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


The FIDE World Chess Cup 2019 takes place from 9th September-4th October in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, with participation of 128 players coming from 47 federations.

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FIDE World Chess Cup is a part of the World Championship cycle and is a 7-round elimination (knock-out) tournament. Finalists of the World Cup 2019 qualify to the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020.

Pairings and tournament tree are available here.

All matches except for the final and the match for 3rd place consist of two games with FIDE time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. The final and the match for 3rd place consist of four games. If the result is tie after regular games, tiebreaks will be played.


The total prize fund of the event is 1.600.000 USD.

The Opening ceremony took place today together with the draw of colours, in the Arts Center for Gifted Children of the North at 7 pm local time. Top seeder, Ding Liren, chose black pieces at the color draw during the opening ceremony. Before the opening ceremony, the President of FIDE, Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich and Pavel Kolobkov, Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation held a press conference.

Official Website of the event

Photos: Official Website and FIDE Twitter


Future Champions of Europe & International Youth Chess Challenge at Global Chess Festival 2019

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.


So far, 23 players coming from 12 countries registered for the event dedicated to chess players born 1st January 2007 or later with a FIDE rating of 1800 or higher (on the 1st July FIDE rating list). Registration deadline is 15th September 2019, and registrations may be done online through the official website of the festival: www.globalchessfestival.com


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.


As a pre-event of the Global Chess Festival the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation provides for young players the opportunity to compete in an international environment at the venue of the Hungarian Chess Federation. The International Youth Chess Challenge event will take place on 5th and 6th October, for players born in 2006 or later, with a FIDE rating starting from 1001 up to 1600. Registration deadline is 15th of September.


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



European Chess Union expresses the sincere condolences to family, friends, colleagues the Hungarian Chess Federation and the whole chess world who suffered a huge loss yesterday, when Pal Benko passed away.


Pal Benko (1928-2019) was a Grandmaster, author of chess books, and a creator of endgame studies and chess problems. Two openings are named after him: The Benko Gambit (which he played with great success from 1960s) and Benko’s Opening, which he played for the first time at World Candidates Tournament in 1962 and defeated Bobby Fischer and Mikhail Tal in the same opening.

Pal Benko wrote a book explaining the ideas of the Benko Gambit, which was published in the early 1970s, had a column on chess endgames in magazines: “Chess Life”, “Arena”, “Endgame Lab”, and also had a chess problems column named Benko’s Bafflers.

He was awarded the title of International Master of Chess Composition by FIDE and was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame in 1993.



The capital of Belarus simultaneously hosted FIDE World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Championship 2019 and Viktor Kupreichik Memorial with the participation of  720 cadets coming from 35 countries and 92 players who participated the Viktor Kupreichik Memorial.


FIDE World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2019 took place from 15th-17 of August, while blitz championship starts today. After 9 played rounds in each of the categories (U8, U10 and U12) the Winners of Rapid World Cadets Chess Championship became:

Open-U8: 1. Bouska Jiri (CZE), 2. Bayramli Rafael (AZE), 3. Yeganegi Barad (IRI)

Girls U8: 1. Matskevich Varvara (BLR), 2. Olimova Rukiya (UZB), 3. Beslaneeva Damira (RUS)

Open U10: 1. Koshulyan Egor (RUS), 2. Samunenkov Ihor (UKR), 3. Zverev Le (RUS)

Girls U10: 1. Nurgaliyeva Zarina (KAZ), 2. Shukhman Anna (RUS), 3. Fedorova Olesya (RUS)

Open U12: 1.Strybuk Artsiom (BLR), 2. Cherniaiev Tykhon (UKR), 3. Savaljev Ivan (RUS)

Girls U12: 1. Shubenkova Veronika (RUS), 2. Kaldarova Ayaulym (KAZ), 3. Mikheeva Galina (RUS)


At the same time, 12 Grandmasters and 9 International masters competed for the title  of Viktor Kupreichik Memorial. After 10 played rounds in Rapid time control, GM Zhigalko Sergei (BLR, 2702) took the victory scoring 8 points. Three players tied for the second place, each with 7.5 points: GM Tiviakov Sergei (NED, 2666), 14 years old Tsaruk Maksim (BLR, 2148) and GM Balashov Yuri (RUS, 2420). According to the tiebreaks, Tiviakov took silver and Tsaruk Maksim finished on the third place.

Final rankings- Viktor Kupreichik Memorial

Official Website of the events

Photographs FIDE World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2019

Photographs Viktor Kupreichik Memorial


The 21st edition of Vienna Chess Open starts today and takes place from 17th to 24th August 2019 in the City Hall of Vienna, in the capital of Austria.


More than 900 chess players from 53 different countries, including 20 Grandmasters (GMs) and more than 30 International Masters (IMs) , are going to battle in the Festival Hall of the Vienna City Hall, within four separated events: A group (for players rated over 2000), B group (for players rated 1600-1999), C group (for players rated under 1600) and Children/kids group.

Starting rank list of players

The events will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 40 minutes for the rest of the game, with in increment of 30 seconds, starting from move one. The total prize fund of the Festival is 20.000 EUR.


For the first time, the Austrian championship will be organized within the Vienna Chess Open. Veronika Exler and Niki Stanec want to defend their national champion title from the previous year.

The 21st Vienna Open is taking place under the auspices of Mayor Dr. Michael Ludwig, and the Tournament Director is Johann Pöcksteiner, president of the Vienna Chess Federation, and ECU Vice President.

Official Website of the event


European Chess Union is delighted to announce “AiGroup”, as the General ECU sponsor and also as Diamond sponsor of the “European Golden Pawn”. On July 24 in Tbilisi (Georgia) a sponsorship agreement was signed, according to which the Georgian industrial company AiGroup has been announced as the General Sponsor of the European Chess Union and at the same time, as the Diamond Sponsor of the European Golden Pawn.


Based on this agreement, AiGroup takes an obligation to support financial the new initiative of the European Chess Union and together with the ECU to become one of the first hosts of the European Golden Pawn award ceremony. The sponsorship agreement comprises a four-year cooperation and as both sides state, they are certain that this term will definitely be prolonged in the future.

On behalf of the European Chess Union, the sponsorship agreement was signed by the President of the ECU Zurab Azmaiparashvili and on behalf of AiGroup the agreement was signed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors Kakhaber Guledani.


 Brief information about AiGroup

The Georgian Industrial holding Aigroup brings together Aicar, Aienergy, Aipower and Aiproduction. Aigroup focuses on environmentally friendly projects and gives them the priority. The mission of the company is sustainable development of green economy in Georgia.

  • AirCar- This company provides electric car sharing service in Georgia. With this project Aigroup keeps Georgia green and Healthy.
  • AiEnergy- Aienergy creates a network of smart urban charging stations for electric transport in order to improve the urban infrastructure and adjust it to the emerging requirements for electric vehicles.
  • AiPower- The company’s strategic direction is solar power stations and solar panels. Each watt generated by solar power plant is a step towords clean environment and energy independence.
  • AiProduction- This company in the shortest future will become the 1st electric powered vehicle producer in the region. The company will supply the Georgian, South Caucasus regional, Central Asian and European markets with EVs.


AiGroup – Tbilisi,  67 Tsknety Highway. Georgia / info@aigroup.ge / https://aigroup.ge/en


More about the “European Golden Pawn”

European Chess Union Board has decided to establish the annual award ceremony – _“European Golden Pawn” that will be held every year on the last Saturday of November in Monaco (Monte-Carlo). The first year of the award ceremony will be dedicated to European legends and their achievements. The honorary award ceremony will include special nominations categories that will be developed in the subsquent years.

More details about the European Golden Pawn will be announced in a scheduled press conference on 31st of July in Monaco and a separate press release.


Press-release-sponsorship ECU-Aigroup


Message by European Chess Union President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili

Dear Chess Friends,

FIDE is 95 years old.

It honestly is a great age for the organization that was founded in Europe and by Europeans.

Numerous developments have indeed taken place since 1924 till today.

Indeed, the union of chess players has come a long way from Europe to world and today, the flags of almost every country’s chess federation is found on the map of FIDE.

A family with just a few members has really grown and today it has already turned into a large and strong family with numerous members.

We are one family – the World Chess Federation has been living with this slogan for years.

For years, this slogan has turned into an inseparable part of our life.

On behalf of the European Chess Union I congratulate FIDE on the 95th anniversary and I wish it the most important thing – never to deviate from the road it took in 1924 on July 20 in Paris.

Never to stop developing and to always be in the heart of the newest technological achievements, because chess is both extremely old and at the same time, the newest.

Never to deny the European values with which FIDE is amongst the most distinguished.

It was born in the democratic world and above all, it is a child of Europe.

And lastly, I will end our congratulations with the slogan of the European Chess World – Chess Makes You Smarter!

Congratulations, FIDE!


Zurab Azmaiparashvili

President of the European Chess Union

CZECH OPEN- Press release

PARDUBICE – The 30th International Chess and Games Festival Czech Open started on July 11th. As usually it takes place in hockey ČSOB Pojišťovna Arena in Pardubice.


After seven years, the European Youth Team Chess Championship finally takes place in Pardubice, the championship is prestigious, being filled with top players from Europe. The number of participants is higher than at the last European Championship in Pardubice, with 182 players from 18 countries. Leader of the category U18 Open is the team of Germany, the best players of this category are Ivan Runets (BLR) and FM Marc Morgunov (AUT) 4,5/5. Leaders of the category U18 girls are teams ECU Pleven and Germany which both lost only half a point. The best players of this category are WGM Nurgyul Salimova (ECU-Pleven) and WIM Alicja Sliwicka from Poland 4,5/5. In U12 Open first place is also shared between two teams – Poland and Hungary, the players with best performances are Jachym Nemec (CZE) and Jan Klimkowski (POL) 5/5. Team from Poland also leads in category U12 girls, Maria Siekanska (POL) and Galina Mikheeva (RUS) lost only half a point out of five games. The European Youth Team Chess Championship ends on 17th July, in the last two days a dramatic conclusion can be expected.


In the first tournament of the Czech Open – Cesky Lev Kolesovice Open 114 four-member teams participated, this tournament was also played as Championship of the Czech Republic. After seven rounds gold medals went to Russia, YAMAL won for the third time in history. On the second place, there was Czech team SK Zikuda Turnov A, which became the champion of the Czech republic, team Moravská Slavia Brno ended on the third place. There were 8 GMs, 3 WGMs, 20 IMs, 5 WIMs on the starting list and the best players of the event were Russian players GM Alexander Potapov and IM Bogdan Belyakov, who scored 7/7.


The first weekend of the event was traditionally dedicated to games. There were tournaments in various disciplines, such as backgammon, go, gomoku, mancala and many others. The new game was a PubQuiz, which was also played as Championship of Czech Republic. After the weekend, the other chess tournaments were proceeding – blitz chess, superblitz and blitz marathon.

Czech Open Festival draws to a phase, when the competitors taking part in the main tournament meet in the ČSOB Pojišťovna Arena. This tournament will begin on Friday 19th July and continue up to the Saturday 27th July.

The results of all tournaments and games are available on www.czechopen.net/en.


Adam Joska

Czech Open 2019



International chess festival St. Petersburg Summer will take place from 13th-26th August 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, at Azimut Hotel. The festival contains three events: Viktor Korchnoi Memorial (13th-23rd August), Russian Children’s Cup Tournament (13th-23rd August) and Russian Rapid Grand Prix Stage (24th-26th August).


Viktor Korchnoi Memorial, one of the main events of the festival, will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 minutes+ 30 seconds of an increment per move starting from the move one. Draw offers are forbidden before the move 41.

Total prize fund of the event will be more than 10.000 EUR, with around 2.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the tournament.


Already three players rated over 2600 have registered for the event: Kamsky Gata (USA, 2673), Zvjaginsev Vadim (RUS, 2644) and Chigaev Maksim (RUS, 2640).

List of participants


C tournament- Russian Rapid Grand Prix will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 15 minutes+10 seconds per move. The total prize fund of the tournament will be around 8.000 EUR.

B tournament- Children’s Cup Russia will be played in 4 age categories: U9, U11, U13 and U15, open and girls separately. The tournament will be played in 9 round Swiss system, with time control: 60 minutes + 30 seconds per move for tournaments under 9, for others (under 11, 13, 15 y.o.) 90 minutes + 30 second per move.


More information about the festival may be found here.

Official Website of the festival