This year’s celebration was a very festive one as the chess players are celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first chess club in the city Maribor, Slovenia. The European Chess Academy also shared the festive spirit with its traditional Festival, which stretched to nine days this year.
The founders of European chess academy Georg Mohr and Adrian Mikhalchisin together with the academy’s main sponsor Evgeny Ushakov, president of the ECU Zurab Azmaiparashvili opened the series of different interesting events with the press conference.
For the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first chess club in the city this year, a number of well-known grandmasters took this opportunity to participate in this year’s chess festival. Among them are Antoaneta Stefanova, women’s world champion from 2004 to 2006. From this, she won the strong Women’s Open in Shaoxing, China, scoring 7 points from 9 games. She remained undefeated and ended up one point ahead of China’s Guo Qi, Harika Dronavalli of India and Munguntuul Batkhuyag from Mongolia, who shared places two to four.