20th May, 2013To: His ExcellencyMr. Serzh SargsyanPresident of Armenian Chess FederationDear Mr. Sargsyan,Allow me to extend my warmest and heartfelt congratulations on your re-election as President of the Armenian Chess Federation.I believe that your re-election comes as a recognition of the outstanding achievements you have made in popularising and promoting chess in your country, making Armenia one the chess-leading countries in the world, and a reward for your earnest efforts to assist in numerous ways the development and improvement of the game of chess.It is my hope that your new term will provide an opportunity to further strengthen the cordial and friendly relations between the Armenian Chess Federation and the European Chess Union while continuing to work positively and cooperatively towards the common goals of chess promotion and development in Europe and worldwide.The European Chess Union and myself once more send you our best wishes for continued great success in your duties.Yours respectfully,Silvio DanailovECU PresidentRead more
GM Alexander Moiseenko (ELO 2698 - UKR) won the 14th European Individual Chess Championship. The silver medal was won by GM Evgeny Alekseev (ELO 2700 - RUS). The bronze went to GM Evgeny Romanov (ELO 2640 - RUS). All the first ten players finished with the final result of 8 points. The 14th European Individual Chess Championship was held from 4-17 May, 2013 in Legnica, Poland. One hundred and fifty elite chess players from 38 countries competed for the title. The total prize fund was 100 000 EUR. The championship was played in 11-round Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules with the rate of play 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. Chief Arbiter was IA Tomasz Delega (POL). Source of the photos: chess-news.ru Final Ranking after 11 rounds – first 10 positions Place Name Fed Rtg Points 1 GM MOISEENKO Alexander UKR 2698 8 2 GM ALEKSEEV Evgeny RUS 2700 8 3 GM ROMANOV Evgeny RUS 2640 8 4 GM BELIAVSKY Alexander G SLO 2628 8 5 GM LUPULESCU Constantin ROU 2634 8 6 GM VALLEJO PONS ESP 2695 8 7 GM MOVSESIAN Sergei ARM 2693 8 8 GM NEPOMNIACHTCHI Ian RUS 2710 8 9 GM DREEV Aleksey RUS 2654 8 10 GM MELKUMYAN Hrant ARM 2622 8 Official website: www.eicc2013.legnica.plRead more
European Chess Union Board held its regular meeting during the European Individual Championship in Legnica. The items of the agenda were the matters within the Board’s authority. Special attention was paid to the decisions of FIDE Presidential Board meeting in Tsakhkadzor (January), by which the recommendations of the Commission for World Championships & Olympiads have been confirmed. These recommendations are related to the abolishment of ‘’40 moves rule’’ and limitations regarding the minimum prize fund for European Individual Championships.The Board decided to discuss this topic at the next ECU General Assembly (Warsaw, November) and unanimously recommended to the General Assembly not to accept the changes of the ECU Tournament rules and regulations. The Board members are of the opinion that during the year of 2012 a serious and transparent procedure with respect to the rules changes was done, coordinated by the Commission appointed by the ECU General Assembly. The Commission’s proposal was adopted by the ECU General Assembly unanimously and the ECU Board members think that new changes are not necessary. In addition, the current rules will be applied until the decision by the ECU General Assembly.According to the decision of the European Chess Union Board, competitions related to national federations – members of the European Union or other groups of countries (EU Youth Championship, EU Individual Championship, Mitropa Cup) will not be part of the calendar of the European Chess Union, nor will there be any bidding procedure open for them.In addition, these competitions will be excluded from the existing bidding procedure for 2015 and no bids for them will be collected.Read more
European Individual Championship is underway in Legnica (Poland). 280 chess players from 38 national federations are taking part in the competition. The championship boasts a number of very strong contestants among whom are 143 holders of the highest Grandmaster’s title. It is worth a special mention that 12 chess players with rating 2700 or higher are also among the participants. The current European champion Dmitry Jakovenko with rating 2731, it is interesting to say, is at the same time the main favourite for winning the tournament. Extremely attractive opening ceremony was organised outdoors and attended by numerous citizens of the town of Legnica. 24 most successful participants of this Championship will qualify for the World Cup 2015 to be held in Baku (Azerbaijan).Photos by chess-news.ruRead more
GM Moiseenko won the 14th European Individual Chess Championship.
European Chess Union Board held its regular meeting during the European Individual Championship in Legnica
European Individual Championship is underway in Legnica (Poland)