After the passing of the legendary Grandmaster Svetozar Gligoric the chess club from Pancevo inherited his rich personal library and memorabilia.
Chess club Svetozar Gligoric – Gliga is meeting in its 250sqm premises in the centre of Pancevo, 20km from Serbian capital Belgrade.
While the left room is holding rows of chess tables for games, the space on the right is reserved for the personal belongings of the late Grandmaster.
And this is only a part of the collection – consisting of magazines, bulletins, books, framed photographs, newspaper excerpts, analyses and various other memorabilia.
The more valuable items are currently stored in the apartment of the club president, IO Miladin Mitrovic, until a proper space is arranged for the real “Gligoric Museum”.
The chess club is holding a fund-raising concert on 21st June at the Cultural Centre in Pancevo, to collect donations for the establishment of Museum.
Grandmaster Boban Bogosavljevic from Vrsac, IM Dusan Radovanovic from the Serbian Chess federation office, and SCF Delegate Goran Urosevic visited the club to travel back in time all the way to 1939 when Gligoric became Master at age of 16.
Enquiries in English about the collection and Museum can be sent to Serbian Chess Federation
Entry to chess club Svetozar Gligoric-Gliga
The oldest photograph of Gligoric
Certificate from 1962 Chess Olympiad in Varna
Certificate of San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
A portion of plaques and trophies
GM Boban Bogosavljevic and club president Miladin Mitrovic
With wife Dana
Throughout the years Gligoric collected a huge number of newspaper excerpts
Bulletin from Saint John 1988
Newspaper excerpt from 1939 when Gligoric became national master
Besides the printed games, Gligoric also collected sketches of the players
Bobby Fischer files
Envelope with material that Gligoric prepared for Bobby Fischer before the 1992 Match against Boris Spassky
A look inside the envelope – back then it was like this
Taimanov and Keres envelopes
The playing section of chess club Svetozar Gligoric – Gliga