Chess Open

Fixed star of the European chess scene

Since 1986, Schachopen Schwarzach has been attracting established grandmasters and promising amateurs to the Salzburg Sun Terrace for a top-class tournament. The traditional tournament is one of the best endowed and visited in Austria with perhaps the highest Elo average in the country.

Schwarzacher Chess Open 2018

The 33rd Schwarzacher Schach Open, from 14 to 22 July 2018 in the Festsaal Schwarzach was a complete success!

The Schwarzacher Schach Open has been a fixed component of the Austrian tournament calendar for decades. Also for this year’s new date in July, 160 players from 15 nations gathered to take part in the traditional chess tournament in Schwarzach.

The presence of no less than five Grand Masters and 20 international title holders once again showed the class of the tournament this year. No wonder, as the prize money and Elo points for the world rankings totalled 13,000 euros. A 17-member delegation of the famous "Botvinnik chess school”; from Russia also caused a sensation!

The main tournament was won by GM Ferenc Berkes from Hungary, ahead of the two Croatians GM Robert Zelcic and GM Mladen Palac, who both play at the chess club Schwarzach. In the B-tournament Andre Breedveld from Holland prevailed ahead of Herbert Berger from Radstadt.

The St. Veit/Schwarzach Tourist Board was delighted with the numerous players and their companions, who also provided a major economic boost for the region with over 1,600 overnight stays.

The organizers are already planning for the 34th Schwarzacher Schach Open, which will take place from 13 to 21 July 2019.

SV Schwarzach thanks all participants, sponsors and helpers and is looking forward to seeing you again in July 2019!

About chessop

The Schwarzacher Schachopen is played according to the Swiss system and counts for the Austrian and German national Elo classification as well as for the international EU Elo classification. In addition to the open main tournament, there are three other class tournaments for different Elo levels. Year after year, chessop attracts several grandmasters and international title holders – a high-class field of participants whose skills are expressed in highly exciting games. Further information as well as the registration for this year’s edition can be found at salzburgeropen. chess. at. You take part in the Schwarzacher Schachopen and are looking for accommodation or would like to attend the top-class chess event as a spectator? Then let us make you an offer today!