THREE ROUNDS PLAYED AT EUROPEAN CLUB CUP IN SKOPJE

European Chess Club Cup 2015 for Men and Women is ongoing in hotel Aleksandar Palace in Skopje/FYR Macedonia. Traditionally the strongest tournament in the ECU calendar, this year’s competition with 25 out of 30 top players in the world promises a great tournament.

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Three rounds have been played so far, and in Open section 6 teams won all of their matches, among whom the defending champion SOCAR from Azerbaijan and the rest of the top seeders.

Although all the favorites justified their roles so far, we witnessed few individual upsets in the first three rounds: Anish Giri (SOCAR) lost Vlastimil Babula (SV WERDER BREMEN), which was the only lost point for SOCAR of all 18 games played. The highest rated player in Skopje, Hikaru Nakamura (OVIETTIVO RISARCIMENTO PADOVA) lost to Yannick Pelletier (SCHACHGESELLSCHAFT ZURICH).

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Standings after round 3:

SOCAR (AZE), AVE NOVY BOR (CZE), ALKALOID (MKD), MEDNYI VSADNIK (RUS), SIBERIA (RUS) and OBIETTIVO RISARCIMENTO PADOVA (ITA) 3 points, etc.

Top pairings of the 4th round:

1-6 SOCAR vs OBIETTIVO RISARCIMENTO PADOVA, MEDNYI VSADNIK vs SIBERIA, ALKALOID vs AVE NOVY BOR, UNIVERZITY-BELORECHENSK vs VAALERENGA, SHSM LEGACY SQUARE vs HAMBURGER SCHACHKLUB VON 1830 E.V., etc.

7-23 ODLAR YURDU (AZE), SHSM LEGACY SQUARE (RUS), UNIVERZITY-BELORECHENSK (RUS), SCHACHGESELLSCHAFT ZURICH (SUI), LSG LEIDEN (NED), WORLDTRADINGLAB CLUB 64 MODENA (ITA), BEER-SHEVA (ISR), RISHON LEZION (ISR), GAMBIT ASSEKO SEE (MKD), KSK 47 EYNATTEN (BEL), TAMMER-SHAKKI (FIN), OSLO SCHAKSELSKAP (NOR), SV WERDER BREMEN (GER), SC MPA – MARIA SAAL (AUT), HAMBURGER SCHACHKLUB VON 1830 E.V. (GER), VAALERENGA (NOR) and GENEVA CHESS CLUB (SUI) 2 match points, etc.

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In the women’s section the defending champion and the 1st seed NONA from Georgia is the only team who scored maximum match points after 3 rounds.

Chess Club named after the Georgian player Nona Gaprindashvili is heading towards the second title, as they defeated the main rival SHSM LEGACY SQUARE from Russia in the second round with 2.5-1.5.

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Standings after round 3:

1 NONA (GEO) 3 match points

2-5 UGRA (RUS), GAMBIT ASSEKO SEE (MKD), DE STUKKENJAGERS (NED), and SPB (RUS) 2 match points, etc.

Top pairings of the 4th round:

NONA vs UGRA, DE STUKKENJAGERS vs GAMBIT ASSEKO SEE, SPB vs SHSM LEGACY SQUARE, etc.

Round 4 is on schedule on 21st October at 3.00 pm, with live broadcast and commentary at the Official Website

 Photos by Maria Emelianova




EUROPEAN CLUB CUP 2015 STARTS TOMORROW

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The 31st European Club Cup and the 20th European Club Cup for Women start tomorrow in Skopje/FYR Macedonia.

The tournaments will take place from 17th October (arrival and opening) to 25th October 2015 (departure) at the 5* hotel Aleksandar Palace.

Both events will be held in 7 rounds, played in the Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules.

50 teams in Open and 12 teams in Women’s section registered for this year’s edition of European Club Cup, with the total number of 417 chess players participating.

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The top seed in Open section is the last year’s champion SOCAR from Azerbaijan with the average rating of 2771 ELO points, while in Women’s section the first seed is Chess Club Nona from Georgia with 2510 average rating.

Full team starting rank can be found on Chess-Results

The organizer of the events are Municipality Karpos (Skopje) and Chess Club “Gambit Asseko SEE”, under the auspices of the European Chess Union. The Chief Arbiter is IA Ashot Vardapetyan (ARM).

The opening ceremony is scheduled on 17th October at 6.00 pm, and the 1st round starts on 18th October at 3.00 pm.

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GLOBAL CHESS FESTIVAL – 1000 FACES OF CHESS

The Global Chess Festival is an international unique event that relies on the 1500 years-old mystical board game presenting the diversity of 1000 faces of chess. From the perspective of education, culture, science and games, the festival offers all-day family entertainment.

The founder and organizer of the Global Chess Festival is Judit Polgar, number 1 female chess player for more than 25 years, who beyond her sport achievements has also succeeded in developing a unique innovative educational program.

Since 2007 the Global Chess Festival’s predecessor the Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival, has grown into a highly prestigious social event, in which gladly participate well-known personalities, sportsmen, artists, scientists, educators and most of all children. People of all nations in the world are connected by a universal, thought-provoking game.

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In addition to the respected history of chess, especially now in the digital age, it became a superb educational tool, because it develops what children need the most: logical thinking, interrelation and the creative use of information. At the festival there are many opportunities to reassure participants of all this, in entertaining and engaging activities.

The goal is in 10 years to attract 5 million people from the 5 continents to join the Global Chess Festival, and to provide opportunity for people to establish cooperation and build friendships across the barriers of language, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, physical ability or social status.

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Under the umbrella of the Global Chess Festival chess events in 8 locations on 4 continents will take place – Budapest and Győr/Hungary, Santiago/Chile, St. Luis/USA, Subotica/Serbia, Satu Mare/Romania, Melbourne/Australia, and Christchurch/New Zealand. The events will be held on Saturday, 17 October, 2015.

The main event is in Budapest, where the special guests Anatolij Karpov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Csaba Balogh and Benjamin Gledura will play the Highlander Cup where the winner takes it all!

More about the festival at the Official Website




ECU SUPPORTER OF CHECKMATE TV-SHOW

European Chess Union is proud to announce the sponsorship with CheckMate TV-Show, an ambitious TV Show of which one of the main supporters is the ECU.

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The presenter of the show is Anna Richardson, a producer, TV presenter, writer and journalist, and the commentator is Simon Kim Williams, chess Grandmaster and author from England.

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The series revolves around a tournament which takes place in a hotel venue. It is a ten player all-play-all tournament; 45 games of chess over 10 days. Each game counts and every player needs to win it.

The players starring in the show are top class chess players and interesting people in their own: Nigel Short, Wenjun Ju, Arkadij Naiditsch, Elisabeth Pähtz, Richard Rapport, Jovanka Houska, Igor Lysyj, Nino Maisuradze, Tiger Hillarp Persson, and Irina Krush.

More about the players

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The 1st season of the show started shooting yesterday, and the concept is that in each show Anna will introduce the odd interesting fact about the game and players. These may be obscure rules, little used moves, facts about the history of the game, women in the chess world and how they compete against men, etc.

More about the format

Filming location is Gozo Island, Malta, and the venue is the Cornucopia hotel.

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1ST ECU CONGRESS CONCLUDED

The 1st ECU Congress concluded on 10th October with the official opening ceremony  in St. Nikola Castle and General Assembly in Bar/Montenegro.

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The opening ceremony was held with the presence of the ECU and FIDE officials, representatives of Montenegro Chess Federation, Montenegro Government institutions, European Chess Federations as well as the representatives of the media.

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After the presentation of chess tradition of Montenegro and the city of Bar, all the present were addressed by the Director of Montenegro Directorate for Youth and Sport, Mr. Igor Vusurovic, Vice-President of Montenegro Olympic Committee, Mr. Ranko Jovovic, President of Montenegro Chess Federation, Mrs. Angelina Vukovic, the ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, FIDE Deputy President, Mr. George Makropulous and President of Bar Municipality, Dr. Zoran Srzenic, who officially opened the Congress.

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After the opening ceremony, the ECU Annual General Assembly was held in hotel Princess in Bar, with the attendance of 42 countries.

The most important decisions of the ECU General Assembly 2015:

  1. The new tournament regulations were approved. The new regulations will be valid form 1st January 2016
  2. The changes of the statutes were approved
  3. The reports by the ECU Commissions were accepted.
  4. Kosovo was voted to become the 55th member of ECU. Any mention of Kosovo will be followed with an asterisk and the note referring to “UN Resolution 1244, without prejudice of status”.
  5. The budget for the year 2016 was approved. The General Assembly was informed that the income for the year 2015 is increased about 40% in comparison with previous years.
  6. The GA unanimously expressed its recognition, appreciation and full support to the President of Montenegro Chess Federation Mrs. Angelina Vukovic for her constant efforts to develop chess in the country, fighting in the same time against corruption in sports and chess.
  7. GA decided not to discharge the Board for the year 2014 because of the ongoing investigation for the period 1 January 2014 – 10 August 2014.  GA decided that a letter shall be sent to the previous Treasurer Mr. Almog Burstein and to require an answer in written form to the questions related to the financial matters and his duties according to the article 49 of the ECU Statutes.
  8. GA unanimously confirmed that the Open Tournaments organized on 2014 in Albena and Golden Sands, Bulgaria were not the official events of the European Chess Union.  None of the federations present were aware that such tournaments are related to the ECU Calendar 2014. The GA noted the absence of the representatives of Bulgarian Chess Federation to support such claim.
  9. With 41 votes in favour and 1 abstention, GA decided to send a letter to the Bulgarian Ministry of Sports and any other authority needed, presenting the official ECU documents related to this matter and asking all the documentation and reports that refer to alleged European Chess Union contracts, invoices and payment mandates. The letter will be sent to all related European Union authorities in Brussels as well, since the ECU is now member of the EU transparency server.
  10. GA unanimously decided to file a report to the US police investigation authorities for possible illegal actions by the company ECU LLC Delaware within the US territory.
  11. GA voted for the removal of Silvio Danailov from the position of Honorary President, with 40 agreed, 0 against, 2 abstain.

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ECU General Assembly awarded the following ECU tournaments:

  1. European Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2016 was awarded to Mamaia, Romania.
  2. European Youth Chess Championship 2017 was awarded to Mamaia, Romania.
  3. European Club Cup & Club Cup for Women 2017 was awarded to Manavgat, Turkey.
  4. European School Chess Championship 2017 was awarded to Budva, Montenegro.
  5. European School Chess Championship 2018 was awarded to Krakow, Poland.
  6. European Seniors Chess Championship 2017 was awarded to Barcelona, Spain.
  7. European Senior Team Chess Championship 2017 was awarded to Novi Sad, Serbia.
  8. European Youth Team Chess Championship 201 7was awarded to Iwonicz-Zdroj, Poland.
  9. European Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2017 was awarded to Budva, Montenegro.
  10. European Individual Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2017 was given as an option, till 31st January 2016, to Israel Chess Federation to organize it.  European Team Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship could be organized also by the Israel Chess Federation as a test event.




ECU CONGRESS CONTINUES WITH ECU BOARD AND EDUCATIONAL COMMISSION MEETINGS

The second day of the 1st ECU Congress in Bar started with the ECU Board meeting.

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The ECU Board, chaired by the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili and ECU Secretary General Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou made all the necessary preparations for the ECU Annual General Assembly.

All the decisions of the Board will be communicated with the next ECU Circular Letter.

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In the afternoon, the meeting of the ECU Educational Commission took place, with the attendance of more than 20 representatives from 17 federations.

Mr. Jesper Hall, the Chairman of the Commission opened the meeting, and after the brief introduction of all the present, he showed a presentation regarding what has been done so far by the Commission.

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Later on, the discussion was opened, with two main questions: what needs do the countries of ECU have, and what the ECU can do to help.

Representatives of Albania, Armenia, Austria, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey discussed the main problems they face within their federations, as well as the ways to overcome them and improve Chess in School Program.

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Nevertheless, all the present agreed on one thing – chess should be a tool and not a goal, and the further steps should go in this direction.

The ECU General Assembly starts tomorrow on 10th October at 9.30 am at St. Nikola Castle.




1ST EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 STARTED

The Opening Ceremony of the first edition of the European Universities Chess Championship took place on the 7th of October in Ani Plaza hotel in Yerevan, Armenia.

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The Ceremony was attended by Mr Armen Ashotyan Minister of Education and Science of The Republic of Armenia, European University Sports Association’s Vice President Mr Leonz Eder, 1st Deputy Chairman of the Armenian Chess Federation, International Grandmaster and President of the Chess Academy of Armenia Mr Smbat Lputyan.

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On behalf of the Organizing Committee participants were welcomed by the Minister Ashotyan, who also got a lot of media attention, followed by welcome addressed by Mr Eder and Mr Lputyan.

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EUSA Executive Committee representative Eder wished all the teams and participants who came to test their skills and abilities great competitions and all the best. He also thanked the Organizing Committee for all their contributions.

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The event is held in Yerevan between October 7 and 11, organized by Armenian Student Sports Federation with contribution of Student Sports Federation of Armenia, Chess Federation of Armenia, Chess Academy of Armenia, The Youth Foundation of Armenia and Student council of Armenian State university of economics. The event has full support and recognition of the European Chess Union (ECU), while the volunteer programme is supported also by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

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EUSA is represented by its Vice President Mr Leonz Eder and the Technical Delegate Mr Alexander Sulypa. Together, in close cooperation with the organisers, coordinated by Mr Hovhannes Gabrielyan, Sport Manager of Armenian Student Sports Federation, are making sure that the event runs smoothly and without problems. The Championship is hosting 15 male and 10 female teams, representing 23 Universities from nine countries.

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The day before the Opening of the Championship, Mr Eder and Mr Sulypa were also invited to the celebration of 70 Years of Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture in the Yerevan Opera House, ceremony attended by high political and academic authorities from Armenia and many other countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

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Armenian Student Sports Federation (ArmSSF), founded in 1994, is an active member of EUSA and FISU. Since 2012 their students are taking part in the European Universities Games and Championships. In 2013, ArmSSF hosted the EUSA Executive Committee meeting in the Armenian capital.

More information about the Championship can be found at www.armssf.am with the latest results and live games.

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1ST ECU CONGRESS STARTED IN BAR

The 1st ECU Congress started today in Hotel Princess in Bar/Montenegro, with the ECU Events Commission meeting.

The meeting started at 10.00 am in the Conference room of the Hotel Princess, and was attended by the ECU Secretary General, members of the Events Commission, as well as the members of other ECU Commissions and Federations delegates.

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The Chairman of the ECU Commission, Mr. Gunnar Bjornsson from Iceland greeted all the present and thanked the Montenegro Chess Federation for their hospitality and great organization.

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Mr. Bjornsson stated that the main aim of the ECU Commission should be to establish the proper groundwork for the successful organization and carrying out the ECU events, and in this manner the meeting continued.

The ECU Tournament Rules and proposals regarding this issue were discussed at the meeting.

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After the lunch break, the session continued with the Arbiter’s Council meeting, chaired by IA Ashot Vardapetyan.

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The meeting was attended by the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the members of Arbiter’s Council and others interested in the Arbiter’s matters.

One of the main issues Mr. Vardapetyan pointed out was the Swiss pairings for the European team competitions, and his proposal to use the Olympic pairing System for the European team championships, starting at European Club Cup in Skopje and European Team Championship in Reykjavik.

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Parallel with the Arbiter’s Council, the Constitutional Meeting took place, chaired by Mr. Ion-Serban Dobronauteanu, ECU Deputy President. The main topics discussed at the meeting were amendments and modernization of the ECU statutes. The proposed changes will come for discussion and voting at the next ECU General Assembly in Baku 2016.

Tomorrow on 9th October, the ECU Board meeting and ECU Educational Commission meeting will take place.




1ST EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS TOMORROW

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The 1st European Chess Universities Championship will be held in Yerevan, Armenia from 6th to 11th October 2015.

The Championship is organized by the European University Sports Association, in cooperation with the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science, Armenian Student Sports Federation and Armenian Chess Federation. The event is included in the Official Calendar of the European Chess Union.

All players must be older than 17 and younger than 30 (born in the years 1985-1998). All the participants can represent only one (own) university, where they are registered as students.

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There will be Open and Women’s competition, while the prizes will be counted for the best teams in the Open section, best teams in Women’s section, best individual players-men and best individual players-women. (only two best results of delegation (men and women separate) count for team competition).

18 teams in Open and 11 teams in Women’s section are registered. Poland registered the largest number of teams – 7 in total (4 in Open and 3 in Women). The host Armenia follows with 6 teams, 3 in each category, while Russia has 3 representatives in Open section, and 2 in Women.

A memorandum between the European Universities Sports Association (EUSA) and the European Chess Union was signed on Saturday 28th March, in Zagreb/Croatia, during the EUSA annual Gala. The memorandum represents the inclusion of chess in the official sports program of the EUSA annual events. Chess is the 19th sport included in EUSA competitions.

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UNIQUE ACHIEVEMENT OF IM CEMIL CAN

At the recently ended European Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porec, young and talented Turkish International Master Cemil Can Ali Marandi (2422) won gold in category Boys U18, but this wouldn’t be a big surprise, hadn’t it crowned a whole youth career.

To be precise, Cemil Can won gold medals in 5 categories of European Youth Chess Championships!

At the European Youth Championship in Herzeg Novi/Montenegro in 2008, Cemil Can won gold under 10.

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In 2010 he triumphed at Championship in Batumi/Georgia, in category U12.

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A year later in Bulgaria he won the Championship U14, and in 2014 again in Batumi he won gold in category U16.

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He crowned the collection of gold medals with the victory in Porec U18.

This unique achievement of young Turkish IM certainly dragged the attention of many, and we hope his chess career will be prosperous as it was until now.

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