Croatia is on top of the European chess world, once again, after Croatian grand-master Ivan Šarić won the European Chess Championships in Batumi, Georgia.
The 27-year-old Šarić defeated David Navara of the Czech Republic in the final round to claim the title - beating out a field of 135 grandmasters from around the European continent who took part in the competition.
The European Individual Chess Championships were played over 11 rounds according to the Swiss system and in accordance with European Chess Union and World Chess Federation Tournament Rules; including standard time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move.
The win gives Ivan Šaric 20,000 euros in prize money and an automatic qualification for the upcoming chess World Cup.
Šarić is the second Croatian to win European Individual Chess Champion after Zdenko Kožul won back in 2006.