European #Chess Solving Championship Comes to London!

European Solving Championship Comes to London 

The chess revival of London continues!  This year's European Chess Solving Championship is to be held at Sunningdale during April.  Most of the world's top chess solvers are expected to be at the event, which will decide this year's individual European Champion and the Champion nation of Europe. 

Favourite for the individual is the current European and World Champion Piotr Murdzia from Poland, but solving Grandmasters from Russia, Great Britain, Germany and many others will be keen to unseat him.  Poland also hold the team title, but are likely to be outgraded by Russia who should start as favourites.  Great Britain, with two former World Champions in their squad, are also expected to contend for the title. 

Competitors have to solve chess problems and endgame studies, against the clock, and each round includes orthodox two-, three- and more-movers, as well as selfmates, helpmates and studies.  Titles and gradings for chess solving are similar to the over-the-board system, with Grandmasters, International Masters and Fide Masters of solving.   Murdzia is currently the highest rated solver with a rating of 2843.

The venue, familiar to 4NCL players, is the De Vere Sunningdale Park Hotel, at Sunningdale near Windsor on the outskirts of London.  The event takes place from Friday April 9th to Monday April 12th, with the main European Championship competitions on the Saturday and Sunday mornings.  The event will also include solving events for the public, problem-composing competitions and lectures; chess enthusiasts are welcome to take part in these.  Full details are on the ECSC website    

For more information, contact:

The ECSC Organiser Paul Valois at or on 0113 2620609,

or Ian Watson at or on 07768 847476.

Best wishes

Adam Raoof

ECF Director of Home Chess
FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter
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