Borki Predojevic


FIDE Trainer GM Borki Predojević is the Calusa Prep International Chess Program Expert Consultant, who will conduct coaching clinics for the advanced level members of the team. Considered one of the world's leading opening theory experts of his generation, he has recently been enjoying a string of successes as a chess coach, most notably mentoring Akshat Chandra all the way through his meteoric rise to the titles of the U.S. National K-12 Champion and U.S. Junior Champion (Closed) in 2015.

Borki's junior career was incredibly successful, with countless extraordinary achievements. He became an International Master by the age of 15, and his Grandmaster title followed soon thereafter, when he fulfilled the third norm at the 36th Chess Olympiad (Càlvia, 2004) at the age of 17. In 1999, Borki won the U-12 European Youth Championship (Litohoro, Greece), two years later he became the U-14 European Champion (Kallithea, Greece), and in 2003 he won the U-16 World Junior Championship (also held in Kallithea).

Transition to professional chess can be difficult for some players, but Borki proved up to the task. He won many international tournaments over the past 12 years, with several career highlights: he appeared in six of the “Bosna” super-tournaments (2004-2010), finishing second in 2007 (in the XVII category tournament) and 2009 (in the XVIII category tournament). His best result at one of the world’s strongest open tournaments (“Aeroflot”, Moscow) was 4th place, in 2009.

He has won many national awards, most notably “Most Outstanding Sportsman in Republika Srpska” in 1999 and 2003. A keen writer and tireless chess analyst, Borki authored “My Creativity in Chess” (2010), and appears as an editor in Chess Openings 24/7 and a contributor in several volumes of “Chess Evolution” as well as numerous other chess periodicals.

Borki's FIDE rating peaked recently at 2655 in May 2016, which put him in the World's Top 100 and reconfirmed that he still has a lot to offer at the international circuit. The absolute pinnacle of his career remains his valiant effort against the World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, when Borki managed to lose only one game against his mighty opponent in a rapid mini-match held in Lillehammer, Norway in 2013.

Watch Borki on YT squaring off against Magnus the Great