SUMMER CHESS CAMP IN MARIBOR/SLOVENIA

European Chess Academy, Kasparov Chess Foundation and European Chess Union organize the Summer Chess Camp in Maribor, Slovenia, from 23rd-28th July 2018.

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The Summer Chess Camp comprises of 5 days full-filled with individual and practical chess work and chess lectures given by famous chess trainers, Grandmasters and FIDE Senior Trainers. Besides the organized time for studying chess, participants will have also organized time for sports and fun, as well as the optional chess excursion.

The Summer Chess Camp will have more groups formed by the players of the same level. The Camp is open for everybody, and the groups will be created after the registration deadline 30th of June.

European Youth Chess Champions for 2018 of each group, the best players from Kasparov Chess Foundation and Slovenian National Champions will have the special invitation for the event.

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The lectures will be given in three different languages: English, Russian and Slovenian, but if necessary, also in German and French, and the lecturers are:

  • Arshak Petrosian (references: Peter Leko, Armenian National team –3 times Olympic Champions!)
  • Alexandr Beliavsky (references: Garry Kasparov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexandr Morozevic, sisters Muzychuk …)
  • Adrian Mikhalchishin (references: Anatoly Karpov, Polgar sisters, Maya Ciburdanidze …)
  • Vladimyr Grabinsky (references: Andrey Volokitin, Yury Krivoruchko …)
  • Olexandr Sulypa (references: Vasily Ivanchuk, Ukrainian team …)
  • + trainers asistents (the best Slovenian trainers)

Accommodation will be free to choose. The organizer will help according to the participants wishes.

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Registration shall be done online before the registration deadline, 30th of June, on e-mail address of the Organizers:

E-mail: office@european-chessacademy.com
E-mail: camp-eca@gmail.com
Phone: 00386 40 834 432

The full program of the event is available down bellow or here..

Full program of Summer Chess Camp

Official Website of the event

Contact information:

Website: www.zsk.si
E-mail: pirc2018@gmail.com
E-mail: camp-eca@gmail.com
Phone: 00386 40 834 432




EUROPEAN ACP WOMEN’S RAPID&BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 STARTS

Everything is set for European ACP Women’s Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2018 which start tomorrow and will be held from 29th March-2nd April in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

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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.

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 awarded, as well as the best players who are the members of the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP).

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82 players coming from 15 European federations will participate the events. The competitions will be very strong since the competitors are 11 Grand Masters, 20 International Masters, 1o Women Grand Masters, 7 Women International Masters and in total 58 titled players!

The battlefield of the rapid competition is led by the reigning European ACP Women’s Rapid Champion and former World Women’s Rapid Chess Champion, Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2611 Rapid rtg). The next four top seeded players are: Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2533 Rapid rtg), Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2515 Rapid rtg), Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS, 2515 Rapid rtg), Gunina Valentina (RUS, 2500 Rapid rtg), Ushenina Anna (UKR, 2483 Rapid rtg), Khotenashvili Bela (GEO, 2480) etc.

List of registered players- Rapid

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Top players of the European ACP Women’s Blitz Chess Championship are: Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2580 Blitz rtg), Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2574 Blitz rtg), Gunina Valentina (RUS, 2559 Blitz rtg), Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS, 2559 Blitz rtg), Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2545 Blitz rtg), Stefanova Antoaneta (ECU, 2507 Blitz rtg), Ushenina Anna (UKR, 2469 Blitz rtg) etc.

List of registered players- Blitz

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

Facebook page of the Competition

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IVAN SARIC NEW EUROPEAN CHAMPION

Ivan Saric (CRO, 2657) triumphed at the 18th European Individual Chess Championship with 8.5 points after defeating Navara David (CZE, 2737) in the last round to emerge over the runner-ups and to be the sole Winner of the Championship.

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The event was officially closed at the Closing Ceremony, which took place yesterday, on 28th March. The Closing Ceremony was attended by the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, ECU Secretary General, Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, the Chairman of the Government of Adjara, Mr. Zurab Pataradze, the Finance Minister of Latvia, Mrs. Dana Reizniece-Ozola, the Georgian Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport, Mr Shalva Gogoladze, the member of the ECU Educational Commission and the President of Belarus Chess Federation, Mrs. Anastasia Sorokina, the Vice President of FIDE and President of the Turkish Chess Federation, Mrs. Gulkiz Tulay, and others distinguished chess figures.

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The battle for the top was intense until the last minutes of the Championship which reflects on the fact that seven players tied for the second place. According to the tiebreak system, the silver medal went to Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL, 2738) and the bronze came to Sjugirov Sanan (RUS, 2652).

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23 players qualified for the next World Chess Cup, among them well known European Grand masters, but also a few surprises, such as 19 years old and very talented International Master Santos Ruiz Miguel (ESP, 2488), 18 years old Sarana Alexey (RUS, 2577), or 21 years old Yuffa Danil (RUS, 2521) who’s starting rank position was 123!

Final ranking list

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The European Individual Chess Championship 2018, which took place from 16th-29th March in Batumi, Georgia, participated over 300 players from 34 European federations, among whom 135 GMs, 56 IMs, 6 WGMs, 1 WIM and in total 254 titled players!

Many female players used the opportunity to compete in one of the strongest European Individual Chess Championships ever. The best women player of the event was Stefanova Antoaneta (ECU, 2481), who scored 6.5 points and finished the event as 93rd. The second women player became Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS, 2491) with 6 points followed by Arabidze Meri (GEO, 2369), Girya Olga (RUS, 2482) and Danielian Elina (ARM, 2413) each with 5.5 points.

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The best ranked Junior players are: Sarana Alexey (RUS, 2577) and Shevchenko Kirill (UKR, 2545) with 7.5 points each, followed by Hakobyan Aram (ARM, 2497), Nguyen Thai Dai Van (CZE, 2517) and Esipenko Andrey (RUS, 2581) with 7 points each.

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The best ranked Seniors are: Smirin Ilia (ISR, 2594) with 6.5 points, Beliavsky Alelxander (SLO, 2537), Khalifman Alexander (RUS, 2614), Minasian Artashes (ARM, 2467) and Krasenkow Michael (POL, 2644) with 6 points each.

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21 players achieved FIDE titles norms!

The list of players who received the title norms at the event is available here.

The list of players awarded with prizes according to the regulations of the event is available here.

The Championship had a total prize fund of 100.000 EUR and was played as 11-round Swiss System tournament, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

European Individual Chess Championship 2018 tagged impressive live and media coverage with 104 games in live transmission together with a live commentary given by GM Mikhalchishin Adrian and Ketiketi Tsatsalashvili who hosted many guests during the live commentary.

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Simultaneously with European Individual Chess Championship, Batumi hosted European Chess Union Board meeting, chaired by the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili. The ECU Board meeting took place in Sheraton Hotel from 26th-29th March.

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During the rest day of the event, which took place after six played rounds, on 23rd of March, the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili played simul against 24 children.

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Players and the organizers of the event also joined the tradition made by the organization “World Down Syndrome Day” on the 21st March, and expressed the solidarity in an original way.

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The 18th European Individual Chess Championship took place from 16th-29th March in Hotel Sheraton, Batumi, Georgia. The event was organized by the government of Georgia, the government of Adjara Autonomous Republic, Tbilisi City Hall, Georgian Chess Federation under the auspices of European Chess Union.

Official Website of the Championship

Photo Gallery

Photographs from the Closing Ceremony by Goran Urosevic




4 PLAYERS LEAD EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Only 2 rounds before the end of the European Individual Chess Championship 2018, four players lead the race for the top of this prestigious European event, which takes place in Batumi, Georgia. The ninth round opened by the Latvian Minister of Finance and Women Grand Master Dana Reizniece-Ozola.

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After nine rounds, many interesting games and surprising results, Wojtaszek Radoslav (POL, 2738), Jones Gawain C B (ENG, 2651), Korobov Anton (UKR, 2664) and Matlakov Maxim (RUS. 2707) tie for the first place, each with 7 points.

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After bad start, and only 2 points out of 4 games, Matlakov Maxim, European Individual Chess Champion for 2017, won 5 games in a row to be one of the leaders and favorites for winning the Championship. Wojtaszek Radoslav suffered a huge upset when he lost a game in the 2nd round of the Championship, but until now, the loss didn’t happen again, which was enough for the current first place.

Meanwhile, Jones Gawain C B and Korobov Anton, keep the leadership without a single lost game, but each with 4 draws and 5 victories.

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The path to the crown will be more than tough since 15 players lag behind of the leading four with 6.5 points each, which promises very intense finish of the event and not likely easy winning of the title of European Chess Champion 2018.

Ranking list 

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The 10th round shall clarify the situation on the throne, since all the eyes will be turned on the clash of the leaders. 10th round starts today at 3 pm (local time) and can be followed through the official website of the event, or through the ECU website, section LIVE.

Top parings of the 10th round:

1 2 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2738 7 7 GM Korobov Anton 2664 21
2 30 GM Jones Gawain C B 2651 7 7 GM Matlakov Maxim 2707 7
3 28 GM Piorun Kacper 2653 GM Navara David 2737 3
4 6 GM Mamedov Rauf 2709 GM McShane Luke J 2647 34
5 8 GM Dubov Daniil 2701 GM Sjugirov Sanan 2652 29
6 36 GM Guseinov Gadir 2646 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2693 10
7 11 GM Nabaty Tamir 2690 GM Safarli Eltaj 2639 40
8 51 GM Bok Benjamin 2622 GM Demchenko Anton 2672 18
9 84 GM Svane Rasmus 2587 GM Saric Ivan 2657 26
10 1 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2746 6 GM Sarana Alexey 2577 92

Pairings of the 10th round

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All the players enjoyed the rest day after the sixth round, while the youngest had the opportunity to play the simul on 24 boards against the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili.

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Yesterday, on 26th of March in Hotel Sheraton, the ECU Board, chaired by the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, started its meeting. Final decisions and the report from the ECU Board meeting will be published on the ECU website.

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The European Individual Chess Championship 2018 is qualification event for the next World Cup, with total prize fund of 100.000 EUR. The event is played in 11 rounds by 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 the move one.

Official Website of the Championship

Photo Gallery




R6 REPORT: EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Six rounds have been played at the European Individual Chess Championship 2018 in Batumi, Georgia and all the players went to deserved rest day.

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After six days of intense struggles, seven players emerged on the top to go on the free day cold heads as leaders of the event. Many of top seeders suffered huge upsets in first rounds of the Championship, but it seems that they are slowly coming back close to their starting rank positions.

The hero of the starting rank list elite is Wojtaszek Radoslav (POL, 2738) who didn’t loose the faith after suffering bad lost in the second round against Deac Bogdan-Daniel (ROU, 2572), but he managed to win 4 games in a row to come back in a game for the throne, leap to the top and to be one of the favorites again.

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However, the current ranking list with Nabaty Tamir (ISR, 2690), Najer Evgeniy (RUS, 2683), Jones Gawain C B (RNG, 2651), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS, 2684), Bok Benjamin (NED, 2622), Wojtaszek Radoslav (POL, 2738) and Sjugirov Sanan (RUS, 2652) who tie for the first place, each with 5 points, shows that the second half of the Championship will be filled with intense fights and very interesting games.

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Seven leaders are followed with 21 players who reached the score of 4.5 points, among whom are top seeded: Jakovenko Dmitry (RUS, 2746), David Navara (CZE, 2737), Dubov Daniil (RUS, 2701), Cheparinov Ivan (ECU, 2693) and others.

Rank list after six rounds

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On 21st of March, World Down Syndrome Day, organizers and participants of European Individual Chess Championship 2018 expressed their solidarity by supporting the initiative “Lots of Socks” created by the organization “World Down Syndrome Day”.

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Today is the resting day, and the Championship will be continued with 7th round which will be played tomorrow at 3 pm, local time. Live transmission of 104 games together with the live commentary by GM Adrian Mikhalchishin can be followed through the official website of the event, while the live games with analysis can be followed through the ECU website, section LIVE.

Top pairings for the 7th round are:

1 16 GM Najer Evgeniy 2683 5 5 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2738 2
2 11 GM Nabaty Tamir 2690 5 5 GM Sjugirov Sanan 2652 29
3 30 GM Jones Gawain C B 2651 5 5 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 15
4 3 GM Navara David 2737 5 GM Bok Benjamin 2622 51
5 36 GM Guseinov Gadir 2646 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2746 1
6 8 GM Dubov Daniil 2701 GM Volokitin Andrei 2639 41
7 10 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2693 GM Hovhannisyan Robert 2601 69

Pairings of the 7th round

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The European Individual Chess Championship 2018 is qualification event for the next World Cup, with total prize fund of 100.000 EUR. The event is played in 11 rounds by 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 the move one.

The event takes place from 16th-29th March in Batumi, Georgia.

Official Website of the event




R3 REPORT: EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Three rounds have been played at the European Individual Chess Championship 2018 which is currently ongoing in Batumi, Georgia, with participation of more than 300 players, coming from 34 European federations.

29366421_189160621811996_38300701574561792_nThe event has started on March 17th, with short Opening Ceremony held before the start of the first round. The introduction  was attended by the Chairman of the Government of Adjara Zurab Pataradze, European Chess Union president Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Chief Executive Officer of FIDE Geoffrey Borg, Mayor of Batumi Lasha Komakhidxe, representatives of the executive and legislative authorities and other invited guests.

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After the Georgian and European Chess Union anthems, Zurab Azmaiparashvili welcomed the guests, addressed the players and thanked the Georgian and Adjara governments. The next speech was given by the Chairman of the Government of Adjara, Zurab Pataradze, who said that the European Individual Chess Championship is a kind of rehearsal before the greater challenge – World Chess Olympiad – which will be hosted by Batumi from September 23.

Chairman of the Government of Adjara, Zurab Pataradze, made the first Ceremonial move on the first board, in the match between Sargsyan Shant (ARM, 2481) and Jakovenko Dmitry (RUS, 2746).

29356478_189126328482092_1930342234796851200_nAfter the Ceremonial activities, the battles for the top of one of the strongest European Individual Chess Championship have started.

Many top seeded players suffered huge upsets at the start of the competition, and after three rounds, the top is led by only six players who surprised with leading positions above the 8 players rated 2700+ and many others who were better on the starting rank list. For the first place currently tie: Bosiocic Marin (CRO, 2611), Hovhannisyan Robert (ARM, 2601), Jones Gawain C B (ENG, 2651), Skoberne Jure (SLO, 2563), Vocaturo Daniele (ITA, 2620) and Indjic Aleksandar (SRB, 2623).

29366302_189127388481986_2167930715985936384_nEmerged leaders are followed by 46 players with score of 2.5 points among whom are David Navara (CZE, 2735), Ivanchuk Vassily (UKR, 2713), Dubov Daniil (RUS, 2701), Nabaty Tamir (ISR, 2690), Inarkiev Ernesto (2684), Najer Evgeniy (RUS, 2683) and others.

Ranking list after 3 rounds

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European Individual Chess Championship 2018 features impressive media and love coverage, with 104 games in live transmission. Live games can be followed through the official website of the Championship or through the ECU website, section LIVE.

The 4th round with clash of the leaders starts today, at 3 pm, local time and the top pairings are:

1 61 GM Bosiocic Marin 2611 3 3 GM Jones Gawain C B 2651 30
2 69 GM Hovhannisyan Robert 2601 3 3 GM Indjic Aleksandar 2623 50
3 53 GM Vocaturo Daniele 2620 3 3 GM Skoberne Jure 2563 97
4 63 GM Bartel Mateusz 2609 GM Navara David 2737 3
5 5 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2713 GM Alekseenko Kirill 2609 62
6 65 GM Andersen Mads 2605 GM Dubov Daniil 2701 8
7 11 GM Nabaty Tamir 2690 GM Abasov Nijat 2608 64
8 15 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 GM Jojua Davit 2601 70
9 73 GM Kobalia Mikhail 2599 GM Najer Evgeniy 2683 16
10 17 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2677 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2600 72

Pairings of the 4th round

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The European Individual Chess Championship 2018 is qualification event for the next World Cup, with total prize fund of 100.000 EUR. The event is played in 11 rounds by 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 the move one.

Official Website of the Championship

Photo Gallery




EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 STARTS

European Individual Chess Championship 2018 starts tomorrow in Batumi, Georgia, with participation of more than 300 players coming from 34 different European federations.

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The event attracted 138 Grandmasters, 59 International masters, 6 Women Grandmasters, 2 Women International masters and in total 265 titled players of the total number of 312 competitors, which makes the line-up of the Championship very strong.

The battleground is led by nine 2700+ rated players: Jakovenko Dmitry (RUS, 2746), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL, 2738), Navara David (CZE, 2737), Vallejo Pons Francisco (ESP, 2716), Ivanchuk Vassily (UKR, 2713), Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2709), Matlakov Maxim (RUS, 2707), Dubov Daniil (RUS, 2701) and Naiditsch Arkadij (AZE, 2701) who are followed by 64 players rated 2600+.

The European Individual Chess Championship 2018 also attracted many female players who will have a chance to compete in such a strong tournament. Top women players are: Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS, 2493), Stefanova Antoaneta (ECU, 2489), Girya Olga (RUS, 2482), Ushenina Anna (UKR, 2423), Danielian Elina (ARM, 2413) etc.

Starting list of players

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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 event will be played in 11 rounds, according to the 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 Technical meeting of the event will be held tonight, while the fight for the prestigious European Individual Champion title will officially begin tomorrow, on Saturday, 16th of March, with start of the first round scheduled for 3 pm local time. One hundred games will be live transmitted and followed with live commentary which can be followed through the official website of the Championship or through the ECU website, section LIVE.

LIVE broadcast

coverSimultaneously with European Individual Chess Championship 2018, Batumi will host ECU Board meeting, which will be held on 26th and 27th of March.

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

Official Website

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EUROPEAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- Regulations

Latvian Chess Federation, and the European Chess Union have the honor to invite all European Chess Federations affiliated to FIDE and ECU to participate in the European Youth Chess Championship 2018 organized in Riga, Latvia from 19th August (arrival) to 30th August (departure) 2018.

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The European Youth Chess Championship 2018 will be played in 6 age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, open section and girls section separately.

Each national federation can register one player in each of the categories – under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 (open section and girls section), and the maximum number of twelve players (“invited players”). There is no limit per national federation of registering “extra players”. The personal rights to participate in the event have the best ranked three players of the previous European Youth Chess Championship 2017. However, all the registrations have to be done by national federations and sent to the organizing committee not later than the registration deadline- 18th of June 2018.

The-building-of-the-Brotherhood-of-Blackheads-is-one-of-the-most-iconic-buildings-of-Old-Riga--866x487The Organizers provided several hotel options with different categories (5*, 4* and 3*). Invited players, players with personal rights and delegation chiefs (only with a FIDE Trainer licence) will be accommodated with full board in double or triple rooms in the category selected by the federation. Booking and payments for these rooms must be made and sent to the organizer no later than 22nd of June 2018.

The event will be held in International Exhibition Centre Kipsala, as the official playing venue of the Championships.

riga-fiThe Championships will be played in 9 rounds by Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess. The time control 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.

All the participants of the European Youth Chess Championship will receive presents, while the top three ranked players of each age category will be awarded with cups and medals, and the first five players of each category will be awarded with cups, diplomas and special prizes.

Official Regulations of the European Youth Chess Championship 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

European Youth Chess Championship 2018- Official Regulations

Contact Information:

All necessary information can be found on the official tournament websitewww.eycc2018.eu

e-mail: info@eycc2018.eu

Contact Persons:

Tournament director IO Egons Lavendelis
tel. +371 29876891

President of Latvian Chess Federation
IO Aris Ozolins +371 29207601




EUROPEAN SCHOOL CHESS INDIVIDUAL CUP 2018- Regulations

European Chess Union, International School Chess Union and Montenegro Chess Federation, have the honour of inviting all National Chess Federations of the European Chess Union and eligible players in the European School Chess Individual Cup 2018 on combined system (classic, rapid, blitz) organized in Budva, Montenegro from 3rd-12th October 2018.

budva__stari_grad_plaza__155449The European School Individual Cup 2018 will be played in five age categories: U7, U9, U11, U13 and U15, boys and girls separately. The event is open to all National Federations, listed as ECU members. Each National Federation or School Association or schools may enter an unlimited number of players in each of the 10 groups. In case that one girl’s group has less than 10 participants, it will be merged with the same open age group category.

Registration deadline is 10th July 2018. Registration will be done online, by sending completely filled entry forms to the organizing committee. Registrations shall be sent from National Federations or the players only if the copy of registration is sent to the National Federation.

Registration Form ESCC Budva 2018

Hotel Reservation Form

The official playing venue of the event will be located in Hotel Mediteran, as one of the official hotels of the event.

59be9086-6574-31aa-a466-4d853b929879The tournament will be held according to the Combined system and will comprise:

  • Five days for Classic tournament (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)
  • One day for Rapid tournament (time control 15 minutes for the whole game with 10 seconds increment for each move)
  • One day for Blitz tournament (time control 3 minutes+2 seconds per move)

After 5 rounds in tournament with Classic time-control in each age group players will be divided in group A and group B. Group A will consist of players who have been ranked from 1 to 8 in the standings after 5 rounds, while group B will consist from other players. 8 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).

balerinaThe winner of each category in group A will become the European School Chess Cup Winner for 2018. The first five Cup winners of each category will be invited players, with free lodging and dining, in the 2019 European School Chess Championship, which will be organized from 6th-16th June, in Mamaia, Romania. The first three Winners of each category will be invited participants of European School Chess Individual Cup for 2019, which will be held in Budva, Montenegro, with provided free accommodation. Besides this prizes, the Winners will be awarded with trophies, medals and special gifts.

Besides the main events, several side events will be organized, such as: contest “What do you know about Chess History?”, excursions program to Saint Stefan where the match Fischer-Spassky has been played in 1992, chess seminars by Grand masters and chess in schools seminar for teachers and coaches.

budva-headerContact information:

Aleksandra Ivković technical director –
Phone/Viber: +382 69 456 772, +382 33 468 196
Fax: +382 33 468 196,
Email: cipa@t-com.me
Website: https://www.cipa-booking.com/en/top_offer/european-school-cup-chesschampionchip-2018-57

Alexander Kostyev, ISCU President: iscu@mail.ru
Montenegro chess federation: office@sahcg.me

European School Chess Individual Cup 2018 is provided as test tournament through 2018-2020 and in case of success will be included in ECU Regulations.

Regulations of European School Chess Individual Cup 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

European School Chess Individual Cup-2018-Regulations




GAMA REYKJAVIK OPEN 2018 STARTS

The 33rd edition of GAMA Reykjavik Open will be dedicated to the chess legend and 11th World Chess Champion- Bobby Fischer and besides the main event, the Open Championship, several events will be organized in honor and importance of chess contribution of Bobby Fischer. The events will take place from 5th-14th March in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Along with special Bobby Fischer Memorial events, the Icelandic Chess Federation and European Chess Union will organize the 1st European Fischer Random Cup which will be played on 9th March.

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The Reykjavik Open always had a strong field, and there will not be any difference for this year. 237 players coming from 35 federations from all over the world registered for the event. The battlefield is led by two 2700+ rated players: Richard Rapport (HUN, 2715) and Eljanov Pavel (UKR, 2713), who are followed by ten 2600+ players among whom are: Kamsky Gata (USA, 2677), Adhiban B. (IND, 2650), Adly Ahmed (EGY, 2643), L Ami Erwin (NED, 2634), Gledura Benjamin (HUN, 2632), Cornette Matthieu (FRA, 2620), Yilmaz Mustafa (TUR, 2619), Landa Konstantin (RUS, 2613), Can Emre (TUR, 2603), Lenderman Aleksandr (USA, 2600).

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The main tournament will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 min for 40 moves+ 30 minutes after move 40 with an increment of 30 seconds for every move starting from move one.

The total prize fund of the Reykjavik Open will be 15.000 EUR, including the special prizes dedicated to the best Junior players, best Women players and players with best performance according to own rating.

17632337_941993195904191_1378300318620018614_oAs this year the GAMA Reykjavik Open has a concept of a Bobby Fischer Memorial event, four special memorial events will be organized:

  • Simultaneous Fischer Random Exhibition by IM Nihal Sarin (IND, 2534)
  • European Fischer Random Cup 2018
  • Lunch Lectures
  • Fischer Memorial Tour

The President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, will be present during the Bobby Fisher Memorial events in period from 5th-10th March.

Simultaneous Fischer Random Exhibition will take place on 5th March, at the GAMMA headquarters. One of the chess prodigies, IM Nihal Sarin (IND, 2532), 14 years old boy and World number one in the under 14 category, will play a invitational Fischer Random simultaneous exhibition.

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The European Fischer Random Cup 2018, organized and covered by Icelandic Chess Federation and European Chess Union, will take place on 9th March 2018, Bobby Fischer’s birthday, and the day when Bobby Fischer would have turned 75 years during the GAMMA Reykjavik Open. The event will take place in Harpa (the playing venue of the GAMMA Reykjavik Open)

The 9th March will be the rest day of the Reykjavik Open and all the players will have a chance to compete on the event. The highest ranked European chess player will receive the title of European Fischer Random Cup Champion. The tournament is open for everyone, regardless on their title or rating.

The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 10 minutes+3 seconds of increment per every move.

The total prize fund of the event will be around 7.500 EUR, with 2.000 EUR reserved for the first place and additional 1.000 EUR for the European Champion! The special prizes for the best women and junior player will be sponsored by GM Susan Polgar.

Official Website of the European Fischer Random Cup 2018

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Lunch lectures will include two lectures with themes: Match of the Century and Bobby Fischer comes home. The lectures will be given by the President of the Icelandic Chess Federation during the Match of the Century, Mr. Mr. Guðmundur G. Þórarinsson and GM Helgi Olafsson who will cover the return of Fischer to Iceland.

The lectures will take place in Bryggjan Brugghus, a short walk from Harpa, on 11th and 13th March.

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Fischer Memorial Tours will include two tours: trip to the Fischer Center in Selfoss and Fischer’s Grave nearby and the second tour- visit to Laugardalshöll, the playing venue of the March of the Century and a visit to the National Museum of Iceland to see the board used in the Match of the Century.

At Laugardalshöll, guests will have an opportunity to see the guest book from the Match of the Century, something that few people have seen, and then the Ping Pong room, where the 3rd game of the Match was played. Guests will be guided through the playing venue. At the National Museum of Iceland, guests will see the famous chess board Fischer and Spassky used during the Match.

The first tour will be organized on 12th March, while the second tour will take place on 13th March.

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 The Reykjavik Open 2018 can be followed live, since top boards will be live transmitted, together with live commentary of the games. The broadcast can be followed through the official website of the event or here.

Official Website of the event