Saturday, June 7th
Super-tournaments are not being held in Belgrade anymore, but the city preserved strong chess spirit with numerous activities by the Belgrade Chess Federation and private chess schools. Some of the fine traditional events that are still ongoing are massive simultaneous exhibitions.
City Council and Belgrade Fair, with the help of Belgrade Chess Federation, have organized 1000 board simul in the main walking zone of Knez Mihailova street and Kalemegdan Fortress. Kids from various elementary schools and curious bywalkers lined up with tables awaiting to challenge local Masters and Grandmasters. There were also guests from other places, like GM Slobodan Martinovic and GM Nenad Ristic who arrived from Smederevska Palanka.
We don’t have the exact scores yet, but here are few photos, courtesy of Dragan Babic and Belgrade Chess Federation.
Knez Mihailova street
Two legends meet again, GM Svetozar Gligoric and Linares-based GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic
GM Branko Damljanovic in action
WGM Irina Chelushkina
Ljubo talking with IM Nikola Karaklajic. Nikola was chief arbiter during 1992 Fischer-Spassky match and is still giving simuls at the age of 82.
GM Veljko Jeremic
IM Branko Tadic
GM Bosko Abramovic was playing in Kalemegdan section D
Knez Mihailova pedestrian zone starts near Hotel Majestic and goes into heart of Kalemegdan (green on top left)