European Open Chess Championship postponed to 8-21 December

The European Open Chess Championship 2020 was scheduled from 17th to 30th of May 2020 in Podčetrtek, Slovenia  

Due to the Pandemic and the Force majeure situation , Slovenian Chess Federation and European Chess union have decided to postpone the Championship to 8-21 December 2020.

Venue and conditions remain the same.

Bookings have been already made and deposits will be transferred to the new dates and in case that participants will not be able to attend will be fully refunded for their hotel bookings and registration fees by the organisers.  

For more information please follow the official website:

European Senior Chess Championship postponed

The European Senior Chess Championship 2020 was scheduled for 17th to 27th of April in Jastrzebia Gora, Poland.  

The event involve the travel and presence of about 200 players and others at the venue. Given the current health with the declared pandemic of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), instruction of WHO, sports and National Health authorities for people over age 60 to avoid travels and crowed places, as also concerns expressed by many participants, European Chess Union and Polish Chess Federation set as priority the protection of the public health. 

In view of the above, Polish Chess Federation and Adolf Anderssen Foundation after consultation with ECU have decided the event to be postponed. New dates will be announced. 

Bookings have been already made and deposits will be transferred to the new dates and in case that participants will not be able to attend will be fully refunded for their hotel bookings and registration fees by the organisers.  

For any new information please follow the official website:

We would like to note that due to the fact that the reason for the postponement is force majeure due to pandemic,neither Polish Chess Federation and organizers, neither ECU can be responsible for other expenses incurred by participants, including travel expenses and air tickets. Many companies have decided to redirect to new dates/destinations or refund tickets that canceled due to the global threat of (COVID-19). 

For the European Championships Open and Women scheduled for May 17th in Slovenia and May 31st in Romania the final evaluation will be made in the beginning of April monitoring daily the situation internationally and locally. ECU strongly advices participants to refrain for making air-ticket bookings till then or to make bookings for refundable or re-routing tickets.   


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.



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.



On the 9th of September, ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili visited Graz, the city the ECU was founded in 1985, to  congratulate Professor Kurt Jungwirth for his 90th birthday anniversary on 3rd of September.

ECU President accompanied by the President of Austrian Chess Federation, Mr. Christian Hursky and Mr. Boris Kutin, President of European Chess Union from 1998 to 2010, delivered to Professor Kurt Jungwirth the ECU gifts, the “Winner” Painting and the Ruben Gallegos’s wellknown book “White on Black, A Boy’s Story”.

the winner

The  Painting “Winner” by the Bellarussain Artist Marta Shmatava is dedicated to the game of chess. The painting is from the series “Walking”. The series about mood of people in the way, when thoughts exist apart from the body:  flowing memories, plans are in the mind, the former and the future – all together in one moment.


The book “White on Black” by Gallego Ruben expresses an extraordinary personal testament, the story of one boy’s triumph in the face of impossible obstacles.



The European FIDE Arbiters Seminar and the International Arbiters Workshop concluded on the 4th of September in Trieste, Italy.

FA Seminar was attended by 17 female participants from 8 different federations and was concluded with the exams to acquire the FIDE Arbiter norm. The Lecturers of the FA Seminar were Franca Dapiran (ITA) and Panagiotis Nikolopoulos (GRE), and the Assistant Lecturers were Marco Biagioli (ITA) and Mario Held (ITA). The seminar supported by the FIDE Development fund.


The Arbiters Workshop, that took place on the 3rd and 4th of September, was a meeting of many experienced Arbiters, that lead by Panagiotis Nikolopoulos and Tomasz Delega. The Workshop consisted of a short reference on the recent changes of the tournament regulations and focused on case studies. Through this discussion the Lecturers wished to express their strong belief that objectivity and common sense should always be used in order to resolve potential issues during tournaments.


The exams for the Arbiters Workshop took place on the 4th of September, separately from the exams for the FIDE Arbiters seminar, which took place in the morning of the 5th of September.


The International Organisers Seminar was opened with a joined class with the European FIDE Arbiters Seminar on the 4th of September, at Hotel Milano.

The Lecturers of the joined class, Panagiotis Nikolopoulos (GRE), Tomasz Delega (POL) and the Assistant Lecturer Marco Biagioli (ITA) spoke about the FIDE Rating Regulations, as well as the Anticheating Regulations, while sharing with the participants many examples that they have personally encountered during various tournaments.


International Organizer Seminar is attended by 25 participants, 23 of which are female, from 13 federations. ECU Vice President and FIDE Chairperson of the Commission for Women’s Chess Eva Repkova welcomed the participants to the Development IO Seminar dedicated to female participants. Lecturer of the IO Seminar, Tomasz Delega, have special thanks to Mr Marco Biagioli for organising the two seminars under excellent conditions.

Special thanks to Società Scacchistica Triestina 1904 and to Mr Maurizio Riccobon, President and Chief of Local Authority of Italian Chess Federation.


European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2019 will take place from 30th November-4th December, and European Rapid&Blitz Open Chess Championship 2019  starts immediately after, from 4th-8th December.


Both events will take place in 4 stars Hotel Sokos Viru, in city of Tallinn.

The European Individual Rapid Chess Championship will be played in the Swiss system, 13 rounds, with the time control 15 minutes + 10 seconds per move increment starting from the first move. The European Individual Blitz Chess Championship will be played in the Swiss system, 11 double rounds, with the time control 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move increment starting from the first move.


The Championships are open to players representing Chess Federations which are ECU members , regardless of their title and rating. There is no limit to the number of participants registered by each federation.

The registration deadline is 31st of October 2019.

Entry fee for rapid tournament is 35 EUR, for unrated players 40 EUR, while the entry fee for the blitz tournament will be 25 EUR and for unrated players 30 EUR. Special discount will be provided for players participating both tournaments: 50 EUR for rated players and 60 EUR for unrated players.

The total prize fund of the events will be 30.100 EUR, with 20.000 EUR for the Rapid Championship and 10.100 EUR for the Blitz Championship.


  Download the Regulations : ERBCC2019


The 19th European Youth Rapid & Blitz U-8,10,12,14,16,18 Championship will be played in 5 different events: European Youth Rapid Chess Championship, European Youth Blitz Chess Championship, European Youth Team Championship, Euopean Youth Championship in Solving Problems and European Rapid Cup-Rapid Super final.

The registration deadline is 31st of October 2019.


The European Youth Rapid Chess Championship will be played in six categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, separately for boys and girls. It will be played in the Swiss system, 9 rounds, with the time control 15 minutes + 10 seconds per move increment starting from the first move.

 The European Youth Blitz Chess Championship will be played in three categories: U10, U14 and U18, separately for boys and girls. It will be played in the Swiss system, 9 rounds, with the time control 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move increment starting from the first move.

The European Youth Team Championship will be played in three categories: U10, U14 and U18. Teams are composed of 4 players of the same federation. 7 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 10 minutes + 5 seconds per move increment starting from the first move

The European Youth Championship in Solving Chess Problems will be conducted in three age categories: U10, U14 and U18.

The European Rapid Cup – Rapid Super final will be played in two categories, boys and girls. The best players in each category of European Youth Rapid Chess Championships 2019 may enter the Rapid Super Final (Three best players in each of the categories – 14, 16 and 18, two best players in each of the categories – 8, 10, 12, as well as the representative of the organizer). These players (altogether 16) – separate boys and girls, will play matches in 4 rounds (knock-out system) according to special regulations.

Entry fee for the Rapid tournament is 30 EUR, fee for the Blitz tournament is 15 EUR and for the Team Championship is 60 EUR.


The total prize fund for all events is 13 700€ in goods, and 1 300€ in money prizes.

–  The European Youth Rapid Chess Championship winners in each category will be awarded tablet computers.

– Three best players in each category will win cups and medals.

– Five best players will be also awarded prizes in different items in goods.

– The European Youth Blitz Chess Championship winners in each category will be awarded tablet computers.

– Three best players in each category will win cups and medals.

– Five best players will be also awarded prizes in different items in goods.

– The European Youth Team Championship three best teams in each category will win cups and medals and will be awarded different prizes in goods.

– The European Youth Championship in Solving Chess Problems three best solvers in each category will win cups and medals and will be awarded different prizes in goods.

– The Super Final – prize money: 1. = 300€, 2. = 200€ 3. = 100€ 4. = 50€


Download the Regulations: EYRBCC2019



Official Website of the events


ECU E-Magazine August 2019 is out!

ECU E-Magazine August 2019 may be read online together with interactive links and videos, or can be downloaded in PDF format.

ECU E-Magazine August 2019- PDF Download

ECU E-Magazine August 2019- Online reading


Educational – Training lesson by Adrian Mikhalchishin

Analized game: Korchnoi Viktor- Tukmakov Vladimir


European Chess Union congratulates the 90th birthday anniversary to Professor Kurt Jungwirth, one of the initiators and co-founders of the European Chess Union in 1985.

Prof. Kurt Jungwirth served as President of European Chess Union for 12 years, from 1986 to 1998. He has retired in 2017 after his 46-years presidency of the Austrian Chess Federation.


Two years ago,  Prof. Kurt Jungwirth was honoured by the European Chess Union for his contributions to the international chess movement and was awarded with the ECU medal of Honour.


Professor Kurt Jungwirth was the Professor of Romance Studies at the University of Graz, until he was appointed as a Provincial Councilor for Culture in the Provincial Government of Styria in 1970. From 1985-1991 he was the Deputy of the Governor. In the field of culture he created the Styriarte in 1985. Until the end of 2006 he was president of the cultural festival “Styrian Autumn”.

In 2007, Federal President Heinz Fischer awarded Prof. Kurt Jungwirth the Great Golden Medal of Honor for his services to the Republic of Austria.



FIDE’s Trainers Commission invites, with the cooperation with the European Chess Union (ECU), to participate in a 24-hour FIDE Online Trainer Seminar with some of the most experienced chess coaches available.

This course is aimed at trainers seeking the license for the FIDE Instructor title and the FIDE Trainer title and thus aimed at a rating over 1900, with the expectation that many participants will be IMs or GMs.

Held over three weekends, the dates and timing for this course will be (all timings in Central European Time – aka Berlin/Paris/Rome):

Day Date Time
Friday 13-Sep 18:30-22:30
Saturday 14-Sep 18:30-22:30
Sunday 15-Sep 18:30-22:30
Friday 20-Sep 18:30-22:30
Saturday 21-Sep 18:30-22:30
Sunday 22-Sep 18:30-22:30

The lecturers will be announced within the next week. Exams will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th. at timings agreed with the participants. There will be a written exam and an oral exam.

 Although this is done in collaboration with the ECU, participation from other parts of the world is most welcome.

 The fee for participation and examination is €200.

Please contact TRG Secretary Peter Long at:

Jacob Aagaard, TRG Chairman & Ivan Sokolov, ECU Vice President