European Online Corporate Championship – Registration opens

The European Online Corporate Championship will be held on 3rd and 4th October 2020.

All the information and detailed regulations here.

Brochure of European Online Corporate Chess Championship 

 The entry feee can be paid through the ECU Bank account or online here with debit/credit card and PayPal.

Choose an Option

Please fill and submit the registration form below:


The first European Online Youth Team and Individual Chess Championship concluded tonight after three days of play.

The first winners of European Youth Individual Chess Championship were announced even before the start of the 9th last round, since they won the event with a round to spare: top seed of the Open U18 section Esipenko Andrey (RUS) and Zhapova Yana (RUS) winner of section Girls U12.

Other sections needed to wait for the end of the very last games and fair play control to declare the Winners of the event.

After 9 played rounds in Girls U18 section, two Russian players WGM Maltsevskaya Aleksandra and WIM Solozhenkina Elizaveta tied for the first place scoring 8 points, each. Tiebreaks decided that Maltsevskaya Aleksandra takes gold, Solozhenkina Elizaveta silver medal, while Hajiyeva Laman from Azerbaijan took third place with 7 points.

In Open U18 section, Esipenko Andrey (RUS) concluded the event with 8 points and trophy, while three players were in a tie for the second place each with score of 7 points: GM Schoppen Casper (NED), Nesterov Arseniy (RUS) and GM Sargsyan Shant (ARM). According to tiebreaks criteria, Schoppen Casper won silver medal and Nesterov Arseniy took bronze.

Venue Armenia

In the section for Girls U16, Kirchei Viktorria and Nur-Mukhametova Alisa, both from Russia, emerged on the top with the same score of 8 points, but according to tiebreaks, Kirchei Viktoriia is announced as the Winner of the event, Nur-Mukhametova Alisa came second, while Ruzic Pia Marie (SLO) won the bronze medal scoring 7 points and having the best tiebreaks in the group of 3 girls tying for the third place.

International master Makarian Rudik (RUS) and Svane Frederik (GER) scored 8 points each and tied for the top of Open U16 section, but eventually Makarian Rudik became European Online Youth Champion U16 thanks to better tiebreaks, Svane Frederik was second and Dudin Gleb (RUS( with 7.5 points came third.

Venue Germany

Tiebreaks criteria also decided the Winner and medalists in Girls U14 group, where Tarasenka Aliaksandra (BLR) and Aydin Gulenay (TUR) shared the top with 7.5 points each. Tarasenka Aliaksandra won the event, Aydin Gulenay won silver medal and Roebers Eline (NED) came third since she had better tiebreaks than other two players with the same score of 7 points.

Venue in Bursa, Turkey

Russian International Master Murzin Volodar (RUS) triumphed in Open U14 section with score of 8 points, maintaining the leadership during all rounds. Makoveev Ilya (RUS) came second with 7.5 points and Lazavik Denis (BLR) won the third place scoring 7 points and having better tiebreaks than Samadov Read (AZE) with the same score.

Zhapova Yana (RUS) conquered the top of Girls U12 section as the only player of European Youth Online Chess Championship with perfect score 9/9! Shukhman Anna (RUS) won silver medal lagging 1.5 points behind the winner, and Shvedova Alexandra (RUS) won the bronze medal with 7 points to complete the podium of GU16 category with Russian flag.

Russia, Moscow- Central House of Chess . Photo by: Ekaterina Murzina

After 9 played rounds in Open U12 section, Azadaliyev Jahandar (AZE) emerged as the sole Winner with 8 points, Seemann Jakub (POL) won silver medal with 7.5 points, while three players tied for the third place each scoring 7 points. According to tiebreaks criteria, bronze medal came to Samunenkov Ihor (UKR).

In Teams/Federations Results the best player results counted for each group in open or girls sections. The final standings and Medals:

RUS 29 points-RUS2 25 Gold Medal Russian Chess Federation
GER 25,5 points Silver Medal German Chess Federation
NED 24.5 points Bronze Medal Royal Dutch Chess Federation

RUS 30,5 points-RUS2 26.5 Gold Medal Russian Chess Federation
AZE 28 points Silver Medal Azerbaijan Chess Federation
ARM 26 points(182.5)
GER 26 points (179.5)
Bronze Medals Armenian and German Chess Federations

In open teams section, teams of Armenia and Germany shared the third place scoring 26 points each. Additional criteria was in slight advantage for Armenia 182.5 Buchholz cut 1, Germany 179.5 Buchholz cut 1, bot both teams will receive bronze medals!

Congratulations to Russian players, who won 13 medals in total!

Team results Open section

Team results Girls section

Russia venue- photo by

All the results and standings can be found here.

All the games were daily followed in ECU Live studio with WGM Keti Tsatsiashvili and her special guests: GM Adrian Mikhalchishin, ECU Vice President WGM Dana Reizniece-Ozola, ECU President GM Mr. Zurab Azmaiparahsvili and ECU Vice President GM Ivan Sokolov.

European Online Youth Chess Championship took place from Friday, 18th of September till Sunday 20th of September. More than 700 players from 40 federations participated the event, all connected through Tornelo chess platform and more than 60 playing venues chosen by National federations who at the same time followed all necessary health protocols.

Arbiters Team of European Online Youth Chess Championship:

Full photo album can be found on ECU Facebook page.

Photo Album of European Online Youth Chess Championship 2020. Send us your venue photos to add!

Публикувахте от European Chess Union в Събота, 19 септември 2020 г.


Six rounds have been already played at European Online Youth Chess Championship, which have started on Friday, 18th of September, and concludes today! The closing ceremony of the event will take place on Monday 21st September at 18.00 CEST and will be streamed live.

The event is played through Tornelo platform, from 60 different venues chosen by National federations, with participation of about 750 participants from 40 federations.

The Opening Ceremony of 1st European Online Youth Chess Championship took place on Friday, shortly before the first round, at National University of Georgia. ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, and chess legend GM Nona Gaprindashvili officially declared the event opened.

Video from the Opening Ceremony:

All the games were live broadcasted from the ECU live studio with WGM Keti Tsatsiashvili and her special guests: GM Adrian Mikhalchishin, ECU Vice President WGM Dana- Reizniece Ozola and ECU President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili, who shared their thoughts about the event and commented the games of the young chess talents.

After 6 played rounds, each category got emerged leaders.

In Open U18 section, two Grandmaster players: Esipenko Andrey (RUS, 2629) and Schoppen Casper (NED, 2536) tie for the first place, each scoring 5.5 points. They are followed by IM Davtyan Artur (ARM) and
Stefansson Vignir Vatnar (ISR) with 5 points each.

Armenia’s Team playing venue

Two Russian players emerged on the top of Open U16 section with the same score, 5.5 points each: IM Makarian Rudik (RUS) and FM Dudin Gleb (RUS).

International master Murzin Volodar from Russia is the sole leader of secion Open U14 scoring 5.5 points, followed by group of five players with score of 5 points each.

Team Russia- Yekaterinburg playing venue

Ukrainians Bazakutsa Svyatoslav and Samunenkov Ihor conquered the top of Open U12 section, with score of 5.5 points each.

Three Russian girls Solozhenkina Elizaveta, Nur-Mukhametova Alisa and Zhapova Yana are the only ones to achieve perfect score 6/6 in categories for Girls U18 and Girls U16 and Girls U12, respectively, and emerged as the sole leaders of their respective age sections.

Scoring 5.5 points each, Manko Mariya (UKR) and Ter-Avetisjana Agnesa Stepania (LAT) tie for the top of section Girls U14.

The event connected more than 100 different venues from 40 National federations!

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

Photo gallery of European Online Youth Chess Championship is available through ECU Facebook page.

Photo Album of European Online Youth Chess Championship 2020. Send us your venue photos to add!

Публикувахте от European Chess Union в Събота, 19 септември 2020 г.


European Online Youth Chess Championship 2020 starts today with participation of more than 700 players from 40 European federations!

The Opening Ceremony of the event will take place at 14:45 CET while the 1st round starts at 15:00 and can be followed LIVE together with LIVE commentaries of WGM Keti Tsatsiashvili and guest Grandmasters: .


European Chess Union organises European Online Youth Individual and Team Chess Championship in four age categories: U12, U14, U16 and U18 (open and girls separately) in period from 18th-20th September 2020.

European National federations have the right to nominate players and teams. Each Federation has the right to nominate up to 3 players per category: Open U18, U16, U14, U12 and Girls U18, U16, U14, U12, one team in open and one team in girls’ section. .

Each Open and Girls Team consist of at least 4 players and maximum 12, competing in all the 4 age Categories in open or girls’ section.

In case a federation cannot consist a team in the Open or Girls section the players can still compete individually and win individual titles and prizes.

European Chess Union has the right to accept and direct entries in case a  National federation does not register players or in special cases.

The event will be played in Swiss System 9 rounds, with time control: 25min + 5 sec per player. Each of the 8 categories will be played individually with category winners. The best 4 collective results (one player per category with the highest score) decide the team winners in open seand girls’ section. Players from the same federation and age group shall not be paired together the last round.


Each National federation will appoint one captain/representative for the technical meeting and any communication during the event.

All the players compete from the approved tournament halls per country. 

Tournament halls are selected and installed by federations and local organisers. Each National federation may select up to 3 venues in 3 different cities which will be approved by the European Chess Union. The venues shall be camera monitored and connected with local Arbiters’ Pc/laptop and central Arbiters Panel.

The playing venues will be observed by local licensed FIDE arbiters who shall be able to communicate in English language. No any electronic device allowed in playing hall, except the player’s PC/Laptop. Players have to download and install ZOOM Client for Meetings from the link:  Players 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 playing server of the event will be announced by the end of July.

The entry fee is 30 euros per player to be paid directly by the National federation to the ECU Bank account. 

Registrations are made by the National Federation filling the special  registration form and sent it to The players who register for the event will be ranked by the FIDE rapid rating and in case they don’t have then the FIDE Classic or Blitz rating.

Registration deadline is 4th of September 2020.

Official regulations of the event can be downloaded down bellow.

European Online Youth Individual and Team Chess Championship 2020C_Regulations

Registration form


The 4th ECU Board Meeting in 2020 took place on Saturday 12th of September 2020 through teleconference, with full house and special guests including FIDE Deputy President Mr. Bachar Kouatly and Mrs Laura Barnaba representative of  C.S.E.N. the largest Sports Promotion Body in Italy, which partners with ECU for Erasmus+ projects.

The main areas under discussion and decisions were the following:

1.European Championships of 2020

The official forecast by World Health Organization (WHO) warns that Europe must prepare for a rise in daily COVID-19 cases in October and November. New restrictions imposed by states, borders reclosing and extended quarantine guidelines are announced again.  

Under these conditions the free access of all European federations and players, especially to qualification mass events is not guaranteed while organisers express their concern about the instability of their events. 

ECU Board decided to postpone all European Competitions for 2020, with the exception of the European Rapid and Blitz Championship 2020 in Katowice, Poland (3-6 December 2020) which last only 3 days and will be organised not as an open event but in an invitational format.

2. European Championship 2021 and 2022

The bidding procedure for the year 2022 is canceled and the  European Calendar for coming years is rescheduled :

  • European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2021-
    European Youth Chess Championship 2022 – Romania
  • European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2022-
    European Youth Chess Championship 2023 – Czech Republic:
  • European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2023-
    European Youth Chess Championship 2024 – Montengero:
  • European Individual Chess Championship 2022 – Slovenia
  • European Club Cup Open and Women 2022 – Austria  

The European School (Greece), Senior (Poland), Senior Teams (Poland), Youth Teams (Greece), Corporate (Holland) and Amateur Championship (Croatia) scheduled in 2020 are moved to 2021 and the respective Championships of 2021 to 2022. For the European Youth Rapid & Blitz in Novisad, Serbia will be a later information.

3. ECU General Assembly 2020

Due to the travel restrictions, ECU Board decided, under special circumstances, to conduct of the 2020 ECU General Assembly through teleconference on Saturday 19 December 2020.  Due to cancelation of the bidding procedure for 2022 the GA will not include in its agenda the selection of venues for 2022.  Proposals for items to be included in the online General Assembly agenda, from European National Chess Federations, can reach ECU Secretariat,  till Monday 19th of October 2020. The technical details of the meeting will be informed by the publishement of the GA Agenda.

4.European Online Championships

The 1st European Online Women’s Club Cup will be held
on 20th-22nd of November 2020 in co-operation with Monte
Carlo Chess Club, under the High Patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert of Monaco. 

The 1st Intercontinental Youth Team Matches will be organised with Judit Polgar Chess Foundation under the aegis of Global Festival and the support of FIDE Development fund on 10th of October 2020. All participants will have a free master class with legend GM Judit Polgar.

5.Training Programs and Camps

Two online Youth Camps will be
organised with top worldwide trainers for the winners of the European Online
Youth Chess Championship.

An 8 months training program has been approved under the command of the European Chess Academy. More details will be announced.

6.Educational Programs

A presentation was made for Erasmus program CGS
project that has been approved by Erasmus+ program (European Union) with a € 420.000

More details here:

ECU Vice President Mrs. Dana Rezniece Ozola and ECU
Chairman of Educational Committee Mr. Jesper Hall reported about the execution
of the common CIS project with FIDE.

ECU will be a partner to the annual London Chess Conference which this year goes online. 

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou
ECU Secretary General

ECU & CIS Program in Erasmus+

ECU partners with the C.S.E.N. the largest Sports Promotion Body in Italy, with sports division dedicated to chess for educational purposes, for the CGS project that has been approved by Erasmus+ program (European Union) with a € 420.000 grant.

ECU CIS Presentation in EU Parliament 24th February 2016

CHESS: A GAME TO SPREAD AT SCHOOL” (CGS), is a project aimed at primary school teachers and in part to early childhood, to give them a pedagogical training tool, capable of addressing the educational needs of their pupils, to obtain – thanks to the game of chess introduced in the classroom – the development of key competences, functional to counteracting the poor results of the students, in particular in the scientific subjects. By the end of the project, hundreds of teachers will have successfully peer trained with the CGS method. They should capable of training other colleagues with the Peer Education Method. 6,500 children will have learned chess at school, with significant benefits in overall social and academic performance.

The main role of ECU and its Educational Commission is to create and provide to EU the best practise and guidelines for chess in classrooms and a final training model for school teachers across Europe. Additionally to collaborate for the creation of a chess distance learning platform.

The project submitted in April and approved in September 2020.


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.

Each FIDE Continent, Africa, America, Asia and Europe have 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 will be selected by each Continental Chess Association and each Continent will appoint one captain/representative for the technical meeting and all communications during the event.

Registrations shall be made by the Continents filling the special registration form and sending it to . Deadline for registrations is the Monday 28th of September 2020.

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

The tournament server will be announced.

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

ECU Board meets on 12th September

The ECU Board has a scheduled teleconference meeting, on Saturday 12th September with main items in the agenda:

1. Decisions about the events which are scheduled for the last quarter of 2020.

2. The rescheduling of ECU Calendar for 2021 and 2022.

3. The ECU General Assembly 2020.

4. Online Hybrid #Chess Competition.

5. ECU new projects and partnerships.


ECU E-Magazine August 2020 is out!

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

  • ECU Hybrid Chess Events
  • FIDE Online Olympiad 2020
  • ECU Online Training Series “Improve your chess” vol2
  • Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals benefiting kiva
  • National Chess events throughout Europe
  • Arbiters corner
  • Fun Zone

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


Gudmundur Kjartansson wins Icelandic Chess Championship 2020

The Icelandic Chess Championship took place from 22nd August to 30th August and concluded this Sunday in the town of Gardabaer.

Before the final 9th round, two players led scoring 6 points: IM Gudmundur Kjartansson (2466) and GM Helgi Gretarsson (2401). GM Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson (2579) and GM Bragi Thorfinnsson (2427) were chasing tame with 5 points each, and were in a tie for the third place.

The pairings of the last round between the leaders could possibly bring the finals of the event to the 4 players play-off which would determine the leader.

In the intense finish, IM Kjartansson Gudmundur drew against GM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn and emerged on the top with 6.5 points, while GM Gretarsson Helgi lost against GM Thorfinnsson Bragi and lost the leading position.

Final rankings after 9 rounds:

Scoring 6.5 points, IM Kjartansson Gudmundur was announced as a Icelandic Chess Champion for the 3rd time in his chess career.

The tournament was held with some strict regulations, with no audience and plenty of space between board. Players had to leave immediately after their games and separately.  No common area was provided for food and drinks so players had to bring their own snacks.
And of course, there were no handshakes!

Official Website of the event