2nd SCHENGEN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP – CHESS FOR PEACE

The 2nd Schengen Youth Championship Chess for Peace will be held from 8th-10th May in Echternach, Luxembourg. The event will be played in 6 age categories: U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17, in two groups: A (for players regardless on their title or rating) and B (for players rated less than 1600). A event will be played… Read More »

ECU E-MAGAZINE JANUARY 2020

ECU E-Magazine January 2020 is out! In the ECU Magazine January 2020 you may read about: – The 1st Quarter ECU Board Meeting for 2020– Invitations for European Youth Team Chess Championship 2020 & European Women Chess Championship 2020– FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship 2020– Tata Steel Masters 2020– Gibraltar Chess Masters 2020 – Portugal Open 2020 –… Read More »

Communique of the ECU Board Meeting – CL No.1

The European Chess Union 1st Quarter Board meeting for 2020, took place on 31st January and 1st February in Larnaca, Cyprus. The Cyprus Chess Federation hosted the Board under excellent conditions and a great hospitality. Mr. Andreas Christoforou, President of the Committee of Youth and Sports of the Municipality of Larnaca welcomed the Board members in Larnaca.  The… Read More »

PORTUGAL OPEN 2020

Three rounds have been already played at Portugal Open 2020, which takes place from 25th January-1st February in Lisbon, Portugal. The event gathered 216 players, coming from 33 federations, and after 3 played rounds, 13 players emerged on the top with the perfect score 3/3. Some of the top seeds, such as Motylev Alexander (RUS, 2640), Tari Aryan… Read More »

FRIDRIK OLAFSSON 85th BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY

European Chess Union congratulates to Fridrik Olafsson on his 85th birthday anniversary. Fridrik Olafsson is the first chess player from Iceland who accomplished the Grandmaster title. He was a six-time Icelandic Chess Champion and took a title of Nordic Chess Champion twice. Among his best tournament results were shared first place with Ljubomir Ljubojevic in Wijk aan Zee… Read More »

EUROPEAN YOUTH TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2020- Official Invitation

The European Chess Union (ECU) invites all National Chess Federations of ECU to participate in the European Youth Team Chess Championships 2020 organised from 9 July (arrivals) to 17 July (departures). The event will be held in the Conference Hall of the 5-star Lazart Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece. The European Youth Team Championship shall be held according to… Read More »

TATA STEEL MASTERS – R8 REPORT

Eight rounds of Tata Steel Masters have been already played in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, and Caruana Fabiano(USA, 2822) and 16 years old Firouzja Alireza (2723) tie for the top, scoring 5.5 points each. In the 8th round, Caruana took a victory over a former World Chess Champion, Anand Viswanathan (IND, 2758), while Firouzja Alireza drew with black pieces… Read More »

GIBRALTAR CHESS FESTIVAL 2020 OPENS

The 18th edition of Gibraltar Chess Festival, opens tomorrow in Caleta Hotel, in Gibraltar. The festival comprises Masters, Challenger and Amateurs tournament. Masters tournament, which gathered 239 players coming from 55 federations, will be played in 10 rounds, Swiss system, with rate of play: 40 moves in 100 minutes plus 20 moves in 50 minutes plus 15 minutes… Read More »

First Rank Newsletter 32 – January 2020

ECU Education – School Chess Tournaments First Rank is a fortnightly term-time newsletter for everyone interested in chess for education. From January on, a lot of tournaments are organised. Is it wise to participate with children who only started to play chess in September? We’ll try to give you an answer. You’ll also find our usual subjects: an anecdote, a tactical… Read More »

TATA STEEL CHESS – R4 REPORT

Four rounds have been already played at 82nd Tata Steel Masters tournament in Wijk aan Zee, often called “Wimbledon of chess”. After four played rounds, and the resting day (15th of January), Wesley So (USA, 2765) goes to round 5 as the sole leader of the event, scoring 3/4. He is followed by Xiong, Jeffery (USA, 2712), Caruana… Read More »