The Montenegro Chess Federation organizes the “December Days of Chess” in Podgorica from 10th to 20th December 2014, when numerous competitions and activities will be held.

The Montenegro Chess Federation feels it is time to get significant chess competitions again in the Capital, which has always been responsible for the development of chess in Montenegro, with a large number of chess players, and even larger number of chess fans. At the same time, the “December Days of Chess” will join the celebration of the 19th December, the day of liberation of Podgorica.


In the period from 10th till 20th December, the Montenegro National Championships for Men and Women will be held in the hall of the National Library “Radosav Ljumovic”. After more than twenty years, this is the first championship in the Men’s competition which takes place in the capital city. The last championship was played in Podgorica back in 1993. The Championship is very strong and gathers almost all the best players from Montenegro, members of the Olympic team, as well as the most promising players, so this will be the great opportunity to see the clash of generations – the combat between chess “veterans” and young players whose time is yet to come.

Women’s Championship has always been in the shadow of the Men’s championship and so it is this time. One of the main tasks of the Montenegro Chess Federation will be to improve the quality of women’s chess. Great results achieved by our women’s team, the individual results of Aleksandra Milovic and Marija Stojanovic at the Chess Olympiad in Norway, and especially the recent exceptional results of Tijana Blagojevic oblige us to do so.

After the opening ceremony of the championship, the Ordinary Assembly of the Montenegro Chess Federation will be held at the Hotel City starting at 4.00 pm, where the current situation in Montenegro Chess Federation will be discussed, with the work and financial reports.

Within the festival, on 14th December, the Montenegro Youth Rapid Chess Championship will be held. It is expected the participation of nearly 100 young chess players from all over Montenegro.

After a long break, the Montenegro Chess Federation organizes the Arbiter’s Seminar, 12-14 December at the Hotel City. A great interest has been shown for the seminar, as 20 participants have already applied so far.

Quality work of the Montenegro Chess Federation in the previous period is highly rated by the officials of the World and European Chess Institutions. Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union, famous Georgian Grandmaster and former European Chess Champion confirmed his arrival to Podgorica in the period 18-20 December, 2014, and will attend the closing ceremony of the Championships. This will be a great opportunity to talk with the ECU President at the highest level, about the possibilities of cooperation between the European Chess Union and Montenegro Chess Federation.


In the last 3 months, after Tromso ECU GA and elections, the European Chess Union administration managed to find organizers for 6 European Championships, without a schedule for the years 2015 and 2016. The efforts continue with the target to finalize the entire ECU calendar for the next 2 years.

Regarding the “European Individual Women Championship 2015”, during the Board meeting in Batumi, the ECU received a letter of interest from the Israel Federation to host the event in Jerusalem, at the same time as the European Individual Championship (23.02 – 09.03.2015).
Israel Chess Federation asked for one month period to confirm and finalize this offer.

After formal discussions and negotiations it was decided that the ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili will have an inspection trip to Jerusalem, on 11th-12th December, 2014.

This will be the final date for the ECU to announce if the tournament will be held in Jerusalem. If, for any reason, this is not feasible, the tournament will be postponed for another available date in 2015. We note that all qualifiers for the Women World Championship 2015 are qualified from the competitions in 2013 and 2014.


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

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In the November 2014 edition you will find:

  • Carlsen – Anand match – report about the World Championship Match 2014;
  • The report about the European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2014 in Tallin;
  • Short previewabout the 4th Quarter FIDE Presidential Board Meeting in Sochi;
  • Who are the members of the appointed ECU Commissions;
  • EUSA Convention in Ljubljana 2014 decided the European Chess University Championship 2015;
  • Fun Zone;
  • Upcoming events in December – announcement about the important ECU and European tournaments;

ECU Newsletter November 2014


The European University Sports Association (EUSA) Convention was held from 14 to 16 November. EUSA Convention is supported by the International University Sport Federation (FISU).

The EUSA Convention formally started with a reception at the Rectorate of the University of Ljubljana on Friday, November 14.


Participants were the Organisers of the European Universities Championships 2015, Organisers of the European Universities Games 2014 and 2016, Technical and Medical Commission members, EUSA staff and invited guests met in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to develop closer cooperation and enable best conditions for the participants of EUSA sporting event – student athletes.


During the presentations the organizers from Armenia presented the European Universities Chess Championship, which will be held in Yerevan, Armenia from 6 to 10 October, 2015 with the help of the Chess Federation of Armenia and the Armenian Student Sports Federation.

Armenian Student Sports Federation is training approximately 100 students who will work as volunteers during the European Universities Chess Championship in Yerevan in October 2015. They will work in different areas: sport venues, transport, accommodation and catering, communication, award ceremonies, liaison with the European University Sports Association.

The European Chess Union expresses great thanks to Technical Delegate Chess of EUSA, Ukrainian Grandmaster Oleksandr Sulypa for his contribution in this important success.

More information at the official website


The World No. 1 Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen defeated the challenger Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand with the result 6.5 – 4.5 and retained the World Champion title gained last year in Chennai. The World Championship match was played in the Winter Olympic City of Sochi, Russia, and finished after 11 rounds.


The Norwegian took the lead in the 2nd round, but Anand immediately equalized the score in the next game, which predicted one of the most exciting chess matches. Carlsen again took the lead in the 6th game, and after that managed to keep the advantage, and again won in the penultimate 11th round, after Anand’s risky play with Black.

Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen!

More information at the official website of the match


The 8th edition of the Kings Chess Tournament will have a new format this year. The Romanian Chess Federation and Elisabeta Polihroniade Chess Club, in cooperation with the company ROMGAZ are proud to announce the match between the Olympic team of Romania and the current Olympic Champion – team of Republic of China.

The match is taking place in the Natural Gas House in the city of Medias/Romania from 23rd until 26th November, 2014.

The Chinese team consists of  GM Wang Yue (ELO 2711), GM Ni Hua (ELO 2677), GM Wei Yi (ELO 2649) – all three members of the winning team of the Chess Olympiad in Tromso, and the World Youth Champion 19 year old GM Lu Shangley (ELO 2566).

Chinese team


Romanian team, selected by the International Master Sergiu Grunberg, consists of GM Constantin Lupulescu (ELO 2643), GM Mircea Emilian Parligras (ELO 3594), GM Vlad Cristian Jianu (ELO 2588) and GM Vladislav Nevednichy (ELO 2563).

The match will be played according to the Scheveningen system (each player of one team plays each player of the other team). The Arbiters of the match will be Farik Gasanov (AZE) and Radu Chirila (ROU).

Romanian team

Today a ten-player Blitz tournament was held in Grand Hotel Continental in Bucharest, in which all the members of both Romanian and Chinese Olympic teams took part. Additional players were two young Romanian hopes – IM Daniel Bogdan Deac (ELO 2385), the youngest International Master in the World (at 13 years old) and FM Mihnea Costachi (ELO 2382), bronze medalist at the World Junior Championship held in September. The winner became GM Lu Shangley with 6.5 points out of 9. Final standings at Chess-Results

Blitz crosstable

The official opening of the Kings Tournament will be held on Sunday, 23rd November at 2.30 pm in the Natural Gas House in Medias, and will be followed by the games of the round 1. The closing ceremony is scheduled on Wednesday, 26th December at 7.00 pm.

Romanian Chess Federation expresses a great thanks to the Chinese Chess Federation for the cooperation.

More information here.


Chess in Schools and Communities organizes the 6th London Chess Classic which will be held from 6th to 14th December, 2014 at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, London.

The festival consists of several events, of which the main is the London Chess Classic, which is to be held 10-14 December. The ‘Super Six’  are the World Top Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Kramnik and Michael Adams.


Apart from the traditional Super GM classic tournament, there is also a very attractive Super Rapidplay Open. The event will take place 6-7th December with the prize fund of ?25,000. The Super Rapidplay is a 10-round open tournament with the time control of 25 minutes plus a 10 second increment per move from move one. The tournament has no grading sections; instead all players play in the same section and generous grading prizes have been added. This event will feature all of the players who are taking part in the main event of the London Chess Classic along with many GMs and IMs.

In the first round, the six super Grandmasters from the London Chess Classic will play against junior players who have been selected from a qualifying junior tournament. Pairings for all other rounds will be made according to the Swiss pairing rules.



Other side events in London will be:

Chess and Mathematics – Chess and Education Conference

Tconference2014he international Chess and Education conference will take place at the beginning of the London Chess Classic, 6-7  December. With a rich educational programme it will gather the leading experts in the fields of chess and mathematics  education.

Online registration for the conference can be found here.

Mr. Jesper Hall, Chairman of the ECU Educational Commission and  Mr. Martin Huba, the ECU Treasurer will attend  the conference. More information at the official website of the conference


FIDE Open (9 round Swiss) with a guaranteed ?11,500 prize fund and GM and IM norm opportunities, which will be held from 8th until 14th December.

Weekday Tournaments (5 round Swiss) with 2 sections: FIDE U2000 & ECF U135. The event will be held from 8th until 12th December.

Weekend Tournaments (5 round Swiss) with 4 sections: Open, U2000, U1800 (all FIDE Rated), ECF U120. The event will be held from 12th until 14th December.

More information here



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 will be held on 19th December, and Rapid Championship will take place on 20th and 21st December, 2014.

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

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 regulations for download can be found below, or at the official website

European Rapid Chess Championship 2014_Regulations

European BLITZ Chess Championship 2014_Regulations

522 players in Rapid and 433 players in Blitz are registered so far, and there are two more days for the registration.

Applications should be sent using the form at the championships website, but no later than on the 20th of November 2014, which is the registration deadline. The application must contain the player’s name, rating, birth date.

The Chief Arbiter of the Championship will be IA Aleksander Sokolski from Poland.

For more information you can contact the tournament Director Mr. Artur Czyz on e-mail: or you can visit the official website of the Championship


The 14th European Youth Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship for 2014 finished yesterday. One of the biggest festivals of Youth was held in Tallinn/Estonia 12-17 November, 2014.

The closing ceremony took place in Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel. Prizes and the medals specially designed for this event  were handed over by Mr. Andrei Korobeinik, President of Estonian Chess Federation and representatives of the sponsors.  The winners were awarded Lenovo tablets, cups and medals. The four best players in each age category received prizes. The total prize fund of the Superfinal was 2000 euros.

The Championship consisted of 5 different competitions, and below are the results:

14th European Youth Individual Rapid Chess Championship 2014

The Championship was held in 12 different categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, Boys and Girls separately. The rate of play was 15 minutes + 10 seconds per player.

In the youngest category Boys U8 Aslanov Umid from Azerbaijan won the title with 8 points, half a point more than silver Atovmian Artem from Russia. Bronze went to Siniauski Artsiom from Belarus with 7 points.

Ajusheva Renata from Belarus triumphed in the group Girls U8 with maximum score – 9/9! Second place went to Poluektova Arina with 8 points and third to Rudnik Viktoria (EST) with 6 points.

In the group Bpys U10 Suleymanli Aydin from Azerbaijan won gold with 8 points. Silver went to the Estonian Pedoson Georg Aleksander with 7 points and bronze to Polish player Oglaza Oskar with 6.5 points.

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In Girls group U10 another girls won the title with 9/9 – Sinitsina Anastassia from Estonia. Silver went to Shubina Ekaterina (RUS) with 7, and bronze went to Marcinczyk Monika (POL) with 6 points.

Gurvich Vitaly and Mnatsakanian Arsen both from Russia tied for the first place in the group Boys u12, but thanks to better tie-break, gold went to Vitaly. Kosakowski Jakub took bronze medal with the best tie-break in the group of 4 players with 6.5 points.

The first seed in the Girls group U12 Badelka Olga from Belarus justified her role of the main favourite and triumphed with the perfect score. Her compatriot Mitskevich Yauheniya took silver medal with 7.5 points, while bronze went to Rudzinska Michalina from Poland.

Another first seed Mesaros Florian from Austria in the group Boys U14 triumphed without any troubles. He gained 7.5 points, full point more than Kazakovskiy Valeriy (BLR) and Janik Igor (POL) who won silver and bronze respectively.

Afonasieva Anna from Russia took gold in group Girls U14. Silver went to Balajayeva Khanim (AZE) and bronze to Olde Margareth (EST).

FM Dragnev Valentin from Austria won the title in the group Boys U16 with 7.5 points. Second place went to Lithuanian player Stremavicius Titas with 6.5 points, and Sirosh Ilja from estonia came third with 6.5 points and worse tie-break.

Girls U16 played a Round Robin tournament and the final results showed that the competition was very interesting. Three players tied for the first place with 7 points, but the title finally went to WFM Harazinska Ewa from Poland who had the best tie-break. Silver went to Schnegg Anna-Lena from Austria and bronze went to mai Narva from Estonia.

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Lithuanian IM Laurusas Tomas won in the oldest Boys group with 7 points. IM Lugovskoy Maxim from Russia and FM Ladva Ottomar from Estonia tied for the second place with 6 points, but due to the tie-breaks silver went to the Russian and bronze to the domestic player.

Girls In the oldest group also played a 10 player Round Robin tournament. Gold went to Amrayeva Aytan from Azerbaijan with 8 points. WIM Bivol Alina (RUS) won silver with 6.5 points and WFM Chernyak Viktoria (RUS) won bronze also with 6.5 points.

Full standings can be seen at Chess-Results

13th European Rapid Cup – Rapid Superfinal

The competition consisted of two categories, Boys and Girls. The best players in each category of Individual European Youth Championships – Rapid 2014, qualified for Rapid Super Final (three best players in each of the categories – 14, 16 and 18, two best players in each of the categories – 8, 10 and 12, as well as the representative of the organizer). These players (altogether 16) – separate boys and girls, played matches in 4 rounds (knock – out system) according to special regulations.

In Girls section Mai Narva became the Champion after defeating Bivol Ana in the finals with 2:1, while the third place went to  Badelka Olga. Results

Champion in Boys section is Laurusas Tomas from Lithuania who defeated his compatriot Stremavicius Titas with 2:1 in the finals. Bronze went to Ladva Ottomar from Estonia. Results

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14th Individual European Blitz Chess Championships

Blitz competition took place on November 16th and consisted of three categories: U10, U14 and U18 separate for boys and girls. The rate of play was 3 minutes + 2 seconds per player.

Suleymanli Aydin from Azerbaijan triumphed in the group Boys U10 with 7.5 points, while Sinitsina Anastassia (EST) became the Champion in the youngest girls category with 9/9.

Kazakovskiy Valeriy (BLR) became the Champion in the group Boys U14 with 8 points, and Badelka Olga won in the same age group in Girls section with 8 points.

IM Lugovskoy Maxim became the Blitz Champion in group Boys U18 with 8.5 points, and WIM Bivol Alina triumphed in Girls U18 with the same score.

Full standings at Chess-Results

14th Team European Chess Championships in Rapid

Three categories: U10, U14 and U18. Teams wre composed of 3 boys + 1 girl and two reserve players, and one team was allowed to have players from maximum two National Federations. The Championship was played  according to the Swiss System in 7 rounds, with time control 10 minutes + 5 seconds per player. Here are the results:

The team of Russia became the Champion of the Rapid Team Championship in the group u18, while Belarus took titles in the both remaining groups U10 and U14. Full standings

13th European Championship In Solving Chess Problems

Filipets  Egor (BLR) won gold in Problem Solving the group U18  with 36 points and time 1:31. Silver went to Dragnev Valentin (AUT) with 35 points and time 1:18. Bronze went to Bivol Ana (RUS) with the same number of points, but worse time – 1:20.

In the category U14 Bilan Danila from Russia gained 38 points with time 1:02 and secured the title. FM Zarubitski Viachaslau from Belarus solved the problems very fast in only 0:41 seconds but eventually scored 36 points and had to satisfy with silver. Bronze went to Pavlov Danila with the same number of points and time 0:57.

In the youngest group U10 Abrazevich Yauheni (BLR) won gold with 36 points and time 1:45. Silver went to Suleymanli Aydin (AZE) with 32 points and bronze went to Morgunov Marc (AUT) with 30 points.

Full standings at

The organizer of the Championship was Estonian Chess Federation in cooperation with the European Chess Union.

More information at the Official website of the Championship


Romanian Super League 2014, which was held in Calimanesti-Caciulata/Romania from 8-16 November, 2014 ended with a double crown for chess club Stud. Medicina Timisoara, which triumphed in both Men and Women competitions.

In the Men section CS Stud. Medicina Timisoara scored 16 match points with 8 won and 1 lost match. Members of the winning team were:

1 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2643 (SRB) 4/9

2 GM Jianu Vlad-Cristian 2588 (ROU) 3.5/7

3 GM Baklan Vladimir 2651 (UKR) 7/9

4 GM Rogozenco Dorian 2509 (ROU) 5/7

5 GM Manolache Marius 2504 (ROU) 6.5/8

6 IM Ardelean George-Catalin 2499 (ROU) 2.5/4

7 IM Anton Teodor 2430 (ROU) 0/1

9 NM Doros Radu-Marian 2317 (ROU) 4.5/7

10 CM Tomici Stefan 2222 (ROU) 1/2

CS Stud.Medicina Timisoara Men

Silver medal went to ACS Sah Apa Nova Bucuresti with 13 match points, while Clubul De Sah Al Mun. Baia Mare took bronze with 12 match points.

Full standings at Chess-Results

Couple of days before National Superliga in Women’s section finished. Two teams tied for the first place with the same score (12 MP) – CS Stud. Medicina Timisoara and CSM Bucuresti, but thanks to the victory in the direct encounter gold went to Timisoara. Bronze went to CS Politehnica-Antibiotice Iasi which was the leader until the last round.

The members of the winning team in Women’s sections were:

1 IM Atalik Ekaterina 2409 (TUR) 5.5/7

2 WGM Sandu Mihaela 2270 (ROU) 5.5/7

3 WIM Dragomirescu Angela 2208 (ROU) 4.0/7

4 WFM Visanescu Daria-Ioana 1968 (ROU) 4.0/6

5 CM Jakab Kincso 1797 (ROU)

Final ranking at Chess-Results

CS Stud.Medicina Timisoara Women

Both competitions were played as a Round Robin tournaments, Men’s section in 9 rounds and Women’s in 7 rounds. The rate of play was 90 minutes for 40 moves, flowed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

The organizers of the championship were Romanian Chess Federation and CS Tinerii Maestrii Bucuresti.

The Chief Arbiter was I.A Slabu Nistor.

More information at