Personal website: www.jovanpetronic.com
Personal blog: Chess Vitamin J
Personal Trainer (individual) of 2 FIDE World Junior Chess Champions and gold medalists (GU20, U20) 1991 & 1993.
Personal Trainer (sparring) of 1 8th FIDE World Senior Chess Championship bronze medalist (1998).
Personal Trainer (team) of 1 FIDE World Youth Chess Champion and gold medalist (U16) 2003.
Personal Trainer of 1 3rd FIDE World Schools Team Chess Championship gold medalists 2007.
1986-present: Professional Chess Trainer, Chess Coach & Chess Author.
1986-present: Appeals Committees Member @ various world, continental, regional, and national chess events.
1986-present: Chess Publishing @ major local and international chess media (newspaper, magazines).
1990-2000: Yugoslavia National Junior Coach at World & European Junior & Youth Championships.
1990-2000: TV Chess Commentator @ major international chess events held in Beograd.
1991: International Master (IM).
1991-2000: 30+ IM results.
1992: Computer Chess Adviser to Bobby Fischer (Revenge Match vs. Boris Spassky).
1992: Yugoslavia National Mens Coach @ the 10th European Team Chess Championship 1992.
Yugoslavia National Men & Women Coach @ 4 FIDE World Chess Olympiads:
Manila (Philippines) 1992 | Moscow (Russia) 1994 Men Women | Elista (Russia) 1998 Men Women | Istanbul (Turkey) 2000 Men Women
1992-2000: Director, Yugoslavia Chess Federation Computer Chess Centre.
1992-2001: National Senior Trainer & Coach, Yugoslavia Chess Federation.
1997: 1 Grand Master title norm (Yugoslavia National Championship).
1997: Grand Master 2500+ rating title requirement.
1998-2000: Member, FIDE Computer Chess Committee.
2000-2008: Chairman, FIDE Computer & Internet Chess Committee.
1999: Team Trainer, Yugoslavia Womens Team, European Womens Team Chess Championship (silver medal).
2001-2003: Trainer & Coach, Intchess Asia Pte Ltd
2001-2003: National Trainer & Coach, Singapore Chess Federation.
2003: Team Singapore National Coach (SEA Games).
2004-present: Member, Association of Chess Professionals
2004-2007: National Junior Trainer/Coach (Macedonia & Thraki), Greece Chess Federation.
2004-2007: Chief Trainer/Coach, Kavala Chess Club (Greece).
2005-2007: Secretary, FIDE Trainers' Committee
2005: FIDE Senior Trainer (FST).
2007-2009: Assistant to Chief Editor, and Collaborator, Intchess Magazine.
2007 (1 May) -2009: Technical Director, Global Chess Academy (Singapore).
Lecturer / Seminar Leader at 12 FIDE Trainers’ Seminars for FIDE
Singapore 2007, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2012, Chennai (India) 2008, 2012
Vung Tau (Vietnam) 2008, New Delhi (India) 2012.
2009: Member, FIDE Chess in Schools Committee.
2009: 1 FIDE Arbiter Seminar norm + 1 FA deputy Chief Arbiter norm.
2009: Team Singapore National Chess Coach (5th ASEAN PARA Games).
1 Dec 2009 - 31 Dec 2012: Technical Director, Singapore Chess Federation.
2009-present: Judge, Chess Judge Panel of the FIDE Trainers' Awards.
2009-present: Councilor, FIDE Trainers’ Commission.
2009-present: Senior Chess Author.
My adventures to 41 countries around the globe (largely thanks to Chess):
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Please take a moment to read my brief introduction.
I am a FIDE Senior Trainer, FIDE Lecturer/Seminar Leader, and International Chess Master with one Grandmaster norm.
I was born in Beograd, Serbia, in the Year of the Dragon, and won my International Master title in 1991.
In 2005, I was promoted to FIDE Senior Trainer, the highest Chess Trainer's title, recognized by the World Chess Federation.
I am officially licensed to train players above 2450 FIDE elo and Trainers from level three onwards.
My playing career includes winning three Team Championships of Yugoslavia, and one of Singapore, among other individual and team titles, successfully representing Yugoslavia on many occasions.
My training career includes professional experiences dating back from 1989. I have since been employed as a chess trainer in Yugoslavia, Singapore and Greece. Check out the "About me" page for more details!
I've learned chess at 6 years of age from my late father Milos, who introduced me to the game which is my life now. I was raised in a chess-loving environment, my father being a World renowned International FIDE Arbiter and a National Master, and my mother Verica a supporting parent.
In the period of 1992-2001, I was the National Coach, and
Director of the Computer Center, of the
Chess Federation of Yugoslavia.
I was also the National Coach of
Singapore 2002-2003, as trainer
of Intchess Asia Pte Ltd.
I trained two World Junior Champions, and around a hundred national champions, from U10 to Grandmaster level, both in Europe and Asia. I also trained national senior, junior, men and women representatives on five Olympiads and seven World Youth Championships, among other. I successfully trained and captained the national team of Singapore at the the Bled Olympiad 2002 in Slovenia and the 22nd SEA games 2003 in Vietnam.
During my chess career, I had opportunities of interacting with many chess legends, among them:
Bobby Fischer, the Polgar sisters, Edward Lasker, David Bronstein, Anatoly Karpov, Peter Leko, Peter Svidler, Sergey Rublevsky, Konstantin Sakaev, Vishwanathan Anand, Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Gary Kasparov, Boris Spassky, Ruslan Ponomariov, Svetozar Gligoric, Borislav Ivkov, Milunka Lazarevic, Nona Gaprindashvili, Xie Jun, Alisa Maric, Alexandra Kosteniuk, and many, many others!
I have successfully played, since 20 years ago, in professional 1st Division Leagues & Cups of Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Hungary and Singapore, from board one downwards, with teammates being none other than
Peter Leko, Alexander Khalifman, Peter Svidler, Sergey Rublevsky, Konstantin Sakaev, Vitaly Tseshkovsky,
Zoltan Almasi, Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Svetozar Gligoric, Borislav Ivkov, Alexander Matanovic, Dragoljub Velimirovic, Milan Matulovic, Branko Damljanovic, Igor Miladinovic, Alisa Maric, Natasa Bojkovic, Svetlana Prudnikova and many others.
Since 1998, I hold a position in the World Chess Federation (FIDE) as Chairman of the Computer & Internet Chess Committee. Previously I had also served as Secretary of the FIDE Trainers' Committee.
I support, teach and promote only fair play in chess.
I was engaged for three years in educating chess trainers and training 20+ top juniors in the Kavala Chess Club, Team Champion of Greece. I was also contracted as a Federal Trainer of the Greece Chess Federation, assigned for high level junior training for region Macedonia/Thraki.
I work since 1 May 2007 as Technical Director of the Global Chess Academy, FIDE Training Headquarters.
Regarding original theoretical contributions, I have invented, analyzed and played first (in all history of electronically recorded chess games) 6.Rg1! in the Sicilian Najdorf (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Rg1!?). Later, this move was adopted by GMs Zvjaginsev and Ivanchuk, among others.
I have also co-authored a line as White vs the Gruenfeld defense, with the early Be3, Qd2 and Rc1 setup (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 c5 8.Qd2 Qa5 (or 8...0-0) 8.Rc1), which was later, for a long while, one the most popular lines with White, adopted by many leading GMs.
Since 1989, I have combined the powers of a professional chess player and a professional chess trainer.
I have spent countless hours in over-the-board analysis with senior grandmasters and world junior champions. Combined with witnessing live analysis of "super-grandmasters" and exchanging thoughts with the world's most renowned chess trainers, my analytical and practical skills have been raised to a very high level.
Thanks to chess, I have visited, played, lived and/or worked in many countries around the World! Here they are, in random order: Russia, England, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Macedonia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Slovenia, Serbia & Montenegro, Republika Srpska, Ukraine, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Lithuania, Croatia, Switzerland, Singapore, China, Brunei, Vietnam, Algeria, South Africa, Puerto Rico and United States of America!
My tailored professional training syllabuses offer guaranteed chess and mind-thought improvement on all levels, individual or team related. All junior and senior students I have worked with, have experienced major boosts of positive energy, necessary for surviving and excelling, not only over the chess board. I also develop unique strategical program schemes, increasing any chess-related company's productivity in a relatively short period of time.
I am happily married to Sanja - Woman International Master (WIM) & PhD (formerly Specialist/Expert in Welding, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering)!
We have our son Djordje, for whom I promise to become a World (Youth) Chess Champion!
My professional references & recommendation letters 1991-2006!