European Youth Chess Championship 2018 which takes place from 19th-30th August in Riga, Latvia, opens today.

1501458698627The Championship gathered almost 1100 players coming from 46 European federations, and will be played in 6 age categories  (12 open and girls groups): U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18. Among 1100 young and talented players who will fight for the title of European Champion, there are 1 Grandmaster, 10 International masters, 79 FIDE masters, 6 Women International masters, 42 Women FIDE masters and in total 198 titled players!

Starting rank lists


The Opening Ceremony of the event will take place tonight at 20:00 o’clock (local time) when the Championship will be declared opened. After the Technical meeting which will be held tomorrow in the morning, the 1st round will start at 15:00 (local time) in International Exhibition Centre Kipsala, as the official playing venue of the Championship.

The event 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.

The-building-of-the-Brotherhood-of-Blackheads-is-one-of-the-most-iconic-buildings-of-Old-Riga--866x487As every year, it will be interesting to watch young talents and see them becoming chess stars later. This year EYCC has the priviledge to welcome the world rating leader of her age – Badelka Olga from Belarus in G-u16 section and European rating leader of his age- Murzin Voloder (RUS) in category open U12.

The organizers provided LIVE transmission of the top boards of each section, which can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

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On Wednesday, August 15th culminated in Kouty nad Desnou (CZE) fights for winning EU Youth Chess Championship 2018.


The last rounds were full of fights and tension. In category Boys U8 took the first place Stefan-Vlad Paunescu (ROU), the second place Wiktor Zmarzly (POL) and the third Lukas Strapec (SVK). In category Girls U8 took the first place Tereza Horkova (CZE), the second place Nadezhda Pritulina (EST) and the third Timea Haasova (SVK). Champion EU in category Boys U10 has become David Cr. Radu (ROU), silver medal took David-Alexandru Botea (ROU) and the third place took Vaclav Finek (CZE). In category Girls U10 has won Ivelina Hristova (FID), second place took Zofia Lazniewska (POL) and the third place took Lin Englert (GER). In category Boys U12 has won CM Aron Pasti (HUN), second place took Maciej Jeda (POL) and the third place took CM Teodor-Cosmin Nedelcu (ROU). Champion EU Girls U12 has become WFM Lucia Sevcikova (SVK), the second place took WCM Lucia Kapicakova (SVK) and the third place took AFM Petya Karaivanova (FID).

In category Boys U14 has won Valentin Mitev (FID), the second place took Marek Mica (CZE) and the third place took Ondrej Vadila (SVK). In category Girls U14 Champion EU has become Nikoletta Toth (HUN), the second place took WCM Monika Marcinczyk (POL) and the third finished Mihaela-Ioana Trifoi (ROU).

All results can be found here.

Players who took first three places in each of categories got a cup and diploma. Every participant of EUYCC got a medal. All eight champions EU are leaving Kouty nad Desnou with a notebook! The next five players in each category also got valuable prizes. Every player got a T-Shirt with logo of EUYCC. The prizes were given by director of the event Mr. Zdenek Fiala together with the tournament director of ECU Mr. Petr Pisk and director of the hotel Dlouhe Strane Ms. Irena Svedova. EU Youth Chess Championship 2018 under the patronage of the ECU was organized by Sachovy klub Svetla nad Sazavou in cooperation with the Czech Chess Federation. Boys and girls have played in the same tournament. Eventually boys and girls were evaluated separately. Championship had 102 players from 11 federations. All games were on-line transmitted. Young players have been pleased by awarding best game of each round.


Thanks the performance during the round eight to nine these players were rewarded: Wiktor Zmarzly (POL), Bartolomej Buchta (CZE), Petya Karaivanova (FID), Michal Redzisz (POL), David Markus (SLO), Amalie Zadrapova (CZE), Vojtech Prochazka (CZE) and David Barak (CZE). For all participants and accompanying persons organizers had prepared chess and non-chess leisure time activities (simultaneous games with IM Pisk, blitz tournament). Participants of the championship had available many leisure time activities. In the hotel they could use swimming pool, wellness, sauna, table tennis, bowling, pool, etc. On the official website organizers placed photo gallery from tournament and other activities.

Eventually I would like to thank all players for their performance and fair play, all parents and coaches for cooperation, arbiters for running the tournament and all cooperators for their work. Hope you enjoyed together with us this championship and believe to see us again the next year!

IO Zdenek Fiala
Director of the championship
Official Website of the Championship


On behalf of the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili we herewith invite all ECU members federations to attend the Annual ECU General Assembly 2018 to be held in Batumi, Georgia on 2nd and 3rd October 2018. The Assembly will start on 2nd of October 2018 at 09.30 am. The exact venue will be announced in Batumi or earlier.  According to the schedule the ECU elections including the elections for the FIDE Executive Board will take place one 3rd of October 2018 (estimating start at 5 p.m. according the FIDE Congress official program).


The Agenda of the ECU General Assembly and all the annexes  will be sent to the members National Chess Federations.

You can download the Agenda here:

Agenda of ECU General Assembly 2018


Already seven rounds were played within EU Youth Chess Championship 2018! After the round 7, the leader in category of boys and girls in U8 is Stefan-Vlad Paunescu (ROU, 6 points), in category U10 David Cr. Radu (ROU, 6.5 points), in U12 CM Teodor-Cosmin Nedelcu (ROU, 6 points) and Maciej Jeda (POL, 6 points), in U14 Valentin Mitev (FID, 6 points).

All results are available here.


Daily there are awarded the best games of each round chosen by IM Pisk. Due to the high performance during the rounds 5 – 7, awarded players are: Casey Ryan Meszaros (SVK), Lin Englert (GER), Lucia Kapicakova (SVK), Nikoletta Toth (HUN), Nadezhda Pritulina (EST), Vaclav Finek (CZE), Aron Pasti (HUN), Vladimir Bochnicka (SVK), Leonard Hernando (GER), Johannes Keck (GER), Jachym Handlovsky  and Marek Mica (both CZE).


On Sunday there was a blitz tournament, where 27 players (players of EUYCC, coaches, parents) from 9 countries participated. After excellent performance the winner became Svetlana Pritulina (EST, 7 points out of 9 rounds) ahead of CM Teodor-Cosmin Nedelcu (ROU, 6.5 points) and Nellija Maklakova (LAT, 6.5 points). All winners received nice presents. Results can be found here.


On Monday morning there was return simultaneous game with IM Petr Pisk.  There was 14 players, who had as Petr Pisk 45 minutes on their clocks. The result was 10,5 : 3,5 for IM Pisk (Nellija Maklakova (LAT) won and draw was made by Simona Bochnickova, Adam Sustek (both SVK), Vojtech Prochazka, Vaclav Finek (both CZE) and Emils Janis Mierins (LAT).


In the hotel there is a lot of possibilities to enjoy the leisure time, daily is possible to play table tennis, football, bowling, use the swimming pool, wellness, etc. Thanks to the good weather, all participants are using the beautiful surroundings of Hotel Dlouhe Strane for walk and relaxation.


IO Zdenek Fiala

Director of the championship


European Senior Chess Championship 2018, which took place from 3rd-13th August, concluded yesterday in Drammen, Norway.


The Closing Ceremony of the event took place yesterday in the evening with attendance of Mr. Morten L Madsen, the President of Norway Chess Federation, the Chief arbiter of the event, Karl-Johan Rist, while European Chess Union was represented by Mr. Gunnar Bjornsson, the Chairman of the ECU Events Commission.

After 9 played rounds and harsh struggles, the title of European Senior Chess Champion for category 50+ went to GM Simen Adgestein (NOR, 2576) who became the sole Winner of the event with score of 8 points. The second place went to Conny Holst (SWE, 2147) with 7.5 points, while Peter M Gayson (ENG, 2150), Luc Zimmermann (NED, 2184), IM Sandor Biro (ROU, 2193) and Thore Nyboe Jensen (DEN, 2083) tied for the third place, each with 6 points, but thanks to the best tiebreaks Peter M Gayson finished the event with bronze medal.

Final standings- section 50+

EM-senior-21-litenIn women’s section 50+ the first place came to WIM Brigitte Burchardt with 6.5 points who maintained the sole leadership until the end of the event. WFM Olga Birkohlz (GER, 2048) took silver medal with 5.5 points and WFM Sylvia Johnsen (NOR, 1977) took bronze thanks to the better tiebreaks than WIM Annet Wagner-Michel (GER, 2120) and WGM Svetlana Mednikova (RUS, 2110) who reached the same score of 5 points.

Final standings- women’s section 50+

EM-senior-19-litenIn section 65+ the top trio was determined by tiebreaks since GM Vladislav Vorotnikov (RUS, 2445), Askell O Karason (ISL, 2217), IM Nils-Gustaf Renman (SWE, 2348) and Hans Werner Ackermann (GER, 2246) tied for the first place, each with 6.5 points. Eventually according to the tiebreak criteria, Vladislav Vorotnikov took gold, Askell O Karason was second and Nils-Gustaf Renman ended third, while Hans Werner Ackermann finished the event on the 4th place.

EM-senior-17-litenThe best women player of section 65+ was Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 2305) who was crowned as European Senior Women Chess Champion 2018. The second place went to WGM Elena Fatalibekova (RUS, 2181) who reached the same score as Nona Gaprindashvili- 5.5 points, but according to the tiebreaks, she took the silver medal. Third place went to WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO, 1969) who reached 5 points.

Final standings- section 65+


The Championship was played in 9 rounds, 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 move one, with the total prize fund of the event of 10.000 EUR and top players of each category were awarded with cups and medals.

Official Website of the Championship

Photo Gallery


EU Youth Chess Championship 2018 is underway. The level of the event is very good – in category U8 is leading Stefan-Vlad Paunescu (ROU, 4 points), in U10 David Cr. Radu (ROU, 4 points), in U12 Maciej Jeda (POL), in U14 Valentin Mitev (FID) and Vladimir Bochnicka (SVK) both with 3,5 points.

Since beautiful and combative games are seen, the organizers award best games in each category with prize every day. After the first four rounds Stefan-Vlad Paunescu (ROU), Dominic James Earle (SVK), Tatana Nespora (CZE), Valentin Mitev (FID), Fabiyana Kostadinova (FID), David-Alexandru Botea (ROU), Lukas Zumrik (SVK), Emils Janis Mierins LAT), Naomi Maklakova (LAT), David Cr. Radu (ROU), Hubert Backiel (POL), Ondrej Vadila (SVK), Tereza Horkova(CZE), Ivelina Hristova (FID), Almos Konyves (HUN) and Friedrich Grunert (GER) have been awarded.


Additional programme started with simultaneous game against IM Petr Pisk. 20 participants of our championship had 60 minutes against the same time on the clocks of IM Pisk. After a big fight the score was 12-8 for IM Pisk. Dominik Svadlenka, Michal Svadlenka, Vaclav Finek, Marek Mica (all CZE), Emils Janis Mierins, Nellija Maklakova (both LAT) beated IM Pisk and draw was made by Mikelis Vingris, Kristaps Zass (both LAT), Teodor-Cosmin Nedelcu (ROU) and Radovan Priechodsky (SVK).

Among others leisure time activities, participants of this tournament mostly visit and use swimming pool, bowling, table tennis and enjoying the beauty of the nature in surroundings.

All games are transmitted on-line, so the parents and trainers either at home or present in the hotel can watch their charges. For present viewers the on-line games are projected in the hotel hall.

All information about the event, including results, online games, photos, etc. can be found at


IO Zdenek Fiala

Director of the championship

Chessclub Svetla nad Sazavou


Six rounds have been played at European Senior Chess Championship 2018 which is getting to its closer in Drammen, Norway.


In category 50+ three players tie for the first place after 6 played rounds: top seeded GM Simen Agdestein (NOR, 2576), Conny Holst (SWE, 2147) and Lars Blomstrom (SWE, 2167), each with 5 points.

Section 50+ standings 

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In Women’s section 50+ WIM Brigitte Burchardt (GER, 2189) emerged as the sole leader with score of 5 points, while WFM Olga Birkholz (GER, 2048)  currently holds the second place with 4 points. WFM Sylvia Johnsen (NOR, 1977) and WGM Svetlana Mednikova (RUS, 2110) tie for the third place, each with 3.5. points.

Women’s Section 50+ standings


GM Leif Ogaard (NOR, 2386) is the sole leader of section 65+ with 5 points, and he is followed by group of 8 eight players who reached the same score of 4.5 points: Anthony J Stebbings (ENG, 2265), Askell O Karason (ISL, 2217), IM Valentin Bogdanov (UKR, 2356), IM Janez Barle (SLO, 2249), IM Nils-Gustaf Renman (SWE, 2348), Gunnar Hedin (SWE, 2179), Clemens Werner (GER, 2258) and GM Vladislav Vorotnikov (RUS, 2445).

38729517_10155563979897793_1880576246874636288_nWomen’s section 65+ is merged with the open section of the same age category, and after 6 played rounds, GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 2305) reached the best score and holds the first place with 4 points. WGM Elena Fatalibekova (RUS, 2181) and WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO, 1969) tie for the second place each with 3.5 points.

Section 65+ standings


There is only 3 left to be played and the 7th round is scheduled for today at 15:00 (local time). Live broadcast of the games can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

Official Website of the Championship

Photo Gallery


The 16th European Union Youth Chess Championship, which will be played in 4 age categories: U8, U10, U12 and U14, has started yesterday and takes place from 6th-15th August 2018 in Kouty nad Desnou, Czech Republic.

DSC-0013-1The event participate more than 100 players who are competing for a crown of European Union Chess Champion. The Championship has started yesterday when after the short opening ceremony, the participants have started their games of the 1st round.

After only one round played 11 players reached the score of one point in section U8, while in section U10 only one game finished in a draw manner, while all the others have finished in decisive result. In section U12 all the games finished by a victory of one of the players, and 14 players lead with 1 point. The exact same situation happened in the first round of section U14 where 13 players tie for the top with 1 point.

Pairings, Standings and Results


European Union Youth Chess Championship 2018 which takes place in 3* Hotel Dlouhe Strane in Kouty nad Desnou will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 min for the whole game + 30 second of increment for each move played.

The first three players of each category will be rewarded with trophies, medals and diplomas, together with valuable prizes, while every player of each category will receive commemorative championship medal and a diploma. Girls of each category will be rewarded separately from boys.

Official Website of the Championship


Three rounds have been already played at the European Senior Chess Championship 2018 which takes place from 3rd-13th August in Drammen, Norway, with participation of 129 players from 18 European federations.


The Championship has been declared open at the Opening Ceremony which took place shortly before the 1st round of the event. The ceremony was attended by Drammen Mayor, Tom Opdal Hansen, Tournament Director Geir Nesheim, baroque violinist Ingrid Okland and Chief Arbiter Karl-Johan Rist.


The event is played in two age categories (open and women section separately): 50+ and 65+. After 3 played rounds, in category 50+, GM Simen Agdestein (NOR, 2576) emerged as the sole leader of the event with maximum result of 3 points. There is 6 players behind him who tie for the second place and score of 2.5 points, each: Gray M Clark (ENG, 2285), Peter M Gayson (ENG, 2150), FM Richard Bjerke (NOR, 2141), Thore Nyboe Jensen (NOR, 2083), Lars Blomstrom (SWE, 2167) and Conny Hoist (SWE, 2147).

Section 50+ standings 


Nine women players compete in Women section 50+ in 8 rounds robin round system. WIM Brigitte Burchardt (GER, 2189) leads with perfect score and 3 points, while WFM Sylvia Johnsen (NOR, 1977) is currently second with 2.5 points and WFM Olga Birkholz is on the third place with 2 points.

Women section 50+ standings


GM Leif Ogaard (NOR, 2386) is the sole leader of section 65+ as the only one with score of 3 points. He is followed by 11 players who tie for the second place with 2.5 points, each. Women section 65+ is merged with an open section, and among the group of 11 players who tie for the second place is Nona Gaprindashvili, currently with the best performance of women players who participate the event.

Section 65+ standings


The 4th round of the European Senior Chess Championship 2018 starts today at 15:00 (local time) and the live broadcast of top boards can be followed through the official website of the championship or here.

Official Website of the Championship

Photo Gallery


European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018 took place from 31st June-5th August in Oradea, Romania, with participation of almost 300 players from around 20 European federations who competed in different sections of 4 events.


The event opened with European Rapid Individual Youth Chess Championship which was played in 6 age categories (open and girls separately): U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, on 1st and 2nd of August. After 9 rounds played in each category 12 players achieved the title of European Youth Rapid Champion. The Winners are:

Open U8- 1. Usov Aleksandr E. (RUS, 1654) 7.5 points, 2. Cruceru-Uceanu Tudor-Mihai (ROU, 1302) 7 points, 3. Karvatskyi Oleksii (UKR, 1501) 6.5 points

Open U10- 1. Bialiuaski Artsiom (BLR, 1701) 8 points, 2. Pershin Patrik (RUS, 1709) 7.5 points, 3. Magold Filip (ROU, 1656) 7 points

Open U12- 1. Lazavik Denis (BLR, 1909) 8 points, 2. Spizharny Mikhail (BLR, 1929) 7.5 points, 3. Creanga Robert-Ionut (ROU, 1862) 7 points

Open U14- 1. Tsaruk Maksim (BLR, 2068) 8.5 points, 2. Baum Jonasz (POL, 1880) 8 points, 3. Morgunov Marc (AUT, 2095) 7.5 points

Open U16- 1. Blohberger Felix (AUT, 2189) and 2. Kozak Adam (HUN, 2204) each with 7 points, 3. Psyk Radoslaw (POL, 2143) 6.5 points

Open U18- 1. Deac Bogdan-Daniel (ROU, 2562) and 2. Costachi Mihnea (ROU, 2387) each with 7 points, 3. Banzea Alexandru-Bogdan (ROU, 2207) 6.5 points


Girls U8- 1. Cretu Sofia (ROU) 7.5 points, 2. Ciocirlan Bianca-Alexandra (ROU) 7.5 points, 3. Kiss Abiqel (ROU) 7 points

Girls U10- 1. Shukhman Anna (RUS, 1489) 9 points, 2. Babic Milana (BIH, 1740) 7.5 points, 3. Babic Masa (BIH, 1725) 7 points

Girls U12- 1. Gaal Zsoka (HUN, 1744) 8 points, 2. Mihelic Vesna (SLO, 1688) 7 points, 3. Mikheeva Galina (RUS, 1553) 6.5 points

Girls U14- 1. Trifoi Mihaela-Ioana (ROU, 1578), 2. Lehaci Miruna-Daria (ROU, 1722), 3. Ciolacu Alessia-Mihaela (ROU, 1875), each with 7 points

Girls U16- Hryshchenko Kamila (UKR, 1928) 7 points, 2. Olde Grete (EST, 1966) and 3. Hercog Nusa (SLO, 1803) each with 6.5 points

Girls U18- 1. Olde Margareth (EST, 2067) 6.5 points, 2. Rozman Monika (SLO, 1879) 6 points, 3. Polterauer Chiara (AUT, 2166) 5.5 points


After the end of the Rapid Individual Championship, the European Championship in solving problems took place in the afternoon on 3rd of August. The event was hold in 3 age categories (boys and girls separately): U10, U14 and U18. Depending on time and number of correctly solved chess problems, 6 players were crowned as winners of following sections:

Girls U10: 1. Shukhman Anna (RUS), 2. Samson Maria (ROU), 3. Maria Lia-Alexandra

Girls U14: 1. Ciolacu Alessia- Mihaela (ROU), 2. Ojog Felicia (MDA), 3. Wikar Martyna (POL)

Girls U18: 1. Balan Briana Cleopatra (ROU), 2. Olde Margareth (EST), 3. Olde Grete (EST)

Open U10: 1. Cnejev Vladimir-Alexandru (ROU), 2. Karvatski Olexsiy (UKR), 3. Bialiauski Artsiom (BLR)

Open U14: 1. Lazavik Denis (BLR), 2. Siniauski Artsiom (BLR), 3. Prydun Andriy (UKR)

Open U18: 1. Psyk Radoslaw (POL), 2. Amon Nejc (SLO), 3. Costachi Mihnea (ROU)


European Teams Rapid Chess Championship took place on 3rd August with participation of 70 teams composed of four players from the same federation. The event was played in 7 rounds in two age categories, open and girls sections separately, U12 and U18 and the Winners became:

Girls U12: 1. Russia A, 2. Russia B, 3. Romania Verde

Girls U18: 1. Slovenia B, 2. Slovenia A, 3. Poland

Open U12: 1. Belarus B, 2. Belarus A, 3. Romania Rosu

Open U18: 1. Austria, 2. Romania Galben, 3. Poland


European Youth Blitz Chess Championship 2018 was played on the last day of the event, 4th of August. The Championship was played in 3 age categories, boys and girls separately: U10, U14 and U18. After 9 rounds in each category, the winners were:

Open U10: 1. Usov Aleksandr E. (RUS, 1858) 8 points, 2. Bialiuski Artsiom (BLR, 1651) and 3. Karvatskyi Oleksii (UKR, 1461) each with 7.5 points

Open U14: 1. Persanyi Barnabas (HUN, 2129) 8 points, 2. Koziorowicz Michal (POL, 1737) 7.5 points, 3. Subelj Jan (SLO, 2212) 7 points

Open U18: 1. Costachi Mihnea (ROU, 2468) 7.5 points, 2. Horvath Dominik (AUT, 2221) 7 points, 3. Mesaros Florian (AUT, 2375) 6.5 points

Girls U10: 1. Shukhman Anna (RUS, 1490) 9 points, 2. Babic Masa (BIH, 1553) and Maria Lia-Alexandra (ROU, 1344) each with 6.5 points

Girls U14: 1. Lehaci Miruna-Daria (ROU, 1683) 8 points, 2. Wikar Martyna (POL, 1831) 7 points, 3. Ciolacu Alessia-Mihaela (ROU, 1689) 6.5 points

Girls U18: 1. Olde Margareth (EST, 2049) and 2. Olde Grete (EST, 1851) each with 6.5 points, 3. Hercog Nusa (SLO, 1780) 6 points.


The organizers provided the live transmission of the top boards of each competition. The pgn files of each round can be downloaded from the official website of the Championship.

Top 3 ranked players of each category were awarded with cups and medals, together with special chess prizes and gifts.

Besides the chess activities, ECU and FIDE seminars for trainers and for chess in schools were organized during the championship.

Official Website of the Championship