Three European players became the World champions at the World Youth Chess Championship 2014 in South Africa which finished yesterday in Durban.Ilya Makoveev from Russia in group Boys U8, Olexander Bortnyk from Ukraine in group Boys U18 and Laura Unuk from Slovenia in group Girls U16 struck gold medals and made Europe proud.959 young chess players from 87 countries participated in the tournament. In a very strong competition, total number of medals for Europe is 13! All the medalists are as follows: Boys U8 Ilya Makoveev (RUS) goldBoys U10 Dmitry Tsoi (RUS) bronzeBoys U12 Viacheslau Zarubitski (BLR) silverBoys U14 Mihnea Costachi (ROU) bronzeBoys U16 Bilel Bellahcene (FRA) bronzeBoys U18 Olexander Bortnyk (UKR) goldGirls U12 Elizaveta Solozhenkina (RUS) silverGirls U14 Oliwia Kiolbasa (POL) silverGirls U16 Laura Unuk (SLO) gold, Stavroula Tsolakidou (GRE) silver and Veronika Gazikova (SVK) bronzeGirls U18 Filiz Osmanodja (GER) silver We congratulate the new World champions from Europe and wish them many more chess victories.More information at the official websiteRead more
The European Chess Union Newsletter will be published on a monthly basis from now on.We have prepared a brand new design with interesting news and articles. In the September 2014 edition you will find: History made in Bilbao – report about the European Chess Club Cup 2014; ECU News – important news about the events happened during September; Upcoming events in October – announcement about the important ECU and European tournaments; Fun Zone – try your luck with interesting chess challenge; ECU Contacts. The ECU Newsletter September 2014 can be downloaded below or at this linkhttp://www.ecuonline.net/com/resources/single/7.htmlRead more
On Tuesday 23rd September, 2014 Mr. Theodoros Tsorgatzoglou, Secretary General of the European Chess Union visited Serbian Chess Federation where he met the President, Mr. Miroslav Kopanja, the member of the Executive Board, Mr. Danko Bokan, and the Secretary Mr. Milivoje Milivojevic.Tsorgatzoglou and Kopanja signed a donation agreement between European Chess Union and Serbian Chess Federation regarding the donation of ECU property from ECU office in Belgrade.By this agreement, European Chess Union donates the furniture and technical equipment items from its Belgrade office to Serbian Chess Federation.During the meeting, Tsorgatzoglou and Kopanja also discussed the development of chess in Serbia, the ECU matters and the possibilities for the future cooperation between FIDE, ECU and Serbian Chess Federation.It was agreed that the next meeting will take place during the European Youth Chess Championship in Batumi, Georgia.Mr. Kopanja announced that in the near future there will be a meeting with Mr. Vlade Divac, President of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, which will be held in Belgrade.Read more
Big favourite Socar from Azerbaijan confirmed this evening all the predictions, getting the overall European title this evening on the last day of Bilbao Chess 2014. Batumi from Georgia surprised those present by winning the women’s European title, even if they were not initially regarded as strong candidates.Socar started out as favourite owing to the strong lineup with which they were participating in this year’s European Club Cup, including Topalov and Mamedyarov, two of the world’s top 10 players.The Bilbao Chess 2014 honour roll was completed at the Grand Slam Masters Final with five-times world champion Viswanathan Anand’s victory. As well as getting the title, the Indian player did his personal best ever in the five times he took part in the Bilbao competition. However, he lost his last game against Aronian, the reigning champion until this evening. With this victory at the Masters Final, Anand, who is also preparing for theWorld Championship rematch against Magnus Carlsen, who took the title away from him a few months ago, adds to his résumé the one title that was missing so far. The Bilbao Grand Slam Masters Final is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, as well as one of the few in reaching level 22, the highest in terms of competitive quality in the chess sphere. Vallejo got his first victory today, this time over Ponomariov.During the Bilbao Chess 2014 closing ceremony, Bilbao mayor Ibon Areso handed over the trophy and medals to the new European champion. Socar thus replaces Czech G-Team Novy Bor, who surprisingly won the title last year in Rhodess. Gabino Martínez de Arenaza, Provincial Director of Tourism and Foreign Trade, proclaimed Anand winner of the Bilbao Masters Final 2014.The Indian Grandmaster succeeds his opponent today, Levon Aronian, in the Masters Final title. Aronian has won the title twice, the last one in 2013, just like number 1 in the world ranking and reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen. The list of winners includes Veselin Topalov from Bulgary, who won the first edition back in 2008 (and was also proclaimed winner with Socar in the teams tournament), and his great rival and “worst enemy” Vladimir Kramnik from Russia, who won in 2010.European Club Cup Open final standings:1. Socar (Azerbaijan) 14 MP2. G-Team Novy Bor (Czech Republic) 12 MP3. Malakhite (Russia) 11 MPWomen’s European Club Cup final standings:1. Batumi Chess Club Nona (Georgia) 14 MP2. CE Monte Carlo (Monaco) 10 MP3. SHSM Nashe Nasledie (Russia) 9 MPPlayers with the best performances on individual boards were also awarded. In the women’s section, the prizes went to Hou Yifan (board 1), Alexandra Kosteniuk (board 2), Anastasia Savina (board 3) and Marina Guseva (board 4). In the Open section, the prizes went to Fabiano Caruana (board 1), Veselin Topalov (board 2), Harikrishna Pentala (board 3), Anish Giri (board 4), Teimour Radjabov (board 5) and Mateusz Bartel (board 6).The Bilbao Chess 2014 gathered the world chess elite in Bilbao between 14 and 20 September. Participating were 9 of today’s top 10 players in the world and most of the world’s best grandmasters, divided in 60 teams coming from 30 European countries.The high competitive level displayed in Bilbao these days drew spectacular attention from the world chess sphere and broke the audience ratings which Bilbao’s organization had been increasing edition after edition.Out of the world’s 200 million potential fans that follow the chess events on-line, 44 million people from all over the world (mainly from Europe, India and China), followed Bilbao Chess 2014 during the 7 days the competition lasted for. Most people followed the event on the tournament’s official sites, as well as the world’s main chess portals. Masses of people went into the Euskalduna Congress Centre every day to watch the games on site. The teams participating in the tournament were equally satisfied with the organization of the event — no complaints have been placed in the mailboxes the organization put up in order to provide all the competing delegations with the best possible service.More information at http://europeanchessclubcup2014.com/Read more
Three European players became the World champions at the World Youth Chess Championship 2014 in South Africa which finished yesterday in Durban.
The European Chess Union Newsletter will be published on a monthly basis from now on.
The ECU President Silvio Danailov officially opened the first school chess year in the town of Slivnitsa, Bulgaria. The official ceremony was held on 26th October at the school “St.st. Cyril and Methodius”. Slivnitsa became the first municipality in the European Union to introduce chess as a subject in its schools according to the ECU program - "Chess in Schools".
Besides Silvio Danailov, the ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Slivnitsa Vasko Stoilkov, the Deputy Governor of Sofia district, Rositsa Todorova, the Vice President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Prof. Nikolay Nedkov, Hristo Andreev, Head of the Regional Educational Inspectorate Sofia district and others.
Eighty children out of 240 students of the school "St.st. Cyril and Methodius" chose to study chess as a subject during the school year 2012-2013, which means that they will be the first students from the European Union to receive assessments in chess.
The Bulgarian Chess Federation presented the young students with professional chess sets "Staunton" and the President Silvio Danailov expressed his hopes that one day the new Veselin Topalov will be born in Slivnitsa.
The President of the European Chess Union gave the first professional chess lesson to the students, giving a session of simultaneous chess game for the most avid players.