ECU SCHOOL CHESS TEACHER TRAINING COURSE- BUDAPEST

The 4th ECU School Chess Teacher training course held in Budapest took place in PODIT Educational and Chess Center from 2nd-3rd December.

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The course comprised two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises with focus on the teaching aspects of chess. Participants, after completing the course, had to pass the online test to reach the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate awarded by the ECU, as the confirmation for having an adequate level of chess knowledge and didactic methods for the classroom.

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The course was led by Ferenc von Maurer, the member of the ECU Educational Commission and the event was organized in cooperation with Hungarian Chess Federation.

After the first very successful training course held in Budapest, where 15 participants achieved the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate, this course was passed by 16 participants rewarded with this qualification which is recognized by the European national chess federations as a standard of excellence.

The average result on the test taken by the end of the course was 93.23% . The participants who were awarded with the Certificate are: Szep Janos, Jachym Dorina, Bagi Mate, Nagy Janos, Miko Valer, Joone Szepreti Andrea, Maczko Attila, Sandor Csilla Judit, Guba Miklos, Botlik Bela, Lukacs Laszlo, Paksi Gyula, Peszleg Brigitta, Deakne Baranyai Aniko, Kabai Zsuzsanna and Varga Peter.




EUROPEAN WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- REGULATIONS

European Women Individual Chess Championship 2018 will take place in Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia, from 7th to 20th April. The event will be held in a 4* Hotel Bellevue, located in the national park of Vysoke Tatry, as the official hotel and the playing venue of the Championship.

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The 19th European Individual Women’s Chess Championship is open to all players who represent the Chess Federations which are listed as the members of the European Chess Union, regardless on their title and FIDE rating. There is no limit of participants per federation. However, only the National federations shall send the applications.

The Championship will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE 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.

Registration deadline is the 1st of March 2018

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The European Individual Women’s Chess Championship  is a qualification event for the next World Women’s Chess Championship. According to the current FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 14 players will qualify.

The total prize fund of the event is 70.000 EUR. 

Official Regulations of the European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2018 can be downloaded bellow:

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The event is organized by Slovak Chess Federation and NR klub, under the auspices of European Chess Union.

Contact information

Tournament director:
Eva Repkova +421905977662
E-mail address: nrklubsl@gmail.com

President of Slovak Chess Federation:
Ing. Frantisek Jablonicky +421917466628
E-mail address: jablonicky@chess.sk




40 YEARS “WHITE TOWER” OPEN TOURNAMENT- Thessaloniki, Greece

International Open Tournament 40 years White Tower will take place from 2nd-8th January in Thessaloniki, Greece.

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The tournament will be held in Philippion Hotel in Thessaloniki, as the playing venue of the event. The tournament consist of two groups, group A: for the players with FIDE rating 1700+ and group B for unrated players and players with rating below 1699.

Around 50 players registered for the event so far. Among them are 10GMs and 3IMs, which is already showing that the tournament will be very strong and high leveled.

Registration for the event is done online by sending an e-mail with basic information (Name, FIDE ID, Accommodation details) to the following e-mail address: oustampasidoulena@gmail.com. Registration deadline is 31st of December. 

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The organizers provided different conditions for the high rated players (more information available in the regulations).

The total prize fund of the event is 8.000 EUR, with 1.700 EUR reserved for the Winner. Besides the regular prizes, top three players will be awarded with trophies and medals.

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

The event is organized by Pefka CC, Sykies-Neapoli CC, Thessaloniki CCU and Greek Chess Federation.




ECU NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2017

ECU Newsletter November 2017 is out!

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In this edition of the ECU Newsletter you may enjoy in:

  • Final report of European Team Chess Championship 2017
  • Decisions of ECU General Assembly and ECU Board from the 2nd ECU Congress
  • Final report of European Small Nations Team Chess Championship 2017
  • Final report of 1st European Corporate Chess Championship 2017
  • Final report of 1st European Schools Internet Chess Championship 2017
  • Report from the 3rd European School Chess Teacher training course held in Budapest
  • Regulations for the European Individual Chess Championship 2018
  • Upcoming events in December
  • Fun Zone

 

The ECU Newsletter November 2017 can be downloaded bellow or here.

ECU NEWSLETTER November 2017




LONDON CHESS CONFERENCE STARTS TOMORROW

The 5th edition of London Chess Conference which will take place at the London Hilton Kensington Olympia starts tomorrow.

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The conference is simultaneously held with the London Chess Classic tournament and a theme of the conference this year will be Scholastic Chess, using chess for educational purposes. The London Chess Conference will comprise two days of interactive presentations, workshops and debates. The full programme of the 5th London Chess Conference can be found here.

The Conference reached the maximum number of registrants, 72 people from 24 countries will participate the London Chess Conference for 2017, which proves that this is a highly professional and international event. 85% of participants have experience of teaching chess in schools, 30% are women, 30% are British, among the participants are: 12 chess tutors, 8 professors, 8 international masters, 8 teachers, 6 Doctors, 5 from each of Slovakia, Spain and USA, 2 grandmasters.

London Chess Conference: The Didactics of Chess: Day One

The London Chess Conference remains the world’s foremost meeting point for co-operation, the exchange of ideas and networking with like-minded people. Ancilliary events include the first meeting of the Academic Advisory Board of the ECU some of who will share their research wisdom.  Also taking place will be the kick-off meeting of the CHAMPS Erasmus Plus project.  The CHAMPS (Chess and Mathematics in Primary Schools) Project is a new educational research and development project funded by Erasmus Plus led by a strategic partnership between educationists from the UK, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and Hungary.  The results of the project will be presented at the 2018 Conference.

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The event is sponsored by Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) and the European Chess Union (ECU). Erasmus Plus contributed towards CHAMPS project members attending the conference.

The event is organized by: Chess in Schools and Communities, European Chess Union, Erasmus Plus CHAMPS project.

 

 

 

 

 

 




ECU SCHOOL CHESS TEACHER TRAINING COURSE- BUDAPEST

The 3rd ECU School Chess Teacher training course took place in PODIT Educational and Chess Center in Budapest, from 25th-26th November.

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The course comprised two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises with focus on the teaching aspects of chess. Participants, after completing the course, had to pass the online test to reach the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate awarded by the ECU, as the confirmation for having an adequate level of chess knowledge and didactic methods for the classroom.

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This qualification is recognized by the European national chess federations, as a standard of excellence. The course qualify towards continuing professional development and helps in building the teaching skills in chess with idea to improve the general educational attainment of children.

The ECU School Chess Teacher training course held in Budapest was led by the Chairman of the ECU Educational Commission Jesper Hall, and organised by the member of the ECU EDU Comission Ferenc Maurer in cooperation with the Hungarian Chess Federation.

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15 chess teachers were rewarded with ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate in Budapest at the 25-26th November course: Lajos Ambrus, Bertina Antal-Berenyi, David Budai, Ferenc Csorsz, Zoltan Eberth, Jozsef Herpai, Zoltan Horvath, Jozsef Jeszenszky, Tamas Kis-Bank, Vilmos Nogrady, Miklos Tarsi, Zsombor Rozsa, Regina Tokes, Ildiko Zadeczki and Anita Burjan, a professor of mathematics, the first and the only one who passed the test with a result of 100%, without a single mistake.

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ECU School Chess Teacher training courses came to a huge interest of chess trainers to participate the courses and very positive feedbacks by the attendees which confirms the importance and necessity of a course which focuses on didactics.

Interview with Judit Polgar about importance of Chess in Schools

Interview with Ferenc Maurer about the training course held in Budapest

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1st European School Internet Championship concluded

The 1st School Internet Championship of European Chess Union was played on 16th and 23rd of November 2017 in two categories: U11 and U17.

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In U11 section, 22 teams from 7 federations participated the Championship, which was played on 16th November. After 7 played rounds, and tough struggles, the first place went to the team of the 2nd Gymnasium of Saint Petersburg from Russia, who won all the matches and achieved the perfect result with 14 match points. Second place came to School 2101 Moscow from Russia, thanks to the better tie-breaks than third Lyceum MT Novorossiysk from Russia who had the same score of 11 match points.

Category U11 Final Standings

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2nd Gymnasium of Saint Petersburg from Russia took another crown in the category U17, with a result of 12 match points and better tie-breaks than School of Poykovsky, who achieved the same score, but finished the event as the first runner-up. Third place went to Classical Lyceum of Kemerovo, from Russia, with score of 10 match points.

Category U17 Final Standings

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The Winners of the each category are invited to European School Chess Championship 2018 where they will be free of charge for the Accommodation.

Each team consisted of 4 players, 2 boys and 2 girls. The Championship was played online, on 16th November for the U11 category and on 23rd November for section U17.

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European Chess Union and ECU Educational Commission launched for the first time the European Schools Internet Chess Championship as the first online team tournament under the ECU patronage and organization. The main idea of the Championship is to promote chess in schools and to expand area of playing chess and bring the official ECU tournaments more accessible to all the youngest chess lovers.

Presentation of European School Team Chess Internet Championship 2017




ECU CIRCULAR LETTER NO.4/2017

Dear Chess Friends,

The 2nd ECU Congress took place from 1st to 5th of November 2017. A large number of participants, delegates, representatives of National federations and members of the ECU Commissions attended the various meetings. We would like to thank the Greek Chess Federation and the Organisers for an excellent organization and hosting of the meetings.

The most important information and decisions of the ECU General Assembly 2017 on 4th November 2017:

  1. The new composed ECU Anthem was presented and approved by the ECU GA (You can download the ECU Anthem here)
  2. The ECU Medal of Honor awarded to the former (1998-2010) President of the ECU, Mr. Boris Kutin.
  3. The ECU Board reports and accounts for 2016 were unanimously approved as also the budget for the year 2018.
  4. The proposals of the ECU Board for changes on the Articles 13, 14, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34 and 35 of the ECU Memorandum and Articles of Association were approved by the General Assembly with few amendments and wording corrections. In Annex 1 is the amended ECU Statutes valid from 5th November 2017.
  5. The new ECU Tournament regulations valid from 1st January 2018 were approved. Annex 2
  6. The ECU General Assembly voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Erald Dervishi (ALB) as a representative of Europe for the FIDE Electoral Committee 2018.

ECU General Assembly awarded the following championships: 

  • European Club Cup & European Club cup for Women 2019 awarded to Budva, Montenegro.
  • European Youth Team Championship 2019 awarded to Pardubice, Czech Republic.
  • European School Championship 2019 awarded to Mamaia, Romania.
  • European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019 awarded to Tallinn, Estonia.
  • European Women’s Championship 2019 and European Youth Chess Championship 2020 awarded to Antalya, Turkey.

 

 The ECU Board meeting took place on 3rd of November 2017, also in Crete, Greece.

ECU Board main information and decisions:

  • The ECU Board approved the budget for the year 2018, which focuses mostly on development projects.
  • ECU will support the Reykjavik Open 2018-Ficher Memorial and will organize together with the Icelandic Federation the 1st European Fischer-Random Cup. The festivities are dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Bobby Fischer.
  • ECU Board approved the proposal from the International School Chess Union and the Montenegro Chess Federation for the organization of the European School Chess Cup for three years as a test event.
  • ECU Board approved changes in the ECU Commissions as also the 5-year plan for the organization of the School Chess Teachers Training Courses.
  • The ECU Board decided to file a criminal complaint in Slovenia for criminal offences connected with opening and use of the Bank account belonging to the company ECU Delaware LCC and alleged ECU activities and invoices.

ECU Board awarded the following championships:

  • European Senior Team Championship 2019 awarded to the city of Sveti Martin na Muri, Croatia.
  • European Senior Championship 2019 awarded to Halkidiki, Greece
  • European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019 awarded to Tallinn, Estonia
  • European Amateur Championship 2019 awarded to Halkidiki, Greece
  • European Individual Championship 2019, the option granted conditionally to the Israeli Chess Federation.
  • European Women’s Rapid and Blitz Championship 2019, the option granted to the Monaco Chess Federation.

 

The invitation for the European Individual Chess Championship 2018, 16- 29 March in Batumi, Georgia is published and you can find it attached in Annex_3.

The European Senior Chess Championship 2018 will be organized in Drammen, Norway from 3rd to 13th of August.

ECU Educational Committee launched this year the School Chess Teacher (SCT) Training courses.

In Annex_4 is the description of the courses and in Annex_5 you can find the presentation made during the 2nd ECU Congress.

The invitation for the ECU affiliated competition 1st European Fischer-Random Cup on 9th March 2018 in Reykjavik, Iceland is in Annex_6

 

With kind regards,

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou
ECU Secretary General

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Annexes




RZD wins 1st EUROPEAN CORPORATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

The Closing Ceremony of the 1st European Corporate Chess Championship took place on Saturday 25th November evening, where the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili awarded the Winners with main prizes, trophies while five special prizes were awarded by the President of the French Chess Federation (FFE), Mr. Bachar Kouatly. The mayor of the city of Asnieres, Mr. Manuel Aechlimann addressed all the players and geusts, and Mr. Franck Droin, the President of KAISSA, declared the Championship closed. During the Closing Ceremony Mr. Azmaiparashvili announced that he accepts the proposal from Mr. Kouatly and the 2nd European Corporate Championship in 2018 will take place again in Paris the city where the event can develop further.

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33 teams participated the event among whom were well known world brands and institutions and they were represented by the top world chess player, GMs, IMs etc. The 1st European Corporate Chess Champion became the team of RZD from Russia (Russian Railways) which scored 26 match points in nine rounds (3 for a win) stayed undefeated to be crowned as the Winner.

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The runner-up of the Championship was the team of Sberbank, from Russia, who finished the Championship as second with 25 match points.

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Third place went to A’lAbri from France thanks to the better tie-breaks than fourth Echesspedia from Belgium since both teams had the same score of 21 match points.

Final Standings

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This innovative European event, 1st European Corporate Chess Championship, which brought closer the Business community with Chess and with European Chess Union, took place in beautiful reception hall of the Town Hall of Asnières, in Paris, France, from 24th-25th November.

The Championship was played in 9 rounds according to the Swiss system with time control 15 minutes per game + 3 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

The total prize fund of the event was 6.000 EUR.

Official Website of the Championship




1st EUROPEAN CORPORATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS

First European Corporate Chess Championship starts tomorrow in the reception hall of the Town Hall of Asnières, in Paris, France. The innovative European event aims to bring closer the Business community with Chess and the European Chess Union.

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The Championship will be declared opened at the Opening Ceremony with  the attendance of the Mayor of  Asnieres, Mr. Manuel Aechlimann, the President of the French Chess Federation, Mr. Bachar Kouatly, the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili and the President of KAISSA (organiser) Mr. Franck Droin. The ceremony will take place tomorrow at the playing venue before the start of the first round.

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35 teams have registered for the event among whom are well known world brands and institutions: KAISSA (FRA), Leonard (FRA), Gazprom (RUS), Sberbank (RUS), Kids Up (FRA), Engie (FRA), Dassault Systemes (FRA), Banque de France (FRA), Comite Olimpique et Sportif de Paris (FRA), A l’Abri (FRA), Abyss Proprete (FRA), Deutsche Bank (GER), Corsica Flash (FRA), Oracle (FRA), Echesspedia (BEL), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (NED), Kaspersky Lab (RUS), Event Consulting (GRE), Colliers International (FRA), AXWAY (FRA), Carte Blanche Partenaires (FRA), Union Sportive de l’Enseignement du Premier degre a Paris (FRA), JTBB Avocats (FRA), Europchess (BEL), Sodern Ariane Group (FRA), Academie de Paris (FRA), OCDE1 (FRA), UrbanHello (FRA), Microsoft Europe, EY (FRA), RZD (RUS).

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Among the chess players compete in the Championship there are World top players, 13 GMs and 10 IMs, such as: Fedorchuk Sergey (RUS, 2704 Rapid rtg), Rublevsky Sergei (RUS, 2679 Rapid rtg), Fressinet Laurent (FRA, 2621 Rapid rtg), Dervishi Erald (ALB, 2552), Vaisser Anatoly (FRA, 2512), Guliyev Namig (AZE, 2487 Rapid rtg), Skripchenko Almira (FRA, 2423 Rapid rtg) etc.

Each team is composed of 4 players + 1 substitute players. The starting rank list of the teams and players is available on the Official website of the Championship.

The Championship will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 15 minutes per game + 3 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

The total prize fund of the event is 6.000 EUR, and top three teams will be awarded with regular prizes together with trophies and medals.

Top 3 matches will be transmitted on the internet. Live transmissions and video of each round will be available on www.chess24.com

The Championship is open to the public.

Detailed program of the Championship can be downloaded bellow or here.

Program of the 1st European Corporate Chess Championship

Official Website

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