Message by European Chess Union President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili

Dear Chess Friends,

FIDE is 95 years old.

It honestly is a great age for the organization that was founded in Europe and by Europeans.

Numerous developments have indeed taken place since 1924 till today.

Indeed, the union of chess players has come a long way from Europe to world and today, the flags of almost every country’s chess federation is found on the map of FIDE.

A family with just a few members has really grown and today it has already turned into a large and strong family with numerous members.

We are one family – the World Chess Federation has been living with this slogan for years.

For years, this slogan has turned into an inseparable part of our life.

On behalf of the European Chess Union I congratulate FIDE on the 95th anniversary and I wish it the most important thing – never to deviate from the road it took in 1924 on July 20 in Paris.

Never to stop developing and to always be in the heart of the newest technological achievements, because chess is both extremely old and at the same time, the newest.

Never to deny the European values with which FIDE is amongst the most distinguished.

It was born in the democratic world and above all, it is a child of Europe.

And lastly, I will end our congratulations with the slogan of the European Chess World – Chess Makes You Smarter!

Congratulations, FIDE!


Zurab Azmaiparashvili

President of the European Chess Union


The Irish Chess Union, supported by the European Chess Union, Failte Ireland and the Glorney Bloodworth Trust, under the patronage of Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, organize Glorney Gilbert Youth Chess International event from 21st-24th July in the Carrickdale Hotel, Co Louth.


In 1948, Cecil Parker Glorney, an Irish entrepreneur and first President of Rathmines chess club, launched and endowed a chess tournament to be played between the youth of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and other invited countries.

71 years on, the 2019 edition returns to Ireland this Sunday 21st July with Squads of 20 from each of the above countries plus France and Netherlands competing for the Glorney Cup (U18 Open), Gilbert Cup (U18 Girls), Robinson Cup (U14 Open) and Stokes Cup (U12 Open) from Sunday 21st to Wednesday 24th July.

The event is sponsored by the European Chess Union, Failte Ireland and the Glorney Bloodworth Trust.

European Chess Union Deputy President, Gunnar Bjornsson will open the event The opening ceremony will be at 7pm on Sunday 21st.


Games will be played on Monday through Wednesday. All Games will be broadcast LIVE (watch the games via

Contact: Desmond Beatty,, 087 235 3433

Official Website of the event

Official Invitation

Interviews with ECU President et al by 14yr old Mihailo, 2015


European Youth Team Chess Championship 2019 concluded yesterday in Pardubice, Czech Republic. After harsh struggles Poland won double crown in U12 open and girls sections, the city of Pleven triumphed in Girls U18 category and Germany became the Winner of section Open U18.

After early loss in the 3rd round, team of Germany leaped on the top of Open U18 section after four played rounds, and maintained the leadership until the end of the event. Germany emerged as the sole Winner with score of 12 match points, silver medals went to Netherlands with 10 match points and the third place came to Austria with 9 match points.

Open U18- Final rankings


Top seeder of Girls U18 section, the city of Pleven, triumphed the event after very intense fights with team of Germany. After a draw between these two teams, they were running for the top until the last round of the event. Eventually, Pleven and Germany finished in a tie for the top, each with 13 match points, but according to additional criteria, Pleven took the first place and Germany came second. Bronze medals went to Slovakia scoring 9 match points.

Girls U18- Final rankings


Poland dominated U12 categories winning in both (open and girls) sections. In Open section U12, team of Poland suffered only one loss in the 4th round of the event, which wasn’t enough for runner-ups to catch their score of final 12 match points. Second place went to France with 11 points and third place came to Hungary, who scored 10 match points.

Open U12- Final rankings


With three victories and four drawn matches, without a loss, team of Poland came on the top of Girls U12 section with 10 match points. Three teams tied for the second place, each with score of 9 match points: Turkey, city of Pleven and team Yamal. According to additional criteria, Turkey took silver medals and city of Pleven ended with bronze.

Girls U12- Final rankings


The Closing ceremony of the event took place yesterday, where European Chess Union was represented by ECU Tournament Director, Mr. Petr Pisk.

The event took place from 10th-17th July in Pardubice, Czech Republic, with participation of 53 teams coming from 18 different European federations. Organizers of the event provided the live broadcast of the games, which was available on the official website of the event.

Official Website of the Championship

CZECH OPEN- Press release

PARDUBICE – The 30th International Chess and Games Festival Czech Open started on July 11th. As usually it takes place in hockey ČSOB Pojišťovna Arena in Pardubice.


After seven years, the European Youth Team Chess Championship finally takes place in Pardubice, the championship is prestigious, being filled with top players from Europe. The number of participants is higher than at the last European Championship in Pardubice, with 182 players from 18 countries. Leader of the category U18 Open is the team of Germany, the best players of this category are Ivan Runets (BLR) and FM Marc Morgunov (AUT) 4,5/5. Leaders of the category U18 girls are teams ECU Pleven and Germany which both lost only half a point. The best players of this category are WGM Nurgyul Salimova (ECU-Pleven) and WIM Alicja Sliwicka from Poland 4,5/5. In U12 Open first place is also shared between two teams – Poland and Hungary, the players with best performances are Jachym Nemec (CZE) and Jan Klimkowski (POL) 5/5. Team from Poland also leads in category U12 girls, Maria Siekanska (POL) and Galina Mikheeva (RUS) lost only half a point out of five games. The European Youth Team Chess Championship ends on 17th July, in the last two days a dramatic conclusion can be expected.


In the first tournament of the Czech Open – Cesky Lev Kolesovice Open 114 four-member teams participated, this tournament was also played as Championship of the Czech Republic. After seven rounds gold medals went to Russia, YAMAL won for the third time in history. On the second place, there was Czech team SK Zikuda Turnov A, which became the champion of the Czech republic, team Moravská Slavia Brno ended on the third place. There were 8 GMs, 3 WGMs, 20 IMs, 5 WIMs on the starting list and the best players of the event were Russian players GM Alexander Potapov and IM Bogdan Belyakov, who scored 7/7.


The first weekend of the event was traditionally dedicated to games. There were tournaments in various disciplines, such as backgammon, go, gomoku, mancala and many others. The new game was a PubQuiz, which was also played as Championship of Czech Republic. After the weekend, the other chess tournaments were proceeding – blitz chess, superblitz and blitz marathon.

Czech Open Festival draws to a phase, when the competitors taking part in the main tournament meet in the ČSOB Pojišťovna Arena. This tournament will begin on Friday 19th July and continue up to the Saturday 27th July.

The results of all tournaments and games are available on


Adam Joska

Czech Open 2019


Four rounds have been already played at European Youth Team Chess Championship 2019 in Pardubice, Czech Republic.


In open and girls categories for the age U12, two teams emerged as the sole leaders, while several teams tie for the first place in sections U18. In category Open U12, team of Hungary is on the top with 7 match points, while Poland and France tie for the second place, each with 6 match points.

Open U12- Results, Pairings and Standings


In girls U12 section, Poland is the sole leader with 7 match points, ECU- Pleven is on the current second place with score of 6 match points, while teams of Yamal and Turkey tie for the third place, each with 5 match points.

Girls U12- Results, Pairings and Standings


There is no emerged sole leader of Open U18 section. Four teams are in a tie for the first place, each with score of 6 match points: Austria, Israel 1, Serbia and Germany. Round 5 brings the clash of the leaders Israel 1- Germany, while teams Austria and Serbia will play against runner-ups: Netherlands and Belarus.

Open U18- Results, Pairings and Standings


Teams of ECU-Pleven and Germany are leading in the section Girls U18, each with score of 7 match points, three victories and one drawn match. They are followed by Slovakia, scoring 6 match points.

Girls U18- Results, Pairings and Standings


Only three rounds left to be played and the fifth round of the event starts today at 15.00 (local time) and LIVE transmission of the games is available on the following link.

Official Website of the event


International chess festival St. Petersburg Summer will take place from 13th-26th August 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, at Azimut Hotel. The festival contains three events: Viktor Korchnoi Memorial (13th-23rd August), Russian Children’s Cup Tournament (13th-23rd August) and Russian Rapid Grand Prix Stage (24th-26th August).


Viktor Korchnoi Memorial, one of the main events of the festival, will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 minutes+ 30 seconds of an increment per move starting from the move one. Draw offers are forbidden before the move 41.

Total prize fund of the event will be more than 10.000 EUR, with around 2.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the tournament.


Already three players rated over 2600 have registered for the event: Kamsky Gata (USA, 2673), Zvjaginsev Vadim (RUS, 2644) and Chigaev Maksim (RUS, 2640).

List of participants


C tournament- Russian Rapid Grand Prix will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 15 minutes+10 seconds per move. The total prize fund of the tournament will be around 8.000 EUR.

B tournament- Children’s Cup Russia will be played in 4 age categories: U9, U11, U13 and U15, open and girls separately. The tournament will be played in 9 round Swiss system, with time control: 60 minutes + 30 seconds per move for tournaments under 9, for others (under 11, 13, 15 y.o.) 90 minutes + 30 second per move.


More information about the festival may be found here.

Official Website of the festival

Golden Youth Cup concluded in Ukraine

The first Golden Youth Cup took place from 3rd-7th July in Vinnitsya, Ukraine, with a total prize fund of more than 20.000$.


The event was played in 5 age categories: U6, U8, U10, U12 and U14 and gathered 648 young players from Scotland, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Moldova, Israel, Estonia, Ecuador, Belarus and Ukraine and supported by ECU and FIDE.

All the tournaments were hard-fought, and the blue and yellow striped flag of Ukraine flew atop the leaderboard in every section as the nine-round battles approached the finishing line.


In the under 14 section it was Oleksandr Vakulenko who claimed the title, and the prizemoney and CE Premium clock that went with it. Draws with his closest rivals was enough to take the trophy on tiebreak after five players hit the 7/9 mark. Anastasiia Dubovyk’s fine finish on 6.5/9 meant she scooped the girl’s title.

The under 12 competition saw a similar result, Mikhail Tobak securing first spot with a draw against top seed Vadim Petrovsk. Anzhelika Lomakina lifted the girl’s title just half a point behind.


At the under 10 level, Artem Dyachek was already assured of tournament victory after eight straight wins, before relaxing with a trophy-winning draw in the final round. Anastasiia Hnatyshyn finished fourth overall to take down the girl’s title.

In the under 8 section, Kyrylo Niezhentsev gave up an early draw but then stormed home with seven straight wins to bag victory. Valeriia Zhubenko took the top girl’s prize with an excellent 7/9.


The youngest age category, the under 6, it was Mykhaylo Nezhyvenko who took top honours with 8/9, Alina Donets a close second overall and crowned girl’s champion.


Following the closing ceremony, tournament organizer, and ECU Commercial Director Naiditsch Arkadij expressed his hopes that ‘The Golden Youth Cup’ would become the premier children’s event on the chess calendar. “It was amazing to see so many children competing and we hope that next year we will break more records as word of the Vinnitsya International spreads far and wide!”

He added: “With 648 participants, we have broken the record for holding the biggest-ever children’s chess event in Ukraine. We invited the book of records of Ukraine who fixed this record officially and awarded us a diploma. “This diploma we distributed to all the participants of the event so they could take home something special and memorable, and give them even bigger motivation to love the game of chess”.


Official Website of the event

Photo gallery

Final report of the event can be downloaded here.


European Youth Team Chess Championship 2019 starts tomorrow and takes place from 10th-18th July in Pardubice, Czech Republic.


The event will be played in 2 age categories: U12 and U18, Open and girls separately. The playing venue of the event will be “CSOB Pojistovna Arena”. The European Youth Team Championship will be held according to Swiss system in 7 rounds, 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 event will participate 54 teams representing 18 European federations. In section Girls U12, 8 teams will play Robin round tournament in 7 rounds, 12 teams participate Open U12 section, 18 teams will compete in Girls U18 section and in category Open U18, 15 teams will fight for the first place.

Starting rank lists


The first three teams in each competition will receive trophies. Each member of the winning team (players, reserve and captain) will receive a gold medal. The members of the second and third placed teams will each receive a silver and bronze medal respectively. Additionally, all medalists receive in-kind prizes.

Official Website of the event


International Youth tournament “Chess for Peace” took place in Luxembourg from 8th-12th of May in order to promote cooperation between European countries.


The Chess tournament took place in the Youth Hostel Luxembourg City and 141 children from 16 countries (Luxembourg, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Roumania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Liechtenstein , even USA and New Zealand) participated at the event. The tournament was played in 6 age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18. The youngest player was a girl from Luxembourg: Amy Schumacher and was not the only 5 year old starting in the U8 category.


The Winners are:

U8 boys: 1. Witczak Borys POL, 2. Groffils Leonard BEL, 3. Pekala Dawid POL

U8 girls: 1. Dobrovolska-Rakhnina Bozhena- UKR, 2. Frydel Helena GER, 3. Dobiášová Klaudia LUX

U10 boys: 1. Micula Jakub POL, 2. Heron Steve LIE, 3. Salomeia Mihai ROU

U10 girls: 1. Rusiecki Katarzyna POL, 2. Balazs Szabina Zoe HUN, 3. Hamerska Weronika POL

U12 boys: 1. Religa Marek SWE, 2. Trzesniowski Marceli POL, 3. Fojcik Kacper POL

U12 girls: 1. Balazs Sztella Anna HUN, 2. Zurawicka Aleksandra POL, 3. Krejci Vera Marie CZE

U14 boys: 1. Wnek Filip POL, 2. Zamekhovskiy Yevgen UKR, 3. Dziendziel Mateusz POL

U14 girls: 1. Wiecek Karolina POL, 2. Sacharczuk Karolina POL, 3. Lappi Aurora FIN

U16 boys: 1. Niedbala Bartlomiej POL, 2. Kulesza Andrzej POL, 3. Panek Bartosz POL

U16 girls: 1. Adamczyk Zuzanna POL, 2. Budkiewicz Magdalena POL, 3. Shkryl Kateryna UKR

U18 boys: 1. Schilay Lorenz GER, 2. Galuszka Tomasz POL, 3. Sadler Michel LUX

U18 girls: 1. Leczek Weronika POL, 2. Nemcova Karin CZE, 3. Kopcova Ludmila CZE


The Winners of the event won trophies, while all players received medals for the participation with the logo of the tournament.


The festival “Chess for Peace” started on the 8th of May in memory of the end of the World War in 1945 with a cultural and sight-seeing program. The following day, the chess players had the opportunity to participate in the festivities of the Europe Day.


On the 10th of May, the Polish embassy welcomed the participants to a reception, while the tournament itself started in the afternoon that day. The festival was officially opened by Vicki Hansen from Schengen Peace Foundation, FIDE Vice President Łukasz Turlej, President from the Silesian Chess Federation Andrzej Matusiak, and Mietek Bakalarz from G.M. Schachzentrum in the Youth Hostel of Luxembourg City. The closing ceremony took place on the 12th of May in the European Museum in Schengen.

The tournament took place under the patronage of Schengen Peace Foundation Luxembourg with Dominicus Rhode- president and Vicki Hansen- CEO,  the European Chess Union- ECU (an educational smart kids project)  and World Chess Federation FIDE Vice President- Łukasz Turlej.

Official website of the event



Everybody knows that the game immediately ends with checkmate or stalemate, provided that the move producing it was legal (see 5.1.1, 5.2.1). The so called dead position doesn’t get nearly as much attention, but it should be quite familiar to all arbiters, because its identification can change a result of a game.

Article 5.2.2 states The game is drawn when a position has arisen in which neither player can checkmate the opponent’s king with any series of legal moves. The game is said to end in a ‘dead position’. It makes sense for this to also immediately end the game, since the ultimate goal of the game is no longer in reach for either player – the game is over.

The first position that comes to mind is two bare kings. Or that of king and knight vs. king, or king and bishop vs. king, etc. The game must end there; that is very clear to everybody. There is a slightly more complicated position seen in figure 1 (below). White is about to play c5, which leads to a dead position.

dead position 1

Figure 1: Dead position after the move c5

Even though there are many pieces on the board, it is not possible to win – to checkmate the opponent’s king – because both kings are trapped on their respective sides and the pawns cannot move, so the game ends immediately after White makes the move c5. In such cases, the players usually don’t protest and simply agree to a draw.

dead position 2

Dead position after the move Nc2+.

A problem may occur in cases such as the one in figure 2 (below). In this position, White went 48. Nc2+ which ends the game. It is no longer possible for either player to win, because the only series of legal moves is 48. … Qxc2+ 49. Kxc2 stalemate. So if, for example, White’s flag falls after the move Nc2+, it is a draw, because the game has already effectively ended. And if the arbiter observes such position it is his duty to declare a draw.

Text by: Jirina Prokopova