After three years we met again at the European Chess Solving Championship. The event in Riga brought back to the field many old friends, and we were also happy to welcome a number of new ones – almost a quarter of the participants were debutantes. Danila Pavlov convincingly defended his title (overall and among juniors), finishing well ahead of the second-placed Piotr Murdzia and the third-placed Tomáš Peitl.
While the outcome of the individual competition was mostly certain already after the fifth round, the suspense in the team competition continued up to the last minute. In a spectacular finish, led by the young Ilija Serafimović, Serbia outran Lithuania as well as Slovakia, whose third team place was further accompanied by Marek Kolčák’s win in the senior competition. The women’s competition was won by the fifteen-year old Marina Putinceva. /Ivan Denkovski, 15.ECSC director/
We are wishing you a nice stay in the capital of Latvia in May 2022! For your convenience a RIGA TIPS section is created on the official website of the event, were we will be giving the recent information about traveling to Latvia and local conditions.
As some other big events take part in the same area in May, the official hotel expects to be in high demand. In the middle of April we will have to release a block of rooms reserved for ECSC 2022 if not used. Please register in March to be assured about staying in the official hotel (cancellation is free of charge up to the first week of May). Otherwise the registration is opened up to 15th April.
A number of measures will be eased as from 1 March 2022, as the state of emergency expires. From March 1st for entering Latvia either Covid19 vaccination certificate OR negative test result is needed. With the number of new cases declining, there are plans to lift all security restrictions as from 1 April.
Julia Vysotska, on behalf of Latvian Chess Problem Society
Latvian Chess Problem Society, in co-operation with the Latvian Chess Federation, has the honor of inviting the European national teams and individual solvers to participate in the 15th European Chess Solving Championship. The event will be held from Friday, May 13th to Sunday May 15th, 2022, at the Islande Hotel, in Riga.
Directors of the competitions: ECSC: Ivan Denkovski (North Macedonia), Open solving: Antons Gajevskis (Latvia), Solving-Composing tournament: Marjan Kovačević (SRB).
As a result of the growing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on people’s lives all around the globe and taking into account the reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicating the constant increase in the number of cases worldwide, WFCC has decided to postpone the 15th European Chess Solving Championship that was scheduled for 24-26 April 2020. The event will be held in Poltava, Ukraine in 2021 (the exact weekend will be announced at a later stage).
With regard to the 63rd WCCC / 44th WCSC 2020 that are scheduled for 3-10 October in Rhodes, the organisers will monitor the situation as evolves and will decide by the end of April or May. At the moment, in Greece flights are suspended, all schools, universities, retail shops and hotels will be closed until at least end of April and citizens are not allowed to move freely around the country (except for going to their jobs if they are still operating, to the supermarket, or to a doctor).
Stay home and be safe! – Harry Fougiaxis, WFCC president.
The Chess Composition Committee of the Ukrainian Chess Federation, Poltava Region Chess Federation, Poltava City Organization of Poltava Region Chess Federation have the honour to invite the European national teams and individual solvers of Europe and World to participate in the 15th European Chess Solving Championship. The event will be held from Friday, April 24rd of 2020 (arrival) till Monday, April 27th of 2020 (departure) at the Poltava Palace of Culture (Maidan Nezalezhnosti square, 5). Accommodation offered is in the Hotel “Almaz”.
Director of the championship will be Ivan Denkovski (MKD) and of the open solving tournament Valery Kopyl.
The remarkably young (with three juniors among the four solvers!) team of Russia brought the country its first European team title, finishing well ahead of second-placed Poland and third-placed United Kingdom. While the powerful performance of the new champions made the outcome of the team competition quite certain already after the fifth round, the suspense in the individual competition continued up to the last minute. Thanks to their results in the final round, the silver-medalist Piotr Murdzia and the bronze-medalist (and winner in the official senior competition) John Nunn outran the other competitors, all except one: the sixteen-year old Danila Pavlov, who successfully resisted all the attacks on the yellow jersey that he had taken after the fourth round, and became the youngest ever European champion. /Ivan Denkovski, director/