EUROPEAN AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 CONCLUDED

European Amateur Chess Championship 2018, which took place from 13th-21st June in Niksic, Montenegro, was concluded on the Closing ceremony of the event where the best players of each category were crowned.

DSC_4637In category U2300, Sahin Ozgun (TUR, 2166), 15th on the starting rank list, made a big surprise and became the European Amateur Chess Champion 2018 for section U2300 with score of 8 points. Second place went to top seeded Olcum Ahmet (TUR, 2281), while the third place came to Iskos Alexandros (GRE, 2152) with 6.5 points.

The best women player in the same category was WFM Zherebtsova Alexandra (RUS, 2195) who reached 6 points and 9th place to be crowned as the European Women Amateur Chess Champion 2018. Acarbay Algi (TUR, 1892) took silver medal with 4.5 points and Koljevic Nikolina (MNE, 1832) took bronze with 4 points.

Final ranking U2300

The throne of the category U2000 was conquered by two young women players. 17 years old Krzysztynska Anna (POL, 1752) and 13 years old Ince Safiye Oyku (TUR, 1762) tied for the first place, but according to the tiebreaks, Krzysztynska Anna won the Championship and also was the best ranked women player. Ince Safiye Oyky took the double silver and Bozinovic Boban (AUT, 1930) was third with 6.5 points.

Besides the girls who won the Open event, the best ranked women players were: Fransson Pia (SWE, 1486) with 4 points, Ruzic Pia Marie (SLO. 1737) and Rakic Tijana (MNE, 1554) with 3.5 points each.

Final ranking U2000

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In Open section U1700, after tough struggles for the top, the Winner was decided according to the tiebreak criteria. Ruzic Milos (SLO, 1653), Mihciyazgan Can (TUR, 1664) and Kanev Evgeny (RUS, 1618) tied for the first place, each with 7 points. Eventually, gold went to Ruzic Milos, second place to Mihciyazgan Can and the third place came to Kanev Evgeny.

Final ranking U1700

In Women section U1700, Meremyanina Kseniya (RUS, 1581) triumphed the event with 7.5 points. Koc Azra Ece (TUR, 1508) ended second with 7 points and Grishina Zhanna (RUS, 1585) finished the event with bronze medal and 6.5 points.

Final ranking Women U1700

The European Amateur Chess Championship 2018 participated 180 players, from 18 countries which was a new event record. The Championship was 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 was 5.000 EUR. Top three players of the each category were awarded with cups and medals, while Women players were  awarded separately.

Official Website of the Championship




R7 REPORT: EUROPEAN AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Seven rounds have been already played at the European Amateur Chess Championship 2018 and several players emerged on the top of each category of the event.

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In section for the highest rated players, U2300, top seeders suffered many upsets, and the sole leader of the category is Sahin Ozgun (TUR, 2166) with all the victories and only one drawn game, and score of 6.5 points. Iskos Alexandros (GRE, 2152) and Olcum Ahmet (TUR, 2281) tie for the second place, each with same score of 5.5 points. The best women player in the same category is Zherebtspova Alexandra (RUS, 2195) with 4 points and current 8th place on the standing list after 7 rounds.

Standings U2300

The biggest surprise happened in category U2000 where the players with starting rank numbers 27, 28 and 33 came on the top. Ince Safiye Oyku (TUR, 1762) leads the section and is ranked as the best women player with score of 6 points. The runner-ups are Krzysztynska Anna (POL, 1758) and Mihalache Paul-Stelian (ROU, 1732) who tie for the second place, each with 5.5 points.

Standings U2000

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In section Open U1700, Ruzic Milos (SLO. 1653) leads with 6 points, while there are 4 players who lag behind for only half a point: Pjesivac Milan (MNE), Dorum Doga Can (TUR, 1609), Mihciyazgan Can (TUR. 1664) and Kanev Evgeny (RUS. 1618), each of them with score of 5.5 points.

Standings Open U1700

In Women’s U1700 category, Meremyanina Kseniya (RUS, 1581) is the sole leader with 6 points, while the second place currently belongs to Koc Azra Ece (TUS. 1508) with 5.5 points. Three players currently tie for the bronze, each with the same score of 5 points.

Standings Women U1700

There are only two rounds to go, and live transmission of the 8th round, which starts today at 16:30 (local time), and 25 games can be watched through the Official website of the event.

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The Championship is 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 Women players will be awarded separately. The Winners of the event will receive the title of the European Amateur Chess Champion for 2018 for the category the player participated.

Official Website of Championship

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EUROPEAN SENIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

The 18th edition of European Senior Chess Championship will take place from 3rd-13th August, in Drammen, Norway.

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Till now, 100 players from 18 countries have registered for the event, which will be played in two age categories: 50+ (for players born in 1968 or earlier) and 65+ (for players born in 1953 and earlier).

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At the moment, the top seeded player of the 50+ category is Grandmaster Simen Adgestein (NOR, 2581) who has represented his country at the Chess Olympiads for many years, while the top seeders in section 65+ are: GM Leif Ogaard (NOR, 2405), 5 time winners of Norwegian national Championship (1974, 1975, 1979, 1985 and 1993), Ukrainian International master and chess books author, Valentin Bogdanov (UKR, 2356) and European Senior Chess Champion for section 65+ in 2017, IM Nils-Gustaf Renman (SWE, 2343).

Top women player in section 65+ is WGM Elena Fatalibekova (RUS, 2195), three-time winner of the Women’s World Senior Chess Championship (2000, 2001, 2004)and two-time winner of the Women’s European Senior Chess Championship (2007, 2008), while the battlefield in section for women 50+ is led by WIM Annett Wagner Michel (GER, 2119) and WGM Svetlana Mednikova (RUS, 2110).

Starting rank list

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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.

Registrations are open!

Official Website of the event




EUROPEAN AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 HAS STARTED

Two rounds have already been played at the European Amateur Chess Championship 2018, which takes place from 14th-21st June in Niksic, Montenegro with participation of 180 players from 18 European federations, which is the new record of the event.

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The Opening Ceremony of the event, which was attended by Manager of the Municipality of Niksic, Mr. Zivko Kecojevic and the President of Montenegro Chess Federation, Mr. Grba Radojica, took place before the start of the first round. After the performance of the local dance group, the Manαger of the Municipality of Niksic addressed all players and guests, wished them luck and officially opened the event.

Zivko Kecojevic open the tournament

The Championship is played in 3 different rating categories: U2300, U2000, U1700. The separate competition for Women players is established for section U1700, while the Women competitions in other sections are merged with the Open sections, with separate prizes.

In the category U2300, a few players suffered upsets in the first rounds of the event, and after two played rounds, 7 players tie for the first place with a maximum result and score of 2 points. In section U2000 only 5 players emerged on the top with maximum 2/2, while in the section U1700 11 players have the same score of 2 points. In Women U1700 section there are 6 players with the same score and maximum result of 2 points. The third round, which will be played today at 10:00(local time) will clarify the situation on the top of the lists of each category.

Pairings, results and standings of each category are available here.

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The live transmission of 25 games can be watched through the official website of the championship or here.

The Championship is 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 Women players will be awarded separately. The Winners of the event will receive the title of the European Amateur Chess Champion for 2018 for the category the player participated.

Official Website of Championship




EUROPEAN AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 STARTS

The European Amateur Chess Championship 2018 starts in two days and will be played from 14th-21st June, in Niksic, Montenegro. Montenegro Chess Federation has announced at the Press conference that the European Amateur Chess Championship 2018 will participate more than 180 players, from 18 countries which is a new event record.

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The event which will be played in hotel Onogost, the official venue and hotel of the Championship, will be held in 4 groups: Under-1700, Under-2000 and Under-2300, while the women will play separately only in Under 1700 rating group. In each other rating section, women event will be merged with  the open section.

52 players from 11 different European federations registered for the strongest section of the event, U2300, and the battlefield is led by Olcum Ahmet (TUR, 2281), Lestyan Ervin-Iosif (ROU, 2262) and Djukanovic Sreten (MNE, 2254). Section U2000 will participate 52 players from 10 federations, while 55 players from 8 federations will compete in the Open U1700 section and 28 players from 5 federations will compete for title of European Amateur Women U1700 Chess Championship 2018.

Starting lists 

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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 Women players will be awarded separately. The Winners of the event will receive the title of the European Amateur Chess Champion for 2018 for the category the player participated.

Official Website




TEAMS OF ITALY AND GERMANY WON MITROPA CUP 2018

Teams of Italy and Germany won Open and Women section of the 36th edition of Mitropa Cup, respectively. The event took place from 30th May- 9th June in the La Castella Resort- Calabria, in Isola Capo Rizzuto, Italy.

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The Winner in the open section was already known by the 8th round. Italy would stand on the throne no matter  the result of the last round.  Italy ended the event in a peaceful manner drew 2-2 against Hungary in the last round.

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Convincingly, with 16 match points, Italy finished with the gold medal, while the draw against the best brought the second place to Hungary. The third place in the open category went to Germany, who had the same score as Hungary, 13 match points, but according to the tiebreaks, Hungary won the silver medal, while Germany the bronze.

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The Women section featured fights until the very last minutes of the event. After 7 rounds filled with harsh struggles, Germany took the first place with 13 match points.  Austria came second with 11 match points, while the third place went to Italy.

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This year, Mitropa Cup, the team event with long tradition brought together 10 European federations. The Open section participated Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Hungary and Italy, while the teams of Women section were: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Slovakia, Italy and Slovenia.

The event was played as a single Round Robin event, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment for each move from move one.

All pairings, results and games can be seen on the official website of the event.

Official Website

The Mitropa Cup is the annual team chess tournament for national teams from Central Europe. The word Mitropa is a derivative of German Mittel Europa (Central Europe): MITtel euROPA. The idea of the Mitropa Cup came from Gertrude Wagner, who wanted to create a chess team tournament after the example of respective football competition, together with her husband Karl and the president of the Austrian Chess Federation Kurt Jungwirth were the founders and organizers of the tournament. The event commenced in 1976: Gertrude will organise the next twenty editions.

 




ECU PRESIDENT PAID A WORKING VISIT TO SKOPJE

The President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, paid an official 2-days working visit to Skopje, where he met with the Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Zoran Zaev, the President of the National Chess Federation Mr. Blagoja Bogoevski and the Director of Agency of Youth and Sports, Mr. Darko Kaevski.

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Besides the very constructive discussion about the chess development in Europe as also future European competitions in the country, the President of ECU and the President of the National Chess Federation Mr. Blagoja Bogoevski signed the contract for organisation of the European Individual Chess Championship 2019, one of the most prestigious events in the ECU Calendar and qualification stage for the World Championship. The EICC 2019 will take place from 16th-29th March in Skopje.

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Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili also used the opportunity to invite Mr. Zoran Zaev to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 43rd Chess Olympiad, which will take place from 23rd September-6th October 2018 in Batumi, Georgia.

 




ECU GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2018

To: European National Chess Federations

Re: Invitation for the ECU General Assembly and the ECU Elections 2018

 

Dear Ladies and Sirs,

I have the pleasure to invite you to the ECU General Assembly and the ECU Elections to be held in Batumi, Georgia on 2nd and 3rd of October 2018.

According to the published schedule of the 89th FIDE Congress in Batumi, Georgia, the Continental meetings will take place on 2nd and 3rd of October 2018. The ECU General Assembly will start at 9 am on Tuesday 2nd of October 2018. In accordance with ECU Statutes, proposals from Members to be included in the agenda must reach the ECU Secretariat, by email, not later than Monday 2nd of July 2018.

The ECU General Assembly will be continued with the ECU Board elections, which will take place on Wednesday 3rd October 2018, after the conclusion of the FIDE Presidential ticket elections.

The President, the Deputy President, two (2) Vice President, the Secretary General and the Treasurer are elected on a combined ticket. Nominations for this ticket shall reach the ECU Secretariat scanned by email, not later than Monday 2nd of July 2018.

Nominations for the individual elections of the rest three (3) Vice Presidents shall reach the ECU Secretariat scanned by email, not later than Monday 2nd of July 2018.

The nominations for elections may be sent also by postal service or express postal service (DHL, Fedex, TNT) to the address: European Chess Union, M.Kostava Str. 37a, Chess Palace, 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia. The sender shall ensure that the nominatiion(s) will reach the ECU office not later than Monday 2nd of July 2018 in order to be valid.

Nomination papers are obtainable from the ECU Secretariat. You may find all details regarding electoral process and nominations in the ECU Statutes (attached).

All the information about your registration, travel and accommodation for the 89th FIDE Congress are included in the Chess Olympiad Invitation (attached).

I will be happy to welcome and meet you in Batumi,

Sincerely,

Zurab Azmaiparashvili,

ECU President                                               Tbilisi 31.05.2018

 

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ECU NEWSLETTER MAY 2018

ECU Newsletter May 2018 is out!

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It this edition of the ECU Newsletter you may read about:

  • Report of working visit by President of ECU, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, to UAE
  • Final report of European Youth Grand Prix Series 2017/2018
  • Brief final report of FIDE World Women’s Chess Championship 2018
  • Preview of Altibox Norway Chess 2018
  • Report of Polish-Hungarian chess tournament in Katowice
  • Brief preview of chess project “Million Moves”
  • Report of simultaneous exhibition by Minister of Finance of Latvia, Mrs. Dana Reizniece-Ozola, and the 12th World Chess Champion, Anatoly Karpov
  • Preview of Czech Tour 2018/2019 and Czech Open 2018
  • Upcoming events in June
  • Fun Zone

 

ECU NEWSLETTER May 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

ECU NEWSLETTER May 2018




MITROPA CUP 2018

The 36th edition of the traditional event Mitropa Cup will take place from 30th May- 9th June in a 4 stars La Castella Resort- Calabria, in Isola Capo Rizzuto, Italy.

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This year, the team event with long tradition will bring together 10 European federations who will be competing against each other in Open and Women section.  Each team will be composed of 4 players plus one reserve player (for open section), 4 women players plus one reserve woman player (for women section), with one of the players who will be a team captain.

Participants of Open section will be: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Hungary and Italy, while the registered teams of Women section are: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Slovakia, Italy and Slovenia.

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The event will be played as a single Round Robin event, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment for each move from move one. The best ranked teams of each group will be awarded with trophies and medals.

Pairings, results and live games can be followed through the official website of the event.

Official Website

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The Mitropa Cup is the annual team chess tournament for national teams from Central Europe. The word Mitropa is a derivative of German Mittel Europa (Central Europe): MITtel euROPA. The idea of the Mitropa Cup came from Gertrude Wagner, who wanted to create a chess team tournament after the example of respective football competition, together with her husband Karl and the president of the Austrian Chess Federation Kurt Jungwirth were the founders and organizers of the tournament. The event commenced in 1976: Gertrude will organise the next twenty editions.

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                                                               1982,  Mrs  Gertrude Wagner  in Linz. Photographer Gerhard Hund.

More about the history of Mitropa Cup read here.

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