During the second weekend of June (June 8th – June 10th 2018) Slovenia’s 2nd largest city - Maribor will host a series of amazing chess events. European Chess Academy in cooperation with Slovenian chess club ZSK Maribor will organize the following events:
- Clock simultaneous exhibition with former World Champion challenger, Latvian Grandmaster Alexei Shirov
- A challenge to the current World Champion among seniors GM Evgeny Sveshnikov by the legendary GM Alexander Beliavsky
- Final of Styrian Cadets League
- Online match ZSK Maribor – Small World Chess Club Shanghai
- Maksimiljan Dular memorial blitz tournament
On Friday, 8th of June chess enthusiasts will be able to witness a clock simultaneous exhibition, where 6 Slovenian promising cadets will get the unique opportunity to test their knowledge against the former World Champion challenger – Latvian Grandmaster Alexei Shirov.
At the same time legendary GM Alexander Beliavsky will be challenging the current World Champion among seniors GM Evgeny Sveshinkov in 4 rapid games. Their fight will continue on the next day, when they will be playing 4 additional games - all at the same time!
Beljavski-Svešnikov (2) http://view.livechesscloud.com/71ab4084-d62f-4e5f-a453-e90e3b565155 - 2. dvoboj, petek, 8. 6. 2018.
Beljavski-Svešnikov (3) http://view.livechesscloud.com/2b69b2a4-d1ea-485b-984a-e41a8fb49aad - 3. dvoboj, petek, 8. 6. 2018.
Beljavski-Svešnikov (4) http://view.livechesscloud.com/4e770aae-6127-448d-81e2-871b6e6d79ba - 4. dvoboj, petek, 8. 6. 2018.
Beljavski-Svešnikov (M) http://view.livechesscloud.com/8eba22b7-c16a-4d4e-bace-c091c30e10c1 - Dvoboj, sobota, 9. 6. 2018.
Širov-Štajerska mladi http://view.livechesscloud.com/7b7db60c-8bd9-4864-b287-f9c31c5404d9 - Dvoboj petek, 8. 6. 2018.
Later on one of Slovenia’s biggest youth events – Styrian Cadets League will end with the final 10th tournament and reveal the overall winners. The league is being played since September 2017 and consists of total 10 tournaments in three different age groups - U9, U12 and U15. The league attracted over 200 young players of Northeastern part of Slovenia that regularly attended the tournaments in hopes of becoming the overall winners.
On the next day, June 9th, a unique online match between ZSK Maribor and Small World Chess Club Shanghai will be organized. The match will be played on 30 boards in different age groups – U10, U14 and U18. The match will strengthen the bond and deepen the friendship between the clubs.
Finally Maksimiljan Dular blitz tournament will be organized on the 10th of June to close the interesting weekend.
Many important chess personalities will visit and participate in the ceremonies of the spectacle - the most important among them will be the president of the European Chess Union Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the vice president of FIDE Boris Kutin and the presidents of Slovenian, Serbian and Croatian Chess Federations. The main supporter of the events, philanthropist Eugeny Ushakov, will also be joining them. Ushakov is also the main sponsor of the upcoming World Senior Chess Championship 2018.