ChessTech 2020 Conference

8th London Chess Conference – ChessTech2020 will take place online this year, on 5th and 6th December 2020.

The Conference is supported by the European Chess Union and keeps up with the theme Chess and Technology. The conference will focus on playing and teaching chess online, using sophisticated self-learning systems and will bring together the world’s leading experts in Chess & Technology.
Expectations are that more than 400 decision-makers, technologists and multipliers, businesses representatives will attend the event.

Main themes under discussion will be:

  • Online Chess & Cheating
  • Streaming
  • Hybrid events
  • Digital Strategy
  • Digital Formats
  • Online Learning Systems
  • Integrated hardware
  • Clubs and Teams
  • Time Controls
  • Playing Platforms

More details about the event and details about registrations for the event can be found on the official website of the conference.


The first event on the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour, the Skilling Open, starts today with the participation of 16 World Top players: reigning World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen (NOR), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime, Ding Liren, Nakamura Hikaru, Nepomniachtchi Ian, Aronian Levon, Duda, Jan-Krzysztof, Radjabov, Teimour, Le Quang Liem, Svidler Peter, Wesley So, Anish Giri, Karjakin Sergey, Firouzja Alireza, Anton Guijarro David and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi.

The players will compete in a single round-robin tournament from 22nd-24th November, to rank among the first 8 spots and qualify for the knockout phase. The event will be played online on the chess24 Playzone, with a time control of 15 minutes+10 seconds of an increment. The total prize fund of the event will be 100.000$, with 30.000$ reserved for the Winner of the event.

Games will be live transmitted through , with special live coverage of the event with broadcasts in 8 languages, 4 in English, and separate ones in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Turkish and Portuguese.

For the first time, one of the broadcasts includes a state-of-the-art live studio in Oslo with GM David Howell and IM Jovanka Houska, hosted by Kaja Snare.

Official website:


On behalf of ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, we herewith invite all ECU members federations to attend the Annual ECU General Assembly 2020 to be held online on Saturday 19th of December 2020 at 10.00 CET.

Each National federation member can be represented by its Delegate or President. Representatives of Member Federations can be assisted by one counsellor each during the online meeting.

Agenda of the ECU General Assembly 2020 and Activity report can be downloaded below:

ECU General Assembly 2020 Agenda

ECU Activity Report 2020


ECU E-Magazine October 2020 is out!

In October 2020 edition of the ECU E-Magazine you may read about:

  • Intercontinental Youth Online Chess Cup
  • Masterclass with Judit Polgar
  • European Online Corporate Chess Championship
  • Online Youth Chess Camps for the Winners of European Youth Online Chess Championship 2020
  • ECU Annual Training Program- Develop practical way of thinking
  • European Online Women’s Club Cup
  • ECU101 The SMART Method to teach chess training course
  • Balkan Youth Online Chess Championship
  • Altibox Norway Chess
  • Introduction to Tornelo Webinar
  • Legends Questions- Meet GM Kozul Zdenko- 10 questions by GM Adrian Mikhalchishin
  • Arbiters Corner
  • Fun Zone

ECU E-Magazine October 2020 can be read online together with interactive links on the following link or can be downloaded down bellow.

ECU E-Magazine October 2020- PDF Download

ECU ANNUAL TRAINING PROGRAM- Develop practical way of thinking!

European Chess Union and European Chess Academy, supported by FIDE Development Fund, organise the annual training program in period from December 5th 2020 to June 5th 2021.

ECU annual training program is open for all ages and levels and will be organised within four levels:

  • LEVEL 1 – for players below 1300 ELO
  • LEVEL 2 – for players between 1300 and 1600 ELO
  • LEVEL 3 – for players between 1600 and 1900 ELO
  • LEVEL 4 – for players above 1900 ELO

The lectures will be held every Saturday at 10:00 am CET time (for level 1 and 3) and every Saturday at 12:00 pm CET time (for level 2 and 4).

Tuition fee is 200 eur and registrations can be done until November 25th 2020. The registration is completed with tuition payment on European chess Academy Bank account or PayPal.

Two nominees per European Chess Federation are supported by the European Chess Union (55 spots) and FIDE Development Fund (55 spots).

The registration form for all participants and federations nominees in separate form is here

The lecturers are:

  • GM, FST Adrian Mikhalchishin – More than 40 years of coaching experiences
  • GM, FST Georg Mohr – More than 35 years of coaching experiences
  • IM, FT Tadej Sakelsek – More than 15 year of coaching experiences

Detailed information about the event can be found in invitation down bellow or on the European Chess Academy website.

Contact information:
Mobile number: 00386 (40) 748 91

ECU Annual Training Program- Invitation


European Online Women’s Club Cup is organised by European Chess Union and Monte Carlo Chess Club, under the high patronage of his serene highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, will take place online from 19th-22nd December 2020 through playing platform Tornelo.

The event is open to all European Chess Clubs, but only 32 Teams will be accepted by priority and strength. ECU keeps the right to accept and additional teams.

Each team consists of 4 basic players and one reserve player. The composition of the team is open without any restrictions for the female players belonging to any FIDE member federation. During the event, each team will appoint one captain/representative for the technical meeting and communication during the event.

By signing in the tournament, all teams and participants confirm to have read and accepted these regulations the terms and conditions of this championship.

All the teams and players are recommended to play with a club branded attire and background visible for the event’s livestream coverage.

Registrations are made by the Clubs through the online entry form.   Registrations are accepted till Friday 4th December 2020. Entry fee per each team is 150 EUR.

The event will be played within Qualification groups of 8 teams, Round Robin 7 rounds and the first two teams of each qualification group will qualify for Final Group which will consist of 8 teams. Time control: 15min + 5 sec per player.

Groups will be divided according the average classic rating of 4 basic players. FIDE December 1st, 2020 list will be taking in account. 

  • Group A :   1, 8,  9, 16, 17, 24, 25, 32
  • Group B :   2, 7, 10,15, 18, 23, 26, 31
  • Group C :   3, 6, 11,14, 19, 22, 27, 30
  • Group D :   4, 5, 12,13, 20, 21, 28, 29

Schedule of the event:

The first Team is the European Women’s Club Cup Champion 2020 and will receive the “Coupe Princesse Charlène” during the opening ceremony of the 2021 European Women’s Club Cup. The second and third team wins the silver and bronze e-medals – Final Group.

Top ranked four teams will be awarded also with money prizes: 1st Winner Team 2500 euros,  2nd Winner Team 2000 euros, 3rd  Winner Team 1500 euros and 4th Winner Team 1000 euros.

Individual e- Medals are won by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of each board of final Group. The first winner of each Board of final group will receive 200 euros (5 x 200).

ECU Certificates will be available for all Teams and players.

Official regulations of the event can be downloaded bellow.

Women’s Online Club Cup- Official regulations


Reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen won the first super grandmasters tournament to be organised during the pandemic of corona virus in Stavanger, Norway.

Magnus Carlsen was racing for the top together with Alireza Firouzja, but in the direct encounter in the penultimate round, Magnus took a victory in basic pawns drawn endgame and won the event with the round to spare.

Firouzja Alireza won the last round and came second lagging behind the Champion for only one point, scoring 18.5 points.

The leading Armenian chess player and world No.9 Aronian Levon took the third place with score of 17.5 points, and Caruana Fabiano was fourth with 15.5 points.

Polish prodigy Duda Jan-Krzysztof ended the event on the fifth place scoring 9.5 points, but his advent on the event will be remembered since he was the one to bring the conclusion of Magnus Carlsen’s 125-games unbeaten streak in classical chess which has ended after two years and two months. Five rounds later, Magnus suffered another loss against Aronian in the final round.

Norwegian Champion 2019 Tari Aryan scored 3.5 points and came 6th.

Standings & Results

Photos by: Lennart Ootes


ECU Online Youth Camps organised for the Winners of European Youth Online Chess Championship will start on Monday within two groups.

The best ranked 8 players of each age category at the European Youth Online Chess Championship were awarded with free participation in ECU Online Youth Camps with top trainers.

The lecturers of group for players aged from 10-14 are:

  • GM Adrian Mikhalchishin
  • GM Iossif Dorffman
  • GM Miguel Illescas
  • GM Lasha Janjghava
  • GM Georg Mohr

The lecturers of the group for players aged from 15-18 are:

  • GM Alojzije Jankovic
  • GM Alexander Khalifman
  • GM Ivan Sokolov
  • GM Antoaneta Stefanova
  • GM Artur Yussupow

The Camps contain 24 lecturing hours on different themes.

List of participants

The Camps are supported by FIDE Development Fund.


Intercontinental Youth Team Online Chess Cup, organised by Global Chess Festival and European Chess Union, concluded tonight.

After 6 played rounds played through Tornelo Online playing server, the Winner of the event became Team of Asia, with score of 11 match points (5 victories and 1 draw).

Second place went to Team Europe with score of 9 match points (4 victories, 1 draw and 1 loss).

Team America got the third place, while team Africa came fourth.

All the results, pairings and Final Ranking Crosstable can be found here.

Four teams from four continents participated the event: Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Each team consists of 16 boards (age categories):  

  • boys   –   (2 of each U12-U14-U16-U18 categories)
  • girls   –    (2 of each U12-U14-U16-U18 categories)

All 6 matches played in Round-Robin double matches system were LIVE Broadcasted through page, as the official broadcaster of the event.

Congratulations to the Team Asia on becoming the 1st Intercontinental Online Youth Team Chess Champion and to all 64 players for participation and fair-play, who will as prize receive a Masterclass (1.5 hour) by GM Judit Polgar in two Groups of 32 players. Date and Time will be announced.

Shortly before the start of the first round today, the Opening ceremony took place Online, through the participants’ zoom call meeting. ECU Vice President, Dana Reizniece-Ozola, ECU Secretary General, Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and Chairperson of FIDE Planning and Development Commission, Sonja Johnson, addressed and welcomed all the players and opened the event. Grandmaster Judit Polgar sent to participants the video message, which was played to them during the opening ceremony.

Organising and Arbiters Team:


Judit Polgar Chess Foundation & European Chess Union, within the 6th Global Chess Festival which going online, organise the 1st Intercontinental Online Youth Team Chess Cup on 10th of October 2020, supported by the FIDE Development Fund.

Pairings for the all rounds have been announced and can be found here.

The event can be followed LIVE through page, the official Broadcaster of the event.

Each FIDE Continent, Africa, America, Asia and Europe had the right to nominate one team of 16 players. And each team consists of 16 boards (age categories):  

  • boys   –   (2
    of each U12-U14-U16-U18 categories)
  • girls   –    (2 of each U12-U14-U16-U18 categories)

Participants were selected by each Continental Chess Association.

The event will be played in 6 rounds, Round Robin double matches, with time control: 10 minutes + 2 seconds, through Tornelo tournament server.

No other person and no any electronic device allowed in playing room, except the player’s PC/Laptop. Players have to download and install ZOOM Client for Meetings from the following link and agree to turn on the „Share my Screen” function  (in ZOOM) during all games. If a player is not logged into ZOOM chat at the published start time of the match or turns OFF the webcam could result in a loss of  the game.

The first Team is the Winner of the event and will receive the Gold medal certificate All the 64 players will receive a Masterclass (1.5 hour) by GM Judit Polgar in two Groups of 32 players. Date and Time will be announced.

Global Chess Festival Certificates will be available for all participants of the event.

Intercontinental Online Youth Team Chess Cup- Official Regulations