European Individual Chess Championship as it’s known today was established in the year of 2000 by European Chess Union. The aim of this tournament is not only to determine European Individual Chess Champions, but also to qualify players for FIDE evens such as World Cup.

The 1st European Individual Women Chess Championship was held in Batumi, Georgia in 2000 and was won by Ukrainian chess player Natalia Zhukova. Since then Ukrainian representatives have won 4 more times (in 2005 and 2008 by Kateryna Lahno, in 2015 Natalia Zhukova and in 2016 Anna Ushenina). The same amount of gold medals have travelled to Russia with Alexandra Kosteniuk in 2004, Tatiana Kosintseva in 2007 and 2009 and Valentina Gunina in 2012 and 2014. In 2013 the tournament was won by Hungarian representative Hoang Thanh Trang, in 2011 gold medal was taken to our neighbor country Lithuania by Viktorija Chmilyte and in 2010 the champion was Pia Cramling.

European Individual Women Chess Championship locations:

2000 – Batumi, Georgia

2001 – Warsaw, Poland

2002 – Varna, Bulgaria

2003 – Silivri, Turkey

2004 – Dresden, Germany

2005 – Chisinau, Moldova

2006 – Kusadasi, Turkey

2007 – Dresden, Germany

2008 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2009 – Saint Petersburg, Russia

2010 – Rijeka, Croatia

2011 – Tbilisi, Georgia

2012 – Gaziantep, Turkey

2013 – Belgrade, Serbia

2014 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2015 – Chakvi, Georgia

2016 – Mamaia, Romania

2017 – Riga, Latvia