ECU E-Magazine November 2021 is out!

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

  • FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2021, Magnus Carlsen – Ian Nepomniachtchi
  • European Team Chess Championship 2021
  • ECU Congress 2021
  • Mitropa Chess Association
  • Liechtenstein Chess Federation 50 years anniversary
  • European Small Nations Team Chess Championship 2021
  • London Chess Classic 2021
  • European Online Rapid School Chess Championship 2021
  • Upcoming European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2021
  • Upcoming European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2021
  • FIDE Arbiters Seminar in Terme Catez, Slovenia
  • Arbiters corner
  • Legends Questions – Meet GM Komarov Dimitri
  • Fun Zone

The November 2021 edition of the ECU Magazine can be read online together with interactive links or videos on the following link or it can be downloaded in PDF format down below.

ECU E-Magazine November 2021 – PDF Download

Faroe Islands wins European Small Nations Team Chess Championship 2021

The 2021 European Small Nations Team Chess Championship concluded yesterday in Sliema, Malta with awarding ceremony of the Winners and medalists.

The ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili joined the Closing ceremony of the event and awarded the Medalists.

The team of Faroe Islands convincingly won the event. With score of 17 match points, 8 team victories and only one draw, Faroe Islands became the sole Winner of the event.

The last round decided the medalists of the event, as Andorra had a direct encounter with Cyprus. With a 3-1 victory Andorra secured silver medal scoring 14 match points.

Teams of Monaco and Cyprus tied for third place with 13 match points each, but board points decided that bronze goes to Monaco (24.5 board points) while Cyprus finished the event on the fourth position (23 board points).

The final results can be found here.

Mitropa Chess Association founded

The MITROPA countries Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland founded the Mitropa Chess Association (MCA) in a meeting after the ECU General Assembly on November 13, 2021 in Catez, Slovenia. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, Secretary General of the European Chess Union, attended the meeting as a guest.

The statutes were signed by the representatives of the federations. Marco Biagioli (ITA) was elected as the first President of the Association, Nina Rob (SLO) as Vice President and Luigi Maggi (ITA) as Treasurer. Walter Kastner (AUT) was appointed Secretary General. The headquarters of the association is in Vienna, Austria, where the Mitropacup was founded.

The Chess Mitropacup is an idea of the Austrian International Arbiter Gertrude Wagner. She wanted to create a tournament for teams in the center of Europe, as it was common in soccer. Kurt Jungwirth, President of the Austrian Chess Federation from 1971 to 2017, recognized the chances of this idea and said: “Ok, let’s organize a Mitropacup”.

The first Mitropacup was held in Innsbruck in 1976. Germany won the premiere ahead of Switzerland and Yugoslavia. This year, Switzerland organized the 39th Mitropacup in a hybrid online format for the first time due to the pandemic. The 40th Mitropacup will be held in France in 2022 and will hopefully be possible on the board again.

A project that shows how the MCA can cooperate in the future is the Erasmus plus project “CUPS”, submitted in June 2021. “Chess unites and promotes skills” will, if the application is positive, bring chess into schools as a compulsory subject. The focus is on the German “Bremen Model”, in which teachers and children learn chess together in a weekly lesson. Regardless of the children’s age, chess can teach better concentration skills, more patience and perseverance, a greater sense of creativity, better intuition, better memory, and better analysis and decision-making skills. In addition, children and young people can learn determination, motivation and fairness through the game. In addition, chess promotes social inclusion. This includes, in particular, students from immigrant backgrounds, students with socioeconomic difficulties, and also students with physical disabilities.

The MCA has agreed in its statutes to work more closely together and to agree on common values. Chess is sport, but also a means to promote friendship, culture, common values such as sportsmanship, gender equality, integration and social improvement.

Archiv Mitropacup

European Small Nations Team Chess Championship 2021 starts in Sliema, Malta

The 7th European Small Nations Team Chess Championship 2021 opens today in Sliema, Malta, taking place from 27th November – 5th December in the AX Victoria Hotel.

The event is supported by European Chess Union and will be opened by the ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili.

Nine federations (Andorra, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, and Monaco) participate in the event and the 10th ESNA Women’s Team completed the starting list instead of San Marino. Each team consists of four players and one reserve player.

The exact starting list and pairings of all 9 rounds will be known after the Technical meeting and Drawing of lots which will be held today in the William Shakespeare Suite as the playing venue of the event.

Starting rank list and pairings per each round can be followed here.

The 7th Small Nations Team Chess Championship 2021 will be played in 9 rounds, round-robin system, with time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 seconds increment for every move played starting from the first move.

The Winner of the event will become the European Small Nations Team Champion for 2021, while the top three ranked teams will be awarded with medals and prizes. Also, the best individual players per each board will be awarded according to regulations of the event.

Official regulations and details about the event can be found on the Official Website.

FIDE World Championship Match preview- Carlsen vs. Nepomniachtchi

The FIDE World Championship Match between reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and the challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi starts tomorrow at Dubai Exhibition Centre.

The Match consists of 14 games, played with the time control of 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.

The player who scores 7.5 points will become the Winner of the World Championship Match. If the score after 14 games is equal, the tie-break match will decide the new World Chess Champion.

The Opening press conference of the event took place yesterday morning, with the participation of players Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, and representatives for event partners Kaspersky and PhosAgro.

The press conference concluded with a representation of an impressive trophy that will be passed in the hands of the Match Winner. The trophy is made by sterling silver, gold plating, dolerite and obsidian, created by the Chamovskikh Jewelry House, with the support of the Sverdlovsk Region Chess Federation represented by its president Andrey Simanovsky, owner of SIMA-LAND company. The design of the cup was provided by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich.

The Opening gala ceremony of the event was held yesterday evening, with the attendance of distinguished guests representing sponsors and chess federations.

The drawing of lots took place during the opening ceremony deciding that Ian Nepomniachtchi takes White pieces in the first game of the match.

Although the Chess World odds are in favor of the reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, the challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi is the only top player in the world who has a positive score against Carlsen. In classical time control, Nepomniachthi won 4 games, made 8 draws, and lost only one game to Magnus.

More detailed information about the Match and links for the live broadcast of the games can be found on the Official website of the event.

Photo gallery of the event

London Chess Classic 2021

Chess in Schools and Communities is happy to announce that the London Chess Classic will be going ahead this year, with a varied programme of events taking place from 3-12 December at the Cavendish Centre in central London.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we will be welcoming a smaller number of participants than usual, and entry will be on a ticketed-only basis.

The centrepiece will be an England v. Rest of the World Scheveningen match, with Michael Adams, Luke McShane and Gawain Jones against a Rest of the World team comprising current Russian champion Nikita Vitiugov, Maxime Lagarde and former World Championship finalist and chess legend Boris Gelfand.

At the other end of the chess-playing spectrum, there will be the traditional London Chess Classic events for invited groups of CSC schoolchildren from around the country, with over 100 children attending on any particular day for a fun-filled day of chess.

Then there will be a 10-player English Rapidplay Championship (11-12 December), featuring several Grandmasters, a 10-player English Women’s Rapidplay Championship (4-5 December), and an all-star commentary team (Nigel Short, Matthew Sadler & Natasha Regan, Stuart Conquest and Chris Ward) providing free live coverage of all the events as well as on the Magnus v Nepo World Championship match (on game days).

There are also four evening blitz tournaments, Grandmaster lectures from Boris Gelfand, Matthew Sadler, Nigel Short, and Nikita Vitiugov and a 48 board simul to close out the events.

For more information and live coverage, go to:

For more information about the London Chess Classic, contact the organisers team at:
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Twitter: @london_chess

Ukraine (Open) and Russia (Women) win European Team Chess Championships 2021

The European Team Chess Championship 2021 successfully concluded today in Terme Catez, Slovenia.

The Closing ceremony of the event took place on Sunday, 21st of November, with the attendance of the ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, ECU Honorary President Mr. Boris Kutin, President of Slovenian Parliament Mr. Igor Zorcic, President of Slovenian Chess Federation Mr. Milan Brglez, and distinguished guests representing sponsors of the event.

After intonations of anthems of Republic of Slovenia and European Chess Union, the ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili took a floor and addressed all the players with special congratulations to the Winners and Medalists.

Mr. Milan Brglez, the President of the Slovenian Chess Federation, expressed his pleasure that the event successfully concluded. He warmly addressed all the guests of the Closing Ceremony, participants and the Winners of the event with the message “Gens una sumus”.

The President of the Slovenian Parliament, Mr. Igor Zorcic, congratulated the Winners and emphasized that he is pleased to see Slovenia as a host of the biggest European team chess event.

European Women’s Team Chess Championship 2021 Winner and the runner-up were known before the last round of the event as Russia won the event with a round the spare, while Georgia secured second place. The final round decided only the bronze medalists.

Russia defeated the team of Poland to score absolute 18 match points, while Georgia took a victory against France for the final score of 15 match points. The President of Georgian Chess Federation and Ambassador of Georgia joined the Awarding ceremony of medals.

The team of Ukraine was victorious against Hungary with the final 3-1 result, scoring 12 match points to fight for the medal.

Azerbaijan team took a narrow 2.5-1.5 victory over Netherlands for the final result of 12 match points. Since Ukraine and Azerbaijan tied for the third place scoring 12 match points each, tiebreaks criteria decided that the team of Azerbaijan takes bronze.

The final results can be found here.

After a dramatic finish in the Open event, where four teams: Armenia, Ukraine, France and Azerbaijan entered the last round fighting for the first place, Ukraine claimed gold thanks to the better tiebreaks than France.

Ukrainians convincingly won Armenia in the direct encounter for the top, with the 3-1 result, to have the final score of 14 match points. Korobov Anton was the first one to bring a decisive point for Ukraine, defeating Sargissian Gabriel on the first board. Volokitin Andrei beat Martirosyan Haik while Schevchenko Kirill and Hovhannisyan Robert, and Onyshchuk Volodymyr and Ter-Sahakyan Samvel agreed for a draw.

Firouzja Alireza brought the victory to the French team, as he overcame Mamedyarov Shakhriyar in a pawn-up rooks endgame after the boards 2, 3 and 4 ended their games in a peaceful manner. With this victory, Firouzja Alireza became the youngest chess player to cross 2800 rating aged 18 years and 5 months. Magnus Carlsen cross 2800 rating when aged 18 years and 11 months!

France scored 12 match points to join Ukrainians on the top, but tiebreaks decided that the team of France takes silver.

The teams of Poland and Spain tied for bronze, having the same score of 13 match points, each, but additional criteria was in favor of Polish players.

Poland crushed the Georgian team in the last round with 3.5-0.5 result to deserve the spot on the podium of Medalists.

Final standings can be found here.

The best individual players per each board were awarded for their performance with medals and gifts.

The best Board 1 individual players of the Open event:
1. Firouzja Alireza (FRA)
2. Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL)
3. Shirov Alexei (ESP)

The best Board 2 individual players of the Open event:
1. Volokitin Andrei (UKR)
2. Dubov Daniil (RUS)
3. Anton Guijarro David (ESP)

The best Board 3 individual players of the Open event:
1. Bjerre Jonas Buhl (DEN)
2. Jones Gawain C B (ENG)
3. Van Foreest Jorden (NED)

The best Board 4 individual players of the Open event:
1. Gledura Benjamin (HUN)
2. Moranda Wojciech (POL)
3. Sanal Vahap (TUR)

The best Board 5 individual players of the Open event:
1. Abasov Nijat (AZE)
2. Svane Rasmus (GER)
3. Esipenko Andrey (RUS)

The final board lists of Open event can be found here.

The best Board 1 individual players of the Women’s event:
1. Dzagnidze Nana (GEO)
2. Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS)
3. Sebag Marie (FRA)

The best Board 2 individual players of the Women’s event:
1. Javakhishvili Lela (GEO)
2. Lagno Kateryna (RUS)
3. Roebers Eline (NED)

The best Board 3 individual players of the Women’s event:
1. Milliet Sophie (FRA)
2. Gunina Valentina (RUS)
3. Buksa Nataliya (UKR)

The best Board 4 individual players of the Women’s event:
1. Shuvalova Polina (RUS)
2. Gaponenko Inna (UKR)
3. Sandu Mihaela (ROU)

The best Board 5 individual players of the Women’s event:
1. Kashlinskaya Alina (RUS)
2. Gajcin Marina (SRB)
3. Zhukova Natalia (UKR)

The final board lists of Women’s event can be found here.

Photo gallery of the Closing ceremony

Russia wins European Women’s Team Chess Championship 2021 with a round to spare

Russian Women’s Team convincingly won the 2021 European Team Chess Championship sparing the last round of the event.

With a Round 8 victory against Ukraine, Russia scored impeccable 16 match points to be ahead of Georgia whose players secured a silver medal. After Kateryna Lagno defeated Osmak Iulia, two draws happened on the board 1 and 3 – between Muzychuk Anna and Goryachkina Aleksandra, and Buksa Nataliya and Shuvalova Polina.

Gaponenko Inna tried to score for Ukraine against Kashlinskaya Alina on the board four, but eventually, Kashlinskaya took another point for Russia and the match ended with a final 3-1 result.

In a direct encounter for medals, Georgia overwhelmed Greece with 3.5-0.5 score and secured second place with 13 match points.

Seven teams are in a tie for third place and enter the final round fighting for bronze: Poland, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, France, Netherlands, Hungary and Greece.

The last round starts tomorrow from 15:00 CEST and the top pairings are:
Russia – Poland
Georgia – France
Ukraine – Hungary
Azerbaijan – Netherlands
Serbia – Greece

Pairings, results and standings can be found here.

The two leaders of the Open section: Azerbaijan and Ukraine quickly finished the match with all four games ending with threefold repetition. With an overall 2-2 score, both teams kept the lead and entered the last round with good chances for gold.

The team of France defeated Russia with a tight 2.5-1.5 victory to score 12 match points and leap on the top. Lagarde Maxime brought the decisive point for the French team winning against Esipenko Andrey while the first three boards ended in draws.

Armenia crushed Serbia with a final 3.5-0.5 result, ensuing 12 match points. Martirosyan Haik won the game against Ivanisevic Ivan, Hovhannisyan Robert overcame Markus Robert, Ter-Sahakyan Samvel was victorious against Perunovic Milos and the first board clash between Sargissian Gabriel and Indjic Aleksandar ended in a peaceful manner.

All four teams: Armenia, France, Azerbaijan and Ukraine enter the last round sharing the lead with 12 match points.

The 9th round will be played tomorrow starting from 15:00 CEST and will decide the Medalists of the event. The top pairings are:
France – Azerbaijan
Ukraine – Armenia
Spain – Netherlands
Georgia – Poland
Russia – England

Pairings, standings and results can be found here.

European Team Chess Championship 2021 – R7 Report

After seven played rounds at the European Team Chess Championship 2021 in Terme Catez, Slovenia, the Russian Women’s team holds the sole lead, while Azerbaijan and Ukraine tie for the top of the Open section.

With a convincing 3-1 victory over Azerbaijan, Russian Women improved their lead scoring the absolute 14 match points. Valentina Gunina was the first one to take a full point for Russia, overwhelming Fataliyeva Ulviyya on the third board. Shuvalova Polina followed with another decisive result, defeating Beydullayeva Govhar on the board 4, while Goryachkina Aleksandra and Kateryna Lagno agreed for draws against Mammadzada Gunay and Balajayeva Khanim (respectively).

Russians are now 3 match points ahead of Georgia who scores 11 match points after a peaceful 2-2 match played against Ukraine.

The top pairings of the round 8 are:
Ukraine – Russia
Greece – Georgia
Netherlands – Poland
Hungary – Azerbaijan
France – Romania

All the results, pairings and standings can be found here.

The Russian team of the Open section suffered an upset after a loss against Ukraine. After three draws on boards 1, 2, and 4, 19 years old Shevchenko Kirill brought a narrow 2.5-1.5 victory for Ukrainians beating Alekseenko Kirill. Defeating Russians, the team of Ukraine came on the top of the crosstable with 11 match points.

In another clash of the leaders, Azerbaijan was victorious over Netherlands. With a win of Abasov Nijat over Van Den Doel Erik and three draws on the first three boards, Azeris scored 11 match points to be in a joined lead with Ukrainians.

Russia, Spain, Armenia, Poland, France, and Serbia follow and tie for the third position with 10 match points, each.

The top pairings of the penultimate 8th round are:
Azerbaijan – Ukraine
Russia – France
Poland – Spain
Armenia – Serbia
Hungary – Netherlands

All the results, standings, and pairings can be found here.

All the games are broadcasted live and can be followed through the Official webpage of the event together with commentaries by GM Alojzije Jankovic. Jan-Krzysztof Duda today joined the live studio and shared his insights about the upcoming World Championship match.

Official Website of the event
Photo gallery

Liechtenstein Chess Federation celebrates its 50th Anniversary

The Liechtestein Chess Federation celebrated its 50th anniversary since its founding on Sunday, November 14. An impressive gala dinner with many presentations and performances and a simultaneous exhibition with world chess champion Anatoly Karpov were the main components of the festive program

In addition to many guests and dignitaries, the celebrations were attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sports and Education of Liechtenstein, Ms. Foreword Dominique Hasler, the President of the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee, Mr. Stefan Marxer, the Executive Director of FIDE and ECU Vice President, Mrs. Dana-Rezience Ozola, and the ECU Secretary General, Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou.

The Liechtenstein Post Office, known for its special stamp issues, has issued a special chess edition for the occasion.

ECU President Message:

On behalf of the European Chess Federation, I would like to congratulate the Liechtenstein Chess Federation on its 50th anniversary.

The Liechtenstein Chess Federation was founded on July 5, 1971, and became a full member of the European Chess Union in 1986. Until then, we have witnessed the active participation of the Federation in Chess Olympiads, World and European Championships.

It was our pleasure to contribute to the Liechtenstein Chess in Schools program, which was launched in 2015 on the initiative of a good friend and chess lover, Renato Frick. 

We are sure that Chess in Liechtenstein will see a big boost in the coming years, as the federation is now focusing on the development of youth and women’s chess. 

It gives me great satisfaction to be part of this year’s celebrations and we will always be a reliable partner for the common chess goals.

Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union