Reports | October 21, 2011 16:45

Train chess, part 2 - more photos and a video

Train chess, part 2 - more photos and a video

Here's our second and final report on the train tournament that was held between October 14 and 18 in five different countries. 64 chess players travelled from Prague to Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow and back to Prague. In the mornings they played a rapid tournament of 15 rounds and in the afternoons and evenings they transformed into tourists.

Eventually the tournament was won by IM Richard Biolek, who edged out GM Robert Cvek on tie-break. You can find the full final standings at Chess Results, and more about the tournament in our previous report and on the official website.

Below we give more impressions of this unique event, with a video and photos.





Arrival in Bratislava - the third city along de Danube river (after Vienna and Budapest)

A quiet Sunday afternoon in the capital of Slovakia

The Slovak National Theatre

Yes, we felt like tourists...!

What's this? A chess board in the middle of the street?

Turns out this remembers Wolfgang von Kempelen, the constructor of The Turk!

The glorious Carlton Hotel in the late afternoon...

...and at night

The central square in Bratislava

The next day: arrival in Krakow

The tower of the old town hall in the beautiful Polish city

Horses and carriages waiting for tourists

The market square

The Baroque Church of St. Peter and Paul with oversized stone statues of 12 Apostles in the front

A babuchka chess set in a shop window reminding us of something...

...ah, yes, that was it: we were playing a chess tournament! Here two journalists side by side: Harry Schaack (making a move), editor-in-chief of the German cultural magazine Karl, and Mark Gluhovsky, editor-in-chief of Russian chess magazine 64.

GM Vlastimil Hort (l.) playing IM Richard Biolek

Shared first: Robert Cveg (l.) and IM Richard Biolek

The highly talented, 10-year-old Jergus Pechac of Slovakia finished 12th

After returning to Prague, champagne was waiting for the participants

The tournament winner received a locomotive of glass...

...but the real star was Pavel Matocha, who realized this unique event

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Mike's picture

Great idea! Very nice, interesting photos! Now I would suggest also a Plane Chess! Paris, Rio and Buenos Aires!

Damian's picture

Very interesting, very beautiful!
I liked the full trip!

Ruralrob's picture

I second the Plane Chess idea: a full Open tournament on an Airbus A380. :-)

Macauley's picture

I'm sold. Sign me up!

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