RUSSIA LEADS IN BOTH SECTIONS OF EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

After seven played rounds at European Team Chess Championship 2019 in Batumi, Georgia, teams of Russia lead in both sections of the event!

Team of Russia in Open section maintained the leadership with draw against Germany. Nisipeanu liviu Dieter (GER, 2656) brought a point to Germany after defeating Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2732) on the first board with white pieces. Games on the 2nd and the 3rd board ended in a peaceful manner-draw, while on the 4th board Daniil Dubov (RUS, 2699) made a tactical masterpiece with Whites against Svane Rasmus (GER, 2592) and mate a black’s king on the a3 square!

The result of 2-2 was enough for Russian team to maintain the sole leadership of the event. They are followed by teams of England, Ukraine and Germany, scoring 11 points, each.

In the 8th round, which starts tomorrow at 15:00 (local time), Russia meets England on the 1st board, and Ukraine plays against Germany.

Pairings, Results and Rankings- Open section

Russian Women team leads in Women section after convincing win over Poland with result of 4-0. With score of 13 match points, Russia is two match points ahead of the runner-up -Georgia.

Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Armenia tie for the third place, each with 10 match points.

In round 8, Russia plays against Armenia on the first board, Georgia meets Ukraine and France plays against Azerbaijan.

Pairings, Results and Rankings- Women section

Only two rounds left to be played before the announcement of the Winner of European Team Chess Championship 2019. All the games are live transmitted and live broadcast, together with live commentary may be followed online through the official website of the event.

Official Website of the event




CIRCULAR LETTER No2/30.10.2019 – Communique of the ECU Board and General Assembly

The European Chess Union Board meeting took place on the 24th of October in Batumi, Georgia. The meeting was held under excellent conditions in the hotel Batumi Hilton during the European Team Chess Championship 2019.

The main areas under discussion and decisions made were the
following: 

Administration

  • ECU Board approved the ECU Budget 2020 which submitted to the General Assembly.
  • ECU Board was informed about the results of the projects submitted to the FIDE Development fund 2019 and the procedure for the year 2020.
  • ECU Board informed about the recent investigation findings about the owner(s) and manager(s) of the shadow company “ECU Delaware”
  • For
    the security and transparency of the bank transactions it was decided the bank
    accounts and their beneficiaries which are used for the European Championships
    to be obligatory published by the organisers either in the Tournament
    invitation or the registration forms on the ECU website. 

European Championships-Tournaments

  • The
    European Corporate Chess Championship 2020

    was awarded to Rotterdam, Netherlands to be held from 26th to 29th
    June 2020. The venue of the tournament is a luxury boat that will be sailing
    during the rounds. The teams will be accommodated in Bilderberg Park Hotel.
  • The European Amateur Chess
    Championship 2020
    was awarded to Mali Losinj, Croatia to be held
    from 13th  to 22nd  June 2020.
  • The European Amateur Chess
    Championship 2021
    was awarded to Olbia, Italy to be held from 16th
     to 26th April 2021.
  • The European Senior
    Championship 2021
    was awarded to the Italian Chess Federation, which
    has to decide about the exact venue till March 2020.
  • The
    European Youth Team Chess Championship 2021
    ,
    according the evaluation results awarded to Bucharest Romania to be held from 3rd
    to 11th August 2021.
  • The
    European Women Chess Championship 2021
    (15-28
    March)
    and the European Youth Chess Championship 2022
    (17-28
    August) awarded to Prague, Chess Republic according the
    results of evaluation.
  • The option to organise the
    European Women Chess Championship 2022 and the European Youth Chess
    Championship 2023
    awarded to
    Montenegro Chess Federation with the deadline to bring a detailed proposal to
    the ECU Board by March 2020.

New Projects & Information Technology

  • The ECU Application for android and IOS system was presented to the Board.

The ECU APP is now available in the Play store for Android systems and in the Apple store for IOs systems! 

Step 1 – Search “European Chess Union” & download the app, 
Step 2- Register with your FIDE ID
Step 3- Open your activation e-mail 
Step 4- Set a password by following an email you have received
Step 5- Go back to the ECU App and login

Then you can follow the ECU Calendar and its updates, news, results and pairings for the running ECU Championships. You can also evaluate the ECU events and be informed online with push notifications for important matters!

  • The ECU Arbiters Dress Code was presented to the Board.

  • The ECU Marketing and PR Director Ms. Tea Kipshidze informed the Board about the preparations for the 1st European Golden Pawn Award Ceremony in Monaco.

ECU Board approved the list of winners for the first year which is dedicated to the Chess Legends (Annex_1).

European Chess Union General Assembly 2019

The European Chess Union General Assembly meeting took place on the 26th of October with the representation of 37 federations members. The meeting was held under excellent conditions in the hotel Batumi Hilton during the European Team Chess Championship 2019.

ECU Board reported to the General Assembly and presented the new projects developed the last 10 months (Annex_2).

            The decisions of the meeting:

  • The ECU budget 2020 was unanimously approved.
  • The Accounts for the year 2018 was unanimously accepted and the Board discharged

The proposed amendments and additions in the ECU regulations were accepted with main changes:

A. The Selection of the Arbiters for the ECU Championships
B. The Guidelines for Accommodation, Transportation for ECU Competitions (Annex_3)
C. The Guidelines for Food & Beverages for ECU Competitions (Annex_4)
D. The minimum requirements for live games and the live studio for ECU Competitions.

European
Championships – Meetings

  • The European School
    Chess Championship 2021 awarded to Duress, Albania.
  • The option of the
    European Women Chess Championship 2022 and European Youth Chess Championship
    2023 is awarded to Montenegro Chess Federation.
  • The ECU General
    Assembly approved the proposal of the ECU Board to organize the ceremonial ECU
    General Assembly 2020 (for the 35 years from the ECU establishment) in Monaco
    combined with the European Golden Pawn Awarding Ceremony.

Proposals for the new FIDE Charter

FIDE informed ECU about the new draft (Annex 5) prepared by the FIDE Constitutional Commission for the new FIDE Charter. European Chess Federations may send their notices direct to FIDE or through ECU.

Sincerely,

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou
ECU Secretary General

ECU Circular letter No.2 can be downloaded as a PDF file here.




THREE TEAMS GO AS LEADERS ON THE FREE DAY OF ETCC 2019

Five rounds have been played at European Team Chess Championship 2019, and today is a resting day in Batumi, Georgia.

Teams of Russia and Ukraine are sharing the top in Open section, while Russian Women team emerged as the sole leader in Women section.

In the clash of the leaders of round 5 in Open section, Russia triumphed against Armenia thanks to a victory of Daniil Dubov, and came on the top after the upset in the first round when they drew against Norway. At the same time, Ukraine took a narrow victory against England to score 9 match points and join Russians on the top of the list.

The leading duo is followed by Slovenia and Germany, scoring 8 match points, each.

Round 6, which starts tomorrow at 15:00 local time, brings an exciting match for the leadership between Russia and Ukraine, as well as many other interesting games.

Pairings, Results and Rankings- Open section

In Women’s section team of Russia crossed the path to defend the title of European Team Chess Championship 2019 by winning all the matches, and emerged as the sole leaders with perfect 10 match points.

Georgia, Azerbaijan and Serbia follows up with 8 match points, each.

After the free day, Russia will meet Azerbaijan, while Serbia plays against Azerbaijan.

Pairings, Results and Rankings- Women section

European Team Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 23rd October- 4th November in Batumi, Georgia, and only 4 rounds left to be played before the announcement of European Team Chess Champions!

Official Website of the event




R3 REPORT- EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

Three rounds have been already played at European Team Chess Championship 2019 in Batumi, Georgia, and both sections (Open and Women) got 3 teams as emerged leaders.

In Open section, top seeds suffered huge upsets in the first three rounds. Teams of Armenia, Ukraine and Netherlands are the only ones who scored perfect 6 match points, and share the top after 3 played rounds.

The leading trio is followed by only 3 teams- England, Russia and Turkey, scoring 5 match points, each.

In the round 4, which starts today at 15:00 (local time), Armenia meets Ukraine on the 1st board, and Netherlands plays against England.

Pairings, Results and Rankings- Open section

Teams of Georgia, Russia and Italy emerged on the top of Women section, each with maximum score of 6 match points and Armenia and Hungary run-up with 5 match points, each.

In the 4th round we will watch the two top seeds in the clash of the leaders: Georgia against Russia, while Italy meets with Hungary.

Pairings, Results and Rankings- Women section

The 4th round of the event starts today at 15:00 (local time), and the LIVE transmission of the games, together with live commentaries is available through the Official Website of the event.

Official Website of the Championship

European Team Chess Championship 2019 takes place from 23rd October-4th November in Hotel Sheraton, in Batumi, Georgia.

The event was opened on 23rd of October in the Theater of the city of Batumi, with attendance of: ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, ECU Secretary General, Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, ECU Vice President, Ms. Dana Reizniece-Ozola and ECU Deputy President, Mr. Gunnar Bjornsson.

Before the start of the first round, ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, opened the event by playing the first ceremonial move on the first board of Open section, in the match played between Russia and Denmark.




EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 STARTS TOMORROW

European Team Chess Championship 2019, with participation of 72 teams coming from 40 European federations, opens today in Batumi, Georgia. The first round starts tomorrow, and the event will take place from 23rd October-3rd November.

40 teams registered for the Open section of the Championship, and the top seeds are: Russia (average rating of players 2722), England (average rating of players 2690), Poland (average rating of players 2688), Azerbaijan (average rating of players 2679) and Armenia (average rating of players 2676).

Starting rank list-Open section

In Women’s section 32 teams will participate the event, with following teams as the top seeders: Russia (average rating of players 2529), Georgia (average rating of players 2451), Ukraine (average rating of players 2419), Poland (average rating of players 2397) and Azerbaijan (average rating of players 2383).

Starting rank list- Women’s section

The Opening ceremony of the event takes place today at 20.00 (local time) in Batumi Theatre, and afterwards, the Technical/Captains’ meeting will take place at 22.00 (local time).

Teams of Azerbaijan (in Open section) and Russia (in Women’s section) will be in position to defend the European Team Chess Champion title, since they have won the European Team Chess Championship 2017 in Hersonissos-Crete, Greece.

The first three teams in open and women’s sections will receive cup and prize money of 32.000 EUR in total. Also, the cups, medals and money prizes will be awarded to the best players per boards.

The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with the time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds increment for every move played, starting from the move one.

The LIVE transmission of the games will be available through the official website of the event.

Official Website of the event




WANG HAO WINS FIDE CHESS.COM GRAND SWISS 2019

After 11 played rounds at FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament, Wang Hao (CHN, 2726) became the Winner of the event and qualified for the next World Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg.

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Rd 11, 21 October 2019, photo by John Saunders

Wang Hao (CHN, 2726) defeated Howell David W L (ENG, 2694) in the last round to join Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2812) in the lead for the 1st place, since both scored 8 points each. According to tiebreaks, the triumph in the last round brought a victory to Wang Hao, while Fabiano Caruana finished on the second place.

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Rd 11, 21 October 2019, photo by John Saunders

Six players tied for the third place, each with 7.5 points: Alekseenko Kirill (2674), Aronian Levon (ARM, 2758), Anton Guijarro David (ESP, 2674), Carlsen Magnus (NOR, 2876), Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2845) and Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2732).

Final standings

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Rd 11, 21 October 2019, photo by John Saunders

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament 2019 took place from 10th-21st October at the Comis Hotel and Golf Resort, in Isle of Man, with a total prize fund of 432.500 USD.

The event was played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Official Website of the event

Photo Gallery




ECU SCHOOL TEAM INTERNET CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019- Invitation

The European Chess Union (ECU), the Education Committee of ECU, Event Committee of ECU, and the International School Chess Union (ISCU) have the honour to invite all National Chess Federations, members of European Chess Union, and schools in Europe to participate in the Third ECU School Team Internet Championships 2019, which will be played on November 13 and November 20, 2019.

The event will be played in two age categories: U11 and U17, with School team compositions of 4 players, 2 boys and 2 girls. The members of one team must be students of the same school.

The U11 event will be played on 13th of November, and the U17 event will be played on 20th of November.

Entry forms must be filled by the schools and signed by Teacher and the Principal of the school, and shall be submitted to the Organizing Committee by e-mail chesskingweb@gmail.com no later than the registration deadline Friday November 8, 2019.

The event will be played in 7 rounds, Swiss System, with rate of play of 10 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 3 seconds per move starting from move 1.

The 3rd edition of the ECU Internet School Team Chess Championship will be played on the platform www.chessking.com. Instruction “How to use Chess King playing zone” will be published on the official website of the event.

Team-winner in each age category (U11 and U17) becomes ECU School Team Internet Champion for 2019 and each player of team-winner in age category (U11 and U17) takes the title of ECU School Team Internet Champion for 2019. Team-winners (1, 2, 3 places in each age categories) and their players will be awarded with ECU special diplomas.

Players of Winner teams of each section will be invited to participate in The European School Chess Championship-2020 as invited players, together with their Trainer as an Accompanying person.

Official Website of the event

Official regulations- ECU Internet School Team Chess Championship 2019

Contact information:

Tournament Director:
Alexander Kostyev
President of the International School Chess Union, IO
Tel: +7 903 796 41 76
Email: iscu1999@gmail.com

Technical Support:
Kirill Pronin
Email: chesskingweb@gmail.com
Skype: kirill.pronin

Secretariat:
Olga Alferova
Email: chessassistantshop@gmail.com
Skype: alferova_olga




INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CHESS CHALLENGE 2019- Report

The International Youth Chess Challenge was organized by the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation for the first time in Budapest as a pre-event of the 5th Global Chess Festival. The event was supported by FIDE and European Chess Union.

This chess tournament aimed at bringing kids together from different nations. The spirit of Chess Connects Us, which is developed by Judit Polgar gave 2 days of experience at the headquarters of Hungarian Chess Federation for the kids, their parents and coaches to get to know each other on and off the chessboard.

The JPCF believes that for the children’s development it is essential to get to know different cultures and chess can provide great opportunities to accomplish this aim for kids.

The International Youth Chess Challenge event was developed for girls and boys playing in the same field. We, the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation pay special attention to give equal opportunities regardless of gender. The top finishers were three girls and the playoff was won by Lucia Kapicakova (Slovakia). The prizes included 3 trophies and 6 medals.

Final results

Photo Gallery

Report on International Youth Chess Challenge by Judit Polgar Chess Foundation- Download




FUTURE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE CONCLUDED IN BUDAPEST

“Future Champions of Europe”, organized by European Chess Union and Judit Polgar Chess Foundation as a part of the annual Global Chess Festival, took place on 12th October in Hungarian National Gallery, in Budapest, Hungary.

26 young chess talents coming from 11 European federations participated the event, which was organized for players born on 1st of January 2007 or later.

After 9 rounds of chess-board battles, Samunenkov Ihor (UKR, 2090) and Tunsjo Axel (NOR, 1899) tied for the first place, each with score of 7 points. According to the tiebreaks criteria, Samunenkov Ihor became the Winner of the event and Tunsjo Axel took second place. Navumenka Mikhei (BLR, 1929) came third, scoring 6.5 points.

Final standings

The Closing ceremony of the event was attended by ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, who addressed all the players and joined the prize-giving ceremony for the best ranked players. 

The winner of the event will be invited to visit the 82nd edition of the world-famous Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020 in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. This prize includes 2 round-trip tickets from his/her home country (winner and accompanying person) + a double room for 2 nights on the weekend of the 18th and 19th January in Wijk aan Zee. This includes entrance to the playing area and ’behind the scenes’ access as well as an opportunity to make the first move for one of the rounds!

The runner up will receive a very special and unique opportunity to meet top chess Grandmasters and compete at one of the biggest European chess opens in 2020. The sponsor, Flashpoint, is looking forward to giving a once in a lifetime experience to the winner of this prize which includes 2 round-trip tickets (player and accompanying person), lodging in a double room and entry-fee.

The third prize winner will receive a wooden chess set and board signed by the Legend GM Judit Polgar herself. All participants will receive a Global Chess Festival souvenir.

The event was played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 10 minutes for each player plus 2 seconds of an increment per each move, starting from the move one.

The 5th Global Chess Festival was held with the spirit of Polgar’s personal motto, “#Chess Connects Us”. Chess, the world’s oldest board game, showed it’s many faces during the event – including competitive sports, art and education – proving that chess truly does not have any boundaries.




ECU BRAND BOOK

European Chess Union published in June 2019 the ECU Brand Book with aim of standardization of ECU logos, banners, medals and certificates, which shall be used at all European Chess Union official events.

The ECU Brand Book contains:

1. “Certificate” – editable two templates of Certificates, which are placed on the ECU website, and are available for downloading by the organizers of ECU events

certificates

2. “Diploma” – editable template which is available for downloading on ECU Website and can be downloaded by organizers of ECU official events

diploma

3. ECU master logo – all types of the ECU logo and examples of ECU logo usage on banners, desk flags or flags (2 type – color and white), which are available on ECU website for the organizers of the ECU official events

desk flags

4. Medal 6×6 – Medals of each ECU official events shall be designed as ECU branded medals. Design of the medals is available on ECU website, while plaques and medals sets are available in ECU Brand Book

medals

allmedals

ECU Brand Book, together with Medals design, ECU Master logo and templates for Certificates and Diplomas can be downloaded bellow or here.

ECU BRAND BOOK- Download