European Individual Chess Championship 2023 – Official regulations

The European Individual Chess Championship 2023 is organised by Serbian Chess Federation under the auspices of European Chess Union will take place from 2nd – 14th March 2023 in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia.

The event is open to all players representing Chess Federations that are members of the European Chess Union regardless of their title or rating. There is no limit of number of participants per federation. However, applications can only be sent by national federations. The registration deadline is February 2nd, 2023.

The championship will be played in 11 rounds, swiss system, with time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The European Individual Chess Championship 2023 is a qualifying event for the FIDE World Cup 2023. According to the FIDE regulations for World Cup and the ECU Board decision, 23 players* will qualify. The total prize fund of the tournament is 100.000 EUR with 20.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event. Besides the prizes for the best-ranked 23 players, the organizers provided special prizes for best-ranked Juniors (U18), Seniors (S50+) and doubled the prize fund for the best-ranked female players. See the list of prizes below:

The organizers will provide transfers for all accredited participants and accompanying persons from Belgrade “Nikola Tesla” airport, from Nis “Konstantin Veliki” airport, and from Kraljevo “Morava” airport to the official hotels of the tournament. The official hotels are ****Hotel Zepter Vrnjacka Banja (also the playing venue of the event) and ****Hotel Vrnjacke Terme (within walking distance to the venue).

Vrnjacka Banja is the largest and most famous spa resort in Serbia, informally called “the queen of spa tourism”. It is located 200 km south from Belgrade. Vrnjacka Banja is rich in mineral water which are known for their healing properties. The health benefits of Vrnjacka Banja’s water were first announced in the time of the Romans.      

Hotel Zepter Congress Hall (Playing venue of the tournament)

Contact information:
Official e-mail: eicc2023@gmail.com
Contact person is IO Sasa Jevtic, +381 63 439497 (Viber, WhatsApp)
Official website: www.eicc2023.com

European Individual Chess Championship 2023 – Official regulations

Hotel Zepter Vrnjacka Banja




China clinches FIDE World Team Chess Championship 2022

The 2022 FIDE World Team Chess Championship took place from 17-26 November in Jerusalem, Israel.

China clinched gold medal after defeating Uzbekistan in the finals. The finals were played over the two matches and China scored narrow 2.5-1.5 victories in both to win the event without the need for tiebreaks.

2022 Olympiad Champions Uzbekistan won silver medal.

Spain prevailed in the match for the third place against India. The first two matches ended with equal 2-2 result, and the bronze medalist was determined in the playoffs. Spain won the playoff match with a 3-1 score.

The FIDE World Team Chess Championship 2022 was played with 12 teams competing in two groups A and B, with the top 4 teams advancing to the knockout phase. After the group phase of the event, China, Poland, Azerbaijan, Spain, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, France and India qualified for the knockout stage.

Results of the knock-out phase of the FIDE World Team Chess Championship 2022:

Detailed information about the event can be found on the Official website.




European Women’s Chess Championship 2023 – Official invitation

Montenegro Chess Federation (MCF) in cooperation with European Chess Union (ECU) have the honor to invite all National Chess Federations members of the European Chess Union and eligible players to the 23rd EUROPEAN WOMEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP organized in Petrovac, Montenegro from 17th March (arrival) to 30th March (departure).

The event is open for all women players from National Chess Federations members of the European Chess Union (ECU) without rating or title limitations and according to the decisions of the ECU Board and General Assembly.

The Championship will be played according to the Swiss System, 11 rounds. The rate of play is 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds for every move starting from move 1.

The official venue of the European Women’s Chess Championship 2022 is Hotel “Palas” Petrovac.

23rd European Women’s Championship implies qualification for the next World Women’s Cup. According to FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 9 players will qualify. The total prize fund of the event is 60.000 EUR, with 10.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event. List of prizes can be seen below

Place PRIZE Place PRIZE
1 10,000 € 11 1,500 €
2 8,000 € 12 1,500 €
3 7,000 € 13 1,000 €
4 6,000 € 14 1,000 €
5 5,000 € 15 1,000 €
6 4,000 € 16 1,000 €
7 3,000 € 17 1,000 €
8 2,500 € 18 1,000 €
9 2,000 € 19 1,000 €
10 1,500 € 20 1,000 €

All players shall register until the 1st of February 2023 (registration deadline). The application form shall be filled in at the official website of the championship.

Contact information:
Tournament Director: Milovic Jovan, IO
Organizing Committee Contact: +382 67237360
E-mail: eurowomen2023@gmail.com
Official website: www.sahcg.me

23rd European Women’s Chess Championship 2022 – Official regulations




European Cities & Towns Chess Championship to take place in January 2023

European Chess Union announces the 1st European Cities & Towns Chess Championship which will take place on Sunday, 29th January 2023, in hybrid cities venues. The event consists of four categories: Open, Women, Seniors, and Youth (U12). The first edition of the new European Competition is supported by the FIDE Development fund.

Each City or Town has the right to nominate one team of 4 players in each of 4 categories:

  1. Open Tournament (any age)
  2. Women Tournament (female participants)
  3.  Seniors Tournament (players over 50 years, born in 1972 or earlier)
  4.  Youth Tournament (players up to 12, born in 2010 or later 

The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss System, with rate of play 10 minutes for a game per player + 3 seconds increment after each move. All the players compete from the approved tournament hall(s) per city/town. Tournament halls are selected and installed by the local organisers.

Each City or Town can participate in one or more tournament without being obliged to compete in all tournaments. The teams are registered by the city representative (municipality) or/and by the local Chess Union or club.

Each City/Town will appoint one representative for the technical meeting and any communication during the event. The registration/ECU entry fee is 100 euros per team per tournament to be paid directly to ECU.

Registrations should be done online in period from 15th October till 20th January through the Tornelo Online Chess platform and the following links on for each category:

How to register your team for European Cities & Towns Chess Championship.

A guide on how to register your team through Tornado Online Platform:

Any question can be sent it to eocc@europechess.org. The deadline for registrations and fee payment is 20th January 2023.

The event will be live transmitted with video footage from all venues, interviews, and all games. More details will be announced.

According to FIDE Online Chess Regulations, at least two arbiters will be appointed for each playing venue: a Local Chief Arbiter (LCA) and a Local Technical Arbiter (LTA). If there are more than three teams (12 players) in a playing venue, then one additional arbiter is required for. The local arbiters shall be FIDE licensed and able to communicate in English language. The arbiters are independent and cannot be team representatives. National Chess Federations will appoint the local arbiters in the venues that will approved by the ECU Arbiters Council.

Titles – Prizes – Qualifiers 

  • The first winner team (gold medal) in each of 4 categories is the European Chess Town Champion 2022 in the respective category.
  • The first 3 winners of each category will be awarded with Trophies and their players with special e-medals (gold, silver, bronze).
  • The first winner City/Town of the combined categories of the competition (Sum of the match points from 4 tournaments, then, if equal, sum of the game points) receives the title “Absolute European Chess City/Town Champion 2022”.
  • The 4 players of Winner Open team will be hosted in the European Individual Chess Championship 2023 (2 double rooms FB) with ECU expenses.
  • The 4 players of Winner Women’s team will be hosted in the European Individual Chess Championship 2023 (2 double rooms FB) with ECU expenses
  • Winner Team in Senior Section will be hosted in European Senior Team Championship 2023 with ECU hosting expenses for 4 players (2 double rooms FB).
  • Winner team in Youth Section would be hosted in European Youth Team Championship 2023 U18 (2 double rooms FB) with ECU expenses.
  • The 4 players of 2nd and 3rd team of Youth Section will be awarded with annual training Program (7 months) through the European Chess Academy program with top chess trainers.
  • ECU Certificates will be available for all teams

European Cities & Towns Chess Championship 2023 – Official regulations

Guidelines for the venues




Communique of the ECU Board Meeting – CL No.5/2022

The fourth quarterly meeting of the board of ECU was held on November 13-14 in Antalya, Turkey, during the 2022 European Youth Chess Championship. The Turkish Chess Federation hosted the event under excellent conditions and Mrs. Gulkiz Tulay, President of the Turkish Chess Federation, opened the meetings on Saturday, November 13. At the beginning, a minute of silence was held in memory of former ECU treasurer Martin Huba.

Main information and Decisions:

A. Administration

1. ECU Board members were briefed on the income statement through November 2022 and the projection of revenues and expenses through the end of the year.  
2. The Board agreed that the main directions for the projects to be submitted to the FIDE Development Fund in 2023.
3. The ECU Board decided to amend the ECU entry fees for a few European Championships as European Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships. The detailed decisions and the new tables will be announced and ratified by the ECU General Assembly. 
4. The contract with the ECU legal adviser Mr. Marco Biagioli will be extended till end of the year 2023. 
5. The distinguished chess personalities Mr. Panagiotis Nikolopoulos and Mr. Adrian Mikhalchishin were appointed as advisors to the ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili.

B. European Championships

6.
Remaining Qualification places for the 2021-2023 World Championship cycle were
discussed and decided:

  • 23 qualification
    places will be awarded at the 2023 European Chess Championship and
  • 9 places at the 2023
    European Women’s Chess Championship 
  • 1 qualification place
    was awarded to the Zone 1.10 (European Small Nations) tournament.

7. The ECU Board unanimously confirms its position and commitment that the World Championship cycle and qualification phases should be managed exclusively by FIDE, the continental bodies, FIDE zones and the national chess federations.

8. The European Cities and Towns Chess Championship has been postponed from Sunday, December 11, 2022, to Sunday, January 29, 2023, due to many requests for better preparation, schedule and securing funding. The regulations remain unchanged, and registration continues through the online platform of Tornelo.  

C. ECU Commissions

9. Chairman Geert Bailleul presented the main
objectives of the Arbiters Council for the next 4 years, focusing on training
and evaluation of arbiters, as well as helping them to gain more experience.
The new call for arbiters at the European Chess Championship 2023 will be
announced in the next few days.

10. The ECU Board has decided that the updated arbiters’
stipends for the European Chess Championship will be valid from April 1, 2023,
after the decision of the ECU General Assembly 2022. The new detailed table
with arbiters’ fees will be added as an annex to the ECU tournament rules.

11. Mr. Franck Droin, Chairman of the newly
established Social Commission, presented his vision about the Commission, which
will focus on the development and funding of social activities within the
Federations and implement successful national projects at European level.

12. Ms. Nina Rob, secretary of the ECU Events Commission, presented the main objectives of the Commission, which include the refreshment of the bidding process, the establishment of a system for the evaluation of tournaments and regular contact with the organizers to ensure the quality of European tournaments.

13. On the proposal of the ECU President, Mr.
Azmaiparashvili, the ECU Board appointed Mr. Ivan Sokolov as the Chairman of
the newly established ECU Trainers Commission, whose main goal is to provide innovative
and high-quality training programs for chess coaches and players. At its next
meeting, the ECU Board will discuss the tasks of this commission as well as its
composition taking in account the report of the appointed chairman.  

14. The proposed budgets and plans for all ECU
Commissions were noticed and discussed.

15. A working meeting between the Chairpersons of the Commissions and ECU Board will take place on December 17 in Katowice during the 2022 European Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships to set the budget for 2023 and the goals for the coming years and to discuss the cooperation of the Commissions on joint projects.

The Circular Letter No. 5/ 2022 can be downloaded here.




European Youth Chess Champions 2022 crowned in Antalya, Turkey

The 2022 European Youth Chess Championship concluded yesterday in Antalya, Turkey with an impressive closing ceremony. ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, ECU Deputy President Ms. Dana Reizniece-Ozola, President of Turkish Chess Federation Ms. Gulkiz Tukay and the ECU Board members attended the Closing ceremony and joined the awarding.

The Awards ceremony started with impressive dance performances and was broadcasted live through Turkish Chess Federation Youtube Channel.

In the competition of 1000 players from 46 European federations, only 12 players claimed the title of European Champion of their respective categories.

Shogdzhiev Roman Sav (FIDE, 1747) clinched the U8 championship thanks to better tiebreak criteria than Llari Marc (FRA, 1769) and Uzdemir Ali Poyraz (TUR, 1566) who had the same score of 7.5 points. According to tiebreaks, Llari Marc won silver and Uzdemir Ali Poyraz claimed bronze. President of French Chess Federation Mr. Eloi Relange awarded the Winners.

Kokareva Sofya Dm (FIDE, 1288) dominated Girls U8 tournament and won gold with perfect score 9/9 points. Kokareva Sofya was the only player in the Championship who managed to win all nine games. She was two points ahead of Veselow Zoe (ENG, 1435) who won silver, while Rzadkowska Lila (POL, 1243) clinched bronze with 6.5 points and better additional criteria than Shynkar Darya (UKR, 1020) and Cetin Beren (TUR). ECU Chief Executive Officer Mr. Erald Dervishi awarded the Medalists.

Yilmaz Baver (TUR, 1722) claimed gold in the Open U10 category, as he scored 7.5 points. Yilmaz Baver was half a point ahead of group of three players who tied for the second place, and tiebreak criteria determined silver and bronze medalists. Gabadadze Gabriel (GEO, 1569) came second, Golubovic Erik (CRO, 1868) was third and Yardak Murat Kutay (TUR, 1574) finished fourth. ECU Vice President Mr. Alojzije Jankovic and President of Turkish Chess Federation Ms. Gulkiz Tulay awarded the Winners.

Lampou Marianta (GRE, 1415) triumphed in the Girls U10 section scoring convincing 8.5 points. Zavivaeva Kristina (FIDE, 1313) won silver with 7.5 points and Mirzaliyeva Leyla (AZE, 1226) came third with 7 points. ECU Secretary General Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou awarded the Winners and Medalists.

Cieslak Patryk (POL, 2088) clinched victory in Open U12 category scoring 7.5 points with four players tying for the second place with 7 points, each. Tiebreaks criteria determined Ahmad Khagan (AZE, 2135) silver medalist, Gilfanov Marat (FIDE, 1786) won bronze, Bukreev Stanislav (FIDE, 1929) came fourth and Sowinski Pawel (POL, 2058) was fifth. ECU Honorary Vice-President Mr. Vanja Draskovic joined the awarding ceremony and awarded the Winners.

Preobrazhenskaya Diana (FIDE, 1930) won the Girls U12 championship with 7.5 points. Iudina Veronika (FIDE, 1686) and Goriachkina Oksana (FIDE, 1694) tied for silver medal, but thanks to the better additional criteria Iudina Veronika came second while Goriachkina Oksana won third place.

Bazakutsa Svyatoslav (UKR, 2153) clinched gold in Open U14 section with score of 8 points. IM Gurel Ediz (TUR, 2449) won silver scoring 7.5 points and Agasarov Benik (ARM, 2219) won bronze medal with 7 points. ECU Vice-President Mr. Gunnar Bjornsson awarded the Medalists.

Kleymenova Valeria (FIDE, 2141) scored 7.5 points to be the sole winner of Girls U14 section, while three players tied for the second place scoring 7 points, each. Zhapova Yana (FIDE, 2220) had the best tiebreak criteria and won silver, Moskalets Sofiia (UKR, 1430) came third and Tsetskhladze Mariam (GEO, 1692) finished the event in the fourth place. ECU Vice President Ms. Eva Repkova awarded the Winners.

IM Razafindratsima Timothe (FRA, 2453) won the Open U16 tournament with score of 7.5 points. He was half a point ahead of three players who tied for the second place scoring 7 points, each. Additional criteria determined Khubukshanov Erdem (FIDE, 2371) silver, IM Ohanyan Emin (ARM, 2377) won bronze, and IM Grebnev Aleksey (FIDE, 2477) came fourth. ECU Vice President Mr. Malcolm Pein awarded the Medalists.

Three girls tied for the top of Girls U16 section scoring 7 points. Manko Mariya (UKR, 2085) had best tiebreaks and claimed gold, Karacsonyi Kata (HUN, 2109) won silver and Zabrzanska Weronika (POL, 1992) clinched bronze medal. ECU Deputy President Ms. Dana Reizniece-Ozola joined the awarding ceremony and awarded the Medalists.

IM Makarian Rudik (FIDE, 2505) scored 7.5 points to be the sole Winner of Open U18 category. IM Murzin Volodar (FIDE, 2556) won silver with 7 points, while six players tied for bronze scoring 6.5 points. IM Gharibyan Mamikon (ARM, 2470) had best tiebreaks criteria and came third. ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, FIDE President Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich and President of Turkish Chess Federation Ms. Gulkiz Tulay awarded the Winners.

WIM Mkrtchyan Mariam (ARM, 2334) triumphed in Girls U18 section with impressive 8.5 points. She was point and a half ahead of Hrebenshchykova Yelyzaveta (UKR, 2296) who won silver with 7 points. Four players tied for bronze medal scoring 6.5 points, each, but WIM Hryzlova Sofiia (UKR, 2092) had best additional criteria and came third. ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili and President of Turkish Chess Federation Ms. Gulkiz Tulay awarded the Winners and Medalists.

By the end of the Awarding ceremony, the ECU President officially declared the event closed. Final rankings and all results can be found here.

Official website of the event

Photo gallery




European Youth Chess Championship 2022 – Round 5 report

Five rounds have been already played at the 2022 European Youth Chess Championship in Antalya, Turkey.

Many sections got the emerges sole leaders, but four rounds left to be played before the announcement of the Winners.

Shogdzhiev Roman Sav (FIDE) is the sole leader of the U8 Open category scoring perfect 5/5 points, and Kokareva Sofya (FIDE) and Rzadkowska Lila (POL) tie for the first place with the same score in the Girls U8 section.

Four players tie for the first place in U10 category scoring 4.5 points: Kurt Ozgur Toprak (TUR), Celebi Mehmet Alper (TUR), Yilmaz Baver (TUR), and Gabadadze Gabriel, while two girls emerged on the top of the same age category girls sections with a maximum score of 5 points: Lampou Marianta (GRE) and Mirzaliyeva Leyla (AZE).

Five players score 4.5 points to tie for the top in the Open U12 category: Ahmad Khagan (AZE), Temirbekov Taimaz (FIDE), Bukreev Stanislav (FIDE), Karaca Yigit (TUR), and Ghazaryan Narek (ARM). Preobrazhenskaya Diana is the sole leader of Girls U12 category with the same score.

IM Gurel Ediz (TUR) is in sole lead of Open U14 section scoring perfect 5/5 points, and Kleymenova Valeria (FIDE) scores all five victories to be the sole leader in Girls U14 category.

Master Macias Pino Diego is leading the Open U16 category with 5 points, and Schippke Manon (FRA) leads the Girls U16 section with the same score.

FM Tsvetkov Andrey (FIDE), FM Popov Maksim (FIDE) and IM Gharibyan Mamikon (ARM) score 4.5 points each to tie for the first place in the Open U18 category, and WIM Hryzlova Sofiia (UKR) and WIM Mkrtchyan Mariam (ARM) tie for the top of Girls U18 section with the same score.

Results, pairings & rankings for all categories can be found here.

The 6th round will bring interesting encounters of the leaders and starts today at 15:00 (local time). LIVE broadcast of the top 10 boards of each category can be followed through the official website.

Official website
Photo gallery




ECU E-Magazine October 2022

ECU E-Magazine October 2022 is out!

 

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

  • European Senior Team Chess Championship 2022
  • European Youth Chess Championship 2022
  • Upcoming European Open and Women Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2022
  • FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship 2022
  • FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament 2022/2023
  • Tournament of Peace 2022
  • ECU Commission for Women’s Chess activities & Women’s Chess in Europe events
  • Arbiters corner
  • Fun Zone

The October 2022 edition of the ECU Magazine can be read online together with interactive links on the following link, or can be downloaded in PDF format down below.

ECU E-Magazine October 2022 – PDF download




European Youth Chess Championship 2022 opens

The 2022 European Youth Chess Championship officially opened yesterday in Antalya, before the start of the first round.

The impressive opening ceremony of the event was attended by Turkish Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of Turkish Chess Federation Gulkiz Tulay, Turkiye Is Bankasi Deputy General Manager Suat Sozen, and other distinguished guests and all participants.


More than 1000 players from 46 European federations take part in the 2022 European Youth Chess Championship which is played in 6 age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18, open and girls sections separately. Time control is: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

Starting rank lists of players, pairings and rankings can be found on the following link. The second round starts today at 15:00 and the top 10 boards of all sections can be followed live through the official website of the event or other major broadcasting platforms. Chess24 – live games

Official website of the event

Photo gallery can be found on the Turkish Chess Federation Facebook page




European Senior Team Chess Championships 2022 concluded in Dresden

The 2022 European Senior Chess Championships (50+ & 65+ age categories) concluded yesterday in Dresden, Germany.

England 50-1 won the 50+ event with a round to spare and after nine played rounds scored convincing 17 match points. Berlin 1 and Germany tied for the second place scoring 14 match points, each. According to tiebreaks criteria (Olympiad-Sonneborn-Berger), Berlin 1 claimed silver and Germany came bronze.

The best ranked women’s team was Germany 1 with score of 8 match points and better tiebreaks than Germany 2 which had the same score. Schachköniginnen Heidenau was third.

German Lasker Schachstiftung GK team won the 65+ category with 15 match points, after defeating Sweden 1 in a direct final round match for medals. Finland 65 and Germany 3 tied for the second place scoring 13 match points, but the tiebreak criteria determined Finland 65 silver and Germany 3 won bronze. The best ranked Women’s team was Germany with 7 match points.

Final rankings

The Winners of the event received trophies and medals, and the title of European Senior Team Chess Champions 2022 for the respective category. The total prize fund of the event was 6.000 EUR.

The closing ceremony of the event took place yesterday evening.

Official website