About me

I was born in Paraćin, Serbia on July, 31st 1974. I finished primary and secondary school in my hometown Paraćin. In January 2000, I was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Niš, Serbia. One of the best parts of my life was spent in Bochum, Germany (2000 - 2002) where I attended M.Sc studies with my wife Jelena. In August 2002, I earned a Master of Science degree in Computational Engineering from Ruhr University.

From 2012-2016. I worked as the Manager of Tourism Organization in Paraćin Municipality. Earlier I had worked as Head of Urban Department in Paraćin Municipality (2008-2012.) and Chief of Urban Department (2005-2008). As I was trained to manage, and maintain computer networks, before 2005, I worked as a system administrator. Currently, I work as a full-time chess professional. Chess has been my passion from the early ages. I started to play chess when I was 6 and played in my first tournament when I was 11. Due to many school obligations, I never had enough time to seriously work on my improvement. I received the FM title in 2009 and have earned 2 IM norms. First was in Paraćin, in July 2008, and the second in Kharkiv, Ukraine in March 2010. You can see my FIDE card by clicking the button under my photo.

Beside playing chess I am also a chess arbiter and chess organizer. I was awarded the FA (FIDE Arbiter) title in 2009, and the highest arbiter title IA (International Arbiter) during 2012, and the IO title (International Organizer) in 2013. The most important tournaments in which I was an arbiter were: at the European Club Cup in Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia in September 2011, at the 13th European Individual Chess Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in March 2012, where I was an arbiter for the top 15 boards with 2700+ players, and at the 23rd European Youth Chess Championship in Budva, Montenegro in September/October 2013. In the period of 1994-1998, I organized International OPEN Junior Chess Tournaments in Paraćin. Back in 2008, I started to organize International Chess Festival in Paraćin each summer. Nowadays, this Chess Festival is the most important chess event in Serbia and one of the best in the region. Each year number of participants is increasing (in 2019 app. 400 participants from 30+ federations all over the world). More details are available at our official web site www.paracinchess.rs

I am also the Founder and President of a local chess organization called Youth Chess Club "Paraćin". We have a very famous chess school and team and single tournament successes in all categories. From November 2019 I perform duty of Rating Officer for Serbian Chess Federation. Starting in 2004, I began working as an online chess coach and now have many satisfied students worldwide. Up until now, I have traveled to the USA 3 times and have worked as a chess coach at different chess camps and workshops for kids and adults, mostly in Missouri, (St. Louis and Kansas City). I was honored to be the first professional chess player and coach who hosted public chess events at, nowadays, the most famous chess club in the world: St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center!

I am married to Jelena and I have two great kids, Miloš (2002) and Milica (2006). I speak fluent English and have a basic knowledge of the German language.