The Irish Chess Union, supported by the European Chess Union, Failte Ireland and the Glorney Bloodworth Trust, under the patronage of Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, organize Glorney Gilbert Youth Chess International event from 21st-24th July in the Carrickdale Hotel, Co Louth.


In 1948, Cecil Parker Glorney, an Irish entrepreneur and first President of Rathmines chess club, launched and endowed a chess tournament to be played between the youth of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and other invited countries.

71 years on, the 2019 edition returns to Ireland this Sunday 21st July with Squads of 20 from each of the above countries plus France and Netherlands competing for the Glorney Cup (U18 Open), Gilbert Cup (U18 Girls), Robinson Cup (U14 Open) and Stokes Cup (U12 Open) from Sunday 21st to Wednesday 24th July.

The event is sponsored by the European Chess Union, Failte Ireland and the Glorney Bloodworth Trust.

European Chess Union Deputy President, Gunnar Bjornsson will open the event The opening ceremony will be at 7pm on Sunday 21st.


Games will be played on Monday through Wednesday. All Games will be broadcast LIVE (watch the games via

Contact: Desmond Beatty,, 087 235 3433

Official Website of the event

Official Invitation

Interviews with ECU President et al by 14yr old Mihailo, 2015


European Youth Team Chess Championship 2019 concluded yesterday in Pardubice, Czech Republic. After harsh struggles Poland won double crown in U12 open and girls sections, the city of Pleven triumphed in Girls U18 category and Germany became the Winner of section Open U18.

After early loss in the 3rd round, team of Germany leaped on the top of Open U18 section after four played rounds, and maintained the leadership until the end of the event. Germany emerged as the sole Winner with score of 12 match points, silver medals went to Netherlands with 10 match points and the third place came to Austria with 9 match points.

Open U18- Final rankings


Top seeder of Girls U18 section, the city of Pleven, triumphed the event after very intense fights with team of Germany. After a draw between these two teams, they were running for the top until the last round of the event. Eventually, Pleven and Germany finished in a tie for the top, each with 13 match points, but according to additional criteria, Pleven took the first place and Germany came second. Bronze medals went to Slovakia scoring 9 match points.

Girls U18- Final rankings


Poland dominated U12 categories winning in both (open and girls) sections. In Open section U12, team of Poland suffered only one loss in the 4th round of the event, which wasn’t enough for runner-ups to catch their score of final 12 match points. Second place went to France with 11 points and third place came to Hungary, who scored 10 match points.

Open U12- Final rankings


With three victories and four drawn matches, without a loss, team of Poland came on the top of Girls U12 section with 10 match points. Three teams tied for the second place, each with score of 9 match points: Turkey, city of Pleven and team Yamal. According to additional criteria, Turkey took silver medals and city of Pleven ended with bronze.

Girls U12- Final rankings


The Closing ceremony of the event took place yesterday, where European Chess Union was represented by ECU Tournament Director, Mr. Petr Pisk.

The event took place from 10th-17th July in Pardubice, Czech Republic, with participation of 53 teams coming from 18 different European federations. Organizers of the event provided the live broadcast of the games, which was available on the official website of the event.

Official Website of the Championship


Four rounds have been already played at European Youth Team Chess Championship 2019 in Pardubice, Czech Republic.


In open and girls categories for the age U12, two teams emerged as the sole leaders, while several teams tie for the first place in sections U18. In category Open U12, team of Hungary is on the top with 7 match points, while Poland and France tie for the second place, each with 6 match points.

Open U12- Results, Pairings and Standings


In girls U12 section, Poland is the sole leader with 7 match points, ECU- Pleven is on the current second place with score of 6 match points, while teams of Yamal and Turkey tie for the third place, each with 5 match points.

Girls U12- Results, Pairings and Standings


There is no emerged sole leader of Open U18 section. Four teams are in a tie for the first place, each with score of 6 match points: Austria, Israel 1, Serbia and Germany. Round 5 brings the clash of the leaders Israel 1- Germany, while teams Austria and Serbia will play against runner-ups: Netherlands and Belarus.

Open U18- Results, Pairings and Standings


Teams of ECU-Pleven and Germany are leading in the section Girls U18, each with score of 7 match points, three victories and one drawn match. They are followed by Slovakia, scoring 6 match points.

Girls U18- Results, Pairings and Standings


Only three rounds left to be played and the fifth round of the event starts today at 15.00 (local time) and LIVE transmission of the games is available on the following link.

Official Website of the event

Golden Youth Cup concluded in Ukraine

The first Golden Youth Cup took place from 3rd-7th July in Vinnitsya, Ukraine, with a total prize fund of more than 20.000$.


The event was played in 5 age categories: U6, U8, U10, U12 and U14 and gathered 648 young players from Scotland, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Moldova, Israel, Estonia, Ecuador, Belarus and Ukraine and supported by ECU and FIDE.

All the tournaments were hard-fought, and the blue and yellow striped flag of Ukraine flew atop the leaderboard in every section as the nine-round battles approached the finishing line.


In the under 14 section it was Oleksandr Vakulenko who claimed the title, and the prizemoney and CE Premium clock that went with it. Draws with his closest rivals was enough to take the trophy on tiebreak after five players hit the 7/9 mark. Anastasiia Dubovyk’s fine finish on 6.5/9 meant she scooped the girl’s title.

The under 12 competition saw a similar result, Mikhail Tobak securing first spot with a draw against top seed Vadim Petrovsk. Anzhelika Lomakina lifted the girl’s title just half a point behind.


At the under 10 level, Artem Dyachek was already assured of tournament victory after eight straight wins, before relaxing with a trophy-winning draw in the final round. Anastasiia Hnatyshyn finished fourth overall to take down the girl’s title.

In the under 8 section, Kyrylo Niezhentsev gave up an early draw but then stormed home with seven straight wins to bag victory. Valeriia Zhubenko took the top girl’s prize with an excellent 7/9.


The youngest age category, the under 6, it was Mykhaylo Nezhyvenko who took top honours with 8/9, Alina Donets a close second overall and crowned girl’s champion.


Following the closing ceremony, tournament organizer, and ECU Commercial Director Naiditsch Arkadij expressed his hopes that ‘The Golden Youth Cup’ would become the premier children’s event on the chess calendar. “It was amazing to see so many children competing and we hope that next year we will break more records as word of the Vinnitsya International spreads far and wide!”

He added: “With 648 participants, we have broken the record for holding the biggest-ever children’s chess event in Ukraine. We invited the book of records of Ukraine who fixed this record officially and awarded us a diploma. “This diploma we distributed to all the participants of the event so they could take home something special and memorable, and give them even bigger motivation to love the game of chess”.


Official Website of the event

Photo gallery

Final report of the event can be downloaded here.


European Youth Team Chess Championship 2019 starts tomorrow and takes place from 10th-18th July in Pardubice, Czech Republic.


The event will be played in 2 age categories: U12 and U18, Open and girls separately. The playing venue of the event will be “CSOB Pojistovna Arena”. The European Youth Team Championship will be held according to Swiss system in 7 rounds, 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 event will participate 54 teams representing 18 European federations. In section Girls U12, 8 teams will play Robin round tournament in 7 rounds, 12 teams participate Open U12 section, 18 teams will compete in Girls U18 section and in category Open U18, 15 teams will fight for the first place.

Starting rank lists


The first three teams in each competition will receive trophies. Each member of the winning team (players, reserve and captain) will receive a gold medal. The members of the second and third placed teams will each receive a silver and bronze medal respectively. Additionally, all medalists receive in-kind prizes.

Official Website of the event


The 2nd European Corporate Chess Championship will take place from 29th August to 1st September at Marriott Hotel, in Minsk, Belarus.

Any corporate entity is allowed to register up to two teams. Chess Clubs, Chess Associations, and Chess Federations are not allowed to participate in the championship. A team is composed of 4 players main players and 1 optional substitute player.

The team composition may have only one player over 2400 ELO (rapid FIDE rating included, – FIDE list March 2019) and shall have at least one player below 2000 ELO (rapid FIDE rating included, -FIDE list March 2019) playing each round. Also, for each round at least one player of the team shall have a commercial relation with the company with which he is playing for. Players shall be in rating order in teams composition (August FIDE list ratings) in order to play amateurs against amateurs as possible. All players must be over 16 years old. Each team shall wear a t-shirt where the logo and/or the name of the company will be printed.


A team may apply for the championship individually or via a National Federation.

The registration fee is 600 euros per team and includes:

  • organising fee,
  • transfers from Minsk airport to hotel and from hotel to the airport,
  • a Minsk city tour for all members of the team,
  • tea and coffee in the playing venue
  • the ECU entry fee of 100 EUR.

The registration deadline is Monday, 12 of August 2019. After the registration deadline, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to refuse or decline late registrations or may impose a penalty of double Entrance Fee for each late registration.

The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 15 minutes + 3 seconds of an increment, starting from the move one.

All players and guests are invited to stay in Marriott Hotel, official hotel of the championship. By the end of the competition, the optional closing Dinner will be organized, with cost of 50 EUR per person.

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

The event is organized by Belarus Chess Federation, under the auspices of European Chess Union.

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

European Corporate Chess Championship 2019- Official Regulations

Contact information:

Tournament Director:
Zarubitski Mikalai
Mobile: + 375 (29) 713 61 62

Maria Tamkovich
Mobile: + 375 (29) 199-97-57



The 1st Workshop named “Equal opportunities” will take place from 19th-22nd September in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce and explore important information about chess players with disabilities. The participants will analyse the situation in chess and reach basic skills for interacting with and accommodating people with disabilities acting as Organiser, Trainer and Arbiter.


The following are the goals of the workshop:

  • Increase participants’ awareness of disability issues and disability culture.
  • Educate Chess Arbiters, Trainers & Organisers providing special certificates of specialization.
  • Inform about European programs and activities related with sports & disability

The Workshop will take place in AMO Galaxias Sports Club in Thessaloniki, and is organized by European Chess Union, FIDE DIS Commission and Hellenic Sports Federation for Persons with Disabilities.

The detailed program & speakers will be announced in a later time.


Official invitation may be downloaded here.

“Equal opportunities” Workshop- Prospect


#Development FA and IO Seminars in Trieste

The European Chess Union, with the cooperation of the Italian Arbiters’ Commission on behalf of Italian Chess Federation and the FIDE Development Commission, organises a multiple-field training event specially dedicated to female participants, from 1st-7th September in the city of Trieste, Italy.

The objective of the event is to develop women’s activity in Chess as per the priorities set by the European Chess Union for the available FIDE Development Fund for Europe.

Hence, the European Chess Union hosts two Seminars: FA Seminar and IO Seminar to be held concurrently with the Trieste International Chess Festival that runs on September 01-08, 2019, in the City of Trieste, with special provisions for 40 places for female participants funded through the program. For those 40 places, will be covered full board accommodation and FIDE exam fee. Both Seminars will be held in the English language.


The seminars will be hosted in Ippodromo di Montebello, Piazza de Gasperi 4, Trieste TS – Italy c/o the Restaurant Hall. Official Hotel of the seminars will be Hotel Milano, located in Trieste, Italy.

For each Seminar 30 places are available for participants from European Federations. Among them 20 places per seminar, 40 in total are funded by the project: female participants will be granted full board accommodation, free participation, and coverage of Fide Exam fee.

The 40 free places for female participants will be selected according to the following criteria in order:

  • Federations Members: one at least places out of 40 will be granted to each federation applies.
  • Rest participants will be selected according to their chess experience & strength.
  • One female applicant may apply for one or both seminars but can be approved for one depending on the number of applications.


Applications for the seminars shall be sent on email: with a copy to, before the registration deadline Friday, July 19th.

Application form

Official invitation


General, administrative procedures, ECU Secretary General Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou:

Info on seminars and exams: ECU Arbiters’ Council Chairman Mr. Tomasz Delega :

Logistic, bookings: ECU Arbiters’ Council Councillor Mr. Marco Biagioli and ITA Arbiters’ Commission Councillor Mrs. Franca Dapiran:,


The European Chess Union (ECU), International School Chess Union (ISCU) and Montenegro Chess Federation (MCF), have the honour of inviting all National Chess Federations of the European Chess Union and eligible players in the EUROPEAN SCHOOL CHESS INDIVIDUAL CUP 2019 on combined system (classic, rapid, blitz) organised in Ulcinj, Montenegro from 11 October (arrivals) to 20 October 2019 (departures).

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The event will be played in 5 age categories: U7, U9, U11, U13 and U15, open and girls separately. Each National Federation or School Association or schools may enter an unlimited number of players in each of the 10 age groups. In case that one girl group is less than 10 participants then it will be merged with the same open age group category.

Entry forms must be sent from the National Federations or the players and returned to the Organizing Committee not later than 10 September 2019. If the registration form is not forwarded by the Federation a copy must be sent to the National Federation.


Official venue and hotel of the Championship will be: KARISMA HOTELS ADRIATIC MONTENEGRO 4*.

The tournament will be held according to the Combined System:
■ Six days for Classic tournament (nine rounds) (90 minutes for all game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1);
■ One day for Rapid tournament (15 min. for game with 10 sec. for each move);
■ One day for Blitz tournament in each age group (3 min. + 2 sec. for each move).


After 9 rounds in tournament with Classic time-control in each age group players will be divided on group A and group B.
■ Group A will be consist from players who have place from 1 to 8 in the standing after 5 rounds.
■ Group B will be consist from other players.

Eight players from groups A will continue to play in rapid in Olympic System (3 double rounds with Armageddon in each round if needed) and blitz in Robin System (7 double rounds). Players from groups B will continue to play in rapid (7 rounds) and blitz (14 rounds) in Swiss System.


The first winner in each open age category in group A is the European School Chess Cup Winner for 2019 and the fi rst winner in each girl age category in group A is the European School Chess Cup Girl Winner for 2019. Special diplomas with trophies will be provided. Organizing Committee of European School Chess Cup–2019 will provide, as a prize, free accommodation (double room with meals) for winners for the 5 first Cup winners (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15) and the 5 Girl Cup winners (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15) in group A for the 2020 European School Chess Championships and for 10 winners of group B.

Competitions are provided as test tournament during 2018-2020 years and in case of success will be included in ECU Regulations.


Contact information:

The official website is:
Technical accommodation director: Andrija Čabarkapa 00 382 69 303 301
Tournament Manager: IO Jovan Milović 00 382 67 600 471

European School Chess Individual Cup 2019 – Regulations


Twenty years old Russian Grandmaster, Goryachkina Alexandra (RUS, 2522), convincingly won the FIDE Women’s Candidates tournament 2019 and qualified for the FIDE World Chess Champion match, where she will meet reigning World Champion, Ju Wenjun (CHN, 2592).


Goryachkina scored impressive 9.5 points out of 14 played games and won the event with 2 rounds to spare. Even though she lost in the last round against Mariya Muzychuk (UKR, 2563), Alexandra Goryachkina triumphed with a point and  half ahead of the first runner-up.


Interview with Alexandra Goryachkina in Russian

Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2539) secured silver medal with draw in the last round and took the second place with 8 points.


Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2554) and Tan Zhongyi (CHN, 2531) tied for bronze, each with score of 7 points. According to the tiebreaks, Lagno Kateryna took bronze.

Final rankings


The Candidates Tournament took place in Kazan, Russia, from 29th May- 19th June, 2019. Eight strongest female grandmasters played in the competition with a prize fund of 200.000 Euros: The participants are Mariya Muzychuk (UKR, 2563), Kateryna Lagno (RUS, 2554), Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS, 2546), Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2539), Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS, 2522), Tan Zhongyi (CHN, 2513), Nana Dzagnidze (GEO, 2510), and Valentina Gunina (RUS, 2506).

@Photos from the Official Website of the event

Official Website of the event