International invitation top tournament series in former Yugoslavia

Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina Exlusive in the web!

Belgrade (Investbanka) plus Belgrade singulars, Serbia

Bled singulars, Slovenia

Bugojno, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ljubljana, Portorož et al., Vidmar Memorial, Slovenia

Novi Sad (Liberation tournament) plus Novi Sad singulars, Serbia

Sarajevo (Bosna), Bosnia and Herzegovina Special feature
today as an Open ongoing

Solin (Salona tournament), Croatia

Sombor, Parcetic Memorial, Serbia

Skopje (Turnir solidarnost), Macedonia

Vinkovci, Croatia

Vrsac, Kostic Memorial, Serbia

Zagreb singulars, and Rovinj/Zagreb, Croatia


Two legendary blitz tournaments had been organised in Herceg Novi, Montenegro in 1970 and 1983.

Niksic, Montenegro, is especially famous for its world elite tournament in 1983. There had been already a strong international tournament in 1978, later there had been some further tournaments of moderate or minor strength, but no numbered series.

Titograd (today Podgorica), Montenegro, organised one particular famous tournament in 1984 (40th Anniversary of Liberation of the city)

Further cities with occasional major tournaments are, amongst others:

Bar, Montenegro

Maribor, Slovenia

Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia

Vrbas, Serbia

Important distinction:

Vinkovci (numbered) had one well-known tournament in 1968, followed by another strong tournament in 1970, apart from that, Vinkovci was a series of moderate or minor strength, that's why it is not printed in bold.

Bosna, held in Sarajevo, was of world elite calibre as a longtime invitation tournament, today it is played as an open tournament of rather regional status.

The Vidmar Memorial, Slovenia, sometimes is organized as a pure national competition.

Banja Luka



The 20th Chess Olympiad 1972 at Skopje was the first Chess Olympiad which combined the men and women tournament at the same place!

SKOPJE Turnir Solidarnost 1967 – 1971, plus 1976

1967 Fischer
1968 Portisch
1969 Hort, Matulovic (3.= Smyslov)
1970 Taimanov, Vasiukov
1971 Polugaevsky
USSR men: Petrosian, Korchnoi, Smyslov, Tal, Karpov, IM Savon
1976 Karpov

Vidmar Memorial (Ljubljana, Portorož, Bled et al.)

Ljubljana, Portorož, Bled et al. (Vidmar Memorial), unregularly played, 20th edition in 2016: Vidmar Memorial