Vidmar Memorial

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The Milan Vidmar Memorial is a strong closed chess tournament commemorating Milan Vidmar (1885–1962), a leading Slovenian grandmaster.


The tournament has been held mostly in a biannual rhythm in several Slovenian cities, i.e.: Ljubljana, Portorož, Rogaška Slatina, Bled, and Ptuj.[1]

The first Vidmar Memorial was held in 2–20 June 1969 in Ljubljana as an international invitation tournament: Albin Planinc emerged as sensational winner.

The event in 1995 at Ptuj was a Zonal Tournament, with Stefan Kindermann who did win, Viktor Korchnoi, and Thomas Luther earning a spot in a round robin of players from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Slovenia to advance (due to the split of FIDE in 1993, the World Chess Championship cycles collapsed and it turned out that there were no longer Interzonals to be held).

From 2007 (17th edition, ten players from Slovenia) to 2011 (19th edition), the Vidmar Memorial claim was occasionally, but not regularly used for the National Chess Championship of Slovenia.

In 2016, the jubilee Vidmar Memorial XX is organised again as an international invitation tournament.


# Year City Winner
1 1969 Ljubljana  Albin Planinc (Yugoslavia)
2 1973 Ljubljana, Portorož  Lajos Portisch (Hungary)
3 1975 Portorož, Ljubljana  Anatoly Karpov (Soviet Union)
4 1977 Ljubljana, Portorož  Bent Larsen (Denmark)
5 1979 Bled, Portorož  Jan Timman (Netherlands)
6 1985 Portorož, Ljubljana  Lajos Portisch (Hungary),
 Zoltán Ribli (Hungary),
 Anthony Miles (England)
7 1987 Portorož, Ljubljana  Ivan Sokolov (Yugoslavia),
 Uwe Bönsch (East Germany)
8 1989 Ljubljana, Rogaška Slatina  Predrag Nikolić (Yugoslavia)
9 1991 Bled, Rogaška Slatina  Predrag Nikolić (Yugoslavia)
10 1993 Portorož, Rogaška Slatina  Ivan Sokolov (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
11 1995 Ptuj (Zonal)  Stefan Kindermann (Germany)
12 1997 Portorož  Vadim Zviagintsev (Russia)
13 1999 Portorož  Alexander Beliavsky (Slovenia)
14 2001 Portorož  Alexander Beliavsky (Slovenia)
15 2003 Portorož  Alexander Beliavsky (Slovenia),
 Emil Sutovsky (Israel)
16 2005 Portorož  Alexander Beliavsky (Slovenia)
17 2007 Ljubljana
(National Championship)
 Duško Pavasovič (Slovenia)
18 2009 Otočec
(National Championship)
 Luka Lenič (Slovenia)
19 2011 Ljubljana
(National Championship)
 Alexander Beliavsky (Slovenia)
20 2016 Bled  Andrei Volokitin (Ukraine)