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”With great sadness we inform the public that the Director and Chief Editor of “Chess Informant”, IM Zdenko Krnić, tragically lost his life in Belgrade at the age of 62. Krnić passed away in the hospital on Friday, 23rd July, after suffering severe injuries in a traffic accident one week earlier.
Zdenko Krnić was born 1947 in Maribor (now Slovenia), and he spent the childhood in Sombor. He became National Master at the 1970 Yugoslav Championship in Vrnjačka Banja. His biggest success was silver medal at the 1980 Yugoslavia Championship in Skender Vakuf. He participated in more than 50 international competitions and held a title of International Master. For many years he was player and captain of the popular club “Red Star”.
He worked with Chess Informant for almost 40 years, on all levels, from contributor to director. During his carrier he co-operated with all of the world’s best players. He joined the Chess Informant during the preparation of issue 15, and the tragic accident happened when he was working on the issue number 108. Zdenko Krnić was injured on the crosswalk by a careless motorcycle driver who then run away.The departure of Zdenko Krnić leaves huge blank in Serbian chess and “his” Chess Informant.
Chess Informant colleagues
With this it is left to say that Zdenko died of injuries sustained from an accident involving a motor cycle. He was not in any way at fault. He is survived by his wife Zdenka and two sons, Bojan and Goran.
I first met Zdenko in 1985 when I first broke onto the European chess scene. At the time the Chess Informat was the ‘thing’ and it maintained it’s dominance in the market by agressive and dynamic marketing, especially by Zdenko. I was a frequent collaborator with Chess Informant for many years.
It was Zdenko who convinced me of the advantages of data-base technologies…as far back as 1989. Zdenko has family living in the Toronto area. My most sencere condolences to the whole family. The chess world will never be the same!
Here is the only game that I played against Krnic, at the 1995 Canadian Open in Toronto, without a doubt the best Canadian Open ever held in the Toronto area in the 20th century, and possibly since also. A classy event held at the (then) prestigious Primrose Hotel, it was not only competently organized by REAL arbiters, but it was an event that was enjoyed by all , without any of the Hal Bond–”Houston. We have a glitch here…’
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