Dear chess friends,European Chess Union is creating the new official website, which is currently in a test version.The site will operate under the historic ECU domain name www.europechess.org which is inthe availability of the ECU administration.Read more
The most important chess event of the year – World Chess Championship Match 2014 starts on 7th November and will last until 28th November, 2014. The main actors of this match are the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway and the winner of the Candidates Tournament 2014 and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand from India.The Russian Chess Federation and the city of Sochi will be the host of the match, and the official venue is the Olympic Media Center.The Carsen-Anand match will be played over a maximum of twelve games and the winner will be the first player to earn 6.5 points or more. If winner scores 6.5 points in less than 12 games then the closing ceremony will be re-scheduled for an earlier date.The Chief Arbiter of the match is IA Andrzej Filipowicz from Poland. Deputy Arbiters are Husan Turdaliev and Anatoliy Byhovskiy.Organizers have prepared hundred seats in the playing hall in the Olympic Media Center, and the special visitors’ areas will be provided as well. Both English and Russian-language commentary areas will be available for free for those who want to follow the games live. Schedule of the match:November 7th – Opening CeremonyNovember 8th – Round 1November 9th – Round 2November 10th – Rest DayNovember 11th – Round 3November 12th – Round 4November 13th – Rest DayNovember 14th – Round 5November 15th – Round 6November 16th – Rest DayNovember 17th – Round 7November 18th – Round 8November 19th – Rest DayNovember 20th – Round 9November 21st – Round 10November 22nd – Rest DayNovember 23rd – Round 11November 24th – Rest DayNovember 25th – Round 12November 26th – Rest DayNovember 27th – Tie-Break GamesNovember 28th – Awards and Closing Ceremony The games will start daily at 3pm Moscow time, and will be broadcast live. More information at the Official website of the match Photo source http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/behind-the-scenes/Read more
At the meeting on 24th October in Batumi/Georgia, the ECU Board appointed the new ECU Commissions: Educational Commission, Events Commission, Arbiters Council and Women's Commission.The Chairman of the Educational Commission is Jesper Hall from Sweden, and the Secretary is Alexander Kostyev from Russia. Other members of the Educational Commission are Ferenc Maurer (HUN), Pigasios Hatzinikolaou (CYP), John Foley (ENG), Giorgi Giorgadze (GEO), Walter Raedler (GER), Darko Polimac (IRL), Boro Miljanic (MNE) and Kasim Yekeler (TUR).The Chairman of the Arbiters Council is Armenian Ashot Vardapetyan, while the Secretary is Tomasz Delega from Poland. Other members are Halil Hilmi Dari (TUR), Gregor Neff (AUT) and Marika Japaridze (GEO).The Events Commission consists of 7 members, and the Chairman is Gunnar Bjornsson, President of Iceland Chess Federation. Secretary is Sotiris Logothetis from Greece. Other members are Gunter Delhaes (BEL), Joachim Gries (GER) and Milan Maros (SVK), while the Ad Hoc members are the Tournament Director Petr Pisk (CZE) and Seniors Tournament Director Johann Poecksteiner (AUT).The last commission formed in Batumi is ECU Women Commission, which Chairman is IM Almira Skripchenko from France, and the Secretary is Fiona Steil Antoni from Luxembourg. Other members of the commission are Majlinda Pilinci (ALB), Niki Vrbova (SVK) and Ilana David Glaz (ISR).In the next ECU Board meeting will be discussed the operational plan for each commission and any other proposal from the Commissions\' Chairmen.Read more
The European Chess Union has published the second edition of the monthly Newsletter, with a brand new design. In the October 2014 edition you will find: 24th European Youth Chess Championship 2014 in Batumi – report about the EYCC; the report about the ECU Board and ECU Extraordinary General Assembly in Batumi; 8th International Aquaprofit - Polgar Chess Festival - report about the chess festival in Budapest; International Conference Chess In Schools in Armenia; Fun Zone; Upcoming events in November – announcement about the important ECU and European tournaments; The ECU Newsletter October 2014 can be downloaded below or at this linkhttp://www.ecuonline.net/com/resources/single/7.htmlRead more
European Chess Union is creating the new official website, which is currently in a test version.
At the meeting on 24th October in Batumi/Georgia, the ECU Board appointed the new ECU Commissions: Educational Commission, Events Commission, Arbiters Council and Women\'s Commission.
The European Chess Union has published the second edition of the monthly Newsletter, with a brand new design.
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.