RUSSIAN TEAMS REMAIN THE LEAD AT ETCC BEFORE THE REST DAY

As the tournament crosses the halfway mark here in Reykjavik, the Russian men maintain their lead, while the ladies even further increase theirs! While the top board clash between Russia and Azerbaijan in the open section ended 2-2 (with all four boards being drawn), the board 2 to 5 matches all ended in decisive results. On board 2,… Read More »

RUSSIA LEADER IN BOTH SECTIONS AFTER 4 ROUNDS AT ETCC

What a day for the Russian teams in Reykjavik! In both sections we had the clash between the top two seeds in the tournament today and the matches didn’t disappoint. In the open section the Russians cruised to a 3-1 victory against Ukraine, while in the women’s section they beat Georgia with a merciless 3.5-0.5 score. In the… Read More »

EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP R3 REPORT

The main news of the day was of course the clash between the two highest rated players of the tournament, World ChampionMagnus Carlsen (who made his tournament debut after resting during the first two rounds) and Levon Aronian. Linares 2009 was the last time Aronian beat Carlsen in a classical game, but Levon chose his moment perfectly, as… Read More »

FAVORITES CONFIDENT AT ETCC 2015

The 2nd round of the European Team Chess Championship started today in Reykjavik with 1 minute silence in the memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris. European Chess Union express the warmest condolences to the French Chess Federation, French teams and players and the whole French Nation for the victims of the terrorist attacks in… Read More »

EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 STARTED

The European Team Chess Championship kicked off in Reykjavik today. Playing venue for this extraordinary event – which is being held in Iceland for the first time – is Laugardalshöll, where in 1972 the Match of the Century took place between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. There are a total of 36 teams in the open section and… Read More »

EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS & HISTORY

European Team Chess Championship starts today with 36 teams in Open Section and 30 teams in Women Section. The first seeds are Russia (Open) and Georgia (Women). Total number of players in Open section is 178, among whom 176 are title holders – 133 GMs, 32 IMs and 11 FMs! In Women Section 146 International title holders are… Read More »

EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS IN REYKJAVIK

The European Team Chess Championship starts tomorrow in Reykjavik, Iceland! 36 teams compete in the Open Championship and 30 teams in the Women Championship! The official venue is the Reykjavik’s Laugardalshöll arena, which was the playing hall of the Match of Century in 1972, between Fischer and Spassky. The Championship will be played according to the Swiss System in… Read More »

CHESS AND SOCIETY CONFERENCE IN LONDON

A small but fast growing community is using chess to improve social relations and wellbeing. The game may help to prevent dementia, it is used in prisons, and it is tested in therapies against addiction. Most recently, activists in numerous countries showed the great potential of chess in the integration of refugees. Even school chess is no longer… Read More »

ECU NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2015

October 2015 edition of the European Chess Union Newsletter is out! In this edition of the monthly ECU Newsletter you will find: Report about European Chess Club Cup 2015; Report about 1st European Universities Chess Championship 2015; Report about FIDE World Chess Cup 2015; Report about World Rapid & Blitz Championship; Global Chess Festival – 1000 faces of chess; 1st ECU Congress and ECU… Read More »

EUROPEAN ELITE TOGETHER IN MINSK

National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus and Belarus Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union organize European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2015, 17-21 December, 2015, in Minsk/Belarus. The tournament venue will be Sports Palace,  Pr. Pobeditelei, 4, Minsk, Belarus. The European Individual… Read More »