ECU HONORS KURT JUNGWIRTH IN GRAZ

On the 9th of September, ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili visited Graz, the city the ECU was founded in 1985, to  congratulate Professor Kurt Jungwirth for his 90th birthday anniversary on 3rd of September.

ECU President accompanied by the President of Austrian Chess Federation, Mr. Christian Hursky and Mr. Boris Kutin, President of European Chess Union from 1998 to 2010, delivered to Professor Kurt Jungwirth the ECU gifts, the “Winner” Painting and the Ruben Gallegos’s wellknown book “White on Black, A Boy’s Story”.

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The  Painting “Winner” by the Bellarussain Artist Marta Shmatava is dedicated to the game of chess. The painting is from the series “Walking”. The series about mood of people in the way, when thoughts exist apart from the body:  flowing memories, plans are in the mind, the former and the future – all together in one moment.

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The book “White on Black” by Gallego Ruben expresses an extraordinary personal testament, the story of one boy’s triumph in the face of impossible obstacles.

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#DEVELOPMENT FA SEMINAR IN TRIESTE CONCLUDED

The European FIDE Arbiters Seminar and the International Arbiters Workshop concluded on the 4th of September in Trieste, Italy.

FA Seminar was attended by 17 female participants from 8 different federations and was concluded with the exams to acquire the FIDE Arbiter norm. The Lecturers of the FA Seminar were Franca Dapiran (ITA) and Panagiotis Nikolopoulos (GRE), and the Assistant Lecturers were Marco Biagioli (ITA) and Mario Held (ITA). The seminar supported by the FIDE Development fund.

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The Arbiters Workshop, that took place on the 3rd and 4th of September, was a meeting of many experienced Arbiters, that lead by Panagiotis Nikolopoulos and Tomasz Delega. The Workshop consisted of a short reference on the recent changes of the tournament regulations and focused on case studies. Through this discussion the Lecturers wished to express their strong belief that objectivity and common sense should always be used in order to resolve potential issues during tournaments.

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The exams for the Arbiters Workshop took place on the 4th of September, separately from the exams for the FIDE Arbiters seminar, which took place in the morning of the 5th of September.

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The International Organisers Seminar was opened with a joined class with the European FIDE Arbiters Seminar on the 4th of September, at Hotel Milano.

The Lecturers of the joined class, Panagiotis Nikolopoulos (GRE), Tomasz Delega (POL) and the Assistant Lecturer Marco Biagioli (ITA) spoke about the FIDE Rating Regulations, as well as the Anticheating Regulations, while sharing with the participants many examples that they have personally encountered during various tournaments.

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International Organizer Seminar is attended by 25 participants, 23 of which are female, from 13 federations. ECU Vice President and FIDE Chairperson of the Commission for Women’s Chess Eva Repkova welcomed the participants to the Development IO Seminar dedicated to female participants. Lecturer of the IO Seminar, Tomasz Delega, have special thanks to Mr Marco Biagioli for organising the two seminars under excellent conditions.

Special thanks to Società Scacchistica Triestina 1904 and to Mr Maurizio Riccobon, President and Chief of Local Authority of Italian Chess Federation.




EUROPEAN OPEN & YOUTH RAPID AND BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2019 will take place from 30th November-4th December, and European Rapid&Blitz Open Chess Championship 2019  starts immediately after, from 4th-8th December.

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Both events will take place in 4 stars Hotel Sokos Viru, in city of Tallinn.

The European Individual Rapid Chess Championship will be played in the Swiss system, 13 rounds, with the time control 15 minutes + 10 seconds per move increment starting from the first move. The European Individual Blitz Chess Championship will be played in the Swiss system, 11 double rounds, with the time control 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move increment starting from the first move.

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The Championships are open to all players representing Chess Federations which are ECU members , regardless of their title and rating. There is no limit to the number of participants per federation.

The registration deadline is 31st of October 2019.

Entry fee for rapid tournament is 35 EUR, for unrated players 40 EUR, while the entry fee for the blitz tournament will be 25 EUR and for unrated players 30 EUR. Special discount will be provided for players participating both tournaments: 50 EUR for rated players and 60 EUR for unrated players.

The total prize fund of the events will be 30.100 EUR, with 20.000 EUR for the Rapid Championship and 10.100 EUR for the Blitz Championship.

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  Download the Regulations : ERBCC2019

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The 19th European Youth Rapid & Blitz U-8,10,12,14,16,18 Championship will be played in 5 different events: European Youth Rapid Chess Championship, European Youth Blitz Chess Championship, European Youth Team Championship, Euopean Youth Championship in Solving Problems and European Rapid Cup-Rapid Super final.

The registration deadline is 31st of October 2019.

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The European Youth Rapid Chess Championship will be played in six categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, separately for boys and girls. It will be played in the Swiss system, 9 rounds, with the time control 15 minutes + 10 seconds per move increment starting from the first move.

 The European Youth Blitz Chess Championship will be played in three categories: U10, U14 and U18, separately for boys and girls. It will be played in the Swiss system, 9 rounds, with the time control 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move increment starting from the first move.

The European Youth Team Championship will be played in three categories: U10, U14 and U18. Teams are composed of 4 players of the same federation. 7 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 10 minutes + 5 seconds per move increment starting from the first move

The European Youth Championship in Solving Chess Problems will be conducted in three age categories: U10, U14 and U18.

The European Rapid Cup – Rapid Super final will be played in two categories, boys and girls. The best players in each category of European Youth Rapid Chess Championships 2019 may enter the Rapid Super Final (Three best players in each of the categories – 14, 16 and 18, two best players in each of the categories – 8, 10, 12, as well as the representative of the organizer). These players (altogether 16) – separate boys and girls, will play matches in 4 rounds (knock-out system) according to special regulations.

Entry fee for the Rapid tournament is 30 EUR, fee for the Blitz tournament is 15 EUR and for the Team Championship is 60 EUR.

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The total prize fund for all events is 13 700€ in goods, and 1 300€ in money prizes.

–  The European Youth Rapid Chess Championship winners in each category will be awarded tablet computers.

– Three best players in each category will win cups and medals.

– Five best players will be also awarded prizes in different items in goods.

– The European Youth Blitz Chess Championship winners in each category will be awarded tablet computers.

– Three best players in each category will win cups and medals.

– Five best players will be also awarded prizes in different items in goods.

– The European Youth Team Championship three best teams in each category will win cups and medals and will be awarded different prizes in goods.

– The European Youth Championship in Solving Chess Problems three best solvers in each category will win cups and medals and will be awarded different prizes in goods.

– The Super Final - prize money: 1. = 300€, 2. = 200€ 3. = 100€ 4. = 50€

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Download the Regulations: EYRBCC2019

E-mail: eyrbcc2019@maleliit.ee

E-mail: ken@koort.ee

Official Website of the events




ECU E-MAGAZINE AUGUST 2019

ECU E-Magazine August 2019 is out!

ECU E-Magazine August 2019 may be read online together with interactive links and videos, or can be downloaded in PDF format.

ECU E-Magazine August 2019- PDF Download

ECU E-Magazine August 2019- Online reading

 

Educational – Training lesson by Adrian Mikhalchishin

Analized game: Korchnoi Viktor- Tukmakov Vladimir




90th BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF PROF. KURT JUNGWIRTH

European Chess Union congratulates the 90th birthday anniversary to Professor Kurt Jungwirth, one of the initiators and co-founders of the European Chess Union in 1985.

Prof. Kurt Jungwirth served as President of European Chess Union for 12 years, from 1986 to 1998. He has retired in 2017 after his 46-years presidency of the Austrian Chess Federation.

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Two years ago,  Prof. Kurt Jungwirth was honoured by the European Chess Union for his contributions to the international chess movement and was awarded with the ECU medal of Honour.

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Professor Kurt Jungwirth was the Professor of Romance Studies at the University of Graz, until he was appointed as a Provincial Councilor for Culture in the Provincial Government of Styria in 1970. From 1985-1991 he was the Deputy of the Governor. In the field of culture he created the Styriarte in 1985. Until the end of 2006 he was president of the cultural festival “Styrian Autumn”.

In 2007, Federal President Heinz Fischer awarded Prof. Kurt Jungwirth the Great Golden Medal of Honor for his services to the Republic of Austria.

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FIDE ONLINE TRAINER SEMINAR

FIDE’s Trainers Commission invites, with the cooperation with the European Chess Union (ECU), to participate in a 24-hour FIDE Online Trainer Seminar with some of the most experienced chess coaches available.

This course is aimed at trainers seeking the license for the FIDE Instructor title and the FIDE Trainer title and thus aimed at a rating over 1900, with the expectation that many participants will be IMs or GMs.

Held over three weekends, the dates and timing for this course will be (all timings in Central European Time – aka Berlin/Paris/Rome):

Day Date Time
Friday 13-Sep 18:30-22:30
Saturday 14-Sep 18:30-22:30
Sunday 15-Sep 18:30-22:30
Friday 20-Sep 18:30-22:30
Saturday 21-Sep 18:30-22:30
Sunday 22-Sep 18:30-22:30

The lecturers will be announced within the next week. Exams will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th. at timings agreed with the participants. There will be a written exam and an oral exam.

 Although this is done in collaboration with the ECU, participation from other parts of the world is most welcome.

 The fee for participation and examination is €200.

Please contact TRG Secretary Peter Long at: peterlong@aol.asia.

Jacob Aagaard, TRG Chairman & Ivan Sokolov, ECU Vice President




#Development FA and IO Seminars in Trieste

Development FA and IO Seminars, especially dedicated to female participants, will take place from 1st-7th September, in Trieste, Italy.

31 female participants, coming from 14 European federations. To all female participants, full board accommodation and FIDE exam fee is fully covered through the funding program.

The main aim of the Seminars is to develop women’s activity in Chess as per the priorities set by the European Chess Union for the available FIDE Development Fund for Europe.

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The lecturers of the FIDE Arbiters Seminar will be Dapiran Franca (ITA) and Nikolopoulos Panagiotis (GRE), assistants are: Biagioli Marco (ITA) and Held Mario (ITA). The lecturers of International organizers Seminar are: Tomasz Delega (POL) and Mogranzini Roberto (ITA).

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The Official Hotel of the Seminars is Hotel Milano, while the Seminars will be hosted in Ippodromo di Montebello, Piazza de Gasperi 4, Trieste TS – Italy c/o the Restaurant Hall. Seminars are taking place simultaneously with Trieste International Chess Festival.

The #Development FA and IO Seminars in Trieste are organized by European Chess Union, with the cooperation of the Italian Arbiters’ Commission, on behalf of Italian Chess Federation and the FIDE Development Commission.




3rd ECU Congress – Program

As have been already announced the 3rd ECU Congress will be held in Batumi Georgia

from 24th to 26th of October 2019.

The full working schedule is as follows:

24th October           10.00-  19.00            ECU Board Meeting

25th October            09.30 –  13.00          ECU Arbiters Council Meeting

16.30 – 19.30           ECU Events Commission Meeting

to be scheduled      ECU Women’s Commission Meeting

26th October             09.30 – 17.00          ECU Annual General Assembly

 

All the meetings will take place in Hotel Hilton Batumi

 

Contact Information:

ECU: ecu.secretariat@gmail.com

Organising Committee: eurobatumi2019@gmail.com




SURVEY ON WOMEN’S CHESS

To: European Chess Federations

Dear Chess Friends,

I kindly ask you to complete the attached surveys on behalf of your federation to the best of your ability. These surveys are being conducted by the European Chess Union to collect data on women’s chess throughout Europe and being sent to representatives of all the federations in Europe.

There are two surveys. One survey focuses on the policies implemented by federations regarding women’s chess while the other focuses on the standard and number of women playing.

Download Survey No. 1 (PDF)Survey No 1. (Word Document)

Download Survey No. 2 (PDF)Survey No. 2 (Word Document)

Please note your response is private and confidential. Individual respondents will not be named in any data or reports. Participation in this survey is highly valued. If you are happy to receive follow up questions please provide your details at the end of the survey in the boxes provided.

If you have any questions about the surveys or would like more information e-mail: survey@chessplus.net .

Thank you for your involvement in the survey,

Yours Sincerely,
Alice O’Gorman
On behalf of the ECU’s Women’s Commission




ECU E-MAGAZINE JULY 2019

ECU E-Magazine July 2019 is out! ECU E-Magazine July 2019 may be read online together with interactive links or can be downloaded as pdf file down bellow.

Download: ECU-Magazine_July-2019

Read online: https://madmagz.com/magazine/1651015#/

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