ECU supports the Chess Boards Collection of the Russian Chess Museum

The first Russian Chess Museum was opened on 25th September 2014 in the renovated halls of the historic mansion and later Botvinnik Club in Moscow, supported by the President of the Russian Chess Federation Mr. Andrey Filatov.


The location is the same mansion where the seat of the Russian Chess Federation is. The building has a long and colourful history: its owners have included aristocrats, famous merchants, collectors and philanthropists.  The club is situated in the center of the city at Gogolevsky Boulevard, and it is a three-story building with a lot of room. The efforts of Botvinnik, who worked there every day in the late 80s, were among the reasons why this fantastic historical building is still held by the Russian Chess Federation and is a true home for chess players from all around the country.

The basic collection of the new Museum includes rare chess sets of different cultures and eras. Collection consists of personal belongings of the great Grandmasters: Mikhail Chigorin, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Botvinnik, Tigran Petrosian: old books, posters, paintings, gifts of chess fans and celebrity guests, trophies of the Soviet and Russian Champions.


It also has on display rare chess sets of the 17th-21st centuries, including the artworks of world level, some of them the envy of the big art museums.

Masterpieces made of ivory and ebony are there, side by side with strict cardboard chess of besieged Leningrad, the bent wire made “Gulag chess”, simple chocolate-beige plastic of a space chess set: the one used for the first in the history game of the crew of «Soyuz-9″ in “Space-to-Earth” chess game.


The chess table of the legendary chess match Karpov-Kasparov 1984 represents one of the most important parts of the exhibition. It includes original flags, chess pieces, scoresheets and clocks, even the envelopes for adjourned games.


Old historic trophies are standing alongside with new trophies of the 21st century. The Women’s World Chess Championship trophy, first won in 1927 by Vera Menchik and subsequently by many Soviet champions, with the latest and the most valuable one – Chess Olympiad Cup, won by Russian Women’s chess team who won gold medals in August 2014 in Tromsø, Norway.

A unique collection of rare chess exhibits and artefacts totals to more than 4,000 units of a significant cultural and historical value.


USSR Honored Trainer IM Aleksander Nikitin donated two large boxes of “debut kartoteka” – openings card index to the Chess Museum in Moscow, which also have an important place in the Museum. In the 70s, as a trainer of the Soviet national teams, Nikitin created a card index based on idea of Estonian IM Iivo Nei. The system was in use for over two decades, and now this valuable exhibit also has an important place in the Museum.

The chess museum plan is to create a worldwide collection of chess boards with national characteristics. European chess union is supporting this action asking all the European National federation to assist in this effort in order to create a multicultural chess collection available to all museum visitors.


Austrian Chess Federation organizes Mitropa Cup 2015, from 13-22 June, 2015 in Mayrhofen/Austria, in the unique environment of the Alps. The official venue of the tournament is Congress Zillertal.

The Federations have to confirm their participation up to 20th February 2015.

The registration of the team composition has to be done until 30th May 2015.


Chess federations entitled to take part in the Mitropa Cup 2015 are:

Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Mitropa Cup is a team event for ten European Federations which will be held in two sections: Open and Women. Each team consists of four players in the open section, two women in the women’s section, plus 1 reserve player.

The tournament will be played as a Round Robin one, in 9 rounds, with the time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment for each move starting from one.


Mitropa Cup is an European chess tournament, gathering especially strong young players from 10 European Federations.

Contact: Mr. Walter Kastner

Phone: +43 664 840-480-4


Official Website

Official Regulations and registration form can be downloaded below





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The 1st European Universities Chess Championship will take place in Yerevan/Armenia, from 6-11 October, 2015.

The Championship is organized by the European University Sports Association, in cooperation with the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science, Armenian Student Sports Federation and Armenian Chess Federation. The event is included in the Official Calendar of the European Chess Union.

The organizers provided full board accommodation for all participants in the BEST WESTERN Congress hotel. The hotel is situated in the heart of Yerevan within easy walking distance to City Council and Republic Square with its famous singing fountain by night.

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All National University Sports Associations – NUSA ( can register university teams through EUSA internal system.

Online Registrations

All players must be older than 17 and younger than 30 (born in the years 1985-1998). All the participants can represent only one (own) university, where they are registered as students.

General Entry first call deadline is 15th May, 2015.

EUSA Rules and Regulations are published on the official website

Regulations for Chess can be found here


Each team has to pay a deposit of 400 EUR, deposit is confirming the submission of the General Entry, and will be consider by EUSA. Deposit is a part of the participation fee. Each player/teams has to pay participation fee of 65 EUR per person/day for the period October 6-12. Participation fee includes all internal services (internal transportation, accommodation, three meals per day etc.). In addition, each participant has to pay the EUSA entry fee of 30 EUR.

Official Website


On 7th February, during the Moscow Open 2015, a joint meeting between representatives of FIDE, ECU and Russian State Social University was held in the University premises.

The representatives of the European Chess Union were the ECU Secretary General, Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, the ECU Educational Commission Chairman Mr. Jesper Hall and Mr.  Alexander Kostyev as the ECU Educational Commission Secretary.


FIDE was represented by Vice President Mr. Boris Kutin, Mr. Kevin J. O`Connell, Chairman of FIDE Chess in Schools Commission, Mr. Ozgur Solakoglu, FIDE Events Commission Councillor and Mr. Adam Dzwonkowski FIDE Events Commission member.

RSSU was represented in the highest level by the Rector, Doctor of Economics, Mrs. Natalia Pochinok.


In the agenda of the meeting was the Chess Educational programs and events.

Mr. Tsorbatzoglou informed Mrs. Pochinok that both International University Sports Federation (FISU) and European University Sport Association (EUSA) decided to include Chess in their official program and in 2015 and 2016 the European and World University Championships in Yerevan and Abu Dhabi will be held.

Mrs. Pochinok expressed the interest of the RSSU to host one of the future events and added that she will start immediately the process though the National University Sports Association.

The Chairmen, Mr. Kevin J. O`Connell and Mr. Jesper Hall proposed a number of actions in the direction of research and education through the chess faculty of RSSU.


One of the main topics of the meeting was the “Chess teacher master”, an academic project, which will be developed as a distance-learning programme. The aim of the programme is to give the opportunity mainly to the school teachers to attend the course and get a University certificate for teaching chess.

FIDE Vice President Mr. Boris Kutin expressed his full support to all these productive proposals and thanked Mrs. Pochinok for her efforts to organize the Moscow Open 2015, and her willingness to expand and enlarge the chess tournaments in programs in RSSU.


The first edition of the European Chess Union Newsletter in the new year is out!

January Newsletter

In the January 2015 edition of the monthly ECU Newsletter you will find:

  • Report about Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015;
  • Traditional European Chess Tournaments: Moscow Open 2015 and Liechtenstein Open 2015;
  • ECU Calendar for 2015;
  • Fun Zone with nice positions from the recently finished Azerbaijan, Armenian and Belarus Championships for Men, and Georgian Women’s Chess Championship 2015;
  • Announcement about the European Individual Chess Championship 2015 in Jerusalem;
  • Upcoming events in February.

The ECU January 2015 Newsletter can be downloaded below or here



moscow open

The 2015 Moscow Open – 11th International RSSU Chess Cup was has started. The festival takes place in Moscow, Russia from 29th January to 9th February, 2015.

The tournament consists of 8 events, including Amateur, Veteran, Students, School and Chess Composition tournaments. The main events are Men’s and Women’s Cup of Russia Stage, gathering some of the top chess players.

The 11th edition is marked by a new record in number of participants – 1735 players from 25 countries in total!

The top seeds in the Open tournament are GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2714, GM Lysyj, Igor 2700, GM Alekseev, Evgeny 2679, GM Sjugirov, Sanan 2678, GM Inarkiev, Ernesto 2675, GM Grachev, Boris 2670, GM Fedoseev, Vladimir 2668, GM Artemiev, Vladislav 2659, etc, and in Women WGM Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2451, IM Batsiashvili, Nino 2450, WGM Kovanova, Baira 2405, IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2402, WGM Guseva, Marina 2375, WGM Charochkina, Daria 2370, etc.

opening ceremony 30th Jan

The Children’s Tournament was officially opened yesterday, on 30th January, on the same day of the 78th birthday of the legendary Grandmaster Boris Spassky, the 10th World Chess Champion.

opening ceremony children

RSSU Rector, Doctor of Economics, Mrs. Natalia Pochinok, Prefect of the North-Eastern Administrative District of Moscow, Mr. Valeri Vinogradov, ECU Secretary General Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and the Tournament Director Mr. Alexander Kostyev were present at the opening ceremony and welcomed the participants.

Opening Ceremony Children

The children’s tournament started one day earlier, while the Grand opening of the main tournament of the International Chess Cup RSSU Moscow Open 2015 was held on January 31st at 3.00 pm.

After a very rich cultural and music program, the organizers and the honoured guests – the first deputy head of the Department of Physical Education and Sport in Moscow, Mr. Nikolai Gulyaev, the 12th World Chess Champion, Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov, Secretary General of the European Chess Union, Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, the first vice-president of the Moscow Chess Federation Mr. Nikita Kim and RSSU Rector, Mrs. Natalia Pochinok, greeted the players.

Opening Ceremony 31Jan

The ECU Secretary General Mr. Tsorbatzoglou addressed to the participants and expressed his pleasure to be a part of this great event.

“I am honored to be here today in this wonderful university, in a great city, a country known for its chess and cultural traditions. Already, this tournament is one of the largest in the world. I know that RSSU Rector Mrs. Natalia Pochinok has plans to expand its scale, and therefore we are discussing the possibility of holding and European Championships next years during the festival”, said Mr. Tsorbadzloglou.

Opening Ceremony

After the opening ceremony the press conference took place, and then the friendly blitz match between the organizers and the guests of honor was held.

Press Conference

The multiple European and Russian Champion and three-time Olympic Champion with the national team, RSSU graduate GM Valentina Gunina played an interesting game against former World Champion Karpov which she eventually won, while the game between Mrs. Pochinok and the ECU Secretary General Mr. Tsorbadzloglou ended with the peaceful outcome.

Gunina vs Karpov

Blitz Match

More information at the Official Website



The European Chess Union and Turkish Chess Federation have the honour of inviting all National Chess Federations of the ECU and eligible players to the European School Championships 2015 organised in Konya, Turkey from 24 June (arrivals) to 03 July (departures).

Each National Federation or School Association or schools may enter an unlimited number of players in each of the 12 age groups: U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17.

The official hote and venue will be the Rixos Konya Hotel (5 star).


The tournament will be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds, with the 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.

Entry forms must be sent by the National Federations or the players and returned to the Organizing Committee not later than Friday 1 May 2015. If the registration form is not forwarded by the Federation a copy must be sent to the National Federation.

The winners will be awarded with trophies and special diplomas. The 6 first winners (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, and U17) and the 6 Girl winners (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, and U17) will play as invited players in the 2016 World School Chess Championships in Tunisia.

Organizer has prepared the side events for coaches, accompanying persons  and all other interested players:

  • Blitz tournament for coaches and accompanying persons;
  • Seminar for FIDE Arbiters
  • Seminar for FIDE Trainers

For all information you can contact the Tournament Director Mr. IO Umit Kucukahmetoglu

Tel: +90 312 309 75 94-123

Fax: +90 312 3109620


Official Website

The official invitation can be downloaded below or here

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Dear Chess Friends,

Let us begin by wishing you all the best for the year 2015. Especially, several and successful chess activities. Attempting to schedule all of our events on time and publish all the invitations the soonest possible, we are able to send you today the official regulations for all ECU events for the first half of 2015.

  • The European Individual Chess Championship 2015 will take place in Jerusalem, Israel, from 23rd of February to 9th of March. (Annex 1)
  • The European Small Nations Team Chess Championship 2015 will take place in Guerseney from 18th to 26th April. (Annex 2)
  • The European Senior Chess Championship 2015 will take place in Eretria, Greece, from 28th April to 8th of May. (Annex 3)
  • The European Individual Women Chess Championship 2015 will take place in Chakvi, Adjara (13km from Batumi) Georgia, from 18th to 31st of May 2015 with a Prize fund of 60000 euros. (Annex 4)
  • The European Women Rapid Chess Championship 2015, after 2 years without an organizer, will take place in Kutaisi Georgia from 31st May to 3rd of June 2015 with a Prize fund of 10000 euros. (Annex 5)

European Chess Union expresses its gratitude to the Georgian Chess Federation for the constant support to the major chess events and especially to the Women’s chess.

  • The European Schools Championship 2015 will take place in Konya, Turkey, from 24th of June to 3rd of July. (Annex 6)
  • The European Seniors Teams Championship 2015 will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 12th to 20th of July. (Annex 7)
  • The complete (16 Competitions) ECU Calendar 2015. (Annex 8)

The Extraordinary ECU GA in Batumi decided on the amendment of the ECU tournament rules and financial regulations. The new Tournament regulations will be approved by the 2015 Annual ECU GA. For that purpose, ECU Board is inviting proposals from all the National federations. Please forward your proposal to the ECU Events Commission with a copy to the ECU Secretariat.

Chairman: Gunnar Bjornsson

Secretary: Sotiris Logothetis

Tournament Director: Petr Pisk

ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili appointed the WGM Alisa Maric as President’s Adviser. Alisa was the youngest ever winner of the Yugoslav Chess Championship (1986), and a Candidate for the World Women Championship title for six consecutive cycles (1990-2000). From 2012 to 2013 she served as Minister of Youth and Sports of Serbia. Today Alisa is serving as advisor of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Serbia.

ECU President & administration are currently finalizing important agreements for the ECU corporate sponsorship and Media partnership. The official announcements will follow the next 2 months.

The next ECU Board meeting will take place on 6th and 7th March in Jerusalem, Israel. The agenda for the meeting will be completed on the 16th of February.

With kind regards,

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou

ECU Secretary General

ECU Circular Letter No. 1/2015 including all ECU events regulations for the first half of 2015 can be downloaded below or here



The government of Georgia, government of Adjarian Autonomous Republic and Georgian Chess Federation under the auspices of European Chess Union organize the 16th European Individual Women’s Chess Championships for 2015.

The championship will be held in Chakvi, Adjara (13 km from Batumi) in Georgia, from May 18 (day of arrival) until May 31 (day of departure) 2015. The official venue of the tournament will be the hall in 5 ***** hotel “Oazis Palace Chakvi”.

Hotel Oasis

The championship will be played as a Swiss tournament in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess. The time control will be 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

The 16th European Individual Women’s Chess Championships is a qualification event for the next World Women Championship. According to FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 14 players will qualify.

The first prize is 11.000 EUR, and the total prize fund is 60.000 EUR.

The registration deadline is 1st April 2015.


The government of Georgia, Georgian Chess Federation, Kutaisi City Hall and Imeretian Chess Federation under the auspices of the European Chess Union and the Association of Chess Professionals organize the European Individual Women’s Rapid Chess Championship 2015.

The tournament will be held in Kutaisi, Georgia, from May 31 (day of arrival) until June 4 (day of departure) 2015. The tournament hall will be in Hotel “Bagrati”.

hotel Bagrati

All players will have free transportation from Chakvi to Kutaisi (120km) by special comfortable mini buses. Players will ELO 2500+ will be provided with full board accommodation in hotel “Bagrati” from May 31st to June 4th.

The Championship will be played as an 11-round Swiss tournament with the rate of play 15 min + 10 seconds increment per move.

The first prize is 2.000 EUR, and the total prize fund is 18.000 EUR.

In addition to that, ACP introduces the prizes for the ACP Premium Members, participating in the Championship. These prizes are compatible with the overall prizes. A player can win both a regular prize and an ACP prize. In order to be eligible for the ACP prizes, the participant has to become the ACP Premium Member before June 1, 2015. In a case of a tie, the prizes are shared between the players with the same number of points.

Contact information:

Mr. Akaki Iashvili

Mobile: (+995) 577 414121


ACP President Emil Sutovsky


Official invitations can be found below or here





The 77th edition of Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015 ended today, with a very exciting final round.

After a strange draw with GM Ivan Saric, Carlsen won the tournament alone with 9 points out of 13. GMs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA), Anish Giri (NED), Wesley So (USA) and Ding Liren (CHN) tied for second place with 8.5 points.

Carlsen vs Saric

Final standings of Tata Steel Masters

15-year old Chinese Grandmaster Wei Yi became the winner of the Tata Steel Challengers group and will play the Tata Steel Masters 2016. He drew with GM Salem Saleh in the last round and triumphed with 10.5 out of 13, with rating performance 2801! Second place went to Czech No. 1 GM David Navara with only half a point behind Wei, and Sam Shankland became clear third with 9 points.

Wei Yi

Tata Steel Challengers Final Ranking

Final Conference


The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is a traditional tournament held in Wijk aan Zee/Netherlands. It has two tournaments: Masters and Challengers. Both events are played as Round Robin tournaments in 13 rounds. The time control was 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves + 30 seconds increment per move starting from move one.

Official Website

Photos by Alina l’Ami