Latvian Chess Problem Society has the honor to invite all delegates of the World Federation for Chess Composition (WFCC), national teams and individual solvers, chess composers and all those interested in problem chess, to attend the 66th World Congress of Chess Composition (WCCC) and 47th World Chess Solving Championship (WCSC). Latvia has a good experience in organizing international events in chess composition: 51th WCCC in Jurmala in 2008, 13th ECSC in Riga in 2017 and 15th ECSC in Riga in 2022.
Week of: 27.07.2024 – 03.08.2024
Place: Jurmala, Beach resort of Latvia
Venue: Hotel Jūrmala SPA, 4-star
The WCCC venue – Hotel Jūrmala SPA – a 4 star hotel, one of the largest spa hotels in the Baltics. The hotel has a perfect location right in the heart of the resort town Jūrmala – on pedestrian Street Jomas and just a few hundred meters from the golden beach.
Single room per day: € 116 (and € 99 for the first 15 rooms!)
Double room per day: € 123
Superior room per day: € 146
The room prices include breakfast and the Wellness Oasis.
These are special discounted prices provided for us by the hotel. Standard prices are much higher as you may see on the hotel’s website or booking.com.
The accommodation is to be paid directly to the hotel.
Please consider the high season: guaranteed rooms up to 27.05.2024 and special price up to 27.06.2024 only!
We don’t offer a concrete alternative hotel, because the other hotels around are too small. The recommendation would be to look in advance for the hotels or flats/apartments, which are many in the same area.
Registration fee: € 110 (for everybody)
Registration fee for accompanying persons: € 50 (incl. opening & closing banquet, no welcome gift/badge). To be paid to the organizer, Latvian Chess Problem Society, in cash / card / bank transfer.
The registration fee compensates expenses of:
- Welcome cocktail in the Seaside Bar on Saturday’s evening (watching the sunset from 11th floor)
- Solving tournaments with coffee breaks: Open, WCSC 1st & 2nd days
- Additional tournaments and/or lectures: a hall provided for 5 evenings in total
- 3 WFCC sessions with coffee breaks
- Unofficial prize-giving in the solving hall
- Official prize-giving with a buffet banquet in Jūrmala restaurant
with summer terrace on Friday, from 19:00 up to 1:00 in the night
- Cups, medals, certificates for the winners
- Badges & gifts to all participants
The excursion will not be included in the program, first because it would rise the cost of the event. The second reason is that being in the middle of the touristic resort everybody can find his own way to spend time nicely.
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For about 100 years Jurmala is a favorite Latvian beach resort, about 30 km of white-sand beach without any interruptions! It was established in 1920, as Riga’s Jurmala (“Seaside of Riga”), but later in 1959 got its final autonomy from Riga.
Actually, the city of Jurmala doesn’t look as a city, but a group of a small resorts, of 1-2 km long, along the sea cost. Each of those resorts has its own name, has a train station, and also is marked with the sign on the beach. So, walking along the beach you can always see how far you are, how many train stations passed. Starting from Riga it is: Lielupe, Bulduri, Dzintari, Majori, Dubulti, Jaundubulti, Pumpuri, Melluži, Asari, Vaivari, Kauguri. Majori is considered the center of Jurmala, the place of biggest hotels, restaurants, shops and a walking area. And this is the place of our main venue, Jurmala SPA hotel.
There are few important remarks about Jurmala: (1) Traditionally, this is a resort of old villas, nice wooden houses of 1-3 floors. Many boutique hotels and apartments, houses for rent for summer time, but just three big hotels with conference halls and possibilities to meet about 150-200 guests. (2) We are on the north, and the summer season is too short, lasts not more than 3 months of summer, sometimes even shorter.
It affects the prices in Jurmala’s hotels at summer time making them quite high.
Later on we will publish some more information about Jurmala, places to go, things to do.
Getting to Jurmala
Jurmala is just 10km away from Riga International airport! 20 min by car/taxi, or 40 min by bus.
Local airline, airBaltic, offers about 70 direct flights to Riga at summer season.
Some more detailed information coming.
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