Twenty years old Russian Grandmaster, Goryachkina Alexandra (RUS, 2522), convincingly won the FIDE Women’s Candidates tournament 2019 and qualified for the FIDE World Chess Champion match, where she will meet reigning World Champion, Ju Wenjun (CHN, 2592).


Goryachkina scored impressive 9.5 points out of 14 played games and won the event with 2 rounds to spare. Even though she lost in the last round against Mariya Muzychuk (UKR, 2563), Alexandra Goryachkina triumphed with a point and  half ahead of the first runner-up.


Interview with Alexandra Goryachkina in Russian

Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2539) secured silver medal with draw in the last round and took the second place with 8 points.


Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2554) and Tan Zhongyi (CHN, 2531) tied for bronze, each with score of 7 points. According to the tiebreaks, Lagno Kateryna took bronze.

Final rankings


The Candidates Tournament took place in Kazan, Russia, from 29th May- 19th June, 2019. Eight strongest female grandmasters played in the competition with a prize fund of 200.000 Euros: The participants are Mariya Muzychuk (UKR, 2563), Kateryna Lagno (RUS, 2554), Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS, 2546), Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2539), Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS, 2522), Tan Zhongyi (CHN, 2513), Nana Dzagnidze (GEO, 2510), and Valentina Gunina (RUS, 2506).

@Photos from the Official Website of the event

Official Website of the event


European Chess Union organizes two Development School Chess Teacher Seminars in June and August, which are providing a certificate recognizing that participants have met the required level of chess knowledge and understanding of didactical methods for teaching chess in schools. The seminars are supported by the FIDE development fund.


ECU School Chess Teacher Seminars will take place from 22nd-23rd June 2019 in Pristina, Kosovo* and from 7th-8th August 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia (during the European Youth Chess Championship 2019). The seminar in Bratislava is open and free for all female participants as also Small Nations Participants (FIDE Zone 1.10). The courses deploy chess as a vehicle to teach thinking skills such as problem-solving and logical analysis. The methods presented are suitable for pupils from age 8 and older.


Pristina, Kosovo*

Both courses will have the following content: Didactic methods: SMART® method, questioning techniques, playing method, thinking skills, code of conduct, arranging class tournaments, mini-games, social formats, problem-solving, planning terms and lessons. Attendees may be Teachers, teaching assistants, school chess tutors, with basic knowledge of chess.

Courses draw upon decades of experience by European chess teaching experts who have trained thousands of teachers across Europe. The pedagogical approach has been validated by ECU Academic Advisory Board comprising leading international professors.

Trainers will be John Foley – Secretary of ECU EDU Commission (in Pristina, Kosovo*) and Jesper Hall – Chairman of ECU EDU Commission (in Bratislava, Slovakia).

The number of participants in both Seminars is limited to 30, and the Seminar which will be held in Slovakia is free for female participants and Participants from European Small Nations (FIDE Zone 10.1).


Bratislava, Slovakia

Registrations for the seminars may be done online on the following link: https://chessplus.net/ecu-course-graduates/.

For more information about ECU School Chess Teacher Seminar in Pristina, please contact training@chessplus.net or Kosovo Chess federation fshekosoves@gmail.com.

For more information about ECU School Chess Teacher Seminar in Bratislava, please contact please contact training@chessplus.net or the O.C of the European Youth Chess Championship 2019 nrklubsl@gmail.com.

ECU School Chess Teacher Seminar in Pristina, Kosovo*

ECU School Chess Teacher Seminar in Bratislava, Slovakia


European Chess Union and Judit Polgar Chess Foundation partner to organise the tournament “Future Champions of Europe” as a part of the annual Global Chess Festival. The event will take place on 12th October 2019 in Hungarian National Gallery, in Budapest, Hungary.


Talented chess players born 1st January 2007 or later with a FIDE rating of 1800 or higher (on the 1st July FIDE rating list) are eligible to participate. Due to the capacity of a venue, a limited number of participants may enter the competition and pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is 15th September 2019, and registrations may be done online through the official website of the festival: www.globalchessfestival.com.


The applicants will receive confirmation from the organizers and the participants will be listed at the official website on 30th September 2019. Entry fee is free of charge for all participants and the organization will offer a free 2-night stay for foreign players with a FIDE rating of at least 1950.


Young talents registered for the event will play the tournament 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 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.


For more information about the event, please contact the organization: info@globalchessfestival.com.

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


Invitation for Future Champions of Europe can be downloaded below or here.

Future Champions of Europe



After 10 days of harsh struggles at the European School Chess Championship 2019, the event was declared closed on the Closing ceremony, and the European School Chess Champions were announced.


The Closing Ceremony of the event was attended by the President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, and ECU Treasurer, Mr. Ion Dobronauteanu.


In Open section for the youngest players, Open U7, the Winner became Tatvidze Davit (GEO) who scored perfect 9 points out of 9 games! Four players tied for the second place: Pantev Kalovan (ECU), Savu Vicentiu-Dorian (ROU, 1133), Babayeb Yusif (AZE) and Allahverdi Umid (AZE, 1018), each with 6 points. According to the tiebreaks, Pantev Kalovan took silver and Savu Vicentiu-Dorian took bronze medal.

Open U7- Final rankings


Karimli Yusif (AZE, 1401) took the first place in Open U9 section, with convincing maximum score 9/9. Second place came to Durucay Uygar (TUR, 1517) with 7.5 points, while the third place went to Bayramli Rafael (AZE, 1338) with 6.5 points.

Open U9- Final rankings


In Open section U11, top seeder, Samunenkov Ihor (UKR, 1972), took gold with score of 7.5 points. Second place went to Celik Hasan Huseyin (TUR, 1727) with 7 points, while Gurel Ediz (TUR, 1858) and Gusev Mikhail (RUS, 1552) tied for the bronze medal, each with 6.5 points. Thanks to the better tiebreaks, Gurel Ediz came third, and Gusev Mikhail ended on the fourth place.

Open U11- Final rankings


Silich Yahor (BLR, 2170) became the Winner of Open U13 section with score of 7.5 points. Nastore Pavel-Alexandru took silver with 7 points, and Simonvan Grigori (RUS, 1979) came on the third place thanks to the better tiebreaks than Dobre Radu-Fabian (ROU, 1978), since they were in a tie with 6.5 points, each.

Open U13- Final rankings


Ognean Mihnea-Ionut (ROU, 2260) triumphed in Open U15 category scoring 8.5 points. Three players tied for the second place, but according to additional criteria, Ceres Dragos (MDA, 2317) took silver medal, Tinarlioglu Emre (TUR, 1907) was third, and Balan Bogdan (ROU, 2027) came fourth.

Open U15- Final rankings


In Open section U17, Schitco Ivan (MDA, 2437) took gold medal with 7.5 points, while Stoleriu George (ROU, 2372) and Mammadov Sadig (AZE, 2205) tied for the silver medal, each with 6.5 points. Eventually, tiebreaks decided that silver goes to Stoleriu George and brozne to Mammadov Sadig.

Open U17- Final rankings


Uygun Alara (TUR) triumphed in Girls section U7, with impressive 9 points. Second place went to Leca Andrei Anastasia (ROU) with score of 8 points, and Machavariani Eni (GEO) took bronze with 7 points.

Girls U7- Final rankings


In Girls section U9, Mgeladze Kesaria (GEO, 1336) came on the top of the list with 7 points. Shatil Or (ISR, 1199) and Ismayilova Khanim (AZE, 1124) tied for the second place and according to the additional criteria, Shatil Or came second and Ismayilova Khanim ended third.

Girls U9- Final rankings


Zhapova Yana (RUS, 1864) took victory in Girls U11 section with score of 8 points. She was followed by sisters Babic Masa (BIH, 1715) and Babic Milana (BIH, 1677), who ended on the second and the third place with score of 7 points and 6.5 points, respectively.

Girls U11- Final rankings


Karaivnova Petya (ECU, 1655) came on the first place in Girls U13 section, scoring 7.5 points. She was a full point ahead of the runner-ups Aydin Gulenay (TUR, 1975) and SHugja Klean (ALB, 1858), each with score of 6.5 points. According to the tiebreaks, Aydin Gulenay took silver and Shugja Klean took bronze medal.

Girls U13- Final rankings


Obada Ema (ROU, 1889) became the Winner of Girls U15 section with score of 7.5 points, a point and a half ahead of the followers. Zyapaeva Polina (RUS, 1888) was second with 6 points and Donghvani Nia (GEO, 1914) took bronze thanks to the better tiebreaks than Trzaskowska Hanna (POL, 1570), who reached the same score of 5.5 points.

Girls U15- Final rankings


Girls section U17 was merged with open section due to the lack of participants. After 9 played rounds, Celik Eylul (TUR, 1840), Verbin Valentina (MDA, 1961) and Sahin Hayrun Nisa (TUR, 1771) tied for the first place, each with 4.5 points. Tiebreaks decided that gold goes to Celik Eylul, silver to Verbin Valentina and bronze medal to Sahin Hayrun Nisa.

Girls U17- Final rankings


Besides the main event, the blitz Championship took place on the 4th of June.  The European School Chess Championship 2019 took place from 30th May- 9th June in Mamaia, Romania. The event took place in Constanta Exhibition Center and the organizers provided the live transmission of the top boards.

Official Website of the Championship


Three rounds have been played at the European School Chess Championship 2019 and the fourth round is currently ongoing in Mamia, Romania.


Many players emerged on the top of their sections with a perfect score of 3 points. In section Girls U7, Uvgun Alara (TUR) and Leca Andrei Anastasia (ROU) share the top with 3 points each, while four players leg behind tying for the third place with 2 points.

In Girls U9 category, Shatil Or (ISR, 1199) and Mgeladze Kesaria (GEO, 1336) tie for the first place, each with 3 points. Ismavilova Khanim (AZE, 1124) and Zarkua Anastasia (GEO) tie for the third place with 2.5 points, each.


Zhapova Yana (RUS, 1864) emerged on the top as the sole leader of Girls U11 group with perfect 3 points. Babic Masa (BIH, 1715), Babic Milana (BIH, 1677) and Arora Tashika (ENG, 1416) tie for the second place, each with 2.5 points.


Karaivanova Petya (ECU, 1655) and Putinceva Marina (RUS, 1606) lead in section Girls U13 with 3 point each. They are followed by Shugia Klean (ALB, 1858) and Aydin Gulenay (TUR, 1975) with 2.5 points.

Obada Ema (ROU, 1889) is the sole leader of Girls U15 section with maximum score of 3 points, while Zvapaeva Polina (RUS, 1888) follows her with 2.5 points and 5 players tie for the third place, each with 2 points.


Girls group U17 is merged with Open section, with separate prizes. Schitco Ivan (MDA, 2437) is leading in section for Open and Girls U17. Mammadov Sadig (AZE, 2205) and Gavun Dmytro (UKR, 2259) tie for the second place, each with 2.5 points. The best ranked girl in the section is currently Celik Eylul (TUR, 1840) scoring 2 points.

In Open U15 section, domestic player, Ognean Mihnea-Ionut (ROU, 2260) ties with Ceres Dragos (MDA, 2317) for the first place, since both scored 3 points, while Tinarlioglu Emre (TUR, 1907) currently holds the third position with 2.5 points.


Silich Yahor (BLR, 2170) and Simonvan Grigori (RUS, 1979) share the first place in category Open U13, both with 3 points. Nastore Pavel Alexandru (ROU, 1942), Dobre Radu-Fabian (ROU, 1978), Kanli Alperen (AZE, 1737) and Levin Guy (ISR, 2052) tie for the third place, each with score of 2.5.

Very intense fights are happening in section Open U11, where 4 players are in a tie for the first place, each with score of 3 points; Celik Hasan Huseyin (TUR, 1727), Durak Can (TUR, 1626), Gurel Ediz (TUR, 1858) and Samunenkov Ihor (UKR, 1972).


Also 4 players tie for the top of Open U9 section: Zheng Harry Z (ENG, 1556), Tutunculer Cagan (TUR, 1193), Utlu Mustafa Ali (TUR, 1148) and Karimli Yusif (AZE, 1401), each with maximum 3 points.

In the Open category for the youngest, U7, Simsek Can (TUR), Damodaran Patrick (ENG, 1132) and Tatvidze Davit (GEO) are in a tie for the top, each with 3 points.


All the results, rankings and pairings of each round can be followed here. Also, live broadcast of top boards of each section is available through the official website of the event.

The event was declared opened on the Opening ceremony which took place on 1st of June, with attendance of ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, ECU Secretary General, Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, and ECU Vice Presidents: Mr. Johann Pocksteiner and Mr. Ion Dobronauteanu.


Official Website of the event


European School Chess Championship 2019 launches today in Mamaia, Romania, and takes place from 30th May-9th June.


The event will be opened during the Opening ceremony, which starts at 14.30, and the battles start with the first round at 15:30 (local time). Besides the main event, the blitz competition will be organized on the 4th of June with start at 9.30 am (local time). The organizers provided LIVE transmission of the top boards, which is available through the official website of the event.

The event will be played in 6 age categories, U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17, boys and girls separately, with the participation of more than 300 young talents, coming from 20 different European federations.

Starting list of players


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.

The Winners of each section will receive the title of European School Chess Champion 2019, and three the best-ranked players of each category will receive medals and diplomas.


During the event, the conference “Education through chess”, under the patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, will be organized on the 2nd of June, with the main agenda: evaluating the implementation of chess in various education systems following the Written Declaration 50/2011 of the European Parliament, to present achievements and good practices of co-operation between national federations and central and local authorities in Europe.

Official Website of the event

EUROPEAN CLUB CUP 2019- Official invitation

The 35th edition of European Club Cup and the 24th edition of European Club Cup for Women will simultaneously take place from 9th-17th November 2019 in Ulcinj, Montenegro.

According to ECU Tournament Rules, each European federation is allowed to take part in the European Club Cup event. Number of clubs per federation may be found in the ECU Tournament Rules. In the Women competition all clubs, members of ECU federations, are allowed to participate. Registrations for the event shall be done by national chess federations.

Before the final registration, each federation that intends to participate in European Club Cup 2019 must confirm participation to the organizing committee. Deadline for confirmation of participation is 30th July 2019. A copy of confirmation shall be sent to Tournament Director, Mr. Petr Pisk to the following e-mail address, e-mail: petr.pisk@centrum.cz.

Afterwards, the entry forms must be completed and returned to the Tournament office email: chesscup2019@gmail.com no later than 15th September 2019. The date of 15th September 2019 is the registration deadline.


The teams shall be composed of six players and two reserves in Open competition, while in the Women’s competition teams shall be composed of four players and one reserve.

The events will be played in 7 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 organizers provided transfer from Podgorica (78km) and Tivat (87km) airports to the official hotel and venue of the event. In addition, transfer from Tirana (Albania) Airport (135km) may be organized.

The official hotel of the event will be KARISMA HOTELS Ulcinj, 4 stars “Holiday Village Montenegro” Hotel, while the playing venue of the events will be Karisma Hotels Hall.

The total prize fund of the event will be 45.000 EUR, with 26.000 EUR reserved for Open competition, 14.000 EUR in Women competition and 5.000 EUR for individual prizes.

Contact information:

Official website of the European Club Cup 2019 is http://www.sahcg.me
Tournament Director: Petr Pisk, petr.pisk@centrum.cz
Tournament Manager: IO Jovan Milović (00 382 69 306 388)
Technical director: Andrija Čabarkapa (00 382 69 303 301)
Email: chesscup2019@gmail.com

European Club Cup 2019- Official invitation


European Team Chess Championship 2019 will take place from 23rd October – 3rd November in the 5 stars Hotel Sheraton, in Batumi, Georgia.


Each ECU member federation has the right to enter one team in Open and one team in Women’s competition. Teams in each of the competitions shall consist of four players and one reserve player.

The European Team Chess Championship 2019 will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with the time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds increment for every move played, starting from the move one.


Registrations shall be made through the official website of the event, by filling the registration form. Registration forms must be submitted only by the national federations, and the registration deadline is on Monday, 21st of August 2019. Late registrations sent after the deadline, may be refused or will be an extra charge.

The organizer will provide transport services of all participants on October 23rd as well as the departure transfer on November 3. If any delegation arrives one or two days before the competition or leaves later the same service will be provided. Travel from Batumi airport (2 ways) to hotels is free of charge, while travel price from Kutaisi airport (2 ways) to hotels (120 km) is for each person 50 Euro, travel price from Trabzon airport (2 ways) to hotels (160 km) is for each person 70 EUR and travel price from Tbilisi airport (2 ways) to hotels (360 km) is for each person 80 EUR.


The first three teams in open and women’s sections will receive cup and prize money of 32.000 EUR in total. The Winners of the event will receive the title of European Team Chess Champion 2019. Besides the regular prizes, the best performing players in the open and women’s sections on each board will receive medals and money prizes also.


The ECU Dress Code Rules will be followed as in detail described in the ECU regulations. The ECU anti-cheating guidelines, the FIDE Code of Ethics and the ECU Fair Play Code are valid for all the European Championships and all players, arbiters, organisers & participants shall follow these regulations.

 Contact Information

Email: eurobatumi2019@gmail.com

Official Website of the event

Official regulations European Team Chess Championship 2019

Registration form


EUSA Universities Championships include this year, 22 sports competitions taking place across 15 European cities from June 23rd to September 7th. , among which is the European Universities Chess Championship 2019, under the ECU auspices, will take place from 24th-28th July in Budapest, Hungary, during the European Universities Mindsports Championship.


European Universities Chess Championship 2019 will be organized for the 3rd time this year, and over 35 players already have confirmed the participation for the event.

Registration for the events is available through national universities sports bodies of the countries, and more details can be found on the following link on the official website of EUSA European University Championships 2019.

In preparation for the European Universities Mind Sports Championship 2019, EUSA Technical Delegates for Bridge and Chess visited the Hungarian capital on November 14 and 15, in 2018.


EUSA Technical Delegate for Bridge Mr Harry Van de Peppel and EUSA Technical Delegate for Chess Mr Oleksandr Sulypa were welcomed by representatives of the organising committee and their partners, lead by Mr Tamas Sterbenz as the Chairman, and also the Vice Rector of the University of Physical Education and Vice President of the Hungarian Universities Sports Federation. Also present were Mr Mate Nagy, secretary general OC, Mr Daniel Mezei, Communication manager, Ms. Szilvia Perenyi, Volunteers coordinator, Mr. Gyorgy Kovacs, HUSF Deputy Secretary-General, and representatives of the Chess Federation Mr Gabor Kallay and representative of the Bridge Federation Mr. Adam Magyar.


Together, they inspected the venues, had a tour of the host University, check out the playing rooms, dormitories, and other required facilities. Also, other organisational aspects were discussed, confirming good preparation of the event.

European Universities Chess Championship will be held in Budapest between July 24-28 2019 in cooperation with the European Bridge League (EBL) and under the auspices of European Chess Union (ECU).

Official Website EUSA 2019

Chess page-EUSA


The Czech Chess Federation has the honor of inviting your Chess Federation to participate in the European Union Youth Chess Championship 2019 in Kouty nad Desnou, in the period from 15th-24th August 2019.


The event will be played in 4 age categories, open and girls separately: U8, U10, U12 and U14. Participation is allowed only to players representing federations listed as European Union members. The official venue of the event will be Cultural Hall Hotel Dlouhe Strane Kouty nad Desnou, while the official hotel of the event is 3 stars Hotel Dlouhe Strane in Kouty nad Desnou.

Registration forms must be sent back before the registration deadline- June 30th, 2019 by email.


The tournament will be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds. National ratings will not be taken into consideration for the pairings. The rate of play will be according to FIDE regulations 90 min for the whole game + 30 sec increase for each move played.

The first 30 boards of each tournament will be broadcasted online. On-line transmissions include at least 120 games. Webcast will be screened in the hall of the hotel, and can be followed also through the official website of the event.


The first three players from each category will receive championship trophies, medals and diplomas. Every player of each category will receive commemorative championship medal and a diploma. Furthermore, players will receive prizes. The winners of each tournament receive a laptop, other medalists will receive a digital clock. Prizes will receive at least the first six players of each category. The total value of the prize fund will be at least 6.000 Euro. Girls in each category will be evaluated separately.

Contact information:

Ing. Zdenek Fiala, director of the tournament
Pesinky 1125, 582 91 Svetla n. S., Czech Republic
E-mail: zdenek.fiala@chess.cz

European Union Youth Chess Championship- Regulations