EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- Regulations

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

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The event is open only to players based in the European Union member countries. Each Federation listed as the EU member can register one player, a boy or a girl in each of the categories: U8, U10, U12 or U14. There is no limit for additional (extra) players per federation.

The event will be played in 4 age categories, with girls section merged with open section. By the end of the event, scores of the girls who participated the event will be separated and the best will be crowned as winners of the European Youth Chess Championship 2018 in the appropriate category.

Registrations shall be done online by filling the registration form and sending it back to the organizing committee on the following e-mail address: zdenek.fiala@chess.cz. Registration deadline is June 30th 2018.

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The event will take place in a 3* Hotel Dlouhe Strane in Kouty nad Desnou, and all the participants and accompanying persons are obliged to stay in the official hotel of the event, which will be also the official playing venue of the Championship.

European Union Youth Chess Championship 2018 will be played in 9 categories, 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.

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The event is organized by Czech Chess Federation under the auspices of European Chess Union.

Official Regulations of the event can be downloaded bellow or here.

European Union Youth Chess Championship 2018- Official Regulations

Contact information:

Ing. Zdenek Fiala, director of the tournament
Pesinky 1125, 582 91 Svetla n. S., Czech Republic
E-mail: zdenek.fiala@chess.cz
www.chess-svetla.cz




43rd CHESS OLYMPIAD BATUMI- INVITATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registrations for the events shall be done online, through the special online system which can be found on the official website of the event, to the following link: https://batumi2018.fide.com/en/register .

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

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

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

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

Batumi Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee- Contact information

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

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

Invitation for 43rd Chess Olympiad and 89th FIDE Congress




IN MEMORIAM NINO KHURTSIDZE (1975-2018)

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

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

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




ITALY AND RUSSIA EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONS

Teams of Italy and Russia triumphed at the European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018, in categories 50+ and 65+, respectively.

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In section 50+, top seeded Italy dominated at the event and stood on the throne with perfect result, and 9 consecutive victories. Even though draw in the last round was enough for reserving the first place, Italy stayed invincible until the end of the Championship. Members of the winning team are:

GM Godena Michele (ITA, 2507)

GM Garcia Palermo Carlos (ITA, 2404)

GM Mariotti Sergio (ITA, 2288)

IM Belia Fabrizio (ITA, 2443)

IM Bruno Fabio (ITA, 2439)

Silver went to Russian Women team, who suffered only one lost, in the very intense match played against Winners, while Belgium VCF team took the third place with 13 match points.

Final Standings- Section 50+

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The Champion of the 65+ category wasn’t questioned in the last round, since Russian team secured the gold with a round to spare. Russians finished the event unattainable with all the triumphs and perfect 18 match points. Members of the team of Russia are:

GM Balashov Yuri S (RUS, 2421)

IM Zhelnin Vladimir V (RUS, 2458)

GM Tunik Gennady (RUS, 2351)

GM Pushkov Nikolai (RUS, 2304)

IM Lisenko Alexander V (RUS, 2368)

Germany ended second with 15 match points, while bronze came to the first team of Sweden with 12 match points.

Final Standings- Section 65+

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Top 3 winning teams of each category were awarded with trophies and medals, while the best individual board players were rewarded with additional prizes.

European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018 took place from 13th-23rd April 2018, in Wałbrzych, Poland.

The Championship was played in two age categories: 50+ and 65+ , in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest of the game + 30 sec increment for every move played starting from the move one, with the total prize fund of 8.000 EUR.

The event was organized by Adolf Anderssen Foundation (Fundacja im. Adolfa Anderssena) under the auspices of the European Chess Union.

Official Website of the event




ZISKA HELGI DAM WINS EUROPEAN SMALL NATIONS INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

Grandmaster Ziska Helgi Dam (FAI, 2549) became the Winner of the 3rd European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship, which took place from 13th-23rd April, in Klaksvik, Faroe Islands.

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Ziska Helgi Dam reached an impressive result of 8.5 points and convincingly won the Championship before the last round with perfect 8/8. In the last round of the event, Ziska Helgi Dam drew against GM Efimov Igor (MNC, 2407), which was more than enough to take gold.

For GM Efimov Igor, draw in the 9th round was enough for taking the silver medal with score of 7 points. Third place went to IM Berend Fred (LUX, 2357) with 6.5 points.

Final Standings

The event was played as a Robin-round event in 9 rounds, with participation of 10 players, with time control of the event: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.

The total prize fund of the event was 4.500 EUR, with 2.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the Championship.

The Winner of the European Small Nations Blitz Chess Championship became Paris Klerides (CYP, 2183).

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Official Website of the event




VALENTINA GUNINA WINS EUROPEAN WOMEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Valentina Gunina (RUS, 2507) convincingly won the European Women Individual Chess Championships 2018, which took place from 7th-20th April, in Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia.

30740589_354968048327451_7670678725842698240_nValentina Gunina reached an impressive result of 9 points out of 11 games, without a lost game, to be the whole point ahead of the first runner-ups and to achieve the title of European Women Chess Champion for the third time in her career (2012, 2014, 2018).

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Seven players tied for the second place, each with 8 points. According to the tie-break criteria, silver medal went to Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2507), the Winner of the Championship in 2017, while Ushenina Anna (UKR, 2422) took the bronze medal and the third place.

Final ranking list

30725847_354967361660853_1441401998179041280_nThe Closing Ceremony of the Championship took place yesterday evening, on 19th of April, and was attended by the President of the Slovak Chess Federation Ing. Frantisek Jablonicky, Chief Arbiter Dr. Ivan Syrovy, Tournament Director Mrs. Eva Repkova and other distinguished chess figures. The European Chess Union was represented by Mr. Martin Huba, ECU Treasurer.

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19 players achieved the international FIDE title norms and the list of the players is available here, while 14 players qualified for the next cycle of the World Women’s Chess Championship and the list is available bellow (graphic @EuropeEchecs).

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The event participated 143 players from 30 different European federations. among whom 13 Grandmasters, 29 International masters, 35 Women Grandmasters, 22 Women International masters and in total 128 titled players, which made the event very strong.

The Championship was played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess 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 the move one.

The total prize fund of the event was 70.000 EUR.

Official Website of the Championship

Photographs by: Oleksandr Martynkov




ITALY AND RUSSIA LEAD EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Two teams emerged on the top of both categories of European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018 which takes place in Walbrzych, Poland.

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After 6 played rounds, Italy came on the top of section 50+ with all the victories and maximum 12 match points. Russia Women team is on the second place with only one lost but very intense match, played against the top seeded and leading Italy. Belgium VCF and Poland Walbrzych teams tie for the third place, each with score of 7 match points, but according to the tie breaks, the third place after 6 played rounds belongs to Belgium.

Ranking list-Section 50+

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In section 65+, top seeded team of Russia took the sole leadership with all the triumphs and perfect 12 match points. Germany is second with 9 match points, while the first team of Finland takes the third place with 8 match points.

Ranking list-Section 65+

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The 7th round of the event takes place today and starts at 3 pm, local time. All the games of both sections can be watched live, and the live broadcast can be followed through the Official Website of the event.

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Besides the chess activities, the participants had the opportunity to visit the local landmarks such as mining museum “Old mine” and Książ Castle, the largest castle in the Silesia region, located north of Wałbrzych and one of the Wałbrzych’s main tourist attractions.

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The Championship is played in two age categories: 50+ and 65+ , in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest of the game + 30 sec increment for every move played starting from the move one, with the total prize fund of 8.000 EUR.

The event is organized by Adolf Anderssen Foundation (Fundacja im. Adolfa Anderssena) under the auspices of the European Chess Union.

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R6 REPORT: EUROPEAN SMALL NATIONS INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Six rounds have been played at the 3rd European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship which takes place in Klaksvik, Faroe Islands.

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After 6 played rounds, GM Ziska Helgi Dam (FAI) emerged as the sole leader of the event with a perfect result and score of 6 points. The second place is currently in hands of GM Efimov Igor (MNC, 2407) who suffered the upset in the 5th round and lost against FM Berg Olaf (FAI, 2235) and now has 5 points, while the third place currently belongs to Berend Fred (LUX, 2357) with 4.5 points.

Ranking list

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The 7th round of the Championship starts today at 4 pm (local time) and live transmission of all the games can be followed through the Official Website of the event. Pairings of the 7th round:

1 4 2183 FM Klerides Paris GM Ziska Helgi Dam 2549 10
2 5 2407 GM Efimov Igor IM Aloma Vidal Robert 2440 3
3 6 1985 CM Kirby Peter J. CM Belzo Krzysztof 2103 2
4 7 2099 FM Theocharous Stelios FM Berg Olaf 2235 1
5 8 2062 Frick Renato IM Berend Fred 2357 9

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The event is played as a Robin-round event in 9 rounds, with participation of 10 players, with time control of the event: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.

The total prize fund of the event is 4.500 EUR, with 2.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event.




VALENTINA GUNINA LEADS IN SLOVAKIA

After nine played rounds at the European Women Individual Chess Championship 2018 which takes place in Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia, the leading position belongs to Valentina Gunina (RUS, 2507) with the score of 8 points.

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And while Gunina secured the top for at least one more round, Ushenina Anna (UKR, 2422), Stefanova Antoaneta (ECU, 2479), Paehtz Elisabeth (GER, 2468) and Atalik Ekaterina (TUR, 2452) tie for the second place, each with 7 points.

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round-09-029Only two rounds left to be played, and the live transmission of the final games can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

The 10th round starts today at 15.00 pm (local time) and the top pairings are as followed:

1 13 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2468 7 8 GM Gunina Valentina 2507 4
2 17 IM Atalik Ekaterina 2452 7 7 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2479 8
3 24 GM Ushenina Anna 2422 7 IM Osmak Iulija 2361 47
4 65 WGM Kulon Klaudia 2319 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2495 5
5 3 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2507 6 WGM Girya Olga 2470 12
6 1 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2540 6 6 IM Arabidze Meri 2393 34
7 36 IM Mammadzada Gunay 2392 6 6 IM Cornette Deimante 2467 14
8 15 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2467 6 6 WIM Badelka Olga 2375 41
9 25 IM Bulmaga Irina 2414 6 6 WIM Shuvalova Polina 2389 38
10 33 IM Szczepkowska Karina 2403 6 6 WIM Unuk Laura 2329 57

Pairings of the 10th round

round-09-017The European Individual Women’s Chess Championship  is a qualification event for the next World Women’s Chess Championship. According to the current FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 14 players will qualify. The total prize fund of the event is 70.000 EUR.

The Championship is played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess 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 the move one.

Official Website of the Championship

Photos by: Oleksandr Martynkov




R3 REPORT: EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Three rounds have been already played at the European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018, which takes place from 13th-23rd April in Walbrzych, Poland.

DSC_5402-kopiaThe event is declared opened during the short ceremony which took place before the start of the first round, in the playing venue of the event- Hotel Aqua Zdroj.

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The Championship is played in two age categories: 50+ and 65+ with participation of 27 teams coming from 12 European federations.

In section 50+, 12 teams are fighting for the title of European Senior Team Chess Champion. After three played rounds, Russia Women team and top seeded Italy emerged on the top with all the victories and maximum result of 6 match points. Leaders are followed by 3 teams with the same score of 4 match points: Belgium VSF, Germany Women team and England.

Ranking list- section 50+

DSC_5382-kopiaIn section 65+, with participation of 15 teams, after three rounds of struggles, Russia emerged as the sole leader of the Championship, as the only team who triumphed in all the rounds, and scored a maximum result of 6 match points. Scotland and Denmark Norresundby tie for the second place with 5 match points each.

Rank list- Section 65+

DSC_5369-kopiaThe 4th round of the event will take place today at 3 pm (local time). The clash of the leaders of category 50+ and match between the first and second -placed teams of section 65+, together with all the other matches of both Championships, can be watched LIVE through the official website of the Championship.

Pairings of the 4th round- Section 50+

Pairings of the 4th round- Section 65+

Official Website of the Championship

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