About us

Let us please introduce you to our ladies team that will be working in the “Commission For Women’s Chess” in ECU. We share not only a love and passion for chess, but also a desire to improve and strengthen the women’s role in chess: whether players, trainers, arbiters or organizers, etc.

We are happy to share with you all the news about women’s chess in Europe like tournaments, calendars, seminars and many other exciting events. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook to be sure you do not miss anything. And please feel free to share with us your suggestions for the improvements or just leave us your feedback, we are here to listen and support you!

Our main long- and short-term goals and objectives are:

  • promoting and supporting women’s participation in chess and in the chess tournaments;
  • building and strengthening a network of female chess community in Europe;
  • encouraging and supporting European chess federations to create a women’s commission;
  • providing support to initiatives and projects that positively enhance women’s role in chess;
  • increasing interest and number of female trainers, arbiters and organizers by organizing online workshops and seminars for them;
  • organizing online chess tournaments and supporting organizers to increase the number of norm’s events in Europe for female chess players


Regina Theissl Pokorna (Chairman)

My whole life is from this beautiful sport influenced and I‘m very thankful for that. I was born in Bratislava and learnt how to play chess at the age of 4.. I like to say that Caissa sent me my former trainer GM Jan Plachetka with whom I was lucky to celebrate one of my nicest achievements, like Junior & Team European Champion in 1999, 7.Place at the Olympiad in Calvia 2004.

I sacrificed a lot for chess, but also got many positive things back.

I‘ve been travelling a lot, managed to win several strong tournaments and got to know many wonderful „chess“ people.


Sport, Reading, Traveling, Foreign languages

Favourite player

Michael Adams
Anatoly Karpov

Favourite chess piece

A pair of Bishops

Favourite chess book

Lessons with a Grandmaster
from Boris Gulko

If” doesn’t exist in sport. That’s the real thing. If, if, if – never comes. The thing is, you have to do it.

- Rafael Nadal

Marija Lukic (Secretary)

I was born in Belgrade and learned to play chess at the age of 6. Very quickly, I wanted to become an arbiter and coach.

I founded the chess club at the age of 19, and since then I have been working with the children of the chess school. Also, I really liked being the organizer of many domestic and international tournaments and chess camps for children. As a teacher, I taught chess as an elective subject in schools in Serbia for 9 years.


Taekwondo, Skiing, Practical Shooting I.P.S.C.; Reading, Travelling

Favourite player

Svetozar Gligoric

Favourite chess piece


Favourite chess book

I play against pieces

I have always a slight feeling of pity for the man who has no knowledge of chess, just as I would pity the man who has remained ignorant of love. Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make man happy.

- Siegbert Tarrasch

Elina Danielian (Councilor)

I learnt to play chess when I was about 5 years old. Since that time I achieved many titles in youth chess as well as in my entire chess career.
One of my significant achievement was in 2021 when I became European Women Champion. And until now I’m an active player. It’s all because I like to play chess, to create, to find ideas and simply to fight over the board.


Spor, Traveling, Music

Favourite player

Jose Raul Capablanca
Anatoly Karpov

Favourite chess piece


Favourite chess book

“Candidates Tournament” Zurich 1953
by David Bronstein

Whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

Agnieszka Milewska (Councilor)

l was born in Augustów in Poland. Since my childhood I was playing chess in the club and with my family. Chess was always a big part of my family life. We play before and we play now. Since I moved to England, I have started working in Chess in Schools and Communities and support children learning chess at schools. I have become Fide Arbiter and National Instructor. I’m as well Director of the Women’s Chess in England. I would like to encourage more Woman and girls to play chess.


Basketball, Table Tennis, Music

Favourite player

David Howell

Favourite chess piece

Knight and Queen

Favourite chess book

Think Like a Super-GM
by Michael Adams and Philip Hurtado

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

- Nelson Mandela

Elena-Luminița Cosma (Councilor)

Date and place of birth: 22.01.1972 Bucharest
WGM (1994), FT, FA

Engineer (Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science – University Politehnica of Bucharest)

World Junior Champion 1990 and Vice-champion in 1988,1989,1992
13 participations at the Olympiad (1 silver board medal), 11 participations at European Team Championship (2 team’s medals, the best result of EWTC Batumi 1999)


Reading, movies, board games

Favourite player

Viswanathan Anand

Favourite chess piece


Favourite chess book

„My Great Predecessors”

Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.

- S. Tartakower

Lilli Hahn (Councilor)

Chess has been a part of my life ever since I can remember! In my  youth, I spent most of the time behind the board myself. Once I grew  older, I got more and more involved in organizational tasks. I was a  member of the German Chess Youth Federation committee, a co-founder of  the ChessSports Association and organized numerous chess events.  Thereby the topic closest to my heart has always been to get more  girls and women into chess, and make sure the ones that already play  feel comfortable and welcome in our chess community.


Tennis, Badminton, Hiking, Travelling

Favourite player

Pia Cramling

Favourite chess piece


Favourite chess book

Chess Queens: The True Story of a Chess Champion and the Greatest  Female Players of All Time
by Jennifer Shahade

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
- Marie Curie