December 8, 2009
Beautiful Slovenian resort near the border of Austria which staged a few world class tournaments. The first one in 1931 was a triumph for Alexander Alekhine 20½ far ahead of Efim Bogoljubow 15 and Aaron Nimzowitsch 14. In 1959 the city welcomed the participant of the first half of the 4th Candidates’ Tournament and the victory of the 22 years old Mikhail Tal. In 1961 Tal scored another sensational victory despite a first ever lost against Robert Fischer. In 2002 The city greeted the 1,500 participant of the 2002 Chess Olympiad with an usual clean victory for the Russian team for the men and another Chinese triumph in the women’s section. Since 1980 an International Open is organized.
The winners of the Bled Chess Festival
1980 Josip Rukavina, 1981 Petrag Ostojic, 1982 Petrag Ostojic, 1983 Z.Novoselski, 1984 V.Mencinger, 1985 Dusan Rajkovic, 1986 Juraj Nikolac, 1987 Goran Cabrilo, 1988 Vladimir Raicevic, 1989 Vladimir Raicevic, 1990 A.Grosar, 1991 Drazen Sermek, 1992 Drazen Sermek, 1993 Drazen Sermek, 1994 Miso Cebalo, 1995 Zenko Kozul, 1996 A lexander Beliavsky, 1997 Emil Sutovski, 1998 Evgeny Sveshnikov, 1999 Gyula Sax, 2000 Zdenko Kozul 2001 Evgeny Sveshnikov, 2002 Zoltan Gyimesi, 2003 Sebenik Matej, 2008 Evgeny Sveshnikov.