The 28th World Senior Chess Championship, which is being held from November 17th until November 29th 2018, is currently in full swing. The championship is divided into 4 categories: Open 50+, Open 65+, Women 50+ and Women 65+. 330 participants come from 57 different countries and all continents. Among these players are 20 Grandmasters and 10 women Grandmasters. The biggest number of participants, 180 of them, play in the category Open 65+. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov from Russia is defending his title from last year. This year his competition is quite strong. GM Jansa Vlastimil from Czech Republic is currently in the lead with all points. The strengths in category Open 50+ are currently more equally distributed. 5 players have collected 5 points so far (GM Danielsen, GM Sturua, GM Arakhamia – Grant, GM Bagaturov and GM Movsziszian).
For first time Slovenia is hosting the World Senior Chess Championship. The city of Bled (nearly 6.000 inhabitants) in northern Slovenia, situated between Jesenice and the capital Ljubljana, is hosting this important tournament.
Organizer: European Chess Academy - www.european-chessacademy.com
When: Saturday, November 24th 2018, 10.00.
Where: GRAND Hotel Toplice, Cesta svobode 12, Bled, Slovenia.
Registration: till 22nd of November:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
- SMS: +386 40 834 432,
- In the office of the Senior World Championship 2018.
Late entries are possible (till 24th of November, 9.00) = 50% higher entry fee.
From 23rd of July until 28th of July 2018, chess players of different strengths, ages and nationalities came together to enjoy the International Summer Chess Camp in Maribor, Slovenia, which was organized by the establishers of European Chess Academy (http://european-chessacademy.com/index.php/), GM Georg Mohr and GM Adrian Mikhalchishin in cooperation with Slovenian chess club ZSK Maribor (https://www.zsk.si/). In total 44 participants from 14 countries (South Korea, China, Singapore, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Argentina and Slovenia) and 3 continents came to listen to daily chess lectures from some of the world's best trainers – GM, FST Arshak Petrosian and GM, FST Adrian Mikhalcisin alongside some of the best Slovenian coaches IM, FT Tadej Sakelsek, WIM, FI Karmen Mar and FI Misa Hrenic. Besides that the players, aged between 7 and 71 years old, were able to benefit from various other activities: they got to participate in the simultaneous exhibition against strong Grandmasters, measure their strengths and knowledge in a fun blitz tournament, enjoy themselves in various outdoor activities, some of them even decided to watch a chess movie and lastly – all of them made new friends. All that in only one week!
During the second weekend of June (June 8th – June 10th 2018) Slovenia’s second largest city - Maribor hosted a series of amazing chess events in different parts of the city. European Chess Academy in cooperation with Slovenian chess club ZSK Maribor organized 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 Slovenian GM Alexander Beliavsky
- Final of Styrian Cadets League
- Online match ZSK Maribor – Small World Chess Club Shanghai
- Maksimiljan Dular memorial blitz tournament