Thursday, 16 February 2012 00:49
The 4th International Villach Open is being played from 11th to 18th February. The 9-round Open is organized by the ESV ASKÖ Admira Villach and incorporates the 31st Open Championship of Villach.
The playing venue is Volkshaus Völkendorf, Neubaugasse 9, 9500 Villach, Austria. The tournament is themed as “Chess at the meeting point of three cultures” – Austria, Italy and Slovenia.
GM Nikola Sedlak is the top seeded player. World Senior Champion GM Vladimir Okhotnik and Friulian legend FM Ivano Ceschia, who recently won an IM norm in Forni di Sopra, are also participating.
Villach (Slovenian: Beljak, Italian: Villaco, Friulian: Vilac) is the second largest city in the Carinthia state in the southern Austria, at the Drava River and represents an important traffic junction for Austria and the whole Alpe-Adria region.
After six rounds of play, GM Horvath Jozsef HUN 2531, GM Sedlak Nikola SRB 2587, Cabarkapa Novak SRB 2299, GM Okhotnik Vladimir FRA 2467, MK Fauland Peter AUT 2229 and Wertjanz David AUT 2235 are leading with 5 points each. 99 players participate.