GM Chatalbashev dominates 2019 Malta Open


Bulgarian Grand Master Chatalbashev wins Malta Chess Open 2019.

The 9th edition of the Malta International Chess Open organised by Clarence Psaila and Juergen Wempe in a collaboration between XYChess and Chessorg attracted 235 competitive players from over 30 countries. The furthest travellers were from Singapore.Seychelles and Malaysia, which demonstrates the growing global reach of the event held annually at the Topaz Hotel, nestled in the wonderful seaside town of Bugibba on the tiny Mediterranean Island of Malta.

The overall winner was Bulgarian Grand Master Chatalbashev with an impressive 8 points - 7 wins and 2 draws, closely followed by GM Igor Naumkin from Russia at 7.5 points. The best Maltese player was CM Colin Pace in 35th place. 

The level of the tournament was particularly high this year with 26 titled players, 6 of which Grand Masters taking part, as well as 62 players rated over 2000. 

The Malta International Open is definitely a growing tournament both in terms of numbers and participating nations, as well as in strength. It is also a wonderful opportunity to visit Malta from a touristic perspective as most rounds start at 5:30pm giving players and their families ample time to explore the island with all its' treasures and gorgeous views.

For full details of the event visit 

and for more chess in Malta , the Spring Open in May, the XYChess Team Leagues in October and January, and various IM tournament based on demand visit 

The organisers would like to express their gratitude for the continued support of the Malta Tourism Authority which make running such a big professional international event possible.