NAJER IN THE SOLE LEAD AT EICC 2015

With just one round to go Russian GM Evgeny Najer is a sole leader in the European championship following his victory in the tenth round on Ukrainian Anton Korobov. The thriller of the round was the final phase of the game between Russian Denis Khismatullin and Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov (see below). The remaining top games Sjugirov vs Navara;… Read More »

THREE IN THE LEAD IN JERUSALEM

The ninth round of the European championship in Jerusalem witnesses once again dramatic changes at the lead. Former European champion , Russian Jan Nepomnianchtchi , the sole leader after round 7, met David Navara with the black pieces and fell victim to an excellent positional play of the Czech No.1. At the same time Ukrainian Anton Korobov beat… Read More »

MEETING FOR SENIOR CHESS IN DRESDEN

On Saturday, 28th February 2015, the meeting with the FIDE and ECU representatives took place in the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Dresden/Germany, during the World Senior Team Chess Championship. Players and team captains gathered together to discuss current topics of Senior chess, in the event hosted by Dr. Dirk Jordan, FIDE Director for Seniors. He was supported by… Read More »

NEPOMNIANCHTCHI EMERGES AS SOLE LEADER

In Ramada hotel in Jerusalem tension is rising up as the battle on the 23 qualification tickets to the world cup games approaches its decisive moments. Yesterday in the eighth round former European champion Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi took a sole lead with 6.5 points after beating Englishman David Howell whilst all other seven leaders had settled for a… Read More »

A CROWDED LEAD IN THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

The signal to the start of the seventh round of the European championship in Jerusalem was given yesterday by IA Eliahu Levant, the 87 years old mythological director of Beer- Sheva club, the pioneer who emigrated from St. Petersburg at the early seventies to build up from scratch a chess empire in the capital of the Negev, the… Read More »

BANK OF GEORGIA OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF THE ECU

European Chess Union announces the official launch of the sponsorship program by Bank of Georgia, a private Bank, belonging to the UK Company Bank of Georgia Holdings plc. Bank of Georgia will financially support the European Chess Union in a 4 years-program as announced in the ECU General Assembly in Batumi. The first installments for the 2015 ECU… Read More »

THE LEAD IS OVERTAKEN AT THE EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

The European championship is half way to go and business start warming up with not less than four decisive games on the top five boards. Moreover, the proud Ukrainian leader Anton Korobov was finally beaten falling victim to an excellent preparation of his opponent, the former European champion Ian Nepomniachtchi. Three of his runners up were also defeated… Read More »

MAJOR UPSETS IN JERUSALEM AFTER 5 ROUNDS

Three major upsets were scored in the fifth round of the European championship when three experienced grandmasters were beaten once again by young Israeli players. Israeli Alex Khuzman by Omer Reshef, another Israeli Dan Zoler  by Matan Gorodetsky (more than 300 Elo points lower) and Russian Mikhail Antipov by Jonathan Bakalchuk (more than 250 points lower). Look who… Read More »

FIVE IN THE LEAD AT EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

The second round of the European chess championship in Jerusalem already brought together a great deal of the 112 participating grandmasters and therefore no sensational upsets were witnessed, at least not of the kind we saw in round one. In the end of round two 25 GMs and a single IM were on perfect score. Russian GM Alexander… Read More »

EFIMOV AND BEREZOVSKA NEW MONACO CHESS CHAMPIONS

Grandmaster Igor Efimov (ELO 2390) wins Monaco Chess Championship for 2015, which was held in the Monaco Chess Club, 20-25 February 2015. He scored 5.5 points, the same as Karl Ribbegren (ELO 2202), but thanks to better tie-break, Efimov took the title. GM Algimantas Butnorius (ELO 2377) came clear third with 5 points. Svetlana Berezovska (ELO 1849) became… Read More »