Chess to make first look at European Games


Blitz in pairs

Chess will make its first appearance within the European Games as an accompanying event beneath the aegis of the Organizing Committee of the Kraków-Maloposka Games 2023.

ECU regulated a model new particular competition, the European Pair Blitz Chess Championship 2023, which will take place on 19th of June 2023 in Kraków, Poland, as an accompanying event on the European Games Krakow-Malopolska 2023. The Championship is organized by the Malopolska and Silesian Chess Association under the auspices of the European Chess Union and the Polish Chess Federation with the assist of the International Chess Federation (FIDE).

Eight teams (ECU members) are invited according the best mixed Pair FIDE Classical rating according to the March 2023 listing: Ukraine, Azerbaijan, France, Poland, Romania, Germany, Armenia and the Netherlands. Each team shall consist of one participant over 2650 (classical rating) within the open part and one female player over 2350 (classical rating) within the women’s part, and one representative/captain.

Jan-Krzysztof Duda

Photo from the 2021 European Blitz Chess Championship

Both Women’s and Open occasions will encompass two phases:

  • Qualification: 8-team round-robin tournament
  • Playoffs: Knockout system with the 4 best-ranked groups of the qualification stage

The price of play is 3 minutes plus 2-second increments from the first move.

Medals & standings

The individual medals are decided by the playoffs in each section. The gold medal shall be awarded to the winner of the final match, and the silver medal will go to the runner-up. The winner of the match for third place wins the bronze medal.

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The combined pair medals are decided by the ultimate position of the gamers of every staff after the playoffs in every section (sum of points): 1st – 8 points, 2nd – 7 factors, 3rd – 6 factors, 4th – 5 factors, 5th – 4 factors, 6th – 3 points, 7th – 2 points, and 8th – 1 point. In case of a tie between two teams, the tiebreak standards are the sum of points in the open and women’s sections through the qualification spherical.


The 3 winners of the Open, Women’s and Combined Pair sections will receive gold, silver and bronze medals, the same as European Olympic Games medals. The best European Pair will obtain the title of European Pair Chess Blitz Champion 2023.

The utility should be despatched by Monday, April 10th, 2023, to the e-mail address: [email protected] with a replica to ECU: [email protected]

Contact information

Kamila Kałużna- Turcza – president of the Malopolska Chess Association
E- mail: [email protected]
mob.: +48 693 046 440
Official website:


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