
My first major success after my junior career was finished came in 2000 when I became the champion of Central Serbia. My results then stagnated for a while until 2003 when I had a major breakthrough. After achieving FM (FIDE Master) at the beginning of the year I then went on to earn the International Master title 6 months later after scoring an unprecedented 7 IM (International Master) norms! I shifted my focus mainly to university and coaching but I am still active and improving tournament player working hard to fulfil my chess dream of becoming a Grandmaster. In fact, I recently qualified for my first Serbian championship winning the 2013 Belgrade championship.
I started coaching in 2005 and couldn’t even imagine the many successes that my students would go on to achieve. Since coaching more than 600 students, from 94 countries and five continents, I established myself as one of the most successful and sought-after trainers, resulting in the FST title – FIDE Senior Trainer (the highest coaching title). Some of my top students include:
GM Eric Hansen
GM Denis Kadric,
GM Milan Zajic,
WGM Jovana Rapport,
Multiple World Youth Medalist IM Richard Wang,
World Youth champion U14 WGM Qiyu Zhou,
2012 World Junior champion GM Alexander Ipatov.
Along with many up and coming future champions.
I am fluent in English, French, and Serbian and as a trainer I am available on the world’s leading platforms: PlayChess, ICC, Chess.com and Chessdom.com, where I am also a member of the commentators team.
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