Dear chess players, you are invited to the Ljubljana Chess Festival 2024!



Registration fee if paid until 15. 4. 2024:

0 € for GMs, wGMs or players with rating > 2450

70 € IM and wIMs

90 € for all others


For registrations and payments after 15. 4. 2024 the entry fee is 20% higher.
Payment of the Entry fee is not possible in cash.




All players need to have a FIDE ID.


Payment information:

Chess club Ljubljana, Glavarjeva 16, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

IBAN: SI56 6100 0002 6825 115 (Delavska hranilnica d.d.)


Ljubljana Chess Festival
from 27. 4. to 4. 5. 2024

Hotel Exe Lev



About the festival

Ljubljana has a long and rich chess tradition. For many years, the traditional international Ljubljana Open was organized in Ljubljana, which unfortunately stopped in 2009.

Already in 2013, chess player Darja Kapš recognized the potential of the Slovenian capital for organizing interesting chess tournaments. Together with her colleague Indira Bajt, they organized the first Ljubljana Chess Festival in March 2014. A one-day chess festival with a rich monetary fund (11,000 euros), an interesting cultural program and distinguished guests attracted 250 chess players from all over Europe and set further standards for the organization. With the establishment of the Ljubljana Chess Club at the end of 2015, the capital city got a new chess impetus. Every year (with the exception of the pandemic period), an interesting one-day chess spectacle takes place in the capital.

In its essence, the Ljubljana Chess Festival is not just a chess tournament, but a festival that connects all generations, offers opportunities for education, and promotes chess as an art, culture, sport and science. We are proud that Slovenske železnice d.o.o. took over the general sponsorship of this year’s festival. and that the Municipality of Ljubljana took over the patronage of the festival. We are also happy with the cooperation and support from the Chess Federation of Slovenia, Tajfun Planina d.o.o., Tourism Ljubljana and other supporters.

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Tourism in Ljubljana

Ljubljana is the political, scientific and cultural center of the Slovenian nation and, with just over 293,000 inhabitants, it is also the largest city in Slovenia and its most important economic center.

On the website of Tourism Ljubljana – Visit Ljubljana ( you can get all useful information about events, cuisine and sights in one place. You are welcome to visit.

A vision

The company Slovenske železnice strives to become a provider of comprehensive passenger and environment-friendly services in passenger transport and the main carrier of public passenger transport in Slovenia. In international traffic, the company’s vision is to become an important transfer and connecting center on the V and X corridors between SE and NW Europe.


The company performs a mandatory public economic service in domestic passenger transport and cross-border (regional) transport, or in international transport. The company’s goal is to provide a safe, reliable and ecologically acceptable way of transporting passengers in accordance with market needs, as well as efficient supply of the economy and satisfaction of our users.



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Hotel Exe Lev ****

Sporting an impressive glass façade, Exe Lev opened in 1964 and rises high above a renowned former restaurant in the centre of Ljubljana. The quality of its services has made this establishment a reference in the city, and over the years it has hosted famous faces including Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan and Luciano Pavarotti.

Recently renovated, the hotel offers a contemporary design with retro touches, creating a warm ambience of timeless elegance while always respecting the history of its facilities.

Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the city from its upper floors. Meanwhile, a vast selection of fine wines, cognacs and cocktails awaits guests in the cosy and inviting atmosphere of the bar.

Hotel ŠPort

Šport Hotel Ljubljana ***

The hotel offers breakfast, which is available between 07:00 and 10:00. The reception is open 24/7. They have free parking for guests. Check-in is possible from 13:00, and check-out is until 11:00. To reserve a room, call +386 70 627721 or write to, mentioning that it is for chess players (for the date of 27.4.-4.5.2024). Room reservations are held until the said rooms are occupied.

  • Single room for €61/night with breakfast + tourist tax per person
  • Twin room for €80/night with breakfast + tourist tax per person
  • Triple room for €100/night with breakfast + tourist tax per person

A 20% discount on the hotel’s regular price list is taken into account. The price does not include tourist tax, which amounts to €3.13/adult or €1.57/child 7-17 years old.


Accommodations can also be found on the platform.

Tournament Director and Information

Darja Kapš,
WGM, chess ambassador

GSM: + 386 (0)31 321 518

Darja Kapš, ŠK Ljubljana, chess grandmaster and multi-year member of the Slovenian national team and holder of two medals from the team European chess championships (2001 in Spain and 2003 in Bulgaria). She is the organizer of several international chess tournaments and chess colonies, a chess ambassador and a big advocate for the equality of women in chess. In 2019, she became Vice President of the Chess Federation of Slovenia.

Ana Srebrnič,
wGM, IA chess judge

GSM: + 386 (0)31 376 897

Ana Srebrnič, Chess Club Ljubljana is a chess grandmaster, international chess judge and long-time member of the Slovenian national team. In recent years, Ana participated as an arbiter in the biggest chess events in the world. She is a recognized and popular chess arbiter. She is also an excellent coach and mentor to young chess players.



Šahovski klub Ljubljana
Zaloška cesta 2

1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija



Tournament Director:

Darja Kapš

Chief Arbiter:

Ana Srebrnič

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