RUSSIA WINS DOUBLE GOLD AT SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

After intense fights in Mali Losinj, Croatia at Senior Team Chess Championship 2019, teams of Russia took gold in both 50+ and 65+ sections!

In 65+ category, Russian team convincingly took the victory, with a round to spare. They won all matches and scored perfect 18 match points to be ahead of the runner-ups for 4 match points.

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Teams of Sweden 1 and Germany tied for the second place, but eventually, according to additional criteria, Sweden 1 took second place.

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And team of Germany took bronze medals.

Final rankings- Section 65+

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In 50+ section, Croatia 1 and Russia fought for the first place in very intense and dramatic finish. Two teams tied for the top during the whole tournament, but in the 8th round Russia overtook the leadership according to tiebreaks, and maintained it until the end to win the tournament.

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Croatia 1 ended with silver in their hands.

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While bronze went to European Chess Academy from Maribor, Slovenia.

Final rankings- Section 50+

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Germany Women team, which participated in Open 50+ section, took 5 match points, and finished 11th on the final list, but also took trophy as the Winner of European Senior Team Chess Championship for Women 2019, for the age 50+.

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The Closing Ceremony of the event took place yesterday evening, where ECU was represented by its Vice-President, Mr. Adrian Mikhalchishin, and Croatian Chess Federation was represented by its Secretary General, Mr. Alojzije Jankovic.

European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 17th-27th September, in a 4 stars Hotel Aurora, the official hotel of the Championship, together with the 4 stars Hotel Vespera, located next to the playing venue and Hotel Aurora. The total prize fund of the event was 7.000 EUR.

Photos by: Bojan Puric

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R7 REPORT: EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

Only two rounds left to be played at European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 before the announcement of the Winners in Mali Losinj, Croatia.

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In Section 65+, team of Russia maintained a convincing leadership with perfect score of 14 match points and all 7 victories. Russia is followed by three teams tying for the second place, each with 10 match points: Finland 1, Germany and Sweden 1.

Pairings, Rankings and Results- Section 65+

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In 50+ category, Croatia 1 and Russia are still in a tie for the first place, each with 13 match points and only one draw made against each-others. Tiebreak criteria is currently in favour of Croatian team ranked on the top, while Russia holds the second place. European Chess Academy from Maribor, Slovenia ties for the third place with team of England 1, each scoring 9 match points.

Rankings, Pairings and Results- Section 50+

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Only two rounds left to be played and the LIVE transmission of the games is available through the Official Website of the event.

European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 17th-27th September, in a 4 stars Hotel Aurora, the official hotel of the Championship, together with the 4 stars Hotel Vespera, located next to the playing venue and Hotel Aurora.

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EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019- R4 REPORT

Four rounds are already played at European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 in Mali Losinj, Croatia and in 50+ section no team emerged on the top with all the victories, while in 65+ section team of Russia leads with a maximum score.

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In category 50+, top seeders, Russia and Croatia tie for the first place, each with score of 7 points, with only one drawn match against each-others. The third place is currently in hands of Steiermark from Austria, who tomorrow meets with Russia on the top board, while Croatia plays against European Chess Academy from Maribor, Slovenia.

Pairings, Rankings and Results- Section 50+

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Number one on the starting rank list of section 65+, team of Russia, emerged on the top with perfect 4 victories, and 8 match points. They are followed by Sweden 1 with 7 match points. Germany and Switzerland tie for the bronze, scoring 6 match points each. In the 5th round, scheduled for tomorrow at 15:00 (local time), we will watch the clash of the leaders, Russia against Sweden 1 and Germany against Switzerland.

Pairings, Rankings and Results- Section 65+

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LIVE transmission of the games is available through the Official Website of the event.

 European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 17th-27th September, in a 4 stars Hotel Aurora, the official hotel of the Championship, together with the 4 stars Hotel Vespera, located next to the playing venue and Hotel Aurora.

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EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 STARTED

European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 was officially declared opened yesterday in Mali Losinj, Croatia, shortly before the start of the first round.

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On the Opening Ceremony, European Chess Union was represented by ECU Vice-President, Mr. Adrian Mikhalchishin, while Croatian Chess Federation was represented by its Secretary General, Mr. Alojzije Jankovic.

30 teams coming from 15 European federations participate the event, which is played in 2 age categories: 50+ and 65+. Favorites and the top seeders suffered no upsets in the round 1, but battles continue today, with the 2nd round of the event, which starts at 15:00 (local time).

Results, Pairings and Rankings

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LIVE transmission of the games is available through the Official Website of the event.

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European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 17th-27th September, in a 4 stars Hotel Aurora, the official hotel of the Championship, together with the 4 stars Hotel Vespera, located next to the playing venue and Hotel Aurora.

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Top three ranked teams will receive trophies and medals, and the total prize fund of the event is 7.000 EUR.

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EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 STARTS

European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 starts tomorrow with Captains’ Meeting in Mali Losinj, Croatia, and takes place from 17th-27th September 2019.

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The event is played in two age categories: 65+ (for players born in 1954 or earlier) and 50+ (for players born in 1969 or earlier). 30 teams coming from 15 European federations registered for the event (17 teams in 50+ section and 13 teams in 65+ section).

Starting rank lists 

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The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest of the game + 30 sec increment for every move played starting from the first move. The total prize fund of the event will be 7.000 EUR.

The Championship takes place in 4 stars Hotel Aurora, the official hotel of the Championship together with the 4 stars Hotel Vespera, located next to the playing venue and Hotel Aurora.

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The Opening ceremony of European Team Chess Championship 2019 will take place shortly before the start of the first round, at 14.30 (local time), while the start of the competition is scheduled for 15:00 (local time).

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Last year, European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018 took place in Wałbrzych, Poland, with participation of 29 teams, and the Winners became teams of Italy (Open section 50+), Russia (Open section 65+).

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#DEVELOPMENT IO SEMINAR IN TRIESTE CONCLUDED

The #Development International Organisers Seminar concluded today in Trieste. 25 participants, 23 of which were female, from 13 federations, attended the Seminar and took a high-demanding exam for the acquisition of the IO norm. The seminar was supported by the FIDE Development fund.

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The main Lecturer of the IO Seminar, the Chairman of the ECU Arbiters Council, IO Mr. Tomasz Delega, spoke about the step-by-step procedure that an organiser should follow, the guidelines mentioned in the FIDE Handbook, as well as additional tournament guidelines that can be found on the FIDE and ECU website. Tomasz Delega shared plenty of personal examples and engaged the participants into sharing their own experiences.

ECU Vice President and FIDE Chairperson of the Commission for Women’s Chess, Mrs. Eva Repkova, gave to the participants important insights about organising tournaments with a large number of participants, referring to her recent organisation of European Youth Chess Championship 2019 in Bratislava.

Mrs. Eva Repkova also brought the message of FIDE Executive Director, Victor Bologan, who wished a fruitful seminar to the participants.

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Franca Dapiran explained the Tie-Break criteria and discussed with the participants technical details concerning the playing hall and the staff of the tournament.

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Marco Biagioli informed the participants about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) within  ECU.

For the last part of the Seminar, Tomasz Delega and Ismini Tzegka prepared a Workshop activity that gave the chance to the participants to work in groups on organising a tournament. The groups had the chance to get hands-on a case study, to cooperate and exchange ideas, while preparing the bid, the budget, the people management sheet, problem solving strategies, marketing ideas.

Participants gave special thanks to Marco Biagioli for his initiative to organise the IO seminar under excellent conditions in the beautiful hospitable city of Trieste and thanked Tomasz Delega for conducting a detailed, informative and interactive seminar.




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

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SBERBANK WINS EUROPEAN CORPORATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

After nine played rounds at 2nd edition of European Corporate Chess Championship 2019, team of Sberbank from Russia triumphed the event with all the victories and perfect score of 18 match points.

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Composition of the Winning team:

1. GM Esipenko Andrey (RUS, 2623, score of 7 points)

2. Sviridov Valery (RUS, 2489, score of 7 points)

3. IM Lavrov Maxim (RUS, 2367, score of 6 points)

4. Yarashenka Uladzimir (BLR, score of 8.5 points)

5. Vorozheikin Vladimir (RUS, 2141, score of 1 point)

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Belarus Naftan took the second place, with score of 13 match points, while Belarus “Belaruskalii”, BAM (BLR) and Georgian Khareba tied for the bronze, each with 12 match points. According to the additional criteria, “Belaruskalii” took third place, BAM came 4th and team of Khareba ended on the 5th place.

Final rankings

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The 2nd European Corporate Chess Championship 2019 took place from 30th August-1st September in Minsk, Belarus. The event was played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 15 minutes + 3 seconds of an increment, starting from the move one.

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The total prize fund of the event was 6.000 EUR, with 3.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event.

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EUROPEAN CORPORATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 STARTED

The 2nd European Corporate Chess Championship kicked off yesterday in Minsk, Belarus, with participation of 14 teams.

The Opening ceremony of the event took place yesterday with attendance of President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Georgian Ambassador in the Republic of Belarus, Mr.  Valery Kvaratskhelia, and FIDE Vice-President, Mrs. Anastasia Sorokina.

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The event is played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 15 minutes + 3 seconds of an increment, starting from the move one, and four rounds have been played yesterday.

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After four played rounds, Russian Sberbank is leading with 8 match points, while Belorussian BAM team is on the current second place with 6 match points. Belorussian team “Беларуськалий” is on the third place with 5 match points.

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The total prize fund of the event is 6.000 EUR, with 3.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the Championship.

The 2nd edition of European Corporate Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 30th August-1st September in Minsk, Belarus, and is organized by Belarus Chess Federation, under the auspices of European Chess Union.

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Future Champions of Europe & International Youth Chess Challenge at Global Chess Festival 2019

European Chess Union and Judit Polgar Chess Foundation partner to organise the tournament “Future Champions of Europe” as a part of the annual Global Chess Festival. The event will take place on 12th October 2019 in Hungarian National Gallery, in Budapest, Hungary.

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So far, 23 players coming from 12 countries registered for the event dedicated to chess players born 1st January 2007 or later with a FIDE rating of 1800 or higher (on the 1st July FIDE rating list). Registration deadline is 15th September 2019, and registrations may be done online through the official website of the festival: www.globalchessfestival.com

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Young talents registered for the event will play the tournament in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 10 minutes for each player plus 2 seconds of an increment per each move, starting from the move one.

The winner of the event will be invited to visit the 82nd edition of the world-famous Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020 in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. This prize includes 2 round-trip tickets from his/her home country (winner and accompanying person) + a double room for 2 nights on the weekend of the 18th and 19th January in Wijk aan Zee. This includes entrance to the playing area and ’behind the scenes’ access as well as an opportunity to make the first move for one of the rounds!

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The runner up will receive a very special and unique opportunity to meet top chess Grandmasters and compete at one of the biggest European chess opens in 2020. The sponsor, Flashpoint, is looking forward to giving a once in a lifetime experience to the winner of this prize which includes 2 round-trip tickets (player and accompanying person), lodging in a double room and entry-fee.

The third prize winner will receive a wooden chess set and board signed by the Legend GM Judit Polgar herself. All participants will receive a Global Chess Festival souvenir.

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As a pre-event of the Global Chess Festival the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation provides for young players the opportunity to compete in an international environment at the venue of the Hungarian Chess Federation. The International Youth Chess Challenge event will take place on 5th and 6th October, for players born in 2006 or later, with a FIDE rating starting from 1001 up to 1600. Registration deadline is 15th of September.

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The 5th Global Chess Festival will be held with the spirit of Polgar’s personal motto, “#Chess Connects Us”. Chess, the world’s oldest board game, will be able to show it’s many faces during the event – including competitive sports, art and education – proving that chess truly does not have any boundaries.

Invitation for Future Champions of Europe can be downloaded below or here.

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