CZECH TOUR 2018-2019

The 18th edition of International Chess Festivals Series will be held through years 2018 and 2019 in 10 different cities of Czech Republic. The official regulations of Czech Tour are published. Chess events will take place in Pardubice, Prague, Olomouc, Trebic, Hradec Kralove, Brno, Plzen, Lytomysl, Manamske Lazne and Liberec.


The event which will open the Czech Chess Tour will be the 29th Czech Open. Traditionally, tournament will take place from 12th-27th July 2018 in Tipspot Arena, in Pardubice. The biggest chess event of the Czech Tour will consist of 27 separated competition played in various categories, with a total prize fund of around 20.000 EUR.


Other chess events within the Czech Tour are:

5th Summer Prague Open (3rd-10th August 2018, Prague)

21st Olomouc Chess Summer (11th-18th August 2018, Olomouc)

12th Highlands Open (22nd-29th September 2018, Trebic)

9th Hradec Kralove Open (30th September- 7th October, Hradec Karlove)

10th Plzen Open (18th-24th November, Plzen)

1st Lytomysl Open (26th December 2018-1st January 2019, Lytomysl)

18th Prague Open (11th-18th January 2019, Prague)

18th Marienbad Open (19th-26th January 2019, Marienbad)

19th Liberec Open (23rd February-2nd March 2019, Liberec)


The Czech Tour 2018/2019 brochure, as well as the regulations for the biggest event within the tour – 29th Czech Open 2018 can be downloaded bellow!

Brochure Czech Open 2018

Brochure Czech Tour 2018/2019

Official Website of Czech Tour

Official Website of Czech Open

Detailed regulations of individual festivals and other information can be obtained at the address:
Strossova 239
530 03 Pardubice
Czech Republic
tel. + 420-466 535 200
mobile phone +420-608 203 007
Facebook page


Polish-Hungarian friendship chess championship was held on the week-end of 5-6 May 2018. The 600 players from ten countries participated in 6th edition chess event.  9-round Rapid Swiss open took place in the International Congress Center in Katowice city in Poland.

The time control was 15 minutes per player, with a 10-second increment for each move. The prize fund amounted 40, 000 PLN (approximately 10,000 EUR). The aim of the tournament is to make Polish-Hungarian relations stronger. The event was organized by the cities of Katowice cooperation with Miskolc and the Silesian chess Association.

Hugary friendship5

from left: Andrzej Matusiak, President of Silesian Chess Association, Adam Dzwonkowski, President of Polish Chess Federation, Lukasz Turlej, Chief Organizer and Vice-president of Polish Chess Federation, -Grzegorz Matusiak, Member of Parliament, Mariusz Skiba Vice Mayor of the Katowice, prof. Adrienne Kormendy Consul General of Hungary, Jan Chrzaszcz, Deputy Voivod, Adam Leski and Michal Luty – event initiators, Bartosz Sulkowski, organizer.

Hugary friendship4

The event attracted strong Grand Masters including: well known chess family Bartosz Socko 2630 and Monika Socko 2360,  Robert Kempinski 2583, Pakleza Zbigniew 2549, legendary Michal Krasenkow 2546 and two times World solving Champion Kacper Piorun 2639 , who managed to win the tournament with amazing score 8/9.

GM Bartosz Socko was leading with perfect score 5/5. In 7th round he lost winning position with IM Hnydiuk Aleksander, and shared 2nd – 4th places with 7,5/9 together with IM Hnydiuk, Aleksander, IM Klekowski, Maciej and Ukrainian GM Kazakov, Mikhail.

Playing venue

Playing venue

European Chess TV was broadcasting the event. IM Piotr Nguyen (half-Polish half-Vietnamese) and WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili (Georgian) were doing live commentary of the games from the open studio.

Hugary friendship2

Youngest participants got special prices.

Hugary friendship


Photos by Walusza photography,  Karol Bartnik (1st photo)

Report by: Keti Tsatsalashvili


The traditional 5th Chess Super Tournament in the memorial of the prominent Azerbaijani grandmaster and European Champion, Vugar Gashimov,  took place from 19th-28th April in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.

After nine rounds, reigning World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2834) stood on the throne and became the Winner of the Vugar Gashimov memorial for the third time in his career (2014, 2015 and 2018).


The event participated world top 10 Grandmasters: world #1 Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2843), the winner of the tournament in previous 2 years and world #2 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2814), world #8 Ding Liren (CHN, 2778), world #9 Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2778), world #10 Giri Anish (NED, 2777), world #17 Veselin Topalov (ECU, 2749), world #18 Radjabov Teimur (AZE, 2748), world #19 Navara David (CZE, 2745), world #20 Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL, 2744) and world #34 Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2704).


The event has started very firmly, with only one decisive result in 20 games of the first four rounds. Eventually things got more clear in the 5th round when Topalov Veselin took the lead with 3.5 points. Until the end of the event, Magnus Carlsen overtook the leadership in the 7th round by defeating Topalov, and confirmed the lead in the 8th round by achieving another victory. Draw in the last round was enough for Carlsen to win the tournament with 6 points.

The second place went to Ding Liren with 5.5 points, while Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wojtaszek Radoslav and Radjabov Teimur tied for the third place, each with 4.5 points.

Final ranking list


The event was played as a 10 player robin round event with a total prize fund of 100.000 EUR, with 25.000 EUR reserved for the first place.

All the games, pairings and rankings during the Championship can be found on the official website of the event.

Official Website


Municipaluty of Veliko Gradište and Chess Club VGSK, in cooperation with Danubia Park Hotels and Branicevo Chess Union are organizing Silver lake Open 2018, from 17th-24th June 2018, in beautiful touristic settlement- Silver lake, in Serbia.

srebrno-jezero-veliko-gradisteThe Silver lake open consist of three separate tournaments, Open A (for players rated 2000 and more), Open B (for players rated under 2200) and Open C (for players rated under 1600). The Open “A” will be played according to FIDE rules over 9 rounds of Swiss system, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves + 15 minutes until the end of the game + 30 seconds increment starting from move 1.

The tournament will be rated with FIDE and is valid for FIDE title norms.

The organizer can include a limited number of players with lower elo rating to the Open A championship.

The total prize fund of the Open A event is 4.500 EUR. The best 10 ranked players will be awarded with regular prizes. The organizer also provided special prizes for the best ranked rated player 2300+, best placed women player, best placed veteran, best placed junior and for the best placed player of Branicevo county.

srb48_jun-srebrno-jezero-bigOpen B tournament (for players rated under 2200) will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 75 minutes for 40 moves + 15 minutes until the end of the game + 30 seconds increment starting from move 1.

The total prize fund of the event is around 1.000 EUR, with 10 regular prizes and special prizes for the best ranked women player, the best ranked junior, the best ranked senior and the best ranked player from Branicevo county.

The tournament will be rated with FIDE.

featured-IMG_7551Open C tournament (for players rated under 1600) will be played in 10 rounds, Swiss system. The tournament will not be rated with FIDE. The time control will be 45 minutes per player+15 seconds of increment, starting from move 1.

The total prize fund of the C event will be 200 EUR. Top 5 placed players and the best female player will be awarded also with technical goods, such as tablets, phones, headphones etc. The winner receives a trophy, while the top three players receive medals.

In youth categories U8, U10, U12, U14 the top three players receive medals.

fcc7833e0e837036ad1171df4bfa6d37Besides the three main events (Open A, Open B and Open C), the blitz tournament will be organized. Blitz event will take place on a boat “Silver star” which will be circling on the lake during the Championship. The blitz tournament will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 3 minutes per player+ 2 seconds of increment starting from move 1. The total prize fund will be 250 EUR.

As an extension of the Chess Festival “Silver Lake 2018”, from 25th June to 1st July 2018, the organizers add the round robin tournaments where players can obtain GM and IM norms. The tournaments will be held depending on interest. The registration deadline for the robin round tournaments is the 1st of May 2018.

All the technical and accommodation details can be found in the official regulations of the event which can be downloaded bellow or here.

Official regulations- SILVER LAKE OPEN 2018

Official Website

Contact information:


phone: +381 (62) 778 091


The Georgian Chess Federation and the Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee have the great honor to invite all FIDE member countries to the 43rd Batumi Chess Olympiad and the 89th FIDE congress to be held from 23rd of September till 6th of October 2018 in Batumi, Georgia.


The 43rd Chess Olympiad is open to all National Federations affiliated to FIDE, each of which can nominate one team for open section and one team for the women’s section. Each team shall consist of four players, one reserve and one captain. The captain may be, but not necessarily, one of the players or the reserve.

Additionally, each delegation can nominate one head of delegation and one delegate for the 89th FIDE congress which will take place from 27th September to 5th October 2018.


The Chess Olympiad will be played according to the FIDE Chess Olympiad Rules, in 11 rounds, with time control:  90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes until the end of the game, with 30 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1. Pairing rules of the Chess Olympiad can be found here.

The event will be played in the Olympiad venue, Sport Palace, situated on the center of Batumi. The venue has been built in 2018 and the first event to be held there will be the Batumi chess Olympiad. The Sport Palace is a very spacious modern complex.

ბათუმი-4-1All participants of the Chess Olympiad as well as of the FIDE Congress, have to be registered. Registration deadline is 23rd July 2018. After the registration deadline, and only until the 23rd of August, the registrations will be at the organizer’s discretion and the penalty of 100 EUR per person will be required. After the 23rd of August, no new registrations or changes in the teams composition will be accepted.

Registrations for the events shall be done online, through the special online system which can be found on the official website of the event, to the following link: .

1437283921_georgia-brighton-batumiAll participants of the Olympiad will be accommodated in 5 and 4 stars’ hotels located in Batumi and its surroundings. The teams will be allocated in hotels according to the decision of the Batumi Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee, based on the teams’ performance in the previous Olympiad. Teams will be informed regarding their designated hotels after receiving the registration confirmation for the Olympiad.


The schedule of the 43rd Chess Olympiad will be as followed:


Simultaneously with the 43rd Chess Olympiad and the 89th FIDE Congress, Batumi will host also the annual ECU General Assembly on 2nd and 3rd of October.


All the necessary information about the Olympiad is available on the Official website of the Olympiad.

Batumi Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee- Contact information

BCOOC office Address: 37a Kostava str; 0179, Tbilisi, Georgia
BCOOC Hot Line: +995 591 04 20 18
A call center will be operational after the closing of the registration procedure. Please note, that
the preferred way to contact the organizers will still be by e-mail:

Official invitation for the 43rd Chess Olympiad and 89th FIDE Congress can be downloaded bellow or here.

Invitation for 43rd Chess Olympiad and 89th FIDE Congress


European Chess Union expresses the most sincere condolences to family, friends, colleagues and the whole chess world who suffered a huge lost yesterday, when Nino Khurtsidze passed away at the age 42.


Nino Khurtsidze was a Georgian chess player, member of the National team, International Master and Women Grandmaster. She started to play chess at the very early ages and was the Winner of the World Youth Chess Championship in 1991, in section Girls Under 16. Nino Khurtsidze was also twice the World Junior Girls Chess Championship, in 1993 and 1995.

Besides the triumphs on the world and European chess scenes, Nino Khurtsidze had many accomplishments on the various events and open tournaments, as well as in the national Georgian events. She was the five times women’s Georgian Champion, in years: 1989, 1993, 2005, 2006 and 2013.


Following the two Education Ministry Decrees in 2014 for chess in schools introduction, along with the numerous sessions for preparing teachers on how to teach chess, supported by the Romanian Chess Federation, there is an increasing interest among sports students to specialize in chess.

Currently, two Romanian Universities already launched the chess studying programs, while the third one, one of the largest Universities in Romania, will develop the chess courses in the Sports College from 2018-2019 studying year.

unnamed (8)

The kick-off in this long term plan on introducing chess in educational system was the “Education through chess” conference, hosted by the Romanian Academy in 2013.

unnamed (1)

The National Sports University (UNEFS) in Bucharest, founded in 1922, is one of the few Universities in the world exclusively dedicated to sports matters. UNEFS has been awarded with Erasmus Universities Charte and with “A” degree according to the European Union classification.

The National Sports University in Bucharest had opened the chess courses for the 3rd year of bachelor studies in 2014. The classes were held by GM Mihail Marin was completing his PhD in sports and was the first Invited Professor to teach chess on the University. Today, the classes are held by Teodora Velea (Vasile), who is completing her PhD licence in sports with a chess theme, after the graduation on Economics studies.

There are about 120 students attending this compulsory matter of 7 sessions of seminaries in two languages: Romanian and French. The course is completed with a written exam which comprises the questions from all chess aspects, from laws of chess, tactics, to openings and endings.


The Sports College of the “Lower Danube” University in the city of Galati comprises 15 faculties which are attended by 9200 students. Located on the Danube’s shore, the city of Galati, together with the neighbor city of Braila (only 15 km away), form the second largest metropolitan area in the country with around 500,000 inhabitants.


Among the 9200 student, 135 are attending the chess classes in the first study year. The chess course, opened in 2017-2018 studying year, is led by Prof. Univ. PhD Ing. Lucian Oprea, a Candidate Master and big chess enthusiast.

Additionally to the chess courses, the Sports College is organizing a 2 year chess study module for primary and secondary school teachers for professional conversion, thus enabling them to graduate as sports teachers with chess specialty.

unnamed (4)

“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iasione of the largest Universities in Romania, founded in 1860, with more than 23.000 students, is preparing to start chess courses in the Sports College from the 2018-2019 studying year.


The chess courses will be led by Romanian Chess Federation Vice-President and Board member for many years, Mr. Vasile Manole, FIDE Master and Prof. Univ. PhD. Ing.



Chess will light up the world of visually impaired children in Turkey. With the new project called “Sighted Hands Project” (Gören Eller Projesi), chess classes will be opened in each visually impaired school.

Turkish Chess Federation (TSF) and Ministry of National Education, General Directorate of Special Education and Guidance Services launched “Sighted Hands Project” with the sponsorship of Turkiye Is Bankasi.

The project started with a protocol signed between TSF and Ministry of National Education, General Directorate of Special Education and Guidance Services.

DSC_0196Along with the “Sighted Hands Project”, chess classes will be opened in 17 visually impaired schools. Education will be given to the sight disabled children by providing specially produced chess sets, training manuals and chess clocks. Chess training manuals that are written by visually impaired chess masters and brothers Selim – Kerim Altinok, will be distributed to the students during the courses.

Within the context of “Sighted Hands Project”, the teachers who serve in these classes throughout Turkey will be given coaching education by TSF.



In the signing ceremony, Turkish Chess Federation President Gulkiz Tulay said:

“Chess is such a sport that knows no limits, no obstacles. We want to bring the beauties of chess to the sight disabled children’s lives in order to prepare them to a new, bright future that is full of hope. For this, chess is the perfect instrument. In chess, everybody can compete equally. Sighted Hands Project is a very special project for this matter. With this Project, our children will check-mate their obstacles.”



Deputy Secretary for Ministry of National Education and TSF Vise-President Muammer Yildiz, indicated that they aimed to prepare sight disabled children for life while taking strategic steps. Yildiz, said:

“With the mediating of our federation and the support of İs Bankasi, we reach every school in our country and introduce our children with chess via the classes we opened. Today we are doing this for the first time for our visually impaired children. We are very happy and honored to be leading for creating such a wonderful atmosphere.”



Turkiye Is Bankasi Corporate Communications Director and Secretary General Suat Sozen reminded that they have taken on the main sponsorship of TSF since 2005 to transform chess a widespread, massive and easily accessible sport. “With this project, we carry our support for chess to a whole new dimension. We will open chess classes in 17 visually impaired schools throughout Turkey”, Sozen continued.

Opening of the project had media and live coverage which can be seen on the links bellow.

Video 1- Opening Ceremony of the Project

Video 2- Opening Ceremony of the Project


The FIDE World Chess Candidates tournament 2018 starts tomorrow and will take place from 10th-28th March in Berlin, Germany.

The winner of the Candidates tournament 2018 will become a challenger of reigning World Chess Champion- Magnus Carlsen, and will have a chance to fight for the World Champion title this November, in London, at the World Chess Championship 2018.


The event participate eight players: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2809), Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2800), Wesley So (USA, 2799), Levon Aronian (ARM, 2794), Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2784), Ding Liren (CHN, 2769), Alexander Grischuk (RUS, 2767), and Sergey Karjakin (RUS, 2763).

The tournament will be played in 14 rounds, double robin round system, with time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from the move one.

The total prize fund will be 420.000 EUR and will include 10% of the pay-per-view revenues from the event.


Pairings of the first round: Kramnik-Grischuk, Karjakin-Mamedyarov, Aronian-Ding Liren and Caruana- So.

All the games will be live transmitted, and the live broadcast of the games, together with live commentary, can be followed through the official website of the event.


Official Website

Monaco Chess Championships 2018

Monaco Chess Championship 2018 and 1st Monaco Blitz Chess Championship took place from 25th Februaty to 3rd March 2018, in Monaco.

After 7 played rounds, GM Igor Efimov became the Monaco Chess Champion with 6 points, while the second place went to IM Igor Berezovsky with 5.5 points. GM Igor Efimov, Monaco Champion 2018 is qualified to participate to the European Small Nations Championship  (13-23 april FAI).

In women’s section, the winner became WGM Tatiana Dornbush with 4.5 points out of seven games, while the silver medal went to WFM Noela- Joyce Lomandong with 4 points.

championnat de monaco 2018 GM Igor Efimov WGM Tatiana Dornbusch

For the first time, Monaco Chess Federation organized Monaco Blitz Championship. The winner and the 1st Monaco Blitz Champion became GM Igor Efimov who had a perfect score and 8 points out of 8 played games! The first runner-up was silver Karl Ribbegren with 5 points.

In women’s section, WGM Tatiana Kostiuk triumphed again, this time with score of 5.5 points/8 and the second place went again to WFM Noela-Joyce Lomandong with 4.5 points.

Monaco Chess Federation announced the players who will compete on the 43rd World Chess Olympiad which will be held in Batumi, Georgia. In Monaco Team for Open section will be playing: GM Igor Efimov, IM Igor Berezovsky, FM Pierre Villegas, Karl Ribbegren and Jean-François Nelis, while the participation in Monaco Women’s Team will take: WGM Tatiana Dornbusch, WFM Noela-Joyce Lomandong, WIM Julia Lebel-Arias, WCM Svetlana Berezovska and Fiorina Berezovska.

championnat blitz Monaco 2018