New Closing Date for ECSC Registration

The new closing date for the 17. ECSC ( to be held at Hagen, Germany at April 19-21, 2024 is

March 15, 2024.

Entry fee is 60 EUR for registration and payment received until March 15, 75 EUR later (limited availability). For registration the Open Solving tourney only the fee is 20 EUR.

One more change: The Open solving on Friday (April 19) will start two hours later, at 17:00 and run until 20:30. This seems to be more convenient for solvers travelling on Friday.

Details can be found at the invitation and the registration pages.

Official website | Invitation in PDF | Please REGISTER by March 15, 2024

65th WCCC – Highlights and Decisions

31 member countries were present, 4 of them via Zoom connection. Armenia was welcomed as the 44th member country of the Federation.

Upcoming events 2024:

20th International Solving Contest (ISC) on 21 January 2024, central organizers Luc Palmans and Arvydas Mockus.

17th European Chess Solving Championship (ECSC) iHagen, Germany 19-21 April 2024.

66th World Congress of Chess Composition (WCCC) and 47th World Chess Solving Championship (WCSC): the deadline for bids extended till October 15, decision postponed for the WFCC online Meeting.

16th ECSC Bratislava – final presentation

14 teams and 75 individuals (2 unofficial without rating calculations) from 18 countries participated in the 16th ECSC.
The three top teams: Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia
The three top individuals: Kacper Piorun (Poland), Piotr Murdzia (Poland),  Eddy Van Beers (Belgium)

European championships are returning to their traditional annual rhythm. We are happy that Bratislava was able to welcome the top European chess solvers. Many thanks to the ECSC director Marko Klasinc and the OPEN director Marián Križovenský. Bohumil Moravčík selected the problems for the OPEN, the selection of ECSC problems was made by Marko Klasinc. A lot of credit for the smooth running of the championship goes to Axel Steinbrink, who helped the directors in both tournaments. Ján Golha and Emil Klemanič assisted the directors also”
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– Marek Kolčák, member of the 16th ECSC organizing committee

See the whole ECSC 2023 presentation with the results, problems, solutions of the 16.ECSC and the competitions held in the frames of it.

ECSC2023: Baltic Combined & Blind Solving

(03.06.2023) Two additional solving competitions were held in the frames of ECSC 2023 on Saturday, 03 June 2023.


The blind solving tournament is a rapid-fire tournament in the style of quick solving, where problems are presented one by one on a screen. Unlike in ordinary quick solving, where diagrams are shown, in this tournament problems will be presented in notation only.

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Conceived by Ilja Ketris for the 13th ECSC in Riga 2017, Baltic Combined is a tournament which will test both composing and solving skills. Every participant must send one original orthodox helpmate in two with only one solution.

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World Solving Cup 2022/2023 – Bratislava 2.6.2023

ECSC Open Solving 2023 | 12th tournament of World Solving Cup 2022/2023:
Participants: 71 | Winner: Piotr Murdzia (POL) ahead of Jonathan Mestel (GBR) and Eddy Van Beers (BEL)
Jakub Marciniszyn (POL) with third FM and second IM Norm!
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2557.55 | WSC category: 2
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Kevinas Kuznecovas (LTU) 90 points (unchanged), 2. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 64 points (+41), 3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 61 points (unchanged), 4. Eddy Van Beers (BEL) 50 points (+31), 5. Jonathan Mestel (GBR) 46 points (+36).
More details published in Competitions→Solving→World Solving Cup @ Solving Portal

16th European Chess Solving Championship

Slovak Organisation for Chess Composition is honoured to invite European national teams and individual solvers to attend the 16th European Chess Solving Championship (ECSC).

The ECSC will be held from Friday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 4th at the Falkensteiner Hotel, Pilárikova ulica 5, 811 03 Bratislava.

Activities: ECSC, 1st and 2nd day (director Marko Klasinc, Slovenia) | Open solving tournament (director Valery Krivenko, Ukraine) | Baltic Combined (director Oto Mihalčo, Slovakia) | Blind solving (director Ľubomír Širáň, Slovakia) | ECSC composing TT for helpmate in two (judge Juraj Lörinc, Slovakia) | JT 90 Formánek composing tournament (judge Bedrich Formánek & Ladislav Packa, Slovakia) | Walking tour to the old town (around one hour)

Official website | Invitation in PDF | Please REGISTER by Sunday 30th April