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

Happy New Year 2023!

The year behind was crowded with official composing and solving events, thanks to the judges and organizers who worked hard in 2022.

January brought 18th International Solving Contest, another successful edition run by ever passionate Axel Steinbrink.

In March, the Solving Committee has made another step forward, introducing the very informative Solving Portal on our website.

May was the month of 15th European Chess Solving Championship, and Julia Vysotska created and exceptionally friendly atmosphere in Riga to attract solvers to the first ECSC since 2019.

Results of the two longest lasting composing events were completed between August and October. First, Valery Kopyl finalized the 8th World Championship in Composing for Individuals 2019-21, in spite of the most difficult circumstances in his country.

The other hard task was fulfilled by our long standing President Harry Fougiaxis, who took over the duty of the 11th World Chess Composing Tournament director.

During the summer, awards of the 10th FIDE World Cup in Composing were appearing one by one. In October, the director Aleksey Oganesyan ended his job and announced the final results.

World Solving Cup 2021/22, under the firm control of Roland Ott, lasted throughout the year, using the organizing resources of 13 different countries.

The final stage of the WSC was in Fujairah. In November, the United Arab Emirates hosted the 64th World Congress of Chess Composition. The first ever WCCC in Arabian Peninsula was an outstanding event in many ways. Dr. Abdulla Ali Aal Barket assured the memorable conditions for promotion of chess composition, and Mohammad Abdul Ghani was there to execute every single task.

The director of the 45th World Chess Solving Championship was the same as for the 15th ECSC. It was a challenging double task, unmistakably executed by Ivan Denkovski.

Let’s turn to 2023!

The red dates in our calendars will be 29th January (19th ISC), 2nd-4th June (16th ECSC in Bratislava) and 2nd-9th September (65th WCCC in Batumi).

Apart from regular competitions, we will have a joint duty to come closer to a much wider audience. The first steps in this direction were made a week ago, registering the WFCC in different social media (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram), with some introductory posts for each of them.

To find our stable place there we need more contributors from different countries, to “feed” the media with short but attractive and frequent posts. Some longer posts, for instance from national championships, may appear on the FIDE website, as announced by their Marketing and Communications Officer David Llada.

It’s perhaps time to recall words by our Honorary President Dr. Klaus Wenda, dedicated to the Golden Jubilee of our organization, in 2007:

There is no doubt that the status of the contemplative occupation of chess problems among the young is lower nowadays; that is confirmed by an alarming lack of young problemists in virtually all the member countries. It only makes the task of the commission more important, though: creating new incentives and new ways to arouse interest in chess composition. I know that there is no easy answer, but the important thing, in accordance with Herakleitos’s dictum, is to recognise new trends quickly and react to them appropriately.

Happy, healthy, and peaceful 2023!

Marjan Kovačević
WFCC President

15.ECSC: the presentation

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/

→ presentation of final results 15.ECSCofficial website of 15. ECSC RIGA