24.10.2014 Category: Youth Chess

LEADERS EMERGE AT EYCC BATUMI 2014

The 24th European Youth Chess Championship 2014 is afoot in Georgian coastal town Batumi. After 5 rounds we already have the leaders in their age groups.In the group Boys U18 Valerii Iovcov (MDA) and FM Melih Yurtseven (TUR) are in the lead with 4.5 points. U16 IM Maksim Vavulin (RUS) and Andreas Kelires (CYP) top also with 4.5 points. In the group U14 FM Ariel Erenberg from Israel is in the sole lead with 5 points.In the group U12 5 players are in the lead with 4.5 points: FM Adam Kozak (HUN), Sargsyan Shant (ARM), FM Andrey  Esipenko (RUS), FM Viktor Matviishen (UKR) and Kanan Karayev (AZE).Turkish player Uzumcu Ahmet Utku is in the sole lead with maximum score in the group U10, while in the youngest Open group Russian Ilya Makoveev leads also with the perfect score.In the oldest Girls section U18 WFM Ulviyya Fataliyeva is the only player with maximum score after 5 rounds. Three players lead in the group U16 with 4.5 points: Irina Drogovoz (RUS), Mai Narva (EST) and Ghukasyan Siranush (ARM).Greek WFM Anastasia Avramidou is in the sole elad in the group U14 with maximum score, while in the younger age group U12 three players tie for the first place with 4.5 points - Ekaterina Goltseva (RUS), Zuzana Gresova (CZE) and WFM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL).U12 Romanian Lehaci Miruna-Daria tops with perfect score, and Russian Olga Melenchuk leads in the youngest group with 5/5.Half of the tournament is over, and the competition is getting more interesting towards the end.Top games are broadcast live daily at 3.00 pm (local time). More information on the Official website

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21.10.2014 Category: Youth Chess

THREE ROUNDS OVER AT EYCC 2014 IN BATUMI

The third round of the European Youth Chess Championship 2014 in Batumi finished today, and in some groups favorites already emerged.In the oldest boys group three players have maximum score – Valerii Iovcov from Romania, IM Alexey Zenzera from Russia and FM Melih Yurtseven from Turkey. Yurtseven defeated the top seed GM Avital Boruchovsky from Israel in the 3rd round. In girls group U18 two Azerbaijan players tie with 3/3: WFM Ulviyya Fataliyeva and WIM Gunar Mammadzada.Five players are in the lead with the perfect score in the group Boys U16, while six players top the group Girls U16.In the group Open U14 six players are in the lead, and in section Girls U14 five players tie with the maximum score: 3 Russians, 1 Greek and 1 English girl.In the most numerous group in Batumi – Open U12, 6 boys gained 3 out of 3, while in girls section U12 5 participants have maximum score.In the youngest groups U8 and U10 many players won all 3 games and it is too early to predict the favorites.The top games of each group are broadcast live every day at 3.00 pm local time.More information at the official website

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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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LEADERS EMERGE AT EYCC BATUMI 2014

The 24th European Youth Chess Championship 2014 is afoot in Georgian coastal town Batumi. After 5 rounds we already have the leaders in their age groups.

THREE ROUNDS OVER AT EYCC 2014 IN BATUMI

The third round of the European Youth Chess Championship 2014 in Batumi finished today, and in some groups favorites already emerged.

EUROPEAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 IN BATUMI STARTED

The 24th European Youth Chess Championship has officially started

WELCOME TO YOUTH CHESS FESTIVAL IN BATUMI 2014

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CHESS IN SCHOOLS IN YEREVAN

Last week, from 16th to 18th October, 2014, the International Conference “Chess in Schools” was held in Yerevan, Armenia. The Conference was organized by 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 Khachatur Abovyan. Read More

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

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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