The best individual players per boards

23. November 2021

Along with the Team Winners of European Team Chess Championship 2021, the best individual players per each board were awarded for their performance with medals and gifts during the Closing ceremony of the event.

The best Board 1 individual players of the Open event:
1. Firouzja Alireza (FRA)
2. Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL)
3. Shirov Alexei (ESP)

The best Board 2 individual players of the Open event:
1. Volokitin Andrei (UKR)
2. Dubov Daniil (RUS)
3. Anton Guijarro David (ESP)

The best Board 3 individual players of the Open event:
1. Bjerre Jonas Buhl (DEN)
2. Jones Gawain C B (ENG)
3. Van Foreest Jorden (NED)

The best Board 4 individual players of the Open event:
1. Gledura Benjamin (HUN)
2. Moranda Wojciech (POL)
3. Sanal Vahap (TUR)

The best Board 5 individual players of the Open event:
1. Abasov Nijat (AZE)
2. Svane Rasmus (GER)
3. Esipenko Andrey (RUS)

The final board lists of Open event can be found here.

The best Board 1 individual players of the Women’s event:
1. Dzagnidze Nana (GEO)
2. Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS)
3. Sebag Marie (FRA)

The best Board 2 individual players of the Women’s event:
1. Javakhishvili Lela (GEO)
2. Lagno Kateryna (RUS)
3. Roebers Eline (NED)

The best Board 3 individual players of the Women’s event:
1. Milliet Sophie (FRA)
2. Gunina Valentina (RUS)
3. Buksa Nataliya (UKR)

The best Board 4 individual players of the Women’s event:
1. Shuvalova Polina (RUS)
2. Gaponenko Inna (UKR)
3. Sandu Mihaela (ROU)

The best Board 5 individual players of the Women’s event:
1. Kashlinskaya Alina (RUS)
2. Gajcin Marina (SRB)
3. Zhukova Natalia (UKR)

The final board lists of Women’s event can be found here.

The European Team Chess Championship 2021 successfully concluded

21. November 2021

The European Team Chess Championship 2021 successfully concluded today in Terme Catez, Slovenia.

The Closing ceremony of the event took place on Sunday, 21st of November, with the attendance of the ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, ECU Honorary President Mr. Boris Kutin, President of Slovenian Parliament Mr. Igor Zorcic, President of Slovenian Chess Federation Mr. Milan Brglez, and distinguished guests representing sponsors of the event.

After intonations of anthems of Republic of Slovenia and European Chess Union, the ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili took a floor and addressed all the players with special congratulations to the Winners and Medalists.

Mr. Milan Brglez, the President of the Slovenian Chess Federation, expressed his pleasure that the event successfully concluded. He warmly addressed all the guests of the Closing Ceremony, participants and the Winners of the event with the message “Gens una sumus”.

The President of the Slovenian Parliament, Mr. Igor Zorcic, congratulated the Winners and emphasized that he is pleased to see Slovenia as a host of the biggest European team chess event.

Russia defeated the team of Poland to score absolute 18 match points, while Georgia took a victory against France for the final score of 15 match points.

The team of Ukraine was victorious against Hungary with the final 3-1 result, scoring 12 match points to fight for the medal.

Azerbaijan team took a narrow 2.5-1.5 victory over Netherlands for the final result of 12 match points. Since Ukraine and Azerbaijan tied for the third place scoring 12 match points each, tiebreaks criteria decided that the team of Azerbaijan takes bronze.

The final results can be found here.

After a dramatic finish in the Open event, where four teams: Armenia, Ukraine, France and Azerbaijan entered the last round fighting for the first place, Ukraine claimed gold thanks to the better tiebreaks than France.

Ukrainians convincingly won Armenia in the direct encounter for the top, with the 3-1 result, to have the final score of 14 match points. Korobov Anton was the first one to bring a decisive point for Ukraine, defeating Sargissian Gabriel on the first board. Volokitin Andrei beat Martirosyan Haik while Schevchenko Kirill and Hovhannisyan Robert, and Onyshchuk Volodymyr and Ter-Sahakyan Samvel agreed for a draw.

Firouzja Alireza brought the victory to the French team, as he overcame Mamedyarov Shakhriyar in a pawn-up rooks endgame after the boards 2, 3 and 4 ended their games in a peaceful manner. With this victory, Firouzja Alireza became the youngest chess player to cross 2800 rating aged 18 years and 5 months. Magnus Carlsen cross 2800 rating when aged 18 years and 11 months!

France scored 12 match points to join Ukrainians on the top, but tiebreaks decided that the team of France takes silver.

The teams of Poland and Spain tied for bronze, having the same score of 13 match points, each, but additional criteria was in favor of Polish players.

Poland crushed the Georgian team in the last round with 3.5-0.5 result to deserve the spot on the podium of Medalists.

Spain took a thin 2.5-1.5 victory over Netherlands, after Anton Guijarro David defeated Van Foreest Lucas, while all the others ended their games in a draw. However, the last round victory wasn’t enough for Spain to take the medal due to the lower tiebreaks than Poland.

Final standings can be found here.

Russia wins European Women’s Team Chess Championship

21. November 2021

Russia wins European Women’s Team Chess Championship 2021 with a round to spare

Russian Women’s Team convincingly won the 2021 European Team Chess Championship sparing the last round of the event.

With a Round 8 victory against Ukraine, Russia scored impeccable 16 match points to be ahead of Georgia whose players secured a silver medal. After Kateryna Lagno defeated Osmak Iulia, two draws happened on the board 1 and 3 – between Muzychuk Anna and Goryachkina Aleksandra, and Buksa Nataliya and Shuvalova Polina.

Gaponenko Inna tried to score for Ukraine against Kashlinskaya Alina on the board four, but eventually, Kashlinskaya took another point for Russia and the match ended with a final 3-1 result.

In a direct encounter for medals, Georgia overwhelmed Greece with 3.5-0.5 score and secured second place with 13 match points.

Seven teams are in a tie for third place and enter the final round fighting for bronze: Poland, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, France, Netherlands, Hungary and Greece.

The last round starts tomorrow from 15:00 CEST and the top pairings are:
Russia – Poland
Georgia – France
Ukraine – Hungary
Azerbaijan – Netherlands
Serbia – Greece

Pairings, results and standings can be found here.

The two leaders of the Open section: Azerbaijan and Ukraine quickly finished the match with all four games ending with threefold repetition. With an overall 2-2 score, both teams kept the lead and entered the last round with good chances for gold.

The team of France defeated Russia with a tight 2.5-1.5 victory to score 12 match points and leap on the top. Lagarde Maxime brought the decisive point for the French team winning against Esipenko Andrey while the first three boards ended in draws.

Armenia crushed Serbia with a final 3.5-0.5 result, ensuing 12 match points. Martirosyan Haik won the game against Ivanisevic Ivan, Hovhannisyan Robert overcame Markus Robert, Ter-Sahakyan Samvel was victorious against Perunovic Milos and the first board clash between Sargissian Gabriel and Indjic Aleksandar ended in a peaceful manner.

All four teams: Armenia, France, Azerbaijan and Ukraine enter the last round sharing the lead with 12 match points.

The 9th round will be played tomorrow starting from 15:00 CEST and will decide the Medalists of the event. The top pairings are:
France – Azerbaijan
Ukraine – Armenia
Spain – Netherlands
Georgia – Poland
Russia – England

Pairings, standings and results can be found here.

Improve your life by playing a game

20. November 2021

Today and tomorrow you are kindly invited to purchase an excellent book (Improve your life by playing a game) by chess grandmaster and doctor of psychology Jana Krivec. ♟❤📚📖

Anna Muzychuk came to Championship

20. November 2021

On Friday, in the late evening, one of the world's best players, Ukrainian Anna Muzychuk, also came to the championship to replace the ill player Anna Ushenina. This will give the Ukrainian team an extra boost to jump to the top places in the championship.

Ana was born in Ukraine, but she has fond memories of Slovenia, as she has represented Slovenia at international competitions since 2004. Since 2014, he has been performing for Ukraine again.
At the 36th Chess Olympiad, she competed as the first board of the Slovenian national team, where she won the title of female grandmaster (wGM) with an excellent performance (November 2004).

Selection of her greatest successes:
• 1st place at the 2010 World Youth Championships (D20)
• 2nd place at the 2004 World Junior Championships (D14)
• Champion of Ukraine in 2003 in the membership competition
• European Champion in 1996 (D8), 1998 (D10), 2000 (D10), 2002 (D12), 2003 (D14)

Standings after 7 rounds

20. November 2021

After seven played rounds at the European Team Chess Championship 2021 in Terme Catez, Slovenia, the Russian Women’s team holds the sole lead, while Azerbaijan and Ukraine tie for the top of the Open section.

With a convincing 3-1 victory over Azerbaijan, Russian Women improved their lead scoring 14 match points. Valentina Gunina was the first one to take a full point for Russia, overwhelming Fataliyeva Ulviyya on the third board. Shuvalova Polina followed with another decisive result, defeating Beydullayeva Govhar on the board 4, while Goryachkina Aleksandra and Kateryna Lagno agreed for draws against Mammadzada Gunay and Balajayeva Khanim (respectively).

Russians are now 3 match points ahead of Georgia who scores 11 match points after a peaceful 2-2 match played against Ukraine.

The top pairings of the round 8 are:
Ukraine – Russia
Greece – Georgia
Netherlands – Poland
Hungary – Azerbaijan
France – Romania

All the results, pairings and standings can be found here.

The Russian team of the Open section suffered an upset losing against Ukraine. After three draws on boards 1, 2, and 4, 19 years old Shevchenko Kirill brought a narrow 2.5-1.5 victory for Ukrainians beating Alekseenko Kirill. Defeating Russians, the team of Ukraine came on the top of the crosstable with 11 match points.

In another clash of the leaders, Azerbaijan was victorious over Netherlands. With a win of Abasov Nijat over Van Den Doel Erik and three draws on the first three boards, Azerbaijanis scored 11 match points to be in a joined lead with Ukrainians.

Russia, Spain, Armenia, Poland, France, and Serbia follow and tie for the third position with 10 match points, each.

The top pairings of the penultimate 8th round are:
Azerbaijan – Ukraine
Russia – France
Poland – Spain
Armenia – Serbia
Hungary – Netherlands

All the results, standings, and pairings can be found here.

All the games are broadcasted live and can be followed through the Official webpage of the event together with commentaries by GM Alojzije Jankovic. Jan-Krzysztof Duda today joined the live studio and shared his insights about the upcoming World Championship match.

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Statement by the Organizing Committee

18. November 2021

During the regular tests of the Championship one player went through all the necessary tests and was declared by the doctors as a positive case. The player is isolated according the Slovenian protocols and will not continue the tournament.

Even all the rest regular tests were negative, everyone who was in contact was examined and had already 2 additional tests. All the tests including Rapid and PCR tests were negative.

We note that according the official instructions of National Institute of Public Health of Slovenia for persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, quarantine due to contact is not required if less than 9 months have elapsed since the establishment of COVID-19 protection.

The player who tested positive may be replaced. The Chief Arbiter may apply additional safety measures to any player or captain as foreseen in the tournament protocol.

We wish everyone a safe rest of tournament and the affected player best and fast recovery. Players and Captains and tournament officials shall continue follow strictly the sanitary rules and the Organising Committee will continue to monitor the situation and ask for additional tests according the health protocols and Slovenia law. 

After five rounds resting day ahead

17. November 2021

After five played rounds at the European Team Chess Championship 2021 in Terme Catez, Slovenia, six teams of the Open section and the Russian team of Women’s event go to the resting day heading the crosstables.

The top two matches of the European Team Chess Championship 2021 ended in a draw 2-2 result. All four games of the Azerbaijan – Russia match ended in a peaceful manner, while two decisive results happened in the match between Spain and Hungary.

Armenia took a narrow victory against France, the Netherlands was victorious against Serbia with the same 2.5-1.5 score and Ukraine won the match against Georgia to be in a joined lead with 5 mentioned teams: Russia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Armenia, and Netherlands.

Today is the resting day, and the fights for the throne will continue with the sixth round, on Thursday, 18th of November, starting from 15:00 CEST.

The top pairings of the round 6 are:

  • Russia – Hungary
  • Azerbaijan – Armenia
  • Ukraine – Netherlands
  • Romania – Spain
  • France – Greece

All the results, standings and pairings can be found here.

Russian Women’s team emerged as the sole winner of the Women’s Championship after overcoming Italy. Shuvalova Polina was a hero of Russia, defeating Sedina Elena to bring a thin 2.5-1.5 victory for Russians.

With a score of 2.5-1.5, Georgia won the match against Armenia, scoring 8 match points. Greece has beaten the team of France to tie for second place with Georgia, having the same number of match points.

The top pairings of the 6th round are:

  • Russia – Greece
  • Poland – Georgia
  • Italy – Azerbaijan
  • Ukraine – Armenia
  • Germany – Hungary

All the results, pairings, and rank tables can be found here.

Despite the top boards, all the eyes were on the Open section match between Scotland and Ireland, where 11 years old Frederik Gordon outplayed 16 years old Kanyamarala Trisha.

All the games of the event are broadcasted live together with commentaries by GM Alojzije Jankovic. ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili yesterday joined the LIVE studio and commented on the games.

Photo gallery

Photo exhibition CHESS and SPORT at Brežice Castle

16. November 2021

As part of the celebration of the 23rd European Team Championship, the Chess Federation of Slovenia, in cooperation with the Photographic Association of Slovenia, the Digital Photo Club and the Digital Camera magazine, organized a photography conquest on the topic of CHESS and SPORT.

The opening of the exhibition was on Thursday, 11 November 2021. The visitors were addressed by the President of the Chess Association of Slovenia, dr. Milan Brglez, former Prime Minister Lojze Peterle, and Digital Photo Club President Igor Rosina.

89 authors from Slovenia, Croatia and Bangladesh took part in the competition, submitting 374 photographs. The jury consisting of Andreja Ravnjak, Stane Jeršič and Luka Rifelj chose Mihael Kacafuro as the best photographer, while Rene Kračun won in the chess category and Maja Koprivc in the sports category.

More about the competition and viewing the awarded pictures on the results of the CHESS AND SPORT 2021 competition you can see here >> Digital camera

Organizers and winners of the competition.

The exhibition at Brežice Castle is on view during the championship, until Sunday 22 November 2021.

The competition was sponsored by INBA, Estate Investments.