ECU SCHOOL CHESS TEACHER TRAINING COURSE- BUDAPEST

The 4th ECU School Chess Teacher training course held in Budapest took place in PODIT Educational and Chess Center from 2nd-3rd December.

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The course comprised two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises with focus on the teaching aspects of chess. Participants, after completing the course, had to pass the online test to reach the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate awarded by the ECU, as the confirmation for having an adequate level of chess knowledge and didactic methods for the classroom.

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The course was led by Ferenc von Maurer, the member of the ECU Educational Commission and the event was organized in cooperation with Hungarian Chess Federation.

After the first very successful training course held in Budapest, where 15 participants achieved the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate, this course was passed by 16 participants rewarded with this qualification which is recognized by the European national chess federations as a standard of excellence.

The average result on the test taken by the end of the course was 93.23% . The participants who were awarded with the Certificate are: Szep Janos, Jachym Dorina, Bagi Mate, Nagy Janos, Miko Valer, Joone Szepreti Andrea, Maczko Attila, Sandor Csilla Judit, Guba Miklos, Botlik Bela, Lukacs Laszlo, Paksi Gyula, Peszleg Brigitta, Deakne Baranyai Aniko, Kabai Zsuzsanna and Varga Peter.




EUROPEAN WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- REGULATIONS

European Women Individual Chess Championship 2018 will take place in Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia, from 7th to 20th April. The event will be held in a 4* Hotel Bellevue, located in the national park of Vysoke Tatry, as the official hotel and the playing venue of the Championship.

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The 19th European Individual Women’s Chess Championship is open to all players who represent the Chess Federations which are listed as the members of the European Chess Union, regardless on their title and FIDE rating. There is no limit of participants per federation. However, only the National federations shall send the applications.

The Championship will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE 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.

Registration deadline is the 1st of March 2018

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The European Individual Women’s Chess Championship  is a qualification event for the next World Women’s Chess Championship. According to the current FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 14 players will qualify.

The total prize fund of the event is 70.000 EUR. 

Official Regulations of the European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2018 can be downloaded bellow:

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The event is organized by Slovak Chess Federation and NR klub, under the auspices of European Chess Union.

Contact information

Tournament director:
Eva Repkova +421905977662
E-mail address: nrklubsl@gmail.com

President of Slovak Chess Federation:
Ing. Frantisek Jablonicky +421917466628
E-mail address: jablonicky@chess.sk




LONDON CHESS CONFERENCE STARTS TOMORROW

The 5th edition of London Chess Conference which will take place at the London Hilton Kensington Olympia starts tomorrow.

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The conference is simultaneously held with the London Chess Classic tournament and a theme of the conference this year will be Scholastic Chess, using chess for educational purposes. The London Chess Conference will comprise two days of interactive presentations, workshops and debates. The full programme of the 5th London Chess Conference can be found here.

The Conference reached the maximum number of registrants, 72 people from 24 countries will participate the London Chess Conference for 2017, which proves that this is a highly professional and international event. 85% of participants have experience of teaching chess in schools, 30% are women, 30% are British, among the participants are: 12 chess tutors, 8 professors, 8 international masters, 8 teachers, 6 Doctors, 5 from each of Slovakia, Spain and USA, 2 grandmasters.

London Chess Conference: The Didactics of Chess: Day One

The London Chess Conference remains the world’s foremost meeting point for co-operation, the exchange of ideas and networking with like-minded people. Ancilliary events include the first meeting of the Academic Advisory Board of the ECU some of who will share their research wisdom.  Also taking place will be the kick-off meeting of the CHAMPS Erasmus Plus project.  The CHAMPS (Chess and Mathematics in Primary Schools) Project is a new educational research and development project funded by Erasmus Plus led by a strategic partnership between educationists from the UK, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and Hungary.  The results of the project will be presented at the 2018 Conference.

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The event is sponsored by Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) and the European Chess Union (ECU). Erasmus Plus contributed towards CHAMPS project members attending the conference.

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ECU SCHOOL CHESS TEACHER TRAINING COURSE- BUDAPEST

The 3rd ECU School Chess Teacher training course took place in PODIT Educational and Chess Center in Budapest, from 25th-26th November.

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The course comprised two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises with focus on the teaching aspects of chess. Participants, after completing the course, had to pass the online test to reach the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate awarded by the ECU, as the confirmation for having an adequate level of chess knowledge and didactic methods for the classroom.

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This qualification is recognized by the European national chess federations, as a standard of excellence. The course qualify towards continuing professional development and helps in building the teaching skills in chess with idea to improve the general educational attainment of children.

The ECU School Chess Teacher training course held in Budapest was led by the Chairman of the ECU Educational Commission Jesper Hall, and organised by the member of the ECU EDU Comission Ferenc Maurer in cooperation with the Hungarian Chess Federation.

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15 chess teachers were rewarded with ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate in Budapest at the 25-26th November course: Lajos Ambrus, Bertina Antal-Berenyi, David Budai, Ferenc Csorsz, Zoltan Eberth, Jozsef Herpai, Zoltan Horvath, Jozsef Jeszenszky, Tamas Kis-Bank, Vilmos Nogrady, Miklos Tarsi, Zsombor Rozsa, Regina Tokes, Ildiko Zadeczki and Anita Burjan, a professor of mathematics, the first and the only one who passed the test with a result of 100%, without a single mistake.

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ECU School Chess Teacher training courses came to a huge interest of chess trainers to participate the courses and very positive feedbacks by the attendees which confirms the importance and necessity of a course which focuses on didactics.

Interview with Judit Polgar about importance of Chess in Schools

Interview with Ferenc Maurer about the training course held in Budapest

Interview with Ferenc Maurer about Chess in Schools program




1st European School Internet Championship concluded

The 1st School Internet Championship of European Chess Union was played on 16th and 23rd of November 2017 in two categories: U11 and U17.

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In U11 section, 22 teams from 7 federations participated the Championship, which was played on 16th November. After 7 played rounds, and tough struggles, the first place went to the team of the 2nd Gymnasium of Saint Petersburg from Russia, who won all the matches and achieved the perfect result with 14 match points. Second place came to School 2101 Moscow from Russia, thanks to the better tie-breaks than third Lyceum MT Novorossiysk from Russia who had the same score of 11 match points.

Category U11 Final Standings

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2nd Gymnasium of Saint Petersburg from Russia took another crown in the category U17, with a result of 12 match points and better tie-breaks than School of Poykovsky, who achieved the same score, but finished the event as the first runner-up. Third place went to Classical Lyceum of Kemerovo, from Russia, with score of 10 match points.

Category U17 Final Standings

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The Winners of the each category are invited to European School Chess Championship 2018 where they will be free of charge for the Accommodation.

Each team consisted of 4 players, 2 boys and 2 girls. The Championship was played online, on 16th November for the U11 category and on 23rd November for section U17.

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European Chess Union and ECU Educational Commission launched for the first time the European Schools Internet Chess Championship as the first online team tournament under the ECU patronage and organization. The main idea of the Championship is 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.

Presentation of European School Team Chess Internet Championship 2017




RZD wins 1st EUROPEAN CORPORATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

The Closing Ceremony of the 1st European Corporate Chess Championship took place on Saturday 25th November evening, where the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili awarded the Winners with main prizes, trophies while five special prizes were awarded by the President of the French Chess Federation (FFE), Mr. Bachar Kouatly. The mayor of the city of Asnieres, Mr. Manuel Aechlimann addressed all the players and geusts, and Mr. Franck Droin, the President of KAISSA, declared the Championship closed. During the Closing Ceremony Mr. Azmaiparashvili announced that he accepts the proposal from Mr. Kouatly and the 2nd European Corporate Championship in 2018 will take place again in Paris the city where the event can develop further.

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33 teams participated the event among whom were well known world brands and institutions and they were represented by the top world chess player, GMs, IMs etc. The 1st European Corporate Chess Champion became the team of RZD from Russia (Russian Railways) which scored 26 match points in nine rounds (3 for a win) stayed undefeated to be crowned as the Winner.

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The runner-up of the Championship was the team of Sberbank, from Russia, who finished the Championship as second with 25 match points.

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Third place went to A’lAbri from France thanks to the better tie-breaks than fourth Echesspedia from Belgium since both teams had the same score of 21 match points.

Final Standings

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This innovative European event, 1st European Corporate Chess Championship, which brought closer the Business community with Chess and with European Chess Union, took place in beautiful reception hall of the Town Hall of Asnières, in Paris, France, from 24th-25th November.

The Championship was played in 9 rounds according to the Swiss system with time control 15 minutes per game + 3 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

The total prize fund of the event was 6.000 EUR.

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1st EUROPEAN CORPORATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS

First European Corporate Chess Championship starts tomorrow in the reception hall of the Town Hall of Asnières, in Paris, France. The innovative European event aims to bring closer the Business community with Chess and the European Chess Union.

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The Championship will be declared opened at the Opening Ceremony with  the attendance of the Mayor of  Asnieres, Mr. Manuel Aechlimann, the President of the French Chess Federation, Mr. Bachar Kouatly, the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili and the President of KAISSA (organiser) Mr. Franck Droin. The ceremony will take place tomorrow at the playing venue before the start of the first round.

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35 teams have registered for the event among whom are well known world brands and institutions: KAISSA (FRA), Leonard (FRA), Gazprom (RUS), Sberbank (RUS), Kids Up (FRA), Engie (FRA), Dassault Systemes (FRA), Banque de France (FRA), Comite Olimpique et Sportif de Paris (FRA), A l’Abri (FRA), Abyss Proprete (FRA), Deutsche Bank (GER), Corsica Flash (FRA), Oracle (FRA), Echesspedia (BEL), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (NED), Kaspersky Lab (RUS), Event Consulting (GRE), Colliers International (FRA), AXWAY (FRA), Carte Blanche Partenaires (FRA), Union Sportive de l’Enseignement du Premier degre a Paris (FRA), JTBB Avocats (FRA), Europchess (BEL), Sodern Ariane Group (FRA), Academie de Paris (FRA), OCDE1 (FRA), UrbanHello (FRA), Microsoft Europe, EY (FRA), RZD (RUS).

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Among the chess players compete in the Championship there are World top players, 13 GMs and 10 IMs, such as: Fedorchuk Sergey (RUS, 2704 Rapid rtg), Rublevsky Sergei (RUS, 2679 Rapid rtg), Fressinet Laurent (FRA, 2621 Rapid rtg), Dervishi Erald (ALB, 2552), Vaisser Anatoly (FRA, 2512), Guliyev Namig (AZE, 2487 Rapid rtg), Skripchenko Almira (FRA, 2423 Rapid rtg) etc.

Each team is composed of 4 players + 1 substitute players. The starting rank list of the teams and players is available on the Official website of the Championship.

The Championship will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 15 minutes per game + 3 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

The total prize fund of the event is 6.000 EUR, and top three teams will be awarded with regular prizes together with trophies and medals.

Top 3 matches will be transmitted on the internet. Live transmissions and video of each round will be available on www.chess24.com

The Championship is open to the public.

Detailed program of the Championship can be downloaded bellow or here.

Program of the 1st European Corporate Chess Championship

Official Website

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FAROE ISLANDS CLAIMS EUROPEAN SMALL NATIONS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

5th European Small Nations Team Chess Championship took place in Andorra la Vella, from 11th-19th November.

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In very exciting finish of the Championship the last round determined the Champion of the event. Faroe Islands took a narrow victory in the direct match for the first place played against Andorra, and became the 5th European Small Nations Team Chess Champion! The hero who brought the title to the Faroe Islands team was Nielsen Rogvi Egilstoft, the only one who scored for the Winners, while other games ended in a draw.

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Second place went to Monaco who scored 15 match points, while Andorra finished third with 14 match points.

Final standings

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The President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparasvhili, visited the event, observed games of the final round and attended the Closing Ceremony of the Championship which took place on 18th of November.

Together with regular prizes, the best players of each board were awarded with special prizes. The special prizes were awarded to: Board 1- Helgi Dam Ziska (FRA), Board 2- Tom Weber (LUX), Board 3- Robert Aloma (AND) and Board 4- Pierre Gengler (LUX).

European Small Nations annual meeting took place on 18th of November with attendance of the representatives of all 10 nations. The President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili presented work and results of European Chess Union from the last few years as well as the future plans for further chess development in Europe.

 The event was organized by the Chess Federation of Andorra under the auspices of European Chess Union.

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5th EUROPEAN SMALL NATIONS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP- R4 REPORT

Four rounds have been played at the 5th European Small Nations Team Chess Championship which takes place in Holiday Inn Hotel in Andorra la Vella, from 11th to 19th November.

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Before the start of the 4th round, the participants visited Ordino and Areny-Plandolit Museum, where they took breakfast and used a short break time to meet the beautiful environment of Andorra.

In the afternoon, at 16:00 (local time), the players got back to their games and to the harsh struggles for the title of 5th European Small Nations Team Champion.

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After four played rounds at the Championship there is no sole emerged leader. The teams of Monaco and Andorra tie for the first place, each with all the victories and a maximum score of 8 match points. The third place is currently in hands of Faroe Islands which lags behind with only one match point less than the heads.

Standings, Pairings and Results

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Two games are on today’s schedule. The 5th round starts at 10:00 (local time), while the 6th round will take place at 17:00. The Organizers provided live broadcast of all games, which can be followed through the Official website of the Championship or here.

The pairings for the 5th round are: Monaco- Malta, Faroe Islands- Jersey, Cyprus- Liechtenstein, Andorra- Guernsey and Luxembourg- San Marino.

38395138331_36eb416676_oThe Championship is played as a 9 round Robin tournament, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 seconds increment for every move played starting from the first move.

The ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili is arriving in Andorra tonight and will follow the rest of the rounds.

The event is organized by the Chess Federation of Andorra with the support of the European Chess Union.

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EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- REGULATIONS

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.

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The event is organized by government of Georgia, the government of Adjara Autonomous Republic, Tbilisi City Hall and Georgian Chess Federation, under the auspices of European Chess Union.

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 European Individual Chess Championship 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.

The Championship is a qualification event for the next World Cup. According to the FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 23 players will qualify. In a case of equal score, the qualification will be determined according to the tie-break system (Article 11 of European Individual Chess Championship 2018 Regulations).

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The total prize fund of the event will be 100.000 EUR, including the special prizes for the best Juniors, and ACP Special prizes for the 6 highest placed ACP Premium Members.

The registration of participants will be done online. Entry form of the Championship which can be found on the Official Website, must be fully filled out and sent before the registration deadline- not later than 1st February 2018. After the registration deadline, organizers reserve the right (according to FIDE regulations) to refuse or decline late registrations or, if there is availability, a penalty of 100 Euro for each late registration will be charged.

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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.

Contact person:

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

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

European Individual Chess Championship 2018- Official Regulations