The 16th traditional International Chess Festival “Aeroflot Open 2018″ will take place from 19th February to 2nd March 2018, in Moscow, Russia.


As usual, the event will consist of three competitions: A, B and C for players rated 2549 and more, 2299-2550 and 2300 and less, respectively. The event will be played in one of the largest hotels of Moscow, Hotel Cosmos, which will be the official playing venue of all the events.

Besides the regular Open events, in addition to the Aeroflot Open tournaments, the blitz tournament will be organized and will take place on 1st of March, the last day of the event.


This time, the very popular festival throughout the world has reached the total prize fund of 140.000 EUR. The first place of the prestigious A event will worth 18.000 EUR. Besides the regular prizes, organizers provided special prizes for the best women players, best juniors and best seniors.

Until today, 72 players from 21 federations registered for the A competition, while B and C open tournaments gathered 96 and 61 players, respectively. Among the top players of the A event, there are three 2700+ rated players: Andreikin Dmitry (RUS, 2712), Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2709) and Matlakov Maxim (RUS, 2709). Besides them, many other top Grand masters will compete in the Championship, such as: Artemiev Vladislav (RUS 2697), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS, 2684), Najer Evgeniy (RUS, 2683), Kamsky Gata (USA, 2677), Sargissian Gabriel (ARM 2677), Motylev Alexander (RUS, 2673), Sasikiran Krishnan (IND, 2671) etc.

Starting list 


All events will be played in 9 games, Swiss system, with time control for the A tournament: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first move, time control for the B tournament: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first, and C tournament time control: 90 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from the first. The participants must keep the record of moves till the end of the game.

The event is organized by “Aeroflot-Russian Airlines”, the Russian Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Federations.

Official Website


The strongest tournament ever held in Portugal gathered 272 chess players from 42 countries in the second pavilion of the Municipal Sports Complex of Vistoso Casal, in Lisbon.

Aleksandar Indjic (SRB, 2612) made 7.5 points in 9 possible, the same as Anton Demchenko (RUS, 2671) and Nikita Petrov (RUS, 2573), but had a better tie-breaker to claim the title, after being runner-up in the 2017 edition of the event.


Bulmaga Irina (ROU, 2411) was crowned as the best women player with 6.5 points and 18th place. The best Portuguese in the Open was the IM Rui Dâmaso, who scored 7 points and achieved the 12th place after beating in the final round young GM Vahap Sanal (TUR, 2551).


On the last day of the event, the Portuguese Chess Federation organized an optional Rapid tournament which took place on 10th February. The rapid event participated 172 players from 24 federations.

IM Gomez Ledo Roberto Carlos (CUB,2462), 15th seed at the start of the competition, became the winner of the Rapid Open with 7 points out of 8 games. Roberto Ledo tied for the first place with Grand master Federico Ponsa (ARG, 2610), but won the title due to better tie-breaks. The third place went to Aleksandar Indjic (SRB, 2544) who again stood on the throne of the Portugal Open, but this time to take the bronze medal with 6.5 points.


Open Portugal 2018, organized by Portuguese Chess Federation, took place from 3rd-9th February in Gym of Sports Complex of Casal Vistoso, in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

Photo Gallery 

Official Website



The European Chess Union invites the National federations members to submit bids for the organisation of the official European Chess Championships in 2020 & 2021.

The bids shall be submitted exclusively in the Bid form regulated by the ECU (in the attachment). For any additional documents delivered separately from the bid form, it must be stated in the bid form what they relate to. Any document that reaches the ECU office after the official deadline will not be taken into consideration.

The deadline for bids to reach the European Chess Union office is the Monday 30th of April 2018, by 4 PM CET. All the bids must reach the European Chess Union office until the deadline in one of the following ways:

  1. By e-mail
  2. Personally, in a sealed envelope, in the ECU office in Tbilisi.
  3. By postal service or express postal service (DHL, Fedex, TNT…) to the address: European Chess Union, Kostava Str. 37a, Chess Palace, 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia.

Bids for organising ECU competitions have to be sent by the organising chess federation.

A. The bidding procedure is open for the following competitions in 2020:

  1. European Individual Championship  (estimated number of players: 300)
  2. European Individual Women Championship (estimated number of players: 150)
  3. European Club Cup (estimated number of players: 360 – 60 teams)
  4. European Club Cup for Women Cup (estimated number of players: 80 – 20 teams)
  5. European Senior Individual Championship Championship (estimated number of players: 200)
  6. European Senior Team Championship (estimated number of players: 200 – 50 teams)
  7. European Youth Team Championship (estimated number of players: 200 – 50 teams)
  8. European Rapid & Blitz Championship (estimated number of players: 700)
  9. European Women’s Rapid & Blitz Championship (estimated number of players: 100)
  10. European School Championship (estimated number of players: 400)
  11. European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships (estimated number of players: 300)
  12. European Amateur Championship (estimated number of players: 200)

B. The bidding procedure is open for the following ECU chess championships in 2021:

  1. European Youth Championship 2021* (estimated number of players: 1000)

*The bid is accepted only as combined with the bid for the European individual Women Championship 2020

  1. European Team Championship Open and Women 2021** (estimated number of players 320 players – 80 teams)

**The bid will be treated as priority as combined with the bid for the European individual Championship 2020

C.  Bid Fees

A bid will only be taken into account if the federation concerned has paid a bid fee, for each championship***, according to the ECU Tournament regulations (Annex 3: Bid Fees and Deposit Fees) to the bank account of the European Chess Union within one week after the deadline. The deadline for the payment of a bid fee is  the Monday 7th of May, 2018.

*** For European Club Cup Open and Women is paid only the highest bid fee (1000 euros) if the events are proposed for the same dates and venue.
For European Team Championship Open and Women is paid only the highest bid fee (1000 euros) if the events are proposed for the same dates and venue.

D.  Playing Halls Capacity

The total space is calculated according the estimated number of participants of each event. Each Championship shall be played in the same paying hall. Multiple playing halls will be evaluated with fewer points by the inspectors.

According the ECU Tournament regulations, the minimum size of a tournament hall shall foresee 3m2 per board and additionally 40 % (25% for youth tournaments) space for players’ and spectators’ corridors. The distance between the chess boards and the spectators should be not less than 1m.

Official ECU Bid Form

ECU Tournament Regulations – Bid Procedure


Portugal Open in organization of Portuguese Chess Federation takes place from 3rd-9th February 2018 in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.


The Portugal Open takes place in Gym of Sports Complex of Casal Vistoso, as the official venue of the event.

The event participate around 250 players coming from 41 federations. Among the participants are well known top Grand masters, such as top seeded Jobaava Badur (GEO, 2685), Demchenko Anton (RUS, 2671), Ghamarian Tigran (FRA, 2622), Sevian Samuel (USA, 2618). In the line of top seeded female players are Bulmaga Irina (ROU, 2411), Ozturk Kubra (TUR, 2353), Injac Teodora (SRB, 2302).


After five already played rounds seven players tie for the first place with the same score of 4.5/5: Gomez Ledo Roberto Carlos (CUB, 2442), To Nhat Minh (HUN, 2338), Demchenko Anton (RUS, 2671), Santos Latasa Jaime (ESP, 2546), Diermair Andreas (AUT, 2495), Repka Christopher (SVK, 2513) and Anurag Mhmal (IND, 2479). Top seeded, Jobava Baadur (GEO, 2685), suffered an upset in the 5th round when he lost against Indian Grand master Anurag Mhamal (IND, 2476), and now is competing to come back on the top with 3.5 points out of 5 games.

Pairings and Standings


The Portuguese Chess Federation is within the Portugal Open 2018 organizing the optional Rapid tournament which will take place on 10th of February.

Official Website of the Championship

The Portuguese Chess Federation (Federação Portuguesa de Xadrez, FPX), founded on 22 January of 1927, is a Sports Federation with Sports Public Utility Statue that has fulfilled all requirements defined by the legislation in force, the FPX has about 3000 (three thousand) registered players for a total of 120 (one hundred and twenty) active clubs and 20 (twenty) territorial associations.

In Portugal there are about of 150 official competitions, between national, regional and private tournaments, being most of them valid for FIDE rating. FPX attributes annually around 65 national titles in national competitions, within the rhythms (Classic chess, Rapid chess and Blitz chess) and for all the ages.

The function of FPX is the representation of the chess in Portugal, which has the support and supervision of the Sports and Youth Institute of Portugal, within the national sports promotion and development and participation in international organizations.


The European Individual Chess Championship for 2018 will take place in Batumi, Georgia, from 16th-29th March, in the 5 stars Hotel “Sheraton Batumi”, which will be the official venue of the Championship.

A month and a half before the start of the event, 252 players from 29 different European federations registered to participate and to fight for prestigious title of the European Chess Champion. Due to request from a number of federation the deadline for registration is extended till Monday 19th of February 2018. The final number of participants is expected to exceed the 300.


The battleground is led by six 2700+ rated players: Navara David (CZE, 2745), Jakovenko Dmitry (RUS, 2744), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL, 2735), Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2709), Naiditsch Arkadij (AZE, 2705). Among the players on the top of the starting list are also Jobaava Badur (GEO, 2685), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS, 2684), Najer Evgeniy (RUS, 2683), Sargissian Gabirel (ARM, 2677) and many others European top Grand masters.

Many female players will participate the event and will have a chance to compete in such a strong tournament. Top women players are: Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS, 2493), Girya Olga (RUS, 2482), Danielian Elina (ARM, 2413), Voit Daria (RUS, 2390), Assaubayeva Bibisara (RUS, 2381) etc.

Starting rank list


The Championship is a qualification event for the next World Cup with a total prize fund of 100.000 EUR, including the special prizes for the best Juniors, and ACP Special prizes for the 6 highest placed ACP Premium Members.

The Championship is open to all players representing the Chess Federations which are the ECU members, regardless of their title or rating, and without a limit of participants per federation. The event will be played in 11 rounds according to Swiss system in accordance with ECU and FIDE Tournament Rules and 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 Participants can get all the necessary information on the Official Website of the Championship, or by contacting the Tournament office.

Official Regulations of the Championship and more details about the event can be found here.


ECU Newsletter January 2018 is out!

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

  • Final report of Tata Steel Chess 2018
  • Final report of Tradewise Gibraltar 2018
  • ECU files a criminal complaint in Slovenia
  • Regulations of European ACP Women’s Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018
  • Regulations of European School Chess Championship 2018
  • Regulations of European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018
  • Upcoming events in February
  • Fun Zone

The ECU Newsletter January 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.



European Chess Union (ECU) and Romanian Chess Federation have the honour to invite all European Chess Federations affiliated to ECU to participate in the 18th European Youth Rapid & Blitz U-8,10,12,14,16,18 Championship which will be held from 31st July to 5th August 2018 in the city of Oradea, Romania.


The 18th European Youth Rapid&Blitz Championships are open to all players from European Chess Federations. Each ECU member federation can register an unlimited number of players that meet the age requirements of respective sections. The entry form should be filled in by the national federation on the official website of the championship before the registration deadline- 4th June 2018.

The playing venue of the events will be Continental Hotel, one of the official hotels of the event, together with Ramada Hotel and Impero Hotel. All the players and any kind of accompanying persons are invited to stay in the official hotels of the Championship.


The event consist of 4 separate competitions:


– 9 rounds according to the Swiss System, 15 minutes + 10 sec per player

– Categories: boys and girls U8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18


– Two categories: U12 and U18

– Teams are composed of 4 players of the same federation

– 7 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 10 minutes + 5 sec per player


– Three categories: under 10, under 14 and under 18, separately for boys and girls

– 9 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 3 minutes + 2 sec per player


– Three categories: U10, U14 and U18, separately for boys and girls

If some of the categories lack the needed number of participants, the organizer has the right to merge two categories or change the competition system.

oradea_chapter_imageTop 3 ranked players of each category will be awarded with cups and medals, together with special chess prizes and gifts.

The event will be played according to the ECU Tournament regulations published on 1st of January 2018, which includes Anti-Cheating rules.

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

Official regulations of the European Youth Rapid&Blitz Championships 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

Official Regulations European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2018

Contact Information:
Tournament office

Tournament Director:
IO Elena Cristian +40 723 309 101

Romanian Chess Federation/Constantin Ionescu,General secretary:

Russian Teachers with Academic & ECU certification!

Russian Chess Federation and Moscow Pedagogical State University signed the Agreement about cooperation. Their signatures under Agreement were put by Rector Alexey Lubkov and President Andrey Filatov.


On January 31, 2018 the Moscow Pedagogical State University and the Russian Chess Federation signed the Agreement on cooperation with the purpose of consolidation of efforts for ensuring social request for introduction of chess to educational space of elementary school, ensuring mass training of teachers in technologies of teaching chess in fixed and after hours.

The rector of MPGU Alexey Lubkov, the president of the Russian Chess Federation  Andrey Filatov and the Project manager of “Chess Education in Russian schools” Alexander Kostyev made a speech at a ceremony of signing of the Agreement on cooperation.


MPGU will develop the program “The technique of training in chess game at elementary school” for additional education. Development of a subject matter will be created for inclusion in curricula of the master program “Pedagogical Maintenance of Development of Younger School Students in the field of Mathematics and Information and Communication Technologies” of faculty of primary education of MPGU.

Also MPGU will give help to RCF on the project “Chess Education in Russian schools”  which is realized by the Russian Chess Federation with assistance of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and Fund of Presidential Grants. The basis of the project is made by a competition among elementary school teachers and additional education teachers on the best development of educational and methodical materials of chess. The bank of the advanced techniques for lessons of chess and after-hour work  which all materials will be in free access will be as a result created.


Besides, the program of chess advanced training courses for elementary school teachers (72 hours) will include the materials recommended by the Educational Commission of the European Chess Union. Thus, the Russian teachers upon termination of courses will be able to receive not only the Certificate of University, but also the certificate of “ECU Chess Teacher”.

Upon termination of a Ceremony, the simultaneous chess game of the international grand master Alexander Kalinin on 15 boards took place. Students, teachers and graduates of MPGU became opponents of the grand master. Professor Pavel Chulkov managed to make a draw (on a photo – the first at the left). All participants of a session received as a gift the book “Lessons to Young Chess Players” with autographs of coauthors A. Kostyev and A. Kalinin.

Photos by: Eteri Kublashvili


Levon Aronian (ARM, 2797) became the Winner of the Tradewise Gibraltar 2018 after passing the long path through the tie breaks.

Steven Linares, Pia Cramling, Levon Aronian, James Humphreys, Br

One of the strongest open tournaments over the years didn’t get a sole leader and a Winner after 10 regularly played rounds, since seven players tied for the first place with the same score of 7.5 points each.  Additional criteria determined four players who continued the fight for the top in the tie break matches which were played by the blitz time control. According to the final ranking order first matches of the playoffs were played between Rapport Richard (HUN, 2700) and Aronian Levon (ARM, 2797), while the second playoff match was played between Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2781) and Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA, 2793).


Aronian Levon was the first one who qualified for the super final match by defeating Richard Rapport with a result 2-0. Four times winner and the last three years Champion of the Tradewise Gibraltar Open, Nakamura Hikaru, dropped down the third game of the tie break match, what Vachier-Lagrave Maxime used to keep cold and to finish the fourth game in a peaceful manner-draw, eliminate Hikaru Nakamura, and become the second super finalist.


Aronian Levon and Vachier-Lagrave Maxime continued the intense struggle for the throne which started very equal with 3 games played without a decisive result. In the fourth game, Aronian managed to use the white pieces advantage, to win the game, and to be crowned as the Tradewise Gibraltar 2018 Winner.

Final Standings-Tradewise Gibraltar Masters Open 


The best female player was Cramling Pia (SWE, 2449) who won the prize worth 15.000£ with the same score of 6.5 points, but better tie breaks than Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2556) who finished as the second women.


The very strong line-up of this high leveled competition composed: 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) together 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).

Tradewise Gibraltar 2018

Traditionally, Tradewise Gibraltar took place at Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar and consisted of five main events: Masters, Challengers A, Challengers B, Amateurs A and Amateurs B competitions, which gathered 600 players coming from 60 federations. Besides the main events, various evening activities were 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 organizers increased the total prize fund of the event which reached 200.000£, with 25.000£ reserved for the Winner of the Master event, and 50.000£ reserved for the best women players.

Official Website

Photos: Sophie Triay and John Saunders


The Malopolska Chess Association, the Polish Chess Federation, the Community of Krakow, the European Chess Union (ECU), have honour to invite all the Chess Federations, and eligible players to take part in the European School Chess Championship 2018 organized in Krakow, Poland from 29th June to 8th July 2018.


European Schools Championship 2018 is played in 6 age categories: Under 7, Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17, Boys and Girls separately. In case that one girl group has less than 10 participants, it will be merged with the same Open age group category.

Every National Federation, School Association, School may enter an unlimited number of players in each of the 12 age groups.

Entries (registration forms) must be fully filled and sent from the National Federations, the School Association or the School to the Organization Committee not later than registration deadline – 15th May 2018. The registration forms shall be sent to the organizer by fax: +48-12-411-48-01 or by email: Registration forms can be downloaded here.


The playing venue of the Championship, as the official hotel of the event, will be 4 stars Galaxy hotel.

The Championship will be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves+30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

The best 3 ranked players of each category will be awarded with trophies and medals, while the best six players of each category will be awarded with special prizes. The winners of the European Championships 2018 have the right to participate free board and lodging to the World School Championship 2019 in Tunisia. Maloposka Chess Association provided for the new European School Chess Champions of each category free accommodation for the 29th International Chess Festival “Cracovia 2018″ which will be held from 27th December 2018- 4th January 2019 in Krakow, Poland.


The organizers provided many side events for the participants and their accompanying persons, such as excursions with professional guides, School Chess Teachers seminar, sports activities and blitz competition.

Contact information:logo_ESCC_2018 (1)

Championship Director:

phone/fax +48-12-411-48-01;
mob. +48-695-210-120;

Registration form

Official Website of the Championship

Official regulations of European School Chess Championship 2018

European School Chess Championship 2018- Information

Info ECU_European School Chess Championship 2018