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




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




ECU NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2018

ECU Newsletter January 2018 is out!

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

  • Final report of Tata Steel Chess 2018
  • Final report of Tradewise Gibraltar 2018
  • ECU files a criminal complaint in Slovenia
  • Regulations of European ACP Women’s Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018
  • Regulations of European School Chess Championship 2018
  • Regulations of European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018
  • Upcoming events in February
  • Fun Zone

The ECU Newsletter January 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

ECU NEWSLETTER January 2018




ECU FILES A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT IN SLOVENIA

Press Release: 12.01.2018

ECU FILES A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT IN SLOVENIA

On the 11th January 2018, the European Chess Union filed a criminal complaint in Slovenia against any responsible for the shadow operation of the offshore company ECU LLC Delaware and the faked ECU Bank account in Slovenia involved, till now, in known transactions more than 1 million euros.

All the chronic of the story, court decisions, as also important material will be released the following period in order the chess public to be fully informed about the heaviest crime took place in chess.

Based in the decisions of the ECU Board and the ECU General Assembly, ECU will investigate this case, in the administrative, sport, criminal and civil level of justice till all the persons involved committing or covering criminal actions will be revealed.

The next actions of the European Chess Union will focus in seeking serious money compensation in various countries from physical persons and entities who caused serious moral & financial damage to ECU, creating shadow operations, using fraud documents, as also published statements and faked material without checking the sources and the European Chess Union position.

 

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21.05.2015 – ECU ANNOUNCEMENT




IN MEMORIAM DIRK DE RIDDER

European Arbiters’ family suffered a heavy and irreversible loss. At the bloom of his life untimely passed away well known arbiter, high level specialist and pedagogue, FIDE Lecturer, whilom ECU Tournament Director, International Organizer and “A” Category International Arbiter  Dr. Dirk De Ridder.

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It is difficult to suppose that our friend is not with us anymore. For many years he has successfully worked in numerous World and European Championships, FIDE Arbiters and Rules Commissions. Dirk was Chief Arbiter of European different championships. His presence was a guarantee not only for the organization of the tournament in high level and for making adequate decisions, but also for a good and friendly atmosphere. He was an experienced FIDE Lecturer and many arbiters developed their knowledge by participating in the seminars held by Dirk. For many years, Dirk de Ridder served also as the ECU Tournament Director.

 It is very pity that you are no longer with us. We will miss your smile a lot, our good friend. Rest in Peace.

 

Ashot Vardapetyan

On behalf of the European Arbiters’ Council

 

 




STATEMENT – FIDE WORLD RAPID AND BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

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First of all, please accept our congratulations for the New Year and our wish that in 2018 our favourite sport, Chess, will serve to unite people and promote peace and friendship between the Nations.

We would also like to emphasize the fact that the organization of the “FIDE World Blitz and Rapid Championship 2017” in Saudi Arabia was on the highest level, as the most of the participants stated, even though the organiser was the only bidder for the event and had little time for preparation. We take this opportunity to congratulate the winners once again.

Unfortunately, the non-issuance of the visas, from the hosting country, for the Israeli chess players left a more sour spot on the organization instead of focusing on the positive aspects of the championship – the huge prize fund, the excellent set up of the playing hall and especially the dress code.

European Chess Union supports by any mean the Israeli chess players who registered in the tournament but were denied visa entries and asks FIDE to take this unpleasant situation into account and grant FIDE World Championships only in those countries that undertake to create equal conditions for all chess players and unconditionally issue visas for all players who belong to federations that are members of FIDE.

We believe that FIDE will consider our position so that 2018 will be a year of breakthrough in this direction and in the future chess will be promoted in the world as a sport without borders.

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ECU NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2017

ECU Newsletter December 2017 is out!

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

  • Final report of European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2017
  • Final report of London Chess Classic 2017
  • Brief report about the London Chess Conference 2017
  • Brief final report of ECU School Chess Teacher Training Course held in Budapest
  • Official regulations of European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2018
  • Official regulations of European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018
  • Upcoming events in January 2018
  • Fun Zone 

 

The ECU Newsletter December 2017 can bed downloaded bellow or here.

ECU NEWSLETTER December 2017




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




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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2nd ECU CONGRESS CONCLUDED – MAIN DECISIONS

2nd ECU Congress took place in Creta Maris Conference Center, Hersonissos, Crete/Greece, from 2nd-4th November.

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The ECU Congress has started with Commissions’ meetings followed by the ECU Board meeting where all the necessary preparations for the ECU General Assembly were made. The first on the schedule on 2nd of November was Events Commission, chaired by the President of the Commission Mr. Gunnar Bjornsson and Secretary of the Commission Mr. Sotiris Logothetis.

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On the 3rd of November, ECU Educational Commission held a meeting with attendance of around 20 representatives of the European chess federations. The Chairman of the Educational Commission, Mr. Jasper Hall, opened the meeting and after a brief introduction showed the presentation regarding what has been done so far and the the new ideas and projects Educational Commission is working on.

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On the same day, Arbiters Council held the session, chaired by the President of the Council Mr. Ashot Vardapetyan and Secretary of the Council Mr. Tomasz Delega.

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The ECU Board, chaired by the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili and ECU Secretary General Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, discussed with members of the Board about several matters of big importance, such as: the budget for the year 2018, changes in Commissions, various proposals for the ECU Annual General Assembly.

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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 Championship. The festivities are dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Bobby Fischer.
  • ECU Board approved the proposal from the International School Chess Union and 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 money laundering and other criminal offences connecting with the 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 Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019 awarded to Tallinn, Estonia
  • European Amateur Championship 2019 awarded to Halkidiki, Greece
  • European Individual Championship 2019, the option granted to the Israeli Chess Federation.
  • European Women’s Rapid and Blitz Championship 2019, the option granted to the Monaco Chess Federation.

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General Assembly of the European Chess Union took place on 4th of November. The Assembly was opened with presentation of the ECU anthem composed by Georgian composer/conductor, UNICEF’s National Ambassador in Georgia, Nikoloz Rachveli.

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After the presentation of the new composed ECU anthem, the President of the ECU Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili and Secretary General of the ECU Mr. Theodoros Tzorbatsoglou reported about the activities and the Assembly continued with the rest agenda.

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ECU General Assembly main information and decisions:

  • The new ECU composed anthem was presented and welcomed by the ECU GA
  • The ECU medal of honor awarded to the former (1998-2010) President of ECU, Mr. Boris Kutin.
  • The ECU Board reports and accounts for 2016 were unanimously approved as also the budget for the year 2018.
  • The proposals of the ECU Board for changes on the Articles 13, 14, 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.
  • The new ECU Tournament regulations valid from 1st January 2018 were approved.
  • The proposal of the ECU Board to establish a minimum of 25% of male or female arbiters in each European Chess Championship, complying and with the anticheating regulations was approved by the majority of the General Assembly.
  • The ECU General Assembly seconded the proposal of ECU President 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.