The European Chess Union has published the December 2014 edition of the monthly Newsletter.

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In the December 2014 edition you will find:

  • The report about the European Blitz & Rapid Championship 2014 in Worclaw;
  • The report about the World Youth U-16 Olympiad 2014 in Gyor;
  • Reports about the ECU President Mr. Azmaiparashvili official visits to Podgorica, Skopje and Jerusalem;
  • Meeting of the ECU officials with Chess Base and Chess Informant;
  • Report about London Chess Classic and Chess & Mathematics Conference;
  • Fun Zone;
  • Upcoming events in January – announcement about the important European tournaments;

ECU NEWSLETTER December 2014


The Hungarian Chess Federation organized the World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad for teams in Győr (Hungary) from 12-22 December 2014.


The event gathered 256 young chess players from 37 countries, and after 10 rounds the best among them became the team of India. Indians scored 18 match points, full point ahead the silver Russia. Bronze went to the team of Iran with 16 match points.


Great organization and a very successful youth event was confirmed by the words of Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, Secretary General of the European Chess Union and FIDE Events Comission Delegate at the opening ceremony of the tournament . Mr. Tsorbatzoglou expressed his belief that Hungary and Gyor would be an excellent host of the Youth Olympiad.


“A country that gives to chess World Champions, legend players, great teams, Olympic medalists.  We are pleased to have today with the us the greatest ever of the women chess players Grand Master Judith Polgar. Gyor and Hungary is the right place to host and popularize this event . The participation of 40 countries and more than 50 teams is the evidence on this.

He stated that FIDE and European Chess Union are proud to organize World Youth U16 Olympiad in Gyor and they hope that soon there will be more completions of our calendar to take place in Hungary.


Mr. Martin Huba, ECU Treasurer represented the European Chess Union at the closing ceremony and rewarded the winners.

Official website of the World Youth Olympiad


The European Blitz & Rapid Championship 2014 was held in Worclaw/Poland 19-21 December, 2014, in the Centennial Hall.


The Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, the official venue of the Championship

The European Championship in Blitz took place on Friday. It gathered more than 600 players from 31 countries. The best among them was Czech Grandmaster David Navara. He scored 19 points and became the new European Blitz Champion. Jan Krzysztof Duda, a 16-year old Polish player took the second place, and bronze went to Spanish player Ivan Lopez Salgado.


Blitz winner David Navara with Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and Petr Pisk

Final Standings

The Rapid competition was held in the next two days, on Saturday and Sunday at the same place, gathering almost 800 players from 32 European Federations. The silver medallist from Blitz, young Polish player Jan Krzysztof Duda triumphed in Rapid Championship by defeating the Blitz Champion David Navara in the last round, and took home two medals. Second place went to GM Andrei Volokitin, and Grzegorz Gajewski came third.


Rapid winner and Blitz silver medalist Jan Krzysztof Duda

Final Standings

The ECU Secretary General Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and the President of Polish Chess Federation Mr. Tomasz Delega opened the European Rapid Chess Championship in Wroclaw with a new record of participation. After the opening ceremony ECU and Polish Chess Federation officials visited the grave of the legend German Chess player Dr. Adolf Anderssen. A working lunch took place, in the Polonia Wroclaw chess club where various chess matters were discussed among them the future cooperation with the Polish chess Federation.


The Championship was organized by Polonia Wroclaw Chess Club, under the patronage of the European Chess Union and the Polish Chess Federation. It was held under the auspices of Rafal Dutkiewicz – the President of the city of Wroclaw and will bear the name the 23rd Adolf Anderssen Memorial.

Official website

Photos by Marta Wolska


The ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili paid an official visit to Montenegro Chess Federation. Mr. Azmaiparashvili had a meeting with the Director of the Administration of Sport Mr. Igor Vusurovic, the President of the Montenegro Olympic Committee, Mr. Dusan Simonovic and the President of the Montenegro Chess Federation, Mrs. Angelina Vukovic. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Veselin Draskovic, Vice President of MCF, the Secretary of MCF Mr. Boro Miljanic and the MCF Board Member Mr. Nenad Radulovic.


In a friendly atmosphere the current relations between the ECU and Montenegro and its Chess Federation was discussed, as well as the ways of the future cooperation.

After the meeting ECU President held a press conference and gave an interview for the Montenegro National Television.


Then Mr. Azmaiparashvili visited the Montenegro Chess Championships 2014 and attended the Championships’ awarding ceremony, where he presented the awards to the winners.


FIDE President, Mr. Kirsan Ilymzhinov, also arrived in Podgorica and was also present at the closing ceremony of the Championships.


Montenegro Championships were held from 10t till 20th December in the hall of the National Library “Radosav Ljumovic”, gathering the members of the Montenegro Olympic team, as well as the promising young players. Grandmaster Nikola Djukic convincingly won the Men’s Championship with 8,5/11 points, leaving IM Luka Draskovic a full point behind. This is Djukic’s fourth consecutive and fifth overall title. Bronze went to GM Dragisa Blagojevic. The Women’s Champion for 2014 is Nina Delevic.


Championships were a part of the “December Days of Chess” in Podgorica which were organized by Montenegro Chess Federation.

Regarding the organization of the European Chess Club Cup 2015, which will be held next year in Skopje/FYR Macedonia, the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili paid an official visit to Skopia on 17th and 18th December. He met with the Mayor of Karpos, Mr. Stevco Yakimovski, President of the National Chess Federation, Mr. Blagoja Bogoevski and the Director of the Agency for Youth and Sports, Mr. Marjan Spaseski.


Chess Federation of FYR of Macedonia in cooperation with Chess Club Gambit, and Karpos Municipality, , as main supporter, are the organizers of ECCC 2015  and  singed with ECU the contract for the event.

Mr. Azmaiparashvili expressed his satisfaction that Karpos Municipality, the biggest sports municipality in the country will organize this great event which is one of renowned sports activities in Europe.

– Thank you for the support you generously give and all your enthusiasm. I believe that your organization will succeed in achieving a great and unprecedented sporting event. While investing in the players, we all mutually invest in the future of the smart world. Everything is in the training of the fingers and the brain – Azmaiparashvili said.

ECU President said he expects Skopje to give its best to make the ECCC the most successful event ever.

– I expect FYR Macedonia to show their best organizational plan, and thus be an example for the organization of this great tournament. In the past we had a great confirmation of the organizational capabilities of your country – said Azmaiparashvili.


This is not the first European Chess Club Cup which will be held in FYR Macedonia. The city of Ohrid already hosted the ECCC five years ago, in 2001.

As organizers of the European Chess Club Cup 2015  the Mayor Yakimovski emphasized that every year the Municipality organizes International Chess Tournament “Open Karpos” and is already experienced in organizing such great chess tournaments. For the organization of ECC2015 we have already had meetings with top players such as Kiril Georgiev from Bulgaria, Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), Robert Markus (Serbia), Zdenko Kozul (Croatia), Bulgarians Antoaneta Stefanova and Iva Videnova, Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia) and many others – completed Yakimovski.


Mr. Spaseski shared the experiences of investing in sports and sports infrastructure of the country, and informed Mr. Azmaiparashvili that FYR Macedonia has been a host to many chess events in history and all of them proved to be excellently organized.

– Our country invests in chess, and in the past our country held strong international chess tournaments, such as “Meeting of Solidarity” (1967-1976), in which World Champions Robert Fischer and Anatoly Karpov took part, then International Tournament “Open Skopje” and Chess Olympiad in 1972, for which Macedonia has received many praises – Spaseski said.

During his visit, president of the ECU was pleased with the quality of preparations for the organization, and underlined that this is real and modern organization of a high-ranking sports event.





Polonia Wroclaw Chess Club, under the patronage of the European Chess Union and the Polish Chess Federation organizes the European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2014, from 19-21 December, 2014, in Wroclaw/Poland.

The Championship will be held under the auspices of Rafal Dutkiewicz – the President of the city of Wroclaw and will bear the name the 23rd Adolf Anderssen Memorial.

Blitz Championship takes place tomorrow, on 19th December, and Rapid Championship will take place after the Blitz, on 20-21 December, 2014.

Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, ECU Secretary General and Mr. Petr Pisk, ECU Tournament Director will be present at the opening ceremony of the Championship.

This year European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship is marked by a record number of participants: more than 700 players in Blitz and more than 800 in Rapid Championship. Great interest only proves the Polish Chess Federation and Poland as great hosts.

Championships Office will be open on Thursday at the Hotel Orbis from 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm and on Friday at the Centennial Hall from 9:00 am.

The final closing of the start list (and pairing the first round) – on Friday at 10:00 am.

The official venue will be the Centennial Hall, and the official tournament hotel is Hotel ORBIS Wroclaw, Wroclaw, which is located 4 km from the playing hall.

The minimum prize fund for Blitz is 10000 €, while for rapid is 20000 € + prizes worth € 2000.

For more information you can contact the tournament Director Mr. Artur Czyz on e-mail:

Official website of the Championship


The ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili had an inspection trip to Jerusalem on the 11th-12th of December.  Mr. Azmaiparashvili visited the hotels and the playing hall that will host the European Individual Championship from 23 February to 9 March 2015.  During his stay in Jerusalem he met and had talks with the Chairman of the Israel Chess Federation Moshe Slav and members of the Organizing Committee.


During the meetings it was decided that the Prize fund for the EICC 2015 will raise 20.000  euros to reach the total amount of 120.000 euros. The organizers informed that may add additional 10.000 euros depending on the sponsorship of the tournament.

As far as the “European Individual Women Championship 2015” is concerned, it was decided that the remaining time is not enough for its successful organization in Jerusalem. The Championship will take place in later time of the year in available dates. The ECU President is already in negotiations with the potential organizers.


In the free time between the meetings, the ECU President had a guided tour in the historical city of Jerusalem and some chess challenges!

Full report here

Official invitation: EIC_2015



”Everyone should visit this special city at least once in his lifetime” says GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili, president of the European Chess Union. “Combining it with a chess event of such standard would make this visit a unique and memorable experience!”

Azmaiparashvili, accompanied by his wife, ended on Sunday morning a short visit in Israel to follow closely the intensive preparations for the European Individual Championship. The highly prestigious tournament, open to all, will be staged in hotel Ramada on February 23rd – March 8th 2015 by the municipality of Jerusalem and the Israeli Chess Federation under the auspices of the ECU.


The two day visit included working meetings with Moshe Slav, chairman of the Israeli chess federation, GM Emil Sutovsky, president of the Professional chess association and with Amiram Kaplan, chairman of the organizing committee as well as excursions in Jerusalem and to the Galilee. Himself a former champion of the continent (Istanbul 2003) he was content with the significant progress being made by the organizers in all aspects of the preparations. In an interview to GM Ram Soffer for the ICF website, he invited all 54 European federations to encourage the participation of their players in the championship. He added that he had immensely enjoyed his short excursion in the streets and famous historic sites of Jerusalem finding life in the Israeli capital fairly normal and safely run.

The full interview may be seen here courtesy Alexander Nesterovsky and Shaul Weinstein: 

The registration process is speeding up with leading entries, at the time of writing these lines, being Russian Evgeny Alekseev and Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov, both respectable members of the 2700+ world’s supreme club.

The tournament will be played in 11 Swiss rounds, however the participants will enjoy for the first time two free Saturdays in which they will be offered guided excursions in the holy city as well as to the wonders of the Dead Sea.

The championship is open to all players representing the European federations regardless of their title or ratings. A prize-fund of minimum100, 000 Euros is offered, as well as plenty of opportunities to obtain norms (and double norms!) for International titles in each of the last three rounds. The most special attraction is nevertheless the free ticket to the world cup secured to the top 23 players in the final standings. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the European prestigious chess championship to be held for the first time by the historic spiritual centre of all monotheistic religions. The official closing date is December 20th 2014.

Complete Azmaiparashvili interview 

Official website

Israel Chess Federation



Viswanathan Anand Anand won the 6th London Chess Classic on tie-break from Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri after defeating Michael Adams with the black pieces in the final round on Sunday.

Final scores in tie-break order: 1 Anand 7, 2 Kramnik 7, 3 Giri 7, 4 Nakamura 6, 5 Adams 4, 6 Caruana 4.Vishy Anand has won the London Chess Classic Super-Six Tournament ahead of Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri on tiebreak.


Final crosstable:

No. Title Name Fed. Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
1 GM Anand, Viswanathan IND 2793 x 1 1 1 3 1 7
2 GM Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2769 1 x 1 3 1 1 7
3 GM Giri, Anish NED 2768 1 1 x 1 3 1 7
4 GM Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2775 1 0 1 x 3 1 6
5 GM Adams, Michael ENG 2745 0 1 0 0 x 3 4
6 GM Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2829 1 1 1 1 0 x 4

The 6th London Chess Classic was organized by the Chess in Schools and Communities and it was held from 6th to 14th December, 2014 at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, London.

The festival consisted of several events, of which the main was the London Chess Classic, The ‘Super Six’ were the World Top Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Kramnik and Michael Adams.

Official website

Photos by Ray Morris-Hill



The opening ceremony of the World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad for teams in Gyor/Hungary was held yesterday in the National Theatre in Gyor.

Mr. Miklos Sesztak, the President of the Hungarian Chess Federation and Minister of National Development greeted the participants with the words of Benjamin Franklin and confirmed: the Hungarian Federation would apply for the organization of the adult chess Olympiad in 2020.


Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, Secretary General of the European Chess Union and FIDE Events Comission Delegate expressed his belief that Hungary and Gyor would be an excellent host of the Youth Olympiad.

“A country that gives to chess World Champions, legend players, great teams, Olympic medalists.  We are pleased to have today with the us the greatest ever of the women chess players Grand Master Judith Polgar. Gyor and Hungary is the right place to host and popularize this event . The participation of 40 countries and more than 50 teams is the evidence on this.

Having closely watched  the preparations of the World Youth Chess Olympiad,  I have realized the efforts made by the City of Gyor and the Organizing Committee to provide the best possible playing and living conditions for the participants”, said Mr. Tsorbatzoglou.

He stated that FIDE and European Chess Union are proud to organize World Youth U16 Olympiad in Gyor and they hope that soon there will be more completions of our calendar to take place in Hungary.

He also brought the warmest wishes from the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the European Chess Union President Zurab Azmaiparashvili.


Mr. Zsolt Borkai, the mayor of Gyor, said, he was sure that the European Youth Olympic Festival would be the first olympiad in Hungray, but now the WYCO „predated” it. Borkai, who became Olympic champion in Seoul in pommel horse spoke especially to the youth.

After the unique performance of the Botafogo Dance Ensemble Judit Polgar stepped on the stage, who, speaking with kind words, greeted Csaba Balogh, Zoltan Almasi, the silver medalists the Hungarian chess team that finished second in the chess Olympiad in Tromso this year. Polgar noted that this was her first chess olympiad she took part in not as a player. After this she drew the colour of the first board for the opening round.


The first day of the ten round event will start on Saturday at 14pm in the gym of the University of West Hungary Apaczai Csere Janos Faculty.

Official website


Edinburgh Chess Congress 2015 will be held 17-19 April, 2015 at the St. Thomas of Aquin’s High School in Edinburgh.

It consists of 5 tournaments:

  1. Premier
  2. Challengers
  3. Major
  4. Bishops
  5. Knights

The Premier Event will be FIDE rated. All entrants for the Premier Event must be a member of a National Chess Association. The East of Scotland Championship Trophy and ?50 prize will be awarded to the highest eligible player in the Premier.


Edinburgh Evening News Cup

This will be presented to the highest placed junior, in the Premier, Under 18 on the 17 April 2015 normally resident in Scotland. The prize of ?30 will also be awarded.

For more information contact Congress Director, Mr. David Stewart

Tel. 0131 554 1064

or Entries Secretary, Mr. Graham Kerr

Tel. 07986 335500

Tournament entry form can be downloaded below:

Edinburgh Congress 2015 – Entry Form