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On 7th-15th July 2018, the 14th annual Stiavnicas chess festival will take place in Banska Stiavnica. The Slovak Championships have already taken place in 2006-07, 2010-13 and 2015-17. This year's championship will be a jubilee tenth for Stiavnica, which is the most of all Slovakian places in the history of the championships. The format of the event remains. The new master of the Slovak Republic will decide in the closed Grandmasters tournament. All medalists from last year (GM Repka, IM Mazur, GM Manik), qualification winner (FM Zvarik), 5 players based on rating on 1.3.2018 and the last place will be occupied at the so-called " a wildcard issued by Slovak Chess Federation. The title will be defended by Christopher Repka, who became the youngest Slovak Grandmaster.
For other participants, the OPEN International will be available, which will also be the qualifying tournament for the Slovak Championship next year. The most successful Slovak chess player in the open tournament will therefore be able to fight in a closed Grandmasters tournament. In the framework of the open tournament, they will fight for Slovak championship also women. The fast hand will be able to test the participants in the blitz tournament and will not miss the traditional golden nail of the program - Stiavnicas live chess. Accommodation, dining and playroom will be under one roof at very favorable prices. There is also another rich accompanying program, such as a simultaneous games, a football tournament, and so on.