R3 REPORT- EUROPEAN CLUB CUP 2019

Three rounds have been played at European Club Cup 2019 in Ulcinj, Montenegro, and in Open section seven teams are in a lead scoring the maximum 6 match points, while in Women’s section three teams tie for the top, but no one with perfect score.

After 3 played rounds in Open section, the leaders are: Molodezka (RUS), Mednyi Vsadnik (RUS), Moscow Chess Team (RUS), AVE Novy Bor (CZE), Vugar Gashimov (AZE), SK Joly Lysa nad Labem (CZE) and Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova (ITA).

Some of the favourites of Open section had already met in the round 3, when all the eyes were on the match between Mednyi Vsadnik (RUS) and top seed Alkaloid (MKD). After 5 draws in a very intense match, Ponkratov Pavel (2619) brought the victory to Mednyi Vsadnik after defeating Kryvoruchko Yuri (2683).

Round 4 top pairings:

  1. Molodezka (RUS) – Vugar Gashimov (AZE)
  2. AVE Novy Bor (CZE) – Mednyi Vsadnik (RUS)
  3. Moscow Chess Team (RUS) – SK Joly Lysa nad Labem (CZE)
  4. Beer Sheva (ISR) – Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova (ITA)

Pairings, results and rankings- Open section

In Women’s section no team remained with perfect score, but Cercle d’Echecs Monte Carlo (MNC), Kyiv Chess Federation (UKR) and AVE Novy Bor (CZE) share the leadership with 5 match points, each.

In the clash of leaders at round 3, after big fight and very interesting games, top seeders Cercle d’Echecs Monte Carlo and Kyiv Chess Federation finished the match in a peaceful manner with draws on the all four boards.

AVE Novy Bor (CZE) played a drawn match against Odlar Yurdu (AZE) with two draws on the board 3 and 4 and two decisive results on boards 1 and 2.

In round 4, AVE Novy Bor (CZE) meets with Cerle d’Echecs Monte Carlo (MNC), while Kyiv Chess Federation (UKR) will play against Odlar Yurdu (AZE).

Pairings, results and rankings- Women’s section

Round 4 starts tomorrow at 15:00, and LIVE transmission can be followed through the official website of the event.

Official Website




EUROPEAN CORPORATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2020- Official invitation

European Corporate Chess Championship 2020, organized by CC&O- Chess Communication & Organization, under the auspices of European Chess Union, will take place from 26th-29th June 2020 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The tournament will be played on a luxury cruise ship of Royal Spido (named James Cook), while sailing in the Rotterdam harbour.

Any corporate entity is allowed to register up to two teams. Chess Clubs, Chess Associations, and Chess Federations are not allowed to participate in the championship. A team is composed of 4 main players and 1 optional substitute player.

The team composition:
-May have only one player over 2400 ELO (rapid FIDE rating included – FIDE rating lists April 2020)
-Shall have at least one player below 2000 ELO (rapid FIDE rating included – FIDE rating lists April 2020) playing each round.
-For each round at least two players of the team shall have a commercial relation (employment or similar) with the company with which he is playing for. Players shall be in rating order in the team composition (June FIDE rating lists) in order to play amateurs against amateurs as possible.
-All players must be over 16 years old.

The Team registration fee per team is 600 EUR and includes: the Organizing fee, the ECU entry fee, tea, coffee and water in the playing hall, deluxe sandwich lunch on 28th June, Closing ceremony reception with free drinks and canape.

All players and guests are invited to stay in Bilderberg Parkhotel Rotterdam. Hotel’s website: https://www.bilderberg.nl/rotterdam/parkhotel-rotterdam/

Special rates are provided for the Championship (prizes per person per day, accommodation & breakfast, excluding 6.5% city tax and EUR 2.20 service charge):

  • Deluxe / Executive Room (1 person) – EUR 119 
  • Deluxe / Executive Room (2 persons, twin room) – EUR 67

Bookings and payments are done directly to the hotel.

A team may apply for the championship individually or via a National Federation. The registration deadline is 30th April 2020.

The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control of 15 minutes for the whole game, plus 5 seconds of an increment starting from the move one.

The total prize fund of the Championship is 6.000 EUR, with 3.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event.

Contact information:

rotterdamcorporatechess@aol.com

European Corporate Chess Championship 2020 – Official invitation




EUROPEAN CLUB CUP 2019 KICKED OFF

The 35th edition of European Club Cup and the 24th edition of European Club Cup for Women kicked off yesterday in Ulcinj, Montenegro, with participation of 80 teams.

The Opening ceremony of the event took place on 9th November in Official Hotel of the event, with attendance of: President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of Montenegro Chess Federation, Mr. Jovan Milovic, Mayor of the city of Ulcinj, Mr. Ljoro Nrekic and Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Mr. Srdja Darmanovic.

After the anthems of Montenegro and ECU, ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, addressed the presents and pointed out the progress of Chess Federation of Montenegro which hosts world chess elite.

President of Montenegro Chess Federation, Mr. Jovan Milovic, welcomed participants, and expressed his pleasure that Montenegro Chess Federation hosts European Club Cup in the year of 70th jubilee anniversary of the Chess Federation of Montenegro.

Mayor of the city of Ulcinj, Mr. Ljoro Nrekic, addressed participants, wished them pleasant stay in Montenegro, and reminded them on the beauties of the city of Ulcinj.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, and also a chess player, Mr. Srdja Darmanovic, emphasized that Montenegro has hosted many important chess events, and that this event crowns the celebration of 70th anniversary of Montenegro Chess Federation. He also wished a good luck and sports fair atmosphere to all the participants.

The artistic part of the program was performed by Glamor strings, while the moderator of the evening was famous Montenegrin actress Branka Stanic.

The first round of the event started yesterday at 15:00. President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, opened the round and made the first ceremonial move on the first board in the game between: Pruijssers Roeland (team of Echiquier Mosan from Germany)- Andreikin Dmitry (team of Alkaloid from North Macedonia).

No upsets in the first round for the Open section and all the favorites won their matches. Top pairings of the round 2 are:

  1. Moscow Chess Team (RUS) – Dunajska Streda (SVK)
  2. Asnieres (FRA) – Sloven Ruma (SRB)
  3. Riehen Schachgesellschaft (SUI)- Schachfreunde Berlin (GER)
  4. Zurich Schachgesellschaft (SUI) – Mednyi Vsadnik (RUS)
  5. AVE Novy Bor (CZE) – LSG IntelliMagic (NED)

Pairings, results and rankings- Open section

In the Women section the only surprise was a draw in a match between ZSK Maribor (SLO) and club #3 on the starting list Nona (GEO). Matches on the first two boards ended in a draw, while Khotenashvili Bela (GEO, 2466) brought the point for Nona team after defeating Vidic Teja (SLO, 2189). Mar Karmen (SLO, 2041) made a huge upset by taking a victory against Melia Salome (GEO, 2380) and the match ended with result 2-2.

Top pairings of the round 2 are:

  1. Caissa Pentole Agnelli (ITA) – Cercle d’Echecs Monte Carlo (MNC)
  2. Kyiv Chess Federation (UKR) – Ugra (RUS)
  3. Nona (GEO) – Odlar Yurdu (AZE)

Pairings, results and rankings- Women section

The second round of the event starts today at 15:00 (local time). LIVE broadcast of the games is available through the official website of the event.

Official Website of the event

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EUROPEAN CLUB CUP 2019 STARTS TOMORROW

The 35th edition of European Club Cup 2019 and the 24th European Club Cup 2019 for Women take place in Ulcinj, Montenegro, from 9th to 17th November 2019.

80 teams in total, 66 teams coming from 29 European federations registered for Open event and the top seeds are: Alkaloid (MKD, average rating of players 2701), Mednyi Vsadnik (RUS, average rating of players 2689), AVE Novy Bor (CZE, average rating of players 2687), Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova (ITA, average rating of players 2686) and Primorsky District (RUS, average rating of players 2615).

Starting rank list-Open section

14 teams coming from 12 federations participate in Women’s section, and the top seeders are: Kyiv Chess Federation (UKR, average rating of players 2499), Cercle d’Echecs (MNC, average rating of players 2466), Nona (GEO, average rating of players 2457), Caissa Pentole Agnelli (ITA, average rating of players 2440) and Ugra (RUS, average rating of players 2438).

Starting rank list Women’s section

The events will be played in 7 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.

The Opening ceremony of the event is scheduled for today at 20:00 (local time), and the Technical meeting (meeting of the team captains) starts immediately after, at 22:00 (local time).

The official hotel of the event will be KARISMA HOTELS Ulcinj, 4 stars “Holiday Village Montenegro” Hotel, while the playing venue of the events will be Karisma Hotels Hall.

The total prize fund of the event will be 45,200 EUR, with 26,000 EUR reserved for Open competition, 14,200 EUR in Women competition and 5,200 EUR for individual prizes.

Official Website of the event




SPONSOR B2B EVENTS

The 5th and 6th November ECU Education Commission in co-operation with Norwegian and Swedish Chess Federations and the FIDE Development Fund organised two large sponsor events targeting the finance sector. The purpose of the two events was to show how sponsoring chess in schools would strengthen the brand of a company, and to show the great CiS movement in the two countries. In next step the idea is that the concept shaped from the try-outs can be used in other countries of Europe as well.

The main idea of the project was the co-operation with Nordic Brand and Dr Tony Aperia from Stockholm business school. To the events he presented a sustainable finance analyse of the 25 largest companies in each country and their brand. He had also analysed the brand of chess in schools. In the end he analysed what would happen if the companies sponsored chess in school programs, and yes, chess is a very attractive partner as the focus is on the inclusion and developing cognitive skills mainly for the most needed ones.

In Norway the event was held at “The Old Museum” in the centre of Oslo. At this event not only chess in school was presented but the large norweigan project “chess in the society” were chess is established at libraries, jails and institutions in this category. First everyone was welcomed, then Dr Tony Aperia presented his study, Jesper Hall focused on the work of ECU Education as well as the arguments why chess is a pedagogic tool for the future, then the Norweigan chess in school movement was presenting the exploding chess in schools movement as well as the new project chess in the society. Finally the school of Grefsen told about their chess activities. 

Then it was a break with snacks and champagne, and then the participants challenged the worldchampion Magnus Carlsen in a simul. A very successful evening.

In Sweden, the day after, the event was hosted by the sponsor of Swedish Chess in School program, the lawfirm Cederquist in the centre of Stockholm. It was almost the same set-up. But the simul with Magnus was changed to an inspiring talk by the Latvian politian and ECU Vice President Mrs Dana Reizniece-Ozola on how chess has helped her in making strategic decisions in politics.

All in all 19 of the most prestigious finance companies of Norway and Sweden attended the events, and ECU and the both federations have great hope to establish a co-operation with some of them.




ECU E-MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2019

ECU E-Magazine October 2019 is out!

October 2019 edition of the ECU E-magazine may be read online on the following link, or can be downloaded as a PDF file down bellow.

ECU-Magazine_October-2019

Meeting chess legends- Download the cbv file: Analized game Balashov Yuri-Geller Efim




RUSSIA WINS DOUBLE GOLD AT EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

Teams of Russia took double gold at European Team Chess Championship 2019 in Batumi, Georgia.

Russian Women team defended the title of European Team Chess Champion from 2017, while Russian team in Open section defended the position of the top seed from the beginning of the Championship.

After intense finish of the event in Open section, Russia took narrow 2.5-1.5 victory over Poland, and became the sole Winner with score of 15 match points.

Ukraine, who tied for the top with Russians after round 8, played a draw in a match against Croatia, and thanks to the tiebreaks took silver medals.

Team of England tied for the second place with Ukraine, but eventually came third and took bronze.

Final rankings- Open section

Russian Women team convincingly won in the Women’s section, and maintained the leadership from the very beginning of the Championship. With a sound victory against Turkey, Russian ladies scored 16 match points, and successfully defended the title of European Team Chess Champion from 2017.

Second place came to team of Georgia with 15 match points, who was running-up after the Russians for the whole tournament.

After narrow victory over Armenia, team of Azerbaijan took bronze medals scoring 14 match points.

Final rankings- Women section

The best players per boards in Open section were:

Board 1-

1 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2741 RUS Russia 2817 0 8 68,8 1
2 GM Aronian Levon 2758 ARM Armenia 2790 0 8 62,5 4
3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2686 UKR Ukraine 2771 0 9 61,1 2

Board 2-

1 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2732 RUS Russia 2749 0 7 64,3 1
2 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2694 ESP Spain 2735 0 8 68,8 7
3 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2670 GEO Georgia 2733 0 9 72,2 11

Board 3-

1 GM Berkes Ferenc 2667 HUN Hungary 2844 0 7 85,7 26
2 GM Shirov Alexei 2664 ESP Spain 2781 0 8 81,3 7
3 GM Volokitin Andrei 2627 UKR Ukraine 2748 0 7 64,3 2

Board 4-

1 GM Halkias Stelios 2530 GRE Greece 2781 0 7 78,6 14
2 GM Jones Gawain C B 2688 ENG England 2713 0 8 68,8 3
3 GM Guseinov Gadir 2660 AZE Azerbaijan 2709 0 9 66,7 6

Board 5-

1 GM Dubov Daniil 2699 RUS Russia 2805 0 7 78,6 1
2 GM Onischuk Vladimir 2616 UKR Ukraine 2760 0 8 75,0 2
3 GM Pashikian Arman 2599 ARM Armenia 2695 0 6 66,7 4

In Women section, the best players per board were:

Board 1-

1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2502 GEO Georgia 2639 0 9 77,8 2
2 GM Cramling Pia 2462 SWE Sweden 2621 0 9 88,9 26
3 IM Mammadzada Gunay 2427 AZE Azerbaijan 2565 0 8 68,8 3

Board 2-

1 GM Lagno Kateryna 2549 RUS Russia 2597 0 8 81,3 1
2 IM Peptan Corina-Isabela 2371 ROU Romania 2586 0 8 81,3 6
3 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2457 GEO Georgia 2472 0 8 62,5 2

Board 3-

1 IM Matnadze Ana 2383 ESP Spain 2488 0 8 75,0 20
2 IM Skripchenko Almira 2403 FRA France 2466 0 7 71,4 14
3 WGM Klek Hanna Marie 2248 GER Germany 2441 0 8 81,3 21

Board 4-

1 IM Arabidze Meri 2398 GEO Georgia 2571 0 8 81,3 2
2 IM Mammadova Gulnar 2369 AZE Azerbaijan 2532 0 8 81,3 3
3 GM Gunina Valentina 2509 RUS Russia 2414 0 7 64,3 1

Board 5-

1 WIM Sargsyan Anna M. 2242 ARM Armenia 2626 0 8 87,5 7
2 WFM Movileanu Daniela 2173 ITA Italy 2478 0 7 78,6 15
3 IM Kashlinskaya Alina 2481 RUS Russia 2442 0 5 70,0 1

Closing ceremony of the event took place yesterday evening. The closing ceremony was attended by President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, who addressed the teams, and officially declared the event closed.

European Team Chess Championship 2019 took place from 23rd October-3rd November, in Hotel Sheraton, Batumi, Georgia.

Official Website of the event




RUSSIA LEADS IN BOTH SECTIONS OF EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

After seven played rounds at European Team Chess Championship 2019 in Batumi, Georgia, teams of Russia lead in both sections of the event!

Team of Russia in Open section maintained the leadership with draw against Germany. Nisipeanu liviu Dieter (GER, 2656) brought a point to Germany after defeating Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2732) on the first board with white pieces. Games on the 2nd and the 3rd board ended in a peaceful manner-draw, while on the 4th board Daniil Dubov (RUS, 2699) made a tactical masterpiece with Whites against Svane Rasmus (GER, 2592) and mate a black’s king on the a3 square!

The result of 2-2 was enough for Russian team to maintain the sole leadership of the event. They are followed by teams of England, Ukraine and Germany, scoring 11 points, each.

In the 8th round, which starts tomorrow at 15:00 (local time), Russia meets England on the 1st board, and Ukraine plays against Germany.

Pairings, Results and Rankings- Open section

Russian Women team leads in Women section after convincing win over Poland with result of 4-0. With score of 13 match points, Russia is two match points ahead of the runner-up -Georgia.

Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Armenia tie for the third place, each with 10 match points.

In round 8, Russia plays against Armenia on the first board, Georgia meets Ukraine and France plays against Azerbaijan.

Pairings, Results and Rankings- Women section

Only two rounds left to be played before the announcement of the Winner of European Team Chess Championship 2019. All the games are live transmitted and live broadcast, together with live commentary may be followed online through the official website of the event.

Official Website of the event




CIRCULAR LETTER No2/30.10.2019 – Communique of the ECU Board and General Assembly

The European Chess Union Board meeting took place on the 24th of October in Batumi, Georgia. The meeting was held under excellent conditions in the hotel Batumi Hilton during the European Team Chess Championship 2019.

The main areas under discussion and decisions made were the
following: 

Administration

  • ECU Board approved the ECU Budget 2020 which submitted to the General Assembly.
  • ECU Board was informed about the results of the projects submitted to the FIDE Development fund 2019 and the procedure for the year 2020.
  • ECU Board informed about the recent investigation findings about the owner(s) and manager(s) of the shadow company “ECU Delaware”
  • For
    the security and transparency of the bank transactions it was decided the bank
    accounts and their beneficiaries which are used for the European Championships
    to be obligatory published by the organisers either in the Tournament
    invitation or the registration forms on the ECU website. 

European Championships-Tournaments

  • The
    European Corporate Chess Championship 2020

    was awarded to Rotterdam, Netherlands to be held from 26th to 29th
    June 2020. The venue of the tournament is a luxury boat that will be sailing
    during the rounds. The teams will be accommodated in Bilderberg Park Hotel.
  • The European Amateur Chess
    Championship 2020
    was awarded to Mali Losinj, Croatia to be held
    from 13th  to 22nd  June 2020.
  • The European Amateur Chess
    Championship 2021
    was awarded to Olbia, Italy to be held from 16th
     to 26th April 2021.
  • The European Senior
    Championship 2021
    was awarded to the Italian Chess Federation, which
    has to decide about the exact venue till March 2020.
  • The
    European Youth Team Chess Championship 2021
    ,
    according the evaluation results awarded to Bucharest Romania to be held from 3rd
    to 11th August 2021.
  • The
    European Women Chess Championship 2021
    (15-28
    March)
    and the European Youth Chess Championship 2022
    (17-28
    August) awarded to Prague, Chess Republic according the
    results of evaluation.
  • The option to organise the
    European Women Chess Championship 2022 and the European Youth Chess
    Championship 2023
    awarded to
    Montenegro Chess Federation with the deadline to bring a detailed proposal to
    the ECU Board by March 2020.

New Projects & Information Technology

  • The ECU Application for android and IOS system was presented to the Board.

The ECU APP is now available in the Play store for Android systems and in the Apple store for IOs systems! 

Step 1 – Search “European Chess Union” & download the app, 
Step 2- Register with your FIDE ID
Step 3- Open your activation e-mail 
Step 4- Set a password by following an email you have received
Step 5- Go back to the ECU App and login

Then you can follow the ECU Calendar and its updates, news, results and pairings for the running ECU Championships. You can also evaluate the ECU events and be informed online with push notifications for important matters!

  • The ECU Arbiters Dress Code was presented to the Board.

  • The ECU Marketing and PR Director Ms. Tea Kipshidze informed the Board about the preparations for the 1st European Golden Pawn Award Ceremony in Monaco.

ECU Board approved the list of winners for the first year which is dedicated to the Chess Legends (Annex_1).

European Chess Union General Assembly 2019

The European Chess Union General Assembly meeting took place on the 26th of October with the representation of 37 federations members. The meeting was held under excellent conditions in the hotel Batumi Hilton during the European Team Chess Championship 2019.

ECU Board reported to the General Assembly and presented the new projects developed the last 10 months (Annex_2).

            The decisions of the meeting:

  • The ECU budget 2020 was unanimously approved.
  • The Accounts for the year 2018 was unanimously accepted and the Board discharged

The proposed amendments and additions in the ECU regulations were accepted with main changes:

A. The Selection of the Arbiters for the ECU Championships
B. The Guidelines for Accommodation, Transportation for ECU Competitions (Annex_3)
C. The Guidelines for Food & Beverages for ECU Competitions (Annex_4)
D. The minimum requirements for live games and the live studio for ECU Competitions.

European
Championships – Meetings

  • The European School
    Chess Championship 2021 awarded to Duress, Albania.
  • The option of the
    European Women Chess Championship 2022 and European Youth Chess Championship
    2023 is awarded to Montenegro Chess Federation.
  • The ECU General
    Assembly approved the proposal of the ECU Board to organize the ceremonial ECU
    General Assembly 2020 (for the 35 years from the ECU establishment) in Monaco
    combined with the European Golden Pawn Awarding Ceremony.

Proposals for the new FIDE Charter

FIDE informed ECU about the new draft (Annex 5) prepared by the FIDE Constitutional Commission for the new FIDE Charter. European Chess Federations may send their notices direct to FIDE or through ECU.

Sincerely,

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou
ECU Secretary General

ECU Circular letter No.2 can be downloaded as a PDF file here.




THREE TEAMS GO AS LEADERS ON THE FREE DAY OF ETCC 2019

Five rounds have been played at European Team Chess Championship 2019, and today is a resting day in Batumi, Georgia.

Teams of Russia and Ukraine are sharing the top in Open section, while Russian Women team emerged as the sole leader in Women section.

In the clash of the leaders of round 5 in Open section, Russia triumphed against Armenia thanks to a victory of Daniil Dubov, and came on the top after the upset in the first round when they drew against Norway. At the same time, Ukraine took a narrow victory against England to score 9 match points and join Russians on the top of the list.

The leading duo is followed by Slovenia and Germany, scoring 8 match points, each.

Round 6, which starts tomorrow at 15:00 local time, brings an exciting match for the leadership between Russia and Ukraine, as well as many other interesting games.

Pairings, Results and Rankings- Open section

In Women’s section team of Russia crossed the path to defend the title of European Team Chess Championship 2019 by winning all the matches, and emerged as the sole leaders with perfect 10 match points.

Georgia, Azerbaijan and Serbia follows up with 8 match points, each.

After the free day, Russia will meet Azerbaijan, while Serbia plays against Azerbaijan.

Pairings, Results and Rankings- Women section

European Team Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 23rd October- 4th November in Batumi, Georgia, and only 4 rounds left to be played before the announcement of European Team Chess Champions!

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