Finally it's starts!

The first round was preceded by a welcome from Cristina Rigo followed by the Italian National Anthem and the ECU one.
26 Maggio 2023

After 12 days from the closing of registrations, as scheduled, today Friday May 26 at 15.10, with only a few minutes late, the first round of the 2023 edition of the ECU  Senior Chess Championship 50+ and 65+ was kicked off.

Overall, after some last-minute withdraw, 179 players started moving knights and pawns divided into three tournaments: Open 65+ with 90 participants; Open 50+ with 80 participants and Women 50+ with 9 participants (obviously it's a round robin tournament).

Round-1

Subsequently he presented the arbiters staff composed:

  • Deputy Chief Arbiter Almog Burstein (Israel)
  • Nuno Andrade (Portugal)
  • Sergii Larkin (Ukraine)
  • Tamas Gyomber (Hungary)
  • Andra Cimina (Latvia)
  • Martin Dobrotka (Slovakia)
  • Marta Motuzova (Slovakia)
  • Frank Jaeger (Deutschland)
  • Brunetto Casalini (Italy)
  • Roberto Mancin (Italy)

and Fiala Zdenek (Czech Republic) for the electronics boards.

The first round was preceded by a welcome from Cristina Rigo followed by the Italian National Anthem and the ECU one. Then the Monegasque Jean-Michel Rapaire, Vice President of the ECU and Rossana Benazzo Councilor for Tourism of the Municipality of Acqui took part. So the floor went to the Chief Arbiter Panagiotis Nikoloupoulos  alias “Takis” (Greece) who illustrated the latest regulations that came into force relating in particular to anticheating and the method of application in this Championship.

Tomorrow evening May 27th at 21:30 the first of the two planned blitz tournament.
It will be played in the same play venue and is open to all players, even those outside the tournament.
Registration at the Organization desk.


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