The most important chess event of the year – World Chess Championship Match 2014 starts on 7th November and will last until 28th November, 2014. The main actors of this match are the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway and the winner of the Candidates Tournament 2014 and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand from India.

The Russian Chess Federation and the city of Sochi will be the host of the match, and the official venue is the Olympic Media Center.
The Carsen-Anand match will be played over a maximum of twelve games and the winner will be the first player to earn 6.5 points or more. If winner scores 6.5 points in less than 12 games then the closing ceremony will be re-scheduled for an earlier date.
The Chief Arbiter of the match is IA Andrzej Filipowicz from Poland. Deputy Arbiters are Husan Turdaliev and Anatoliy Byhovskiy.
Organizers have prepared hundred seats in the playing hall in the Olympic Media Center, and the special visitors’ areas will be provided as well. Both English and Russian-language commentary areas will be available for free for those who want to follow the games live.

Schedule of the match:
November 7th – Opening Ceremony
November 8th – Round 1
November 9th – Round 2
November 10th – Rest Day
November 11th – Round 3
November 12th – Round 4
November 13th – Rest Day
November 14th – Round 5
November 15th – Round 6
November 16th – Rest Day
November 17th – Round 7
November 18th – Round 8
November 19th – Rest Day
November 20th – Round 9
November 21st – Round 10
November 22nd – Rest Day
November 23rd – Round 11
November 24th – Rest Day
November 25th – Round 12
November 26th – Rest Day
November 27th – Tie-Break Games
November 28th – Awards and Closing Ceremony

The games will start daily at 3pm Moscow time, and will be broadcast live.

More information at the Official website of the match

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At the meeting on 24th October in Batumi/Georgia, the ECU Board appointed the new ECU Commissions: Educational Commission, Events Commission, Arbiters Council and Women’s Commission.
The Chairman of the Educational Commission is Jesper Hall from Sweden, and the Secretary is Alexander Kostyev from Russia. Other members of the Educational Commission are Ferenc Maurer (HUN), Pigasios Hatzinikolaou (CYP), John Foley (ENG), Giorgi Giorgadze (GEO), Walter Raedler (GER), Darko Polimac (IRL), Boro Miljanic (MNE) and  Kasim Yekeler (TUR).
The Chairman of the Arbiters Council is Armenian Ashot Vardapetyan, while the Secretary is Tomasz Delega from Poland. Other members are Halil Hilmi Dari  (TUR), Gregor Neff (AUT) and Marika Japaridze (GEO).
The Events Commission consists of 7 members, and the Chairman is Gunnar Bjornsson, President of Iceland Chess Federation. Secretary is Sotiris Logothetis from Greece. Other members are Gunter Delhaes (BEL), Joachim Gries (GER) and Milan Maros (SVK), while the Ad Hoc members are the Tournament Director Petr Pisk (CZE) and Seniors Tournament Director Johann Poecksteiner (AUT).
The last commission formed in Batumi is ECU Women Commission, which Chairman is IM Almira Skripchenko from France, and the Secretary is Fiona Steil Antoni from Luxembourg. Other members of the commission are Majlinda Pilinci (ALB), Niki Vrbova (SVK) and Ilana David Glaz (ISR).
In the next ECU Board meeting will be discussed the operational plan for each commission and any other proposal from the Commissions’ Chairmen.


The European Chess Union has published the second edition of the monthly Newsletter, with a brand new design.

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In the October 2014 edition you will find:

  • 24th European Youth Chess Championship 2014 in Batumi – report about the EYCC;
  • the report about the ECU Board and ECU Extraordinary General Assembly in Batumi;
  • 8th International Aquaprofit – Polgar Chess Festival – report about the chess festival in Budapest;
  • International Conference Chess In Schools in Armenia;
  • Fun Zone;
  • Upcoming events in November – announcement about the important ECU and European tournaments;

ECU Newsletter October 2014


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:

ECU Newsletter September 2014