Slovenian chess player Vesna Rožič was supposed to participate at the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship in Belgrade. Unfortunately, serious illness thwarted her intentions. Vesna now needs help from the chess family...
As someone who until recently actively played on 64 chess squares, I am very happy to welcome the arrival of the best chess players of the Old Continent to Belgrade and Serbia. For a good reason, this city has always been considered as one of the chess metropolises in the world. This is the place where some of the most spectacular matches or tournaments of recent history of this ancient game have been played. This is the place to which some of the greatest chess masters flocked as if to a place of pilgrimage. Generations of top chess players originated from here. Serbia nourishes chess tradition. Serbia is a country in which everybody knows and plays chess. Serbia highly appreciates chess players as sportsmen with first-class skills. We are looking forward to a new, big event – European Women’s Championship which will revive chess in Belgrade.
On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, it is my pleasure to welcome you here. In this country and in this city you are not guests. You are simply at your chess home.
PhD Alisa Maric
Minister of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Serbia
As an introduction into the forthcoming European Individual Women's Championship, "Chess Days in Belgrade" event will be held from 25th May to 15th June in Belgrade. The event will feature tournaments for the young, students and amateurs, as well as an outdoor simultaneous exhibition and a number of other chess gatherings.
Four Serbian chess players accepted the organiser’s request to do a series of promo photo shoots related to chess. The purpose of these photos is high quality presentation of European Individual Championship in Belgrade.
The following chess players participated in the shoots: International Master Sandra Djukic, FIDE Master Lena Miladinovic and Candidate Masters Jovana Bojovic and Barbara Dizdarevic. What they have in common, apart from their youth, beauty, smile and charm evident in the photos, is that they have previously won champion or vice-champion titles at national championships of different categories.
The Organising Committee has received registrations from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Norway as well as additional registrations from Georgia. There are currently 21 chess players from 6 national federations on the list of participants.
It is worth mentioning that the ex world champion and the current vice champion from the World Championship Antoaneta Stefanova is on the list of participants. Antoaneta will once again visit the city where in 1994 she started her big international career as a 15-year-old girl at the women’s super-tournament "Jugometal 94".