EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 STARTED

European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 was officially declared opened yesterday in Mali Losinj, Croatia, shortly before the start of the first round.

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On the Opening Ceremony, European Chess Union was represented by ECU Vice-President, Mr. Adrian Mikhalchishin, while Croatian Chess Federation was represented by its Secretary General, Mr. Alojzije Jankovic.

30 teams coming from 15 European federations participate the event, which is played in 2 age categories: 50+ and 65+. Favorites and the top seeders suffered no upsets in the round 1, but battles continue today, with the 2nd round of the event, which starts at 15:00 (local time).

Results, Pairings and Rankings

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LIVE transmission of the games is available through the Official Website of the event.

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European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 17th-27th September, in a 4 stars Hotel Aurora, the official hotel of the Championship, together with the 4 stars Hotel Vespera, located next to the playing venue and Hotel Aurora.

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Top three ranked teams will receive trophies and medals, and the total prize fund of the event is 7.000 EUR.

Official Website of the Championship




EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 STARTS

European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 starts tomorrow with Captains’ Meeting in Mali Losinj, Croatia, and takes place from 17th-27th September 2019.

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The event is played in two age categories: 65+ (for players born in 1954 or earlier) and 50+ (for players born in 1969 or earlier). 30 teams coming from 15 European federations registered for the event (17 teams in 50+ section and 13 teams in 65+ section).

Starting rank lists 

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The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest of the game + 30 sec increment for every move played starting from the first move. The total prize fund of the event will be 7.000 EUR.

The Championship takes place in 4 stars Hotel Aurora, the official hotel of the Championship together with the 4 stars Hotel Vespera, located next to the playing venue and Hotel Aurora.

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The Opening ceremony of European Team Chess Championship 2019 will take place shortly before the start of the first round, at 14.30 (local time), while the start of the competition is scheduled for 15:00 (local time).

Official Website of the event

Last year, European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018 took place in Wałbrzych, Poland, with participation of 29 teams, and the Winners became teams of Italy (Open section 50+), Russia (Open section 65+).

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ECU HONORS KURT JUNGWIRTH IN GRAZ

On the 9th of September, ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili visited Graz, the city the ECU was founded in 1985, to  congratulate Professor Kurt Jungwirth for his 90th birthday anniversary on 3rd of September.

ECU President accompanied by the President of Austrian Chess Federation, Mr. Christian Hursky and Mr. Boris Kutin, President of European Chess Union from 1998 to 2010, delivered to Professor Kurt Jungwirth the ECU gifts, the “Winner” Painting and the Ruben Gallegos’s wellknown book “White on Black, A Boy’s Story”.

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The  Painting “Winner” by the Bellarussain Artist Marta Shmatava is dedicated to the game of chess. The painting is from the series “Walking”. The series about mood of people in the way, when thoughts exist apart from the body:  flowing memories, plans are in the mind, the former and the future – all together in one moment.

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The book “White on Black” by Gallego Ruben expresses an extraordinary personal testament, the story of one boy’s triumph in the face of impossible obstacles.

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FIDE WORLD CHESS CUP 2019 STARTS TOMORROW

The FIDE World Chess Cup 2019 takes place from 9th September-4th October in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, with participation of 128 players coming from 47 federations.

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FIDE World Chess Cup is a part of the World Championship cycle and is a 7-round elimination (knock-out) tournament. Finalists of the World Cup 2019 qualify to the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020.

Pairings and tournament tree are available here.

All matches except for the final and the match for 3rd place consist of two games with FIDE time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. The final and the match for 3rd place consist of four games. If the result is tie after regular games, tiebreaks will be played.

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The total prize fund of the event is 1.600.000 USD.

The Opening ceremony took place today together with the draw of colours, in the Arts Center for Gifted Children of the North at 7 pm local time. Top seeder, Ding Liren, chose black pieces at the color draw during the opening ceremony. Before the opening ceremony, the President of FIDE, Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich and Pavel Kolobkov, Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation held a press conference.

Official Website of the event

Photos: Official Website and FIDE Twitter

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Email spoofing

We have been informed by Federations members and other officials that they have received emails impersonating ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmpaiparashvili  from various email accounts.

If you receive a suspicious email and are uncertain of its validity, please ignore it and if you need any clarification please contact the ECU Secretariat. Do not respond to the message or provide any information until you confirm the legitimacy of the message.

Additionally as is known to all National federations, in connection and with the serious criminal activity before few years, ECU asks payments only to its official bank account in Credit Suisse according to its regulations and contracts.

 

 

 




#DEVELOPMENT IO SEMINAR IN TRIESTE CONCLUDED

The #Development International Organisers Seminar concluded today in Trieste. 25 participants, 23 of which were female, from 13 federations, attended the Seminar and took a high-demanding exam for the acquisition of the IO norm. The seminar was supported by the FIDE Development fund.

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The main Lecturer of the IO Seminar, the Chairman of the ECU Arbiters Council, IO Mr. Tomasz Delega, spoke about the step-by-step procedure that an organiser should follow, the guidelines mentioned in the FIDE Handbook, as well as additional tournament guidelines that can be found on the FIDE and ECU website. Tomasz Delega shared plenty of personal examples and engaged the participants into sharing their own experiences.

ECU Vice President and FIDE Chairperson of the Commission for Women’s Chess, Mrs. Eva Repkova, gave to the participants important insights about organising tournaments with a large number of participants, referring to her recent organisation of European Youth Chess Championship 2019 in Bratislava.

Mrs. Eva Repkova also brought the message of FIDE Executive Director, Victor Bologan, who wished a fruitful seminar to the participants.

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Franca Dapiran explained the Tie-Break criteria and discussed with the participants technical details concerning the playing hall and the staff of the tournament.

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Marco Biagioli informed the participants about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) within  ECU.

For the last part of the Seminar, Tomasz Delega and Ismini Tzegka prepared a Workshop activity that gave the chance to the participants to work in groups on organising a tournament. The groups had the chance to get hands-on a case study, to cooperate and exchange ideas, while preparing the bid, the budget, the people management sheet, problem solving strategies, marketing ideas.

Participants gave special thanks to Marco Biagioli for his initiative to organise the IO seminar under excellent conditions in the beautiful hospitable city of Trieste and thanked Tomasz Delega for conducting a detailed, informative and interactive seminar.




#DEVELOPMENT FA SEMINAR IN TRIESTE CONCLUDED

The European FIDE Arbiters Seminar and the International Arbiters Workshop concluded on the 4th of September in Trieste, Italy.

FA Seminar was attended by 17 female participants from 8 different federations and was concluded with the exams to acquire the FIDE Arbiter norm. The Lecturers of the FA Seminar were Franca Dapiran (ITA) and Panagiotis Nikolopoulos (GRE), and the Assistant Lecturers were Marco Biagioli (ITA) and Mario Held (ITA). The seminar supported by the FIDE Development fund.

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The Arbiters Workshop, that took place on the 3rd and 4th of September, was a meeting of many experienced Arbiters, that lead by Panagiotis Nikolopoulos and Tomasz Delega. The Workshop consisted of a short reference on the recent changes of the tournament regulations and focused on case studies. Through this discussion the Lecturers wished to express their strong belief that objectivity and common sense should always be used in order to resolve potential issues during tournaments.

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The exams for the Arbiters Workshop took place on the 4th of September, separately from the exams for the FIDE Arbiters seminar, which took place in the morning of the 5th of September.

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The International Organisers Seminar was opened with a joined class with the European FIDE Arbiters Seminar on the 4th of September, at Hotel Milano.

The Lecturers of the joined class, Panagiotis Nikolopoulos (GRE), Tomasz Delega (POL) and the Assistant Lecturer Marco Biagioli (ITA) spoke about the FIDE Rating Regulations, as well as the Anticheating Regulations, while sharing with the participants many examples that they have personally encountered during various tournaments.

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International Organizer Seminar is attended by 25 participants, 23 of which are female, from 13 federations. ECU Vice President and FIDE Chairperson of the Commission for Women’s Chess Eva Repkova welcomed the participants to the Development IO Seminar dedicated to female participants. Lecturer of the IO Seminar, Tomasz Delega, have special thanks to Mr Marco Biagioli for organising the two seminars under excellent conditions.

Special thanks to Società Scacchistica Triestina 1904 and to Mr Maurizio Riccobon, President and Chief of Local Authority of Italian Chess Federation.




EUROPEAN OPEN & YOUTH RAPID AND BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2019 will take place from 30th November-4th December, and European Rapid&Blitz Open Chess Championship 2019  starts immediately after, from 4th-8th December.

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Both events will take place in 4 stars Hotel Sokos Viru, in city of Tallinn.

The European Individual Rapid Chess Championship will be played in the Swiss system, 13 rounds, with the time control 15 minutes + 10 seconds per move increment starting from the first move. The European Individual Blitz Chess Championship will be played in the Swiss system, 11 double rounds, with the time control 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move increment starting from the first move.

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The Championships are open to all players representing Chess Federations which are ECU members , regardless of their title and rating. There is no limit to the number of participants per federation.

The registration deadline is 31st of October 2019.

Entry fee for rapid tournament is 35 EUR, for unrated players 40 EUR, while the entry fee for the blitz tournament will be 25 EUR and for unrated players 30 EUR. Special discount will be provided for players participating both tournaments: 50 EUR for rated players and 60 EUR for unrated players.

The total prize fund of the events will be 30.100 EUR, with 20.000 EUR for the Rapid Championship and 10.100 EUR for the Blitz Championship.

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  Download the Regulations : ERBCC2019

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The 19th European Youth Rapid & Blitz U-8,10,12,14,16,18 Championship will be played in 5 different events: European Youth Rapid Chess Championship, European Youth Blitz Chess Championship, European Youth Team Championship, Euopean Youth Championship in Solving Problems and European Rapid Cup-Rapid Super final.

The registration deadline is 31st of October 2019.

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The European Youth Rapid Chess Championship will be played in six categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, separately for boys and girls. It will be played in the Swiss system, 9 rounds, with the time control 15 minutes + 10 seconds per move increment starting from the first move.

 The European Youth Blitz Chess Championship will be played in three categories: U10, U14 and U18, separately for boys and girls. It will be played in the Swiss system, 9 rounds, with the time control 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move increment starting from the first move.

The European Youth Team Championship will be played in three categories: U10, U14 and U18. Teams are composed of 4 players of the same federation. 7 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 10 minutes + 5 seconds per move increment starting from the first move

The European Youth Championship in Solving Chess Problems will be conducted in three age categories: U10, U14 and U18.

The European Rapid Cup – Rapid Super final will be played in two categories, boys and girls. The best players in each category of European Youth Rapid Chess Championships 2019 may enter the Rapid Super Final (Three best players in each of the categories – 14, 16 and 18, two best players in each of the categories – 8, 10, 12, as well as the representative of the organizer). These players (altogether 16) – separate boys and girls, will play matches in 4 rounds (knock-out system) according to special regulations.

Entry fee for the Rapid tournament is 30 EUR, fee for the Blitz tournament is 15 EUR and for the Team Championship is 60 EUR.

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The total prize fund for all events is 13 700€ in goods, and 1 300€ in money prizes.

–  The European Youth Rapid Chess Championship winners in each category will be awarded tablet computers.

– Three best players in each category will win cups and medals.

– Five best players will be also awarded prizes in different items in goods.

– The European Youth Blitz Chess Championship winners in each category will be awarded tablet computers.

– Three best players in each category will win cups and medals.

– Five best players will be also awarded prizes in different items in goods.

– The European Youth Team Championship three best teams in each category will win cups and medals and will be awarded different prizes in goods.

– The European Youth Championship in Solving Chess Problems three best solvers in each category will win cups and medals and will be awarded different prizes in goods.

– The Super Final - prize money: 1. = 300€, 2. = 200€ 3. = 100€ 4. = 50€

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Download the Regulations: EYRBCC2019

E-mail: eyrbcc2019@maleliit.ee

E-mail: ken@koort.ee

Official Website of the events




ECU E-MAGAZINE AUGUST 2019

ECU E-Magazine August 2019 is out!

ECU E-Magazine August 2019 may be read online together with interactive links and videos, or can be downloaded in PDF format.

ECU E-Magazine August 2019- PDF Download

ECU E-Magazine August 2019- Online reading

 

Educational – Training lesson by Adrian Mikhalchishin

Analized game: Korchnoi Viktor- Tukmakov Vladimir




90th BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF PROF. KURT JUNGWIRTH

European Chess Union congratulates the 90th birthday anniversary to Professor Kurt Jungwirth, one of the initiators and co-founders of the European Chess Union in 1985.

Prof. Kurt Jungwirth served as President of European Chess Union for 12 years, from 1986 to 1998. He has retired in 2017 after his 46-years presidency of the Austrian Chess Federation.

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Two years ago,  Prof. Kurt Jungwirth was honoured by the European Chess Union for his contributions to the international chess movement and was awarded with the ECU medal of Honour.

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Professor Kurt Jungwirth was the Professor of Romance Studies at the University of Graz, until he was appointed as a Provincial Councilor for Culture in the Provincial Government of Styria in 1970. From 1985-1991 he was the Deputy of the Governor. In the field of culture he created the Styriarte in 1985. Until the end of 2006 he was president of the cultural festival “Styrian Autumn”.

In 2007, Federal President Heinz Fischer awarded Prof. Kurt Jungwirth the Great Golden Medal of Honor for his services to the Republic of Austria.

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