European Amateur Chess Championship 2022 – Deadline extended till 15th of July.

The European Amateur Chess Championship 2022 will take place from 13th August (arrival day) to 21st August 2022 (departure day) in Hotel Aristos****, located in the city of Zagreb, Croatia.

The event will be played in three rating categories: U2300, U2000 and U1700. A player must not have a published FIDE rating of 2300 or greater for at least one year prior to the registration deadline of the event. For the Under-2000 section, a player must not have a published FIDE rating of 2000 or greater for at least one year prior to the start of the championship. For the Under-1700 section, a player must not have a published FIDE rating of 1700 or greater for at least one year prior to the start of the championship. In case a player exceeds the rating of 1700 or 2000 after the registration deadline, he/she will play the upper rating category.

A separate championship for women shall be organized only if there are at least 10 women entries otherwise the women’s event will be merged with the open competition with separate prizes.

The official venue and Hotel of the event will be Hotel Aristos****.

The events will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, in accordance with FIDE Laws of Chess and the ECU Tournament Rules. The rate of play will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The total prize fund of the event will be 4.000 EUR. Prize list:

The completed application forms should be sent by official email to: hss.crochess@gmail.com. The complete registration form must include surname/s, first name/s, FIDE ID number, FIDE rating and title of each player. The registration deadline is extended to July 15, 2022.

Official regulations of the event can be downloaded down below.

European Amateur Chess Championship 2022 – Official regulations

Featured photo: View of Zagreb – J.Duval




FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament 2022 – Nepomniachtchi in the lead

Six rounds have been played at the 2022 FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament in Madrid and Ian Nepomniachtchi is the sole leader with 4.5 points.

In 6th round, Nepomniachtchi defeated Jan-Krzysztof Duda as he built a kingside majority and started a powerful attack on Duda’s king. The Polish grandmaster missed chances to fight for a draw and eventually resigned in a hopeless position.

Fabiano Caruana was victorious against Alireza Firouzja to score 4 points and stay in the race for the top. With score of 4.5 and 4 points, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Fabiano Caruana (respectively) made the distance from the rest of the field, with Hikaru Nakamura and Richard Rapport sharing the third place with 3 points, each.

Rankings after 6 played rounds:

Today is the second resting day of the tournament and the event continues tomorrow with the 7th round. The games start at 15:00 CEST and can be followed live through the Official website of the event.

Official Website
Photos: FIDE/Stev Bonhage




Stepan Avagyan Memorial “Jermuk-2022”

The 3rd edition of Stepan Avagyan Memorial “Jermuk 2022” takes place from 19-28 of June, 2022 in Jermuk, Armenia.

The tournament is held in a 10-player GM norm round-robin format, in 9 rounds, and it is a FIDE category 16 event. After four played rounds, GM Tabatabaei M. Amin (IRI, 2650), GM Martirosyan Haik (ARM, 2656) and GM Sargsyan Shant (ARM, 2648) tie for the first place scoring 2.5 points.

Pairings, Results & Rankings can be found here.

Live broadcast of the games can be followed through the Official website of the event. The event is organized by Chess Academy of Armenia.

Photo gallery:




Hotels.nl is the Winner of European Corporate Chess Championship 2022

European Corporate Chess Championship 2022 took place over the weekend 18-19 June in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The event was played with the participation of 17 teams in the venue of the luxury cruise ship Royal Spido (named James Cook), while sailing in the Rotterdam harbour. 

The Closing Ceremony of the event took place yesterday evening with attendance of the ECU Vice President Ivan Sokolov, Tournament director Jeroen Van den Berg, and Chief Arbiter Arno Eliens.

The team of Hotels.nl won the Championship thanks to a better Olympiad-Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break (without lowest result) as they had the same score of 16 match points as Polish PricewaterhouseCoopers. Having better tiebreaks Hotels.nl clinched gold while PwC came second.

The Winning Hotels.nl Team composition:

  • GM Van Wely Loek (NED, 2692)
  • FM Lambrechts Koen (NED, 2307)
  • Rietman Frits (NED, 2232)
  • Groenewold Jan Joris (NED, 2134)
  • Muller Kenneth (NED, 1891)

Hotels.nl – European Corporate Champions 2022

PwC- Silver medal

DSE Automatisering claimed bronze scoring 15 match points. Final standings & Results can be found here.

DSE Automatisering – Bronze medal

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Photo gallery from the Closing Ceremony:

The event was played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 15 minutes for the whole game, plus 5 seconds of an increment starting from the move one. Among the players representing their corporations were: GM Anish Giri (2761, NED, Optiver 1 team), GM Loek van Wely (2629, NED, Hotels.nl), GM Max Warmerdam (2613, NED, Flow Traders), GM Friso Nijboer (NED, 2466, DSE Automatisering), IM David Simon Pardo (ESP, 2461, Optiver 2), IM Radoslaw Barski (2437, POL, PwC).

Official website of the event

Photo gallery from the venue:

Photos by: Frans Peeters




European Corporate Chess Championship 2022 starts in Rotterdam

The 2022 European Corporate Chess Championship takes place on weekend 18-19 June in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The tournament is played on a luxury cruise ship of Royal Spido (named James Cook), while sailing in the Rotterdam harbour. 17 teams will participate in the event which will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 15 minutes for the whole game, plus 5 seconds of an increment starting from the move one.

Among the players representing their corporations are: GM Anish Giri (2761, NED, Optiver 1 team), GM Loek van Wely (2629, NED, Hotels.nl), GM Max Warmerdam (2613, NED, Flow Traders), GM Friso Nijboer (NED, 2466, DSE Automatisering), IM David Simon Pardo (ESP, 2461, Optiver 2), IM Radoslaw Barski (2437, POL, PwC).

Starting rank list of teams:

x Team RtgAvg
1 Hotels.nl 2326
2 DSE Automatisering 2315
3 LBV 1 2160
4 Tata Steel 2100
5 Hapoel 2042
6 EPO The Hague 1 1995
7 PwC 1989
8 Trifol 1953
9 Flow Traders 1889
10 ASML 1758
11 LBV 2 1697
12 Optiver 1 1649
13 EPO The Hague 2 1644
14 Optiver 2 1595
15 ABN AMRO 1417
16 ADP 1298
17 EPO Munchen 1237

The total prize fund of the Championship is 6.000 EUR, with 3.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event.

Official website of the event




FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022

The FIDE Candidates Chess 2022 opens on Thursday 16th of June, and will be played from June 17th – July 5th in Madrid.

The tournament is played in 14 rounds, with participation of eight players. The winner of the event will qualify for the World Championship match later this year.

The magnificent Palacio de Santoña, a centrally located historic building in Madrid, will host one of the most anticipated chess tournaments of 2022. Built in 1730, this mansion boasts of distinguished carved granite baroque façade and is home to one of the most refined eclectic interiors in the Spanish capital. It is currently one of the headquarters of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce.

Participants:

  • Jan-Krzystof Duda (POL) – World Cup winner
  • Ding Liren (CHN) – highest rating 30 games, substitute of Sergey Karjakin
  • Fabiano Caruana (USA) – Grand Swiss runner-up
  • Teimour Radjabov (AZE) – Wild Card
  • Alireza Firouzja (FRA) – Grand Swiss winner
  • Hikaru Nakamura (USA) – Grand Prix winner
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi (FIDE) – 2021 World Champion Match runner-up
  • Richard Rapport (HUN, transfer to ROU in the process)– Grand Prix runner-up

System of play:

14 rounds (double round-robin system) will be played with time control: 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 total prize fund of the event is 500.000 EUR.

If two or more players tie for the top after 14 played rounds, the Winner will be determined in the Playoffs according to updated tiebreak rules of the event. If there are two players tied for the first place they will play a match of two rapid games (15 min + 10 sec). In case of a 3-6-way tie, a round-robin rapid tournament will be played (15 min + 10 sec).

If two players are tied after stage 1 of the playoffs, they will play a match of two blitz games (3 min + 2 sec). In case of a three-way tie (or more) a round-robin blitz tournament will be played (3 min + 2 sec). Finally, in case of another tie, depending on number of players, either knockout match or knockout tournament will be played. Each match consists of a single blitz game (3 min +2 sec). The colours will be determined by drawing of lots. In
case of a draw, another game will be played with the colours reversed. If
there is another draw, the opponents will play until the decisive outcome.

Official regulations, live games and detailed information about the event can be found on the Official website.




Women Chess Conference Prague 2022

The Women Chess Conference Prague 2022 will be held from 25th-27th August in Hotel Don Giovanni, during the European Women’s Chess Championship.

The Conference is open to all ECU federations (representatives, players, officials, etc) aiming to support and promote women and girls in chess on a national and international level.

Some of the Invited Guests and Speakers are: the ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the ECU Vice President and FIDE Managing director Ms. Dana Reizniece-Ozola, reigning European Women’s Chess Champion Ms. Elina Danielian, Vice President of Chess Sports Associaton Ms. Lilli Hahn, International Arbiter Ms. Jirina Prokopova.

The scope of the event:

  • To share best practices and introduce successful female chess projects
  • To engage strong female players to promote chess on local and international level
  • To connect on the international level and discuss the possibilities of mutual cooperation.

The Conference is free for all entries. The participants should register for the event until 26th June 2022.

Women Chess Conference Prague 2022 – Official invitation




ECU E-MAGAZINE MAY 2022

The ECU E-Magazine May 2022 is out!

 

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

  • FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament 2022
  • Grand Chess Tour events in Romania and Poland
  • Norway Chess 2022
  • ECU General Assembly 2022
  • “Chess: a Game to be Spread in Schools” Conference
  • ECU EDU Working visit to Slovenia
  • ECU101 – The SMART Method to Teach Chess seminar
  • Queens’ Online Chess Festival
  • Upcoming European Corporate Chess Championship 2022
  • European Senior Chess Championship 2022
  • European Youth Teams & Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2022
  • 20th EU Youth Chess Championship 2022
  • 4th ESNA European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship 2022
  • European Chess Club Cup 2022
  • Arbiters Corner
  • Fun zone

The May 2022 edition of the ECU E-Magazine can be read online together with interactive links on the following link, or it can be downloaded down below.

ECU E-MAGAZINE May 2022 – PDF Download




4th ESNA European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship

The 4th ESNA European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship 2022 will be held from 24th September – 2nd October 2022 in the Principality of Liechtenstein with the support of European Chess Union.

Federations participating in the event are as follows (alphabetical order): Andorra, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco and San Marino. Each federation shall select one player who will compete in the Championship which will be played in 9 rounds, round-robin system. The time control is: 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.

Photo: EUROPEAN SMALL NATIONS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 held in San Marino

The Playing Hall will be the Vadozner Huus in the center of Vaduz with all the required commodities.

The federations should complete the registration form for their player and accompanying persons through the www.schach.li/esna. The registration deadline for players and accompanying persons is June 30th, 2022.

Last year, 2021 Liechtenstein Chess Federation celebrated its 50th anniversary since its funding.

Contact information:
The tournament director: Mr. Renato Frick.
Phone (+41) 78 625 28 25
Email: renato@powersurf.li
Official website: www.schach.li/esna

4th ESNA European Small Nations Chess Championship 2022 – Official invitation

Featured photo: Bild: Julian Konrad / Liechtenstein Marketing




Andorra Chess Grand Prix & Andorra Chess Open 2022

The 38th edition of the Andorra Chess Open will take place from 24th-31st July in Hotel Panorama Andorra. On Monday, July 25th, the Andorra Chess Grand Prix event will be played in Centre de Congressos d’Andorra la Vella. 

The Andorra Open event will be played in 9 rounds, swiss system, with a total prize fund of 10.500 EUR. The time control will be: 40 moves in 90 minutes and 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from the first move.

The Andorra Grand Prix features a prize fund of 1.525 EUR and will be played in 9 rounds, swiss system, with Blitz time control: 3 minutes + 2 seconds of increment.

Organizers have a set registration limit of 150 players for the Open event and 100 players for the Andorra Grand Prix tournament.

Official website of the event