ECU E-Magazine July 2021 is out!

In the July 2021 edition of the ECU E-Magazine you may read about:

  • FIDE World Cup 2021
  • European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2021
  • Face-to-face Erasmus+ meeting
  • ECU ChessInSchools
  • ECU General Assembly 2021
  • European Individual Chess Championship 2021
  • European Youth Chess Championship 2021
  • Arbiters corner
  • Legends Questions
  • Fun Zone

The ECU Magazine July 2021 can be read online together with interactive links on the following link or it can be downloaded in a PDF format down below.

ECU Magazine July 2021- PDF download

European Women’s Individual Chess Championship started in Iasi

European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2021 has started in Iasi, Romania.

All 117 registered participants, coming from 29 different European federations safely arrived to Romania and have been paired for the first round.

Starting rank list and pairings

Romanian Chess Federation, the Mayor of Iasi Municipality, Mr. Mihai Chirica, and the ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili hold an opening press conference at the Palace of Culture, in the Voievozi Hall.

The Opening ceremony took place afterwards in the same venue.

The 1st round of the event started at 15:00 CET. LIVE games can be followed through the official website of the event and all major websites.

The first honorary move before the start of the 1st round was made by the Mayor of Iasi Municipality, Mr. Mihai Chirica, with the presence of the ECU President, in the game between top seeded Nino Batsiashvili (GEO, 2487) and WIM Andreea Navrotescu (FRA, 2249).

Live streaming broadcast can be followed through twitch or youtube channels.

Official Website of the event

European Women’s Chess Championship 2021 starts

European Women’s Chess Championship 2021 starts on Monday, 9th of August in Iasi, Romania.

117 players from 29 European federations registered for the event, with Georgian trio top seeding the starting list: Batsiashvili Nino (GEO, 2491), Javakhishvili Lela (GEO, 2473), Khotenashvili Bela (GEO, 2463). The battlefield is completed with Girya Olga (RUS, 2448), Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS, 2446), Mammadzada Gunay (AZE, 2443), Bulmaga Irina (ROU, 2440), Arabidze Meri (GEO, 2432), Badelka Olga (BLR, 2418), Osmak Julija (UKR, 2418), and in total 104 titled players, among whom 5 Grandmasters, 21 International masters, 22 Women Grandmasters, and 18 Women International masters.

Starting list of the players

Winners of European Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2019, Antalya/Turkey

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.

The total prize fund of the event is 60.000 EUR.

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 number of qualification spots may be increased with a decision prior to the start of the Championship.

Official regulations and detailed information about the event can be found here.

Live games and coverage though the official page of the event:

Duda Jan-Krzysztof and Kosteniuk Alexandra win FIDE World Cup 2021

The 2021 FIDE World Cup 2021 concluded yesterday in Sochi, while FIDE Women’s World Cup ended on the 3rd of August.

23 years old Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL) became the Winner of the event after defeating Sergey Karjakin (RUS) in the final match with a convincing 1.5-0.5 result. The first game of the match ended in a draw, but Duda used White pieces in the second game to score and take the victory.

With a trophy of the FIDE World Cup 2021, Duda also took a seat for Candidates Tournament 2022 and the 1st place prize of 110.000$.

After the reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) lost the semi-finals against Duda, he played the match for the third place. Carlsen with excellent games defeated Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) 2-0 to claim the bronze medal.

Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) triumphed in Women’s section after defeating her compatriot and the top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS). Kosteniuk took an important lead by winning the 1st game of the finals. With a draw in the second game, Kosteniuk Alexandra claimed first place, qualified for Women’s Candidates Tournament 2022 and took the 1st place prize of 50.000$.

Anna Muzychuk (UKR) and Tan Zhongyi (CHN) played the match for the bronze medal. After the tiebreaks, with a final score of 2.5-1.5, Tan defeated Muzychuk and took the third place.

All the results, detailed reports and photos can be found on the Official Website of the event.

ICCD European Deaf Chess Championships

TOG Amsterdam on behalf of the KNDSB (Netherlands) and International Chess Committee of the Deaf (ICCD) organise a. 3rd ICCD European Individual Deaf Chess Championships b the 25th ICCD Europa Cup Open Deaf Club Team Championship and c. the 9th ICCD Open Individual Deaf Chess Tournament.

All the events will simultaneously take place from 18th-22rd October 2021, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The playing venue will be the Bijlmer Sportcentrum – Anton de Komplein 157, 1102 DR Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The 3rd European Individual Deaf Chess Championship will be played in 4 sections: Men, Women, Junior and Senior. The event is open to all the players from affiliated ICCD Member countries.

For new players, audiograms must be submitted. A player must have 55+ decibels loss in the best ear. Use of hearing aids/cochlear implants is prohibited.

Up to 2 players from each country can register in Men’s section of the ICCD European Individual Deaf Championship, plus Grandmasters and International masters. In women’s section, up to 4 players from each country (plus GMs and IMs), while in Juniors and Senior sections there is unlimited number of participants per country.

25th ICCD Europa Cup Open Deaf Club Team Championship is an Open Club Team tournament. There are no limits for participants per federation. Teams shall consist of 4 players + 2 reserve players (up to 6 players per team).

All the events will be played in 7 rounds Swiss system format, with time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds of increment per each move, starting from the move one.

Contact information:
ICCD Secretary (Ivan Kulakov):
Host Organizing Committee:

Official regulations of the event and detailed information

Announcement – European Youth Chess 2021

European Chess Union and Turkish Chess Federation have decided to postpone European Youth Chess Championship in Antalya, Turkey, until 2022, taking into account the following parameters. 

1. European Youth Chess Championship is a mass competition (with 2000 participants, players, coaches and accompanying persons).
2. The situation with Covid19 in Europe is still unstable. 
3. The youth event involves U18 players, the overwhelming majority of whom have not yet been able to have the choice to be vaccinated, while the new virus mutations are spreading rapidly at a young age. 
4. According to the survey conducted by ECU, several major federations have indicated that they are only willing to participate in European Youth if the situation regarding Covid19 has improved significantly, or they will not participate this year anyway. 

Under these circumstances it would be imprudent to announce and extend an invitation for such a major event for late October, especially as many players and families are constantly in uncertainty as to whether the event will even take place and whether they will be able to travel at all due to travel restrictions.

However, ECU and after consultation with National Chess Federations believes that Youth Championship 2021 should continue to be held in hybrid mode. The championship will be held between October 15 and November 5, the same time period that was scheduled for the championship in Antalya. The exact days, format and time control will be announced soon, but the event will be considered FIDE rated and the official European Champions will be announced for 2021. There will be no term for foreign referees, so the need will be met by the referee lists of the National federations in accordance with the provisions of FIDE and ECU for hybrid events.

ECU – CIS.US – Press release

The European Chess Union and US-based Chess in Schools Announce a Cooperative Agreement to Develop Chess in Education in the United States

Download the Press Release

Alabama] – Chess in Schools (CIS) is pleased to announce a cooperative
agreement with the European Chess Union (ECU) supporting Chess in Education (CIE) in
the United States.

Under the agreement, the ECU, a world leader in CIE development, authorizes CIS as the exclusive provider in the United States for its CIE-certification program. Chess in Schools will offer training programs to teachers and education-savvy chess instructors. They will work to adapt and within the US through cooperative agreements with third parties interested in establishing a local or regional presence to do their own CIE training and certification based on ECU methodologies.

Photo from Budapest ECU School Chess Teacher Seminar

ECU joins the Chess in Education Coalition, an advisory group of commercial and non-profit organizations that support CIS’s Chess in Education Initiative through commitments of their time, resources, and endorsements.

ECU and Chess in Schools pledge to cooperate on selected future international CIE projects and explore new areas of cooperation regarding the development of Chess in Education. CIS will endeavor to assist ECU in finding US parties interested in other CIE-related efforts, such as organizing CIE conferences and looking for university scholarship opportunities.

Chess in Schools believes this collaboration will build broader awareness of the educational benefits of chess when taught, not simply as a competitive activity, but as an effective and proven educational tool for teachers.

National Chess Education Consultant Jerry
Nash describes the benefits this way. “The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted
classrooms around the world in 2020 and 2021. While educators have scrambled to
make the best of a difficult situation, there is general recognition that
confronting student learning loss and addressing student engagement are critical
issues for the days ahead. This past year has also revealed the attraction
chess has for students of all ages. Students are engaged by the game, and
students who are engaged are more likely to be self-motivated learners. This
ground-breaking partnership offers Chess in Schools and the European Chess
Union a new framework to expand awareness of the power of chess as an
educational tool and to increase the number of educators who are trained to
help students build the academic and 21st century skills inherent in
the game.” 

Chess in Schools is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization founded in 2015 in conjunction with its launch of the Alabama Chess in Schools program, the first statewide US CIE program in the United States. Website:

Additional information about CIE concepts and pedagogy is available at

Details about the Chess in Education Initiative and the CIE Coalition may be found at

The Education Commission of the European Chess Union seeks to promote chess for educational purposes in schools. We work with all federations in Europe sharing ideas and best practice. The Commission is composed of leading chess teaching experts from several European countries. Together they devise and implement plans to bring chess to schools and to ensure that it is taught according to modern standards. Recently the Commission extended its outreach to other continents, notably Africa and South America.


Happy International Chess Day!

Today, 20th of July, the World celebrates the #InternationalChessDay. The International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded 97 years ago, on 20th July 1924 in Paris.

The idea to celebrate this day as the International Chess Day was proposed by UNESCO, and it has been celebrated as such since 1966. On December 12, 2019, the UN General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution recognising the World Chess Day.

For the occasion of the International Chess Day, ECU President Mr.Zurab Azmaiparashvili sends the following message:

ECU Marketing Office created and released a special video for the International #Chess Day:

ECU General Assembly 2021

To: European National Chess Federations

Re: Invitation to the ECU General Assembly 2021

Dear Ladies and Sirs,

I have the pleasure to invite you to the ECU General Assembly 2021 to be held in Terme Catez, Slovenia on Saturday 13th November 2021. 

The official venue of the ECU GA will be in Hotel Terme Conference Hall.

Proposals from Members to be included in the agenda for the General Assembly shall reach ECU Secretariat not later than three months, deadline 14th August 2021, before the start of the General Assembly.

The Assembly starts at 9.30 am. The full schedule and Agenda:



All the information about airports and hotels for the ECU General Assembly are included in the European Teams Championship 2021 Invitation 

When entering Slovenia, the following requirements may apply (in accordance with applicable state regulations):
Presentation of a valid negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 or a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery from SARS-CoV-2 issued (within the last 6 months) in Slovenian or English language. *Conditions may change, so please follow the news regarding entry to Slovenia on the next website:

Contact Information:



Zurab Azmaiparashvili,

ECU President                                              

European Senior Team Chess Championship 2021 – Press release

At the turn
of August and September this year, the European Senior Team Chess Championship
2021 will take place at the Don Giovanni Hotel in Prague, known for hosting the
prestigious Prague International Chess Festival. The event was announced
relatively recently, as the original organizer from Poland had to back out.

We have extensive experience with senior events in recent years. In 2016, the World Senior Chess Championship took place in Marienbad, which attracted a record 470 players from 54 countries. In the open 65+ category, the winner´s podium belonged to the 1st Anatoly Vaisser (FRA), the 2nd Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS) and the 3rd Vlastimil Jansa who brought the gold medal and World senior champion title from Slovenia two years later.

Official website, results, games, photo gallery and articles:

Category 65+ was played at the Monty hotel

Thematically even closer to this year’s European Championships was the World Senior Team Chess Championship in March 2020, which was conducted from beginning to end by the impending coronavirus epidemic. After the deadline for applications, 123 teams were registered, under normal circumstances there might be a little more. In the end, 106 teams started in the first round, and although the event had to be shortened from 9 to 7 rounds, World Champion titles, medals and the overall standings could be awarded. By the way, this competition was the only FIDE championship that took place and was very positively rated by the FIDE management.

World Senior team chess championship 2020, the Olympik hotel

Among the
participants were the above-mentioned winners of individuals from 2016, as well
as, for example, the Czech legend playing in the German team Vlastimil Hort, or
the German grandmaster originally from the Soviet Union Artur Yusupov and many
other chess greats.

Official website, results, games, photo gallery and articles:

As for the upcoming European Championship, we expect around 50 teams to participate, due to the fact that Prague has a very good sound among chess players and the price conditions are set very friendly at the Don Giovanni hotel. Another fact contributing to the bigger attendance would be postponement of the World senior team championship to the next year. The German team Lasker Schachstiftung, led by Artur Yusupov, has already expressed interest in participating, and the strong Czech national team in the open 50+, 65+ and women 50+ categories looks promising. However, a large part of the starting field is not made up of grandmasters and chess legends, but genuine amateurs and enthusiasts, of whom you will find the vast majority on the starting list. The advantage is that 4-member teams (+ 1 substitute) can be put together completely arbitrarily (clubs, cities, regions, friends across the country). It must meet only 2 conditions – age limit (year 1971 and older for +50, year 1956 and older for +65) and within the team belonging to the same chess federation.

The playing hall of the Don Giovanni hotel

The valid epidemic
measures of the Ministry of Health, the National Sports Agency and the European
Chess Federation will be observed. At the moment, this would mean that all
participants will be either vaccinated or with a negative PCR test not older
than 3 days. They will move at the hotel and in the halls with a respirator,
which they will be able to put off during the game.

The official website can be found here:

Regulations can be found here:

We look
forward to seeing you.

With best regards
Michal Horacek, Manager of CZECH OPEN & CZECH TOUR