Velimirovic, Dragoljub (GM FIDE id 900079) — the lost years

A sad fact about FIDE is that they delete a player when they die. The deceased players records, including their FIDE card, are no longer made available to the public. A most unfortunate fact.

The consequences of this are a tremendous burden to those members of the chess community at large, who wish to preserve accurate records. Especially historically accurate records. Consider just one simple example – who is the reference authority for which players received FIDE titles, and what year they received them?

Normally it is FIDE, typically on the the player’s FIDE rating card. That is, when FIDE maintains the player’s record, which can sometimes include several decades when a player has retired and is inactive in chess (but hopefully not life!). But after the player dies there is no reference authority. Wikipedia, <CG> and others will typically refer to FIDE, but the links will be stale soon after a player is deceased. Then who? If a researcher is lucky, there will be some contemporaneous chess publication noting the award of the title.

But this kind of research is utterly unnecessary – if only FIDE would maintain the player’s record, and change the “inactive” tag to “deceased” (“permanently inactive?” – ah, better not go there!).

Now, having gotten that rant off my chess, and as a favor to my fellow <CG> collaborator <twinlark>, here are the records of the Dragoljub Velimiroic, the Yugoslavian/Serbian GM who recently passed away on May 22, 2014.


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FSR-2001-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   YUG  2484    8
FSR-2001-04.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   YUG  2484    0  12.05.1942
FSR-2001-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   YUG  2507   14  12.05.1942 M
FSR-2001-10.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   YUG  2515   17  12.05.1942 M
FSR-2002-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   YUG  2487   14  12.05.42 n
FSR-2002-04.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   YUG  2487    0  12.05.1942 M   n
FSR-2002-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   YUG  2487    0  12.05.1942
FSR-2002-10.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   YUG  2487    0  12.05.42
FSR-2003-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   YUG  2477    4  12.05.42
FSR-2003-04.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   YUG  2471   10  12.05.42
FSR-2003-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2471    0  12.05.42
FSR-2004-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2458    0  12.05.42
FSR-2004-04.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2458    0  12.05.42
FSR-2004-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2458    0  12.05.42
FSR-2004-10.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2458    0  12.05.42
FSR-2005-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2472   10  12.05.42
FSR-2005-04.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2472    0  12.05.42
FSR-2005-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2472    0  12.05.42
FSR-2005-10.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2472    0  1942
FSR-2006-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2452   24  1942
FSR-2006-04.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2452    0  1942
FSR-2006-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2452    0  1942
FSR-2006-10.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SCG  2459    9  1942
FSR-2007-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2442    9  1942
FSR-2007-04.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2442    0  1942
FSR-2007-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2442    0  1942
FSR-2007-10.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2442    0  1942
FSR-2008-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2415   29  1942
FSR-2008-04.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2415    0  1942
FSR-2008-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2415    0  1942
FSR-2008-10.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2415    0  1942
FSR-2009-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2430    9  1942
FSR-2009-04.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2438    3  1942
FSR-2009-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2438    0  1942
FSR-2009-09.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2438    0  1942
FSR-2009-11.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2425    9  1942
FSR-2010-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2425    0  1942
FSR-2010-03.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2425    0  1942
FSR-2010-05.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2425    0  1942
FSR-2010-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2425    0  1942
FSR-2010-09.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2425    0  1942
FSR-2010-11.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2425    0  1942  i
FSR-2011-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2421    8  1942
FSR-2011-03.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2421    0  1942
FSR-2011-05.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2410    4  1942
FSR-2011-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2407    6  1942
FSR-2011-09.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2407    0  1942
FSR-2011-11.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2407    0  1942
FSR-2012-01.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2407    0  1942
FSR-2012-03.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2407    0  1942
FSR-2012-05.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2407    0  1942
FSR-2012-07.txt:  900079  Velimirovic, Dragoljub            g   SRB  2407    0  1942  i
FSR-2012-09.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2012-10.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2012-11.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2012-12.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-01.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-02.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-03.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-04.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-05.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-06.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-07.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-08.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-09.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-10.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-11.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2013-12.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2014-01.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2014-02.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2014-03.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
FSR-2014-04.txt:  900079         Velimirovic, Dragoljub                                       SRB M   GM                       2407  0   10 1942  i
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