Belogradchik Chess Festival

One of the top amateur open chess event of the year

After the fantastic World Amateur Chess Championship, amateur chess events are on the rise. The latest example is the Belogradchik Chess Festival, that will take place September 5th-12th, 2010.

The festival is organized by Belogradchik municipality, Chess club “Naiden Voinov” Vidin, Bulgarian Chess Federation, and GM Alexandar Delchev. The championship is open for players U2250 rating and is a classical Swiss event with time control 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment time.


The festival features a prize fund of 7669 eur. The winner of the event takes 1500 eur, the second placed is awarded 1000, and prizes are available up to 10th position. The high prize fund has already attracted international participation, as players from India, USA, Ecuador, Nigeria, and Serbia have signed up.

The venue hotel of the Festival is the four star “Skalite” spa hotel, situated in the absolute center of Belogradchik and viewing the magnificent Belogradchik rocks – so famous for their amazing shapes and beauty.

There will be 3 playing halls provided by the hotel for the Balkan amateur chess festival. They are close to each other and provide excellent conditions for play.

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Side events

The organizers from Chess club “Naiden Voinov” are preparing many parallel side events. The participants will be able to enjoy a Master Class featuring GM Delchev, GM Kogan, WGM Djingarova, and FM Hristo Velchev.

Visits to local natural and historical places – like fortress “Kaleto”, the Magurata cave, “Kozarnika” cave (with evidence of first man existence in Europe), and “Baba Vida” fortress are also planned.

On Friday, September 10th, a 9 round blitz swiss tournament for participants below 2250 will be held.

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