A young grandmaster in a game for his life

by ChessBase
4/17/2008 – Dušan Popovic, 25, was supposed to play for the Serbian team at the European Championship. Instead he is engaged in a battle for his life, after both his kidneys failed and, due to his rare blood group, family members could not donate an organ. Now only an operation in Russia can save his life. For this funds of 70,000 Euros need to be found. The Serbian Chess Federation has asked for help.

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Friends with great hearts. . .

We ask you to help one young talented man to continue his life!

Twenty-five-year-old Dušan Popovic, chess Olympiad player and state team member, today plays the most important game in his life – a game for his life – and only with your help the result will be in his advantage!

The departure of this chess player, who is in top ten chess players in Serbia, to the European Championship, was unexpectedly canceled due to the cruel game of destiny, when both his kidneys stopped working in the middle of March. His health situation is also difficult because of his blood group O–, which is the reason why none of the family members could be the organ donators.

Yet, there is a solution: a transplantation from an unknown donator, which should be performed in Russia. For this operation, financial assets of 70,000 Euros need to be provided.

We ask you to be part of team which will enable Dušan successful continuation of life by making a payment to one of the following accounts:

  • Foreign currency account of Komercijalna Banka with codes:
    IBAN code: RS35205200122725837328

  • Serbian dinar (RSD) account of Komercijalna Banka
    No : 205-1001525128000-14

Dušan Popovic was born in Sombor on 28th February 1983. He is a forth year student of the Economics Faculty in Novi Sad. Dušan is multiple cadet chess winner of Yugoslavia. He is one of the youngest Olympiad players who made the forth best result on his board at the Olympiad in Torino 2006. The same year the World Chess Federation officially recognised Dušan as a grandmaster. At the beginning of 2008, Dušan won the first prize in the highly competitive international tournament in Bizovac, Croatia.

We expect that the best Dušan's results are yet to come in the future, and the first one is successful end of health crisis.

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