Josip Rukavina (born October 29, 1942) is a Croatian chess International Master.[1] He played in the June 1973 Leningrad Interzonal tournament, intended to select a challenger to Bobby Fischer for the World Chess Championship 1975. Rukavina finished fifteenth out of eighteen players in total.[2] Among his games in this tournament was one that he won against Viktor Korchnoi, who previously had a one-point lead, but subsequently ended up finishing the tournament tied with Anatoly Karpov.[3] He also lost a game in the same tournament to Jan Smejkal.[4]

Josip Rukavina
Born (1942-10-29) October 29, 1942 (age 77)
TitleInternational Master
FIDE rating2384


  1. ^ "Rukavina, Josip FIDE Chess Profile". FIDE. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  2. ^ "Leningrad Interzonal (1973)". Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  3. ^ Soltis, Andrew (2016-04-07). Soviet Chess 1917-1991. McFarland & Company. p. 315. ISBN 9781476611235.
  4. ^ "Chess: Even the Leaders Can Slip (and Even the Also‐Rans Triumph)". The New York Times. 1973-06-21. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-01.

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