19.10.2014 Category: Youth Chess

EUROPEAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 IN BATUMI STARTED

The 24th European Youth Chess Championship has officially started. The competition gathered 989 young chess players from 45 European countries, divided in 12 categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, boys and girls separately.The Championship takes place in Batumi, costal town in Georgia, 18-29 October, 2014 in hotel Sheraton Batumi, and is organized by the European Chess Union and Georgian Chess Federation.Last evening the opening ceremony was held in Batumi Drama Theatre in the great atmosphere and with rich cultural and art programme.Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union greeted all the participants and wished them a successful tournament.Before the first round started, Mr Azmaiparashvili made a symbolic first move in the game between Matyas  Marek and Avital Boruchovsky on board 1 in the group Boys U18, along with the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Levan Kipiani, and officially opened the competition. Mr. Boris Kutin, FIDE Vice President was also present during the making the first move, as well as at the opening ceremony.The games are broadcast live every day 3.00 pm local time.   Official website

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12.10.2014 Category: Youth Chess

WELCOME TO YOUTH CHESS FESTIVAL IN BATUMI 2014

Traditionally the most numerous competition organized by the European Chess Union, the European Youth Chess Championship will take place from 18th till 29th October, 2014. The tournament will be held in Batumi, beautiful Georgian town on the Black see cost, in hotel Sheraton Batumi.The Championship will be played in 12 different categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and u18, boys and girls separately. Each group will play a Swiss tournament in 9 rounds, with the time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move, starting form move one.990 children from 45 European countries have registered so far, and we are expecting a great and strong competition. The federation with the largest number of registered players is the host – Georgia, with 139 participants, followed by Russia with 136, Azerbaijan with 96, Armenia with 64 players, etc.The organizers provided valuable prizes for the winners - laptop computers, cameras and mobile phones, and made sure that all the participants will have a pleasant and memorable stay in Batumi.Batumi will host the ECU Board and Extraordinary General Assembly during the Championship, and in 2018 this town will be the host of the 43rd Chess Olympiad, the most prestigious chess competition. More information at the Official website

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11.10.2014 Category: Other

8TH INTERNATIONAL AQUAPROFIT – POLGAR CHESS FESTIVAL

This year's Chess Festival was organized by the greatest woman chess player of all time Judit Polgar.The festival offered a full day family programme in the Budapest Palace of Arts.Children had a chance to enjoy the Diverse Arts & Crafts activities in the spirit of chess. The activities were organized in co-operation with CeramiCafe, Happy Kids International Kindergarten, PlayMais and Poli-Farbe. At the Chess Palace Promenade kids enjoyed in interactive games, contests conducted by teachers and chess instructors. The children\'s favorite Chess Song and a spectacular Chess Dance, choreographed especially for the occasion were presented on the stage.Apart from the programme for children, the 2nd Chess Palace International Educational Conference, supported by OTP Fay Andras Foundation took place.Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union was among the honored quests of the festival and took part in the press conference. Bank of Georgia, the new sponsor of European Chess Union, was one of the sponsors of the festival as well.In the name of the 40th Anniversary of the Rubik\'s Cube, Mr. Erno Rubik, the inventor of the famous Cube was also present at the festival.Among the prominent guests were also world champion athletes, artists, and leaders of the business and political world.The festival ended with an exhibition simul given by Judit Polgar who has been leading the FIDE world rankings for 25 years setting a Guinness record also announced at the festival.Video of the eventMore information here

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10.10.2014 Category: Other

ECU EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2014

On 25 October, 2014 in Batumi/Georgia the ECU Extraordinary General Assembly will take place.The venue of the General Assembly will be Congress Center and Hotel Radisson Blu Batumi.The General Assembly is scheduled at 10.30 am.The Agenda and the Invitation can be downloaded below.

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EUROPEAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 IN BATUMI STARTED

The 24th European Youth Chess Championship has officially started

WELCOME TO YOUTH CHESS FESTIVAL IN BATUMI 2014

8TH INTERNATIONAL AQUAPROFIT – POLGAR CHESS FESTIVAL

This year's Chess Festival was organized by the greatest woman chess player of all time Judit Polgar.

ECU EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2014

On 25 October, 2014 in Batumi/Georgia the ECU Extraordinary General Assembly will take place.

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DOMINIC LAWSON - NEW PRESIDENT OF ENGLISH CHESS FEDERATION

On Saturday, 11th October, 2014 in Birmingham the Annual General Meeting of the English Chess federation was held.
The European Chess Union congratulates the new elected President of the English Chess Federation, Mr. Dominic Lawson.  The new elected FIDE delagate is Mr. Malcolm Pein. Read More

ECU CONGRATULATES THE NEW CHAIRMAN OF IRISH CHESS UNION

We transfer the message of the new Chairperson of Irish Chess Union, Mr. Pat Fitzsimmons Read More

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CHESS IN SCHOOL IN YEREVAN

The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, the World Chess Federation (FIDE), as well as the Armenian Chess Federation and the Chess Academy of Armenia, in cooperation with the Armenian State Pedagogical University named after Kh. Abovyan, are organizing an International Conference, entitled “Chess in Schools” which will be held in Yerevan, Armenia from 16 to 18 October, 2014. Read More

CHESS MUSEUM IN MOSCOW

The first Russian Chess Museum was opened on 25th September in the renovated halls of the historic mansion on Gogol Boulevard in Moscow. 
The new capital Museum will be the successor to the chess Museum facilities, which were situated at the Central House of Chess in the 80s of the 20th century. Read More

HISTORICAL EUROPEAN MAGAZINE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

The Week in Chess is 20 years old today. The first issue of the magazine was published on Saturday 17th September 1994.  Read More

EUROPEAN RAPID & BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 IN WROCLAW

Polonia Wroclaw Chess Club, under the patronage of the European Chess Union and the Polish Chess Federation organizes the European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2014, from 19-21 December, 2014, in Wroclaw/Poland.
The Championship will be held under the auspices of Rafa Dutkiewicz – the President of the city of Wroclaw and will bear the name the 23rd Adolf Anderssen Memorial. Read More

REGULATIONS FOR THE FESTIVAL OF YOUTH CHESS PUBLISHED

The 2014 European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships (U8-U18) will be organized from November 12-17 in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia by the Estonian Chess Federation in cooperation with the European Chess Union. The competitions will take place in the city centre of Tallinn at Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel. Read More
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