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.




ECU NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2017

The ECU Newsletter October 2017 is out!

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

  • Brief introduction in European Team Chess Championship 2017
  • Final report of European Club Cup 2017
  • Final report of the second leg of Youth Gran Prix 2017/2018
  • Final report of European ACP Women’s World Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2017
  • Press release- Global Chess Festival
  • Final report of the 2nd ECU School Chess Teacher training course
  • Upcoming events in November
  • Fun Zone

 

The ECU Newsletter October can be downloaded bellow or here.

ECU NEWSLETTER October 2017




ECU NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2017

The ECU Newsletter September 2017 is out!

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

  • Final report of FIDE World Cup 2017
  • Final report of European Youth Chess Championship 2017
  • Final report of European Universities Chess Championship 2017
  • Report of ECU award to Prof. Kurt Jungwirth
  • Report about the project “Let us find the way to each other”- ECU and Chess4Europe
  • Brief preview of ECU School Chess Teacher training course in London
  • European Club Cup 2017 info Bulletin (can be downloaded here)
  • Upcoming events in October
  • Fun Zone

 

The ECU Newsletter can be downloaded bellow or here.

ECU NEWSLETTER September 2017

 




ECU AWARDS PROF. KURT JUNGWIRTH

On 23rd of September Prof. Kurt Jungwirth was honoured by the European Chess Union for his contributions to the international chess movement.

ECU Deputy President Mr. Ion-Serban Dobronauteanu arrived together with the Austrian ECU Board Member Mr. Johann Pöcksteiner to Graz, the city where the European Chess Union was founded in 1985 with the aim to unite and to strengthen the chess in Europe.

Prof. Jungwirth was one of the initiators and co-founders of the European Chess Union and its president, for 12 years,  in the period 1986-1998. In Austria he has retired this year after his 46-years presidency of the Austrian Chess Federation.

ECU officials awarded to Prof. Kurt Jungwirth the ECU Medal of Honour which was specially designed and constructed this year.




“LET US FIND THE WAY TO EACH OTHER!” ECU and Chess4Europe

European Chess Union is working hard on promoting chess as a useful tool not only to increase intellectual capacities but also as a social inclusion instrument helping very much in developing core competencies. Chess4Europe was established solely to promote values of the European Chess Union and to build chess networks around Europe in order to design and implement projects focused on European issues of these days.

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Albanian Chess Federation and Chess Club Prievidza agreed to join efforts and under the ECU initiative Chess4Europe designed the project “Let us find the way to each other!”. The project was selected and got finances under Erasmus plus Youth Mobility Programme.  The project objective was to ensure learning and starting the intercultural dialogue among young people and to support young people not having sufficient opportunities.

7 girls and 10 boys of the age 13-16 years (8 of them Albanians and 9 Slovaks) spent together 16 days in a beautiful Slovak nature during the period 14-29 August 2017. 4 experienced and relevantly educated facilitators lead the participants on the way of intercultural education and at the same time motivated them by the focused programme outdoor and indoor activities to increase their key competences (like critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, decision making etc.).

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The participants increased their knowledge in the areas like Man and values, Language and communication, Man and nature, Man and society and Art and Culture from both Albania and Slovakia point of view.

The participants enhanced their intercultural communication and presentation skills through many role plays, workshops, presentations and guided discussions. The understanding of other cultures grew and new friendships were established.

21731228_1658969597449430_2235821741771361387_nYoung people experienced an intensive programme full of discussions, presentations, hiking, visits to Bojnice Zoo and the castle, Bojnice swimming pool, Gapel bowling. Of course there was a chess simul, chess tournament and presentation of one of Slovak regional chess academies. Other sports like football, table tennis and many ball games within the “Olympic Day” were also practiced. Every participant received Smart Kids t-shirts, small souvenirs and a Youth Pass Certificate.

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The Europe of today is characterized by the positive effort of its citizens to defend the tolerance among different cultures, religions and nations. Slovakia as a conservative country is lacking sufficient information about islam and that can be one of important reasons why Slovaks ranked first in the EU in the recent Eurobarometer analysing the animosity towards moslims (just about 30% of Slovaks have nothing against moslims). Albania as one of the poorest European countries is mostly the moslim country trying hard to join the EU. Its people lack sufficient financial sources to travel abroad and to promote the real image of Albania around Europe.

Albanian Chess Federation and the Chess Club Prievidza are very active organisations having intensive contacts for several years trying to develop chess as the instrument of increasing the intercultural understanding to support the future international cooperation.

The project is without any doubt an excellent example and therefore the partners are ensuring the project results to be promoted at local and national levels. Both partners will disseminate results in their countries to motivate design and implementation of more intercultural projects in the future.

Many thanks go to Albanian Chess Federation for its serious involvement, to the Chess Club Prievidza, the City of Prievidza and Municipality of Čavoj for supporting the project and to the European Chess Union that supports the initiative Chess4Europe!

Martin Huba

Chess4Europe




ECU NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2017

The ECU Newsletter August 2017 is out!

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

  • Final report of European Youth Team Chess Championship 2017
  • Final report of European Senior Chess Championship 2017
  • Final report of European Union Youth Chess Championship 2017
  • Brief report for Grand Chess Tour 2017
  • Preview for European Youth Chess Championship 2017
  • Upcoming events in September
  • Fun Zone

 

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

ECU NEWSLETTER August 2017




AGENDA OF ECU GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017

On behalf of ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili we herewith invite all ECU members federations to attend the Annual ECU General Assembly 2017 to be held in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece on Saturday 4th of November 2017. The Assembly will start at 09.30 AM in the Hotel Creta Maris Beach Resort. 
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The Agenda of the meeting was finalised and Agenda_ECU_GA_2017
 
The Agenda and all the annexes will be sent to the members National Chess Fedetations in the coming days. 
 
The bidders of the following ECU Championships are invited to present their bid:
 
A. European Chess Club Cup Open & Women 2019
B. European School Chess Championship 2019
C. European Youth Team Chess Championship 2019
D. European Youth Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2019
 
We remind that the European Chess Union have no any meeting in Antalya,Turkey, during the 88th FIDE Congress.



ECU NEWSLETTER JULY 2017

The ECU Newsletter July 2017 is out!

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

  • Preview for strongest World Chess Cup ever which will take place in Tbilisi/Georgia
  • Final report of European Senior Team Chess Championship 2017
  • Final report of 1st ECU Chess Camp for Teachers
  • Preview and official invitation for 2nd ECU Congress and ECU General Assembly
  • Official invitation for European- ACP Women’s Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2017
  • Congratulations to Mr. Boris Kutin on 21st July on his 70th Anniversary 
  • Brief report of reporting-voting conference of Armenian Chess Federation
  • Final report of Chess Events on 20th Maccabiah games
  • Final report of Czech Open 2017
  • Upcoming events in August
  • Fun Zone

 

The ECU Newsletter can be downloaded bellow or here.

ECU Newsletter July 2017