Romanian Super League 2014, which was held in Calimanesti-Caciulata/Romania from 8-16 November, 2014 ended with a double crown for chess club Stud. Medicina Timisoara, which triumphed in both Men and Women competitions.

In the Men section CS Stud. Medicina Timisoara scored 16 match points with 8 won and 1 lost match. Members of the winning team were:

1 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2643 (SRB) 4/9

2 GM Jianu Vlad-Cristian 2588 (ROU) 3.5/7

3 GM Baklan Vladimir 2651 (UKR) 7/9

4 GM Rogozenco Dorian 2509 (ROU) 5/7

5 GM Manolache Marius 2504 (ROU) 6.5/8

6 IM Ardelean George-Catalin 2499 (ROU) 2.5/4

7 IM Anton Teodor 2430 (ROU) 0/1

9 NM Doros Radu-Marian 2317 (ROU) 4.5/7

10 CM Tomici Stefan 2222 (ROU) 1/2

CS Stud.Medicina Timisoara Men

Silver medal went to ACS Sah Apa Nova Bucuresti with 13 match points, while Clubul De Sah Al Mun. Baia Mare took bronze with 12 match points.

Full standings at Chess-Results

Couple of days before National Superliga in Women’s section finished. Two teams tied for the first place with the same score (12 MP) – CS Stud. Medicina Timisoara and CSM Bucuresti, but thanks to the victory in the direct encounter gold went to Timisoara. Bronze went to CS Politehnica-Antibiotice Iasi which was the leader until the last round.

The members of the winning team in Women’s sections were:

1 IM Atalik Ekaterina 2409 (TUR) 5.5/7

2 WGM Sandu Mihaela 2270 (ROU) 5.5/7

3 WIM Dragomirescu Angela 2208 (ROU) 4.0/7

4 WFM Visanescu Daria-Ioana 1968 (ROU) 4.0/6

5 CM Jakab Kincso 1797 (ROU)

Final ranking at Chess-Results

CS Stud.Medicina Timisoara Women

Both competitions were played as a Round Robin tournaments, Men’s section in 9 rounds and Women’s in 7 rounds. The rate of play was 90 minutes for 40 moves, flowed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

The organizers of the championship were Romanian Chess Federation and CS Tinerii Maestrii Bucuresti.

The Chief Arbiter was I.A Slabu Nistor.

More information at


The 14 European Youth Rapid & Blitz Championship 2014 was officially opened at Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel in Tallinn/Estonia.

The opening ceremony was attended by the President of the Estonian Chess Federation, Mr. Andrei Korobeinik, Deputy President of the European Chess Uinon, Mr. Ion Dobronauteanu and speaker of the Estonian Parliament, Mr. Eiki Nestor.


298 young chess players from 13 European countries will compete in the next five days within 5 different events:

14th Individual European Championship in Rapid

13th European Rapid Cup – Rapid Superfinal

14th Team European Championships in Rapid

14th Individual European Championships in Blitz and

13th European Championship in Solving Chess Problems


The organizer of the Championship is Estonian Chess Federation in cooperation with the European Chess Union.

The top games will be broadcast live at the official website of the Championship.

Schedule of the Championship:

November 12th

Arrival of participants

November 13th

09:30     Technical meeting

11:00     Opening ceremony

11:30 – 13:30       Rapid individual, Rounds 1 – 2

16:00 – 19:00       Rapid individual, Rounds 3 – 5

November 14th

10:00 – 13:00       Rapid individual, Rounds 6 – 8

15:00 – 16:00       Rapid individual, Round 9

17:00 – 19:00       Solving problems

November 15th

10:00 – 14:00       Rapid team, Rounds 1 – 4

16:00 – 21:00       Superfinal, 1/8; 1/4 ; 1/2; final

November 16th

10:00 – 13:00       Rapid team, Rounds 5 – 7

15:00 – 17:30       Blitz tournament

18:00     Closing ceremony

November 17th

Departure of participants

More information at the official website


European Individual Chess Championship will be held in Jerusalem – the capital of Israel, from February 23 (day of arrival) until March 9 (day of departure) 2015. The tournament will be held at the Jerusalem Ramada Hotel, which will also be its official accommodating hotel.

Ramada Hotel Jerusalem

The organizer of the Championship is Jerusalem Municipality together with the Israel Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union.
The European Individual Chess Championship is open to all players representing Chess Federations which comprise the European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.10) regardless of their title or rating and there is also no limit in the number of participants per federation. The European Individual Championship 2015 is a qualification event for the next World Cup. According to FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 23 players will qualify.
The Championship will be played according to the Swiss System in 11 rounds, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.
The prize fund is EUR 100 000, with 93,750 EUR for the main prizes and 6,250 EUR for the special prizes.
Participants can fill an online registration. It should be filled in and sent to Ophir Tours not later than December 20, 2014.
All federations should send a list of their representatives to the Israel Chess Federation prior to the individual registration of the player, and each individual registration is valid only after the applicant’s federation approved it.
Participants can get all necessary information regarding registration and payments through Ophir Tours. Chess related inquiries should be addressed via email to the Israel Chess Federation:
Fax: + 972-3-6437630
Address: 26 Tagore St., Tel Aviv

The regulations can be downloaded below

European Individual Chess Championship 2015


The capital of Estonia, beautiful city of Tallinn, will host the 14th European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships (U8-U18) for 2014. The Championship will take place from November 12-17 in the city centre of Tallinn at Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel.

The organizer is the Estonian Chess Federation in cooperation with the European Chess Union.

This will be the great opportunity for children aged 8-18 to try their luck in Rapid and Blitz Chess, which are getting more and more popular nowadays, especially in young population.

The Championship consists of 5 competitions:


Swiss System ,9 rounds, 15 minutes + 10 sec per player. Categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, Boys and Girls separately. The best player in each category wins a cup, and three best players in each category get medals and diplomas. The five best players get prizes in different items in goods.


Two categories, Boys and Girls. The best players in each category of Individual European Youth Championships – Rapid 2014, enter Rapid Super Final (16 players total – separate boys and girls, will play matches in 4 rounds, knock – out system). Prizes in cash: 1. = 400 €, 2. = 300 €, 3. = 200 €, 4. = 100 €.


Three categories: U10, U14 and U18. Teams are composed of 3 boys + 1 girl and two reserve players. Swiss System , 7 rounds, 10 minutes + 5 sec per player .


Three categories: U10, U 14 and U18 separate for boys and girls; Swiss System, 9 rounds, 3 minutes + 2 sec per player. The best player in each category gets a cup. The three best players in each category win medals and diplomas.


Three categories: U10, U14 and U18; The three best players get different prizes.

The prize fund of the Championships will be at least 10 000 euros – including 2000 euros in cash for the best of the Rapid Superfinals. The remaining prizes will be in goods, such as Lenovo tablets for the European champions in the older age categories.

The medals of the European Youth Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships are crafted in cooperation with O? Medalikoda. The design is by artist Jane Siimso-Merivoo. 44 sets of medals will be awarded at the Championships (26 sets in the individual competitions and up to 18 in three different age categories of the team event).

308 players in Rapid and 241 players in Blitz have registered so far, and we expect this to be a great and numerous chess event.

More information at the Official website of the Championship


The most important chess event of the year – World Chess Championship Match 2014 starts on 7th November and will last until 28th November, 2014. The main actors of this match are the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway and the winner of the Candidates Tournament 2014 and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand from India.

The Russian Chess Federation and the city of Sochi will be the host of the match, and the official venue is the Olympic Media Center.
The Carsen-Anand match will be played over a maximum of twelve games and the winner will be the first player to earn 6.5 points or more. If winner scores 6.5 points in less than 12 games then the closing ceremony will be re-scheduled for an earlier date.
The Chief Arbiter of the match is IA Andrzej Filipowicz from Poland. Deputy Arbiters are Husan Turdaliev and Anatoliy Byhovskiy.
Organizers have prepared hundred seats in the playing hall in the Olympic Media Center, and the special visitors’ areas will be provided as well. Both English and Russian-language commentary areas will be available for free for those who want to follow the games live.

Schedule of the match:
November 7th – Opening Ceremony
November 8th – Round 1
November 9th – Round 2
November 10th – Rest Day
November 11th – Round 3
November 12th – Round 4
November 13th – Rest Day
November 14th – Round 5
November 15th – Round 6
November 16th – Rest Day
November 17th – Round 7
November 18th – Round 8
November 19th – Rest Day
November 20th – Round 9
November 21st – Round 10
November 22nd – Rest Day
November 23rd – Round 11
November 24th – Rest Day
November 25th – Round 12
November 26th – Rest Day
November 27th – Tie-Break Games
November 28th – Awards and Closing Ceremony

The games will start daily at 3pm Moscow time, and will be broadcast live.

More information at the Official website of the match

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At the meeting on 24th October in Batumi/Georgia, the ECU Board appointed the new ECU Commissions: Educational Commission, Events Commission, Arbiters Council and Women’s Commission.
The Chairman of the Educational Commission is Jesper Hall from Sweden, and the Secretary is Alexander Kostyev from Russia. Other members of the Educational Commission are Ferenc Maurer (HUN), Pigasios Hatzinikolaou (CYP), John Foley (ENG), Giorgi Giorgadze (GEO), Walter Raedler (GER), Darko Polimac (IRL), Boro Miljanic (MNE) and  Kasim Yekeler (TUR).
The Chairman of the Arbiters Council is Armenian Ashot Vardapetyan, while the Secretary is Tomasz Delega from Poland. Other members are Halil Hilmi Dari  (TUR), Gregor Neff (AUT) and Marika Japaridze (GEO).
The Events Commission consists of 7 members, and the Chairman is Gunnar Bjornsson, President of Iceland Chess Federation. Secretary is Sotiris Logothetis from Greece. Other members are Gunter Delhaes (BEL), Joachim Gries (GER) and Milan Maros (SVK), while the Ad Hoc members are the Tournament Director Petr Pisk (CZE) and Seniors Tournament Director Johann Poecksteiner (AUT).
The last commission formed in Batumi is ECU Women Commission, which Chairman is IM Almira Skripchenko from France, and the Secretary is Fiona Steil Antoni from Luxembourg. Other members of the commission are Majlinda Pilinci (ALB), Niki Vrbova (SVK) and Ilana David Glaz (ISR).
In the next ECU Board meeting will be discussed the operational plan for each commission and any other proposal from the Commissions’ Chairmen.


The European Chess Union has published the second edition of the monthly Newsletter, with a brand new design.

ECU Newsletter logo

In the October 2014 edition you will find:

  • 24th European Youth Chess Championship 2014 in Batumi – report about the EYCC;
  • the report about the ECU Board and ECU Extraordinary General Assembly in Batumi;
  • 8th International Aquaprofit – Polgar Chess Festival – report about the chess festival in Budapest;
  • International Conference Chess In Schools in Armenia;
  • Fun Zone;
  • Upcoming events in November – announcement about the important ECU and European tournaments;

ECU Newsletter October 2014


The 24th European Youth Chess Championship 2014 finished today and Europe got 12 new Youth Champions for 2014.

In the Open group U18 GM Avital  Boruchovsky (ISR) 2501 became the Champion with 7.5 points. IM Daniil Yuffa (RUS) 2449 with 7.0 points. Four players with 6.5 points tied for the 3rd place, but bronze medal went to Valerii Iovcov (ELO 2224) from Moldova thanks to the best tie-break.

In the group U16 IM Ali Marandi Cemil Can from Turkey (ELO 2413) won the Championship with  7.5 points. Georgian FM Giorgi Sibashvili (ELO 2350) and Mikolaj Tomczak from Poland (ELO 2132) tied for the second place with 7 points, but Sibashvili had better tie-break and won silver medal, while bronze went to Polish player.

Timur Fakhrutdinov from Russia (ELO 2290) won the group U14 on tie-break. He gained 7.5 points, the same as FM Aram Hakobyan (ELO 2245) from Armenia, who won silver. Bronze went to Parviz Gasimov (ELO 1949) from Azerbaijan with 7 points.

Ukrainian FM Viktor Matviishen (ELO 2404) triumphed in the group U12 with a score of 8 points out of 9. Five players with 7 points tied for the second place, but according to the tie-breaks Russian Semen Lomasov (ELO 2259) grabbed silver, while FM Viachaslau Zarubitski (ELO 2188) from Belarus took bronze.

Final standings in the group U10 are very interesting, as three players tied for the 1st place, and tie-breaks had to decide the Champion. According to Buchholz, the title went to Mamikon Gharibyan (ELO 1902) from Armenia, silver went to Uzumcu Ahmet Utku (ELO 1932) from Turkey and bronze went to Nikolozi Kacharava (ELO 1814) from Georgia, all with 7.5 points.

In the youngest age group in the Open section Russian player Ilya Makoveev (ELO 1805) finished the tournament with amazing 9 out of 9! He achieved the maximum score which made him the best competitor of the Championship. Silver medal went to Italian Claudio Paduano (ELO 1610) with 7.5 points, and Semen Mitusov from Ukraine won bronze with 7 points.

In the oldest Girls section WFM Ulviyya Fataliyeva (ELO 2117) from Azerbaijan won the Championship with 8 points and very solid play. Silver went to WFM Nato Imnadze (ELO 2175) from Georgia, and bronze went to Russian WIM Anna Styazhkina (ELO 2205) with 7 points.

Mai Narva (ELO 2123) from Estonia won the group U16 with 7.5 points. Geogrian WFM Nino Khomeriki (ELO 2168) won silver medal with 7 points, and Aydan Hojjatova (ELO 2104) from Azerbaijan won bronze, aslo with 7 points.

Two Greek players climbed the winners’ pedestal in the group U14. WFM Anastasia Avramidou (ELO 2120) won gold with an excellent result of 8.5 points, while WFM Stavroula Tsolakidou (ELO 2305) won silver with 7 points. WFM Polina Shuvalova (ELO 2142) from Russia took bronze with 6.5 points.

Ekaterina Goltseva (ELO 2030) from Russia became the Champion U12 with 8.0 points. Govhar Beydullayeva (ELO 1671) from Azerbaijan took silver medal with 7 points, while bronze went to Aleksandra Maltsevskaya (ELO 1991) from Russia also with 7 points.

In the group U10 Malak Ismayil from Azerbaijan won with 7.5 points.  Mariam Mkrtchyan from Armenia and Anastassia Sinitsina from Estonia tied for the 2nd place with 7 points, but due to the better tie-break silver went to the Armenian.

The youngest girls group was dominated by the Russians, as all three medals went to the Russian players. Emilia Zavivaeva scored 7.5 points, the same as her fellow compatriot Margarita Zvereva, but she had better tie-break and won gold. Bronze went to Olga Melenchuk who gained 7 points.

Full final standings can be seen at Chess-Results

Russian players are the most successful in the tournament with 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals – 11 in total.

The Championship was held in Georgian town Batumi and gathered 989 young chess players from 45 European countries, divided in 12 categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, boys and girls separately.

More information at the Official website of the Championship


Last week, from 16th to 18th October, 2014, the International Conference “Chess in Schools” was held in Yerevan, Armenia. The Conference was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, the World Chess Federation (FIDE), as well as the Armenian Chess Federation and the Chess Academy of Armenia, in cooperation with the Armenian State Pedagogical University named after Khachatur Abovyan.

During the first day of the conference FIDE President Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of the Republic of Armenia, who doubles as the President of the Armenian Chess Federation were present at the opening session of the conference.

Mr. Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science of Republic Armenia and Mr. Smbat Lputyan, President of Chess Academy of Armenia, as well as Mr. Ilyumzhinov gave the speech at the beginning of the conference, after which the official programme started.

Programme of the Conference

Among the officials, Mr. Lewis Ncube, Continental President for Africa, Mr. Ion Serban Dobronauteanu, Continental Deputy-President for Europe, and Mr. Alexander Kostyev, President of the International School Union were present at the Chess In Schools Conference.

Mr. Kevin O’Connell, the Chairman of FIDE Chess in Schools Commission stated that this was the most important CIS conference ever, due to the importance and relevance of the research studies conducted and finalized in Armenia after the first primary classes completed the 3 years studies of chess. Apart from the Armenian studies, interesting programs and achievements regarding implementing chess in schools from USA, India, Russia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Greece and Germany were presented.

The conference attracted participants from 4 continents – Africa, America, Asia and Europe, with total 180 people present at the University.

According to all the lectures, one conclusion was imposed – Chess in Schools is a major task to improve education worldwide, by using chess as an educational tool.

More information at the Official Website of the Conference


The 24th European Youth Chess Championship has officially started. The competition gathered 989 young chess players from 45 European countries, divided in 12 categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, boys and girls separately.

The Championship takes place in Batumi, costal town in Georgia, 18-29 October, 2014 in hotel Sheraton Batumi, and is organized by the European Chess Union and Georgian Chess Federation.

Opening Ceremony Batumi

Last evening the opening ceremony was held in Batumi Drama Theatre in the great atmosphere and with rich cultural and art programme.
Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union greeted all the participants and wished them a successful tournament.

Before the first round started, Mr Azmaiparashvili made a symbolic first move in the game between Matyas  Marek and Avital Boruchovsky on board 1 in the group Boys U18, along with the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Levan Kipiani, and officially opened the competition. Mr. Boris Kutin, FIDE Vice President was also present during the making the first move, as well as at the opening ceremony.

The first move

The games are broadcast live every day 3.00 pm local time.

Official website