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 »

LIST OF ARBITERS APPLIED FOR ECU EVENTS

In December 2019, ECU Arbiters Council announced the call of interest for the arbiters who are interested to be appointed for ECU events in 2020. 197 applications were received and among them, 176 were from titled arbiters and passed the necessary conditions. List of interested arbiters is available here. Deadline for objections by national federations from the arbiters… Read More »

EUROPEAN WOMEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2020- Official invitation

European Women Chess Championship 2020 will take place from 31st October – 12th November in Mamaia, Romania. The event is organized by Romanian Chess Federation, Constanta County Chess Association and Mind Games & Events Sport Association, under the auspices of European Chess Union. The 21st European Individual Chess Championship for women is open for all players representing the… Read More »

WITH CHESS TO FREEDOM – Project “Chess in Prison”

The paraphrase of the infamous slogan of “welcoming” prisoners of concentration camps is deliberately used in the headline. Pieces made from precious bread were at that time one of the few ways to maintain common sense in an environment beyond human understanding. Fortunately, concentration camps are a thing of the past, but the magical power of chess is… Read More »

ECU E-MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019

ECU E-Magazine December 2019 is out! December 2019 edition of the ECU E-Magazine can be read online together with interactive links on the following link, or can be downloaded as a PDF file bellow. ECU E-MAGAZINE December 2019 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Tweet Follow us Share Share Share Share Share

“Pobednik” Belgrade wins Balkan Cities Youth Team Championship 2019

The Balkan Cities Youth Team Chess Championship 2019 was held from 26-29th December 2019 at the “Hotel Philippion” in Thessaloniki, Greece. 13 teams from Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Serbia and Greece competed over 6 rounds of Swiss system. In the tense and exciting race the team Pobednik Belgrade took the winners trophy after edging Chessbomb Plovdiv on second tie-break… Read More »

EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2020- Official invitation

The 21st European Individual Chess Championship will take place in Podčetrtek, Slovenia, from 8th-21st December 2020. The European Individual Chess Championship is open to all players representing the Chess Federations which are members of the European Chess Union regardless of their title or rating. There is no limit to participants per federation. However, applications can only be sent… Read More »

FIDE WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 STARTS

FIDE World Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2020 stars today in Moscow, Russia. The first on the schedule is FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship, played in two sections: Open and Women. Open section gathered 207 players from 45 federations, while Women competition participate 121 players from 26 federations. The very strong line up of the event is led by: World… Read More »

Ian Nepomniachtchi wins FIDE GP in Jerusalem!

Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS, 2767) defeated Wei Yi (CHN, 2725) in the finals of the Jerusalem Grand Prix 2019 and became one of the qualifiers for the next FIDE Candidates Tournament. Nepomniachtchi with black pieces won the first game of the final match after a beautiful technical realisation in an endgame. The second game started sharply, with sacrifices of… Read More »