The organizing team of the ECSC 2018 changed recently and there is now a change in the venue of the event. Such a last-minute change is of course regrettable, but there were no alternatives left to the WFCC and it had to be accepted. /Harry Fougiaxis, the President of WFCC/
We were notified by the organisers of the 14th ECSC that the championship will not take place at Kaliningrad, as the initially foreseen hotel had to arrange some other events in that weekend. The new venue and dates are as follows:
Organiser: Chess Composition Committee of the Russian Chess Federation
Dates: 4-6 May 2018 (Friday to Sunday)
Venue: Hotel Cosmos*** (Prospect Mira 150, Moscow)
Prices: 30 EUR per person in a double room, 50 EUR per person in a single room
Prices include breakfast, free wi-fi, parking
Registration fee: 45 EUR
The hotel shall provide support to the participants for the issue of visas
Contact person: Andrey Selivanov, email@example.com
Organized by the The Latvian Society for Chess Composition, in co-operation with the Riga Chess Federation, the 13th ECSC took place in the Radisson Blu Daugava hotel, on the bank of the Daugava river. The main competition proved again the dominance of Polish solvers, whose team was accompanied by those of Serbia and Russia. Winners of individual medals were the same as in the WCSC 2016, but this time Piotr Murdzia and Kacper Piorun from Poland exchanged places, ahead of Marjan Kovačević from Serbia. Placement of juniors U23 announced the future might belong to new Russian talents: Danila Pavlov, Aleksey Popov and Svetlana Tishova. The ECSC director Luc Palmans carefully prepared a selection of high quality problems with clear contents, assuring the participants to have the essential pleasure of solving, not only a hard work. →…
- (12.05) The ECSC was officially opened by the WFCC president Harry Fougiaxis, after Julia Vysotska greeted all the guests in the name of the organizing team. Competitions began with Open solving tourney that attracted 63 participants from 16 countries, including the guest from Brazil Marcos Roland, and the record number of Latvian solvers. The director, Vidmantas Satkus (Lithuania), selected 14 problems for 180 minutes. In each round there was one fairy problem (Madrasi h#4, 4 Solutions, and S#4 Maximummer), but only 6/7 problems in each round were counted for the final table. The winner of the quite difficult contest was Bojan Vučković (Serbia) with 43 out of 60 possible points, ahead of Kacper Piorun (Poland) and Boris Tummes (Germany). The most successful lady was Laura Rogule (Latvia), supported by her husband and a month old baby (on the photo). The best junior was Danila Pavlov (Russia).
- (13.05) The central competition, 13th European Chess Solving Championship, directed by Luc Palmans (Belgium), began with 15 teams and 68 individual competitors. Between rounds, solvers could have enjoyed the view of the old town on the other side of the Daugava river (on the photo). Preliminary results of the 1st day: Teams | Individuals.
- (13.05) Solving show was run by Vidmantas Satkus, according to the system he proposed in Vilnius ECSC 2013 (Swiss system, 9 rounds, each round consisting of 1 #2, 1 h#2 and 1 S#2, solving time 2 minutes for each problem). Among 26 participants, Aleksandr Bulavka (Belarus) had the best finish and won ahead of Kacper Piorun (Poland) and Andrey Selivanov (Russia).
- (13.05) The novelty of Riga ECSC was the so called Baltic Combined competition, suggested and realized by Ilja Ketris (Latvia), one of the organizers. It is kind of biathlon competition, where the ten participants entered their own original problems, following the given thematic condition, and later solved the problems prepared by their rivals.
The Latvian Society for Chess Composition, in co-operation with the Riga Chess Federation, has the honor of inviting the European national teams and individual solvers to participate in the 13th European Chess Solving Championship. The event will be held from Friday, May 12th to Sunday May 14th, 2017, at the Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, in Riga.
Directors of the competitions: ECSC: Luc Palmans (Belgium), Open solving and Solving show: Vidmantas Satkus (Lithuania), Baltic Combined: Ilja Ketris (Latvia).
The 10th ECSC took place at Igalo, Montenegro in 16.-18.05.2014.
All the solving events were organised, controlled and judged by the tireless Ryszard Królikowski. His efforts have been titanic and WFCC is really thankful. It is sad that Paul Valois, who had volunteered to help Ryszard in controlling and marking, passed away unexpectedly a few days before the event.
- ECSC: 15 teams and 63 solvers. The three top teams: Poland, Russia, Serbia. The three top solvers: Piotr Murdzia (Poland), Georgy Evseev (Russia), Marko Filipović (Croatia).
- Open Solving tournament: 60 participants. The three top solvers: Jonathan Mestel (Great Britain), Piotr Murdzia (Poland), Piotr Górski (Poland).
- Quick Solving: 35 participants. The three top solvers: Jonathan Mestel (Great Britain), Vasyl Dyachuk (Ukraine), Jorma Paavilainen (Finland).