The European Team Chess Championship 2021 will take place between 11th and 22nd of November at Terme Čatež near Brežice in Slovenia. The event is organized by the Chess Federation of Slovenia under the auspices of the European Chess Union (ECU).
Terme Čatež is a natural and the largest Slovenian health resort, the springs of which were discovered in this area as early as 1797. They offer a wide selection of water and sport activities, congress offers and health services. The thermal centre is undoubtedly a great location to relax and play chess. The official host of the championship is Hotel Spa; accommodation is also available in other hotels, which are part of the Terme Čatež complex.
Team standings based on the current sum of the individual player rankings on the FIDE chart:
Slovenia is a country with a successful and long chess tradition. Chess has been in our hearts since the second half of the 19th century, when we excelled in European chess problem. We became recognized in the world of the tournament chess with Dr. Milan Vidmar, also a founder of the first Slovenian chess club.
During the time of Yugoslavia, they organized numerous national and international tournaments, in which Slovenians achieved excellent results.
We have participated in many Olympics and European Championships, and this year we have the honour of hosting the European Team Chess Championship. We have briefly introduced our greatest masters; with whom you’ll be able to compete against, or follow them in the tournament.
Dr. Milan Vidmar
Milan Vidmar was a Slovenian electrical engineer, chess player, philosopher and writer. He received his PhD in 1910 in technical sciences. As an excellent chess player, he was the fourth best player in the world in his time, earning the Grandmaster title in 1911. In 1940, he was the Champion of Yugoslavia.
In 1921 he founded and chaired the Yugoslav Chess Federation in Celje, and in 1935 he became the honorary president of the Slovenian Chess Federation. He was also an international Arbiter.
Vasja Pirc was a Slovenian Grandmaster. From 1931 to 1957 he was one of the most successful members of the Yugoslav chess team, with which he participated in seven chess Olympics. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 1953. At the top of his chess career, he was among the ten strongest chess players in the world. The Pirc Defence is named after him. For his work he received a state decoration, the Bloudek Award and recognition award from the Slovenian Chess Federation.
The Slovenian professional chess player earned the title of International master in 1950, and the title of chess Grandmaster in 1984. He participated in 17 Yugoslav championships, winning first place in 1949 in Vienna, 1957 and 1960 in Sarajevo. He was a member of the Yugoslav team when they won the 1950 Olympics in Dubrovnik.
Albin Planinc is ranked among the four best Slovenian chess players of all time. In 1962 he became the Slovenian junior national champion, and in 1968 he won the title of national champion. He was the champion of the 1st Vidmar Memorial (1969), won in Čačak (1970) and Varna (1972). In 1972 he was awarded the title of chess Grandmaster. With the Yugoslav national team he won a silver medal at the 1974 Chess Olympics in Nice.
Bruno Parma achieved success as a high school student, when he won the Yugoslav Youth Chess Championship for three years in a row. In 1961, he became the world junior champion in The Hague, making him the youngest international master in the world at the time. He was a member of the Yugoslav national team, competed in eight Olympics and is the holder of six Olympic medals. He was awarded the Grandmaster title by FIDE in 1963 on the basis of the Beverwijk Grand Tour.