EUROPEAN CLUB CUP 2018- Regulations

34th European Club Cup and the 23rd European Women Club Cup will be simultaneously held from 11th-19th October 2018 in Porto Carras, famous Greek seaside resort in Halkidiki.

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The playing venue of the Championships will be the Congress Center of the Porto Carras Grand Resort and the official hotel of the event will be 5 stars hotel Sithonia.

Participation in 34th European Club Cup is open to:

  • Globus, Russia, the current cup holder in the open competition.
  • Three (3) clubs per federation in which a national team championship is organized or two (2) Clubs per federation in which no national team championship is organized.
  • A fourth club is allowed to that federation(s) in which a national team championship is organized, provided that at least 10 teams, 20 grandmasters and/or players with a FIDE rating over 2600 have participated in the most recent national team championship.
  • One additional club (only in the open competition) for the European federations, which are ranked in the first five places of the Federation ranking list. These federations are: Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Russia, Israel and Italy.
  • Any additional request for participation should be examined by the ECU Board.

Participation in 23rd European Club Cup for women is open to all Clubs whose federations are listed as ECU members.

Every federation that intends to participate, with one or more clubs, must inform the Organising Committee before 30th of June 2018 of its acceptance of the invitation, specifying also the exact number of the clubs participating. A copy should be sent to Tournament Director Mr. Petr Pisk, e-mail: petr.pisk@chess.cz. Afterwards, the entry forms must be completed and returned to the Tournament office email: chess.at.holidays@gmail.com no later than Friday 10th August 2018- registration deadline.

The teams shall be composed of six (6) players and two (2) reserves in Men’s competition, while in the Women’s competition teams shall be composed of four (4) players and (1) reserve.

The Championships will be held in 7 rounds, played in the Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. Draw offers before the 30th move made by black are strictly forbidden and violating the draw offering rule will be punished.

The total prize fund of the event will be 40.000 EUR with 22.000 EUR reserved for the Men’s competition and 13.000 EUR reserved for the Women’s competition. The rest of 5.000 EUR will be distributed to the best individual players with the best board results. The first three teams of each category will receive cups and medals.

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Official regulations of European Club Cup 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

European Club Cup 2018- Official Regulations

Registration forms for the European Club Cup 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

Registration forms- European Club Cup 2018

Contact Information:

The official website of the European Club Cup 2018 is http://eurochess2018.com

Tournament Manager: IO Nikos Kalesis – Tel.: (+30) 6938326161

Email: chess.at.holidays@gmail.com




ECU ADOPTS MADRID CHESS CONFERENCE

Madrid Chess Conference 2018, organized by Madrid Chess Academy under the auspices of European Chess Union, will take place from 23rd-25th March in  Madrid/Spain.

The Conference is conceptualized as the Educational Conference with main themes Scholastic chess and Educational chess, as well as resources how to improve Chess in Schools project. The Conference will comprise three days of interactive presentations and work groups.

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Last year, the conference featured several tutors, highly educated professionals, who spoke about methodologies of educative and competitive chess, methodologies and importance of working together with chess teachers. The speakers also pointed on the significance of making the childrens’ competitions more friendly, how to construct valuable chess projects and how to fund them and how Scholastic chess in Spain is progressing.

Along the last years speakers of the Madrid Chess Conference were also the members of ECU Educational Commission: Mr. Luis Blasco de la Cruz, Mr. Alessandro Dominici, Mr. Kevin O’Connell, and the ECU Treasurer, Mr. Martin Huba.

The full program of the Madrid Chess Conference 2018 will be published on the Official Website of the event. The registrations for participands and applications for interested to be the potential speakers of the Conference can be send on the official e-mail.

Official Website of the Madrid Chess Conference

Official e-mail address




CASTLE PROJECT – A SUCCESS STORY FOR CHESS

The CASTLE project – a “Chess curriculum to Advance Students’ Thinking and Learning skills in primary Education” (this acronym reminds of the casteling move) was born from the idea of creating a strong partnership in the field of chess in schools, under the initial thrust of three partners with considerable experience in teaching chess in schools: Alfiere Bianco (White Bishop) in Italy, Deutsche Schulschachstiftung (the German school chess foundation) in Germany, Club Ajedrez 64 Villalba in Spain. The project was funded by the ERASMUS + European Program, with 246.300 euros and it was realizing from 2014 to 2017 in Italy, Spain and Germany.Panoramica-TSS-Cuneo-2017-1024x411

The Erasmus + Agency has announced that the final evaluation of the project has been 100 points out of 100 possible, and also the project has been designated as an example of good practices on the EU Commission website.

It is the first time that a project based entirely on the pedagogical use of chess gets this recognition.

Finally, CASTLE wants to be a help in changing the education policies of the states, in full compliance with the European Parliament Declaration of 15/03/2012, which calls for the introduction of “Chess in Schools” in the education systems of the Member States, suggesting an easy-to-use template, specially created and tested with precision (over 8,000 measurement tools compiled and analyzed in three years) without any external experts and which can be disseminated independently by the schools, not only internally but also to other schools.

Interested can download free didactic materials or watch the WEB system by requesting free password through e-mail contact which is also available for those who are interested to develop the CASTLE system in other countries: info@alfierebianco.com.

CASTLE Project- Official Website

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The C.A.S.T.L.E. project: a Chess Curriculum to Advance Students’ Thinking and Learning Skills in Primary Education has started with the idea of using chess as a pedagogic tool in primary school. During the three years of the project, teachers have been dynamically addressed, under the thrust of three partners all with great chess and school experience: Alfiere Bianco in Italy, the Deutsche Schulschachstiftung in Germany and the Club Ajedrez 64 Villalba in Spain.

There were three partner schools: the I.C. “Muzzone” in Racconigi (CN), the CEIP San Miguel Arcangel of Villalba (Madrid) and the Grundschule Gartnerplatz in Munich. The shared starting point was the belief that school chess nourishes the growth of individuals by involving and improving some of the particular abilities of human nature: problem solving, metacognitive and psychomotor skills as well as social and relational skills.

The partners involved in evaluating the outcome of the chess activities on the aforementioned areas were the University of Turin (Prof. Trinchero) and two partners from Ministries of Education: the Regional School for Piedmont and the Dirección General de Innovación, Becas y Ayudas a la Educación of the Madrid region.

45 teachers and their respective classes were involved in the three countries, and together with chess experts they created a chess curriculum for the five grades of primary school: psychomotor activity on giant chessboard, use of chess in classrooms “on desk” and chess activity on the web (Victorís Chess House).

IMG_20160428_112308The results of the intervention were very positive: in the giant chessboard activity, the children of the experimental group improved their psychomotor skills more than the control group on all the items detected with an external observer, while in the logical-mathematical and metacognitive areas results have been undoubtedly positive, though with the gap between experimental and control classes not always so obvious. As regards the questionnaires submitted to the teachers relating to the project’s impact on their professionalization, they were fully satisfied with the activities of the CASTLE Project, and confirmed (in 88% of cases) the practicality of transferring the skills they had gained on to their colleagues and, above all, the perception of a “benefit” for students, in respect of the following dimensions: classroom climate; peer collaboration; participation and involvement of all students; cross-competency development.

To date, the main way of launching “Chess in Schools” projects in Europe has been by using chess instructors, external chess experts, with a significant cost to school administrations. With the CASTLE project it has been able to suggest a valid alternative to affirm the pedagogical use of chess in schools by having the schools’ own teachers carry out the various class activities, in their classes in a completely autonomous way, during school hours. The following idea is that those teachers may, in the future, become trainers of their colleagues in the school, realizing a great expansion of “Chess in Schools” in Europe.

CASTLE Conference in Turin/Italy




EUROPEAN AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- Regulations

Montenegro Chess Federation in association with City of Niksic and under the auspices of the European Chess Union are organizing European Amateur Chess Championship 2018 which will be held from 14th-21st June in Niksic, Montenegro.

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The event will be held in 3 categories: Under-1700, Under-2000 and under-2300.  In each rating section, a separate championship for women shall be organized only if there are at least 10 women entries, otherwise the women’s event will be merged with the men’s (open).

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European Amateur Chess Championship is open to all players registered by their national federations, listed as members of European Chess Union. The registration deadline is 18 May 2018. Registration shall be done online through the mail: office@sahcg.me.

All the categories are specified for the certain titles, so the players who are holding the title of the CM or WCM shall participate only in the groups U-2000 or U-3000, while the players who are the holders of the WFM or FM title shall participate only U-2300 category. Players who have upper titles of the WFM or FM are not allowed to participate the Championship.

ECU Tournament Regulations for European Amateur Chess Championship

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The Championship will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves+ 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the move one.

The total prize fund of the event is 5.000 EUR. Top three players of the each category will be awarded with cups and medals, while the Winners of the event will receive the title of the European Amateur Chess Champion for 2018 for the category the player participated.

The official website of the Championship will be: www.sahcg.me

Official regulations of the European Amateur Chess Championship 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

Official Regulations- European Amateur Chess Championship 2018

Contact information:
E-mail: office@sahcg.me

Contact person:
Boro Miljanic- General secretary MCF
Tel/viber: (+382) 69 541 137
Tel/fax: (+382) 20 662 164




EUROPEAN SENIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- Regulations

The 18th European Senior Chess Championship will be held from 3rd-13th August 2018 in Drammen, Norway.

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The event will take place in 4 stars hotel Scandic Ambassadeur, as the official venue and the official hotel of the Championship. This traditional hotel is located along the Drammen river, next to the Drammen Fjord, and within short distance and good connections to Oslo.

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The European Senior Chess Championship is open to all players representing ECU Chess Federations which comprise European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.10) who have been born in the year 1968 or earlier, regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit in the number of participants per federation. However, applications have to be sent by the National federations or to be approved by the National federations. Registration is done online on the Official Website of the Championship.

European Senior Chess Championship will be played in two categories, men and women separately: 50+ (for players born in 1968 or earlier) and 65+ (for players born in 1953 and earlier). Players who have reached the age of 65 by the 31st December 2018 are allowed to participate in the category for Seniors 50+ if they request it. If there is less than 9 women players women category will be merged with Open competition.

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The Championship will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

Total prize fund of the event will be 10.000 EUR. Top three players of each category will be awarded with cups and medals.

According to FIDE Handbook D.03.7, the top 3 players from each category of the European Senior Championship 2018 are qualified with personal rights (free board and lodging) to the World Senior Championship 2019.

Official Website of the Championship

European Senior Chess Championship 2018- Official Regulations

Contact Information:

Organizer:
The Norwegian Chess Federation
e-mail: nsf@sjakk.no
tel: (+47) 22 15 12 41




AEROFLOT OPEN 2018

The 16th traditional International Chess Festival “Aeroflot Open 2018″ will take place from 19th February to 2nd March 2018, in Moscow, Russia.

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As usual, the event will consist of three competitions: A, B and C for players rated 2549 and more, 2299-2550 and 2300 and less, respectively. The event will be played in one of the largest hotels of Moscow, Hotel Cosmos, which will be the official playing venue of all the events.

Besides the regular Open events, in addition to the Aeroflot Open tournaments, the blitz tournament will be organized and will take place on 1st of March, the last day of the event.

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This time, the very popular festival throughout the world has reached the total prize fund of 140.000 EUR. The first place of the prestigious A event will worth 18.000 EUR. Besides the regular prizes, organizers provided special prizes for the best women players, best juniors and best seniors.

Until today, 72 players from 21 federations registered for the A competition, while B and C open tournaments gathered 96 and 61 players, respectively. Among the top players of the A event, there are three 2700+ rated players: Andreikin Dmitry (RUS, 2712), Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2709) and Matlakov Maxim (RUS, 2709). Besides them, many other top Grand masters will compete in the Championship, such as: Artemiev Vladislav (RUS 2697), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS, 2684), Najer Evgeniy (RUS, 2683), Kamsky Gata (USA, 2677), Sargissian Gabriel (ARM 2677), Motylev Alexander (RUS, 2673), Sasikiran Krishnan (IND, 2671) etc.

Starting list 

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All events will be played in 9 games, Swiss system, with time control for the A tournament: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first move, time control for the B tournament: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first, and C tournament time control: 90 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from the first. The participants must keep the record of moves till the end of the game.

The event is organized by “Aeroflot-Russian Airlines”, the Russian Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Federations.

Official Website




ALEKSANDAR INDJIC WINS PORTUGAL OPEN 2018

The strongest tournament ever held in Portugal gathered 272 chess players from 42 countries in the second pavilion of the Municipal Sports Complex of Vistoso Casal, in Lisbon.

Aleksandar Indjic (SRB, 2612) made 7.5 points in 9 possible, the same as Anton Demchenko (RUS, 2671) and Nikita Petrov (RUS, 2573), but had a better tie-breaker to claim the title, after being runner-up in the 2017 edition of the event.

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Bulmaga Irina (ROU, 2411) was crowned as the best women player with 6.5 points and 18th place. The best Portuguese in the Open was the IM Rui Dâmaso, who scored 7 points and achieved the 12th place after beating in the final round young GM Vahap Sanal (TUR, 2551).

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On the last day of the event, the Portuguese Chess Federation organized an optional Rapid tournament which took place on 10th February. The rapid event participated 172 players from 24 federations.

IM Gomez Ledo Roberto Carlos (CUB,2462), 15th seed at the start of the competition, became the winner of the Rapid Open with 7 points out of 8 games. Roberto Ledo tied for the first place with Grand master Federico Ponsa (ARG, 2610), but won the title due to better tie-breaks. The third place went to Aleksandar Indjic (SRB, 2544) who again stood on the throne of the Portugal Open, but this time to take the bronze medal with 6.5 points.

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Open Portugal 2018, organized by Portuguese Chess Federation, took place from 3rd-9th February in Gym of Sports Complex of Casal Vistoso, in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

Photo Gallery 

Official Website




INVITATION FOR BIDS 2020-2021

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The European Chess Union invites the National federations members to submit bids for the organisation of the official European Chess Championships in 2020 & 2021.

The bids shall be submitted exclusively in the Bid form regulated by the ECU (in the attachment). For any additional documents delivered separately from the bid form, it must be stated in the bid form what they relate to. Any document that reaches the ECU office after the official deadline will not be taken into consideration.

The deadline for bids to reach the European Chess Union office is the Monday 30th of April 2018, by 4 PM CET. All the bids must reach the European Chess Union office until the deadline in one of the following ways:

  1. By e-mail ecuoffice2014@gmail.com
  2. Personally, in a sealed envelope, in the ECU office in Tbilisi.
  3. By postal service or express postal service (DHL, Fedex, TNT…) to the address: European Chess Union, Kostava Str. 37a, Chess Palace, 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia.

Bids for organising ECU competitions have to be sent by the organising chess federation.

A. The bidding procedure is open for the following competitions in 2020:

  1. European Individual Championship  (estimated number of players: 300)
  2. European Individual Women Championship (estimated number of players: 150)
  3. European Club Cup (estimated number of players: 360 – 60 teams)
  4. European Club Cup for Women Cup (estimated number of players: 80 – 20 teams)
  5. European Senior Individual Championship Championship (estimated number of players: 200)
  6. European Senior Team Championship (estimated number of players: 200 – 50 teams)
  7. European Youth Team Championship (estimated number of players: 200 – 50 teams)
  8. European Rapid & Blitz Championship (estimated number of players: 700)
  9. European Women’s Rapid & Blitz Championship (estimated number of players: 100)
  10. European School Championship (estimated number of players: 400)
  11. European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships (estimated number of players: 300)
  12. European Amateur Championship (estimated number of players: 200)

B. The bidding procedure is open for the following ECU chess championships in 2021:

  1. European Youth Championship 2021* (estimated number of players: 1000)

*The bid is accepted only as combined with the bid for the European individual Women Championship 2020

  1. European Team Championship Open and Women 2021** (estimated number of players 320 players – 80 teams)

**The bid will be treated as priority as combined with the bid for the European individual Championship 2020

C.  Bid Fees

A bid will only be taken into account if the federation concerned has paid a bid fee, for each championship***, according to the ECU Tournament regulations (Annex 3: Bid Fees and Deposit Fees) to the bank account of the European Chess Union within one week after the deadline. The deadline for the payment of a bid fee is  the Monday 7th of May, 2018.

*** For European Club Cup Open and Women is paid only the highest bid fee (1000 euros) if the events are proposed for the same dates and venue.
For European Team Championship Open and Women is paid only the highest bid fee (1000 euros) if the events are proposed for the same dates and venue.

D.  Playing Halls Capacity

The total space is calculated according the estimated number of participants of each event. Each Championship shall be played in the same paying hall. Multiple playing halls will be evaluated with fewer points by the inspectors.

According the ECU Tournament regulations, the minimum size of a tournament hall shall foresee 3m2 per board and additionally 40 % (25% for youth tournaments) space for players’ and spectators’ corridors. The distance between the chess boards and the spectators should be not less than 1m.

Official ECU Bid Form

ECU Tournament Regulations – Bid Procedure




PORTUGAL OPEN 2018

Portugal Open in organization of Portuguese Chess Federation takes place from 3rd-9th February 2018 in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

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The Portugal Open takes place in Gym of Sports Complex of Casal Vistoso, as the official venue of the event.

The event participate around 250 players coming from 41 federations. Among the participants are well known top Grand masters, such as top seeded Jobaava Badur (GEO, 2685), Demchenko Anton (RUS, 2671), Ghamarian Tigran (FRA, 2622), Sevian Samuel (USA, 2618). In the line of top seeded female players are Bulmaga Irina (ROU, 2411), Ozturk Kubra (TUR, 2353), Injac Teodora (SRB, 2302).

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After five already played rounds seven players tie for the first place with the same score of 4.5/5: Gomez Ledo Roberto Carlos (CUB, 2442), To Nhat Minh (HUN, 2338), Demchenko Anton (RUS, 2671), Santos Latasa Jaime (ESP, 2546), Diermair Andreas (AUT, 2495), Repka Christopher (SVK, 2513) and Anurag Mhmal (IND, 2479). Top seeded, Jobava Baadur (GEO, 2685), suffered an upset in the 5th round when he lost against Indian Grand master Anurag Mhamal (IND, 2476), and now is competing to come back on the top with 3.5 points out of 5 games.

Pairings and Standings

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The Portuguese Chess Federation is within the Portugal Open 2018 organizing the optional Rapid tournament which will take place on 10th of February.

Official Website of the Championship

The Portuguese Chess Federation (Federação Portuguesa de Xadrez, FPX), founded on 22 January of 1927, is a Sports Federation with Sports Public Utility Statue that has fulfilled all requirements defined by the legislation in force, the FPX has about 3000 (three thousand) registered players for a total of 120 (one hundred and twenty) active clubs and 20 (twenty) territorial associations.

In Portugal there are about of 150 official competitions, between national, regional and private tournaments, being most of them valid for FIDE rating. FPX attributes annually around 65 national titles in national competitions, within the rhythms (Classic chess, Rapid chess and Blitz chess) and for all the ages.

The function of FPX is the representation of the chess in Portugal, which has the support and supervision of the Sports and Youth Institute of Portugal, within the national sports promotion and development and participation in international organizations.




STRONG LINE-UP AT THE EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

The European Individual Chess Championship for 2018 will take place in Batumi, Georgia, from 16th-29th March, in the 5 stars Hotel “Sheraton Batumi”, which will be the official venue of the Championship.

A month and a half before the start of the event, 252 players from 29 different European federations registered to participate and to fight for prestigious title of the European Chess Champion. Due to request from a number of federation the deadline for registration is extended till Monday 19th of February 2018. The final number of participants is expected to exceed the 300.

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The battleground is led by six 2700+ rated players: Navara David (CZE, 2745), Jakovenko Dmitry (RUS, 2744), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL, 2735), Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2709), Naiditsch Arkadij (AZE, 2705). Among the players on the top of the starting list are also Jobaava Badur (GEO, 2685), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS, 2684), Najer Evgeniy (RUS, 2683), Sargissian Gabirel (ARM, 2677) and many others European top Grand masters.

Many female players will participate the event and will have a chance to compete in such a strong tournament. Top women players are: Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS, 2493), Girya Olga (RUS, 2482), Danielian Elina (ARM, 2413), Voit Daria (RUS, 2390), Assaubayeva Bibisara (RUS, 2381) etc.

Starting rank list

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The Championship is a qualification event for the next World Cup with a total prize fund of 100.000 EUR, including the special prizes for the best Juniors, and ACP Special prizes for the 6 highest placed ACP Premium Members.

The Championship is open to all players representing the Chess Federations which are the ECU members, regardless of their title or rating, and without a limit of participants per federation. The event will be played in 11 rounds according to Swiss system in accordance with ECU and FIDE Tournament Rules and Rules of Chess, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the move one.

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The Participants can get all the necessary information on the Official Website of the Championship, or by contacting the Tournament office.

Official Regulations of the Championship and more details about the event can be found here.