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20180223 teja vidicThis time European chess academy presents the current Slovenian champion among women and women national team member – Teja Vidic. Almost 20-year old Teja was born in Ljubljana. Currently she is holding the title of woman FIDE master. Chess was introduced to her in the second grade of elementary school when she started to attend chess classes with her friends. Teja says that she almost gave up on chess, due to the initial losses, but she pulled through the hard times and started to love the royal game.

In national youth championships Teja regularly finished among top three and last year she earned herself the title of Slovenian champion among women. In 2017 she also won her first norm for women international master.

Teja is also great at keeping balance between her formal education and chess activities. She finished high school with top scores and is now attending classes at the Faculty of Medicine. Even though the studies demand a lot of effort, she hopes that there will be enough time left for her to study and play chess also. Her biggest goal is to become a women grandmaster.

We at European chess academy wish Teja success in the future. We will help her to achieve her desired goals.

20180211 jan marnEuropean chess academy is proud to present yet another talented and promising Slovenian chess player, Jan Marn.

14 – year old Jan Marn was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His first contact with chess happened at his home when he was only 5 years old. Only a year after getting to know the game, he already participated in his first tournament. Ever since 2012 Jan is regularly attending both national and international tournaments. He was a member of a Slovenian chess club SK Komenda up until 2018 when he gladly accepted the offer to become a part of a well-established Slovenian chess club ZSK Maribor.

We at European chess academy wish Jan future success and we hope to be of great help to him in the process.

Some of Jan’s most visible achievements:

boris markoja pep2017European Chess Academy is proud to present one of the most promising candidates for the new Slovenian Grandmaster – 20 year old IM Boris Markoja.

Boris is coming from a small town called Turnisce, which is located in northeastern part of Slovenia. His love for chess started when he was only 6 years old. He was practicing it while playing against different family members, but it was his brother Uros’ example that pushed him to go further. His more ‘offical’ chess path started when he joined a club called SD Radenska Pomgrad where he stayed until 2018 when the biggest Slovenian chess club ZSK Maribor showed interest in him and asked him to join them. His first bigger success happened in 2008 when he won the title of Slovenian youth champion in his age group U10. Since then his career as a chess player started to improve dramatically. Ever since 2013 Boris is a member of Slovenian youth and men teams. In 2016 his career reached its highest peak so far when he obtained the title of International Master. 

So far Boris won many titles of Slovenian youth champion in different age groups, he played marvelously in different international open tournaments and he represented his country in different World and European youth chess championships.   

We at European Chess Academy wish Boris success in his future chess path and we hope to be of great help to him!

A chess patron Eugeny Ushakov and the European Chess Academy are proud to announce that they have taken under their wings a young promising Slovenian chess player Jaka Juvan.

Jaka is from Muta, he competes for a chess club from Slovenj Gradec and in he is among the best Slovenian chess players in his age category. Despite his medical issues, Jaka's love of chess is unparalleled.

The European Chess Academy is glad to help by providing free training lessons (with grandmasters Adrian Mikhailchishin and Georg Mohr). We hope that lessons further Jaka's chess skills, bring him joy and encourage him on the way towards even bigger success.

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