EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS & HISTORY

European Team Chess Championship starts today with 36 teams in Open Section and 30 teams in Women Section.

The first seeds are Russia (Open) and Georgia (Women). Total number of players in Open section is 178, among whom 176 are title holders – 133 GMs, 32 IMs and 11 FMs! In Women Section 146 International title holders are on the field, among whom 13 GMs, 37 WGMs, 27 IMs and 27 WIMs.

The line-up of the Championship is one of the strongest ever, led by the World Champion and World #1 Magnus Carlsen.

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Azerbaijan in Open section and Ukraine in Women’s are defending the titles from Warsaw 2013, and both teams are seeded third in the starting lists.

The first European Team Chess Championship was held in Vienna and Baden bei Wien in 1957. It was a double Round Robin and notable for the surprise victory of the Yugoslav team over the mighty Soviet team in their second encounter.

For the next twenty years, Championships occurred at four-year intervals, and since 1977, successive tournaments have mainly been held on a three and then a two-year cycle. A Women’s Championship, following the same cycle and venues as the men’s, was established at Debrecen in 1992.

The format of the Championship varied through the years. It started as a Round Robin, and from entering the new millennium is held according to the Swiss System.

Number of boards per teams has also been changing over the different period. Started with 10, cut to eight, and then finally from 1992 was cut to five, which remained until now. Women Championships started with three players per team and increased to four in 2005 in Gothenburg/Sweden.

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On the photo is shown European Team Chess Championship in Oberhausen 1961: former world champion Mikhail Tal (seated left) and future world champion Tigran Petrosian (standing right) follow the events (source: Wikipedia).

In total medal count, Soviet Union is the ultimate leader with 9 gold medals, followed by Russia with 3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze, and Azerbaijan with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. In Women Section Russia has 6 medals in their collection, of which 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze. Ukraine follows with 2 gold and 1 bronze, while Georgia, Poland, Armenia, France and Slovakia have 1 gold medal each.




EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS IN REYKJAVIK

The European Team Chess Championship starts tomorrow in Reykjavik, Iceland!

36 teams compete in the Open Championship and 30 teams in the Women Championship!

The official venue is the Reykjavik’s Laugardalshöll arena, which was the playing hall of the Match of Century in 1972, between Fischer and Spassky.

The Championship will be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds, with one open section and one section for the women’s teams, The time control will be 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 second increment for every move played, starting from move one.

The total prize fund is 20.000 EUR, with 5.000 EUR first prize in both sections.

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Daily Results/Live Games  http://www.etcc2015.com/

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The Captains’ meeting took place at Laugardalshöll at 21:00 yesterday. Captains of all the teams attended the meeting, as well as the Chief Arbiter IA Omar Salama, Tournament Director Mr. Gunnar Bjornsson and ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili.

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Everything is set for the big start of the Championship. The playing hall is ready and the technical staff is finalizing the preparations.

Playing Hall – Laugardalshöll

The commentators of the Championship will be Simon Williams and Fiona Steil-Antoni.

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Photos by Hrafn Jökulsson




CHESS AND SOCIETY CONFERENCE IN LONDON

A small but fast growing community is using chess to improve social relations and wellbeing. The game may help to prevent dementia, it is used in prisons, and it is tested in therapies against addiction. Most recently, activists in numerous countries showed the great potential of chess in the integration of refugees. Even school chess is no longer only about cognitive development and academic achievement but increasingly emphasises inclusion and integration.

The third London Chess and Education Conference is addressing this development under the theme “Chess and Society”. On 5 and 6 December 2015 experts and activists from all more than 25 countries on all continents will come together as part of the London Chess Classic. While school chess is still the main area, and educational chess materials are exhibited, more than twenty topics are covered by lectures, debates and workshops, out of which “Social Opportunities for Chess Federations” should be of special importance to federations that are thinking beyond chess as a sport.

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In order to support those who start projects and are bringing the social benefits of chess to a new level, the first “Social Chess Entrepreneurship Bootcamp” has been added. This programme, consisting of lectures, workshops and a competition, is held on 4 – 6 December 2015 before and during the conference.

The ECU is teaming up with Chess in School and Communities, the charity behind the Classic and chess in more than 200 UK schools, to enable six stipendiates from Europe to take part in this: Radislav Atanasov (Bulgaria), Luis Blasco de la Cruz (Spain), Alessandro Dominici (Italy), Martina Korenova (Czech Republic), Patrick Reinwald (Austria) and Hedinn Steingrimsson (Iceland).

Follow the conference at www.londonchessconference.com




ECU NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2015

October 2015 edition of the European Chess Union Newsletter is out!

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In this edition of the monthly ECU Newsletter you will find:

  • Report about European Chess Club Cup 2015;
  • Report about 1st European Universities Chess Championship 2015;
  • Report about FIDE World Chess Cup 2015;
  • Report about World Rapid & Blitz Championship;
  • Global Chess Festival – 1000 faces of chess;
  • 1st ECU Congress and ECU General Assembly 2015;
  • ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili at European Deaf Chess Championship;
  • ECU President at Women FIDE Grand Prix Monte-Carlo 2015;
  • Fun Zone;
  • Upcoming events in November 2015.

The ECU Newsletter October2015 can be downloaded below or here

ECU NEWSLETTER October 2015




EUROPEAN ELITE TOGETHER IN MINSK

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National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus and Belarus Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union organize European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2015, 17-21 December, 2015, in Minsk/Belarus.

The tournament venue will be Sports Palace,  Pr. Pobeditelei, 4, Minsk, Belarus.

The European Individual Blitz Chess Championship is held on 18th December, 2015. It will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 paired rounds, with the time control 3 minutes game  + 2  seconds per move starting from the first move.

So far 127 players have registered, and the first seed is GM David Navara (CZE 2806).

European Blitz Chess Championship list of participants

Total prize fund is EUR 10,300, with main prizes: EUR 7,650 and special prizes: EUR 2,650.

The European Individual Rapid Chess Championship is held 18-21 December, 2015.

143 players have registered in Rapid Championship so far, and the top seed is GM Sergey Movsesian (ARM 2724).

European Rapid Chess Championship list of participants

Schedule for Rapid Championship:

Friday, 18 December 2015  Arrival & registration of the participants

Saturday, 19 December 2015  rounds 1-7

Sunday, 20 December 2015 rounds 8-11

Monday, 21 December 2015 Departure of the participants

Rapid Championship will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 rounds, with the time control 15 minutes game  + 10 seconds per move starting from the first move.

Total prize fund is EUR 20,120, with main prizes: EUR 16,250 and special prizes: EUR 3,870.

Both Championships are open to all players representing Chess Federations which are ECU members (FIDE zones 1.1. to 1.10), regardless of their title and rating. There is no limit to the number of participants per federation.

Applications must be sent to the email address chessminsk2015@yandex.ru after 1 September 2015. Theregistration deadline is 20 November 2015. The application shall state the player’s first name and surname, FIDE rating and birth date.

The Chief Arbiter is IA Andrzej Filipowicz (POL).

All the information are available on the official website of the championship: http://champ.openchess.by/en/

Office phone: + 375 17 328 63 37

Tournament Director: Nikolai Zarubitsky

E-mail: nik_zar@tut.by

Phone: + 375 29 713 61 62

Regulations can be found below or here

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SIBERIA AND NONA WIN EUROPEAN CLUB CUP 2015

The 31st European Club Cup and the 20th European Club Cup for Women finished tonight in Skopje/FYR Macedonia, with the closing ceremony held in hotel Aleksandar Palace.

Russian team Siberia became the winner of the Men’s tournament after the equal score against one of the biggest rivals Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova in the last round.

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The members of the winning team are:

GM Vladimir Kramnik (RUS 2777)

GM Levon Aronian (ARM 2784)

GM Alexander Grischuk (RUS 2774)

GM Li Chao (CHN 2750)

GM Wang Yue (CHN 2724)

GM Anton Korobov (RUS 2700)

GM Dmitry Kokarev (RUS 2603)

GM Dmitry Bocharov (RUS 2560)

Siberia scored 13 match points, with 6 won matches and 1 drawn. Last year’s champion SOCAR (AZE) took silver with 11 match points and better tie-break than Mednyi Vsadnik (RUS), who took bronze, and Padova, who eventually finished 4th.

Full Standings of Men’s Club Cup at Chess-Results

In Women’s section Chess Club Nona from Georgia defended the title with all 7 victories and 14 match points. The first seed triumphed convincingly, without any surprises and took home another beautiful trophy.

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The members of the winning team are:

GM Dzagnidze Nana (2573 GEO)

GM Khotenashvili Bela (2502 GEO)

IM Javakhishvili Lela (2463 GEO)

IM Batsiashvili Nino (2500 GEO)

WIM Mikadze Miranda (2245 GEO)

Second place went to the domestic team Gambit Asseko SEE with 11 match points, and the third place went to Russian team Ugra with 10 match points.

Full Standings of Women’s Club Cup at Chess-Results

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The European Chess Club Cup was held in Skopje/FYR Macedonia, 17-25 October, 2015, in Hotel Aleksandar Palace.

Both events will be held in 7 rounds, played in the Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules.

The organizer of the events are Municipality Karpos (Skopje) and Chess Club “Gambit Asseko SEE”, under the auspices of the European Chess Union. The Chief Arbiter is IA Ashot Vardapetyan (ARM).

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SIBERIA TAKES THE LEAD AT ECCC 2015, NONA REMAINS LEADER

The field is heating up at European Chess Club Cup 2015 in Skopje, after 5 rounds played. In the top encounter on the 1st board Siberia defeated the defending Champion SOCAR with the minimum score, emerging as the sole leader with all 5 victories. The crucial wins for the Russian team brought Vladimir Kramnik on the first board against Veselin Toplalov, and Alexander Grischuk against Fabiano Caruana on the third board. The victory of Michael Adams against Li Chao was not enough for SOCAR, as the remaining games were drawn.

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Peter Leko brought the victory to Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova against the domestic team Alkaloid by defeating Vassily Ivanchuk on the 1st board for 3.5-2.5 for the Italians.

Mednyi Vsadnik was convincing against Schachgesellschaft Zurich with 4.5-1.5, while Novy Bor outplayed Norwegain Oslo Schakselskap with 6-0.

Standings after 5 rounds:

1 Siberia (RUS) 10 match points

2-9 AVE Novy Bor (CZE), SOCAR (AZE), SHSM Legacy Square (RUS), Alkaloid (FYRM), Mednyi Vsadnik (RUS), Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova (ITA), Beer-Sheva (ISR) and Odlar Yurdu (AZE) 8 match points, etc.

Top round 6 pairings:

Alkaloid vs Siberia, Socar vs Novy Bor, Shsm vs Padova, Odlar Yurdu vs Mednyi Vsadnik, Cheddleton vs Beer-Sheva, etc.

In Women’s section Nona is confidently heading towards the second title. In the 5th round Georgian ladies allowed only half point to Dutch team De Stukkenjagers.

Gambit Asseko SEE defeated Russian SHSM Legacy Square with 3-1, while Ugra was better than Sainkt Petersburg with 3.5-0.5.

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Standings after 5 rounds:

1 Nona (GEO) 10 match points

2 Gambit Asseko SEE (FYRM) 8 match points

3 Ugra (RUS) 7 match points

4 Bossa Nova (BLR) 6 match points

5-6 SHSM Legacy Square (RUS) and ASD Circolo Scacchi R.Fischer Chieti (ITA) 5 match points, etc.

Round 6 pairings:

SPB vs Nona, Rishon Lezion vs Gambit Asseko SEE, Ugra vs Midland Monarchs, Herzliya Chess Club vs Bossa Nova, SHSM Legacy Square vs De Stukkenjagers and ASD Circolo Scacchi R.Fischer Chieti vs Oslo Schakselskap.

Round 6 is scheduled on 23rd October at 3.00 pm. Follow the games online with live commentary at the Official Website




ECU CIRCULAR LETTER NO. 5/2015

Dear Chess Friends,

The 1st ECU Congress took place from 7th to 11th of October. The Congress was attended by a large number of participants, delegates, representatives of National federations and members of the ECU Commissions. We would like to thank the Montenegro Chess Federation for an excellent organization and hosting of the meetings.

Main information and decisions of the meetings:

The most important decisions of the ECU General Assembly 2015 held on 10th October 2015:

  1. The new tournament regulations were approved. The new regulations will be valid form 1st January 2016 and will be published & circulated to the National Chess Federations.
  2. The changes of the statutes were approved. (Annex 1)

The new statutes are valid from 11th October 2015.

  1. The reports by the ECU Educational, Arbiters and Events Commissions were accepted.
  2. Kosovo Chess Federation was voted to become the 55th member of ECU. Any mention of Kosovo will be followed with an asterisk and the note referring to “UN Resolution 1244, without prejudice of status”.
  3. The budget for the year 2016 was approved. The General Assembly was informed that the income for the year 2015 is increased about 40% in comparison with previous year.
  4. The GA unanimously expressed its recognition, appreciation and full support to the President of Montenegro Chess Federation Mrs. Angelina Vukovic for her constant efforts to develop chess in the country, fighting in the same time against corruption in sports and chess.
  5. GA decided not to discharge the Board for the year 2014 because of the ongoing investigation for the period 1 January 2014 – 10 August 2014.  GA decided that a letter shall be sent to the previous Treasurer Mr. Almog Burstein and to require an answer in written form to the questions related to the financial matters and his duties according to the article 49 of the ECU Statutes.
  6. GA unanimously confirmed that the Open Tournaments organized on 2014 in Albena and Golden Sands, Bulgaria were not the official events of the European Chess Union.  None of the federations present were aware that such tournaments are related to the ECU Calendar 2014. The GA noted the absence of the representatives of Bulgarian Chess Federation to support such claim.
  7. With 41 votes in favour and 1 abstention, GA decided to send a letter to the Bulgarian Ministry of Sports and any other authority needed, presenting the official ECU documents related to this matter and asking all the documentation and reports that refer to alleged European Chess Union contracts, invoices and payment mandates. The letter will be sent to all related European Union authorities in Brussels as well, since the ECU is now member of the EU transparency server.
  8. GA unanimously decided to file a report to the US police investigation authorities for possible illegal actions by the company ECU LLC Delaware within the US territory.
  9. GA voted for the removal of Silvio Danailov from the position of Honorary President, with 40 agreed, 0 against, 2 abstain.

ECU General Assembly awarded the following ECU tournaments:

  • European Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2016 was awarded to Mamaia, Romania. The Championship will be organized from 26 May to 8 June 2016
  • European Youth Chess Championship 2017 was awarded to Mamaia, Romania.
  • European Club Cup & Club Cup for Women 2017 was awarded to Manavgat, Turkey.
  • European School Chess Championship 2017 was awarded to Budva, Montenegro.
  • European School Chess Championship 2018 was awarded to Krakow, Poland.
  • European Seniors Chess Championship 2017 was awarded to Barcelona, Spain.
  • European Senior Team Chess Championship 2017 was awarded to Novi Sad, Serbia.
  • European Youth Team Chess Championship 201 7was awarded to Iwonicz-Zdroj, Poland.
  • European Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2017 was awarded to Budva, Montenegro.
  • European Individual Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2017 was given as an option, till 31st January 2016, to Israel Chess Federation to organize it.  European Team Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship could be organized also by the Israel Chess Federation as a test event.

All the updates of the ECU Calendar can be found here:  https://www.europechess.org/calendar/

ECU Board met on 9th October 2015 and discussed all the necessary items for the preparation of the General Assembly.

The most important decisions of the ECU Board Meeting:

  • ECU Board set the annual deadline for the ECU Bidding Procedure on 30th April each year in order to ensure enough time for the inspections and evaluations.
  • ECU Board approved the co-operation with the London Chess in Schools Conference.
  • ECU Board approved the co-operation with the TV-Show Check-Mate.
  • ECU Board approved the budget for ECU Arbiters’ Council.
  • ECU Board decided to support the European Teams Small Nations Championship 2017 which will be held in Andorra.
  • ECU Board accepted the proposal of Austrian Chess Federation for the “European Teams Rapid and Blitz Championship” as a test event for 2-3 years.

The European Teams Chess Championship 2015 starts in Reykjavik, Iceland on 12th November 2015 with 36 teams in open section and 30 teams in women section. All the information can be found here:  http://etcc2015.com

The European Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2015 is scheduled in Minsk, Belarus from 17th to 20th December 2015. Registrations are open till 20th of November 2015.

All the information can be found here: http://champ.openchess.by/en/

With kind regards,

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou

ECU Secretary General

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THREE ROUNDS PLAYED AT EUROPEAN CLUB CUP IN SKOPJE

European Chess Club Cup 2015 for Men and Women is ongoing in hotel Aleksandar Palace in Skopje/FYR Macedonia. Traditionally the strongest tournament in the ECU calendar, this year’s competition with 25 out of 30 top players in the world promises a great tournament.

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Three rounds have been played so far, and in Open section 6 teams won all of their matches, among whom the defending champion SOCAR from Azerbaijan and the rest of the top seeders.

Although all the favorites justified their roles so far, we witnessed few individual upsets in the first three rounds: Anish Giri (SOCAR) lost Vlastimil Babula (SV WERDER BREMEN), which was the only lost point for SOCAR of all 18 games played. The highest rated player in Skopje, Hikaru Nakamura (OVIETTIVO RISARCIMENTO PADOVA) lost to Yannick Pelletier (SCHACHGESELLSCHAFT ZURICH).

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Standings after round 3:

SOCAR (AZE), AVE NOVY BOR (CZE), ALKALOID (MKD), MEDNYI VSADNIK (RUS), SIBERIA (RUS) and OBIETTIVO RISARCIMENTO PADOVA (ITA) 3 points, etc.

Top pairings of the 4th round:

1-6 SOCAR vs OBIETTIVO RISARCIMENTO PADOVA, MEDNYI VSADNIK vs SIBERIA, ALKALOID vs AVE NOVY BOR, UNIVERZITY-BELORECHENSK vs VAALERENGA, SHSM LEGACY SQUARE vs HAMBURGER SCHACHKLUB VON 1830 E.V., etc.

7-23 ODLAR YURDU (AZE), SHSM LEGACY SQUARE (RUS), UNIVERZITY-BELORECHENSK (RUS), SCHACHGESELLSCHAFT ZURICH (SUI), LSG LEIDEN (NED), WORLDTRADINGLAB CLUB 64 MODENA (ITA), BEER-SHEVA (ISR), RISHON LEZION (ISR), GAMBIT ASSEKO SEE (MKD), KSK 47 EYNATTEN (BEL), TAMMER-SHAKKI (FIN), OSLO SCHAKSELSKAP (NOR), SV WERDER BREMEN (GER), SC MPA – MARIA SAAL (AUT), HAMBURGER SCHACHKLUB VON 1830 E.V. (GER), VAALERENGA (NOR) and GENEVA CHESS CLUB (SUI) 2 match points, etc.

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In the women’s section the defending champion and the 1st seed NONA from Georgia is the only team who scored maximum match points after 3 rounds.

Chess Club named after the Georgian player Nona Gaprindashvili is heading towards the second title, as they defeated the main rival SHSM LEGACY SQUARE from Russia in the second round with 2.5-1.5.

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Standings after round 3:

1 NONA (GEO) 3 match points

2-5 UGRA (RUS), GAMBIT ASSEKO SEE (MKD), DE STUKKENJAGERS (NED), and SPB (RUS) 2 match points, etc.

Top pairings of the 4th round:

NONA vs UGRA, DE STUKKENJAGERS vs GAMBIT ASSEKO SEE, SPB vs SHSM LEGACY SQUARE, etc.

Round 4 is on schedule on 21st October at 3.00 pm, with live broadcast and commentary at the Official Website

 Photos by Maria Emelianova




EUROPEAN CLUB CUP 2015 STARTS TOMORROW

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The 31st European Club Cup and the 20th European Club Cup for Women start tomorrow in Skopje/FYR Macedonia.

The tournaments will take place from 17th October (arrival and opening) to 25th October 2015 (departure) at the 5* hotel Aleksandar Palace.

Both events will be held in 7 rounds, played in the Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules.

50 teams in Open and 12 teams in Women’s section registered for this year’s edition of European Club Cup, with the total number of 417 chess players participating.

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The top seed in Open section is the last year’s champion SOCAR from Azerbaijan with the average rating of 2771 ELO points, while in Women’s section the first seed is Chess Club Nona from Georgia with 2510 average rating.

Full team starting rank can be found on Chess-Results

The organizer of the events are Municipality Karpos (Skopje) and Chess Club “Gambit Asseko SEE”, under the auspices of the European Chess Union. The Chief Arbiter is IA Ashot Vardapetyan (ARM).

The opening ceremony is scheduled on 17th October at 6.00 pm, and the 1st round starts on 18th October at 3.00 pm.

Official Website