In order to give young and talented players opportunity to mesure their skills with experienced masters from abroad, in 1948 from 25th to 18 th January, the first international tournament was organized. 20 players participated, playing in accordance with the Berger's system. The last international tournament marking the anniversary of liberation of Belgrade was played in 1969 and such tournaments suited to the occasion were not played untill 1975. This practice was continued in 1975, when the 1st International October Championship of Belgrade was staged in Belgrade from October 24th to November 7th. These tournaments were staged in accordance with the Swiss system every year until 1987. There were 13 tournaments altogether.
Altogether 1327 players competed in them and 106 of these players were foreign ones from 28 countries in five countinents, including: Algeria, Argentine, Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Chile, Denmark, Great Britain, Finland, France, Isreal, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Canada, Columbia, Cuba, Luxembourg, Hungary, New Zeland, Paraguay, Poland, USA, Switzerland and Spain.
The hotel »Yugoslavia« in Belgrade from 04 to 15 December 1988 held a major international chess JAT GMA-open tournament, which was played in the World Cup qualifying. He performed 158 players from 27 countries, including 100 grandmasters, 76 international masters, etc., which is an unprecedented record in the world by the number of grandmasters in one tournament, with the exception of chess olympiad. This grand event was held the world chess in the open tournament in Belgrade, and is considered as the XIV International Open Championship of Belgrade.
From 2001 (when 14 tournaments were played ) till this year, all tournaments were played in Obrenovac, under the sponsorship of Belgarde Assambly.
All of these tournaments produced a high publicity impact and helped many chess players to acquire experience and win rating points, while some of them won bals for international titles. All of them were played in accordance with the Swiss system. International Open championship of Belgrade was included in system of competition, which is under sponsorship of Secretary of sport and youth named ''Belgrade Trophy''.
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The Championship will be played in 9 rounds according to the FIDE Swiss System (computer pairing). The rate of play is 2 hours for 40 moves plus 30 minutes till the end of the game.
The organizer has provided participation of minimum 20 foreign players to make possible achievement of international norms for FIDE titles.
Entry Fees: 30 EUR
Grandmasters: FREE OF CHARGE
Tournament protector is Parliament of Belgrade City
Organizers: Belgrade Chess Federation and Obrenovac City.
Regular prizes: EUR 6000/gross
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1 EUR= 112 RSD
Tax for foreigners(prizes) = 11,1%
Special prize of Slobodan Ostojic foundation for the best ranking junior under age 14 150 EUR.
BELGRADE CHESS FEDERATION
11000 Belgrade, Deligradska 27/III, Serbia
Tel/Fax; +381-11 -26-56-846
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Accommodation booking and tournament venue:
Single room: EUR 25.00 per day
Double room: EUR 21.00 per day
Tax and insurance involved
11500 Obrenovac, Miloša Obrenovića 189, Serbia
Tel: +381-11-872 1039; +381-11-872 1308;
Tel/Fax: +381-11-872 1268