ECU E-Magazine December 2019 is out!

December 2019 edition of the ECU E-Magazine can be read online together with interactive links on the following link, or can be downloaded as a PDF file bellow.

ECU E-MAGAZINE December 2019

“Pobednik” Belgrade wins Balkan Cities Youth Team Championship 2019

The Balkan Cities Youth Team Chess Championship 2019 was held from 26-29th December 2019 at the “Hotel Philippion” in Thessaloniki, Greece.

13 teams from Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Serbia and Greece competed over 6 rounds of Swiss system.

In the tense and exciting race the team Pobednik Belgrade took the winners trophy after edging Chessbomb Plovdiv on second tie-break criteria. The two team collected 11 match points and 23.5 points each.

Chessbomb Plovdiv came second.

Third place was shared by MSK Centar Skopje and Galaxias Thessaloniki with 8 points each. MSK Centar Skopje was awarded bronze medal on better tie-break.

Final rankings

The event was organized by Pefka Chess Club with the support of Chess Clubs Union of Thessaloniki and Halkidiki and the Greek Chess Federation.


The 21st European Individual Chess Championship will take place in Podčetrtek, Slovenia, from May 17th (arrival date) until May 30th (departure date) 2020.

The European Individual Chess Championship is open to all players representing the Chess Federations which are members of the European Chess Union regardless of their title or rating. There is no limit to participants per federation. However, applications can only be sent by national federations.

Registration deadline is April 1st, 2020.

The Championship
will be played according to the Swiss system according to the ECU Tournament
Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess. The playing time will be 90 minutes for 40 moves
plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move,
starting from move one. The default time is 15 minutes for each round.

The European Individual Chess Championship 2020 is a qualifying event for the FIDE World Cup 2021.  According to FIDE regulations for World Cup and the ECU Board decision, 22 players will qualify.

The total prize fund of the event is 100.000 EUR, with 20.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event. Besides 20 regular prizes, the best junior, senior and female players will be awarded.

The playing venue will be the Sports Hall, next to the official hotels: 4* Hotel Breza, 4* Hotel Rosa and 3* Lipa, in Spa Olimia.

The organizer will provide transport services for all participants from Zagreb (CRO) International Airport to the official hotels – on May 16th and 17th as well as the departure transfer – on May 30th. All travel information must be sent by e-mail on not later than April 1st, 2020.

Contact information

Contact person: Ms.
Nina Rob

Mobile: +386 41
686 746


Official web site:



FIDE World Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2020 stars today in Moscow, Russia.

The first on the schedule is FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship, played in two sections: Open and Women. Open section gathered 207 players from 45 federations, while Women competition participate 121 players from 26 federations.

The very strong line up of the event is led by: World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2886), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA, 2873), Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2819), Korobov Anton (UKR, 2818) and Grischuk Alexander (RUS, 2808), while the top seeds of Women’s section are: Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2592), Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS, 2538), Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2533) and Muzychuk Mariya (UKR, 2518).

Starting rank lists

The event was officially opened yesterday with attendance of FIDE President, Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich, who greeted all participants.

During the ceremony, the top seeds drew white pieces in the drawing of lots.

The Rapid and Blitz tournaments will be held at the grandiose Luzhniki sports arena, which hosted 1980 Summer Olympics and 2016 finals of the football World Cup.

Rapid Championship takes place from 26th-28th December, and Blitz tournament will be played on the 29th and the 30th December.

Photo: Eteri Kublashvili and Amruta Mokal

Official site:

Ian Nepomniachtchi wins FIDE GP in Jerusalem!

Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS, 2767) defeated Wei Yi (CHN, 2725) in the finals of the Jerusalem Grand Prix 2019 and became one of the qualifiers for the next FIDE Candidates Tournament.

Nepomniachtchi with black pieces won the first game of the final match after a beautiful technical realisation in an endgame. The second game started sharply, with sacrifices of two pieces by Wei Yi, who attacked the White’s King side, but the game finished with a perpetual check which brought 10 Grand Prix points to Ian Nepomniachtchi and a qualifier spot for the next Candidates Tournament.

The first place on the overall Grand Prix Standings went to Grischuk Alexander (RUS, 2777) with score of 20 Grand Prix points, and Nepomniachtchi took the second place with 19 points.

FIDE confirmed yesterday the final list for the Candidates Tournament 2020 which will take place in Yekaterinburg from March 15 – April 5, 2020. The list is:

The wildcard participant Kirill Alekseenko was confirmed by the President of the Russian Chess Federation Mr. Andrey Filatov.

Caruana Fabiano (USA, 2822)- 2018 match runner-up

Radjabov Teimour (AZE, 2765)- Winner of the World Cup 2019

Ding Liren (CHN, 2801)- #2 at the World Cup 2019

Wang Hao (CHN, 2756)- Winner of the FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament

Grischuk Alexander (RUS, 2777)- Winner of the Grand Prix Series

Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS, 2767)- Second Place on the Grand Prix Series

Giri Anish (NED, 2769)- a qualifier by rating

Alekseenko Kirill (RUS, 2704)- wildcard

22 years old Russian Grandmaster, Aleeksenko Kirill (RUS, 2704), became a nominee of the Candidates Tournament Organizer. The President of Russian Chess Federation, Andrei Filatov, commented the decision:

“I want to sincerely congratulate two Russian Grandmasters who, in an extremely stubborn struggle, won spots in the Candidates tournament.
I also want to mention the young Petersburg grandmaster Kirill Alekseenko, who won the wild card. According to the FIDE rules, he was the only Russian chess player who could be nominated for participation in the Candidates tournament 2020.

Photo by: Eteri Kublashvili

Official photographer of the Jerusalem Grand Prix: Niki Riga

Official Website of the event


Irish Chess Federation organizes three chess events in January 2020: The Irish 50+/65+ Championships 2020, The Irish New Year Norm Events 2020 and The Gonzaga Charity Classic 2020.

First to be played is Irish Senior Chess Championship 2020, which will take place from 2nd-6th January 2020 in two age sections: 50+ and 65+. The event will be played in 7 rounds, with time control 90 minutes for the whole game, plus 30 seconds of increment per move, starting from the move one.

The event will take place in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin, with a total prize fund of 1.400 EUR.

Details about the event and starting rank list are available here.

Simultaneously with Irish 50+/65+ Chess Championships, the Irish New Year Norm Events 2020 will be played from 2nd-6th January in the same venue. The event comprises Grandmasters event and two International masters event.

Details and starting rank lists of the events are available here.

Finally, the Gonzaga Charity Classic 2020 sponsored by CPL & MHL will take place from 24th-26th January, in Gonzaga College SJ in Dublin.

Gonzaga Charity Classic 2020 comprises three categories: Masters, Championship and Challenger, with a total prize fund of 3.500 EUR.

The event will be played in 5 rounds, with time control 90 minutes for the whole game + 30 seconds of increment for each move, starting from the move one.

Six Grandmasters currently headline the event: Constantin Lupulescu (ROU, 2657), Sergei Tiviakov (NED, 2613), Ante Saric (CRO, 2540), Bogdan Lalic (CRO, 2538), Oleg Korneev (ESP, 2530) and Matthew Turner (SCO, 2519).

Starting rank list and details may be found here.


ECU Special Magazine Edition- European Golden Pawn is out!

The special ECU E-magazine may be read online together with interactive video links on the following link, or may be downloaded as the PDF file down bellow.



The European Senior Chess Championship, organized by Adolf Anderssen Foundation and Poland Chess Federation, under the auspices of European Chess Union, will be held in Jastrzebia Gora, Poland from 17th – 27th April 2020.

European Senior Chess Championship 2020 will be played in two age categories: 50+ and 65+, Open and Women’s sections separately. Women’s section will be merged with Open category if less than 9 players register for the European Senior Women Chess Championship 2020.

The championship is based on Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess. The time control will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

Official Hotel and venue of the Championship is Hotel VIS, located in Jastrzebia Gora.

Th event is open to all players representing ECU Chess Federations who have been born in the year 1970 or earlier, regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit in the number of participants per federation. Applications have to be sent by the National federations or to be approved by the National federations.

Registration deadline is 3rd March 2020. All the applications shall be sent to following email address:

Total prize fund of the event will be 8.000 EUR. Also, according to FIDE Handbook D.03.7, top 3 ranked players from each category of the European Senior Championship 2020 will qualifie with personal rights (free board and lodging) to the World Senior Championship 2021.

Official website of the event will be:

Organisers Contacts

Aleksander Sokolski email address:
FIDE International Organiser

European Senior Chess Championship 2020- Official regulations

UN designates July 20th as World Chess Day!

UN General Assembly on 12 December 2019, by consensus decision adopted the resolution tabled by the Armenia’s permanent mission and co-sponsored by several countries designating the 20th July as World Chess Day, marking the date in 1924 when the International Chess Federation was established in Paris.  Introducing that draft, Armenia’s delegate observed that the game can transcend national boundaries and break down racial, political and social barriers.  Armenia, he added, has one of the highest numbers of chess grandmasters per capita in the world, having embraced chess as an academic subject in schools.  “One of the most important and enduring lessons that chess can offer is teaching respect,” he said.

The UN acknowledges the important opportunities offered by chess, including, inter alia, in strengthening education, realizing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and fostering inclusion, tolerance, mutual understanding and respect. 

The UN invites all member states, international and regional organizations, the private sector and civil society to observe World Chess Day in an appropriate manner and in accordance with national priorities, and to disseminate the advantages of chess, including through educational and public awareness-raising activities.

Press Source

The official Press release by UN.


The final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series launched yesterday in Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem, Israel.

The Opening Ceremony of the event was attended by: ECU President and FIDE Presidential Board Member, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvil, FIDE Director General, Mr. Emil Sutovsky, the President of the Israel Chess Federation Mr. Barkai Zvika and the representatives of organisers and event sponsors from World Chess, Kaspersky Israel and Algorand.

The event participate 16 Grandmasters, playing the knock-out tournament to catch the first two spots on the final Grand Prix List and qualify for the next FIDE Candidates Tournament. The participants are:

  • Topalov Veselin (BUL, 2737)
  • Vachier Lagrave Maxime (FRA, 2780)
  • Jakovenko Dmitry (RUS, 2698)
  • Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2772)
  • Giri Anish (NED, 2769)
  • Wei Yi (CHN, 2725)
  • Gelfand Boris (ISR, 2684)
  • Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS, 2767)
  • So Wesley (USA, 2760)
  • Yu Yangyi (CHN, 2738)
  • Wang Hao (CHN, 2756)
  • Navara David (CZE, 2707)
  • Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2754)
  • Harikrishna Pentala (IND, 2724)
  • Andreikin Dmitry (RUS, 2724)
  • Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL, 2725)

The first game of the round 1 was played yesterday, and all the games finished in a peaceful manner-draws. Round 2 starts today at 15:00 (local time) and if the players maintain the tie, the tiebreak games will decide who proceed to the second round.

Pairings and the results, together with live broadcast of the games is available through the official website of the event.

Photos by: Niki Riga

Official Website of the event