During the free day of the World Senior Chess Championship another rapid tournament in memory of the legendary Slovenian grandmaster Albin Planinc was organized by the European Chess Academy and Slovenian Chess Federation. The prize fund of 3800€ attracted in total 155 players from 32 countries. Among them were 12 grandmasters and 2 women grandmasters. After 9 rounds GM Mladen Palac from Croatia won the tournament and he was followed by the best senior player GM Rashkovsky Nukhim and the best Slovenian player GM Marko Tratar. GM Lagarde Maxime from France the first seed pf the tournament finished 4th. All of them finished with 7 and half points. The best woman was WGM Berend Elvira from Luxembourg.
Besides the main tournament and the memorial of Albin Planinc many other events are being organized as well: 2 blitz tournaments, special lectures by GM Adrian Mikhalchisin, literature evenings in Russian and English languages, trips all over Slovenia and for the first time in history during the chess tournament also Escape room.
All of the events naturally would not have been possible without the help of the sponsors. The organizers would especially like to thank Chess Base for all the support. Special thanks also go to the main supporter of the European Chess Academy Evgeny Ushakov.