European School Chess Championship 2022 – Official invitation

The European School Chess Championship 2022 will take place from 20 April (arrival day) to 30 April (departure day) in 5 stars “Rodos Palace” conference resort, located in Rhodes island, Greece.

The European School Chess Championships are part of the “Rhodes Chess Festival 2022”, together with the Rhodes Spring Open (also 20 – 30 April 2022) and the FIDE World Youth/Cadet Blitz & Rapid Championships (30 April – 4 May 2022). A unique opportunity for young players to combine two chess events in a beautiful island with only one airticket!

The event will be played in 6 age categories: U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17, open and girls sections separately. System of play will be Swiss system, 9 rounds, with time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. If, in any age group, there are 11 to 15 participants only 7 rounds will be played. If in any age group there are 10 or fewer participants a round-robin tournament will be played.

The official Hotel and the venue of the event will be 5 stars “Rodos Palace” Hotel and Conference center.

Prizes

All the players will receive a certificate of participation. The 3 best ranked players of each category will be awarded with trophies and medals. The top six players of each section will receive special prizes (chess books). The best 3 teams-federations of the Championship. For the team standings, the best 6 individual results (points) per federation in all categories will be calculated.

The 1st winner of each European School Championship category shall have the personal right to participate as an invited player in the World School Championship of the corresponding or of a higher age category if the relevant stipulation of the FIDE Tournament Regulation is met. This privilege may be exercised exclusively in the subsequent year following the qualification.

The official website of all events: http://rodos2022.com

Covid-19 and Health Protocol
The official information regarding travel regulations to Greece, including instructions for the PLF form to be filled 24h before the flight and the vaccine/testing policy of Greece, is published at: https://travel.gov.gr.
The organizers and the participants should follow the official ECU Health Protocols. The organizers and the participants should also comply with all the health and testing regulations applied by Greek Public Authorities.

Contact Information
Tournament Office: Mr. Ioannis Kalesis, Tel.: (+30) 2112346251,
Email: rodos2022@chess.travel

Official regulations – European School Chess Championship 2022

Registration form




TATA STEEL CHESS 2022 Starts in Wijk aan Zee

The 84th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament opens tomorrow and takes place in Wijk aan Zee from 14 – 30 January 2022.

This year, the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2022 features Masters and Challengers events, taking place in the traditional Wijk aan Zee venue, while the annual Tata Steel Chess for children will take place Online from 23rd-24th January. Amateur events will not be held due to covid19 epidemiological situation in Netherlands.

Tata Steel Masters gathers 14 top Grandmasters who will compete in a round-robin tournament with 13 rounds. The first round of the event starts on Saturday, 15th of January and the participants are:

  • Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2856),
  • Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2792),
  • Anish Giri (NED, 2772),
  • Shakhriyar Mamedyarov(AZE, 2767)
  • Richard Rapport (HUN, 2763),
  • Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL, 2760),
  • Sergey Karjakin (RUS, 2743),
  • Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND, 2727),
  • Daniil Dubov (RUS, 2720),
  • Andrey Esipenko (RUS, 2714),
  • Samuel Shankland (USA, 2708),
  • Jorden van Foreest (NED, 2702),
  • Nils Grandelius (SWE, 2672),
  • Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (IND, 2612).

23-year-old Jorden van Foreest (NED, 2702) will aim to defend the title of the Tata Steel Chess Champion.

The Challengers event will be played in same format with following players:

  • Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ, 2631),
  • Arjun Erigaisi (IND, 2629),
  • Surya Ganguly (IND, 2627),
  • Erwin l’Ami (NED, 2622),
  • Thai Dai Van Nguyen (CZE, 2609),
  • Max Warmerdam (NED, 2599),
  • Jonas Buhl Bjerre (DEN, 2586),
  • Daniel Dardha (BEL, 2533),
  • Lucas van Foreest (NED, 2530),
  • Volodar Murzin (RUS, 2519),
  • Polina Shuvalova (RUS, 2516),
  • Marc’Andria Maurizzi (FRA, 2496),
  • Zhu Jiner (CHN, 2478), and
  • Roven Vogel (GER, 2452).

The players started arriving in Wijk aan Zee yesterday during the day and gave interviews upon arrival in the official venue of the event.

The games will be broadcasted live through the Official website of the event, and the Netherlands chess federation’s Twitch channel will feature a daily news feed during all rounds from 20:00 – 20:30 CEST. IM Stefan Kuipers will highlight and discuss the highlights of each round, and fans are welcome to ask questions.

More detailed information can be found on the Official website of the event.




ECU E-MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2021

ECU E-Magazine December 2021 is out!

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

  • FIDE World Chess Championship 2021
  • European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2021
  • European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2021
  • FIDE World Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2021
  • European Online Rapid School Chess Championship 2021
  • European Individual Chess Championship 2022 – Invitation
  • The 2022 – The “Year of Women in Chess”
  • Arbiters Corner
  • Upcoming Tata Steel Chess 2022
  • Legends Questions
  • Fun Zone

The December 2021 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 MAGAZINE December 2021




European Individual Chess Championship 2022 – Official regulations

The European Individual Chess Championship 2022 will take place from 27th March (1st round) – 6th April (11th round) 2022, in Terme Catez, Slovenia.

The event will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 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 total prize fund of the event will be 100.000 EUR, with 20.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event. Along with the regular prizes for the best ranked 23 players, the special prizes for best female players, best junior players, best senior players and best ACP players will be distributed.

Full Schedule:

The European Individual Chess Championship 2022 is a qualifying event for the FIDE World Cup 2023.  According to FIDE regulations for World Cup and the ECU Board decision, 20 players will qualify*.

The European Individual Chess Championship is open to all players representing the Chess Federations which are members of the European Chess Union regardless of their title or rating. There is no limit to participants per federation. However, applications can only be sent by national federations.

The registration deadline is February 20th, 2022.

The organizers welcome all participants and accompanying persons to stay in the Official Hotels of the event: Hotel Terme****, Hotel Toplice**** and Hotel Catez***.

The organizer will provide transport services for the participants lodge at the official hotels from Zagreb (CRO) International Airport to the official hotels – on March 26th as well as the departure transfer – on April 7th free of charge. All travel information must be sent by e-mail to euroindividualchess22@gmail.com not later than March 1st, 2022.

The event is organized by the Slovenian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union.

Official regulations of the event can be downloaded here.

Contact information:
E-mail: euroindividualchess22@gmail.com
Official website: www.eicc2022.eu




European Youth Blitz Chess Champions 2021 crowned

The 2021 European Youth Blitz Chess Championships 2021 took place form 29th-30th December in Novi Sad, Serbia, with participation of more than 400 kids coming from 29 European federations.

The event was played within 6 age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, open and girls sections separately, in 9 double rounds, Swiss system.

Winners of the U8 category:
1. Kleimenov Nikolay (RUS, 1956), 16.5 points
2. Sofronie Vladimir (ROU, 1348), 14.5 points
3. Bulgak Damir (BLR), 14 points

Winners of the U10 category:
1. Korelskiy Egor (RUS, 1917), 14.5 points
2. Fedosov Alexander (RUS, 1876), 14.5 points
3. Vasilkov Nikolay (RUS, 1501), 12 points

Winners of the U12 category:
1. Vetokhin Savva (RUS, 2282), 15.5 points
2. Gilfanov Marat I (RUS, 2011), 13 points
3. Gusev Kirill (RUS, 1406), 13 points

Winners of the U14 category:
1. Stribuk Artiom (BLR, 2224), 14 points
2. Chyndygyr Tamerlan (RUS, 2011), 14 points
3. Navumenka Mikhei (BLR, 2097), 13 points

Winners of the U16 category:
1. Laux Dominik (GER, 2133), 14 points
2. Silich Yahor (BLR, 2070), 13 points
3. Nareks Matic (SLO, 2063), 13 points

Winners of the U18 category:
1. Shubin Kirill (RUS, 2501), 16.5 points
2. Lazavik Denis (BLR, 2436), 13 points
3. Budisavljevic Luka (SRB, 2286), 12.5 points

Winners of the Girls U8 section:
1. Alejunaite Milda (LTU, 1113), 17 points
2. Sivanandan Bodhana (ENG), 15 points
3. Sevastsyanchuk Anastasiya (BLR, 1162), 12.5 points

Winners of the Girls U10 section:
1. Beber Anja (SLO, 1481), 15.5 points
2. Matskevich Varvara (BLR, 1321), 15 points
3. Velychko Sofiya (UKR, 1218), 13.5 points

Winners of the Girls U12 section:
1. Shukhman Anna (RUS, 1628), 15 points
2. Merkulova Victoria (RUS, 1753), 14.5 points
3. Tabermakova Leila (RUS, 1534), 13 points

Winners of the Girls U14 section:
1. Darmaeva Nomina (RUS, 1523), 14 points
2. Volchkova Alena (RUS, 1721), 13.5 points
3. Vlasova Olesia (RUS, 1687), 13 points

Winners of the Girls U16 section:
1. Zeliantsova Kseniya (BLR, 1930), 13.5 points
2. Alekseenko Mariya (RUS, 1691), 13 points
3. Bodnaruk Kseniya (RUS, 1916), 12 points

Winners of the Girls U18 section:
1. Tarasenka Aliaksandra (BLR, 1796), 16.5 points
2. Pogorelskikh Sofia (RUS, 1864), 12.5 points
3. Getman Tatyana (RUS, 2060), 12.5 points

The final results of all sections can be found here.

Official Website of the event




European Youth Rapid Chess Champions 2021 announced

European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2021 currently are ongoing in Novi Sad, Serbia.

The 2021 European Youth Rapid Chess Championship took place from 27th-28th of December, being played in 6 age categories, open and girls separately.

The President of Serbian Chess Federation Mr. Dragan Lazic and Vojvodina Province secretary for Youth and Sports Mr. Dane Basta made the first ceremonial move to open the event.

More than 450 children coming from 29 European federations participated in the event, but only 12 of them became European Rapid Champions.

Medalists of U8 category:
1. Kleimenov Nikolay (RUS, 1718), 8.5 points
2. Novodvorskiy Dmitriy Al (RUS, 1131), 7.5 points
3. Bulgak Damir (BLR), 7 points

Medalists of U10 category:
1. Fedosev Alexander (RUS, 1973), 8 points
2. Witczak Borys (POL, 1363), 7.5 points
3. Veluchko Semen (UKR, 1368), 7 points

Medalists of U12 category:
1. Ljepic Andrej (SRB, 1735), 7.5 points
2. Verokhin Savva (RUS, 2155), 7 points
3. Novozhilov Semen (RUS, 1969), 6.5 points

Medalists of U14 category:
1. Chyndygyr Tamerlan (RUS, 2163), 8.5 points
2. Stribuk Artiom (BLR, 2201), 7.5 points
3. Pilshofer Paul (AUT, 1581), 6.5 points

Medalists of U16 category:
1. Ohanyan Emin (ARM, 2207), 7.5 points
2. Tsaruk Maksim (BLR, 2195), 6.5 points
3. Morgunov Marc (AUT, 2171), 6.5 points

Medalists of U18 category:
1. Shubin Kirill (RUS, 2454), 7.5 points
2. Budisavljevic Luka (SRB, 2141), 7 points
3. Peyrer Konstantin (AUT, 2200), 7 points

Medalists of Girls U8 category:
1.Sevastsyanchuk Anastasiya (BLR, 1034), 8 points
2. Sivanandan Bodhana (ENG, 1253), 8 points
3. Cretescu Emma (ROU, 1060), 7.5 points

Medalists of Girls U10 category:
1. Preobrazhenskaya Diana (RUS, 1658), 8.5 points
2. Matskevich Varvara (BLR, 1346), 7 points
3. Velychko Sofiya (UKR, 1314), 7 points

Medalists of Girls U12 category:
1. Shukhman Anna (RUS, 1742), 8.5 points
2. Merkulova Victoria (RUS, 1654), 7.5 points
3. Bendik Margarita (BLR, 1353), 6.5 points

Medalists of Girls U14 category:
1. Zhapova Yana (RUS, 1829), 8 points
2. Komissarova Soigina (RUS, 1810), 7 points
3. Norman Kseniya (BLR, 1511), 6.5 points

Medalists of Girls U16 category:
1. Blokhin Sofia (EST, 1835), 8 points
2. Zeliantsova Kseniya (BLR, 1848), 7 points
3. Katter Katharina (AUT, 1741), 6.5 points

Medalists of Girls U18 category:
1. Tarasenka Aliaksandra (BLR, 1827), 8 points
2. Getman Tatyana (RUS, 2115), 6.5 points
3. Pogorelskikh Sofia (RUS, 2016), 6.5 points

Final results of all sections can be found here.

Official website of the event




Tamir Nabaty wins the Israel open championship 2021

The Israel open championship was held on December 8-16 2021 in the old northern city of Tzfat (Safed) by the Israel chess federation, under the auspices of the local municipality and Mifal Hapais (the national lottery).

102 players, including 9 GMs and 9 IMs competed in 9 Swiss rounds  for the top honours as well as for the 80,000 NIS prize-fund. 4 members of the national team led the starting rankings being the natural favourites: GMs Tamir Nabaty, Ilya Smirin (both former Israeli champions), Victor Mikhalevski (The current champion) and Evgeny Postny (former winner of the open championship). Quite a few of the country’s best junior players were among the participants too led by IMs Or Bronstein, Yair Parkhov and Ido Gorshtein.

GM Tamir Nabaty, the highest rated participant, emerged winner on 7.5 points despite an early defeat on round 3, ahead of GM Evgeny Postny , Israel’s best female player IM Marsel Efroimsky, both undefeated and 19 year old IM Yair Parkhov on 7.

They were followed by GMs Ori Kobo, Victor Mikhalevski and Israel Caspi, IMs Ido Gorshtein and Or Bronstein and FM Yotam Shohat on 6.5 points each. Best u- 18 was FM Yeshaaiahu Tzidkiya on 6. GM Avigdor Bykhovsky was declared best senior, while the best female prize was awarded to WCM Ronit Levitan -both on 5.5 .  28 players in total shared the money prizes in all categories.

The event was smoothly and skillfully run by director Olga Volkov
and the arbiters team led by IA Alon Shulman. Shaul Weinstein,
deputy chief arbiter, was in charge of the official website and the live
broadcasting of the games.  School
championships and simultaneous exhibitions took place in the city during the
tournament. Another peripheral city has been hopefully captivated by the charm
to start a new chess community with a fine new chess tradition.

The full results may be seen here.

Photos by: Ritvo photography

Press release by: Yochanan Afek




FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2021 start in Warsaw, Poland

The FIDE Women’s and Open Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2021 start in Warsaw, Poland.

More than 180 players from 46 federations registered for the 3Open event and more than 100 players coming from 30 different federations will participate in Women’s events.

FIDE World Rapid Chess Championships 2021 are first on the schedule, taking place from 26th-28th December.

The 2021 FIDE Open World Chess Championship will be played in 13 rounds, Swiss system, and Women’s Championship will be played in 11 rounds. Time control will be 15 minutes + 10 seconds of increment.

The very strong battlefield of Rapid Open Championship is led by reigning World Chess Championship Carlsen Magnus (NOR, 2892) who aims to defend the throne in all three formats of World Championships (classical, rapid and blitz). Among the top seeds are also: Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2836), Duda Jan Krzysztof (POL, 2801), Nepomniachtchi Ian (CFR, 2798), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA, 2773), Caruana Fabiano (USA, 2770), Giri Anish (NED, 2767), Grischuk Alexander (CFR, 2763), Karjakin Sergey (CFR, 2757) and Rapport Richard (HUN, 2750).

The top seeds of Women’s Rapid Championship are: Lagno Kateryna (CFR, 2545), Goryachkina Aleksandra (CFR, 2521), Kosteniuk Alexandra (CFR, 2515), Muzychuk Mariya (UKR, 2501), Gunina Valentina (CFR, 2499), Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2497), Koneru Humpy (IND, 2483), Harika Dronavalli (IND, 2475), Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2471) and Abdumalik Zhansaya (KAZ, 2449).

Magnus Carlsen upon arrival in Warsaw. Photo by Anastasia Karlovich

FIDE World Blitz Women’s and Open Chess Championships 2021 follow from 29th-30th December, being played in the same venue- PGE Narodowy Stadium.

Carlsen Magnus (NOR, 2892) is the top seed of the Blitz event, followed by: Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2884), Artemiev Vladislav (CFR, 2830), Firouzja Alireza (FRA, 2810), Caruana Fabiano (USA, 2803), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL, 2792), Nepomniachtchi Ian (CRF, 2792), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA, 2787), Giri Anish (NED, 2778) and other world top Grandmasters.

Lagno Kateryna (CFR, 2592), Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2509), Koneru Humpy (IND, 2483), Stefanova Antoaneta (BUL, 2477), Kosteniuk Alexandra (CFR, 2475), Gunina Valentina (CFR, 2452), Goryachkina Aleksandra (CFR, 2441), Michna Marta (GER, 2433), Paehtz Elisabeth (GER, 2412) and Bodnaruk Anastasia (CFR, 2406) are the top 10 on the starting list of Women’s Blitz Championship.

Starting lists of both events can be found on the official website of the event.

The official venue of the event- PGE Narodowy Stadium

The total prize fund of the events will be 1.000.000$, with 350.000$ for Open Rapid and 350.000$ for Open Blitz championships, while the prize fund of Women’s Rapid and Blitz Championships counts 150.000$ for each competition.

More details and official regulations of the events can be found on the Official website.




European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2021 start

The 2021 European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships take place from 27th to 30th December in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Almost 500 players coming from 29 European federations registered for the event which will be played within 4 different Championships:

  • 20th European Youth Individual Rapid Chess Championship (U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, open and girls sections separately) taking place from 27th-28th December. The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 15 minutes+ 10 seconds of an increment.
  • European Problems solving Championship will take place on 28th of December. The event will be organized within 3 age categories: U10, U14 and U18, open and girls categories separately.
  • 20th European Youth Individual Blitz Chess Championship will be played on 29th and 30th of December. The event will be played in 6 age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 (open and girls separately), in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control of 3 minutes + 2 seconds of an increment.
  • European Youth Rapid Team Chess Championship 2021 will be played on 29th of December, within U10, U14 and U18 age sections.
    Teams will be composed of 4 players without reserves from the same federation. The tournament will be held in 7 rounds, according to the Swiss system, with the rate of play: 10 minutes + 5 seconds of an increment.

Starting rank lists of participants for European Youth Rapid Chess Championships 2021 can be found here.

All the participants and accompanying persons will need to follow the health protocol which can be found on the following link.

Detailed information and Official regulations of the event can be found on the Official Website of the event.




Alexander Motylev wins European Rapid Chess Championship 2021

European Rapid Chess Championship 2021 concluded on Sunday, 19th of December after two days of play in Katowice, Poland.

After 11 played rounds three players were in a tie for the top, scoring 9.5 points each. Tiebreak criteria determined the Winner of the event and the medalists. Alexander Motylev (RUS, 2703) had the best additional criteria to claim gold.

Donchenko Alexander (GER, 2535) finished the event on the second place.

Bronze medal came to Pultinevicius Paulius (LTU, 2536).

Final results can be found here.

The total prize fund of the event was 19.000 EUR, with 4.000 going to the 2021 European Rapid Chess Champion. Along with the regular prizes, the best juniors, seniors, women players and best ranked players of different rating categories were awarded.

The best female players of the European Rapid Chess Championship 2021 were also decided by tiebreaks criteria as three best female players had the same score of 7 points. With best tiebreaks Sliwicka Alicja (POL, 2166) was first ranked women player, Kulon Klaudia (POL, 2227) second and Froewis Annika (AUT, 2092) was third.

The Closing Ceremony of European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championships 2021 took place yesterday evening, with attendance of ECU Vice President Mr. Adrian Mikhalchishin and FIDE Vice Presidents Mr. Lukasz Turlej and Ms. Anastasia Sorokina.

Photo gallery can be found on the Facebook page of the event.