EUROPEAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 – OFFICIAL INVITATION

The Croatian Chess Federation (hereinafter organizer) and the European Chess Union  have the honour to invite all European Chess Federations affiliated to FIDE and ECU to participate in the European Youth Chess Championship organized in Porec, Croatia from 20 September (arrival) to 1 October (departure) 2015.

The tournament will be played according to the Swiss system in 9 rounds. National ratings will not be taken into consideration for pairings. The time rate will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

On-line registration will be opened not later than May 15 on the official website of the championship. Registration must be completed by the national federation on the official website of the championship not later than August 20, 2015. This date is the registration deadline. After that, federations will not be able to register or modify any registrations. After this date all the registrations have to be confirmed by the organiser and the ECU.

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Accommodation will be provided on the full board basis in tourist resort “Valmar” in Porec. The tournament hall will be Sports hall ´Zatika” Porec, located 10-15 minutes on foot from Valamar resort. The organizers will provide free bus transfer from official hotels to the playing hall and back for the players and persons with official accreditation.

The organizers provided a rich prize fund for the participants. The first three players of each age group will be awarded with medals and awards as follow:
1st place: Laptop, 15,4” screen
2nd place: Laptop, 10,1” screen
3rd place: Tablet, 10,1” screen
The first five players of each group will be awarded additionally with trophies and special awards in goods (e.g. chess software, chess books, chess sets…)

FIDE Seminars for Trainers, Arbiters and Organizers will be organized during Championship. Detailed information will be published on the official tournament website, under section “Seminars”.

The ECU Educational Committee Meeting will be held from 24th September to 27th September 2015. The agenda for the meeting will be published at the later date.

The tournament website is http://www.porec2015.org/

Official Regulations can be downloaded below or here

EUROPEAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015




FOUR NEW EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN ERETRIA

GM Zurab Sturua from Georgia and IM Jan Rooze from Belgium are the new European Senior Champions in Open 50 and Open 65 respectively, while WGM Svetlana Mednikova from Russia and the legendary Georgian GM Nona Gaprindashvili are the new European Women Senior Champions in Open 50 and Open 65 respectively.

In the Open 50 section, GM Zurab Sturua won the title convincingly by scoring 7.5 points in 9 rounds, one full point ahead of the famous English GM John Nunn. The local Greek player Spiros Ilandzis also performed very well and tied for 3rd place with 6 points.

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In the Open 65 group, IM Jan Rooze scored 7.5 points and had better tie-breaks over GM Viktor Kupreichik who secured the 2nd place.

In the women categories Open 50 and Open 65, WGM Svetlana Mednikova and  GM Nona Gaprindashvili (both with 5.5 points) convincingly won their European titles.

The European Chess Union Secretary General, Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou was present at the closing ceremony of the Championship on behalf of the ECU and awarded the winners.

The 15th European Senior Championships took place from 27th April until 7th May, in Greece, at the 4-star Eretria Village Conference Resort, with the participation of 87 players from 27 countries and a prize fund of €8.000 for the winners. See you next year in Armenia!

Results and Standings




SILVER LAKE CHESS FESTIVAL 2015

Branicevo Chess Union, Chess Club VGSK, municipality Veliko Gradište and Danubia Hotels warmly welcome all the participants and guests to the Chess Festival “Silver Lake 2015″.

The Chess Festival will take place from 20-28 June, 2015, on Silver Lake, in Veliko Gradište/Serbia.

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The Organizing Committee prepared a rich programme for all ages and playing levels:

– Open “A”, tournament for players rated over 2100 FIDE, valid for FIDE title norms;
– Open “B”, tournament for players rated under 2100 FIDE;
– Open “C”, tournament for players rated under 1700 FIDE;
– Blitz FIDE rated tournament on a boat “Silver Star”;
– Bughouse tournament;
– Chess Camp;
– FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar;
– Excursions (depending on the interest): Ram, Golubac, Viminacium, Nimnik, Sveta Petka.

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The games start every day at 5.00 pm. The last round will be held on 28th June from 9:00 am.

The total prize fund is 533.000 RSD (approx 4500 EUR).

The organizer provides free accommodation and meals for Grandmasters (2-bed rooms). The interested players should contact the organizer for all the information.

Registration, accommodation, entry fees, airport transfers and additional information with the tournament director Vojkan Petrovic, email: sah.branicevo@gmail.com, phone +381 63 251 769.

Full Tournament Regulations (English, Russian, Serbian)

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar announcement

Participants lists




ECU NEWSLETTER APRIL 2015

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

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

  • Report about Women World Championship and World Team Chess Championships 2015;
  • FIDE Presidential Board in China – Contracts for the World Cup 2017 and 2018 World ‪Chess Olympiad in Batumi signed;
  • European Small Nations Team Chess Championship 2015;
  • Regulations for the European Club Cup 2015 for Men and Women;
  • Polish Championships 2015;
  • European Senior Chess Championship 2015;
  • Fun Zone with nice mate combinations;
  • Upcoming events in May 2015.

The ECU Newsletter April 2015 can be downloaded below or here

ECU NEWSLETTER April 2015




LUXEMBOURG WINS EUROPEAN SMALL NATIONS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

The 4th European Small Nations Team Chess Championship 2015 was held from 18-25 April, 2015 at Les Cotils, Guernsey.

After 9 exciting rounds, the team of Luxembourg became the new European Small Nations Chess Champion! Having led the week-long tournament at Les Cotils in Guernsey from start to finish, they sealed their triumph with a 3-1 victory over the host nation in Saturday’s final round.

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The players from the Grand Duchy – IM Fred Berend, IM Michael Wiedenkeller, Philippe Linster, Pierre Gengler and their Captain, FM Hubert Mossong – have been in dominant form all week, beating eight of their nine competitors for the title and conceding just one solitary tied match to the outgoing champions, the Faroe Islands.

Monaco second place

The team of Monaco finished second, while Faroe Islands came third.

faroe Islands third

Luxembourg players were crowned as European Small Nations Champions 2015 and received coveted silver versions of traditional Guernsey milk cans as commemorative trophies.

Specially produced Guernsey Chess Federation paperweights were awarded to the strongest performer on each board throughout the week. These went to (beginning with Board 1) IM Fred Berend (Luxembourg), IM Michael Wiedenkeller (Luxembourg), Martin Poulsen (Faroe Islands), Jean-Francois Nelis (Monaco) and Karl Johan Ribbegren (Monaco).

Mr. Ion-Serban Dobronauteanu, ECU Deputy President, and Mr. Finnbjorn Vang, ECU Vice President greeted the participants on behalf of the ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, and their continuing strong support for the European Small Nations was warmly appreciated.

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On Friday, 24th April the Small Nations Meeting was held. Representatives of all 10 nations attended the meeting, as well as Mr. Willy Iclicky, Honorary President of Zone 1.10.

Mr. Paris Klerides, President of Zone 1.10 opened the meeting and gave a brief report on the activities since Tromsø 2014. A very big thank you was sent to the sponsors and organizers and a special thank you to the ECU for keeping its promises and supporting the tournament.

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The most important issue on the agenda was the approval of the new statutes.

Mr. Olivier Jeitz reported on preparations for the upcoming Small Nations Individual Championship in 2016.

At the meeting, the European Chess Union was represented by Mr. Ion-Serban Dobronauteanu and Mr. Finnbjorn Vang.

Official website




EUROPEAN CHESS CLUB CUP SKOPJE 2015

skopje logoThe 31st European Club Cup and the 20th European Club Cup for Women will take place  in Skopje/FYR Macedonia, from  17th October (arrival and opening) to 25th October 2015 (departure). The official venue will be the 5* hotel Aleksandar Palace.

The championships will be held in 7 rounds, played in the Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules.

According to FIDE and ECU rules, the time control will be 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.

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The competition is offering the possibility to achieve GM or IM-norms based on 7 games.

Each European federation is allowed to take part in this competition. According to the regulations, participation is open to:

  • SOCAR, Azerbaijan, the current cup holder in the open competition.
  • Batumi Chess Club “Nona”, Georgia, the current women club cup holder.
  • Two (2) clubs per federation in which a national team championship is organized or one (1) club per federation in which no national team championship is organized.
  • The third club is allowed to that federation(s) in which a national team championship is organized provided that at least 20 grandmasters and/or players with a FIDE rating over 2600 have participated in this national team championship.
  • One additional club (only in open competition) for the European federations which are ranked in the first five places of the Federation ranking list. These federations are Azerbaijan, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic and Belarus.

In the Women competition all the clubs members of ECU Federations are allowed to participate. Clubs shall be registered only through the National chess Federations.

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Every federation that intends to participate, with one or more clubs, must inform the Organizing Committee before July 01, 2015 of its acceptance of the invitation, specifying also the exact number of the clubs participating. A copy should be sent to the Tournament Director Mr. Petr Pisk , e-mail: petr.pisk@centrum.cz

Afterwards, entry forms must be completed and returned to the Tournament office email marjan.mitkov@gambit.com.mk no later than August 01, 2015, by fax or mail stamped by the Federation, also by official email. August 01 2015 is the registration deadline. In entry form the basic team composition must be written.

31.000 Euros is provided for the best clubs in the Open competition, and 14.000 Euros for the best teams in Women’s competition. The total prize fund is 45.000 Euros. In addition, an individual prize of 1.000,-will be given to the player with the best performance from a “small nations” club.

The official website of the European Club Cup 2015 is http://www.europeanchessclubcup2015.com

Contact information: Chess Club Gambit Aseco See

Tel: +389 75 475051 Marjan Mitkov

E-mail: marjan.mitkov@gambit.com.mk

Regulations can be downloaded below or here

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EUROPEAN SMALL NATIONS TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

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The 4th European Small Nations Chess Championship 2015 is afoot at Les Cotils in Guernsey. The Championship takes place from 18th until 25th April, 2015.

The participating nations are: Andorra, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco and San Marino.

After 4 rounds the team of Luxembourg is in the lead with maximum score – 8 match points. Teams of Andorra and Faroe Islands follow with 6 match points.

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The games are broadcast live at the Official Website, where you can find results, photos, reports and more details about the Championship.

 




POLISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015

Polish individual chess championships have a very long history. This year’s LOTTO Polish Chess Championship and BUDIMEX Polish Women’s Chess Championship were 72nd and 67th editions of those events. The best Polish players were not only fighting to prove their superiority in the country, but also to qualify for the national teams for the forthcoming  European Team Championship, which will take place 12-22 November 2015 in Reykjavik.

This year, the championships took place in Poznan, 24 March – 1 April 2015. The tournaments’ venue was situated in the Main Hall of the Poznan University of Economics.

The tournaments were organised by the Polish Chess Federation and the local Ferdynand Dziedzic Association.

The patronage over the championships was assumed by Bronisław Komorowski – the President of Poland. The honour committee was completed by:

Jacek Jaśkowiak – President of Poznan

Andrzej Biernat – Minister of Sport and Tourism

Tomasz Delega – President of the Polish Chess Federation

Marian Gorynia – Rector of the Poznan University of Economics

Piotr Florek – Voivode of Great Poland

Andrzej Kraśnicki – President of the Polish Olympic Committee

Marek Woźniak – Marshal of the Great Poland Voivodship

The 9-round championships gathered 32 players with 22 participating in the Swiss Open tournament and 10 in the women’s round robin tournament.

Winners men

After a thrilling last round GM Grzegorz Gajewski became a winner of the LOTTO Polish Chess Championship. The silver was surprisingly taken by Maciej Klekowski, who led the tournament for the most of the event, but lost the title due to worse Bucholtz. Bronze medal was won by GM Jacek Tomczak.

Results of the LOTTO Polish Chess Championship can be found below:

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Detailed results are available here.

The title of the Polish Women’s Chess Champion went to WGM Jolanta Zawadzka, for the third time in her career. Zawadzka clinched her victory in the 8th round by defeating her main rival – WGM Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska, who had to be satisfied with the silver. The bronze medallist was IM Iweta Rajlich.

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Results of the BUDIMEX Polish Women’s Chess Championship can be found below:

table women

More information at the Official Website




ROMANIAN INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – FINALS

Romanian Championship 2015

National Individual Championships of Romania for Men and Women – Finals are taking place in Calimanesti from 18th to 28th April, 2015.

Top players in Men’s Championship are Constantin Lupulescu (2635), Mihai Marin (2591), Mircea-Emilian Parligras (2582) and Vladislav Nevednichy (2576) and Corina-Isabela Peptan (2430), Cristina-Adela Foisor (2384), Elena-Luminita Cozma (2323), Mihaela Sandu (2303) in Women’s Championship.

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Both events are played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

Games are broadcast Live at http://sahlive.ro/

More details at http://www.frsah.ro/




MARIYA MUZYCHUK IS THE NEW WORLD WOMEN CHESS CHAMPION

Mariya Muzychuk from Ukraine is the new World Women Chess Champion! She won the FIDE World Championship in knockout format after defeating Natalia Pogonina from Russia with 2,5-1,5 in the final match. The Championship was held in Sochi/Russia, 16 March – 7 April, 2015.

Mariya Muzychuk

Mariya Muzychuk started with a loss, but eliminated Canadian Yuanling Yuan in round 1 of the knockout competition after a rapid tiebreak with total score 2,5-1,5. Another tiebreak was needed in round 2, where Muzychuk defeated the top Polish player Monika Socko 3,0-1,0. The only clean victory, although not the easiest one, came in round 3, where Muzychuk eliminated the ex-World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova.

In the next two matches Muzychuk played against two Indian players. In the quarterfinals Muzychuk faced the top seeded of the event Humpy Koneru whom she defeated with 2,5-1,5, while in the semifinals she defeated Harika Dronavalli after very exciting match and four tie-breaks.

The final match against Natalia Pogonina consisted of four classical games. Natalia Pogonina started with white and did not manage to find advantage in game 1. The next game was probably one of the most tense games of the event, with minor inaccuracies swinging the full point towards Muzychuk. Pognina started strongly again her game 3 with white, but after long thinks and precise moves Muzychuk managed to equalize and even look for advantage. The game eventually finished in a draw. Game 4 was full of nerves, but Muzychuk never lost control and won the title.

Final game

The new World Champion will defend her title in a match against Yifan Hou later this year.

The ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili congratulated Mariya Muzychuk on her title.

Dear Viktor,

We warmly congratulate the new World Women’s Chess Champion WGM Mariya Muzychuk. It is not the first time that such an outstanding result is coming from Ukraine, a country with an enormous chess tradition and numerous top and distinguished players.

European Chess Union is proud that the Women’s chess crown returned to Europe and we are thankful to the Ukrainian Chess Federation and WGM Mariya Muzychuk.

Sincerely,

Zurab Azmaiparashvili

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