ITALY AND RUSSIA LEAD EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Two teams emerged on the top of both categories of European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018 which takes place in Walbrzych, Poland.

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After 6 played rounds, Italy came on the top of section 50+ with all the victories and maximum 12 match points. Russia Women team is on the second place with only one lost but very intense match, played against the top seeded and leading Italy. Belgium VCF and Poland Walbrzych teams tie for the third place, each with score of 7 match points, but according to the tie breaks, the third place after 6 played rounds belongs to Belgium.

Ranking list-Section 50+

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In section 65+, top seeded team of Russia took the sole leadership with all the triumphs and perfect 12 match points. Germany is second with 9 match points, while the first team of Finland takes the third place with 8 match points.

Ranking list-Section 65+

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The 7th round of the event takes place today and starts at 3 pm, local time. All the games of both sections can be watched live, and the live broadcast can be followed through the Official Website of the event.

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Besides the chess activities, the participants had the opportunity to visit the local landmarks such as mining museum “Old mine” and Książ Castle, the largest castle in the Silesia region, located north of Wałbrzych and one of the Wałbrzych’s main tourist attractions.

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The Championship is played in two age categories: 50+ and 65+ , 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, with the total prize fund of 8.000 EUR.

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

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R6 REPORT: EUROPEAN SMALL NATIONS INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Six rounds have been played at the 3rd European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship which takes place in Klaksvik, Faroe Islands.

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After 6 played rounds, GM Ziska Helgi Dam (FAI) emerged as the sole leader of the event with a perfect result and score of 6 points. The second place is currently in hands of GM Efimov Igor (MNC, 2407) who suffered the upset in the 5th round and lost against FM Berg Olaf (FAI, 2235) and now has 5 points, while the third place currently belongs to Berend Fred (LUX, 2357) with 4.5 points.

Ranking list

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The 7th round of the Championship starts today at 4 pm (local time) and live transmission of all the games can be followed through the Official Website of the event. Pairings of the 7th round:

1 4 2183 FM Klerides Paris GM Ziska Helgi Dam 2549 10
2 5 2407 GM Efimov Igor IM Aloma Vidal Robert 2440 3
3 6 1985 CM Kirby Peter J. CM Belzo Krzysztof 2103 2
4 7 2099 FM Theocharous Stelios FM Berg Olaf 2235 1
5 8 2062 Frick Renato IM Berend Fred 2357 9

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The event is played as a Robin-round event in 9 rounds, with participation of 10 players, with time control of the event: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.

The total prize fund of the event is 4.500 EUR, with 2.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event.




VALENTINA GUNINA LEADS IN SLOVAKIA

After nine played rounds at the European Women Individual Chess Championship 2018 which takes place in Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia, the leading position belongs to Valentina Gunina (RUS, 2507) with the score of 8 points.

round_05_027Valentina Gunina maintains the lead from the 6th round and managed to improve it with the whole point ahead of the runner-ups, with only two rounds to go. After the draw in the 2nd round, Valentina Gunina won 3 games in a row, and then in a clash of the 6th round drew again to continue with victories in the rest of the games.

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And while Gunina secured the top for at least one more round, Ushenina Anna (UKR, 2422), Stefanova Antoaneta (ECU, 2479), Paehtz Elisabeth (GER, 2468) and Atalik Ekaterina (TUR, 2452) tie for the second place, each with 7 points.

Ranking list 

round-09-029Only two rounds left to be played, and the live transmission of the final games can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

The 10th round starts today at 15.00 pm (local time) and the top pairings are as followed:

1 13 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2468 7 8 GM Gunina Valentina 2507 4
2 17 IM Atalik Ekaterina 2452 7 7 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2479 8
3 24 GM Ushenina Anna 2422 7 IM Osmak Iulija 2361 47
4 65 WGM Kulon Klaudia 2319 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2495 5
5 3 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2507 6 WGM Girya Olga 2470 12
6 1 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2540 6 6 IM Arabidze Meri 2393 34
7 36 IM Mammadzada Gunay 2392 6 6 IM Cornette Deimante 2467 14
8 15 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2467 6 6 WIM Badelka Olga 2375 41
9 25 IM Bulmaga Irina 2414 6 6 WIM Shuvalova Polina 2389 38
10 33 IM Szczepkowska Karina 2403 6 6 WIM Unuk Laura 2329 57

Pairings of the 10th round

round-09-017The 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.

The Championship is 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.

Official Website of the Championship

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R3 REPORT: EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Three rounds have been already played at the European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018, which takes place from 13th-23rd April in Walbrzych, Poland.

DSC_5402-kopiaThe event is declared opened during the short ceremony which took place before the start of the first round, in the playing venue of the event- Hotel Aqua Zdroj.

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The Championship is played in two age categories: 50+ and 65+ with participation of 27 teams coming from 12 European federations.

In section 50+, 12 teams are fighting for the title of European Senior Team Chess Champion. After three played rounds, Russia Women team and top seeded Italy emerged on the top with all the victories and maximum result of 6 match points. Leaders are followed by 3 teams with the same score of 4 match points: Belgium VSF, Germany Women team and England.

Ranking list- section 50+

DSC_5382-kopiaIn section 65+, with participation of 15 teams, after three rounds of struggles, Russia emerged as the sole leader of the Championship, as the only team who triumphed in all the rounds, and scored a maximum result of 6 match points. Scotland and Denmark Norresundby tie for the second place with 5 match points each.

Rank list- Section 65+

DSC_5369-kopiaThe 4th round of the event will take place today at 3 pm (local time). The clash of the leaders of category 50+ and match between the first and second -placed teams of section 65+, together with all the other matches of both Championships, can be watched LIVE through the official website of the Championship.

Pairings of the 4th round- Section 50+

Pairings of the 4th round- Section 65+

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R6 REPORT: EUROPEAN WOMEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Six rounds have been played at European Women Chess Championship 2018 in Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia, and the leadership is in hands of 5 players who tie  for the top with 5 points each.

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After very intense struggles and many turnovers, Gunina Valentina (RUS, 2507), Muzychuk Mariya (UKR, 2540), Ushenina Anna (UKR, 2422), Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2507) and Danielian Elina (ARM, 2410) emerged as the leaders of the Championship, each with 5 points.

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The leading 5 is followed by 9 players who leg behind for only 0.5 point, all with 4.5 points. Among the players in this group are some of the top seeders who suffered a few upsets in the starting rounds, such as Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS, 2495) and Stefanova Antoaneta (ECU, 2479).

Ranking list

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The unclear situation on the top promises very interesting games and great fights till the end of the event. The 7th round before the rest day will take place today at 15 pm (local time) and all the games can be followed live through the official website of the Championship.

Top pairings of the 7th round:

1 4 GM Gunina Valentina 2507 5 5 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2540 1
2 29 GM Danielian Elina 2410 5 5 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2507 3
3 5 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2495 5 GM Ushenina Anna 2422 24
4 8 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2479 WIM Badelka Olga 2375 41
5 46 IM Ziaziulkina Nastassia 2363 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2468 13
6 47 IM Osmak Iulija 2361 IM Bulmaga Irina 2414 25
7 65 WGM Kulon Klaudia 2319 IM Nechaeva Marina 2413 27

Pairings of the 7th round

round_05_056The 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.

The Championship is 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.

Official Website of the Championship

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EUROPEAN SMALL NATIONS INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

The 3rd edition of the European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship opens tomorrow and will take place from 13th-23rd April, in Klaksvík, Faroe Islands.

Denmark_Houses_Mountains_497519_2880x1800The event will be played as a twelve-player round-robin event with time control 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.

The total prize fund of the event is 4.500 EUR, with 2.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the Championship.

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The participants of the event are as followed:

Andorra – IM Robert Aloma Vidal (2440)

Cyprus – FM Paris Klerides (2183)

Cyprus – FM Stelios Theocharous (2099)

Faroe Islands – GM Helgi Dam Ziska (2549)

Faroe Islands – FM Olaf Berg (2235)

Guernsey – CM Peter J. Kirby (1985)

Jersey – CM Krzysztof Belzo (2103)

Liechtenstein – Renato Frick (2062)

Luxembourg – IM Fred Berend (2357)

Monaco – GM Igor Efimov (2407)

The starting rank list of players is available here.

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The 1st round of the event will start on Saturday 14th of April 2018.

Schedule and the regulations of the Championship are available on the Official Website of the event.

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EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 STARTS

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

153460The 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.

There are 29 teams registered for the both categories, 12 for the category of Seniors 50+ and 17 teams for the section 65+. Top seeded three teams in the 50+ section are: Italy (with average rating of players 2448), Russia Women team (with average rating of players 2228) and team of Finland- Culture Chess Finland (whose players have the average rating 2175).

The battlefield in the section 65+ is led by: Russia (with average rating of players 2412), Germany (average rating of players 2271) and Finland 1 (average rating of players 2250).

Starting rank list- Section 50+

Starting rank list- Section 65+

086922_620The 1st round will take place on 14th of April, in Hotel “Aqua Zdroj” as the official venue of the Championship.

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, with the total prize fund of 8.000 EUR.

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

Official Website of the Championship




R3 REPORT: EUROPEAN WOMEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Three rounds have already been played at the European Women Individual Chess Championship 2018, which takes place from 7th-20th April in Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia, with participation of 144 players coming from 30 European federations.

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The event was officially declared opened during the ceremony which took place before the first round of the event. The Opening ceremony was attended by Mayor of Vysoke Tatry, Ing. Eugen Knotek, President of the Slovak Chess Federation Ing. Frantisek Jablonicky, ECU Treasurer, Martin Huba, Chief Arbiter Dr. Ivan Syrovy and the Tournament Director Eva Repkova. The distinguished guests addressed the players and after short dance performance the battles for the top of the European Women Individual Chess Championship had started.

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After three played rounds, many top seeders suffered upsets and there are only two players who emerged as leaders with a maximum result and 3 points: GM Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2507) and IM Cornette Deimante (LTU, 2467). They are followed by group of 21 players with 2.5 points among whom are top seeded: Muzychuk Mariya (UKR, 2540), Gunina Valentina (RUS, 2507), Sebag Marie (FRA, 2492), Paehtz Elisabeth (GER, 2468) and others.

Ranking list

round-01_048The 4th round, which starts today at 3 pm (local time),  features the clash of the current leaders and many others interesting games. All the games of the Championship can be followed live, since all the games are live transmitted. The live broadcast can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

Top pairings of the 4th round:

1 3 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2507 3 3 IM Cornette Deimante 2467 14
2 1 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2540 IM Zimina Olga 2414 26
3 25 IM Bulmaga Irina 2414 GM Gunina Valentina 2507 4
4 27 IM Nechaeva Marina 2413 GM Sebag Marie 2492 6
5 13 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2468 IM Mammadzada Gunay 2392 36
6 15 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2467 IM Ziaziulkina Nastassia 2363 46
7 29 GM Danielian Elina 2410 IM Kashlinskaya Alina 2450 18
8 19 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2442 WIM Velikic Adela 2241 89
9 31 IM Shvayger Yuliya 2404 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2437 20
10 45 IM Ovod Evgenija 2366 GM Zhukova Natalia 2426 22

Pairings of the 4th round

33The 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.

The Championship is 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.

Official Website of the Championship

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EUROPEAN WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 STARTS

Everything is set for European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2018 which takes place from 7th-20th April, in Hotel Belluve, located in the national park of Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia.

slovakia-pic-1143 players from 30 different European federations registered for the event, among whom 13 Grandmasters, 29 International masters, 35 Women Grandmasters, 22 Women International masters and in total 128 titled players, which makes the event very strong.

Top seeded are 4 players rated 2500+: Muzychuk Mariya (UKR, 2540), Batsiashvili Nino (GEO, 2521), Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2507), Gunina Valentina (RUS, 2507). They are followed by 30 players rated 2400+, and some of them are: Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS, 2495), Sebaq Marie (FRA, 2492), Khotenashvili Bela (GEO, 2484), Stefanova Antoaneta (ECU, 2479), Pogonina Natalija (RUS, 2474), Cramling Pia (SWE, 2472) and others.

Starting rank list of players

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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.

The first round starts on 8th of April and top boards of each round will be live transmitted and the live broadcast of the games can be followed through the official website of the event.

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.

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PAEHTZ ELIZABETH AND MUZYCHUK ANNA EUROPEAN ACP RAPID & BLITZ CHAMPIONS

European ACP Women’s Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2018 took place from 29th March-1st April in Tbilisi, Georgia, with participation of 78 players from 16 European federations.

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The first on the schedule was the European ACP Women’s Rapid Chess Championship, which was played on 30th and 31st April in Hotel Iota, as the official venue of the event. After two days and 11 rounds, five players tied for the first place, each with 8 points. According to the tiebreak system, Paehtz Elizabeth (GER, 2475 Rapid rtg) became the new European ACP Rapid Chess Champion, while the second place went to Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS, 2425 Rapid rtg) and Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2611 Rapid rtg) took bronze.

Final ranking list- Rapid

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The Blitz competition took place yesterday, on the 1st of April, and was played in 13 rounds. The title of the European ACP Women’s Blitz Chess Champion came to Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2545 Blitz rtg) who reached 10 points to be the sole Winner of the Championship. Three players tied for the silver, but according to the tiebreak system, the second place went to Paehtz Elizabeth (GER, 2348 Blitz rtg) while the third place came to Socko Monika (POL, 2314 Blitz rtg).

Final ranking list- Blitz

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The total prize fund of the event was 20.500 EUR, with 14.500 EUR reserved for the Rapid Championship and 6.000 EUR reserved for the Blitz Championship.

The event was 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.

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