The third ECU Board meeting in 2021 took place on Wednesday 9th of June through teleconference. 

ECU Board discussed the reports of European Online and Hybrid Competitions, which were organized from March to May 2021 and expresses its satisfaction with the level and results of the events. For the European Hybrid Qualifier Tournament, ECU thanks National Chess Federations, who went to great lengths to organize the venues well and also show great concentration in the anti-cheating guidelines.

ECU Board was informed about the projects concluded by the support of FIDE Development fund and especially the actions in cooperation with FIDE Women’s Commission and FIDE Commission for the Disabled. 

The Board approved the 2020 accounts and financial statements, noting that the financial sustainability of ECU has not been affected in this difficult year due to drastic cuts in the annual budget. However, the ECU program remained active online with many competitions, webinars, and online conferences.

European Chess Championships

  • The European Open and Women Club Cup 2021 will take place at Ohrid Lake, North Macedonia from the 17th to the 25th of September 2021, with 44.000 prize fund.
  • The European Open and Women Club Cup  2022 will be organised in Austria.
  • The European Women Club Cup 2023 will be organized in Monaco.
  • The European Team Chess Championship 2021 will be organized in Terme Omilia, Slovenia, from the 11th to the 22nd of November 2021.
  • The European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship will be organized in Katowice, Poland from the 16th to the 19th of December 2021.
  • The European Individual Senior Championship 2021 will be organized by the Italian Chess Federation. Expected to start on 25th of September. Exact schedule will be announced.
  • The European Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship is scheduled in Novisad,Serbia from the 26th to 31st of December 2021.
  • The European Corporate Championship 2021 in Rotterdam postponed for 2022.
  • For European Youth Chess Championship 2021 the decision will be made in early July, taking into account travel conditions and restrictions in Europe especially for young players
  • European School Chess Championship 2021 will be held online. Exact schedule will be announced.
  • European Small Nations Team Chess Championship 2021 will be held in Malta from 27th November to 5th December with the ECU support.

The Board of ECU is aware that the chess calendar for the months August-December 2021 is full of national and international events after the long break of the over the board activities. However, holding more competitions in conjunction with the organisers requests than being cancelled for this year is a positive step.

Bidding Procedure

The bidding process for European Championships available in 2023 will open with a deadline of October 1, 2021 to submit bids. Championships not organised in 2021 will be carried over to 2022 and 2023.

ECU General Assembly 2021

The ECU General Assembly 2021 will take place in Terme, Omilia Slovenia during the European Team Chess Championship.


Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou

ECU Secretary General