After the 3rd and the last stage of European Youth Grand Prix Series 2017/2018, Shevchenko Kirill (UKR, 2569) was crowned as the Winner of series of three tournaments which gathered the best young and talented youth players from Europe.


The final Grand-Prix standings consist of the results of each of the European Youth Grand Prix event. Young Ukrainian Grandmaster and the Winner of the 2nd leg of European Youth Grand Prix tournament, Shevchenko Kirill, came on the top by reaching 270 points. GM Hakobyan Aram (ARM, 2542) took the second place with 250 points, while the third place went to FM Shubin Kirill (RUS, 2317) with 220 points.

The final leg of the European Youth Gran Prix Series took place from 14th-26th May, in Kirishi, Russia, under the name “World Youth Stars” dedicated to the memory of Vanya Somov.


The Winner of the final tournament was decided according to the tiebreak system, since three players reached the same score of 8 points after 11 played rounds. On the tiebreak basis, Hakobyan Aram took gold, which wasn’t enough for leaping on the top of the final list since Shevchenko Kirill was silver, while the bronze came to Sargsyan Shant (ARM, 2489).

Final list of the last stage of European Youth Grand Prix 2017/2018


The European Youth Grand Prix is a series of three tournaments held over two calendar years 2017 and 2018, which were played as a 12-player single Round Robin events, with the time control of 90 minutes for the end of the game for each player plus 30 seconds per move starting from move one. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each competition were awarded with diplomas and prizes.

The 1st Series took place in Kirishi, Russia from 16th to 28th May 2017, under the name XV World’s Youth Stars – Vanya Somov’s Memorial, the 2nd series took place in Dzermuk, Armenia in October 2017, and the 3rd took place again in Kirishi from 14th-26th May.

All the games, pairings and results are available on the official website of the events.

Official Website of the last stage of European Youth Gran Prix Series 2017/2017




The 6th edition of one of the strongest world chess tournaments starts tomorrow and takes place from 26th May to 10th June 2018, in Stavanger, Norway.


The event, features 10 of the world top 13 chess players:   #1 Carlsen Magnus (NOR 2843), #2 Caruana Fabiano (USA 2822), #3 Mamedyarov Shakhriayar (AZE, 2808), #5 Ding Liren (CHN, 2791), #6 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA, 2789), #7 Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2782), #8 So Wesley (USA, 2778), #10 Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2769), #12 Levon Aronian (ARM, 2764) and #13 Viswanathan Anand (IND, 2760).


Before the start of the main event, visitors will have the opportunity to join the simultaneous exhibition by Wesley So.

Tomorrow, the Blitz opening tournament starts after the press conference, at 3 pm, in Clarion Hotel Energy.  The blitz tournament will be played in a Round Robin system in 9 rounds, with time control 3 min+2 seconds increment for each move, and the winner  will choose his starting number for the main tournament.

The main event starts on 28th of May. The main event consist of 9 rounds played according to Round Robin system, with time control 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control; an increment of 30 seconds per move will be allotted from move 61 onwards.


Altibox Norway Chess 2017

In case of a tie in the first place, players will be playing a two blitz games match and if this match ends in a draw, Armageddon game will decide who will stand on the tournament throne.

The playing venue will be mainly Clarion Hotel Energy, except for rounds 7,8 and 9, when playing hall will be located in Stavanger Concert Hall.

All the games will have live transmission and live comments. The commentators will be Simen Adgestein, Anna Rudolf and Knut Skeie Solberg.

For the first time, within the organization of the strongest world tournament, the Altibox Norway Chess will comprise also the Open tournament, A and B, which will be played at the same locations as the main event. The A Open tournament is opened for all interested players, while the B tournament will be organized for players with Norwegian elo under 1500.  The events will be played in 7 rounds, Dutch system, by the following time control: for rounds 1-3, 15 min + 10 sec per move, and for rounds 4-7, 90 min + 30 sec per move. All the participants of the event will have the free entrance at the playing venue of the main event.

Official tournament website

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.

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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.

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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.

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Youngest participants got special prices.

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

Report by: Keti Tsatsalashvili


The last stage of European Youth Grand Prix Series of tournaments, 2017 and 2018, starts today and takes place from 14th-26th May, in Kirishi, Russia.

The Opening Ceremony of the final leg of the European Youth Grand Prix Series under the name “World Youth Stars” dedicated to the memory of Vanya Somov took place yesterday with various performances of local dance groups and with the draw of lots for the participants starting numbers.


The event is played as 12 players Robin-Round event, with the participation of many of the world strongest and talented young chess players,.Time control is: 1 hour and 30 minutes (plus 30 seconds for each move made) until the end of the game.


The list of players is as followed:

  • IM Lobanov Sergei (RUS, 2515)
  • FM Kacharava Nikolozi (GEO, 2392)
  • FM Shubin Kirill (RUS, 2317)
  • GM Shevchenko Kirill (UKR, 2569)
  • IM Pultinevicius Paulius (LTU, 2402)
  • IM Zarubitski Viachaslau (BLR, 2435)
  • GM Hakobyan Aram (ARM, 2542)
  • IM Sargsyan Shant (ARM, 2489)
  • Kuznetsov Dmitriy (10 years old boy from Russia)
  • FM Murzin Volodar(RUS, 2006)
  • Nesterov Arseniy (RUS, 2395)
  • FM Gharibyan Mamikon (ARM, 2269)


The playing venue is KINEF Palace of Culture, and all the information, pairings, results and games will be available on the Official Website of the Championship.

The total prize fund of the event is 7200 euros.

Official Website of Championship

The European Youth Grand Prix is a series of three tournaments hold over two calendar years 2017 and 2018. The event is held under the patronage of the ECU and gathers the best young and talented youth players within Europe.

BIDS 2020-2021

By the deadline of the 30th April 2018 European Chess Union received bids for the following European Chess Championships in 2020/2021.

  • European Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2020
  • European Youth Chess Championship 2021
  • European Club Cup and European Club Cup for Women 2020
  • European School Chess Championship 2020
  • European Youth Team Chess Championship 2020
  • European Individual Chess Championship 2020
  • European Team Chess Championship 2021
  • European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2020
  • European Senior Chess Championship 2020
  • European Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2020
  • European Amateur Chess Championship 2020

All the bids can be found here.

Since no bids were received for the European Senior Team Chess Championship 2020 and the European Women Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2020, the deadline for sending the bids for these two events is extended till 11th of June 2018.


ECU Newsletter April 2018 is out!

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In this edition of the ECU Newsletter you may read about:

  • Final report of European Women Individual Chess Championship 2018
  • Final report of European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018
  • Final report of European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship 2018
  • Final report of Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2018
  • Brief review of business meetings in EU headquarters
  • Invitation for the 43rd Chess Olympiad and 89th FIDE Congress
  • Brief review of Batumi Chess Days at Tbilisi mall
  • Official regulations of European Union Youth Chess Championship 2018
  • Upcoming events in May 
  • FUN Zone

Together with the April 2018 ECU Newsletter you can find attached the prospect and description of ECU School Chess Teacher Training Certificate, which was developed to provide teachers with a certificate recognising that they have met the required level of chess knowledge and understanding of didactical methods for teaching chess in schools. The course deploys chess as avehicle to teach thinking.

Prospect- ECU School Chess Teacher Training Certificate

ECU NEWSLETTER April 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.



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


ECU has established a constant communication with the European Union Authorities and annual regular meetings taking place in order to extend the co-operation and to search for new areas of common actions. On the 25th of April ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili together with the ECU Deputy President Ion-Serban Dobronauteanu and the President of the Romanian Chess Federation Mr. Sorin-Avram Iacoban paid a visit to the EU headquarters in Brussels.


First scheduled meeting  was with the  Romanian EU Commissioner Corina Cretu , there were discussed the social values of chess, in particular in education and job market. Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili proposed for the next year, during Romania’s presidency of the EU, to include chess in the agenda related to youth and education.


Next meeting was with the Polish MEP Bogdan Wenta, a former top professional sportsman and member of the European Parliament Cultural Commission, focusing in the EU politics and mechanisms in sports field. It is agreed ECU and Mr. Wenta to  further exchange information and identify certain directions giving chess higher values as sport, education tool and also to define the relevance of chess in the sports business frame.


The third meeting was with Mr. Szabolcs Horvath, member of the Tibor Navracsics’ cabinet, the EU commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. The main topic of the meeting was to identify the most suitable directions for the European Chess Union to put in practice its potential and to fructify its capacity by creating projects in education, sports, social domains. Having regard to the continental scale of ECU activity, Mr. Horvath mentioned the next calls for big sport events and respectively partnerships directions that the Commission will open this September, comprising up to 500,000 euros financial support. Mr. Horvath also to be supported additional Erasmus + programs related with chess for the year 2020.


All three meetings were very constructive and the EU officials acknowledged chess’ wide expand and significant contribution in sports field and the potential in social directions.