The 24th European Youth Chess Championship 2014 finished today and Europe got 12 new Youth Champions for 2014.

In the Open group U18 GM Avital  Boruchovsky (ISR) 2501 became the Champion with 7.5 points. IM Daniil Yuffa (RUS) 2449 with 7.0 points. Four players with 6.5 points tied for the 3rd place, but bronze medal went to Valerii Iovcov (ELO 2224) from Moldova thanks to the best tie-break.

In the group U16 IM Ali Marandi Cemil Can from Turkey (ELO 2413) won the Championship with  7.5 points. Georgian FM Giorgi Sibashvili (ELO 2350) and Mikolaj Tomczak from Poland (ELO 2132) tied for the second place with 7 points, but Sibashvili had better tie-break and won silver medal, while bronze went to Polish player.

Timur Fakhrutdinov from Russia (ELO 2290) won the group U14 on tie-break. He gained 7.5 points, the same as FM Aram Hakobyan (ELO 2245) from Armenia, who won silver. Bronze went to Parviz Gasimov (ELO 1949) from Azerbaijan with 7 points.

Ukrainian FM Viktor Matviishen (ELO 2404) triumphed in the group U12 with a score of 8 points out of 9. Five players with 7 points tied for the second place, but according to the tie-breaks Russian Semen Lomasov (ELO 2259) grabbed silver, while FM Viachaslau Zarubitski (ELO 2188) from Belarus took bronze.

Final standings in the group U10 are very interesting, as three players tied for the 1st place, and tie-breaks had to decide the Champion. According to Buchholz, the title went to Mamikon Gharibyan (ELO 1902) from Armenia, silver went to Uzumcu Ahmet Utku (ELO 1932) from Turkey and bronze went to Nikolozi Kacharava (ELO 1814) from Georgia, all with 7.5 points.

In the youngest age group in the Open section Russian player Ilya Makoveev (ELO 1805) finished the tournament with amazing 9 out of 9! He achieved the maximum score which made him the best competitor of the Championship. Silver medal went to Italian Claudio Paduano (ELO 1610) with 7.5 points, and Semen Mitusov from Ukraine won bronze with 7 points.

In the oldest Girls section WFM Ulviyya Fataliyeva (ELO 2117) from Azerbaijan won the Championship with 8 points and very solid play. Silver went to WFM Nato Imnadze (ELO 2175) from Georgia, and bronze went to Russian WIM Anna Styazhkina (ELO 2205) with 7 points.

Mai Narva (ELO 2123) from Estonia won the group U16 with 7.5 points. Geogrian WFM Nino Khomeriki (ELO 2168) won silver medal with 7 points, and Aydan Hojjatova (ELO 2104) from Azerbaijan won bronze, aslo with 7 points.

Two Greek players climbed the winners’ pedestal in the group U14. WFM Anastasia Avramidou (ELO 2120) won gold with an excellent result of 8.5 points, while WFM Stavroula Tsolakidou (ELO 2305) won silver with 7 points. WFM Polina Shuvalova (ELO 2142) from Russia took bronze with 6.5 points.

Ekaterina Goltseva (ELO 2030) from Russia became the Champion U12 with 8.0 points. Govhar Beydullayeva (ELO 1671) from Azerbaijan took silver medal with 7 points, while bronze went to Aleksandra Maltsevskaya (ELO 1991) from Russia also with 7 points.

In the group U10 Malak Ismayil from Azerbaijan won with 7.5 points.  Mariam Mkrtchyan from Armenia and Anastassia Sinitsina from Estonia tied for the 2nd place with 7 points, but due to the better tie-break silver went to the Armenian.

The youngest girls group was dominated by the Russians, as all three medals went to the Russian players. Emilia Zavivaeva scored 7.5 points, the same as her fellow compatriot Margarita Zvereva, but she had better tie-break and won gold. Bronze went to Olga Melenchuk who gained 7 points.

Full final standings can be seen at Chess-Results

Russian players are the most successful in the tournament with 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals – 11 in total.

The Championship was held in Georgian town Batumi and gathered 989 young chess players from 45 European countries, divided in 12 categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, boys and girls separately.

More information at the Official website of the Championship


Last week, from 16th to 18th October, 2014, the International Conference “Chess in Schools” was held in Yerevan, Armenia. The Conference was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, the World Chess Federation (FIDE), as well as the Armenian Chess Federation and the Chess Academy of Armenia, in cooperation with the Armenian State Pedagogical University named after Khachatur Abovyan.

During the first day of the conference FIDE President Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of the Republic of Armenia, who doubles as the President of the Armenian Chess Federation were present at the opening session of the conference.

Mr. Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science of Republic Armenia and Mr. Smbat Lputyan, President of Chess Academy of Armenia, as well as Mr. Ilyumzhinov gave the speech at the beginning of the conference, after which the official programme started.

Programme of the Conference

Among the officials, Mr. Lewis Ncube, Continental President for Africa, Mr. Ion Serban Dobronauteanu, Continental Deputy-President for Europe, and Mr. Alexander Kostyev, President of the International School Union were present at the Chess In Schools Conference.

Mr. Kevin O’Connell, the Chairman of FIDE Chess in Schools Commission stated that this was the most important CIS conference ever, due to the importance and relevance of the research studies conducted and finalized in Armenia after the first primary classes completed the 3 years studies of chess. Apart from the Armenian studies, interesting programs and achievements regarding implementing chess in schools from USA, India, Russia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Greece and Germany were presented.

The conference attracted participants from 4 continents – Africa, America, Asia and Europe, with total 180 people present at the University.

According to all the lectures, one conclusion was imposed – Chess in Schools is a major task to improve education worldwide, by using chess as an educational tool.

More information at the Official Website of the Conference


The 24th European Youth Chess Championship has officially started. The competition gathered 989 young chess players from 45 European countries, divided in 12 categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, boys and girls separately.

The Championship takes place in Batumi, costal town in Georgia, 18-29 October, 2014 in hotel Sheraton Batumi, and is organized by the European Chess Union and Georgian Chess Federation.

Opening Ceremony Batumi

Last evening the opening ceremony was held in Batumi Drama Theatre in the great atmosphere and with rich cultural and art programme.
Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union greeted all the participants and wished them a successful tournament.

Before the first round started, Mr Azmaiparashvili made a symbolic first move in the game between Matyas  Marek and Avital Boruchovsky on board 1 in the group Boys U18, along with the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Levan Kipiani, and officially opened the competition. Mr. Boris Kutin, FIDE Vice President was also present during the making the first move, as well as at the opening ceremony.

The first move

The games are broadcast live every day 3.00 pm local time.

Official website


Dominic LawsonOn Saturday, 11th October, 2014 in Birmingham the Annual General Meeting of the English Chess Federation was held.

The European Chess Union congratulates the new elected President of the English Chess Federation, Mr. Dominic Lawson.  The new elected FIDE delagate is Mr. Malcolm Pein.

More information at the official website of the ECF


On 25 October, 2014 in Batumi/Georgia the ECU Extraordinary General Assembly will take place.

The venue of the General Assembly will be Congress Center and Hotel Radisson Blu Batumi.

Radisson Blu Batumi

The General Assembly is scheduled at 10.30 am.

The Agenda and the Invitation can be downloaded below.

Agenda of Extraordinary GA 2014

Annex 1 – GA invitation


Pat FitzsimonsDear Friends in Chess

At the Glorney, Gilbert junior international competitions in Scotland in early August, I announced my intention to seek election to the role of Chairperson of the Union.

Since then, I have received a huge level of support, encouragement and good wishes from right across the Irish Chess community. The overwhelming vote of support that I received at the AGM last Sunday, combined with the encouragement and good wishes expressed to me both before and since the AGM, has given me a clear mandate to work collaboratively with the Incoming Executive Committee of the ICU and the chess community in Ireland to support and develop the game that we enjoy so much. I would like to thank everybody who has contacted me to convey their support and good wishes and the large numbers of members who attended the AGM to vote for me.

We have some very exciting projects to work on over the coming months, including the hosting of the Glorney Gilbert Cup Competition in 2015. I also intend to build on existing structures for coaching and development of the game generally. Given the volume and nature of the business that was considered during the 2014 AGM, which stretched to almost 6 hours in duration, there are a number of “legacy issues” that the incoming Executive Committee will also address in the coming months. These include proposals for constitutional reforms and consideration of the overall structure of the Executive Committee and how we can work better as a team dedicated to the service of Irish chess into the future.
It is also my intention that information about the issues under consideration by the ICU Executive will be published on our website from now on and I would welcome any comments on, or opinions about, the business of the ICU that members wish to make on an ongoing basis.
The incoming Executive Committee and I are looking forward to the challenges ahead with great optimism and to keeping in touch with all our members.

Pat Fitzsimons
Irish Chess Union
3rd October 2014



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The European Chess Union Newsletter will be published on a monthly basis from now on. We have prepared a brand new design with interesting news and articles.

In the September 2014 edition you will find:

  • History made in Bilbao – report about the European Chess Club Cup 2014;
  • ECU News – important news about the events happened during September;
  • Upcoming events in October – announcement about the important ECU and European tournaments;
  • Fun Zone – try your luck with interesting chess challenge;
  • ECU Contacts.

The ECU Newsletter September 2014 can be downloaded below or at this link: https://www.europechess.org/press-info/newsletters/2014-2/

ECU Newsletter September 2014


Big favourite Socar from Azerbaijan confirmed this evening all the predictions, getting the overall European title this evening on the last day of Bilbao Chess 2014. Batumi from Georgia surprised those present by winning the women’s European title, even if they were not initially regarded as strong candidates.

Bilbao ECC Winner Socar

Socar started out as favourite owing to the strong lineup with which they were participating in this year’s European Club Cup, including Topalov and Mamedyarov, two of the world’s top 10 players.

The Bilbao Chess 2014 honour roll was completed at the Grand Slam Masters Final with five-times world champion Viswanathan Anand’s victory. As well as getting the title, the Indian player did his personal best ever in the five times he took part in the Bilbao competition. However, he lost his last game against Aronian, the reigning champion until this evening. With this victory at the Masters Final, Anand, who is also preparing for the World Championship rematch against Magnus Carlsen, who took the title away from him a few months ago, adds to his r?sum? the one title that was missing so far. The Bilbao Grand Slam Masters Final is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, as well as one of the few in reaching level 22, the highest in terms of competitive quality in the chess sphere. Vallejo got his first victory today, this time over Ponomariov.

During the Bilbao Chess 2014 closing ceremony, Bilbao mayor Ibon Areso handed over the trophy and medals to the new European champion. Socar thus replaces Czech G-Team Novy Bor, who surprisingly won the title last year in Rhodess. Gabino Mart?nez de Arenaza, Provincial Director of Tourism and Foreign Trade, proclaimed Anand winner of the Bilbao Masters Final 2014.

The Indian Grandmaster succeeds his opponent today, Levon Aronian, in the Masters Final title. Aronian has won the title twice, the last one in 2013, just like number 1 in the world ranking and reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen. The list of winners includes Veselin Topalov from Bulgary, who won the first edition back in 2008 (and was also proclaimed winner with Socar in the teams tournament), and his great rival and “worst enemy” Vladimir Kramnik from Russia, who won in 2010.

European Club Cup Open final standings:
1. Socar (Azerbaijan) 14 MP
2. G-Team Novy Bor (Czech Republic) 12 MP
3. Malakhite (Russia) 11 MP

Women’s European Club Cup final standings:
1. Batumi Chess Club Nona (Georgia) 14 MP
2. CE Monte Carlo (Monaco) 10 MP
3. SHSM Nashe Nasledie (Russia) 9 MP

Bilbao ECC gold Batumi

Players with the best performances on individual boards were also awarded. In the women’s section, the prizes went to Hou Yifan (board 1), Alexandra Kosteniuk (board 2), Anastasia Savina (board 3) and Marina Guseva (board 4).  In the Open section, the prizes went to Fabiano Caruana (board 1), Veselin Topalov (board 2), Harikrishna Pentala (board 3), Anish Giri (board 4), Teimour Radjabov (board 5) and Mateusz Bartel (board 6).

The Bilbao Chess 2014 gathered the world chess elite in Bilbao between 14 and 20 September. Participating were 9 of today’s top 10 players in the world and most of the world’s best grandmasters, divided in 60 teams coming from 30 European countries.
The high competitive level displayed in Bilbao these days drew spectacular attention from the world chess sphere and broke the audience ratings which Bilbao’s organization had been increasing edition after edition.

Out of the world’s 200 million potential fans that follow the chess events on-line, 44 million people from all over the world (mainly from Europe, India and China), followed Bilbao Chess 2014 during the 7 days the competition lasted for. Most people followed the event on the tournament’s official sites, as well as the world’s main chess portals. Masses of people went into the Euskalduna Congress Centre every day to watch the games on site.

The teams participating in the tournament were equally satisfied with the organization of the event — no complaints have been placed in the mailboxes the organization put up in order to provide all the competing delegations with the best possible service.

More information at http://europeanchessclubcup2014.com/



Bilbao Chess 2014 was officially opened this evening. The chess event will start at the Euskalduna Congress Centre tomorrow, on Sunday, and will hold simultaneously the European Club Cup and the Grand Slam Masters Final.

Chairing the opening ceremony, which was celebrated by the enormous playroom that will hold more than 200 games at the same time, was Bilbao mayor Ibon Areso. Mr Areso wished the contestants good luck and also encouraged them to “make the most of whatever free time you have to enjoy this beautiful city that welcomes you, just as it welcomes all those other great events, past, present and future — sports or not —, which help promote this city all over the world”.

Representing the Provincial Council of Bizkaia was Maitane Leizaola, the Provincial Director of Youth and Sports. During her speech, Ms Leizaola affirmed that she was pleased with the sports level of the delegations and players that will take part in the European Club Cup and the Grand Slam Masters Final. The Bilbao Chess 2014 will turn the city into the epicentre of world chess starting tomorrow until next Saturday, 20 September. 9 of the world’s top 10 chess players, as well as most of the world’s top 50 players, will meet at this event.

ECC Azmaiparashvili speech

The opening ceremony was also attended by the president of the European Chess Union (ECU), ZurabAzmaiparashvili, and the president of the Spanish Chess Federation (FEDA), Javier Ochoa de Echag?en, among others, as well as by the 4 contenders of this year’s Grand Slam Masters Final — Anand, Aronian, Ponomariov and Vallejo.

Representatives of the last year’s Champions in both Open and Women sections – Hou Yifan (CE Monte Carlo) and Harikrishna Pentala (G-Team Novy Bor) were also welcomed on the stage.

Both tournaments will start at the extension of the Euskalduna Congress Centre at 15.00 tomorrow. The entrance is free of charge for members of the public who wish to watch the games on site. Both the European Club Cup and the Grand Slam Masters Final will be simultaneously broadcast online on the official siteswww.bilbaomastersfinal.com andwww.europeanchessclubcup2014.com


On Thursday September 4th 2014 culminated in Kouty nad Desnou (CZE) fights for winning EU Youth Chess Championship 2014.

The championship was shot by Czech Television and will be broadcast on TV and the Net (http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/10111941499-v-sachu/).

The last rounds were full of fights and tension. Final round visited the president of Slovakian chess federation and member of board of ECU, Mr. Martin Huba, who also helped us by prize-giving.
In category Boys U8 took the first place Bao Anh Le Bui (GER), the second place Timothe Razafindratsima (FRA) and the third Teodor-Cosmin Nedelcu (ROU). In category Girls U8 took the first place Zsoka Gaal (HUN), the second place Lucia Sevcikova (SVK) and the third Petya Karaivanova (FIN).
Champion EU in category Boys U10 has become Georg Aleksander Pedoson (EST), silver medal took Barnabas Persanyi (HUN) and the third place took Valentin Mitev (BUL). In category Girls U10 has won Beline Yuan (FRA), second place took her friend Elise Tomasi (FRA) and the third place took Beloslava Krasteva (BUL).
In category Boys U12 has won after great performance Kirill Chukavin (EST), second place took Yovann Gatineau (FRA) and the third place took Lukas Bango (SVK). Champion EU Girls U12 has become WFM Gabriela Antova (BUL), the second place took Dominika Ferkova (SVK) and the third place took Marta Tomczak (POL).
In category Boys U14 has won Kai Pannwitz (SCO), the second place took Roman Orlov (EST) and the third place took Sergiu-Gabriel Herea (ROU). In category Girls U14 Champion EU U14 has become after excellent performance WCM Viktoria Radeva (BUL), who in U14 surpassed even every boy! The second place took Ema Pociute (LTU) and the third finished Nikolina Golub (CRO).
In unofficial category Boys U16 has won Marek Karas (SVK), the second place took Mikolaj Tomczak (POL) and the third place took Oliver Spacek (SVK). In category Girls U16 dominated Natalie Kanakova (CZE), second place took Simona Suchomelova (CZE) and third place took Alison Le Bihan (FRA).
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 and also two in U16 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.

EU Youth Chess Championship 2014 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 115 players from 16 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: Timothe Razafindratsima (FRA), Richard Stalmach (CZE), Zsofia Gombocz (HUN), Robert-Ionut Creanga (ROU), Dominika Ferkova (SVK), WCM Viktoria Radeva (BUL), Alexander Torngren (SWE), Lucian Vantuch (CZE), Barnabas Persanyi (HUN), Kirill Chukavin (EST), WFM Gabriela Antova (BUL), Simons Sinauridze(LAT), Vojtech Parizek (CZE), Martin Jablonicky (SVK) and Marek Karas (SVK).
For all participants and accompanying persons organizers had prepared chess and non-chess leisure time activities.Excursion to Pumped storage hydro plant Dlouhe Strane, excursion to Hand-made paper-mill Velke Losiny, simultaneous game with IM Simacek, 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.
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!

Zdenek Fiala
Director of the championship