Mladen Palac (born 18 February 1971) is a Croatian chess player. He holds the title of Grandmaster, which FIDE awarded him in 1993.

Mladen Palac
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Mladen Palac, Warsaw 2013
CountryYugoslavia → Croatia
Born (1971-02-18) 18 February 1971 (age 48)
Donji Mamići, Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
TitleGrandmaster (1993)
FIDE rating2536 (February 2020)

Palac was born in Donji Mamići, Bosnia and Herzegovina (then Yugoslavia). In 1998 he won the Biel Grandmaster Tournament. Palac became the Croatian national champion for the first time in 2001, when he was the highest finishing Croatian player in the Pula Open.[1] He took the national champion title three more times by winning the Croatian Chess Championship in 2004, 2008 and 2012. In 2005 he was awarded the title of FIDE Trainer. Palac finished third in the European Blitz Championship of 2006.[2] He finished 16th at the European Individual Chess Championship in 2016 and, being among the top 23, qualified for the FIDE World Cup 2017.[3] Here he lost to Ian Nepomniachtchi in the first round after the tiebreakers and was therefore eliminated from the tournament.[4]

In team competitions, Palac played for Yugoslavia in the Boys' Chess Balkaniad 1989 and for Croatia in the Chess Olympiad, World Team Chess Championship, European Team Chess Championship and Mitropa Cup.[5]


  1. ^ "The Week in Chess 342". Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  2. ^ "The Week in Chess 589". Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  3. ^ "Ernesto Inarkiev convincing winner of 2016 European Chess Championship". Chessdom. 2016-05-24. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  4. ^ Shah, Sagar (2017-09-06). "FIDE World Cup 2017 tiebreaks: Nail biting chess and true sportsmanship". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  5. ^ Mladen Palac team chess record at

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