“Future Champions of Europe”, organized by European Chess Union and Judit Polgar Chess Foundation as a part of the annual Global Chess Festival, took place on 12th October in Hungarian National Gallery, in Budapest, Hungary.

26 young chess talents coming from 11 European federations participated the event, which was organized for players born on 1st of January 2007 or later.

After 9 rounds of chess-board battles, Samunenkov Ihor (UKR, 2090) and Tunsjo Axel (NOR, 1899) tied for the first place, each with score of 7 points. According to the tiebreaks criteria, Samunenkov Ihor became the Winner of the event and Tunsjo Axel took second place. Navumenka Mikhei (BLR, 1929) came third, scoring 6.5 points.

Final standings

The Closing ceremony of the event was attended by ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, who addressed all the players and joined the prize-giving ceremony for the best ranked players. 

The winner of the event will be invited to visit the 82nd edition of the world-famous Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020 in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. This prize includes 2 round-trip tickets from his/her home country (winner and accompanying person) + a double room for 2 nights on the weekend of the 18th and 19th January in Wijk aan Zee. This includes entrance to the playing area and ’behind the scenes’ access as well as an opportunity to make the first move for one of the rounds!

The runner up will receive a very special and unique opportunity to meet top chess Grandmasters and compete at one of the biggest European chess opens in 2020. The sponsor, Flashpoint, is looking forward to giving a once in a lifetime experience to the winner of this prize which includes 2 round-trip tickets (player and accompanying person), lodging in a double room and entry-fee.

The third prize winner will receive a wooden chess set and board signed by the Legend GM Judit Polgar herself. All participants will receive a Global Chess Festival souvenir.

The event was played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 10 minutes for each player plus 2 seconds of an increment per each move, starting from the move one.

The 5th Global Chess Festival was held with the spirit of Polgar’s personal motto, “#Chess Connects Us”. Chess, the world’s oldest board game, showed it’s many faces during the event – including competitive sports, art and education – proving that chess truly does not have any boundaries.


European Chess Union published in June 2019 the ECU Brand Book with aim of standardization of ECU logos, banners, medals and certificates, which shall be used at all European Chess Union official events.

The ECU Brand Book contains:

1. “Certificate” – editable two templates of Certificates, which are placed on the ECU website, and are available for downloading by the organizers of ECU events


2. “Diploma” – editable template which is available for downloading on ECU Website and can be downloaded by organizers of ECU official events


3. ECU master logo – all types of the ECU logo and examples of ECU logo usage on banners, desk flags or flags (2 type – color and white), which are available on ECU website for the organizers of the ECU official events

desk flags

4. Medal 6×6 – Medals of each ECU official events shall be designed as ECU branded medals. Design of the medals is available on ECU website, while plaques and medals sets are available in ECU Brand Book



ECU Brand Book, together with Medals design, ECU Master logo and templates for Certificates and Diplomas can be downloaded bellow or here.



European Women Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 28th November -2nd December 2019 in Monte Carlo.

The first on the schedule is European Women Blitz Chess Championship 2019 which will be played on 29th of November in Hotel Novotel, while European Women Rapid Chess Championship 2019 will be played on 30th November and 1st December.

Registration deadline is the 28th of November, and already 60 players coming from 18 European federations registered for the Rapid competition, and 58 players for blitz competition.

Among the top seeds are: Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2592 Rapid rtg, 2504 Blitz rtg), Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS, 2538 Rapid rtg, 2521 Blitz rtg), Muzychuk Mariya (UKR, 2518 Rapid rtg, 2344 Blitz rtg), Gunina Valentina (RUS, 2476 Rapid rtg, 2356 Blitz rtg), Chiburdanidze Maia (GEO, 2475 Rapid rtg, 2497 Blitz rtg), Stefanova Antoaneta (ECU, 2455 Rapid rtg, 2452 Blitz rtg) and others.

Starting rank list- Rapid event

Starting rank list- Blitz event

The Blitz Championship will be played according to the Swiss system, in 12 rounds, with time control 3 minutes game + 3 seconds per move starting from the first move.

The total prize fund of the blitz event will be 6.250 EUR, with 5.500 EUR for regular prizes, 500 EUR for special prizes, 150 EUR for PACA prizes and 100 EUR for Alpes Maritimes Prize.

The European Individual Rapid Chess Championship will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 rounds, with the time control 15 minutes game + 10 seconds per move starting from the first move.

Total prize fund of the rapid event will be 12.250 EUR + branded watches for the winners of special categories.

The Championship is open to all players representing Chess Federations which are ECU members regardless of their title and rating. There is no limit to the number of participants per federation.

Contact information:

Tournament Director: Jean Michel Rapaire
Office phone: + 377 93307722 ; +33650576354
E-mail: cemc@libello.com


FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament 2019 starts in two days, and takes place from 10th-21st October at the Comis Hotel and Golf Resort, in Isle of Man.

The Winner of the FIDE Grand Swiss event qualifies for the next 2020 Candidates Tournament. Top seeds are: World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2876), Caruana Fabiano (USA, 2812), So Wesley (USA, 2767), Anand Viswanathan (IND, 2765), Yu Yangyi (CHN, 2763), Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2760), Grischuk Alexander (RUS, 2759), Aronian Leon (ARM, 2758), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL, 2748), Harikrishna Pentala (IND, 2746), reigning European Chess Champion, Artemiev Vladislav (RUS, 2746).

List of participants

The event will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system. The time control is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Total prize fund of the event is 432.500 USD, with 70.000 USD reserved for the Winner of the event.

The FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss 2019 is organized by IOM International Chess Limited.

Official Website of the event


The European Chess Union (ECU) invites all National Chess Federations of ECU and eligible players to participate in the European School Championships 2020 organised in Hersonissos Crete, Greece from 2 April (arrivals) to 12 April (departures). The event will be held in the 5-star “Aldemar Knosssos Royal” conference resort on the seaside of Hersonissos, Crete.

The event will be played in 7 age categories: U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17, open and girls sections separately.

The Championship will be played according to the Swiss System in 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.

All players, accompanying persons and delegation members have to register through their national federations before the registration deadline- 17th February 2020.

The official hotel and the playing venue of the event is 5* Aldemar Knossos Royal, and all the players and accompanying persons are obliged to stay in the official hotel of the Championship.

The Winners of the event, and the six best ranked players of each category will receive special prizes, medals and trophies.

The European School Chess Championships are part of the “Cretan Chess Festival 2020”, together with the FIDE World Amateur Championships (also 2-12 April 2020) and the FIDE World Youth/Cadet Blitz & Rapid Championships (12-16 April 2020) in Crete. A unique opportunity for young players to combine two chess events in a beautiful island with only one airticket!

Contact information:

Tournament Director:
FIDE IO Nikos Kalesis,
Tel.: (+30) 6938326161
Official Website: www.crete2020.org
Email: registrations@crete2020.org

Registration form

European School Chess Championship 2020- Invitation

ECU E-MAGAZINE September 2019

ECU E-Magazine September 2019 is out!

ECU E-Magazine September 2019 may be read online together with interactive links on the following link or can be downloaded as a PDF file down bellow.

ECU E-Magazine September 2019


The 1st Workshop “Equal Opportunities” took place on the 20th and 21st of September in Thessaloniki, Greece. The event was organised by the FIDE DIS Commission, European Chess Union, Greek Paralympic Committee, and the Hellenic Sport Association for Persons with Disabilities. The Organisers, Trainers and Arbiters Workshops were attended by 30 participants, who had the opportunity to discuss issues concerning the training and participation of players with impairments in chess tournaments.


On Friday, 20th of September, IO Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, FST Thomas Luther and IA Marco Biagioli, made special presentations for Organisers, Trainers and Arbiters respectively. The lectures offered to the participants in-depth knowledge about the FIDE Guidelines on treatment of disabled chess players, as well as about technical details that should be considered when organising a chess tournament. All the lecturers stressed out the importance of properly educated trainers, arbiters and technical staff, who are at all times ready to assist the players and to ensure the safety and the best conditions for the players.


On the second day, the participants were welcomed to the Hotel Electra Palace by Mrs Voula Patoulidou, Vice Governor of Thessaloniki, former Greek hurdle gold medalist on behalf of the city of Thessaloniki. Mrs Thomai Thodoraki, greeted the participants on behalf of the Hellenic Sport Federation for Persons with Disabilities.


Mrs Voula Patoulidou, Photo by: Ulrike Vogel

Mr Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of European Chess Union expressed his contentment about these initiatives and shared with the participants some of his experiences as a chess player and chess organiser. Mr. Azmaiparashvili revealed also that this year and during the ceremony “European Golden Pawn” ECU will award the writer Mr. Ruben Gallego for his well-known Novel “White on Black”. The book is the story of Ruben Gallego childhood who was born with a cerebral palsy.


ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili. Photo by: Ulrike Vogel

Mrs Sonja Johnson, Secretary of the FIDE Planning and Development Commission expressed her excitement at the prospect of giving people of all abilities a chance to participate events and get the support they require. Mrs Johnson presented the FIDE Development program, the progress and the results till now and she emphasized that social projects are a priority for FIDE, and this is why this Workshop is supported by the program.


Mrs Sonja Johnson. Photo by: Ulrike Vogel

Mr Elias Mastoras, President of the NGO Youthorama presented the Global campaign “A ball for all” referring to the special ball created and distributed for the visual impairment persons.  Mr. Mastoras presented the special video produced by Youthorama and UEFA with the main message “Yes We Can”.


Mr Elias Mastoras. Photo by: Ulrike Vogel

Dr Dimitrios Patatoukas, Medical officer of the Hellenic Sports Federation for persons with Disabilities spoke about the new directions from the World Health Organisation and presented international guidelines about the accessibility of playing venues for all types of sports.


Mr Dimitrios Patatoukas. Photo by: Ulrike Vogel

Mr Thomas Luther, Chairman of FIDE DIS Commission and Mrs Dora Martinez member of FIDE DIS Commission spoke about the impact of World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled, organised in New York, on the young participants and how the coverage of the tournament by CNN has brought the international attention. They also shared details about the future plans of the Commission.


Mr Thomas Luther. Photo by: Ulrike Vogel

Mr Seckin Serpil, member of FIDE DIS and TSF Sponsorship & Projects Commission spoke about Chess as a means of Communication and the aims of the project “Chess without Boundaries”.


Mr Seckin Serpil. Photo by: Ulrike Vogel

The afternoon session of the second day was held at the AMO Galaxias Chess Club, were the participants on working groups reflected on the topics that had been issued during the workshop and shared many examples that they have personally encountered during various tournaments and summarized the results of the Workshop. The most important points:

  • Chess, as sport, has the unique advantage that all can play under equal & fair conditions in the same competition.
  • FIDE and European Chess Union shall update and make more detailed guidelines for the accessibility and rest facilities of the venues. International standards shall be adopted and included in the bidding procedure and inspection of the venues. The guidelines shall be further adopted by the Chess Federations for their National Championships.
  • There is lack of chess training methods for persons with impairments. In co-operation with expertised trainers & educators guides for training shall be drafted for the further development.
  • It is a necessity specialized doctors to assist analyzing the situation for the different kind of impairments and consult in related issues arising in the world and continental championships. More specifically is proposed a doctor/physician to be an assistant to the FIDE DIS Commission.
  • It shall be further advised to the National federations to appoint an officer/board member responsible for the players with disabilities. A job description with the specific tasks, should be made by FIDE and European Chess Union.
  • The organisation of the 1st Workshop was successful, and the initiative shall be continued in more venues and Continents. A role model is available now for the future Workshops.
  • European Chess Union is committed contributing to the further development and the next imitative focusing in a conference at the level of Paralympic Committees.

At the end of the workshop all participants were presented with an attendance certificate by DIS Chairman GM Thomas Luther.



After intense fights in Mali Losinj, Croatia at Senior Team Chess Championship 2019, teams of Russia took gold in both 50+ and 65+ sections!

In 65+ category, Russian team convincingly took the victory, with a round to spare. They won all matches and scored perfect 18 match points to be ahead of the runner-ups for 4 match points.


Teams of Sweden 1 and Germany tied for the second place, but eventually, according to additional criteria, Sweden 1 took second place.


And team of Germany took bronze medals.

Final rankings- Section 65+


In 50+ section, Croatia 1 and Russia fought for the first place in very intense and dramatic finish. Two teams tied for the top during the whole tournament, but in the 8th round Russia overtook the leadership according to tiebreaks, and maintained it until the end to win the tournament.


Croatia 1 ended with silver in their hands.


While bronze went to European Chess Academy from Maribor, Slovenia.

Final rankings- Section 50+


Germany Women team, which participated in Open 50+ section, took 5 match points, and finished 11th on the final list, but also took trophy as the Winner of European Senior Team Chess Championship for Women 2019, for the age 50+.


The Closing Ceremony of the event took place yesterday evening, where ECU was represented by its Vice-President, Mr. Adrian Mikhalchishin, and Croatian Chess Federation was represented by its Secretary General, Mr. Alojzije Jankovic.

European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 17th-27th September, in a 4 stars Hotel Aurora, the official hotel of the Championship, together with the 4 stars Hotel Vespera, located next to the playing venue and Hotel Aurora. The total prize fund of the event was 7.000 EUR.

Photos by: Bojan Puric

Official Website of the event


The 1st International Chess Festival Varsovia 2019- Memorial of Dawid Przepiorka, will take place from 27th-31st of December 2019, in Warsaw, Poland.


Within the event, three separated tournaments will be played: A (for players rated over 2000), B (for players rated between 1600 and 2000) and C (for players rated under 1600).

Tournaments A and B will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control of 90 minutes for the whole game, plus 30 seconds of an increments, starting from the move one. The C tournament will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control of 60 minutes for the whole game, plus 30 seconds of an increment starting from the move one.

The festival will be held in Hotel Sound Garden, which is also the official hotel of the event.


The total prize fund of the festival is around 5.000 EUR.

Registrations, as well as applications and booking of accommodation should be sent to the e-mail: varsovia@pzszach.pl until December 15th 2019, which is the registration deadline.

Official Website of the event

Official invitation with regulations


Only two rounds left to be played at European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 before the announcement of the Winners in Mali Losinj, Croatia.


In Section 65+, team of Russia maintained a convincing leadership with perfect score of 14 match points and all 7 victories. Russia is followed by three teams tying for the second place, each with 10 match points: Finland 1, Germany and Sweden 1.

Pairings, Rankings and Results- Section 65+

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In 50+ category, Croatia 1 and Russia are still in a tie for the first place, each with 13 match points and only one draw made against each-others. Tiebreak criteria is currently in favour of Croatian team ranked on the top, while Russia holds the second place. European Chess Academy from Maribor, Slovenia ties for the third place with team of England 1, each scoring 9 match points.

Rankings, Pairings and Results- Section 50+


Only two rounds left to be played and the LIVE transmission of the games is available through the Official Website of the event.

European Senior Team Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 17th-27th September, in a 4 stars Hotel Aurora, the official hotel of the Championship, together with the 4 stars Hotel Vespera, located next to the playing venue and Hotel Aurora.

Official Website of the event