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.