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presentationThe 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 tournament in category Open 50+ is extremely tied. After 9 rounds GM Karen Movsziszian from Armenia and GM Bagaturov Giorgi from Georgia are in the lead. Both of them managed to score 7 and half points. 3rd place is currently being claimed by Russian IM Kalegin Evgenij with 7 points. If there will be no big surprises, someone among those three players will become the winner.

We have a very similar situation in the category Open 65+. We have two leaders: GM Jansa Vlastimil from Czech Republic and GM Baslashov Yuri from Russia. Both of them scored amazing 8 points. With 7 points another Russian GM Rashkovski is following them.

Among Women things are not that complicated. In category Women 50+ WGM Elvira Berend is in the clear lead with 7 and half points. She scored 1 point more than the second and third positioned players WGM Gabuzova Tatiana and WGM Stutinskaia Gallina - both from Russia.

In the oldest category among women – Women 65+ we have a new leader. The legendary Nona Gaprindashvili from Georgia finally took over the lead from now second WGM Kozlovskaya Valentina from Russia. 3rd is WIM Tsifanskaya Ludmila from Israel.

 

Memorial Planinec podiumThe 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).

IMG 20181117 133716 PANOFor 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.

In 1930s, dr. Milan Vidmar, a great son of Slovenian nation, wished to thank the chess world for all hospitality he received on his travels over the globe. He wanted to welcome his fellow players in Slovenia and be the best host ever seen. Knocking on many doors and writing a myriad of requests, he obtained what is the most important - money. Then he said: «We will play in Bled; the world should see how beautiful is our Slovenia! I will invite the best of the best; I will organize the tournament for all eternity! » 

planinc pic 300Organizer: 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: wssc2018@gmail.com,
- 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.

20180812 participantsFrom 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! 

European Chess Academy

Istrska ulica 60h / 2000 Maribor / Slovenia +386 (40) 834 432