EUROPEAN CLUB CUP 2018- Regulations

34th European Club Cup and the 23rd European Women Club Cup will be simultaneously held from 11th-19th October 2018 in Porto Carras, famous Greek seaside resort in Halkidiki.

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The playing venue of the Championships will be the Congress Center of the Porto Carras Grand Resort and the official hotel of the event will be 5 stars hotel Sithonia.

Participation in 34th European Club Cup is open to:

  • Globus, Russia, the current cup holder in the open competition.
  • Three (3) clubs per federation in which a national team championship is organized or two (2) Clubs per federation in which no national team championship is organized.
  • A fourth club is allowed to that federation(s) in which a national team championship is organized, provided that at least 10 teams, 20 grandmasters and/or players with a FIDE rating over 2600 have participated in the most recent national team championship.
  • One additional club (only in the open competition) for the European federations, which are ranked in the first five places of the Federation ranking list. These federations are: Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Russia, Israel and Italy.
  • Any additional request for participation should be examined by the ECU Board.

Participation in 23rd European Club Cup for women is open to all Clubs whose federations are listed as ECU members.

Every federation that intends to participate, with one or more clubs, must inform the Organising Committee before 30th of June 2018 of its acceptance of the invitation, specifying also the exact number of the clubs participating. A copy should be sent to Tournament Director Mr. Petr Pisk, e-mail: petr.pisk@chess.cz. Afterwards, the entry forms must be completed and returned to the Tournament office email: chess.at.holidays@gmail.com no later than Friday 10th August 2018- registration deadline.

The teams shall be composed of six (6) players and two (2) reserves in Men’s competition, while in the Women’s competition teams shall be composed of four (4) players and (1) reserve.

The Championships will be held in 7 rounds, played in the Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules with time control 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. Draw offers before the 30th move made by black are strictly forbidden and violating the draw offering rule will be punished.

The total prize fund of the event will be 40.000 EUR with 22.000 EUR reserved for the Men’s competition and 13.000 EUR reserved for the Women’s competition. The rest of 5.000 EUR will be distributed to the best individual players with the best board results. The first three teams of each category will receive cups and medals.

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Official regulations of European Club Cup 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

European Club Cup 2018- Official Regulations

Registration forms for the European Club Cup 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

Registration forms- European Club Cup 2018

Contact Information:

The official website of the European Club Cup 2018 is http://eurochess2018.com

Tournament Manager: IO Nikos Kalesis – Tel.: (+30) 6938326161

Email: chess.at.holidays@gmail.com




ECU ADOPTS MADRID CHESS CONFERENCE

Madrid Chess Conference 2018, organized by Madrid Chess Academy under the auspices of European Chess Union, will take place from 23rd-25th March in  Madrid/Spain.

The Conference is conceptualized as the Educational Conference with main themes Scholastic chess and Educational chess, as well as resources how to improve Chess in Schools project. The Conference will comprise three days of interactive presentations and work groups.

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Last year, the conference featured several tutors, highly educated professionals, who spoke about methodologies of educative and competitive chess, methodologies and importance of working together with chess teachers. The speakers also pointed on the significance of making the childrens’ competitions more friendly, how to construct valuable chess projects and how to fund them and how Scholastic chess in Spain is progressing.

Along the last years speakers of the Madrid Chess Conference were also the members of ECU Educational Commission: Mr. Luis Blasco de la Cruz, Mr. Alessandro Dominici, Mr. Kevin O’Connell, and the ECU Treasurer, Mr. Martin Huba.

The full program of the Madrid Chess Conference 2018 will be published on the Official Website of the event. The registrations for participands and applications for interested to be the potential speakers of the Conference can be send on the official e-mail.

Official Website of the Madrid Chess Conference

Official e-mail address




EUROPEAN AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- Regulations

Montenegro Chess Federation in association with City of Niksic and under the auspices of the European Chess Union are organizing European Amateur Chess Championship 2018 which will be held from 14th-21st June in Niksic, Montenegro.

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The event will be held in 3 categories: Under-1700, Under-2000 and under-2300.  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 the men’s (open).

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European Amateur Chess Championship is open to all players registered by their national federations, listed as members of European Chess Union. The registration deadline is 18 May 2018. Registration shall be done online through the mail: office@sahcg.me.

All the categories are specified for the certain titles, so the players who are holding the title of the CM or WCM shall participate only in the groups U-2000 or U-3000, while the players who are the holders of the WFM or FM title shall participate only U-2300 category. Players who have upper titles of the WFM or FM are not allowed to participate the Championship.

ECU Tournament Regulations for European Amateur Chess Championship

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The Championship will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, 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 the move one.

The total prize fund of the event is 5.000 EUR. Top three players of the each category will be awarded with cups and medals, while the Winners of the event will receive the title of the European Amateur Chess Champion for 2018 for the category the player participated.

The official website of the Championship will be: www.sahcg.me

Official regulations of the European Amateur Chess Championship 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

Official Regulations- European Amateur Chess Championship 2018

Contact information:
E-mail: office@sahcg.me

Contact person:
Boro Miljanic- General secretary MCF
Tel/viber: (+382) 69 541 137
Tel/fax: (+382) 20 662 164




EUROPEAN SENIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- Regulations

The 18th European Senior Chess Championship will be held from 3rd-13th August 2018 in Drammen, Norway.

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The event will take place in 4 stars hotel Scandic Ambassadeur, as the official venue and the official hotel of the Championship. This traditional hotel is located along the Drammen river, next to the Drammen Fjord, and within short distance and good connections to Oslo.

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The European Senior Chess Championship is open to all players representing ECU Chess Federations which comprise European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.10) who have been born in the year 1968 or earlier, regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit in the number of participants per federation. However, applications have to be sent by the National federations or to be approved by the National federations. Registration is done online on the Official Website of the Championship.

European Senior Chess Championship will be played in two categories, men and women separately: 50+ (for players born in 1968 or earlier) and 65+ (for players born in 1953 and earlier). Players who have reached the age of 65 by the 31st December 2018 are allowed to participate in the category for Seniors 50+ if they request it. If there is less than 9 women players women category will be merged with Open competition.

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The Championship will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 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.

Total prize fund of the event will be 10.000 EUR. Top three players of each category will be awarded with cups and medals.

According to FIDE Handbook D.03.7, the top 3 players from each category of the European Senior Championship 2018 are qualified with personal rights (free board and lodging) to the World Senior Championship 2019.

Official Website of the Championship

European Senior Chess Championship 2018- Official Regulations

Contact Information:

Organizer:
The Norwegian Chess Federation
e-mail: nsf@sjakk.no
tel: (+47) 22 15 12 41




STRONG LINE-UP AT THE EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

The European Individual Chess Championship for 2018 will take place in Batumi, Georgia, from 16th-29th March, in the 5 stars Hotel “Sheraton Batumi”, which will be the official venue of the Championship.

A month and a half before the start of the event, 252 players from 29 different European federations registered to participate and to fight for prestigious title of the European Chess Champion. Due to request from a number of federation the deadline for registration is extended till Monday 19th of February 2018. The final number of participants is expected to exceed the 300.

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The battleground is led by six 2700+ rated players: Navara David (CZE, 2745), Jakovenko Dmitry (RUS, 2744), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL, 2735), Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2709), Naiditsch Arkadij (AZE, 2705). Among the players on the top of the starting list are also Jobaava Badur (GEO, 2685), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS, 2684), Najer Evgeniy (RUS, 2683), Sargissian Gabirel (ARM, 2677) and many others European top Grand masters.

Many female players will participate the event and will have a chance to compete in such a strong tournament. Top women players are: Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS, 2493), Girya Olga (RUS, 2482), Danielian Elina (ARM, 2413), Voit Daria (RUS, 2390), Assaubayeva Bibisara (RUS, 2381) etc.

Starting rank list

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The Championship is a qualification event for the next World Cup with a total prize fund of 100.000 EUR, including the special prizes for the best Juniors, and ACP Special prizes for the 6 highest placed ACP Premium Members.

The Championship is open to all players representing the Chess Federations which are the ECU members, regardless of their title or rating, and without a limit of participants per federation. The event will be played in 11 rounds according to Swiss system in accordance with ECU and FIDE Tournament Rules and Rules of Chess, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the move one.

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The Participants can get all the necessary information on the Official Website of the Championship, or by contacting the Tournament office.

Official Regulations of the Championship and more details about the event can be found here.




EUROPEAN YOUTH RAPID&BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- Regulations

European Chess Union (ECU) and Romanian Chess Federation have the honour to invite all European Chess Federations affiliated to ECU to participate in the 18th European Youth Rapid & Blitz U-8,10,12,14,16,18 Championship which will be held from 31st July to 5th August 2018 in the city of Oradea, Romania.

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The 18th European Youth Rapid&Blitz Championships are 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. The entry form should be filled in by the national federation on the official website of the championship before the registration deadline- 4th June 2018.

The playing venue of the events will be Continental Hotel, one of the official hotels of the event, together with Ramada Hotel and Impero Hotel. All the players and any kind of accompanying persons are invited to stay in the official hotels of the Championship.

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The event consist of 4 separate competitions:

(1) INDIVIDUAL EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – RAPID

– 9 rounds according to the Swiss System, 15 minutes + 10 sec per player

– Categories: boys and girls U8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

(2) TEAM EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – RAPID

– Two categories: U12 and U18

– Teams are composed of 4 players of the same federation

– 7 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 10 minutes + 5 sec per player

(3) INDIVIDUAL EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – BLITZ

– Three categories: under 10, under 14 and under 18, separately for boys and girls

– 9 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 3 minutes + 2 sec per player

(4) EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN SOLVING CHESS PROBLEMS  

– Three categories: U10, U14 and U18, separately for boys and girls

If some of the categories lack the needed number of participants, the organizer has the right to merge two categories or change the competition system.

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The event will be played according to the ECU Tournament regulations published on 1st of January 2018, which includes Anti-Cheating rules.

Besides the chess activities, ECU and FIDE seminars for trainers and for chess in schools will be organized during the championship.

Official Website of the Championship

Official regulations of the European Youth Rapid&Blitz Championships 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

Official Regulations European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2018

Contact Information:
Tournament office
e-mail: ecuoradea2018@yahoo.com

Tournament Director:
IO Elena Cristian +40 723 309 101

Romanian Chess Federation/Constantin Ionescu,General secretary:
romanianchessfederation@yahoo.com




EUROPEAN SCHOOL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- Regulations

The Malopolska Chess Association, the Polish Chess Federation, the Community of Krakow, the European Chess Union (ECU), have honour to invite all the Chess Federations, and eligible players to take part in the European School Chess Championship 2018 organized in Krakow, Poland from 29th June to 8th July 2018.

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European Schools Championship 2018 is played in 6 age categories: Under 7, Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17, Boys and Girls separately. In case that one girl group has less than 10 participants, it will be merged with the same Open age group category.

Every National Federation, School Association, School may enter an unlimited number of players in each of the 12 age groups.

Entries (registration forms) must be fully filled and sent from the National Federations, the School Association or the School to the Organization Committee not later than registration deadline – 15th May 2018. The registration forms shall be sent to the organizer by fax: +48-12-411-48-01 or by email: jan.kusina@gmail.com. Registration forms can be downloaded here.

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The playing venue of the Championship, as the official hotel of the event, will be 4 stars Galaxy hotel.

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.

The best 3 ranked players of each category will be awarded with trophies and medals, while the best six players of each category will be awarded with special prizes. The winners of the European Championships 2018 have the right to participate free board and lodging to the World School Championship 2019 in Tunisia. Maloposka Chess Association provided for the new European School Chess Champions of each category free accommodation for the 29th International Chess Festival “Cracovia 2018″ which will be held from 27th December 2018- 4th January 2019 in Krakow, Poland.

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The organizers provided many side events for the participants and their accompanying persons, such as excursions with professional guides, School Chess Teachers seminar, sports activities and blitz competition.

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Championship Director:
Mr. Jan KUSINA

phone/fax +48-12-411-48-01;
mob. +48-695-210-120;
email: jan.kusina@gmail.com

Registration form

Official Website of the Championship

Official regulations of European School Chess Championship 2018

European School Chess Championship 2018- Information

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EUROPEAN ACP WOMEN RAPID & BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018- REGULATIONS

European ACP Women Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2018 will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 29th March- 2nd April.

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The European Women’s Rapid and Blitz Championships are open to all players representing the Chess Federations, members of the European Chess Union regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit of participants per federation. However, applications should be sent by the national federations only. Registration deadline is 1st of February.

The first on schedule will be the Rapid competition which will be played on 30th and 31st of March. The European ACP Women Rapid Championship will be played according to the Swiss system in 11 rounds, with time control 15 minutes+10 seconds per move starting from the move one.

The event will continue with European ACP Women Blitz Championship which will be played on 1st of April in 13 rounds according to the Swiss system, with the time control 3 minutes+2 seconds per move starting from the first move.

Both events will be held in “Hotel Iota” as the official venue and the official hotel of the Championships.

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The total prize fund of the event will be 20.500 EUR, with 14.500 EUR reserved for the Rapid Championship and 6.000 EUR reserved for the Blitz Championship. Besides the regular prizes, the best Junior player, the best Senior players will be rewarded, as well as the  best players who are members of the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP).

All players and any kind of accompanying persons, including coaches are invited to stay in the 5 stars Hotel Iota as the official hotel of the European Women’s Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships.

The European Chess Union and Georgian Chess Federation will provide free rooms with breakfast to the 8 highest Rapid ELO rating holders by 1st of January 2018 while ACP and Georgian Chess Federation will provide the same for 8 players nominated by the ACP.

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The regulations of European Women’s Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships can be downloaded bellow or here.

European Women Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018- Regulations

The event is organized by government of Georgia, the Tbilisi City Hall, the Georgian chess federation and the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) under the auspices of the European Chess Union.

Contact information

Tournament director
Giorgi Giorgadze (President of GCF)
Mobile: (+995)599 56 17 67

Contact person
Akaki Iashvili
Mobile: (+995) 577 414121
E-mail: iashviliakaki@gmail.com

 




EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- REGULATIONS

 European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018 will take place from 13th-23rd April 2018, in Wałbrzych, Poland.

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Each national federation member of the European Chess Union has the right to enter unlimited number of teams of four players and one reserve in both sections of the event: 50+ and 65+. All the players must be the members of the same federation which they represent.

The event consists of two separated Championships for categories 50+ and 65+. Entitled to participate in the category 50+ are players who were born in the year 1968 or earlier, while entitled to participate in the category 65+ are players who were born in the year 1953 or earlier.

The Championship 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 move one.

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The total prize fund of the event is 8.000 EUR. Trophies and medals to 3 top winning teams in each category, will be awarded, as well as the additional prizes (cups & medals) for individual board winners.

Registrations will be done online and must be sent to the Organizing Committee not later than March 13th 2018 which is the registration deadline.

The official website of the Championship will be: www.walbrzych2018.eu

Participants may get all the necessary information by contacting the organizer: info@walbrzych2018.eu

The event is organized by Adolf Anderssen Foundation (Fundacja im. Adolfa Anderssena) under the auspices of the European Chess Union.

The official regulations can be downloaded bellow or here.

European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018- Regulations




MAKSIM VAVULIN AND SERGEI ZHIGALKO WINNERS OF EUROPEAN RAPID&BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

The last European event for 2017, European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2017, concluded yesterday in Katowice, Poland.

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“Spodek” Sport and Entertainment Centre, as the official playing venue, hosted both Championships. The blitz event gathered 1086 players, while rapid championship brought close 1200 competitors coming from 41 European federations. Participants of different ages, professionals, amateurs, around 80 Grand masters and 70 International masters tagged the Championship one of the strongest and most numerous ever.

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After 22 games played on 15th of December in 11 paired rounds, filled with exhausting fights and tough struggles, the title of European Blitz Chess Champion went to Sergei Zhigalko (BLR, 2586 Blitz rtg) who scored 18 points. McShane Luke J (ENG, 2702 Blitz rtg) and Michalic Peter (CZE, 2598 Blitz rtg) tied for the second place each with a score of 17.5 points, but according to the better tiebreaks McShane Luke J finished second and Michalic Peter took bronze.

At the Closing Ceremony, where the European Chess Union was represented by the President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili and the Treasurer Mr. Martin Huba, among the rewarded players were also best Juniors, Seniors and the best female player -Olga Zimina (ITA, 2299 Blitz rtg) who achieved 15 points and 82nd place.

Final Standings- European Blitz Chess Championship

European Rapid Championship took place on 16th and 17th December at the same place. IM Vavulin Maksim (RUS, 2485 Rapid rtg) made a big surprise by coming on the top with 6 victories in a row in the last 6 rounds! In the last round, Russian player defeated Duda Jan-Krzystof (POL, 2678 Rapid rtg) to take over the throne and to be crowned as the European Rapid Chess Champion for 2017! 5 players tied for the second place, all with the same score of 9.5 points, but according to additional criteria, silver went to Duda Jan Krzystof, while Ponkratov Pavel finished third.

Zimina Olga (ITA, 2376 Rapid rtg) was crowned as the best female player also in the Rapid competition, where she scored 8 points and took 75th place.

Final Standings- European Rapid Chess Championship

The President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili visited the event, greeted the players and guests at the Opening Ceremony of European Rapid Chess Championship and attended the Closing Ceremony of the event. The president of the Polish Chess Federation, Mr. Adam Dzwonkowski addressed all the present at the Closing Ceremony and the Championship was declared closed.

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The event was organized by Silesian Chess Federation, the Polish Chess Federation and City of Katowice, a city of chess, where authorities strongly supports chess in many fields and such a great European chess festival as well. The event was organized under the auspices of the European Chess Union.

Official Website

Photographs by: Walusza Fotografia