The Info Day Sport related to Erasmus+ sports program and its funding opportunities will take place on 30th January in Brussels, Belgium.


The idea of the Info day is to inform all the potential applicants about everything the Erasmus+ project offers with possibility for participants of the Conference to meet potential partners, to see examples of past Sport success stories and to discuss with the Speakers about the policies of the programs. The Conference is great opportunity to get useful advice on preparing and submitting proposals together with support with the financial aspects of Erasmus+ funding.

The event will contain seven sessions with some of them imagined as round tables and interactive workshops with the main themes regarding on the policy priorities, submissions and selection procedures of the program, evaluation process, small collaborative partnerships and other EU funding opportunities.

All the sessions of the Info Day will be transmitted online with translation to five European languages, and the live broadcast will be available here.

The event will be opened by the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics.

The schedule of the event is as following:

8:30-9:30 Registration and networking

9:30-10:00 Plenary session

  • Chair: Brian Holmes, Director- Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
  • Welcome statement and presentation of networking tools during the event
  • Opening speach: Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

10:00-11:00 Plenary session

  • Session 1: Erasmus+: Sport, The Policy Context
  • Round table covering lessons learnt and policy priorities

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break & networking

11:30-12:30 Plenary session

  • Session 2- Erasmus+: Sport, Submission and Selection Procedure
  • Administrative and financial aspects; Submission of proposals

12:30-14:30 Lunch & networking

14:30-15:30 Parallel Working sessions

  • Session 3- Evaluation process
  • Session 4- Financial workshop
  • Session 5- Small Collaborative Partnerships

15:30-16:00 Coffee break & networking

16:00-17:00 Plenary session

  • Session 6- Other EU funding opportunities

17:00-17:15 Plenary session

  • Session 7- Concluding remarks

The event is organized by European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Live broadcast of the event

Official Website


The 16th edition of Tradewise Gibraltar, one of the strongest open tournament over the years, starts tomorrow at Caleta Hotel, in Gibraltar.

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The festival features five main events with participation of almost 600 players coming from 60 federations. Besides the main events: Masters, Challengers A, Challengers B, Amateurs A and Amateurs B competitions, various evening activities will be organized, such as Masterclasses with top players, two Blitz events and Battle of Sexes with top women and men players playing against each other.


This year, the Masters event gathered 259 players coming from 50 federations, along with World top players, 91 Grandmasters, 58 International masters, 7 WGM, 8 WIM and in total 201 titled players.

Among the top world players who will compete for the crown of this very high leveled competition are: last three years winner of the event and world #8Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2781), top seeded and World #4Aronian Levon (ARM, 2797), #5Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA, 2793), #17Navara David (CZE, 2749), #20Harikrishna P (IND, 2745), #23Le Quang Liem (VIE, 2737), #25Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2732), #27Ivanchuk Vassily (UKR, 2726) etc.


The very strong line-up of the championship is completed with entry of seven of the ten top world women players: #2Ju Wenjun (CHN, 2572), #3Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2571), #4Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS, 2561), #5Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2556), #7Muzychuk Marya (UKR, 2540), #8Lei Tingjie (CHN. 2531), #10Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2522).

The event will be played in 10 rounds, Swiss system, with time-control 100 minutes for 40 moves, plus 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, plus 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from the move one.

Starting list of the Masters event


The event will be opened with Amateur and Challenger events on 22nd of January, while the 1st round of Masters competition will start on 23rd of January. The organizers increased the total prize fund of the event which reaches 200.000£, with 25.000£ reserved for the Winner of the Master event, and 50.000£ reserved for the best women players.

Schedule of the event

All the games will be live transmitted and the live broadcast of the games can be followed through the official website of the Championship together with live commentary given by GM Simon Williams and IM Jovanka Houska. Evening Masterclasses will also be broadcast live, and like the afternoon shows, can be watched through the official website.

Official Website

Starting lists of the main events

Photographs from the Official Website, credits to: Sophie Triay


The Tata Steel Chess Tournament, one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar, starts tomorrow with a very strong line-up in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. The event called “Wimbledon of Chess” celebrates this year its 80th anniversary.


The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is composed of two main events, Tata Steel Masters and Tata Steel Challengers, and amateur event which attract and gather the very best chess Grandmasters in the world, thousands of amateur players and a lot of visitors from all around the world.

Traditionally, the event takes place in the coastal village of Wijk aan Zee, North Holland, and location of playing venues for the 80th anniversary are Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum and the Academy building of the University of Groningen.

Tata Steel Master tournament features 14 top World Grandmasters, among whom are six players from top 10: World number one Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2834), #2Caruana Fabiano (USA, 2811), #3Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE, 2804), #6Wesley So (USA, 2792), #7Kramnik Vladimir (RUS, 2787), #10Svidler Peter (RUS, 2768).

With participation of #11 Viswanathan Anand (IND, 2767), #14 Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2753), #15 Giri Anish (NED, 2752), #22 Wei Yi (CHN, 2743), #32 Matlakov Maxim (RUS, 2718), #64 Hou Yifan (CHN. 2680), #96 Adhiban B. (IND, 2655) and #127 Jones Gawain (ENG, 2640) the event is declared as the tournament of 20th category with an average rating 2750.

Tata Steel Master Players

260The Tata Steel Challengers, qualification event for the next Tata Steel Masters tournament, features well known grandmasters as the top seeded Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND, 2718), four Dutch representatives L’Ami Erwin (NED, 2634), Van Foreest Jorden (NED, 2629), Bok, Benjamin (NED, 2607), Van Foreest, Lucas (NED, 2481), reigning World U20 Champion Tari Aryan (NOR, 2599). Besides them, two girl players will try themselves in a strong competition and a fight for a seat on the Masters Tournament for 2019: Harika Dronavalli (IND, 2497) and Girya Olga (RUS, 2489).

Tata Steel Challenger Players

Both events, Masters and Challengers, will be played in 13 rounds by Robin round system and will take place from 12th-28th January, with a start of the first rounds on 13th of January.

All the games of the main events will be broadcasted live and can be followed through the official website of the event together with a live commentary of the games.


Last year, the President of the European Chess Union Mr. Zurab Azmaiparshvili was the guest of honor in the playing hall of the Tata Steel in Wijk aan Zee, along with the President of Dutch Chess Federation, Mrs. Marleen van Amerongen, where he officially started the 9th round by traditional hit of the gong.

Mr.Azmaiparashvili was also guest at the live coverage of the event, hosted by GM Yasser Seirawan, where he talked about the upcoming FIDE World Cup, the Chess Olympiad 2018, European Chess Union activities and analysed the ongoing games of the 9th round!

More about the last year activities of the Tata Steel Chess can be read here.

237Besides the main event, Tata Steel Amateur events will take place at the same place, which is a unique opportunity for amateurs and chess lovers to play chess in a same venue as their chess idols and world top players. Around 1800 players will be competing on the various tournaments of Tata Steel Amateur tour which gives youngsters the chance to develop and improve their skills in a fun environment.

Besides the tournament, Tata Kids of Steel Chess events will be organized with idea to inspire children of all ages while coming face-to-face with their peers. This year, there are around 1000 children participating in simultaneous chess games throughout the event.

Official Website


The London Chess Classic is the final leg of Grand Chess Tour 2017 contained of 5 tournaments played over the year and across the globe. London Chess Classic is the second tournament after the Sinquefield Cup played by classical time control, with the total prize fund of 300.000 US dollars.


Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2799) became the Winner of the London Chess Classic 2017 in the very intense finish of the tournament which came to the tiebreak match which determined the Champion.


9 rounds weren’t enough to determine the Winner of the final leg of the GCT 2017, since Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2799) and Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS, 2729) finished the event with the same score of  6 points out of nine games. Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2799) fought for the playoff in the last round where he needed a victory to catch up Nepomniachtchi Ian who finished his last game in a peaceful manner, draw. Fabiano Caruana overwhelmed Michael Adams (ENG, 2715) and proceeded his race for the top with the tiebreak match against Nepomniachtchi Ian.


First two games played by the rapid time control ended in a draw after very intense struggles, when Caruana sharped the things but didn’t manage to win the winning position in the 3rd game played by the blitz time control. And just before the spectators expected the Armageddon game to be the last and decisive, Nepomniachtchi got stuck in troubles and forced to resign. This victory crowned Fabiano Caruana as the Winner of the London Chess Classic 2017.


Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2837) reserved the third place at the event by winning in the last round the game played against Aronian Levon (ARM, 2805)  which was enough to achieve 41 GCT points and became the Winner of the Grand Chess Tour 2017.


The London Chess Classic 2017 took place in Olympia Conference Center in London, England, from 1st-11th December. The event was played in 9 rounds, Robin round system, with time control 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from the move one.

London Chess Classic- Official Website

Grand Chess Tour 2017- Official Website


Simultaneously with the main event, the Olympia Conference Center hosted London Chess Conference, FIDE Open, Weekday tournaments, Superblitz tournament and Pro-Biz Cup.

The 5th edition of London Chess Conference took place from 2nd-3rd December and comprised of two days of interactive presentations, workshops and debates with a main theme- Scholastic Chess, using chess for educational purposes.The Conference brought together eighty activists and researchers from 24 countries during the first weekend of the London Chess Classic.


Main conclusions made during the debates and discussions are:

  • Most attendees accepted that a distinction must be made between scholastic chess and competitive school chess that is mostly an after-school activity delivered by chess tutors or teachers with the goal of finding and nurturing chess talent. It was noted that whilst most research scarcely details the method and content of chess instruction, future studies must look at precisely how chess is taught and how it is connected to the school curriculum.
  • Another flaw with existing research studies is in their design. One cannot prove a causal effect without having both an active and a passive control group. “Chess instruction is not a magic bullet but has a good placebo effect”, said Professor Fernand Gobet who has been warning against this flaw in the study design for fifteen years.
  • While a centre for scholastic chess research would be a very useful resource, it is not likely to materialise in the near future. More practical would be the establishment of a Journal of Scholastic Chess. The consensus is to start with the creation of an international network of scholars and key activists engaged in networking and project building.
  • The next step will be to create a map of knowledge on which to base a future research agenda. Progress on this front as well as on the CHAMPS (Chess and Mathematics in Primary Schools) Erasmus Plus project that was launched at the conference will be reported at our sixth edition during the London Chess Classic in December 2018.

The 5th London Chess Conference was sponsored by Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) and the European Chess Union (ECU). Erasmus Plus contributed towards CHAMPS project members attending the conference.

The event was organized by: Chess in Schools and Communities, European Chess Union, Erasmus Plus CHAMPS project.

London Chess Conference Presentation Videos

London Chess Conference- Official Website


International Open Tournament 40 years White Tower will take place from 2nd-8th January in Thessaloniki, Greece.


The tournament will be held in Philippion Hotel in Thessaloniki, as the playing venue of the event. The tournament consist of two groups, group A: for the players with FIDE rating 1700+ and group B for unrated players and players with rating below 1699.

Around 50 players registered for the event so far. Among them are 10GMs and 3IMs, which is already showing that the tournament will be very strong and high leveled.

Registration for the event is done online by sending an e-mail with basic information (Name, FIDE ID, Accommodation details) to the following e-mail address: Registration deadline is 31st of December. 


The organizers provided different conditions for the high rated players (more information available in the regulations).

The total prize fund of the event is 8.000 EUR, with 1.700 EUR reserved for the Winner. Besides the regular prizes, top three players will be awarded with trophies and medals.

The tournament will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes until the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the move one.

The event is organized by Pefka CC, Sykies-Neapoli CC, Thessaloniki CCU and Greek Chess Federation.


Romanian National Team Chess Championship, Romanian Superliga in Open and Women section for 2017, is currently ongoing in Baile Govora resort and takes place from 11th-19th November.

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The best Romanian chess players Constantin Lupulescu, Mircea Parligras, Levente Vajda, Andrei Istratescu, Bogdan Deac compete together with top world players such as: Wang Hao, Yuriy Kuzubov, Alexei Shirov, Viktor Erdos, and in Women section: Irina Bulmaga, Corina Peptan, Luminita Cosma, Alina L’Ami, together with foreign chess stars Bela Khotenashvili, Elisabeth Paehtz, Deimante Cornette.

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The defending Champions in Open section for 2016 is C.S. AEM Timisoara and C.S. Politehnica Iasi in Women section. After five played rounds, the sole leader in Open section is CS Stud. Medicina Timisoara with all the victories in their matches, and  in Women section CS Politehnica – Aqua Carpatica Iasi and CSM Bucuresti currently tie for the first place with the same score of 8 match points.

Pairings, Results, Standings

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The Romanian Superliga is played as a Robin round tournament in both sections with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Over 20 games are live transmitted, and live broadcast of the games can be followed through the official website of the Championship or here.

Official Website

Tournament Organizer: IO Elena Cristian
Arbiters: IA Alin Campeanu, Rudolf Dombi, Sebastian Volcinsche
Tournament Director: IA Daniel Candea


The 4th annual international junior tournament Uppsala Young Champions took place from 27th October-1st November in Uppsala, Sweden.


24 players who represented 10 Federations (Greece, Latvia, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Germany, Poland and Sweden) took part in the tournament and besides from good spirit and games over the board the participants had time to see both more of Uppsala and get to know new chess friends.


After nine rounds three players tied for the top with the same score of 6,5/9. The winner became 16 year-old Evgenios Ioannidis from Greece who had the best tie-breaks. Martin Jogstad from Sweden finished the tournament with silver in his hands, while Aleksandrs Jazdanovs from Latvia came third.

Final Standings


All the games on the event were live transmitted and can be seen here, together with results and pairings of each round.

The 5th Uppsala Young Champions will be played in the same place, from 26th-31st October in 2018.

Official Website

Interviews with players

Photo Gallery

Photographs by: Lars OA Hedlund


The 3rd edition of the annual Global Chess Festival (GCF) in Budapest, held on Saturday October 14th 2017, was a huge success. About two thousand chess enthusiasts visited the beautiful location by the river Danube at the Graphisoft Park, the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Hungary, which turned into a true chess resort on Saturday.


The Global Chess Festival was officially opened by the Founder of the Graphisoft Park, Gabor Bojar, whereafter a variety  of chess-themed activities started. The patronage of the festival, mayor of Budapest, Mr.Istvan Tarlos, could not attend the official opening ceremony but his supportive speech was presented by Melinda Nagyne Varga from the Mayor’s office. The highlight of the Opening Ceremony was the special artistic performance of Jason Kouchak – “Queen’s Journey”.“I am happy that so many  children and families  visited the festival from all over Hungary, moreover that we also welcomed participants from Chile, India, Holland, Romania, Russia, Norway, Slovenia, Slovakia, Italy, USA, Mexico, England, France, Serbia and Spain” said Judit Polgar.

gcf05The 1st Future Champions tournament, with 15 Hungarian talented kids, was won by Dorina Demeter.  She received the special prize from the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation: free participation in the Isle of Man Tournament 2018, with accommodation for both the player and one accompanying person.

Some Global Chess Festival details:
• Chess games played nearly 400
• Simul games with Judit and Sofia Polgar  56
• Visitors from 16 countries
• 4000 Szamos Marcipan Chess pieces were made and given away
• Over a 1000 autographs were signed by the sisters
• 200 Chess tattoos were painted
• 7 hours FB LIVE by Anna Rudolf
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The 3rd edition of the annual Global Chess Festival (GCF) will be held on Saturday October 14th, 2017. This year the festival in Budapest will take place in the beautiful new location Graphisoft Park, the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Hungary.


As in previous years, various activities will be organized, all with chess as the main theme. “Our team is very passionate about chess and we will celebrate the diversity of the game as sport, art and education”, says Judit Polgar, who is responsible for the organization of the Global Chess Festival. “The power of chess connects people.” The Judit Polgar Chess Foundation has the ambition to continue the GCF yearly in the future, to be scheduled on every second Saturday in October.

The organization invites all visitors of the festival to have an unforgettable day and inspires the whole world to play chess on 14th October. “Chess has an exceptional power to bring people together. We call for chess enthusiasts around the world to be part of the GCF and wish to encourage organizers from all over the world. Moreover we wish to inspire chess players, teachers and artists worldwide to organize chess related events and share it on the GCF website.”


On 14th October Budapest will be the host of an amazing family day, free admission for everybody, with a variety of programs: the Chess Palace Cup for kids, Generational Clash, LIVE Chess Theme Artwork, the Chess Palace built from marzipan in 3D by one of the most prestigious Hungarian confectionery SZAMOS. Kids will have a big variety of games to play and may create their own “sweet” chess pieces.


A unique musical performance will be given by the French composer Jason Kouchak, combining Chess & Music. The simultaneous exhibition by the Polgar Sisters Judit and Sofia will traditionally be part of the GCF. All day programs will provide families an opportunity to learn their first chess moves and to experience the power of Educational Chess.

We look forward to 14th October, the day when chess is celebrated all over the world. Countries that have joined the celebration of chess are: Australia, New Zeeland, Azerbaijan, Spain, Chile, Serbia, USA, Holland, Romania and many more. Both the amount and the quality of events is growing from year to year. Check out the list of events and make sure to include your own to sign up here. If you are not an organizer but would like to join and show your passion for the game, connect to the global CHESS MAP.


For more information visit the Official website ot Facebook page.



Tsaghadzor Open Chess Tournament will be held in Tsaghadzor, Armenia from 22nd November to 2nd December 2017.


Tsaghadzor is a beautiful town well known as the ski resort, located north of the capital of Armenia. The town is also very popular as a spa town and health resort. The organizers offer very good prizes for several hotels and personal transfer for untitled players from the airport to Tsaghkadzor for the prize of 15$ per person.

The tournament will have two groups A (open to players with FIDE rating above 2000) and B (open to players with FIDE rating bellow 2000) with a total prize fund of 12 000 US dollars.

Both tournaments will be played in 9 rounds Swiss system. The time control for A Open tournament will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes till the end of the game with 30 seconds increment starting from move one while the time control for B Open tournament will be 90 minutes for the whole game with 30 seconds increment starting from move one.

The official venue of the tournament is situated in beautiful 5 stars Marriott Hotel in Tsaghadzor.


The tournament is organized by Chess Academy of Armenia in cooperation with Armenian Chess Federation, under the auspices of Norfolk Consulting LLC and Royal Entertainment Center.


Chess Academy of Armenia

Address: 34 Shevchenko, 0050, Yerevan, 2017


Tel.: +374 10 44 84 73 /76/

Mob.: +374 99 44 84 79

Tournament director: GM Smbat Lputian

Official regulations of the tournament can be downloaded bellow or here.

Tsaghadzor Open_Regulations