EUROPEAN YOUTH TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2020- Official Invitation

The European Chess Union (ECU) invites all National Chess Federations of ECU to participate in the European Youth Team Chess Championships 2020 organised from 9 July (arrivals) to 17 July (departures). The event will be held in the Conference Hall of the 5-star Lazart Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece. The European Youth Team Championship shall be held according to… Read More »

TATA STEEL MASTERS – R8 REPORT

Eight rounds of Tata Steel Masters have been already played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, and Caruana Fabiano(USA, 2822) and 16 years old Firouzja Alireza (2723) tie for the top, scoring 5.5 points each. In the 8th round, Caruana took a victory over a former World Chess Champion, Anand Viswanathan (IND, 2758), while Firouzja Alireza drew with black pieces… Read More »

GIBRALTAR CHESS FESTIVAL 2020 OPENS

The 18th edition of Gibraltar Chess Festival, opens tomorrow in Caleta Hotel, in Gibraltar. The festival comprises Masters, Challenger and Amateurs tournament. Masters tournament, which gathered 239 players coming from 55 federations, will be played in 10 rounds, Swiss system, with rate of play: 40 moves in 100 minutes plus 20 moves in 50 minutes plus 15 minutes… Read More »

First Rank Newsletter 32 – January 2020

ECU Education – School Chess Tournaments First Rank is a fortnightly term-time newsletter for everyone interested in chess for education. From January on, a lot of tournaments are organised. Is it wise to participate with children who only started to play chess in September? We’ll try to give you an answer. You’ll also find our usual subjects: an anecdote, a tactical… Read More »

TAJFUN LJUBLJANA CHESS FESTIVAL 2020

TAJFUN Ljubljana Chess Festival 2020 will be held from 26th April- 3rd May 2020 in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Ljubljana Chess Festival comprise the Open tournament, which will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss accelerated system, with time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an… Read More »

TATA STEEL CHESS – R4 REPORT

Four rounds have been already played at 82nd Tata Steel Masters tournament in Wijk aan Zee, often called “Wimbledon of chess”. After four played rounds, and the resting day (15th of January), Wesley So (USA, 2765) goes to round 5 as the sole leader of the event, scoring 3/4. He is followed by Xiong, Jeffery (USA, 2712), Caruana… Read More »

LIST OF ARBITERS APPLIED FOR ECU EVENTS

In December 2019, ECU Arbiters Council announced the call of interest for the arbiters who are interested to be appointed for ECU events in 2020. 197 applications were received and among them, 176 were from titled arbiters and passed the necessary conditions. List of interested arbiters is available here. Deadline for objections by national federations from the arbiters… Read More »

EUROPEAN WOMEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2020- Official invitation

European Women Chess Championship 2020 will take place from 31st of May (arrival day) until 13th of June 2020 (departure day) in Mamaia, Romania. The event is organized by Romanian Chess Federation, Constanta County Chess Association and Mind Games & Events Sport Association, under the auspices of European Chess Union. The 21st European Individual Chess Championship for women… Read More »

WITH CHESS TO FREEDOM – Project “Chess in Prison”

The paraphrase of the infamous slogan of “welcoming” prisoners of concentration camps is deliberately used in the headline. Pieces made from precious bread were at that time one of the few ways to maintain common sense in an environment beyond human understanding. Fortunately, concentration camps are a thing of the past, but the magical power of chess is… Read More »

ECU E-MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019

ECU E-Magazine December 2019 is out! December 2019 edition of the ECU E-Magazine can be read online together with interactive links on the following link, or can be downloaded as a PDF file bellow. ECU E-MAGAZINE December 2019