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23rd Belgrade International Open Championship

24th November to 2nd December in Obrenovac, near Belgrade

The 23rd Belgrade International Open Championship is set to take place from 24th November to 2nd December in Obrenovac, near Belgrade. The Championship will be played in 9 rounds according to the FIDE Swiss System (computer pairing). The rate of play is 2 hours for 40 moves plus 30 minutes till the end of the game. The organizer has provided participation of minimum 20 foreign players to make possible achievement of international norms for FIDE titles.

Pre-registered players:

GM Gergely Szabo and GM Vlad-Cristian Jianu (Romania), GM Dragisa Blagojevic and GM Milan Drasko (Montenegro), GM Dragan Barlov (Serbia), GM Dragoljub Jacimovic (FYR of Macedonia), GM Momchil Nikolov, GM Milen Vasilev, WIM Iva Videnova, IM Petar Drenchev and FM Hristo Velchev (Bulgaria), FM Trujillo Alvarado Ivan, Angel Acosta Juan Carlos, Perez Garcia Roberto, Lopez Colon Francisco, Fernandez Manrique Agustin and Lopez Pereyra Antonio (all from Spain).

Belgrade winner

In order to provide the young and talented players opportunity to measure their skills against experienced masters from abroad, in 1948 the first international tournament was organized. 20 players participated, playing in accordance with the Berger’s system.

The last international tournament marking the anniversary of liberation of Belgrade was played in 1969 and such tournaments suited to the occasion were not played until 1975. This practice was renewed in 1975, when the 1st International October Championship of Belgrade was staged. These tournaments were played in accordance with the Swiss system every year until 1987.

Altogether 1327 players competed in them and 106 of these players were foreign ones from 28 countries in five continents, including: Algeria, Argentine, Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Chile, Denmark, Great Britain, Finland, France, Israel, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Canada, Columbia, Cuba, Luxembourg, Hungary, New Zealand, Paraguay, Poland, USA, Switzerland and Spain.

From the year 2001 (when 14th tournament was played ) till this year, all tournaments were played in Obrenovac, under the sponsorship of Belgrade Assembly. All of these tournaments produced a high publicity impact and helped many chess players to acquire experience and win rating points, while some of them won norms for the international titles.

International Open championship of Belgrade was included in system of competition, which is under sponsorship of Secretary of sport and youth named ”Belgrade Trophy”.

Contact information:

BELGRADE CHESS FEDERATION

11000 Belgrade, Deligradska 27/III, Serbia

Tel/Fax +381-11-26-56-846

Web: www.beochess.rs

E-mail: beochess@yahoo.com

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