15.ECSC Final Results & Photos

With a gratitude to all our guests!

After two years of break (2020-21) 15th European Chess Solving Championship attracted 12 teams and 61 solvers from 14 countries; brought new names to the stage; promoted new generation; and broke some records. 

The World champion from Rhodes 2021 Danila Pavlov convincingly defended his 2019 European title (and won the Open) far ahead of Piotr Murdzia and Tomaš Peitl. Nobody ever made a similar collection off titles before his 20th birthday! The key-rounds were endgames, more-movers and helpmates, where the ECSC director Ivan Denkovski placed the most difficult problems. At the end of the tensed team competition, the first four places were separated by 5 points only (from 205,25 to 200,25). The hero of the record breaking 6th title for Serbia was 17 years old Ilija Serafimović, who closely missed individual medal. Lithuania was leading up to the last round, but fell to 2nd place after helpmates. Slovakia made its historical success, with the team bronze, individual bronze for Tomaš Peitl, and gold for Marek Kolčak among seniors.Marina Putinceva won the women field being only 15, ahead of Laura Rogule and the debutant Denisa Bucur. The efforts of organizers to promote chess composition in Latvia were rewarded by the successes of Laura Rogule and 16 years old Emils Tabors, bronze medalist among juniors. Emils had the record gains of rating: +151 in ECSC and the Open! But the Youth marked Riga gathering in many more ways. You should have seen the results of  Michał Koziorowicz and Kevinas Kuznecovas in Add-a-Piece competition; follow Mihnea Costachi analyzing his chess games (with Stefanova, Dubov and Firouzja); or join the 6 years old Ilya, a guest of Islande hotel, who was spending hours in front of the demo board, puling sleeves and asking participants to show him some chess problem…

See ECSC 2022: Prizegiving photo gallery (photos by Maksims Pučinskis)

Recent updates for the participants of ECSC 2022

Dear guests,
In 2 weeks we will have the pleasure to welcome you in Riga!
To make your stay and solving nicer, we have published some additional information:

  1. The TRANSFER from the airport to the hotel on 12.05 and 13.05. Please, those who are interested in this option, send your arrival time and flight number to ecsc2022@wfcc.ch
  2. Please check if your registration for all tournaments is correct. A new option on the PARTICIPANTS page shows you participants by the tournament. Please let us know before May 7th if you would like to make any changes to your attendance of the tournaments. You can also see the list of those who arrive the day before and stay one day more.
  3. The SCHEDULE of the events is final now. The rules from all competitions are available from there.
  4. The solutions for ADD-A-PIECE tournament’s examples are published! Please see them to have a better idea about this competition. You might really enjoy it!
  5. A little gallery of 20 minutes walking tour around Islande Hotel, March 2022, might give you a better feeling about the surrounding. A big shopping center is on the distance of 3-5 minutes walk from the hotel, a bridge over Daugava river to get to the Old town – about 7 minutes walk.
  6. Some little souvenirs from Riga (magnets, cups, key holders, …) we will offer to you for the price 2-3 times below the market price thanks to the support of Baltic Souvenirs company.

Welcome to ECSC 2022 in Riga!

Latvian Chess Problem Society is honored to invite solvers, composers and friends of chess composition to the 15th European Chess Solving Championship!

  • Dates: 13th – 15th May, 2022
  • Location: Riga, the capital of Latvia
  • Venue: Islande Hotel☆☆☆☆
    € 55 single • € 65 double room per day
  • Participation fee: € 60

See the proposal (PDF) and The Invitation to ECSC 2022 published on WFCC website. All details about the events and tournaments in the frames of 15th ECSC are coming… Feel free to contact us in case of any questions!