October 17, 2011
The Serbia chess federation was created in 1992 after the breakaway of Yugoslavia. Without state support and with economical difficulties, the federation had much difficulty in maintaining the high chess profile as Yugoslavia had for four decades. The main international tournament Invesbanka was discontinued in 1997 and only minor competitions are available for chess players with the execption of the 2009 European Team Championship in Novi-Sad. Since Ljubomir Ljubojevic retired from chess at the beginning of this century, the best Serbian players are: Branko Damjlanovic, Petar Popovic and Ivan Ivanisevic.
The Serbian champions were:
1992 Aleksa Striković, 1993 Miroljub Lazić, 1994 Milan Vukić, 1995 Petar Popovic, 1996 Bozidar Ivanovic, 1997 Dragoljub Velimirovic, 1998 Miroslav Markovic, 1999 Miroslav Tošić, 2000 Zlatko Ilincic, 2001 Branko, Damljanovic, 2002 Milos Pavlović, 2003 Milos Perunović, 2004 Djukic, 2005 Perunović, 2006 Branko Tadic, 2007 Milos Perunović, 2008 Ivanisevic, 2009 Ivan Ivanisevic, 2010 Nikola Sedlak, 2011 Ivan Ivanisevic.