Dear Chess Friends,

This is the latest information about the activities and Championships of the European Chess Union:

  • The dates for European Club Cup 2017 in Antalya, Turkey are finalized: 7th (arrival) to 15th (departure) October 2017 in order to include 2 weekends in the schedule.
  • The dates for European Teams Chess Championship in Crete, Greece are finalized: 27th October (arrival) to 7th November (departure) 2017. Parallel to the event will be organized the 2nd ECU Congress and the annual 2017 ECU General Assembly.
  • The invitation for European Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2017, 10-23 April in Riga, Latvia is published and you can find it attached in annex_1.
  • The invitation for European School Chess Championship 2017, 10-20 June in Budva, Montenegro is published and you can find it attached in annex_2.
  • The invitation for European Youth Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2017, 19-23 June in Budva, Montenegro is published and you can find it attached in annex_3.
  • The regulations for the European Universities Chess Championships 2017, 20-24 September in Fuengirola, Spain were published at
  • As announced, during the ECU General Assembly in Baku, European Chess Union in co-operation with International School Chess Union (ISCU) will organise a new event in the coming year – the European School Team Chess Internet Championship 2017 on 16th and 23rd The invitation is published and you can find it attached in annex_4.
  • The European Seniors Team Chess Championship 2017 scheduled to start on 17th March 2017, in Novi Sad, Serbia is postponed since the Serbian Chess Federation have not issued an official invitation, 4 months before the latest, as the ECU Tournament regulations define. The upcoming ECU Board meeting will decide about the Championship and the new dates.

ECU and its media Partner ChessBase will offer to all National federations, members of the ECU, the ChessBase 14 – Mega package – English Version, as an update to the 2015 shipment.

The Mega Package contains:

  • ChessBase 14 Program with access to the Live-Database (8 million games)
  • Mega Database 2017
  • CBMagazine subscription for a full year (6 issues)
  • Database-Update-Service through end of 2017
  • Full year Premium membership for playchess and for the ChessBase Accounts

The package will be sent to the federations’ addresses. If you need to update your address in ECU directory please contact:

If you have any question about the shipment or the technical features you can contact Chessbase: Mr. Martin Fischer,

The next ECU Board meeting will take place on 27th and 28th January 2017 in Antalya, Turkey. Any proposal to be included in the agenda shall reach the ECU secretariat by December 31st 2016.

Wishing you a very happy holiday season,

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou

ECU Secretary General