European Pairs Blitz Chess Championship at European Games 2023

The European Pairs Blitz Chess Championship 2023 will be played on 19th of June 2023 in Krakow, Poland, as an official side event of the European Games Krakow-Malopolska 2023.

Eight invited teams (ECU members) will participate in the event in the following composition:

  • Azerbaijan – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2738) & Gunay Mammadzada (2449)
  • Poland – Jan Krzysztof Duda (2724) & Oliwia Kiolbasa (2422)
  • Romania – Kirill Shevchenko (2684) & Irina Bulmaga (2422)
  • Ukraine – Andrei Volokitin (2674) & Nataliya Buksa (2406)
  • Spain – Jaime Santos Latasa (2656) & Ana Matnadze (2393)
  • Armenia – Shant Sargsyan (2630) & Elina Danielian (2416)
  • Israel – Maxim Rodshtein (2606) & Marsel Efroimski (2444)
  • Netherlands – Bok Benjamin (2607) & Eline Roebers (2363)
Dress code for the European Pairs Chess Championship 2023

Both Women’s and Open events will consist of two phases:

  1. Qualification: 8 teams round-robin tournament
  2. Playoffs with the knockout system for the best-ranked 4 teams of the Qualification stage

The rate of play is 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment for each move, starting from the move one. Each play-off match will be played in 2 games with reversed colours. In case of a tie (1-1), the Armageddon game will determine the winner of the match.

The Chief Arbiter of the event will be Shohreh Bayat, an Iranian chess arbiter and human rights activist who lives in London since 2020 and represents the English Chess Federation.

The playing venue of the event will be Krakow Opera.

Medals & Standings:

The individual medals are decided by the playoffs in each section. The gold medal is for the winner of the final match and the silver medal goes to the runner-up. The winner of the match for positions 3-4 will win the bronze medal.

The combined Pair medals are decided by the final position of the players of each team after the play offs in each section (sum of points): 1st 8-points, 2nd 7points, 3rd 6-points, 4th 5-points, 5th 4-points, 6th 3 points, 7th 2-points, and 8th 1-point. In case of a tie between two teams, the tiebreak criteria are the sum of points in open and women’s sections in the qualification round.



The 3 winners of the Open, Women’s and Combine Pair sections will receive gold, silver and bronze medals, the same as European Olympic Games medals. The best European Pair will receive the title of European Pair Chess Blitz Champion 2023.

Official regulations of the event can be found here.
Presentation of the European Pairs Blitz Chess Championship 2023 on the official website of the European Games 2023.