EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL RAPID&BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 CONCLUDED

The European Individual Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2018 took place from 5th-9th December in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia. After four days of fights, the Winner of European Blitz Championship became twenty years old Russian player Artemiev Vladislav (RUS, 2825 blitz rtg), while the European Rapid Chess Champion became Popov Valerij (RUS, 2531 rapid rtg).

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The event has started with European Individual Blitz Chess Championship, which was played on 6th and 7th of December with participation of 311 players from 37 European federations. The winner of the event was already known after 21 played rounds, since Artemiev Vladislav had one and a half point more than the runner-ups and won the Championship with a round to spare. With a draw in the last round, Artemiev claimed the title of European Blitz Chess Champion 2018 with score of 18.5 points. The second place went to Cheparinov Ivan (GEO, 2618 blitz rtg), while Navara David (CZE, 2707 blitz rtg) took bronze medal.

Final rankings

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European Individual Rapid Chess Championship 2018 was played on 8th and 9th December, with participation of 395 players coming from 37 countries. After 13 played rounds, another Russian player, Popov Valerij, emerged on the top to become European Rapid Chess Champion 2018. The dramatic and very intense finish of the Championship ended with four players tying for gold: Popov Valerij (RUS, 2531 rapid rtg), and three youth competitors- 16 years old Esipenko Andrey (RUS. 2643 rapid rtg), 20 years old Sanal Vahap (TUR, 2476 rapid rtg) and 18 years old Moroni Luca Jr (ITA, 2482 rapid rtg). According to the tiebreak system, the Winner was Popov Valerij, Esipenko Andrey took silver medal, Sanal Vahap was bronze, while Moroni Luca Jr ended on the 4th place.

Final rankings

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The total prize fund of the events was 30.000 EUR + 4.000 EUR of special prizes. The special prizes were 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.

The event was opened by the President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, while the ECU was represented on the closing ceremony by ECU Vice President, Mr. Ivan Sokolov. Technical Organizer of the Championship was Chess Club Gambit Asseco See and Chess Federation of FYR of Macedonia, supported by the European Chess Union.

Official Website of Championship

Photographs by: Patricia Claros Aguilar




EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL BLITZ&RAPID CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 STARTED

European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018 has been opened on 5th December with Opening ceremony, and has officially started yesterday with European Individual Blitz Chess Championship 2018.

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Already 10 rounds have been played at the Blitz Championship, which participate 324 players coming from 37 European federations, among whom are 20 players rated 2600+, and 4 players rated 2700+. Currently, top seeder, Artemiev Vladislav (RUS, 2825 blitz rtg) ties with Salgado Lopez Ivan (ESP, 2513 blitz rtg), each with 9.5 points, while Navara David (CZE, 2707 blitz rtg) and Lobanov Sergei (RUS, 2434 blitz rtg) tie for the third place, each with 9 points.

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The event continues today, at 11:00 (local time), when the round 11 will be started. Each day and in each round, 36 games can be followed live through the official website of the championship.

Pairings, Standings and Rankings

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The event will be continued with European Rapid Chess Championship 2018, which will be played on 8th and 9th of December,  according to the Swiss system, in 13 rounds with the time control 15 minutes game + 10 seconds per move starting from the first move. 417 players from 37 countries registered for the event which can be followed live through the official website of the Championship.

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EUROPEAN SENIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019- Official Regulations

The European Senior Chess Championship 2019 will be held in the island of Rhodes, Greece, from 5th-15th April, simultaneously with European Amateur Chess Championship 2019. The events will be held in the Conference center of Olympic Palace Hotel, as the official hotel of the Championship.

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The European Senior Chess Championship is open to all players representing ECU Chess Federations who have been born in the year 1969 or earlier, regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit in the number of participants per federation. Applications have to be sent by the National federations or to be approved by the National federations.

The registration for the event shall be done online by filling the entry form and sending it fulfilled to the organizers. Entries must be sent by the registration deadline 20 February 2019 by email to: chess.at.holidays@gmail.com

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In accordance with the ECU tournament rule the Championship will be played in two categories: one for those who shall have reached the age of 50 (category SENIOR 50+), and one for those who shall have reached the age of 65 (category SENIOR 65+) by the end of the year 2019. Players who have reached the age of 65 by the 31st December 2019 are allowed to participate in the category SENIOR 50+ if they request it. In each age category an Open and a Women’s competition is organized. There is also no limit of participants per federation.

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The Championship is based on Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess. The playing time 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.

Women tournament will be played separately. If in total the women participants are less than nine they will play in the Open tournaments with separate prizes. The total prize fund of the event will be 10.000 EUR.

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

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Contact information:

Nikos Kalesis – FIDE International Organiser
Tel. (+30) 6938326161
* Christina Ioannidou – Tournament Secretariat
Email: chess.at.holidays@gmail.com




EUROPEAN AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019- Official Regulations

The European Amateur Chess Championship 2019 will be held in the island of Rhodes, Greece, from 5th-15th April, simultaneously with European Senior Chess Championship 2019.The events will be held in the Conference center of Olympic Palace Hotel, as the official hotel of the Championship.

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The Championships are open tournaments for players registered or approved by their federation. ECU member federations shall have the right to send as many players as they wish.   All players must not hold any title above CM (or WCM for women) in the sections Under-1700 and Under-2000. All players must not hold any title above FM (or WFM for women) in the section Under-2300.

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A player must not have a published FIDE rating of 2300 or greater for at least one year prior to the registration deadline of the event. For the Under-2000 section, a player must not have a published FIDE rating of 2000 or greater for at least one year prior to the start of the Championship. For the Under-1700 section, a player must not have a published FIDE rating of 1700 or greater for at least one year prior to the start of the championship. In case a player exceeds the rating of 1700 or 2000 after the registration deadline, he/she will play the upper rating category.

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The registration for the event shall be done online by filling the entry form and sending it fulfilled to the organizers. Entries must be sent by the registration deadline 20 February 2019 by email to: chess.at.holidays@gmail.com

There will be separate championships for categories Under-2300, Under-2000 and Under-1700. In each rating section, a separate championship for women shall be organized only if there are at least 10 women entries otherwise the women’s event will be merged with men (open).T he championship is organized in a 9-round Swiss system, in accordance with FIDE Laws of Chess and the ECU Tournament Rules. The rate of play will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

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The total prize fund of the event is 4.000 EUR and the winners of each category receive the relevant title: European Amateur Chess Champion under 1700 under 2000 and 2300.

The Official Regulations of European Amateur Chess Championship 2019 can be downloaded below.

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Contact information:

Nikos Kalesis – FIDE International Organiser
Tel. (+30) 6938326161
* Christina Ioannidou – Tournament Secretariat
Email: chess.at.holidays@gmail.com




THE 2ND ECU SCHOOL TEAM INTERNET CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP CONCLUDED

The final stage 2nd ECU School Team Internet Chess Championship took place from 14th-21st November with participation of 26 teams who competed in two age categories: U11 and U17 and represented nine European federations.

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After seven played rounds according to the Swiss system, the Winner of the second edition of ECU School Internet Chess Championship in category U11 became the team GBOU 2101 from Moscow, Russia, with all the victories and maximum score of 21 match points. The second place went to another Russian team, MBOU Zaozernaya SOC 16 with score of 19 match points, while bronze medal went to GBOU Sankt
Peterburgskaya Gimnazia 2, also from Russia, who scored 16 match points, and tied for the third place with Scoala Gimnazia ED Tulcea from Romania and OŠ Štampar Makarije from Montenegro.

Final rankings- Section U11

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In section U17, after 7 played rounds, teams of GBOU Sankt- Peterburg Gimnazium 2 from Russia and Oktoih chess from Montenegro tied for the first place, each with 19 match points. According to the additional criteria, Russians took gold, while Montenegro team took silver medal. The third place went to Njegos Podgorica, also from Montenegro, who reached 18 match points.

Final rankings- Section U17

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The ECU School Team Internet Chess Championship was established in 2017 with aim 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. With that idea, European Chess Union brought the decision to waive the entry fee for participation in the 2nd European School Team Chess Open Internet Championship.

Official Website of the Championship




EUROPEAN SCHOOL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019- Official regulations

European Chess Union and Romanian Chess Federation have the honour to invite all European Chess Federations affiliated to FIDE and ECU to participate in the European School Championship under 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, open and girls, which will take place from 30th May- 9t June 2019 in the Mamaia resort, Constanta municipality, Romania.

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The Championship is open to all players from European Chess Federations. Each ECU member federation can register an unlimited number of players that meet the age requirements of respective sections. In case that one age (girls) group is less than 10 players, then it will be merged with the same age (open) group.

All players have to register through their national federations before the registration deadline. The entry form should be filled in by the national federation on the official website of the championship. The deadline for registration and for all payments – ECU fee, organizing fee, accommodation, is 15th of April 2019. After this date, a late registration fee of 50E/participant may be required.

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All the players and Accompanying persons are invited to stay in one of the official hotels of the championship: 4* hotel Amiral Comandor Complex and 3* hotel Orfeu. The organizers provided the transfer from the airport Constanta, while the transfer may be organized also from airports in Varna (Bulgaria) and Bucharest for prize in two ways of 80e and 60e, respectively.

The Championship will be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves+30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Contact information:

Official Website of the Championship: www.ecumamaia2019.ro

E-mail: ecumamaia2019@yahoo.com
Tournament Director: IO Elena Cristian +40 723 309 101
Romanian Chess Federation/ConstantinIonescu, General Secretary:
romanianchessfederation@yahoo.com

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

European School Chess Championship 2019- Official Regulations




GRAND PRIX DE MONACO AEPA CONCLUDED

Monaco Chess Federation celebrated the 60+1 anniversary of AEPA (French Chess Association for visually impaired players) by organising the Grand Prix de Monaco AEPA chess tournament. The event took place from 31st October-4th November in Stadium Louis II playing venue.

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The event participated 33 visually impaired chess players, coming from 7 European federations: Monaco,France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlans, Canada, Tunisia. Among the participants were also seven U8 and U10 youth players.

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After 7 played rounds, the Winner became Olivier Deville,  in 2017 and 2018, with impressive score of 6.5 points. (French champion 2017 and 2018). Hugo Roman (BEL) took silver medal thanks to the better tiebreaks than Tufek Absaba (FRA), since they tied for the 2nd place, each with 5.5 points. The best women player was Clémentine Kruk with score of 5 points.

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The event was opened by Colonel Luc Fringant (Aide de Camp Prince Albert II) who made the honorary first move, in the presence of Stephane Valeri, Président of the Monaco Parliament.

The event was organized by Monaco Chess Federation and AEPA,  with support of Monaco GVT, Societe des Bains de Mer and European Chess Union.




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 13 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




LONDON CHESS CONFERENCE 2018

The sixth edition of the annual London Chess Conference, supported by Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC), European Chess Union (ECU) and Erasmus Plus, will take place from 8th-9th December in Irish Cultural Centre, in London, United Kingdom.

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The theme of the conference this year will be the future of chess in education. The question arises because there are many developments in the world of chess and also many challenges facing our education systems. In the UK, the head of the schools inspection body, OFSTED, recently announced that they would switch their attention from looking at how children perform in exams to looking at how they learn in the classroom. The new idea, “quality of education”, is a reversion to a time before league tables forced schools to narrow the range of education. The likely consequence of the revived approach is that schools should make time for arts, music, sports and, we may hope, activities such as chess.

A strong argument for chess in schools is that it prepares children for the digital future. Chess is about the manipulation of abstract ideas – the raw material of the digital age. Citizens need to be able to navigate a range of logic-rich scenarios. For example, using a mobile phone or an iPad involves appreciating that there is a logical sequence to performing any task. The chess playing child goes deep into the logical relationship between the elements. At its essence, chess becomes a series of if-then conditions. If you move your bishop, then I will checkmate you. Once you begin to think in this structured way, you can overcome a wider range of problems that one meets in everyday life. Conference speakers will explain how schools will be using chess to develop not only intellectual but also social skills which are vital for future citizens.

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The conference will also host a multiplier event for the Erasmus Plus CHAMPS project on Chess and Mathematics in Primary Schools which takes place as a conference stream on Saturday 8th December. Attendance at the CHAMPS sessions is free but is subject to registration (below). The CHAMPS project explores the connections between chess and mathematics and adapts a number of these into instructive problems suitable for solving by young people.

After the end of the London Chess Conference, venue of Irish Cultural Center will host ECU School Chess Teacher Training Course, which will take place on 10th and 11th December, and on 12th December, new course accredited by European Chess Union, ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher Training Course.

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The ECU School Chess Teacher Training Course will comprise two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises, and after the course, participants will have a test to pass to receive the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate, which certifies that the attendee has achieved a professional level in teaching chess in schools.

The ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher training course is a one-day course of interactive presentations, group working and hands-on exercises. The purpose of the course is to prepare teachers to use chess to develop problem solving skills with a focus on mathematics . The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children. The ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher Certificate is available to those who complete the course and pass a test taken at the end of the course. The Certificate is endorsed by the European Chess Union (ECU) to recognise that the individual has didactical methods for the classroom.

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ARBITERS’ REFRESHING COURSE, PORTO CARRAS

ECU Arbiters’ Council during the European Club Cup 2018 in Porto Carras, Greece has organized ECU Arbiters’ Refreshing Course for International and FIDE Arbiters.

The Refreshing Course took place in the Porto Carras Conference Center on 13-14 October, 2018 with the participation of arbiters from 9 Countries. In total, 14 arbiters took part in the Refreshing Course, including 6 International and 2 FIDE Arbiter. Lecturer of the Refreshing Course was IA Ashot Vardapetyan (Armenia), Chairman of ECU Arbiters’ Council and FIDE Lecturer.

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The program of Refreshing Course included the following issues:

1. FIDE Laws of Chess 2018
2. General Regulations for Competition.
3. Anti-Cheating Rules
4. Case studies from chess tournaments

All participants have shown high interest and activity during the discussions of above mentioned issues. The List of participants is below. Herewith, I thank the European Chess Union and Organizer of European Club Cup 2018 for organization and successful implementation of this Refreshing Course.

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The Lecturer
IA Ashot Vardapetyan (ARM)
Chairman of ECU Arbiters’ Council