The 18th edition of European Senior Chess Championship starts tomorrow in Drammen, Norway and takes place from 3rd-13th August.

ypsilon12The event is played in two age categories: 50+ (for players born in year 1968 or later) and 65+ (for players born in year 1953 or earlier). There are 129 players from 18 European federations registered for the event. 54 players among whom 9 women players will participate section 50+.

Top seeded player of the 50+ category is Grandmaster Simen Adgestein (NOR, 2581) who has represented his country at the Chess Olympiads for many years. Besides Simen Adgestein, the battlefield is led by Gary M Clark (ENG, 2285), WGM Galina Strutinskaia (RUS, 2208), IM Sandor Biro (ROU, 2193), WIM Brigitte Burchardt (GER, 2189) and Luc Zimmermann (NED, 2184).

75 player among whom 8 women players will be competing in section 65+. Top seeders of the section 65+ are: GM Vladislav Vorotnikov (RUS, 2445), GM Leif Ogaard (NOR, 2386), IM Valentin Bogdanov (UKR, 2356), IM Nils- Gustaf Renman (SWE, 2348) and chess legend GM Nona Gaprindashvili, which makes the line-up of the section 65+ very strong.

Starting rank list


The Championship will be 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.

Top boards of both sections will be transmitted live, and the live broadcast of games can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

Total prize fund of the event will be 10.000 EUR. Top three players of each category will be awarded with cups and medals.

Official Website of the Championship


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ECU Press Release 31.07.2018

A Brief history of the case:  In May 2011 a group of individuals established an offshore shadow company in Delaware, U.S.A. named “European Chess Union LLC” Delaware and the same time, through this company, they opened a bank account in Slovenia. From 2011 to 2015, forging bank documents, invoices, letters and contracts they were abusing money from the Bulgarian state, Montenegro chess federation and possible other public or private entities or even executing money laundering services for clients ‘sponsors”.  It is officially confirmed that they have abused more than 1 million euros, however the information that is not yet official raises this amount to 3 million euros.

European Chess Union has the responsibility to inform its members as also the international media and public about the on-going investigations for the private shadow company “European Chess Union LLC”, a Limited-Liability Company (LLC) registered in Delaware, USA on May 4, 2011. The company’s File Number is listed as 4977764. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Harvard Business Services, Inc. and is located at 16192 Coastal Highway Lewes, DE 19958.   The ECU LLC Delaware after its registration opened a bank account on 11th of May 2011 in the ABANKA d.d. based in Slovenia with no. SI56 0510 0801 3271 144.

  1. As was stated several times by the European Chess Union and concluded by two CAS Awards, there is no legal or any financial relation between the ”European Chess Union”, an association established under Swiss law, with its seat in Hünenberg See, Switzerland, and the limited-liability company “European Chess Union LLC” registered in Delaware, USA.A. ECU vs Bulgarian federation – CAS award
    B. FIDE vs Valdimir Sakotic – CAS Award
  1. According to the official documents received from the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth & Sports, as also informed in a press conference in Sofia, by the Bulgarian Minister of Sports, Mr. Krasen Kralev, the Bulgarian Chess Federation under the leadership of Mr. Silvio Danailov and his associates transferred to the Slovenian Bank account belonging to the Delaware Company 1,070,140 euros (Annex_1) from 2011 till 2014, informing that these are payments/fees for the European Chess Union based in Switzerland. The amount of 1,070,140 euros represents only the state funds transferred to the offshore company while the Bulgarian Chess Federation refuses to provide any other information about the total transactions with this company.


  1. The reports of the Financial Investigation Agency of Bulgarian described in detail all these invoices /transactions in the total of the 1,070,140 euros. The reports are available in public and was an agenda item in the ECU General Assembly in Baku:

    ECU GA Agenda 2016 (annexes 6a, 6b, 6c).


  1. According to the Bulgarian Financial Investigation Agency reports, Mr. Silvio Danailov presented to the Bulgarian authorities an alleged Bank Certificate from the Slovenian Bank “ABANKA d.d”. (Annex_2). This document first appeared in the report of the Bulgarian Agency no. DI1SF-45, dated 03.08.2015 (pages 49,50 referring to Mr. Danailov claims). Later, this report was amended with the report-dated 16.02.2016   (reference of the certificate in pages 43, 44, 45). The document in the context of the inspections provided by Mr. Silvio Danailov (then President of the Chess Federation of Bulgaria and former President of ECU), and on this basis therefore the Chess Federation Bulgaria sought to prove that the funds, which were acquired by the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports, were used properly.  The same bank certificate sent to the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports from the Bulgarian Chess federation for the state auditing. The Bulgarian Ministry of Youth & Sports sent officially this document to ECU(Annex_2), after the FIDE and ECU meetings in Sofia in June 2017. The Bulgarian federation did not contact in 2015 the European Chess Union asking about the authenticity of such document.


  1. This alleged Bank certificate is also manifestly contrary to official data from the Slovenian register of transaction accounts (Annex_3), which gives exclusive the account holder the company “CHESS EUROPEAN UNION LLC”, with business address “161 COASTAL HIGHWAY Delaware, USA “.


  1. European Chess Union after contacted the A.A. Bank in Slovenia and the officer that allegedly signed this certificate (Annex_2) submitted a criminal complaint in Slovenia on 9th January 2018, including all the Bulgarian investigation reports, a number of forged invoices, the CAS awards as also the alleged bank certificate.


  1. The Slovenian Prosecutor informed ECU by a letter on 26.02.2018 that has accepted the case and asked Slovenia Police to start investigation. (Annex_4)


  1. The Slovenian Police, through Interpol, informed officially ECU on 3rd July 2018 that the bank certificate in annex_2 that submitted to the Bulgarian authorities and Bulgaria Ministry of Youth and Sports is a forged document (Annex_5).


“With regard to the document »CERTIFICATE«, which was supposedly issued by the ABANKA d.d. on 20.07.2015, an official explanation was obtained from the ABANKA d.d. that they did not issue this document and that the document is forged.”

While the Police investigation continues, European Chess Union additionally has already informed about the case:  a. the Slovenian Anti-laundering Authority b. the Slovenian Central Bank and preparing related information letters and to the EU institutions.

  1. Apart the investigation in Slovenia, another investigation takes place in Bulgaria after criminal complaints submitted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bulgaria as also Bulgarian citizens. From December 2016 the Bulgarian Prosecutor has concluded and informed that a heavy crime took place. (Annex_6).
  2. The known and confirmed transactions to the Slovenian Bank account are 1,070,140 euros sent from the Bulgarian Chess federation and 7,500 euros sent from the Montenegro Chess federation. However the ECU has the information, which is not yet official, that the total deposits in this account exceed the 3 million euros.
  3. European Chess Union asks any legal entity, “sponsor” or individual who was asked to transfer money to the account with no. SI56 0510 0801 3271 144 in the ABANKA d.d. Bank in Slovenia to report it, in ECU or/and the Police.
  4. European Chess Union will hold a Press conference in Batumi during the Chess Olympiad releasing more details and documents/invoices, about the case with the main purpose to inform the media as also the representatives of all National Chess federations.




CZECH OPEN 2018- Final Press Release

In the main tournament Pardubice Open, 309 players (43 GMs and 66 IMs) from 38 countries were presented.

P1270446Before the last round, GM Movsesian was half a point ahead and because in the final ninth round of the open grand master tournament Pardubice Open the matches of the first two boards ended in draw, Sergei Movsesian became the winner of this year’s tournament. He became historically the first player to win the Czech Open main tournament three times. „It was a big challenge for me, because after last year’s break, I played the grand master tournament again. It’s true that year after year, it seems to me that it is harder. Czech Open is always a high-quality tournament,“ said GM Sergei Movsesian. Second place went to IM Lukasz Jarmula from Poland. Bronze goes to Germany thanks to IM Christopher Noe. The best performace among Czech players was achieved by GM Thai Dai Van Nguyen on the 24th place.


The best woman in the tournament proved to be FM Nurgyul Salimova (2317) from Bulgaria, who showed great performance, fulfilled norm of IM and finished 29th. Best player in the U18 category was IM Kumar Jena Rakesh (2385) from India, who took 22nd place with 6.5 points. The trophy for the best senior player went to the Czech GM Marek Vokac (2384), who finished 76th with 5.5 points. In total, 14 international norms were distributed this year, out of which there were three norms of GM (Lukasz Jarmula, Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, Kacper Drozdowski).

MOTORGAS OPEN – ELO FIDE < 2300 rating tournament

 The winner of this tournament was WGM Elmira Mirzoeva from Russia, who dominated this tournament with 8.5 points. The second place took Aleksei Aliferenko from Ukraine and FM Mohsen Gabr from Egypt finished third.


GASCO OPEN – ELO FIDE < 2100 rating tournament

 The 7.5 points winner of this tournament was Sergei Polich from Ukraine, followed by Dejan Dimitrov and Alexandr Igumnov from Russia. All three players had the same number of points – 7.5.


DOSTIHOVY SPOLEK OPEN – ELO FIDE < 1700 rating tournament

 The gold medal in this tournament went to Batkhishig Udval from Mongolia, who scored 8.5 out of 9 points. Silver goes to Ukraine thanks to Myhaylo Zhukovskyi and third was Igor Igumnov from Russia.


The results and photographs of all tournaments and games are available on

Jubilee 30th International Chess and Games festival CZECH OPEN is going to be held 11. – 28. 7. 2019.

Adam Joska

Czech Open 2018


Everything is set for the 18th European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship which opens tomorrow and takes place from 31st July till 5th August in Continental Hotel in Oradea, Romania.


The first on the schedule will be European Youth Rapid Individual Chess Championship 2018 which will be played on 1st and 2nd of August with participation of 340 players coming from more than 20 European federations. The Rapid event will be played in 6 age categories (open and girls sections): U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, in 9 rounds by Swiss system, with time control 15 minutes + 10 seconds of increment per move, starting from the move one.

The starting lists of the players who will participate the Rapid Individual event are available here for Open section, and the starting lists for the girls sections are available here.

After the end of the Rapid Individual Championships, the Championship in Solving Problems will take place on 2nd of August with start at 6pm (local time).

oradea_chapter_imageEuropean Youth Rapid Team Chess Championship 2018 will be played on Friday, 3rd of August. The event will be played in two age categories U12 and U18, with teams composed of 4 players from the same federation. The rate of play will be 10 minutes + 2 seconds of an increment per move, starting from the move one, and the event will be played in 7 rounds.

The event will be finished with the European Youth Blitz Championship which will be played in 3 age categories (open and girls sections): U10, U14 and U18. 283 players coming from around 20 European federations have already registered for the Blitz Championships. The starting lists of the girls sections are available here, while the starting lists of the open sections can be seen here.


The organizers provided the live transmission of the top boards of each competition. The live broadcast of games can be followed through the official website of the Championship

Top 3 ranked players of each category will be 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 will be organized during the championship.

Official Website of the Championship


The best female chess player in history, Judit Polgar, designed educational program for China. Multiple Olympic champion’s innovative educational chess programs Chess Palace and Chess Playground are set to be introduced into Chinese schools to help the younger generation prepare for the challenges of our future.

In the 21st century, chess is more than just a sport but an opportunity, at least according to Olympic chess champion Judit Polgár who believes that by learning the game we can also learn to handle the excessive amounts of data that, in the digital age, we are constantly facing on a daily basis. Considered to be the best female chess player ever and having won multiple olympic gold medals in the sport, Polgár has gone on to pioneer two playful education programs called Chess Palace for schools and Chess Playground for kindergartens. These teaching methods are now being adopted in China after their previous success in her home country of Hungary, where they have helped children to improve their competencies by 40% when tested in key school subjects within the National Core Curriculum.


From September the Chess Palace and Chess Playground educational programs will begin in Chinese schools, with Polgár on-hand to help implement the method for learning by introducing it to headmasters as well as giving a lecture on chess as an educational tool. As a part of this cooperation, Polgár attended a special festival in Beijing between 18-22 July called Chess Skill = The Ability to Survive in the Future.

This unique five-day event was built around the tenets of the grandmaster’s educational programs, intended to give its young participants an understanding of skills and experience that they might need in their future lives. Teams of kids took part, teaching them not only the logical thinking needed on the chessboard but also aspects of teamplay, a sense of community and a greater understanding of wider social issues. To make this extra special, Polgár also gave a simultaneous exhibition by playing against a number of talented young chess players from across the country – an event that was also streamed online.

jppress201807_5The concept of the Chess Skill event is based on and precedes the Global Chess Festival, which is an annual event in Budapest organised by Polgár’s Foundation and is due to once again take place this October.

“Talks to make our programs accessible to Chinese children between 4-10 years-old began in 2016,” said Polgár of the exciting move to bring Chess Palace and Chess Playground to Asia. “Our cooperating partner, Chess Ivy, also believes that the use of chess is of great help for the younger generation of the 21st century by helping them to master the skills that are essential for success as adults. We believe that chess will allow children to adapt to changing situations later on in their lives.” Polgár emphasised how playing chess can teach children values like decision-making and help them to learn responsibility for their actions.

The success of these educational programs has already been proven in Hungarian schools where they were first introduced, becoming a part of Hungarian National Core Curriculum in 2013. Since then they have been introduced into 350 schools and have been utilised by over 15,000 young students.

As a part of this, almost 1,000 teachers have completed a 30-hour accreditation training program since Chess Palace and Chess Playground were first introduced. These teachers do not teach chess, but teach by the rules of chess. As part of the training program they are taught how to use the game as a toolkit for education, the rules of chess – and the values that can be earned by those who play it – being applied to the study of other compulsory subjects. As a result, a rather impressive 40% of the children participating in these programs have managed to achieve better results in subject competency tests when compared to control groups that did not take part, highlighting the value of the teaching method.

Polgár lives by her motto of “Chess connects us”, and it is with this in mind that the Chess Palace and Chess Playground programs were developed. As part of this message, she is opening the Global Chess Festival for the fourth year in 2018. This year it will be hosted by the Hungarian National Gallery and will take place at the Buda Castle in Budapest on 13 October 2018.


CZECH OPEN 2018- 2nd Press release

Many chess tournaments took place in Pardubice during last week. One of the most important and star-studded was rapid chess tournament Pardubicky kraj Open, with participation of 29 GMs.

“This is one of the strongest rapid tournaments and we are really happy about the interest for taking part in it,” said director of Czech Open Jan Mazuch. The winner of this tournament was GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy from Ukraine. „Rapid is my favorite discipline, I am satisfied with lots of games. I hope that the victory will motivate me to the next games in Czech Open. I feel good, a couple of months before this tournament I spent training and I am ready to fight for the victory in the main tournament Pardubice Open“ said the winner of rapid chess tournament GM Bernadskiy.


Interesting performances were also shown by the Indian players, remarkable 14th place got 12 years old IM Gukesh (1519). „It could have been even better, in the 4th round I lost the winning game with Chinmay Kulkarni. I have not played the rapid chess tournament in the last four years, so I have such a low rating and I can be at least partially satisfied. Recently I got the title of International Master, in Pardubice it is my goal to fight for the Grand Master’s norm“ said the promising Indian.

 Final standing of rapid chess tournament:

  1. GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy (Ukraine)
  2. GM Sergei Movsesian (Armenia)
  3. GM Philipp Schlosser (Germany)

This rapid tournament was played also as Open Czech Championship. The best Czech player was GM Jiri Stocek.

Final standing of Czech Championship:

  1. GM Jiri Stocek
  2. GM Vojtech Plat
  3. GM Vitezslav Rasik

The main Grand master tournament Pardubice Open has started on Friday 20th July. The total of 309 players registered, including those from South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Israel, United States of America, India and many European countries. “In this tournament, we have many players, who are really strong and we are glad that many people abroad are interested in our festival. There are big delegations especially from Germany, India, Russia and Ukraine” said Jan Mazuch, the director of Czech Open. In the main event of festival, 43 GMs, 3 WGMs, 66 IMs and 7 WIMs participate. “The starting list is very strong, like every year for that matter,” summed up Mazuch.


Number one seeded for this year is GM Jorden Van Foreest (2640) from Netherlands. Number two in starting list is Russian GM David Paravyan (2638) and number three is GM Sergei Movsesian (2635) from Armenia.

In the first four rounds there were two players who won all their games, that are GM Nitzan Steinberg from Israel and IM Vojtech Zwardon from Czech Republic. Zwardon is a big surprise of the tournament and he confirms a great form. Every year, a lot of foreign players   come to Pardubice and they make a lot of surprises in tournament just like this year. “The strength of this tournament in Pardubice is very high, because there is a lot of unknown young players from all of the world. We can see here, as last year, the most promising youngster of the world, indian GM Praggnanandhaa  (2529)  ” explained festival chess expert IM Petr Pisk.


The results of all tournaments and games are available on

Adam Joska

Czech Open 2018

CHEZH OPEN 2018- Press release

The 29th International Chess and Games Festival Czech Open started on July 12th. As usual take place in hockey ČSOB Pojišťovna Arena in Pardubice.

Czech Open 2017

The first tournament of Czech Open was really successful for Czech teams. In Cesky Lev Kolesovice Open, 121 four-member teams participated. “We are very happy to have 121 teams in this tournament, the number of teams from foreign countries is higher than last year. There are traditionally very strong players and teams, the tournament played GM Viktor Laznicka (2669), second best player of Czech Republic” said the director of festival Jan Mazuch.

This tournament is also played as Championship of Czech Republic. After seven rounds gold medals remained in Pardubice, because 2222 SK Polabiny A won. On the second place of final ranking was team SK Oaza Praha A, third ended team TJ Pankrac from Czech Republic too. On starting list were 9 GMs, 2 WGMs, 13 IMs, 2 WIMs and the best player of the event was Czech player GM Tomas Polak, who scored 6,5/7.


The first weekend of the event was traditionally dedicated to games. There are tournaments in various disciplines, such as backgammon, go, gomoku, mancala, scrabble and many others. The new game was a PubQuiz, which was also played as Championship of Czech Republic. After the weekend, the other chess tournaments were proceeding – blitz chess, superblitz and blitz marathon. One of the most popular event was the Fischerrandom chess tournament with GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy or GM Vojtech Plat. Winner of this tournament became Ukrainian Vitaliy Bernadskiy (2586). The best player in the Czech Open is Pentala Harikrishna, who has rating 2734. He is the 22nd world player and he played open pairs blitz tournament. Another star-studded tournament is the two-day rapid-chess tournament, which started on Wednesday. There are 29 grandmasters in the start list,  top seeded is GM Sergei Movsesian (2650) and GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy (2631).


Czech Open Festival draws to a phase, when the competitors taking part in the main tournament meet in the ČSOB Pojišťovna Arena. This tournament will begin on Friday 20th July and continue up to the Saturday 28th July.

The results of all tournaments, photogallery and games are available on

Adam Joska

Czech Open 2018


European Youth Team Chess Championship 2018, which took place from 11th-19th July in Bad Blankenburg, Germany, concluded yesterday. The event was played in 2 age categories (open and girls section): Under 12 and Under 18, with participation of 44 teams.


In Open section U18, team of Romania won the Championship with 5 victories and 2 draws, and in total 12 match points. Austria, Germany 1 and Belarus tied for the second place, but according to the tiebreaks Austria took silver medal, Germany 1 finished the event with bronze, while Belarus ended on the 4th place.

Final ranking list Open U18


In Girls section U18, top seeders suffered many upsets in the first rounds of the event. After 7 played rounds, Poland became the Winner, with score of 12 match points. Three teams tied for the second and third place, among whom the team of Romania had the best tiebreaks to finish the event as second, Germany 1 ended third, while Czech Republic left without medals.

Final ranking list Girls U18


Teams who participated Open section U12 had played 9 rounds according to the Robin round system. After harsh struggles Israel triumphed the event with score of 13 match points. France lagged behind for only one match point and took the second place with 12 match points, while Belarus and Turkey tied for the third place, each with 11 match points. Eventually, Belarus had slightly better tiebreak points, and won the third place.

Final ranking list Open U12


Things were more clear in Girls section U12, where the event was played in 10 rounds, Robin double-round system. The first team of Germany won the event with amazing 9 victories and only one match ended in a peaceful manner- draw. The team of Hungary secured the second place a long time before the end of the Championship, and after 10 played rounds scored 16 match points. The third place went to France with 9 match points.

Final ranking list Girls U12


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

The Closing Ceremony of the event took place yesterday in the evening, at the stage placed next to the lake of Bad Blankenburg. After the Closing ceremony, all participants had the opportunity to enjoy the last day of the event and make friends during the barbeque and party.

Photos from official website

Official Website



By the decision of the FIDE Presidential Board, which took place in Bucharest Romania on 9th, and 10th of July 2018, 30,000 euros from the Batumi Chess Olympiad Travel subsidy will be transferred to the European Chess Union to assist federations, which were not included in the FIDE list of travel subsidies (excluding delegates for the FIDE Congress).

ECU invites those federations, which are not included in the FIDE list to express their interest to the European Chess Union by a letter till Monday 30th of July 2018, 16.00 CET. In the letter shall be explained the importance of the travel subsidy for the applicant federation in order to meet the minimum budget requirements for the Chess Olympiad teams.

The ECU travel subsidy will amount from 3000 to 3900 euros for each federation application approved by the ECU Board.

If the number of requests exceed the amount of 30,000 euros, ECU will select the applications from the federations with the lowest budget for the Batumi Chess Olympiad. For that purpose may be asked additional information from the federations’ applicants. In any case  applications from federations with a high budget for the Batumi Chess Olympiad may not be approved.


European Youth Team Chess Championship 2018 has started in Bad Blankenburg, Germany, with participation of 44 temas. Boys and girls of sections Under 18 have already played 3 rounds, while 4 rounds have been played in section Open U12 and 5 rounds have been played in section Girls U12.


The event has been declared opened during the short Opening ceremony which took place before the start of the first round. Around 150 players were addressed by Dr. Marcus Fenner (DSB Director), Gabi Ohler, who represented the State of Thuringia, and Johann Poecksteiner, European Chess Union Board member and the event has officially started.


In Girls section U12, 6 teams are competing for the European Youth Team Chess Champion title. They will play 10 rounds according to double Robin round system. After 5 rounds, the teams of Hungary and Germany 1 emerged on the top with score of 9 match points, while the current third place is in hands of France who reached 5 match points.


Team of Israel emerged as the sole leader of Open U12 category with score of 7 match points. The runner-ups after 4 played rounds are Turkey with 6 match points and France with 5 match points. Top seeded Belarus suffered huge upsets in the first round, and surprisingly scored only 2 match points.


A few upsets happened also in Girls section U18, where top seeded team of Serbia suffered one lost and two drawn matches to achieve only 2 match points out of 3 played rounds. Poland emerged on the top with maximum result and score of 6 match points, while 5 teams tie for the second place: Germany 1, Romania, Slovenia 2, Croatia and Slovenia 1, each with score of 4 match points.


In category Open U18, Romania came on the top with perfect 6 match points. Teams of Poland and Austria tie for the second place, each with 5 match points, while top seeders of this group, Germany 1, also have suffered upset, and currently holds the 5th place.

Pairings, results and standings


This surprises of the first rounds promise very interesting and intense finish of the event. All the games, pairings and results can be seen on the Official Website of the event. All the games are live transmitted, and the live broadcast of the games can be followed here.

The event is played in 7 rounds Swiss system, except in the category for Girls U12, where 10 rounds will be played according to the round Robin system, according to ECU and FIDE Tournament rules, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves+ 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment for every played move starting from the move one. Draws before the 30th move made by black are strictly forbidden.

Official Website of the Championship