21.09.2014 Category: Tournaments

GOLD FOR SOCAR AND BATUMI AT ECC, ANAND WINS BILBAO MASTERS

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/

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20.09.2014 Category: Tournaments

BATUMI WON GOLD, SOCAR VERY CLOSE TO THE TITLE AFTER PENULTIMATE ROUND AT ECC BILBAO 2014

Despite the strong competition at the European Club Cup in Bilbao, we already have a winner in Women section one round before the end. Batumi Chess Club Nona already clinched gold, with 6 wins and 12 match points, three more than Nashe Nasledie.In the 6th round Batumi outplayed Rishon Letzion from Israel with 4-0 and secured the title.In the Open section SOCAR defeated Russian Malakhite with high 5-1, and is very close to the title. The only theoretical chance to catch them have last year’s winner G-Team Novy Bor and Saint Petersburg, who both convincingly won their matches against lower rated teams, but in the last round they play each other.Even though everything is decided in Women group, still lot of surprises awaits in the final round of the European Club Cup.Stay tuned today as well and follow the games and live commentary with analysis at the official websitehttp://europeanchessclubcup2014.com/Last round is scheduled on 20th September at 2 pm.

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19.09.2014 Category: Other

ECU CIRCULAR LETTER NO. 4/2014

Circular Letter No. 4/2014 Dear Chess Friends,Firstly, we would like to thank you for your wide participation in our open call of interest for ECU and FIDE Commissions. ECU President nominees for FIDE Commissions will be announced and sent to FIDE in the next days. The composition of the new ECU Committees will be approved, according to the Statutes, at the ECU Board meeting on 24th October in Batumi/Georgia. All the proposals are in the stage of final processing. The experience, expertise and efficiency of each candidate are taken into consideration, as well as the intention to have a variety of federations from different parts of Europe represented in the Committees.The main purpose of this circular letter is the invitation (annex 1) and the registration form (annex 2) for the ECU Extraordinary General Assembly which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 25th October 2014 in Batumi, Georgia. As discussed in the Board meetings held on 9th and 12th August this year in Tromso, the extra-General Assembly is necessary for the following reasons:1. To decide about ECU 2016 events which have not been granted so far, such as the European Youth Championship 2016. This decision can be made only by the General Assembly and cannot be postponed for the next annual Assembly. We remind you that we have reopened the bidding procedure for a number of events in 2016 (annex 3).2. To revise the ECU budget for 2015 in favour of development projects and new ECU Committees’ needs, as we announced in the General Assembly in Tromso.3. To inform you about the transition period in the European Chess Union, ECU properties, ECU domain names and especially contracts and agreements for which we believe it is necessary to inform all our members.4. To create a Committee to work on the ECU Statutes.The detailed agenda for the General Assembly will be sent on time to all our members. The hosting of the Extraordinary General Assembly in Batumi, Georgia will make it easier for many federations to be represented, as our Board meeting and European Youth Championship 2014 are to be held there as well. In addition, apart from the formal part of the Extraordinary General Assembly, we will have the opportunity to meet you and discuss with you your needs and our plans for the near future.Finally, in order to have a better schedule for our next Board meetings, we are sending you the calendar of meetings for the next 4 years and the requirements for each federation and organizer to host a meeting. Our plan is to constantly have an open call of interest for Board meetings, with the set places and dates announced in the annual ECU Calendar in order to provide detailed information to all our members (annex 4). With kind regards,Theodoros TsorbatzoglouECU Secretary General All the attachments can be found below or at this link: http://www.ecuonline.net/com/resources/single/6.html 

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19.09.2014 Category: Tournaments

ECC 2014 – SOCAR DEFEATS ITALIANS, BATUMI CLOSE TO THE TITLE

We saw so many excitements at the European Club Cup 2014, which is taking place in Bilbao/Spain.In the 5th round the top seed and the leader SOCAR defeated Italian club Obiettivo Risarcimento in a dramatic match. Italians were one of the candidates for the title, according to their strong line-up, led by Fabiano Caruana. The match sterted well for SOCAR, as Anton Korobov convincingly defeated Kiril Georgiev on the 6th board. Caruana defeated Mamedyarov, but Veselin Topalov celebrated against Hikaru Nakamura on the 2nd board for the final 3.5-2.5 for SOCAR.They now lead with 10 match points, and will face Russian Malakhite who is only 1 match point behind and is the only remaining team without a loss, apart from SOCAR.Four teams follow with 8 match points: G-Team Novy Bor, SHSM Nashe Nasledie, Minsk and Huginn Chessclub.In Women section Batumi Chess Club Nona is very close to the title. Batumi remains the only undefeated team and leads by 3 match points.In the 5th round they defeated Ladya with 2.5-1.5, thanks to the victory of Nino Batsiashvili against Elena Zaiatz on the 4th board.SHSM Nashe Nasledie is on the 2nd place with 7 match points, followed by CE Monte Carlo and Ladya with 6 MP.Round 6 is scheduled on 19th September, at 3 pm.All information are available at the official website http://www.europeanchessclubcup2014.com/  

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GOLD FOR SOCAR AND BATUMI AT ECC, ANAND WINS BILBAO MASTERS

BATUMI WON GOLD, SOCAR VERY CLOSE TO THE TITLE AFTER PENULTIMATE ROUND AT ECC BILBAO 2014

ECU CIRCULAR LETTER NO. 4/2014

ECC 2014 – SOCAR DEFEATS ITALIANS, BATUMI CLOSE TO THE TITLE

EUROPEAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 - REGULATIONS

2013-03-12

GENERAL REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED

European Chess Union and Montenegro Chess Federation have the pleasure to publish general Regulations of the European Youth Championship 2013 which will be held in Budva (Montenegro) from September 28 to October 9.

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