EUROPEAN RAPID&BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 – Regulations

European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018 will take place from 5th-9th December 2018, in hotel Aleksandar Palace, in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia.

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The event will start with European Blitz Chess Championship 2018, which will take place on 6th and 7th of December, and will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 paired rounds, with the time control 3 minutes game + 2 seconds per move starting from the first move.

European Rapid Chess Championship 2018 will be played on 8th and 9th of December,  according to the Swiss system, in 11 rounds with the time control 15 minutes game + 10 seconds per move starting from the first move.

Both events are open to all the players who represent Chess federations listed as ECU members, regardless of their title or rating.

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Registrations for the events will start on 25th of September and will last until 26th of November 2018, which is the registration deadline. All the registrations shall be done through the Official website of the Championship, by filling the Online registration form.

Players rated over 2600 and women players rated over 2400 from October rating list, respectively in Blitz and Rapid, are released from paying the entry fee.

The total prize fund of the event 30.000 EUR + 4.000 EUR of special prizes. The special prizes will be awarded to the best ranked player rated under 2600, the best ranked player rated under 2300, the best ranked players rated under 2000, the best ranked players rated under 1700, the best female players, the best senior players, the best Junior players and the best Macedonian players.

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All the players are invited to stay in one of the Official Hotels of the Championship: 5 * hotel Aleksandar palace (the official venue of the Championship), 4* Royal Hotel, 3* hotel Vergina, 3* Monaco hotel, 3* hotel Skopje and 3* hotel Portal, all located in city of Skopje.

The organizers will also provide transfer from Skopje Airport to the official hotels on 5th December and from the official hotels to Airports on 9th December. Two ways, price is 15 EUR. On a special request, it is possible to organize a transfer from Sofia airport. (Estimated price for taxi is round 100EUR).

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Technical Organizer of the Championship is Chess Club Gambit Asseco See and Chess Federation of FYR of Macedonia, supported by European Chess Union.

The Official Website of the Championship will be: http://www.eirbcc2018.com.mk/

The Official Regulations of the event can be downloaded below or here.

Official Regulations- European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018

Contact person:

Tournament Director: Zoran Stojcevski
Contact email: marjan.mitkov@gambit.com.mk




2nd EUROPEAN SCHOOL TEAM CHESS OPEN INTERNET CHAMPIONSHIP

UntitledThe European Chess Union, the Education Committee of ECU, and the International School Chess Union have the honour of inviting all National Chess Federations of the ECU and schools in Europe to particiapte the Second ECU School Team Open Internet Championships 2018, which will be held from 14th-21st November.

The event can participate any school from a European country with one team for each of the two age groups: U11 (for players who were born on 1st of January in 2007 or after) and U17 (for players who were born on 1st of January in 2001 or after) . The teams shall consist of 4 players, 2 boys and 2 girls, and all the players of the team must be the students of the same school.

Entry forms must be filled in by the schools and to be submitted to the Organizing Committee by e-mail chesskingweb@gmail.com no later than Friday November 9, 2018.The registration form and application must be signed by the Teacher or Coach, and the Principal of the School.

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By November 12, 2018, the teams for each school will be created based on the submitted entry forms and login data will be sent to the team manager listed in the entry. If the team manager doesn’t receive the usernames and passwords for all players by the end of November 12, he or she should notify the organizers by email: chesskingweb@gmail.com.

In order to promote the event, 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, European Chess Union brought the decision to waive the entry fee for participation in the 2nd European School Team Chess Open Internet Championship.

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Each tournament will be played in one day according to the Swiss System in 7 rounds. National ratings will not be taken into consideration for the pairings. Rate of play will be according to FIDE regulations 10 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 3 seconds per move starting from move 1.

All players of the school team must be located in the school computer classroom under the supervision of school coach/teacher.

All on-line tournaments will be host on the Chess King playing zone on the platform www.chessking.com.

The team-winner in each age category is the ECU School Team Open Internet Champion for 2018 and each player of team-winner in age category is the ECU School Team Open Internet Champion for 2018. Team-winners (1, 2, 3 places in each age categories) and their players will be awarded with ECU special diplomas.

Official Regulations of the Championship can be downloaded below or here.

2nd European School Team Chess Open Internet Championship-Official Regulations

For any further information contact:

Tournament Director:

Alexander Kostyev, President of the International School Chess Union, IO

Tel: +7 903 796 41 76 Email: iscu1999@gmail.com

Technical Support:

Ivan Moiseev

E-mail: chessok1@gmail.com

Skype: chessok1

Secretariat:

Olga Alferova

Email: chesskingweb@gmail.com

Skype: alferova_olga

 

Basic language is English

Official site: www.ecuschoolsinternet2018.org




CHESS GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE AT THE 89th FIDE CONGRESS

The Chess Governance Conference will take place on 29th September 2018 during the 89th FIDE Congress and Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. The Conference is organized with aim to present the new governance standards in sport and to discuss with chess leaders regarding to the effective measures for preventing corruption and abuses of power which have become a prerequisite to receive public subsidies and corporate sponsorship.

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During the Conference, internationally renown experts will present the new standards of preventing corruption:

  • Mrs. Sylvia Schenk (Sylvia Schenk is a lawyer specialised in Compliance and Sports Law and an arbitrator at the Court for Arbitration on Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. She chairs the German Working Group Sport of Transparency International, where she initiated the Global Corruption Report: Sport. Formerly an Olympic athlete (800m), City Counsellor for Legal Affairs and Sport in Frankfurt on Main and President of the German Cycling Federation, she is serving on advisory boards for Interpol, FIFA and the German Olympic Academy.)
  • Mr. Harry Arne Solberg (Harry Arne Solberg is Professor at the Business School of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He is an editorial board member and reviewer of numerous scientific journals. He has published extensively on sport management, sport marketing, sport policy and sport broadcasting. Since his research focusses on major sport events, he conducted a case study on the Chess Olympiad 2014 in Tromsø.)
  • Mr. Jens Sejer Andersen (Jens Sejer Andersen is the founder and Director of the biannual sport conference Play the Game and Director of the Danish Sports Institute in Aarhus, where he is also in charge of the Sport Governance Observer. Formerly an investigative sport reporter and editor, he is an internationally demanded speaker and adviser. He is serving on committees at the European Union, UNESCO and the Danish government.)

The Conference will be contained of workshops, lectures and a few sessions held by: Mr. John Foley, Director of London Chess Conference and Secretary of the ECU Educational Commission, Mr. Leontxo Garcia, chess journalist, Mr. Carl Frederik Johansson, former President of Swedish Chess Federation, Mr. Stefan Loffler, Co-Director of Chess Plus, Programme Director of the London Chess Conference, chess journalist and International master and Lennart Ootes, multimedia expert.

The Conference  is organized by Chess Plus Ltd, the UK-based company which is also the organizer of London Chess Conference, in cooperation with the Batumi Chess Olympiad.

Full program of the Conference is available here.

Official Website of the Conference




EUROPEAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONS CROWNED

European Youth Chess Championship 2018, which took place in Riga, Latvia, with participation of almost 1100 players from 46 European federations, concluded yesterday on the Closing Ceremony of the event which was held after the Press Conference.

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After nine rounds and harsh struggles for the top, twelve players were crowned as European Youth Chess Champions of the respective category. The Minister of Finance of Latvia, Women Grandmaster, Mrs. Dana Reizniece-Ozola, greeted all the players, congratulated them on the huge success and officially closed the event. The Closing Ceremony was also attended by: The Deputy Mayor of the Riga Council, Mr. Andris Ameriks and the ECU representative Mr. Adrian Mikhalchishin. They also took part in the prize giving ceremony.

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In category Open U8, the first place came to Azadaliyev Jahandar (AZE, 1732), who finished alone on the top of the list with score of 8 points. Gordeev Denis (RUS, 1333) took silver medal with 7.5 points, while Golovchenko Bogdan (RUS, 1560) and Yonal Timur (RUS, 1446) tied for the bronze, each with 7 points. According to the tiebreak criteria, Golovchenko Bogdan took the medal and Yonal Timur was 4th.

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Zubkovskaya Ekaterina (BLR, 1371) was the sole Winner of the category for Girls U8, with score of 7.5 points. Preobrazhenskaya Diana (RUS, 1294) was second with 7 points and 4 players tied for the 3rd place, each with 6.5 points, but according to the tiebreaks, Iudina Veronika (RUS, 1194) took the medal, Mgeladze Kesaria (GEO, 1243) was 4th, Trunz Tamila (GER) was 5th and Laidamik Kinga (POL, 1072) was 6th on the list.

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Tiebreak system had to determine the Winner of Open U10 category where Pingin Artem (RUS, 2040), Kuhn Clement (FRA, 2023) and Bialiauski Artsiom (BLR, 1633) tied for the first place, each with 7.5 points. Eventually, Pingin Artem took gold with the best tiebreaks, Kuhn Clement was second and Bialiauski Artsiom came third.

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In section for Girls U10, Russian players conquered the top. Shvedova Alexandra (RUS, 1758) was the sole Winner with 8 points, Shukhman Anna (RUS, 1577) won the silver medal and Zhapova Yana (RUS, 1733) and Svergina Sofya (RUS, 1657) tied for the bronze, but Zhapova Yana finished the event on the 3rd place and bronze medal thanks to the better tiebreaks.

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No huge surprises happened in the section Open U12, where the top seeder and the world best rated player for his age, Murzin Volodar (RUS, 2306) maintained the leadership and won the Championship with 8 points. Five players tied for the second place, each with 7 points, and according to the tiebreaks, Makoveev Ilva (RUS, 2249) took silver medal, Mitusov Semen (UKR, 2140) took bronze medal, Razafindratsima Timothe (FRA, 1978) was 4th, Droin Augustin (FRA, 2077) was 5th and Rozen Eytan was 6th on the standing list.

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Nine rounds weren’t enough to determine the Winner of Girls U12 category, but the determination came to tiebreaks since 4 players tied for the first place, each with score of 7 points. Karmanova Olga Dm (RUS, 1730) became the winner with the best tiebreaks, Bashylina Luisa (GER, 1817) came second, Tarasenka Aliaksandra (BLR, 1747) was third and Anacoglu Cisel (TUR, 1734) ended 4th.

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Pogosyan Stefan (RUS, 2331) was the sole Winner of the category Open U14 with score of 8 points. Tsoi Dimitry (RUS, 2393) took silver medal with 7.5 points, while 8 players tied for the bronze, each with 6.5 points, but according to the tiebreaks criteria, IM Bjerre Jonas Buhl (DEN, 2423) ended the event as third on the list.

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In section Girls-14, Allahverdiyeva Ayan (AZE, 2046) was the sole Winner of the event with score of 8 points. Hakobyan Astqhik (ARM, 1820), Krasteva Beloslava (ECU, 2086) and Levitan Ronit (ISR, 1933) tied for the second place, but eventually, Hakobyan Astqhik took silver medal and Krasteva Beloslava took bronze medal, while Levitan Ronit ended the event as 4th.

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In category Open U16, top seeded Sonis Francesco (ITA, 2468) maintained the leadership and became the sole Winner of the event with 7.5 points. Four players reached the score of 7 points to tie for the second place, but Remizov Yaroslav (RUS, 2317) had the best tiebreaks and took silver medal, Zarubitski Viachaslau (BLR, 2416) took bronze, Blohberger Felix (AUT, 2427) finished 4th and Barseqhyan Armen Ar. (ARM, 2251) ended 5th.

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After a lot of surprises and upsets in category Girls U16, Bulatova Kamaliya (RUS, 2043) became the sole Winner with score of 7.5 points. Seven players tied for the silver and bronze medal, each with 6.5 points, but Badelka Olga (BLR, 2416) ended second on the list with the best tiebreaks, while Antova Gabriela (ECU, 2293) ended third.

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Ioannidis Evgenios (GRE, 2343) was convincing in Category U18, although he was competing as the younger in the group. He won the event with 7.5 points, a full point ahead of the runner-ups. 5 players tied for the second place, each with 6.5 points, and Vykouk Jan (CZE, 2413) took silver, while Erenberg Ariel (ISR, 2399) took bronze medal thanks to the tiebreak criteria.

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Dimitrova Aleksandra (RUS, 2166) became the sole Winner of the category Girls U18, with score of 8 points. Kiolbasa Oliwia (POL, 2213) and Kalaiyalahan Akshaya (ENG, 2138) tied for the second place, each with 7 points, but according to tiebreaks, Kiolbasa Oliwia was second and Kalaiyalahan Akshaya came third.

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The conclusion of the European Youth Chess Championship brought 7 gold medals to Russia, and in total 16 medals, 2 gold medals to Azerbaijan and in total 3 medals, 1 gold medal went to Belarus, and in total 5 medals, Italy got one gold medal, and Greece received the Champion of the European Youth Championship. One medal also went to France, Ukraine, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Israel, Poland and England.

The event was marked by the excellent playing venue, and live transmission of the top boards of each category which was broadcasted together with live commentary made by WIM Anna Kantane and GM Toms Kantans.

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The event was played in 9 rounds by Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess. The time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

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EUROPEAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP COMING TO ITS CONCLUSION

Six rounds have been already played at European Youth Chess Championship 2018 in Riga, Latvia and the event is coming to its conclusion.

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After 5 continuously played rounds, participants had the Free day on Saturday 25th August, and continued with fights for the title yesterday when the 6th round was played.

In section for the youngest players, Open category U8, the sole leader of the Championship is Gordeev Denis (RUS, 1333) who reached the maximum result and perfect score of 6 six points. He is followed by group of 4 players who leg behind him with 5 points and tie for the second place: Azadaliyev Jahandar (AZE, 1732), Golovchenko Bogdan (RUS, 1560), Uskov Artem (RUS, 1320) and Averin Nikolay (RUS, 1438).

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In the same age category for girls, another Russian player emerged on the top and took the sole leadership after 6 played rounds: Iudina Veronika (RUS, 1194) with score of 5.5 points. Zubkovskaya Ekaterina (BLR, 1371), Preobrazhenskaya Diana (RUS, 1294), Demir Nazli (TUR, 1067) and Korneva Elizaveta (RUS, 1208) tie for the second place, each with 5 points.

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In Open section U10, three players tie for the current first place, each with 5.5 points: Pashikyan Rudolf (ARM, 1489), Nemsadze Daviti (GEO, 1710) and Turkmen Yusuf Cagan (TUR, 1820).

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In category for Girls U10, Shvedova Alexandra (RUS, 1758) stands alone on the top of the list with 5.5 points, and a half point ahead of 5 players who have the same score of 5 points: Shukhman Anna (RUS, 1577), Sidorenia Milena (BLR), Svergina Sofya (RUS, 1657), Vlasova Olesia (RUS, 1693) and Zhapova Yana (RUS, 1733).

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The world and European best rated chess player for his age, Murzin Volodar (RUS, 2306) leads the category Open U12 with 5.5 points. Safin Robert (RUS, 2156), Siniauski Artsiom (BLR, 2081), Sokolovsky Yahli (ISR, 2062), Makoveev Ilya (RUS, 2249), Piliposyan Robert (ARM, 1975), Rozen Eytan (ISR, 2106) tie for the second place, each with 5 points.

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With a lot of surprises and upsets in the category for Girls U12, Shubenkova Veronika (RUS, 1700), the 17th on the starting list, lead the Championship with 5.5 points, while Karmanova Olga Dm. (RUS, 1730), Tsirekidze Barbare (GEO, 1413) and Bashylina Luisa (GER, 1817) leg behind, each with 5 points.

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A similar situation is on the top of the list of category Open U14 where Morgunov Marc (AUT, 2373) leads with score of 5.5 points. BJerre Jonas Buhl (DEN, 2423), Tsoi Dmitry (RUS, 2393), Pogosyan Stefan (RUS, 2331), Czopor Maciej (POL, 2220), Popov Konstantin (RUS, 2198) and Ognean Mihnea-Ionut (ROU, 2293) are the runner-ups, each with 5 points.

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In Girls section U14, Wikar Martyna (POL, 1974) took the sole leadership with 5.5 points, while Allahverdiyeva Ayan (AZE, 2046) and Kuhar Larisa (SLO, 1877) follow her up each with score of 5 points.

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Top seeder, International master, Sonis Francesco (ITA, 2467) is the sole leader of category Open U16 with score of 5.5 points. Petriashvili Nikoloz (GEO, 2323), Remizov Yaroslav (RUS, 2317), Salemgareev Tagir (RUS, 2375), Zarubitski Viachaslau (BLR, 2416) and Postnikov Roman (RUS, 2070) tie for the second place each with 5 points.

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Category for Girls U16 didn’t get the sole leader after 6 played rounds. Antova Gabriela (ECU, 2293) and Urh Zala (SLO, 2156) tie for the top with 5 points each. They are followed by a group of 8 players who all reached the same score of 4.5 points.

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Ioannidis Evgenios (GRE, 2343) leads the category Open U18, as the younger player in the group, with the maximum score of 6 points and all the victories. Ioannidis Evgenios is a point and a half ahead of the group of 7 players who have the same score of 4.5 points and tie for the second place.

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Category Girls U18 is leaded by WIM Dimitrova Aleksandra (RUS, 2166) with 5.5 points, while the current second place is in hands of Afonasieva Anna (RUS, 2193) wiht 5 points. Koilbasa Oliwia (POL, 2213), Obolentseva Alexandra (RUS, 2301), Greibrokk Ingrid (NOR, 1913), Hrescak Ivana (SLO, 2185), Olde Margareth (EST, 2127) and Parol Pola (POL, 2104) tie for the third place, each with 4.5 points.

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Only three rounds left to be played and the 7th round of the Championship starts today at 15:00 (local time). The live transmission of the top boards of each category, together with live commentary given by WIM Anna Kantane and GM Toms Kantans can be followed through the Official website of the Championship.

Among 1100 young and talented players who fight for the title of European Champion, there are 1 Grandmaster, 10 International masters, 79 FIDE masters, 6 Women International masters, 42 Women FIDE masters and in total 198 titled players!

The event is played in 9 rounds by Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

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EUROPEAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- R3 REPORT

Almost 1100 players coming from 46 European federations have already played three rounds in an excellent tournament hall at the European Youth Chess Championship 2018, which takes place in Riga, Latvia.

IMG_7458-1021x580After three played rounds, a number of players of the each category emerged on the top with maximum score of 3 points. In section Open U8, Russian foursome tie for the first place, each with 3 points: Yonal Timur, Gordeev Denis, Averin Nikolay and Uskov Artem. In the same age category, but in Girls section, leaders are: Litcanu Daria-Tiana (ROU), Borowik Monika (POL), Preobrazhenskaya Diana (RUS) and Mqeladze Kesaria (GEO), each with score of 3 points.

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In Open section U10, ten players have emerged on the top with perfect score: Cnejev Vladimir-Alexandru (ROU, 1831), Ehatte Nishchal (ENG, 1739), Nemsadze Daviti (GEO, 1710), Kuhn Clement (FRA, 2023), Pashikvan Rudolf (ARM, 1489), Orujov Farid (AZE, 1692), Pingin Artem (RUS, 2040), Turkmen Yusuf Cagan (TUR, 1820), Medvedev Matvev (RUS, 1763) and Kolesov Gordey (RUS, 1819).

Standings Open-U10

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Six players lead the Girls section U10, also with perfect 3 points: Sidorenja Milena (BLR), Svergina Sofya (RUS, 1657), Helliesen Lykke-Merlot (NOR, 1482), Shvedova Alexandra (RUS, 1758), Guid Taja (SLO, 1259) and Shukhman Anna (RUS, 1577).

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Nine players emerged with 3 points in Open section U12: Murzin Volodar (RUS, 2306), Grebnev Aleksey (RUS, 2143), Makoveev Ilya (RUS, 2249), Mitusov Semen (UKR, 2140), Sokolovsky Yahli (ISR, 2062), Razafindratsima Timothe (FRA, 1978), Siniauski Artsiom (BLR, 2081), Silich Yahor (BLR, 2043) and Safin Robert (RUS, 2156).

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In Girls section for the same age, Shubenkova Veronika (RUS, 1700), Alekseenko Mariya (RUS, 1750), Anacoglu Cisel (TUR, 1734), Gaal Zsoka (HUN, 2008), Karmanova Olga Dm. (RUS, 1730), Bashvlina Luisa (GER, 1817), Mikheeva Galina (RUS, 1776) and Tsirekidze Barbare (GEO, 1413) tie on the top of the list, each with 3 points.

Standings Girls-U12

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Eight players also emerged on the top of Open U14 category: Morgunov Marc (AUT, 2373), Pogosyan Stefan (RUS, 2331), Tsoi Dmitry (RUS, 2393), Malynovskyi Rostyslav (UKR, 1979), Bjerre Jonas Buhl (DEN, 2423), Czopor Maciej (POL, 2220), Trifan Andrei Ioan (GER, 2308), Kachareva Nikolozi (GEO, 2361), each with 3 points.

Standings Open-U14

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Girls section U14 is leaded by: Kirchei Viktoriia (RUS, 1987), Krasteva Beloslava (ECU, 2086), Allahverdiyeva Ayan (AZE, 2046), Wikar Martyna (POL, 1974), Kuhar Larisa (SLO, 1877) and Mkrtchyan Mariam (ARM, 1881) who all have the same score of 3 points.

Standings Girls-U14

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Five players tie for the current first place in Open section U16: Oboladze Luka (GEO, 2349), Stefansson Vignir Vatnar (ISL, 2260), Lisnyak Vladislav (UKR, 2198), Salemgareev Tagir (RUS, 2375) and Remizov Yaroslav (RUS, 2317).

Standings Open-U16

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Three girls are the leaders of Girls U14 category, each with 3 points: Antova Gabriela (ECU, 2293), Beydullayeva Govhar (AZE, 2184) and Bulatova Kamaliya (RUS, 2043).

Standings Girls-U16

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In Open section U18 only two players reached the maximum score: Livaic Leon (CRO, 2495) and Ioannidis Evgenios (GRE, 2343), while six players tie for the current third place.

Standings Open-U18

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Four girls stand on the top of the list of category for Girls U18 with perfect 3 points: Sliwicka Alicja (POL, 2293), Afonasieva Anna (RUS, 2193), Dimitrova Aleksandra (RUS, 2166) and Redondo Benavente Ana (ESP, 2102).

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Among 1100 young and talented players who will fight for the title of European Champion, there are 1 Grandmaster, 10 International masters, 79 FIDE masters, 6 Women International masters, 42 Women FIDE masters and in total 198 titled players!

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The 4th round of the Championship is scheduled for today and starts at 15:00 (local time). The live transmission of the top boards of each category, together with live commentary given by WIM Anna Kantane and GM Toms Kantans can be followed through the Official website of the Championship.

The event is played in 9 rounds by Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

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EUROPEAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 OFFICIALLY OPENED

European Youth Chess Championship 2018 which takes place from 19th-30th August is officially declared opened yesterday evening, during an impressive Opening Ceremony.

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The Opening Ceremony was attended by many distinguished people: Minister of Finance of Latvia, Mrs. Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Deputy Mayor of the Riga City Council, Mr. Andris Ameriks, Minister of Education and Science, Mr. Kārlis Šadurskis, while the European Chess Union was represented by GM Adrian Mikhalchishin.

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The Deputy Mayor of the Riga Council, Mr. Andris Ameriks greeted the participants and took the opening speech: “Glad to speak on behalf of the Riga City Council. We are proud of the city, which is currently celebrating its 817th birthday and the events that take place in Riga. This chess championship is one of the biggest and most important events in the framework of the Riga City Festival, with more and more wise people going to this city, moreover, the chess is one of the games that require high-mindedness. I wish all participants luck and success in the future”.

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After him, the ECU representative, Mr. Adrian Mikhalchishin said:  “This is one of the biggest chess competitions in Europe. The playing conditions in Riga are great and the organizers have done a good job so that the participants feel at home. There have been a number of excellent players in Latvia and everyone has the opportunity to reach a high level. Latvia is unique in that the Minister of Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola is chess mastermaker We have also produced special awards in which the best of these tournament players will be able to go free to camps where the best chess coaches from around the world are trained. “

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“In the world of sports in the classical sense, we see the physical characteristics of people,” said Minister of Education and Science Kārlis Šadurskis, “People are trying to be stronger and faster, but sport also means harmony and balance. Chess is a sport requiring mental capabilities, and it is based on Strategic thinking In other countries, the chess is one of the subjects and the results show that the quality of education improves. The development of chess in Latvia allows us to be a wiser country and this tournament will allow young students to prove that they are smart people. I wish the Chess players not only their brains, but also physical perseverance, as well as enjoying Latvia. “

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“During the tournament, players must understand that this is the place to get real emotions – pleasure for victories and sorrow for losses,” said Reizniece-Ozola. “Enjoy nice memories during the tournament, as well as Riga, because not only the chess, but also the surrounding events will work on your mind here. There have been various chess tournaments in Riga, but this is my favorite, because here I see the future of chess and the new stars. I wish the players play honestly, but at the same time do not forget the jigsaw puzzles to defeat opponents. “

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The organizer of the event, Egons Lavendelis, expressed his satisfaction that the tournament will be held in Riga. “The organizers will do everything to keep the tournament up to the best. I would like to thank all those who are involved in organizing this event.” Lavendelis gave a thanks giving prize to WGM and Minister of Finance of Latvia, Mrs. Dana Rizniece-Ozola.

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Also on Sunday, during the promotion and introduction of the European Youth Chess Championship, Dana Reizniece-Ozola played a simultaneous session in the Vērmanes Garden.

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The Championship gathered almost 1100 players coming from 46 European federations, and will be played in 6 age categories  (12 open and girls groups): U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18. Among 1100 young and talented players who will fight for the title of European Champion, there are 1 Grandmaster, 10 International masters, 79 FIDE masters, 6 Women International masters, 42 Women FIDE masters and in total 198 titled players!

The first round of the event starts today, and the organizers have provided the live transmission of top boards of each category. Live broadcast can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

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EUROPEAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 OPENS TODAY

European Youth Chess Championship 2018 which takes place from 19th-30th August in Riga, Latvia, opens today.

1501458698627The Championship gathered almost 1100 players coming from 46 European federations, and will be played in 6 age categories  (12 open and girls groups): U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18. Among 1100 young and talented players who will fight for the title of European Champion, there are 1 Grandmaster, 10 International masters, 79 FIDE masters, 6 Women International masters, 42 Women FIDE masters and in total 198 titled players!

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The Opening Ceremony of the event will take place tonight at 20:00 o’clock (local time) when the Championship will be declared opened. After the Technical meeting which will be held tomorrow in the morning, the 1st round will start at 15:00 (local time) in International Exhibition Centre Kipsala, as the official playing venue of the Championship.

The event will be played in 9 rounds by Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess. The time control will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

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The organizers provided LIVE transmission of the top boards of each section, which can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

Official Website of the Championship

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EU YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- Final Report

On Wednesday, August 15th culminated in Kouty nad Desnou (CZE) fights for winning EU Youth Chess Championship 2018.

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The last rounds were full of fights and tension. In category Boys U8 took the first place Stefan-Vlad Paunescu (ROU), the second place Wiktor Zmarzly (POL) and the third Lukas Strapec (SVK). In category Girls U8 took the first place Tereza Horkova (CZE), the second place Nadezhda Pritulina (EST) and the third Timea Haasova (SVK). Champion EU in category Boys U10 has become David Cr. Radu (ROU), silver medal took David-Alexandru Botea (ROU) and the third place took Vaclav Finek (CZE). In category Girls U10 has won Ivelina Hristova (FID), second place took Zofia Lazniewska (POL) and the third place took Lin Englert (GER). In category Boys U12 has won CM Aron Pasti (HUN), second place took Maciej Jeda (POL) and the third place took CM Teodor-Cosmin Nedelcu (ROU). Champion EU Girls U12 has become WFM Lucia Sevcikova (SVK), the second place took WCM Lucia Kapicakova (SVK) and the third place took AFM Petya Karaivanova (FID).

In category Boys U14 has won Valentin Mitev (FID), the second place took Marek Mica (CZE) and the third place took Ondrej Vadila (SVK). In category Girls U14 Champion EU has become Nikoletta Toth (HUN), the second place took WCM Monika Marcinczyk (POL) and the third finished Mihaela-Ioana Trifoi (ROU).

All results can be found here.

Players who took first three places in each of categories got a cup and diploma. Every participant of EUYCC got a medal. All eight champions EU are leaving Kouty nad Desnou with a notebook! The next five players in each category also got valuable prizes. Every player got a T-Shirt with logo of EUYCC. The prizes were given by director of the event Mr. Zdenek Fiala together with the tournament director of ECU Mr. Petr Pisk and director of the hotel Dlouhe Strane Ms. Irena Svedova. EU Youth Chess Championship 2018 under the patronage of the ECU was organized by Sachovy klub Svetla nad Sazavou in cooperation with the Czech Chess Federation. Boys and girls have played in the same tournament. Eventually boys and girls were evaluated separately. Championship had 102 players from 11 federations. All games were on-line transmitted. Young players have been pleased by awarding best game of each round.

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Thanks the performance during the round eight to nine these players were rewarded: Wiktor Zmarzly (POL), Bartolomej Buchta (CZE), Petya Karaivanova (FID), Michal Redzisz (POL), David Markus (SLO), Amalie Zadrapova (CZE), Vojtech Prochazka (CZE) and David Barak (CZE). For all participants and accompanying persons organizers had prepared chess and non-chess leisure time activities (simultaneous games with IM Pisk, blitz tournament). Participants of the championship had available many leisure time activities. In the hotel they could use swimming pool, wellness, sauna, table tennis, bowling, pool, etc. On the official website organizers placed photo gallery from tournament and other activities.

Eventually I would like to thank all players for their performance and fair play, all parents and coaches for cooperation, arbiters for running the tournament and all cooperators for their work. Hope you enjoyed together with us this championship and believe to see us again the next year!

IO Zdenek Fiala
Director of the championship
Official Website of the Championship




EU YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- 3rd Press Release

Already seven rounds were played within EU Youth Chess Championship 2018! After the round 7, the leader in category of boys and girls in U8 is Stefan-Vlad Paunescu (ROU, 6 points), in category U10 David Cr. Radu (ROU, 6.5 points), in U12 CM Teodor-Cosmin Nedelcu (ROU, 6 points) and Maciej Jeda (POL, 6 points), in U14 Valentin Mitev (FID, 6 points).

All results are available here.

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Daily there are awarded the best games of each round chosen by IM Pisk. Due to the high performance during the rounds 5 – 7, awarded players are: Casey Ryan Meszaros (SVK), Lin Englert (GER), Lucia Kapicakova (SVK), Nikoletta Toth (HUN), Nadezhda Pritulina (EST), Vaclav Finek (CZE), Aron Pasti (HUN), Vladimir Bochnicka (SVK), Leonard Hernando (GER), Johannes Keck (GER), Jachym Handlovsky  and Marek Mica (both CZE).

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On Sunday there was a blitz tournament, where 27 players (players of EUYCC, coaches, parents) from 9 countries participated. After excellent performance the winner became Svetlana Pritulina (EST, 7 points out of 9 rounds) ahead of CM Teodor-Cosmin Nedelcu (ROU, 6.5 points) and Nellija Maklakova (LAT, 6.5 points). All winners received nice presents. Results can be found here.

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On Monday morning there was return simultaneous game with IM Petr Pisk.  There was 14 players, who had as Petr Pisk 45 minutes on their clocks. The result was 10,5 : 3,5 for IM Pisk (Nellija Maklakova (LAT) won and draw was made by Simona Bochnickova, Adam Sustek (both SVK), Vojtech Prochazka, Vaclav Finek (both CZE) and Emils Janis Mierins (LAT).

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In the hotel there is a lot of possibilities to enjoy the leisure time, daily is possible to play table tennis, football, bowling, use the swimming pool, wellness, etc. Thanks to the good weather, all participants are using the beautiful surroundings of Hotel Dlouhe Strane for walk and relaxation.

 

IO Zdenek Fiala

Director of the championship

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