From 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!
You are welcome to read about some of the impressions of the chess players that decided to “sacrifice” a part of their summer vacations to join the summer chess camp:
“Great experience, very useful, serves as the inspiration to continue improving.” FM Martic Ivan
“The course has been a great experience and I have learned many nice tactics, endgames, exchange sacrifices and so on. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys the game of chess and for the beginners who want to learn about this amazing game.“ FM Randazzo Adrian
“I’ve had such a great time in this camp and I’ve learned a lot of things. It has been a great experience for me and I am so glad that I’ve spent my time here. Thank you so much for everything.” WFM Viktoria Radeva
“Great coaches, great camp, my play has improved a lot.” Sklenar Tomas
“Camp is very useful for everyone.” WFM Caglar Sila
“I really enjoyed the lessons because they were very interesting and the experience increased my love for chess.” Unknown
“Excellent, because the view of Slovenia was excellent.” Unknown
The organizers were pleased with the camp’s attendance and plan to organize it again next year and make it traditional.
Written by: Misa Hrenic
Photos by: Lena Uranjek