Laura Unuk is the best Slovenian woman chess player. At the age of 13, she won the title of national member champion. She is a two-time world junior champion in the under-16 (2014) and under-18 (2017) categories. In 2014, she received the Bloudek Plaque for a significant competitive achievement in sports. In total, she won 10 medals at the European and World Junior Championships. She achieved the title of Woman Grandmaster in 2018 and the title of International Master in 2021. Since 2013, she has been playing for the Slovenian women’s national team, with which she has 3 Olympic appearances.
Luka Lenič has been Slovenia’s best chess player since 2012. In the junior categories, he shone in 2002 with the title of world champion under 14. In total, he won 4 medals at the European and World Youth Championships. He has been a member of the A national team since 2007. He achieved a high performance rating at the Olympics in Baku (2740) and at the Team EC in Crete (2747). In 2017, he qualified for the World Cup and a year later he was 83rd in the world rankings.
Jure Škoberne joined the best Slovenian chess players by winning the title of Grandmaster in 2010. In 2017 he became the absolute national champion in the member competition. He has a team medal from the 2004 Youth European Championships. In 2011 and 2018 he won the Nova Gorica Open tournament and achieved excellent results as a Slovenian representative at team member championships. He participated in four chess Olympiads in the years 2008 – 2018. In addition to chess, he is successfully professionally involved in entrepreneurship.
Jure Borišek is one of the best Slovenian chess players and a Grandmaster since 2009. With the Slovenian national team he has participated in nine Olympics and numerous European Championships. In Turkey in 2004, he became the European Under-18 Champion. He won a bronze medal with the team at the Junior EC. After winning the Grandmaster title, he devoted himself to his studies and received his PhD in pharmacy. At the Team EC in Batumi 2019, he achieved the sixth best result on the 2nd chessboard (performance rating 2729).
Ana Srebrnič has been a female grandmaster since 2006. In 2008 and 2012, she was a national champion among members. As part of the women’s team, she participated in 6 Olympics in 2002-2014 and several European Championships, when Slovenian female competitors achieved the highest rankings among the ten best national teams. Recently, Ana has become an internationally recognized chess arbiter.
Matej Šebenik has been a Grandmaster since 2012 and the selector of the junior national team. In 1994 he won 2nd place at the European Under-12 Championships in fast chess. In 2009, he achieved the best result on his chessboard at the team EC. At the 2010 Chess Olympics in Russia, he performed for the first time for the Slovenian national team; he has a total of 6 Olympic appearances. In 2014, he became the national champion among the members. He also proved himself in fast chess when he won 9th place at the European Championships (Tallinn, 2019). He’s been coaching the best Slovenian chess player Laura Unuk for several years.
Darja Kapš became a national member champion for the first time in 2001 and qualified for the women’s national team. She has two medals from the European team chess championships (2001 and 2003) for the individual result. She has held the title of Woman Grandmaster since 2006. She competed in five chess Olympics in 2002-2006, 2010 and 2018. In 2006, she and her team finished 9th. Since 2019, she has been the Vice-President of the Slovenian Chess Federation.
Jana Krivec, a PhD in psychology, described chess as her second life passion, the title of Woman Grandmaster has belonged to her since 2007. She is a seven-time member national champion. She made her debut in the Slovenian Olympic team in 1996 in Yerevan and was its member until 2018, at a total of 12 Olympics. In Turin in 2006, the team finished 9th. With the Slovenian women’s national team, she also won 6th and 9th place at the European Championships in 2007 and 2009.
Duško Pavasović was a member of the Slovenian men’s national team for many years, in which he made his debut in 1998. A year later he became a Grandmaster. He competed in seven chess Olympics from 1998 to 2010. From 2012 to 2014, he was also the national team selector. He is a multiple national member chess champion and winner of open international chess tournaments in Ljubljana and Nova Gorica. In 2007, he achieved an outstanding 4th place at the European Member Championships and qualified for the World Cup.
Marko Tratar has held the title of chess Grandmaster since 2006. He is a two-time absolute national champion (1997, 2015). He made his debut for the Slovenian national team at the Chess Olympics in 1992. He also participated in the Olympics in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2014. He is the author of several chess articles published in the Slovenian media.