The friendly character of the match between the two national teams was reflected in a high number of draws. The men had a drawing rate of 76% (19 games ended peacefully, six had a winner) while the women had a drawing rate of 64% – 16 of the 25 games ended in a draw, an unusually high drawing percentage for a women’s event. However, it has to be noted that most of the games were hard-fought and everything but peaceful draws.

While the match between the Russian and the Chinese men had been always balanced, the Russian women had been dominating the Chinese from the very start. However, in the fifth round the Chinese managed to score two wins: Tan Zhongyi won against Anastasia Bodnaruk and Shen Yang won against Valentina Gunina – however, only with a lot of luck and a lot of help by her opponent.

The Chinese team: Coach Yu Shaoteng, Ding Yixin, Gou Qi, Tan Zhongyi,
Lei Tingjie (number one on the girls’ world ranking list) and Shen Yang

The Russian team: Mark Glukhovsky, Katerina Lagno, Anastasia Bodnaruk,
Aleksandra Goryachkina, Valentina Gunina, Natalia Pogonina and coach Sergey Rublevsky

Nov 02, 2016

The 1st ECU Education Chess Conference in Batumi/Georgia

The 1st ECU Education Chess Conference took place on 25-26 October 2016 in Batumi/Georgia, during the FIDE World Cadets Chess Championship.

The ECU expresses great thanks to the Georgian Chess Federation who provided financial support for the Conference and organized it in a professional way at the high level. Special thanks go to the President of Georgian Chess Federation, Mr. Giorgi Giorgadze and the main person responsible for the organization, Mr. Valeriane Gaprindashvili.

During the two days period, the participating representatives of the European chess family were presented by numerous interesting lecturers from all geographical corners of Europe, just to mention Armenia, Belarus, England, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, Poland, Romania, Sweden and of course the host Georgia.

The ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili was present during the Conference as well as the ECU Treasurer Mr. Martin Huba, which gave the importance to the Conference. Many important names also attended the Conference and brought high interest and value, such as the legendary former Women’s World Chess Champion Georgian Grandmaster Ms. Maya Chiburdanidze, the Chairperson of the FIDE CIS Commission Mr. Kevin O´Connell, the Chairperson of the ECU Education Commission Mr. Jesper Hall, Secretary of the ECU Education Commission Mr. Alexander Kosyev, member of the ECU Education Commission Mr. John Foley, and several representatives of the Ministries of Education, Youth and Sport from Georgia, Romania and Poland, who actively participated in the Conference.

The main attraction of the event was the report of Chess in Europe – Survey results. The idea of the survey was to get an overview on how the different federations of the ECU work in general and with Chess in Schools in particular.

One way of making use of the result is to divide the different movements into groups with similarities that could cooperate and inspire each other. During the presentation Mr. Jesper Hall and Mr. John Foley suggested to make archetypes depending on if the movement was teacher centered or child centered, as well as being public funded or private funded.

Chess in Schools is a rapidly growing movement, with a different concept of organizations in charge, from federations down to one man companies. There are difficulties in establishing the best way to deal with such issues, but understanding how alternative funding models shape the CiS-structure of the country can clarify the situation and bring solutions on the broader field.

The second day of the Conference was reserved for workshops, focused on various issues: what problems the different movements of CiS were facing, discussing Teaching methods, CiS for younger kids, Future routes, CiS and Internet, etc.

As the result of the intense and fruitful discussions during the Conference on follow-up activities in the near future, the ECU teams will focus their efforts on developing the ideas which were presented at the Conference.

Some of them are: preparing the regulations of the European Smart Kids Challenge, having the ambition to become the world´s most attended chess contest, drafting the structure of the “Chess Wiki”, the place to store and share everything relevant to chess education, seriously thinking about establishing the European Award for chess teachers and preparing specific quality criteria for scholastic chess tools, such as software and methodologies in order to publish them for the wider chess community.

The conference can be considered as unique and a kind of a benchmark for any related meetings in the future, and the conclusion is that it has been accompanied with lot of positive energy and a passion of participants to cooperate within the European chess family for the same common goal.

In the end, we would like to thank everyone for their attendance and contribution, and to welcome more European federations to take part in future ECU events.

source ECU

Jan 18, 2021

2021 Chess Calendar

The 2020 Chess Calendar was laid to waste by the coronavirus epidemic, though the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour and other online events rose from the ashes. 2021 is guaranteed to see the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour played out in monthly events until the Grand Final in September, but if the virus permits it’s a year that could also see the Candidates Tournament completed, a World Championship match, two World Cups, two Grand Swisses, the Grand Chess Tour and much more.

Current and upcoming tournaments:

January 2021

January 16 – 31 | Tata Steel Masters | Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands

This year’s 83rd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament has been cut to just the main event due to COVID-19, but if everything goes as planned that will still mean a 14-player round-robin featuring Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from the world’s Top 5 and a host of young talents that include 17-year-old Alireza Firouzja.

Links: official websitechess24

January 18 – 29 [POSTPONED – provisionally to Late February] | FIDE Women’s Grand Prix | Gibraltar

The 4th and final stage of the 2019-2020 FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in the Caleta Hotel venue that would normally host the Gibraltar Masters, impossible this year due to travel restrictions. After the 12-player event ends we’ll know the two players who qualify to the next FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament, which is pencilled in for the first quarter of the year.

Links: official website

January 23 – 31 [POSTPONED] | Moscow Open | Moscow, Russia

A big, traditional open with a myriad of separate events.

Links: official website

February 2021

February 6 – 14 | Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Leg 3 | chess24

The 3rd stage of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and the second Regular event, with 16 players and a $100,000 prize fund.

Links: Meltwater Champions Chess Tour

March 2021

March 13 – 21 | Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Leg 4 | chess24

The 4th stage of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and the second Major, with 12 players and a $200,000 prize fund.

Links: Meltwater Champions Chess Tour

March 27 – 28 | Chess Bundesliga Rounds 9-10 | Germany

The 2019/2020 German Chess League was suspended after 8 rounds due to the coronavirus. The provisional plan is to complete the rounds in 2021 over three weekends.

Links: official website, chess24

April 2021

Spring 2021 | Candidates Tournament Rounds 8-14 | Yekaterinburg, Russia

The Candidates Tournament that will decide Magnus Carlsen’s next World Championship challenger was started in March 2020 despite a pandemic beginning to take hold around the world. The worst fears of Teimour Radjabov and others proved justified when the event had to be stopped halfway, with Teimour’s late replacement Maxime Vachier-Lagrave joining Ian Nepomniachtchi in the lead. The saga of trying to resume the event has dragged on ever since, with the outcome still uncertain.

Links: official website, chess24

April 1 – 5 | GRENKE Chess Open | Karlsruhe, Germany

The massive GRENKE Chess Open was the kind of event that was never going to be possible to hold in 2020. The prospects for 2021 are unclear, but if it is held it’ll again take place over the Easter weekend – Easter Sunday is April 4th. The hope is to accompany it with the GRENKE Chess Classic super-tournament, which from 2017-2019 was won by Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen.

Links: official website

April 10 – 18 | 20th Bangkok Chess Club Open | Thailand

The Bangkok Chess Club Open was postponed and then cancelled as global air traffic shut down in 2020. 2-time Champion Jan Gustafsson will be among those hoping things go better in 2021.

Links: official website

April 24 – May 2 | Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Leg 5 | chess24

The 5th stage of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and the 3rd Regular event, with 16 players and a $100,000 prize fund.

Links: Meltwater Champions Chess Tour

April 24 – 25 | Chess Bundesliga Rounds 11-12 | Germany

The 2nd of three weekends on which the 2019-2020 German Chess League is planned to be completed, with matches taking places in different cities around Germany.

Links: official website

May 2021

May 14 – 16 | Chess Bundesliga Rounds 13-15 | Berlin, Germany

The planned climax for the 2019-2020 German Chess League would see all the teams once again converging on Berlin for the three final rounds.

Links: official website

May 22 – June 2 | European Individual Championship | Reykjavik, Iceland

The Reykjavik Open had to be cancelled in 2020 while in 2021 the plan is for the main event of the Festival to serve as the European Championship, potentially boosting the prestige of a tournament that has largely been viewed as a qualifier for the World Cup.

The event has already been postponed once because of the virus situation. If it can’t be held at these dates the ECU say it may be postponed again to August/September, with players qualifying for the 2023 World Cup instead.

Links: official website

May 23 – 31 | Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Leg 6 | chess24

The 6th stage of the Champions Chess Tour and the third and final Major, with 12 players and a $200,000 prize fund.

Links: Meltwater Champions Chess Tour

May 31 – June 13 | European Women’s Chess Championship | Mamaia, Romania

This 11-round open determines the 2021 European Women’s Champion and also qualification spots for the Women’s World Cup.

Links: official website

June 2021

June 4 – 15 | Superbet Chess Classic | Bucharest, Romania

The 1st event on the 2021 Grand Chess Tour, which plans to follow the cancelled plan for 2020 of having five events and no Grand Final. The tournament in Bucharest is a 12-player classical event featuring all the main tour players, with a $325,000 prize fund.

Links: Grand Chess Tour

June 17 – 22 | Paris Rapid & Blitz | Paris, France

The 2nd leg of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour. The 5-day rapid and blitz tournament will have a $150,000 prize fund.

Links: Grand Chess Tour

June 17 – 26 | Prague Chess Festival | Prague, Czech Republic

The 2nd edition of the Prague Masters, won by Alireza Firouzja, was the last major chess tournament to be completed in 2020 before the virus shut down chess life. A 3rd edition, again with a Masters, Challengers and Open, is planned for 2021, but the dates have been pushed back to June due to the virus situation.

Links: official website   

June 26 – July 4 | Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Leg 7 | chess24

The 7th stage of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and the 4th Regular event, with 16 players and a $100,000 prize fund.

Links: Meltwater Champions Chess Tour

July 2021

July 5 – 12 | Croatia Rapid & Blitz | Zagreb, Croatia

The 3rd leg of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour. The 5-day rapid and blitz tournament will have a $150,000 prize fund.

Links: Grand Chess Tour

July 10 – August 6 | FIDE World Cup | Sochi, Russia

An expanded 206-player World Cup knockout tournament is provisionally planed to start in Sochi on July 10th, with the 50 top seeds starting their campaigns from Round 2. The prize fund has been raised to $1.89 million, with the two finalists both qualifying for the next Candidates Tournament. The final is this time cut from four games to two, the same length as all the other rounds (with rapid and blitz playoffs in case of a tie).

A Women’s World Cup is planned to be held at the same time with 103 players, a $676,000 prize fund and three places in the Women’s Candidates Tournament at stake.

Links: FIDE

July 13 – 18 | Sparkassen Chess Trophy | Dortmund, Germany

The virus prevented this new look tournament in Dortmund from taking off in 2020, but it’s back for 2021, with a series of opens with a €50,000 prize fund.

Links: official website

July 17 – 28 | Biel Chess Festival | Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

The Biel Chess Festival was one of the first top level tournaments to be held successfully after coronavirus restrictions eased in summer 2020, and it plans to be back for a 54th edition in 2021. In recent years it’s experimented with combining classical, rapid and blitz chess.

Links: official website

July 31 – August 8 | Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Leg 8 | chess24

The 8th stage of the Champions Chess Tour and the 5th Regular event, with 16 players and a $100,000 prize fund.

Links: Meltwater Champions Chess Tour

August 2021

August 10 – 15 | St. Louis Rapid & Blitz | Saint Louis, USA

The 4th leg of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour. The 5-day rapid and blitz tournament will have a $150,000 prize fund.

Links: Grand Chess Tour

August 17 – 27 | Sinquefield Cup | Saint Louis, USA

The 8th edition of the Sinquefield Cup is the 5th and final stage of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour. The 12-player classical event has a $325,000 prize fund and will also finalise who wins the additional $175,000 in prize money for the overall tour standings.

Links: Grand Chess Tour

August 28 – September 5 | Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Leg 9 | chess24

The 9th stage of the Champions Chess Tour and the 6th Regular event, with 16 players and a $100,000 prize fund. This will be the last chance for players to qualify for the Grand Final.

Links: Meltwater Champions Chess Tour

September 2021

Sep 25 – October 3 |  Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Final | San Francisco, USA

The Grand Final of the 2021 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour will be a $300,000 10-player round-robin featuring the top players on the tour. It’s going to be held in the San Francisco headquarters of the tour’s name sponsors Meltwater. The players will be handicapped based on their performance over the year.

Links: Meltwater Champions Chess Tour

October 2021

October 25 – November 8 | FIDE Grand Swiss | Douglas, Isle of Man

As in 2019 the traditional open tournament on the Isle of Man will become a FIDE Candidates Tournament qualifier, with the $425,000 main event now offering two places in the Candidates as well as a $70,000 top prize. This year it’s accompanied by a $125,000 FIDE Women’s Grand Swiss, with 50 players and at least one qualifier to a Women’s Candidates Tournament.

Links: official website

November 2021

November 11 – 22 | European Team Chess Championship | Terme Olimia, Slovenia

This biennial European event for national chess teams saw Russia claim double gold when it was last held in Batumi, Georgia in 2019.

Links: official website

November 27 – December 5 | European Chess Club Cup | Ohrid, North Macedonia

An annual team event for chess clubs based in Europe, though players can come from around the world.

Links: official website

November 27 – December 5 | European Women’s Chess Club Cup | Monaco

The women’s event is taking place at the same time as the open tournament, but at a different venue.

Links: official website

November-December | World Chess Championship Match | Dubai, UAE

If the Candidates Tournament is successfully completed in the first half of 2021 the plan is to hold the match between the winner and current World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Dubai as part of Expo 2020, which has now been rescheduled to begin on October 1, 2021. It’s already been announced that the match will feature 14 games rather than 12, with a prize fund of at least €2 million.

Aug 19, 2021

Aimchess US Rapid

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen is back for the Aimchess US Rapid, the 9th and last event on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour before September’s Finals. Six players are already confirmed for the Finals, but Vladislav Artemiev, Liem Quang Le, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alireza Firouzja can still book themselves a place at the expense of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who plays, and Hikaru Nakamura, who doesn’t. The action starts at 11:00 ET/17:00 CEST/20:30 IST on Saturday, August 28th.

The US angle will see 7 of the 16 players competing from North America, including strong grandmasters and leading streamers Daniel Naroditsky and Eric Hansen.

Where can I watch the Aimchess US Rapid?

Once again all the action will be streamed live and free here on chess24, in multiple languages and catering for different levels of chess knowledge. The action will also be broadcast on TV2 in Norway and by Eurosport around the world.

It all kicks off on Saturday, August 28th at 11:00 ET/17:00 CEST/20:30 IST!

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