ECU E-MAGAZINE MAY 2019

New edition of ECU E-Magazine, the continuation of ECU monthly Newsletter, is out! May edition of ECU Digital Magazine comprises 24 pages and includes information about ECU championships and activities, as also articles for European events.

The ECU E-Magazine May 2019 can be read online together with ECU videos, or can be downloaded in pdf format below.

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COMMUNIQUE OF THE 2nd ECU BOARD MEETING 2019

The European Chess Union 2nd Board meeting for 2019, took place on the 1st of June in Mamaia, Romania.

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

Funding – Sponsorship

  • ECU Board discussed proposals for partnership in sponsorships programs. A further announcement will be made in due time.
  • The program of the FIDE development fund was evaluated, and further actions were approved among them social and innovative projects.
  • In the frame of the program, the European Chess Union delivered 200 e-boards, pieces and clocks from FIDE that will be used for its championships.
  • An ECU Presentation for Sponsors will take place in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2019.

 

New Projects

  • ECU Board has decided to establish the annual award ceremony – “European Golden Pawn” – that will be held every year on the last Saturday of November in Monaco (Monte-Carlo). More details about the project will be announced.

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European Championships-Tournaments

  • The ECU Board was informed about the bids received for the 2021 Championships by the deadline of the 31st of May 2019. The valid bids will be published on the ECU website after the confirmation of the bids fees payment.
  • The European Women’s Rapid and Blitz Championship 2020 was awarded to the Ukranian Chess Federation which had an option.
  • The invitations for the European Team Chess Championship 2019 and European Club Cup 2019 have been published.
  • The ECU Congress 2019, including the annual ECU GA, will be held from 23rd to 27th of October in Batumi, Georgia.

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CIS Conference

The Conference “Education through chess”, under the patronage of the Romanian Presidency of EU Council, took place on 2nd of June in Mamaia, Romania. CIS Projects from Romania, Turkey, Poland, Israel, Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Italy were presented and discussed.

Romania logoEuropean Chess Union, awarded Mr. Alexander Kostyev (RUS), President of International School Chess Union (ISCU) with the ECU Honorary Award for the 20 years of the Union establishment & their high contribution to the development of the #Chess in School programs and championships.

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ECU BOOSTS CHESS IN SCHOOLS

In the period from 5th to 12th of May, the President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, visited Tirana, Albania, Pristina, Kosovo* and Podgorica, Montenegro with the main agenda to support promote the chess in schools programs in the area.

On 6th of May, ECU President, accompanied by the ECU Executive Director Mr. Erald Dervishi visited the Emin Duraku School in Tirana, to greet the pupils on the closing day of the “Chess Week” which included multiple events like tournaments and chess exhibitions with paintings made by the kids. “Chess in Schools and Communities” is a project recently undertaken by the Albanian Chess Federation during the months of April – May, extended to 10 elementary and middle schools, supported by the Municipality of Tirana, in partnership with the Ministry of Education for Youth and Sports, ECU and FIDE.

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Day after, on 7th of May, Mr. Azmaiparashvili went to Pristina, where European Chess Union, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Kosovo* and the National Chess Federation signed  a memorandum of co-operation with main scopes:

A. Exchange of experiences and mutual support for youth-sports and chess in schools projects;
B. Joint commitment to running and organizing sports-chess competitions;
C. Intervention in sports infrastructure by offering cooperation in organizing chess competitions.
D. Promoting and sharing a culture of equal opportunities by supporting the participation of women at all levels of their sporting practice.

The agreement was signed by the ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the National Coordinator of Culture Youth and Sports Mr. Rexhep Hoti and the President of the Kosovo* Chess Federation Mr. Nysret Avdiu.

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On 10th of May, Minister of Education of Montenegro, Dr. Damir Šehović, signed a Memorandum with the President of the European Chess Union , Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili and the President of the Chess Federation of Montenegro, Mr. Jovan Milović.

The Agreement of Cooperation signed in Podgorica, Montegro, targets to popularize chess among pupils of elementary schools, with the aim of strengthening intellectual, cultural and sports capacity, whereby schools will be provided with chess equipment and requisites for performing sports competitions in chess.

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On this occasion, Minister Šehović said that the Ministry of Education supports projects that encourage the intellectual development of children, and chess is surely a sport that leads to thinking, exercise persistence and arouses self-criticism.

The Day before the signing the Agreement of Cooperation, Podgorica celebrated the “Europe Day”, 9th of May. The “Europe Day” was celebrated in Podgorica with a chess game between the Minister of Foreigner Affairs, Prof. Dr. Srđan Darmanović, and ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, while the second game was played between the ECU President and Kristina Basic, Montenegro Women’s Chess Vice Champion and Captain of the Air forces.

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ECU E-MAGAZINE APRIL 2019

New edition of ECU E-Magazine, the continuation of ECU monthly Newsletter, is out! April edition of ECU Digital Magazine comprises 24 pages and includes information about ECU championships and activities, as also articles for European events.

The ECU E-Magazine April 2019 can be read online together with ECU videos, or can be downloaded in pdf format below.

ECU E-Magazine April-2019




PRESS RELEASE: SPONSORSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

European Chess Union is delighted to announce Chess Evolution, as a new ECU sponsor and also as a sponsor of the ECU competitions.  In 2019, Chess Evolution will offer to ECU, chess materials of a total value of 75,000 euros according to the official price list of the company. The sponsorship can be renewed under the same terms for 3 more years in a total value of 300,000 euros (4 x 75,000).

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Chess Evolution will provide to ECU, wireless-e-boards, digital clocks, plastic chess sets and books.  The materials will be used by ECU for its needs, as prizes to the winners of the ECU Championships, CIS Programs and as assistance to membership projects.

Brief information about Chess Evolution

Chess Evolution is an international company, based in Hungary, that specializes in producing elite chess products as digital boards & pieces, digital clocks, chess sets and publishing chess books.

Additionally, Chess Evolution is providing a wide range of quality services, as chess training, printing and developing of webpages and e-applications.  Chess Evolution consists of many Chess Grandmasters, who know the need of a chess player. From “chess player to chess player” to ensure the best quality and practical use of the products! For more information:

Chess Evolution Kft

Nyar Utca 16 2040 Budaors, Hungary

Info@chess-evolution.com

https://www.chess-evolution.com

 

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PRESS RELEASE: “WE MAKE EUROPE SMARTER”

Press release / 10.04.2019

ECU EDU Chess Promotional Video

“We Make Europe Smarter”

 

We are happy to present you the new Chess Promotional Video prepared and released by the ECU Educational Committee.

 

The video, prepared by a specialized production company, aims to promote Chess in School Programs, in the modern and dynamic world, through Internet as also TV spots that will be adjusted in a new version of 30 sec.

It will be translated and uploaded in a few languages by the European Chess Union, but it is possible to be translated and adjusted in any language, under an already agreed reasonable cost, by the production company. This option refers to minor changes in the video itself scenario translation, recording professional voice over, uploading titles, adding federation logo and final editing.

The official source of video is the ECU YouTube Channel from where can be viewed, shared or embed, however if any National Federation would translate and adjust it in their language would be possible to upload their version and in their website.

For more information please contact the Chairman of the ECU Educational Commission Mr. Jesper Hall.

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ECU E-MAGAZINE MARCH 2019

New edition of ECU E-Magazine, the continuation of ECU monthly Newsletter, is out! ECU Digital Magazine includes information about ECU championships and activities, as also articles for European events and meetings.

The ECU Magazine can be also downloaded below or here.

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INVITATION FOR BIDS- EUROPEAN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 & 2022

The European Chess Union invites the National federations members to submit bids for the organization of the official European Chess Championships in 2021 & 2022.

The bids must 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 Friday 31st of May 2019. by 4 PM CET. All the bids must reach the European Chess Union office in one of the following ways:

  1. By email: ecu.secretary.general@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.

 

 A. The bidding procedure is open for the following ECU chess championships in 2021:

  1. European Individual Open Championship (estimated number of players: 350)
  2. European Individual Women Championship (estimated number of players: 150)
  3. European Club Cup for Women (estimated number of players: 80 – 20 teams)
  4. European Senior Individual Championship Championship (estimated number of players: 200)
  5. European Senior Team Championship (estimated number of players: 200 – 50 teams)
  6. European Youth Team Championship (estimated number of players: 200 – 50 teams)
  7. European Rapid & Blitz Championship (estimated number of players: 700)
  8. European Women’s Rapid & Blitz Championship (estimated number of players: 100)
  9.  European School Championship (estimated number of players: 400)
  10. European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships (estimated number of players: 300)
  11. European Amateur Championship (estimated number of players: 200)
  12. European Corporate Championship (estimated number of players 200 – 50 teams)

 

B. The bidding procedure is open for the following ECU chess championships in 2022:

  1. European Youth Championship 2022* (estimated number of players: 1000)

*The bid is accepted only as combined with the bid for the European individual Women Championship 2021

 

 C. Bid fees

Championship Open for bid Bid fee (euros)
European Open Championship 1.000
European Championship for Women 1.000
European Youth Championship 1.000
European Senior Championship 500
European Rapid & Blitz Championship 500
European Rapid & Blitz Championship for Women 500
European School Championship 500
European Amateur Championship 500
European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championship 500
European Corporate Championship 500
European Team Championship for Youth 500
European Team Championship for Seniors 500
European Club Cup for Women 500

A bid will only be taken into account if the federation concerned has paid a bid fee (as the table above), for each championship, 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 Friday 7th of June 2019.

D. Capacity of the Playing Halls

According the ECU Tournament regulations, 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.

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.

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ECU GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION ON BOYCOTTS

For the attention of the FIDE President and the FIDE Presidential Board

Dear Mr Dvorkovich and Board members,

The ECU General Assembly, meeting in Skopje on March 23rd, 2019 considered the refusal of the Iranian player Aryan Gholami to play an opponent from Israel in the seventh round of the Rilton Cup Blixt tournament which took place from 27 December 2018 to 5 January 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The refusal was followed by unacceptable promotion and political exploitation which violates the main principles of sports and rules of FIDE. All the related material presented at the ECU General Assembly has sent already to FIDE by the International Director of the English Chess Federation Mr. Malcolm Pein.

After discussion, delegates unanimously agreed on the following resolution:

To request of the FIDE Presidential Board:

  • A statement that such individual boycotts will no longer be tolerated.
  • A resolution from the Board banning the practice of  ‘ special pairings’ at the Chess Olympiads, FIDE tournaments and in all FIDE rated events. This refers to the practice of deliberately keeping players or teams from certain countries apart by adjusting the pairing software.
  • If required, to take such steps at the next General Assembly to ensure the two points above are on the agenda for the next FIDE GA.



CIRCULAR LETTER NO1- 2019. COMMUNIQUE OF THE ECU BOARD & GA

CIRCULAR LETTER NO1- 27.03.2019.

COMMUNIQUE OF THE ECU BOARD AND ECU EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The European Chess Union Board meeting took place on the 22nd of March in Skopje, North Macedonia. The meeting was held under excellent conditions in the hotel Hilton during the European Individual Chess Championship 2019. The President of the National Chess Federation, Mr. Blagoja Bogoevski, opened the meeting and welcomed the ECU Board in Skopje.

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

Funding – Sponsorship

  • ECU Board approved an annual sponsorship from the company “Chess Evolution”.
  • The agreement and annexes for the FIDE development fund were approved and so were the first pilot projects.
  • ECU Board was informed about the new and the already running Erasmus projects submitted to EU with the ECU partnership.

European Championships-Tournaments

  • After the request of the Estonian Chess Federation, the European Youth Rapid & Blitz Championship 2019 will be organized in Tallinn from 30th November to 4th December and will follow the European Rapid & Blitz Championship 2019 from 4th to 8th December 2019. ECU Board approved the new dates.
  • A special resolution was decided for the players competing in the 3rd leg of FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg, which partly coincides with the European Club Cup 2019. The resolution will be included in the tournament invitation.
  • The option to organise the European Open Club Cup 2021 was awarded to North Macedonia Chess Federation and the proposal shall be submitted till the 1st of July 2019 to the ECU Board.
  • European Chess Union will be a supporter of the Global Chess Festival 2019 (Budapest, Hungary) and of the Tournament of Peace 2019 (Zagreb, Croatia).
  • The proposal and regulations for the European Women Rapid & Blitz Championship 2019 in Monaco were approved.

Standardization & Information Technology

  • The first pieces of the ECU branded clothing were presented and gifted to the organisers of the European Individual Chess Championship 2019.

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  • The new project “Chess Google Maps”, which is under construction, was presented to the Board and to the General Assembly.
  • The ECU Board confirmed the “European Chess TV” as a strategical partner in live-transmissions.
  • The “ECU Brand book” was approved and is in the final stage of the process to be published and distributed.
  • The draft version of the “Chess in Schools Promotion Video”, produced by the ECU EDU Commission was approved and was decided to be translated in as many languages as possible.
  • An adviser was hired for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) within the organisation.

 Appointments-Awards

  • The ECU Vice President Johann Poecksteiner was appointed as the ECU Data Protection officer.
  • Ashot Vardapetyan (ARM) was appointed in the ECU Board of Trustees as an appreciation to the Armenian Chess Federation and his valuable experience.
  • FIDE Trainer Valeri Gaprindashvilli (GEO) was appointed as the European representative in the FIDE Trainers Commission. Jop Delamarre (NED) is proposed additionally for the FIDE TRG.
  • The ECU Board decided to award Alexander Kostyev, President of the International School Chess Union (ISCU) with the ECU Honorary Award for the 20 years of the Union establishment and their high contribution to the development of the Chess in School programs and championships.
  • The ECU Board decided to propose the city of Vienna as the European Chess Capital for the year 2020, on the occasion of the 100 years of the Austrian Chess Federation.

European Chess Union Extra Ordinary Assembly

The European Chess Union Extra Ordinary Assembly meeting took place on the 23rd of March in Skopje, North Macedonia with the representation of 42 federations members.

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The decisions of the meeting:

  • The ECU budget of 2019 was amended and reallocated. The total budget voted is 510,000 euros. This amount is not including possible income from the FIDE Development Fund and EU Programs.
  • The proposed amendments in the ECU regulations were accepted with main changes in the pairing system for the team events and the adoption of the ECU brand dress code for Arbiters.
  • A resolution against individual boycotts from players was adopted unanimously. Additionally, ECU General Assembly is asking FIDE to ban the practice of “special pairings” at the Chess Olympiads, FIDE tournaments and all FIDE rated events, when players from certain countries are discreetly kept apart by adjusting the pairing software.

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European Championships – Meetings

  • The European Club Cup Open & Women 2020 is awarded as to Mayrhofen, Austria.
  • The European Individual Senior Chess Championship 2020 is awarded to Jastrzębia Góra, Poland
  • The European Individual Women Chess Championship 2020 is awarded to Mamaia, Romania.
  • The European Youth Chess Championship 2021 is awarded as a combined bid to Mamaia, Romania.
  • The European School  Chess Championship 2020 is awarded to Halkidiki, Greece.
  • The European Youth Chess Rapid & Blitz Championship 2020 is awarded as to Novisad, Serbia.
  • The option of the European Women Rapid & Blitz Championship 2020 is awarded to Lviv, Ukraine till the 30th of May 2019.

 

Sincerely,

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou
ECU Secretary General