Winners of European Union Youth Chess 2021 announced

The EU Youth Chess Championship 2021 concluded in Kouty nad Desnou/Czech Republic on Sunday, August 22nd.

The last rounds were full of fights and tension. Vladimir Sofronie (ROU) took the first place in Open U8 category, the second place came to Maksymilian Janeczek (POL) and Stepan Kroulik (CZE) was third.

Aleksandra Pehlivanova (BUL) triumphed Girls U8 section, Emma Cretescu (ROU) was second, and the third place came to Amalie Martikanova (CZE).

Champion EU in category Boys U10 has
become Andrei Negrean (ROU), silver medal took Danail Popzafirov (BUL) and the third
place took Filip Kulich (SVK). In category Girls U10 has won Ariana Badica (ROU), second place
took Sofiia Markina (CZE) and the third place took Eliska Janouskova (CZE).

Kamil Warchol (POL) won the event in Open U12 section, Matej Jasso (CZE) came second while Roman Popov (CZE) took bronze.

Timea Haasova (SVK) became the Girls U12 EU Champion, Ena Bangerter (SUI) won silver and Valerie Barteckova (CZE) took the third place.

Ondrej Winter (CZE) took the first place in Open U14 section, Iosif Ciocani (ROU) came second and the third place came to Nikola Kanov (BUL).

Lucia Kapicakova (SVK) became the Winner of Girls U14 category, Ioana-Bianca Chicarosie (ROU) took second place and bronze came to Adela Janouskova (CZE).

Final rankings of all sections can be found here.

Players who took first three places in each of categories got a cup and diploma. Every participant of EUYCC got a medal. All eight EU champions are leaving Kouty nad Desnou with a notebook! The next five players in each category also got valuable prizes. Every player got a T-Shirt with a logo of EUYCC.

The prizes were given by director of the event Mr. Zdenek Fiala together with the tournament director of ECU Mr. Petr Pisk. EU Youth Chess Championship 2021 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. Championship had 81 players from 10 federations. All games were on-line transmitted.

Young players
have been pleased by awarding best game of each round. Thanks to the performance during the
last three rounds these
players were awarded: Aleksandra
Pehlivanova (BUL), Danail Popzafirov (BUL), Jan Vana (CZE), Daniel Kulich
(SVK), Emma Cretescu (ROU), Eliska Janouskova (CZE), Teodor-Stefan Anghelescu (ROU),
Tamir Artan (SUI), Bozhidar Mihaylov (BUL), Nikol Barteckova (CZE), Kamil
Warchol (POL) and Simon Lang (CZE).

awarded the best game in each category – for the best game in boys category was
announced Andrei Negrean (ROU) for his game against A. Tsolov (cat. B10, round
7) and Sofiia Markina (CZE) for her game against Matej Mydlar (cat. G10, round

For all participants and accompanying persons, the organizers had prepared chess and non-chess leisure time activities (simultaneous games with IM Pisk, blitz tournament, trips).

On Friday morning there was a return simultaneous game with IM Petr Pisk.  There were 11 players, who had as Petr Pisk 30 minutes on their clocks. The result was 8,5 : 2,5 for IM Pisk (Marian Jurky (SVK) won and draw was made by David Kluska (SVK), Jan Bara a Vit Vilimek (both CZE).

Participants of the championship had available many leisure time activities. In the hotel, they could use a swimming pool, wellness, sauna, table tennis, bowling, pool, etc. On the official website organizers placed a photo gallery from the tournament and other activities.

The final report of the Organizers can be downloaded here.

European Individual Chess Championship 2021 starts in Reykjavik

European Individual Chess Championship 2021 kicks off on Thursday, 26th of August in Reykjavik, Iceland.

190 players coming from 36 different European federations will participate the event, fighting for the title of European Champion and qualification spots for the FIDE World Cup 2023. The best ranked player aged U20 will be granted a qualification spot for the 2021 FIDE Grand Swiss.

The total prize fund of the event is 100,000EUR, with 20.000EUR reserved for the Winner of the event.

The battlefield is led by 32 players rated 2600+, and the top seeds are: Jones Gawain C B (ENG, 2684), Sargissian Gabriel (ARM, 2682), Navara David (CZE, 2675), Bluebaum Matthias (GER, 2674), Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter (GER, 2671), Grendelius Nils (SWE, 2666), Lupulescu Constantin (ROU, 2659), Donchenko Alexander (GER, 2657), Abasov Nijat (AZE, 2656), Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2654) and others…

Starting list of the players

The event will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 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.

All the players need to follow the health protocol and personal safety measures that are detailly described on the official website of the event.

The official venue of the championship is Hotel Natura, a historic place with a rich history of chess events held there. Bobby Fischer stayed at this hotel during his 1972 World Championship match against Boris Spassky. A replica of the famous table used in 1972 can be found at the hotel. Several other high-profile events have been held at the hotel, including the 1977 Spassky vs. Hort Candidates match and the 1991 GMA World Cup. as well as the GMA World Cup in 1991.

Official regulations of the event can be found here.

Danielian Elina wins European Women’s Chess Championship 2021

After 11 played rounds at the 2021 European Women’s Chess Championship in Iasi, Romania, GM Danielian Elina (ARM, 2407) triumphed the event.

Danielian Elina won the last round against WIM Narva Mai (EST, 2276) to be the sole Winner and to take the crown of European Women’s Chess Champion 2021 with final score of 9 points.

After a tough 60 moves draw in the last round against GM Khotenashvili Bela (GEO, 2471), IM Osmak Iulija (UKR, 2418) came second scoring 8.5 points.

Kiolbasa Olivia (POL, 2288) and Buksa Nataliya (UKR, 2413) drew in the last round ending with a same score of 8 points and tying for the bronze. According to tiebreak criteria, Kiolbasa won the third place.

Results and standings

According to ECU Board decision and FIDE regulations, top 10 players qualified for the next FIDE Women’s World Cup. By the decision of the ECU Board, the first player U20 – Sargsyan Anna M. (ARM, 2388) is awarded with qualification to FIDE Women’s Grand Swiss 2021.

Qualifiers for the next FIDE Women’s World Cup:

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts.  TB1
1 GM Danielian Elina  ARM 2407 9 2404
2 IM Osmak Iulija  UKR 2418 8.5 2388
3 WIM Kiolbasa Oliwia  POL 2288 8 2372
4 IM Buksa Nataliya  UKR 2413 8 2334
5 WGM Sargsyan Anna M.  ARM 2388 7.5 2370
6 IM Mammadova Gulnar  AZE 2385 7.5 2360
7 GM Khotenashvili
GEO 2471 7.5 2358
8 WIM Narva Mai  EST 2276 7.5 2346
9 IM Arabidze Meri  GEO 2438 7.5 2329
10 WGM Garifullina Leya  RUS 2385 7.5 2327

ECU Treasurer Ion Dobronauteanu delivered the prizes to winners.

Open Chess Tournaments in Armenia

Chess Academy of Armenia and Armenian Chess Federation organize two Open Chess Tournaments in the period from 4-22 October 2021.

The first tournament of the chess tour is “Chess Mood” International Open which will take place from 4th-12th October at a 5 stars Tsaghkadzor Mariott Hotel.

The event will be held within two groups: A (for players rated 2000+) and B (for players rated less than 2000). The time control of A event will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes till the end of the game with 30 seconds increment starting from move one. The time control of the B event will be 90 minutes for the whole game with 30 seconds increment starting from move one.

The total prize fund of events will be 21000 USD.

“Chess Mood” International Open tournament – Regulations and invitation

Immediately after the “Chess Mood” Open, Yerevan Chess Federation organizes the “Yerevan Open” International tournament from 13th-22nd October.

The event will take place at Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex, a historic venue where the 1996 Olympiad took place.

The event will be played within two sections: A (for players rated more than 2100) and B (for players rated less than 2200). Both events will be played according to Swiss system with time control of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes till the end of the game with 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

The prize fund of the tournament is 22 500 USD.

3rd Yerevan Open – Regulations

EVGENY SVESHNIKOV – Cheliabimsk Warrior

Unbelievable news-Evgeny Sveshnikov died after seemed overcomed COVID 19.

He was just 71, always full of ideas. His dream was to participate in Seniors Championships (he won a lot) and to meet old friends. He really fought for Seniors chess and for the intellectual rights of chess players. He was one of the members of the famous Cheliabinsk school, together with Panchenko, Timoshchenko, Dvoirys.

From early years became a top Soviet junior, won Soviet Young Masters, became World student Champion. Participated in many Soviet Championships, fighting successfully against such legends as Tal, Petrosian, Spassky with whom he had together Chess school. He won many top team competitions in many countries.

His career was stopped for one year, when he fought successfully cancer. But he was known by the all chess World as the inventor of the famous Cheliabinsk in Sicilian. He was improving it constantly up to the moment when his child became the most dangerous weapon of best players.

Last years he spent in Riga with his wife and two sons, chess players.
We, all his friends will always remember Cheliabinsk Warrior!

Text by GM Adrian Mikhalchishin

Two years ago, in September 2019, Evgeny Sveshnikov gave us the pleasure to answer the 10 legends questions prepared by Adrian Mikhalchishin.

Find the interview below.

FIDE Grand Swiss – ECU nominees

Based on the final announcement for the organisation of FIDE Grand Swiss in Riga, Latvia, from October 25 to November 8, 2021, the tournament rules and the recent information from FIDE, that the president of ECU shall nominate two players (one for the open tournament and one for the women’s tournament) by September 5, ECU Board announces :

The ECU policy is to decide all qualifications in competition and transapency and to give more chances to the new generations. Therefore, under today’s special conditions, the 2 ECU wildcards will be awarded to the first player U20 at the European Open Chess Championship 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland, and to the first player U20 at European Women’s Chess Championship 2021 in Iasi, Romania. If they have already qualified via the rating, the place will go to the next U20 player.

European Women’s Chess Championship 2021- R8 report

Eight rounds have been already played at the 2021 European Women’s Chess Championship in Iasi, Romania.

23 years old Osmak Iulija (UKR, 2418) emerged on the top as the sole leader of the event after defeating Maltsevskaya Aleksandra (RUS, 2409). With a score of 7 points, Osmak is half a point ahead of Danielian Elina (ARM, 2407), while seven players tie for the third place, scoring 6 points, each.

Results, pairings and current standings

Only three rounds left to be played before the announcement of Winners and 10 qualifiers for the next FIDE World Cup. The round 9 starts tomorrow at 14:00 CEST and games can be followed live through the Official Website of the event.

Pairings of the top 10 boards:

1 IM Osmak
2418 7   GM Danielian
2 WGM Maltsevskaya
2409 6   6 GM Khotenashvili
3 IM Daulyte-Cornette
2408 6   6 IM Javakhishvili
4 IM Buksa Nataliya  2413 6   6 IM Mammadova Gulnar  2385
5 IM Arabidze Meri  2438   6 WIM Kiolbasa Oliwia  2288
6 WIM Narva Mai  2276   IM Mammadzada Gunay  2460
7 WGM Injac Teodora  2370   IM Milliet Sophie  2403
8 WGM Sargsyan Anna M.  2388   WGM Garifullina Leya  2385
9 GM Batsiashvili
2487 5   5 IM Mkrtchian Lilit  2388
10 IM Bodnaruk
2449 5   5 IM Zimina Olga  2345

Live streaming with commentaries can be followed through the youtube channel or the twitch channel.

Official Website

19th European Union Youth Chess Championship started

On Saturday August 14th, in the Hotel Dlouhe Strane in Kouty nad Desnou in the Czech Republic, the 19th European Union Youth Chess Championship U8, U10, U12 and U14 has begun.

European Union Youth Chess Championship 2021 under the patronage of the European Chess Union is organized again by Sachovy klub Svetla nad Sazavou in cooperation with the Czech Chess Federation and continues in previous successful years.

Boys and girls in each category play the same tournament. Eventually, boys and girls will be evaluated separately. The rate of play is 90 min for the whole game + 30 sec increment for each move played. There will be 9 rounds, one round every day.

This prestigious event attracts many young chess players – this year there was registered 104 players from 12 national federations of ECU. Due to the new travel measures in EU countries, the number of players has been reduced to 81 and the number of federations to 10. The highest rated player of the event is Bulgarian player CM Nikola Kanov (U14) with the rating 2199.

For player’s parents and all chess fans the organizers prepared chess and non-chess activities, plus on-line transmissions of all the games! Visitors in Kouty nad Desnou can watch the games also in the projection hall of the Hotel Dlouhe Strane.

All participants can use the leisure time activities offered by the hotel, such as pool, wellness, bowling, billiard and table-tennis. In Velke Losiny there is a new aquapark opened and there is also a possibility to see new The Sky Walk in Dolni Morava.

On Sunday August 22nd we are going to know eight new champions of EU for the year 2021. For the winners of each category of boys and girls, there are prepared notebooks and for the 2nd and 3rd places in each category digital chess clocks are prepared. All participants will receive memorial diploma and medal.

Every player will receive at least one price because everyone will be awarded with a T-shirt with the logo of the championship. After each round there will be announced the best game of every category awarded with a material price.

On the website of Czech Chess Federation we will be releasing the news as the championship continues. Among others (results, live games etc.) you can await a rich photo gallery.

Zdeněk Fiala,
director  Sachovy klub Svetla nad Sazavou

Webpage of the event:


On-line transmission of the category U8:

On-line transmission of the category U10:

On-line transmission of the category U12:

On-line transmission of the category U14:

Photo gallery of the championship:

Photo gallery of the championship – players:

Erasmus+ Online Seminar

The 2nd Online Seminar on applying for and running an Erasmus+ project will be held on Friday, 17th September, 2021, from 15:00 till 17:00 CET.

The European Union has increased its participation in the fund Erasmus+. ECU Education, and its’ members, has been part of several successful applications and projects.

In two seminars Jesper Bergmark Hall and Alessandro Dominici share their experiences with the goal to support more applications for chess to the Erasmus+ fund.

In the first seminar that was held 18th June, we discussed the new rules for Erasmus+ and what the key-factors are for an application. Now it is time for the follow up where different ideas for applications are presented based on the participants own ideas and not the least, we connect you all if you want to make applications together.

The seminar is open both for those that took part the 18th of June and newcomers from European Chess Federations, clubs, and chess educators.

The seminar is free of charge supported by the FIDE Development fund. 

You can register in the following form:

Registration form

European Women’s Chess Championship 2021 – R4 report

Four rounds have been played at the 21st European Women’s Individual Chess Championship in Iasi, Romania.

IM Irina Bulmaga (ROU, 2413) emerged on the top to be the sole leader of the event as the only player to have a perfect 4/4 score. In the 4th round which brought encounters of top seeds, Bulmaga defeated the top seeded GM Nino Batsiashvili (GEO, 2487).

She is followed by 8 players scoring 3.5 points, each: WGM Sargsyan Anna (ARM, 2388), GM Danielian Elina (ARM, 2407), WGM Zawadzka Jolanta (POL, 2403), IM Mammadzada Gunay (AZE, 2460), IM Osmak Iulija (UKR, 2418), GM Socko Monika (POL, 2393), IM Unuk Laura (SLO, 2407) and WGM Maltsevskaya Aleksandra (RUS, 2409).

The 5th round starts today from 14:00 CEST and the top board pairings are:

1 IM Mammadzada
2460   4 IM Bulmaga
2 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta  2403   IM Osmak Iulija  2418
3 WGM Maltsevskaya
2409   IM Unuk Laura  2407
4 GM Danielian Elina  2407   GM Socko Monika  2393
5 GM Batsiashvili
2487 3   WGM Sargsyan Anna M.  2388
6 WIM Kiolbasa Oliwia  2288 3   3 GM Khotenashvili
7 WIM Narva Mai  2276 3   3 IM Arabidze Meri  2438
8 WGM Gevorgyan Maria  2232 3   3 WGM Girya Olga  2425
9 IM Buksa Nataliya  2413 3   3 FM Antova Gabriela  2292
10 WFM Rozman Monika  2122 3   3 IM Daulyte-Cornette

All the results, pairings and current standings can be found here.

Top 32 boards of each round are broadcasted LIVE and the games can be followed through the Official website of the event. Organisers provided LIVE streaming with commentaries which can be followed through the youtube channel or through the twitch channel.

The 21st European Individual Women Chess Championship is a qualification event for the FIDE Women’s World Cup 2022 or 2023. According to the FIDE regulations and the ECU Board decision, at least 10 players will qualify. The total prize fund of the event will be 60.000 EUR.