The European Chess Union (ECU) invites all National Chess Federations of ECU and eligible players to participate in the European School Championships 2020 organised in Hersonissos Crete, Greece from 2 April (arrivals) to 12 April (departures). The event will be held in the 5-star “Aldemar Knosssos Royal” conference resort on the seaside of Hersonissos, Crete.

The event will be played in 7 age categories: U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17, open and girls sections separately.

The Championship will be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. If, in any age group, there are 11 to 15 participants only 7 rounds will be played. If in any age group there are 10 or fewer participants a round robin tournament will be played.

All players, accompanying persons and delegation members have to register through their national federations before the registration deadline- 17th February 2020.

The official hotel and the playing venue of the event is 5* Aldemar Knossos Royal, and all the players and accompanying persons are obliged to stay in the official hotel of the Championship.

The Winners of the event, and the six best ranked players of each category will receive special prizes, medals and trophies.

The European School Chess Championships are part of the “Cretan Chess Festival 2020”, together with the FIDE World Amateur Championships (also 2-12 April 2020) and the FIDE World Youth/Cadet Blitz & Rapid Championships (12-16 April 2020) in Crete. A unique opportunity for young players to combine two chess events in a beautiful island with only one airticket!

Contact information:

Tournament Director:
FIDE IO Nikos Kalesis,
Tel.: (+30) 6938326161
Official Website:

Registration form

European School Chess Championship 2020- Invitation