Five rounds are played at the 25th European Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porec, and day before the free day leaders is some groups already emerged and promise quite an exciting finish of the tournament.

In Boys U18, IM Petrosyan Manuel (ARM 2443), IM Ali Marandi Cemil Can (TUR 2422), Eggink Ryszard (POL 2324), IM Stremavicius Titas (LTU 2466), Blahynka Martin (CZE 2400), IM Vavulin Maksim (RUS 2441) and IM Sibashvili Giorgi (GEO 2391) are in the lead with 4 points.

IM Kelires Andreas (CYP 2432) is in the sole lead with the perfect score in Boys U16.


In Boys U14 FM Hakobyan Aram (ARM 2348), FM Esipenko Andrey (RUS 2384) and Lobanov Sergei (RUS 2394) tie for the first place with 4.5 points.

CM Gharibyan Mamikon (ARM 2106) leads in Boys U12 with maximum 5 points.

In Boys U10 Makoveev Ilya (RUS 1942) and CM Suleymanli Aydin (AZE 1910) share first place with perfect 5/5.

In Boys U8 Navumenka Mikhei (BLR) and Piliposyan Robert (ARM 1746) are in the lead with 5 points.


In Girls U18 WFM Khomeriki Nino (GEO 2296) and WFM Harazinska Ewa (POL 2055) tie with 4.5 points.

In Girls U16 WFM Kazarian Anna-Maja (NED 2259) and WIM Tsolakidou Stavroula (GRE 2279) are in the lead with 4.5 points.

Russian trio tops in Girls U14 with 4.5 points: WFM Shuvalova Polina (2171), Maltsevskaya Aleksandra (2107) and WFM Kochukova Anna (2049).


Girls U12 WFM Solozhenkina Elizaveta (RUS 2061) is the sole leader with 5/5.

Allahverdiyeva Ayan (AZE 1613) leads in Girls U10 with maximum score, while Veremyuk Veronika (UKR) leads in Girls U8 also with maximum score.


All results, standing and pairings can be found here.

Today is a free day, and round 6 is on schedule on 27th September, 2015 at 3.00 pm.

More information at the Official Website


The best young European chess players from 42 countries have gathered these days in Porec, where the 25th European Youth Chess Championship is taking place. The championship is attended by 841 competitors (Boys and Girls) in six age groups, from 8 to 18 years of age. 640 trainers and professional staff are accompanying them, and due to the age of the competitors, the youngest chess players are also accompanied by their parents.

playing hall

The organizer of this event is the Croatian Chess Federation, and the patrons of the tournament are the President of the Republic of Croatia, Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the European Chess Union and the World Chess Federation – FIDE.

The 25th European Championship is being held in Porec from September 20th to October 1st. In the words of Josip Leko, the president of the Croatian Chess Federation, the “fight” for the hosting of the championship lasted for two years, with the most serious rival being Israel. In addition to the prestige that the host enjoys in the world of chess, this championship also has a considerable economic and tourism importance. It’s enough to mention that, thanks to the organization of the European Chess Championship, the Porec hotels will realize a little over 16 thousand overnight stays.


In addition, according to Mr. Zeljko Kiseljak, the Tournament Director, the successful organization of this championship is a good prerequisite and a great springboard for the much desired hosting and organization of the World Championship in Croatia. According to the statements made by members of the European Chess Federation, who actively monitor and participate in the event in Porec, only praises can be heard about the current progress of the 25th European Championship.

In accordance with the overall educational character that is rightly attributed to chess, the best participants in all categories will be awarded appropriate computers and tablets.

The fact that the closing ceremony will be attended by the very influential FIDE President, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Russian chess player, businessman and politician, speaks volumes about the significance of this European Champioship. In his opening letter, in which he spoke to all of the attendees and participants during the opening ceremony of the Championship, Ilyumzhinov, among other things, emphasized the great symbolism in the fact that the chessboard is a dominant element of the Croatian Coat of Arms, stressing the importance of chess in Croatian history and culture. He also recalled that Dubrovnik hosted the 9th Chess Olympiad in 1950.

chess pieces Dubrovnik

For that occasion, wooden chess sets called “Dubrovnik” were made, and now, 500 such sets were made in Lepoglava penitentiary and will be used by the competitors during the European Championship in Porec. It should also be pointed out that 186 countries are members of the World Chess Federation and nearly a billion people in the world play chess.

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European Youth Chess Championship 2015 was opened yesterday night in the city center, on the coast in front of hotel Neptun in Porec/Croatia.

President of Croatian Chess Federation, Mr. Josip Leko officially opened the event, on behalf of the President of Croatia, Mrs. Kolindea Grabar Kitarovic, who is the patron of the Championship.

opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was attended by special guests, among whom the members of Istra county, the Mayor of Porec, Mr. Edi Štifanic, the representative of Coratian Olympic Committee, Mr. Siniša Krajac, etc.

The European Chess Union was represented by Mr. Adrian Mikhalchishin, who greeted all the present at the opening ceremony.

Adrian Mikhalchishin

The technical meeting was held today at 11.00 am in the playing hall, where the chiefs of delegations were introduced the technical details  organization and were given the accreditations, after which the pairings were published. Chess-Results

838 players from 41 countries are taking part in the event, among whom 12 IMs, 4 WIMs, 42 FMs and 27 WFMs.

The first seed in the Boys section U18 is IM Daniil Yuffa (2476) from Russia, while the top seed in Girls U18 is Adela Velikic (2381) from Serbia.

The 1st round starts today at 3.00 pm (local time), with LIVE broadcast on the official website.

The Championship is played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds, in 12 different groups: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, Boys and Girls separately. The rate of play is 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

Interesting fact is that the Croatian Chess Federation decided to create the special chess pieces that will be used during the Championship in Porec.

chess pieces

The ECU Educational Committee Meeting will be held during the Championship, 24-27 September 2015, as well as FIDE Seminars for Trainers, Arbiters and Organizers.

More information at the Official Website



The European Chess Union and Chess in Schools and Communities, a UK registered charity, are joining forces to provide the first ever professional program for social entrepreneurs in chess. As part of the London Chess Classic with its London Chess and Education Conference 2015 on the theme „Chess and Society“ the best applicants will come together for a professional crash course in social entrepreneurship and a best project competition. The ECU is offering six stipendia to be decided after the submission deadline of 23 September.

On Saturday and Sunday, 5 and 6 December, the participants will, along with following the conference, pitch their project or project idea first to an expert jury and then to the conference audience at large. The best voted project shall receive an award. On the first day, Friday, 4 December, throughout the afternoon and evening, experts will lecture and give workshops on these crucial topics:

  • Business Plan
  • Organisation and Stakeholders
  • Pitching and Presenting
  • Social Media Marketing
  • The Social Investor´s Perspective

The recipients of the six ECU stipendia, reserved for applicants from European countries apart from the UK, will be selected by the ECU Educational Commission and decided during the ECU Board in Bar, Montenegro on 9th of October.In your application you shall demonstrate why you have the skills and personal resources to be a social innovator in chess and why your participation will be an asset to this programme and group of participants. Your application must include a CV and an essay in English of up to 500 words on your expertise and your project or project idea and make clear what social need it is addressing. Grammar and style won’t be judged beyond that your English is good enough to participate actively. No cover letter or reference letters are required. Applications are only accepted by e-mail:

conference@londonchessclassic.com , with a copy to the ECU Educational Commission Chairman Jesper Hall  jesper.hall@comhem.se until Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 18.00 CET.


The stipendia include free participation in the social entrepreneur training, competition and conference but do not cover travel, accomodation and food. If you don´t have the resources to pay these costs, please add a brief letter to your application, and we may be able to help.

Successful applicants shall be informed by the mid of October. The programme will start on 4 December 14.00 and end on 6 December 17.30. If you are selected you will receive reading materials and links for 10-15 hours of preparation. Please keep in mind that you will also need to be prepared to deliver a ten-minute-presentation of your project or project idea. And be prepared to network at the conference.

The Chess and Society conference strives to be relevant to federations. A social agenda helps to tap different resources. Incubating or managing social projects with chess is adding important stakeholders to the federation and improves its standing in society. Experiences and strategies will be discussed in the workshop “Social Opportunities for Chess Federations”.

More on the conference Chess and Society: www.londonchessconference.com

Any queries should be directed to the Programme Director Stefan Löffler:


phone / SMS +49 176 4575 9600



National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus and Belarus Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union organize European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2015, 17-21 December, 2015, in Minsk/Belarus.

The tournament venue will be Sports Palace,  Pr. Pobeditelei, 4, Minsk, Belarus.

The European Individual Blitz Chess Championship is held on 18th December, 2015. It will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 paired rounds, with the time control 3 minutes game  + 2  seconds per move starting from the first move.

Total prize fund is EUR 10,300, with main prizes: EUR 7,650 and special prizes: EUR 2,650.

The European Individual Rapid Chess Championship is held 18-21 December, 2015.

Schedule for Rapid Championship:

Friday, 18 December 2015  Arrival & registration of the participants

Saturday, 19 December 2015  rounds 1-7

Sunday, 20 December 2015 rounds 8-11

Monday, 21 December 2015 Departure of the participants

Rapid 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 is EUR 20,120, with main prizes: EUR 16,250 and special prizes: EUR 3,870.

Both Championships are open to all players representing Chess Federations which are ECU members (FIDE zones 1.1. to 1.10), regardless of their title and rating. There is no limit to the number of participants per federation.

Applications must be sent to the email address chessminsk2015@yandex.ru after 1 September 2015. The registration deadline is 20 November 2015. The application shall state the player’s first name and surname, FIDE rating and birth date.

The Chief Arbiter is IA Andrzej Filipowicz (POL).

All the information are available on the official website of the championship: www.openchess.by

Office phone: + 375 17 328 63 37

Tournament Director: Nikolai Zarubitsky

E-mail: nik_zar@tut.by

Phone: + 375 29 713 61 62

Regulations can be found below or here

European Blitz 2015

European Rapid 2015


August 2015 edition of the European Chess Union Newsletter is out!


In this edition of the monthly ECU Newsletter you will find:

  • Report about European Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2015;
  • Report about European Amateur Chess Championship 2015;
  • Report about EU Youth Chess Championship 2015;
  • ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili starts Vienna Open 2015;
  • ECU President at Chess Festival Liepajas Rokade 2015 in Riga;
  • Judit Polgar receives the Order of Saint Stephen;
  • Fun Zone;
  • Upcoming events in September 2015.

The ECU Newsletter August 2015 can be downloaded below or here



On Thursday August 27th 2015 culminated in Kouty nad Desnou (CZE) fights for winning EU Youth Chess Championship 2015.

The last rounds were full of fights and tension. In category Boys U8 took the first place CM Rajat Makkar (FRA), the second place Alexandre Druaux (FRA) and the third Marek Fizer (CZE).

Medalists of category B08

In category Girls U8 took the first place Petya Karaivanova (BUL), the second place Lucia Kapicakova (SVK) and the third Ioana-Bianca Chicarosie (ROU).

Medalists of category G08

Champion EU in category Boys U10 has become Tomas Povilaitis (LTU), silver medal took Lachezar Kolev (BUL) and the third place took Einars Lahs (LAT).

Medalists of category B10

In category Girls U10 has won Sofia Bellahcene (FRA), second place took Raisa-Georgiana Vulpe (ROU) and the third place took Admira Aida Kecskemeti (IRL).

Medalists of category G10

In category Boys U12 has won Augustas Gucaga (LTU), second place took Bogdan-Emanuel David (ROU) and the third place took Georg Aleksander Pedoson (EST).

Medalists of category B12

Champion EU Girls U12 has become after great performance WFM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL), who surpassed even every boy! The second place took Daria Vanduyfhuys (BEL) and the third place took Liwia Jarocka (POL).

Medalists of category G12

In category Boys U14 has won Thomas Ariza (FRA), the second place took Aras Jonas Lazaravicius (LTU) and the third place took Zarko Vuckovic (GER).

Medalists of category B14

In category Girls U14 Champion EU has after excellent performance become WFM Viktoria Radeva (BUL), who in U14 surpassed every boy as her friend in U12! The second place took Marika Kostecka (POL) and the third finished Dominika Ferková (SVK).

Medalists of category G14

Players who took first three places in each of categories got a cup and diploma. Medal with place got every participant of EUYCC. All eight champions EU are leaving Kouty nad Desnou with a lap top! The next five players in each category also got valuable prizes. Every player got a T-Shirt with logo of EUYCC. The prizes were given by director of the event Mr. Zdenek Fiala together with the tournament director of ECU Mr. Petr Pisk and deputy director of the hotel Dlouhe Strane Ms. Ivena Svedova.

Final ceremony

EU Youth Chess Championship 2015 under the patronage of the ECU was organized by Sachovy klub Svetla nad Sazavou in cooperation with the Czech Chess Federation. Boys and girls have played in the same tournament. Eventually boys and girls were evaluated separately. Tournament had 99 players from 14 federations. All games were on-line transmitted. Young players have been pleased by awarding best game of each round. Thanks the performance during the round seven to nine these players were rewarded: Jakob Klonov (GER), Jan Rousek (CZE), David-Cristian Nicoara (ROU), Marika Kostecka (POL), Rajat Makkar (FRA), Deniss Andrijashkin (EST), Victor Motiu (ROU), Grigorijs Morozli (LAT), Dominika Ferkova (SVK), Lucia Kapicakova, Hannes Hetzner (GER), Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) and Aras Jonas Lazaravicius (LTU).

Prizes for best players

For all participants and accompanying persons organizers had prepared chess and non-chess leisure time activities. Excursion to Hand-made paper-mill Velke Losiny, simultaneous game with IM Pisk, blitz tournament. Participants of the championship had available many leisure time activities. In the hotel they could use swimming pool, wellness, sauna, table tennis, bowling, pool, etc. On the official website organizers placed photo gallery from tournament and other activities. Photo gallery is still being filling in with interesting photos.

Moments before the final ceremony

Eventually I would like to thank all players for their performance and fair play, all parents and coaches for cooperation, arbiters for running the tournament and all cooperators for their work. Hope you enjoyed together with us this championship and believe to see us again the next year!

IO Zdenek Fiala

Director of the Championship



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The ECU General Assembly will be held in Bar, Montenegro on Saturday 10th October 2015.

On behalf of ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili we herewith invite all the ECU member federations to attend the Annual ECU General Assembly 2015.

The Assembly will start at 10.00 AM in the Castle of King Nicolas.

The Agenda of the ECU GA 2015 can be downloaded below.

Agenda GA 2015

ECU Closing 2014

Auditor’s report 2014


Already 6 rounds were played within EU Youth Chess Championship 2015! After the round 6, the leader in category of boys and girls in U8 is CM Rajat Makkar (FRA), with 6 points out of 6 rounds! Leader in category U10 is Lachezar Kolev (BUL), in U12 WFM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) and in  U14 WFM Viktoria Radeva (BUL). All results you can find here

Daily there are awarded the best games of each round elected by IM Pisk. Due to the high performance during the rounds 5 – 6, awarded players are: Marek Fizer (CZE), Lachezar Kolev (BUL), Liwia Jarocka (POL), Viktoria Radeva (BUL), Anna Vítová (CZE), Rajat Makkar (FRA), Timothe Razafindratsima (FRA), Anna Marie Koubová (CZE) a Thomas Ariza (FRA).

playing hall

On Sunday there was a blitz tournament, where 32 players (players of EUYCC, coaches, parents) from 10 countries participated! After very good performance the winner became Raimondas Narmontas (LTU, 7,5 points) ahead of Bence Leszko (HUN, 7p) and Markas Cerniauskas (LTU, 7p). All winners received nice presents. Results can be found at Chess-Results

On Tuesday participants can use the possibility to see Hand-made paper-mill Velke Losiny (established in 1596).

In the hotel there is a lot of possibilities to enjoy the leisure time, daily is possible to play table tennis, football, bowling, use the swimming pool, wellness, etc.

IO Zdenek Fiala

Director of the championship



EU Youth Chess Championship 2015 is underway. The level of the event is very good, competitions are balanced and after four rounds there is just one player with full amount of points – Rajat Makkar (FRA) in category U8. In U10 is leading Tomas Povilaitis (LTU), Lachezar Kolev (BUL), in U12  Bogdan-Emanuel David (ROU), Augustas Gucaga (LTU) and in U14 Zarko Vuckovic (GER).

Since beautiful and combative games are seen, the organizers award best games in each category with prize every day. After the first four rounds Razvan-Marius Unguroiu (ROU), Thao Nhi Nguyen (FRA), Vitalia Khamenya (GER), Mihai-Vlad Ciorica (ROU), Marek Fizer (CZE), Tomas Povilaitis (LTU), Judit Juhasz (HUN), Marika Kostecka (POL), Stefan Cwiek (POL), Tymon Ochedzan (POL), Martina Taragelova (SVK), Markas Cerniauskas (LTU), Petya Karaivanova (BUL), Elie Verhille (FRA), Augustas Gucaga (LTU) and Zarko Vuckovic (GER) have been awarded.


Additional programme started on Friday with simultaneous game with IM Petr Pisk (CZE, 2372). After a big fight the score was 4-4! Ilja Semjonovs, Bence Leszko, Jan Rousek beated IM Pisk and draw was made by Octavian-Nicu Panturu and Lucie Fizerova.

Among others leisure time activities, participants of this tournament mostly visit and use swimming pool, bowling, table tennis and enjoying the beauty of the nature in surroundings.

All games are transmitted on-line, so the parents and trainers either at home or present in the hotel can watch their charges. For present viewers the on-line games are projected in the hotel hall.

All information about the event, including results, online games, photos, etc. can be found at http://www.chess-svetla.cz/

IO Zdenek Fiala

Director of the Championship

Chessclub Svetla nad Sazavou