EU YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018- 2nd Press Release

EU Youth Chess Championship 2018 is underway. The level of the event is very good – in category U8 is leading Stefan-Vlad Paunescu (ROU, 4 points), in U10 David Cr. Radu (ROU, 4 points), in U12 Maciej Jeda (POL), in U14 Valentin Mitev (FID) and Vladimir Bochnicka (SVK) both with 3,5 points.

Since beautiful and combative games are seen, the organizers award best games in each category with prize every day. After the first four rounds Stefan-Vlad Paunescu (ROU), Dominic James Earle (SVK), Tatana Nespora (CZE), Valentin Mitev (FID), Fabiyana Kostadinova (FID), David-Alexandru Botea (ROU), Lukas Zumrik (SVK), Emils Janis Mierins LAT), Naomi Maklakova (LAT), David Cr. Radu (ROU), Hubert Backiel (POL), Ondrej Vadila (SVK), Tereza Horkova(CZE), Ivelina Hristova (FID), Almos Konyves (HUN) and Friedrich Grunert (GER) have been awarded.

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Additional programme started with simultaneous game against IM Petr Pisk. 20 participants of our championship had 60 minutes against the same time on the clocks of IM Pisk. After a big fight the score was 12-8 for IM Pisk. Dominik Svadlenka, Michal Svadlenka, Vaclav Finek, Marek Mica (all CZE), Emils Janis Mierins, Nellija Maklakova (both LAT) beated IM Pisk and draw was made by Mikelis Vingris, Kristaps Zass (both LAT), Teodor-Cosmin Nedelcu (ROU) and Radovan Priechodsky (SVK).

Among others leisure time activities, participants of this tournament mostly visit and use swimming pool, bowling, table tennis and enjoying the beauty of the nature in surroundings.

All games are transmitted on-line, so the parents and trainers either at home or present in the hotel can watch their charges. For present viewers the on-line games are projected in the hotel hall.

All information about the event, including results, online games, photos, etc. can be found at https://www.chess.cz/mistrovstvi-evropske-unie/

 

IO Zdenek Fiala

Director of the championship

Chessclub Svetla nad Sazavou




R6 REPORT EUROPEAN SENIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Six rounds have been played at European Senior Chess Championship 2018 which is getting to its closer in Drammen, Norway.

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In category 50+ three players tie for the first place after 6 played rounds: top seeded GM Simen Agdestein (NOR, 2576), Conny Holst (SWE, 2147) and Lars Blomstrom (SWE, 2167), each with 5 points.

Section 50+ standings 

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In Women’s section 50+ WIM Brigitte Burchardt (GER, 2189) emerged as the sole leader with score of 5 points, while WFM Olga Birkholz (GER, 2048)  currently holds the second place with 4 points. WFM Sylvia Johnsen (NOR, 1977) and WGM Svetlana Mednikova (RUS, 2110) tie for the third place, each with 3.5. points.

Women’s Section 50+ standings

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GM Leif Ogaard (NOR, 2386) is the sole leader of section 65+ with 5 points, and he is followed by group of 8 eight players who reached the same score of 4.5 points: Anthony J Stebbings (ENG, 2265), Askell O Karason (ISL, 2217), IM Valentin Bogdanov (UKR, 2356), IM Janez Barle (SLO, 2249), IM Nils-Gustaf Renman (SWE, 2348), Gunnar Hedin (SWE, 2179), Clemens Werner (GER, 2258) and GM Vladislav Vorotnikov (RUS, 2445).

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Section 65+ standings

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There is only 3 left to be played and the 7th round is scheduled for today at 15:00 (local time). Live broadcast of the games can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

Official Website of the Championship

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EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 STARTED

The 16th European Union Youth Chess Championship, which will be played in 4 age categories: U8, U10, U12 and U14, has started yesterday and takes place from 6th-15th August 2018 in Kouty nad Desnou, Czech Republic.

DSC-0013-1The event participate more than 100 players who are competing for a crown of European Union Chess Champion. The Championship has started yesterday when after the short opening ceremony, the participants have started their games of the 1st round.

After only one round played 11 players reached the score of one point in section U8, while in section U10 only one game finished in a draw manner, while all the others have finished in decisive result. In section U12 all the games finished by a victory of one of the players, and 14 players lead with 1 point. The exact same situation happened in the first round of section U14 where 13 players tie for the top with 1 point.

Pairings, Standings and Results

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European Union Youth Chess Championship 2018 which takes place in 3* Hotel Dlouhe Strane in Kouty nad Desnou will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 min for the whole game + 30 second of increment for each move played.

The first three players of each category will be rewarded with trophies, medals and diplomas, together with valuable prizes, while every player of each category will receive commemorative championship medal and a diploma. Girls of each category will be rewarded separately from boys.

Official Website of the Championship




R3 REPORT EUROPEAN SENIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Three rounds have been already played at the European Senior Chess Championship 2018 which takes place from 3rd-13th August in Drammen, Norway, with participation of 129 players from 18 European federations.

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The Championship has been declared open at the Opening Ceremony which took place shortly before the 1st round of the event. The ceremony was attended by Drammen Mayor, Tom Opdal Hansen, Tournament Director Geir Nesheim, baroque violinist Ingrid Okland and Chief Arbiter Karl-Johan Rist.

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The event is played in two age categories (open and women section separately): 50+ and 65+. After 3 played rounds, in category 50+, GM Simen Agdestein (NOR, 2576) emerged as the sole leader of the event with maximum result of 3 points. There is 6 players behind him who tie for the second place and score of 2.5 points, each: Gray M Clark (ENG, 2285), Peter M Gayson (ENG, 2150), FM Richard Bjerke (NOR, 2141), Thore Nyboe Jensen (NOR, 2083), Lars Blomstrom (SWE, 2167) and Conny Hoist (SWE, 2147).

Section 50+ standings 

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Nine women players compete in Women section 50+ in 8 rounds robin round system. WIM Brigitte Burchardt (GER, 2189) leads with perfect score and 3 points, while WFM Sylvia Johnsen (NOR, 1977) is currently second with 2.5 points and WFM Olga Birkholz is on the third place with 2 points.

Women section 50+ standings

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GM Leif Ogaard (NOR, 2386) is the sole leader of section 65+ as the only one with score of 3 points. He is followed by 11 players who tie for the second place with 2.5 points, each. Women section 65+ is merged with an open section, and among the group of 11 players who tie for the second place is Nona Gaprindashvili, currently with the best performance of women players who participate the event.

Section 65+ standings

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The 4th round of the European Senior Chess Championship 2018 starts today at 15:00 (local time) and the live broadcast of top boards can be followed through the official website of the championship or here.

Official Website of the Championship

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EUROPEAN YOUTH RAPID&BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 CONCLUDED

European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018 took place from 31st June-5th August in Oradea, Romania, with participation of almost 300 players from around 20 European federations who competed in different sections of 4 events.

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The event opened with European Rapid Individual Youth Chess Championship which was played in 6 age categories (open and girls separately): U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, on 1st and 2nd of August. After 9 rounds played in each category 12 players achieved the title of European Youth Rapid Champion. The Winners are:

Open U8- 1. Usov Aleksandr E. (RUS, 1654) 7.5 points, 2. Cruceru-Uceanu Tudor-Mihai (ROU, 1302) 7 points, 3. Karvatskyi Oleksii (UKR, 1501) 6.5 points

Open U10- 1. Bialiuaski Artsiom (BLR, 1701) 8 points, 2. Pershin Patrik (RUS, 1709) 7.5 points, 3. Magold Filip (ROU, 1656) 7 points

Open U12- 1. Lazavik Denis (BLR, 1909) 8 points, 2. Spizharny Mikhail (BLR, 1929) 7.5 points, 3. Creanga Robert-Ionut (ROU, 1862) 7 points

Open U14- 1. Tsaruk Maksim (BLR, 2068) 8.5 points, 2. Baum Jonasz (POL, 1880) 8 points, 3. Morgunov Marc (AUT, 2095) 7.5 points

Open U16- 1. Blohberger Felix (AUT, 2189) and 2. Kozak Adam (HUN, 2204) each with 7 points, 3. Psyk Radoslaw (POL, 2143) 6.5 points

Open U18- 1. Deac Bogdan-Daniel (ROU, 2562) and 2. Costachi Mihnea (ROU, 2387) each with 7 points, 3. Banzea Alexandru-Bogdan (ROU, 2207) 6.5 points

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Girls U8- 1. Cretu Sofia (ROU) 7.5 points, 2. Ciocirlan Bianca-Alexandra (ROU) 7.5 points, 3. Kiss Abiqel (ROU) 7 points

Girls U10- 1. Shukhman Anna (RUS, 1489) 9 points, 2. Babic Milana (BIH, 1740) 7.5 points, 3. Babic Masa (BIH, 1725) 7 points

Girls U12- 1. Gaal Zsoka (HUN, 1744) 8 points, 2. Mihelic Vesna (SLO, 1688) 7 points, 3. Mikheeva Galina (RUS, 1553) 6.5 points

Girls U14- 1. Trifoi Mihaela-Ioana (ROU, 1578), 2. Lehaci Miruna-Daria (ROU, 1722), 3. Ciolacu Alessia-Mihaela (ROU, 1875), each with 7 points

Girls U16- Hryshchenko Kamila (UKR, 1928) 7 points, 2. Olde Grete (EST, 1966) and 3. Hercog Nusa (SLO, 1803) each with 6.5 points

Girls U18- 1. Olde Margareth (EST, 2067) 6.5 points, 2. Rozman Monika (SLO, 1879) 6 points, 3. Polterauer Chiara (AUT, 2166) 5.5 points

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After the end of the Rapid Individual Championship, the European Championship in solving problems took place in the afternoon on 3rd of August. The event was hold in 3 age categories (boys and girls separately): U10, U14 and U18. Depending on time and number of correctly solved chess problems, 6 players were crowned as winners of following sections:

Girls U10: 1. Shukhman Anna (RUS), 2. Samson Maria (ROU), 3. Maria Lia-Alexandra

Girls U14: 1. Ciolacu Alessia- Mihaela (ROU), 2. Ojog Felicia (MDA), 3. Wikar Martyna (POL)

Girls U18: 1. Balan Briana Cleopatra (ROU), 2. Olde Margareth (EST), 3. Olde Grete (EST)

Open U10: 1. Cnejev Vladimir-Alexandru (ROU), 2. Karvatski Olexsiy (UKR), 3. Bialiauski Artsiom (BLR)

Open U14: 1. Lazavik Denis (BLR), 2. Siniauski Artsiom (BLR), 3. Prydun Andriy (UKR)

Open U18: 1. Psyk Radoslaw (POL), 2. Amon Nejc (SLO), 3. Costachi Mihnea (ROU)

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European Teams Rapid Chess Championship took place on 3rd August with participation of 70 teams composed of four players from the same federation. The event was played in 7 rounds in two age categories, open and girls sections separately, U12 and U18 and the Winners became:

Girls U12: 1. Russia A, 2. Russia B, 3. Romania Verde

Girls U18: 1. Slovenia B, 2. Slovenia A, 3. Poland

Open U12: 1. Belarus B, 2. Belarus A, 3. Romania Rosu

Open U18: 1. Austria, 2. Romania Galben, 3. Poland

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European Youth Blitz Chess Championship 2018 was played on the last day of the event, 4th of August. The Championship was played in 3 age categories, boys and girls separately: U10, U14 and U18. After 9 rounds in each category, the winners were:

Open U10: 1. Usov Aleksandr E. (RUS, 1858) 8 points, 2. Bialiuski Artsiom (BLR, 1651) and 3. Karvatskyi Oleksii (UKR, 1461) each with 7.5 points

Open U14: 1. Persanyi Barnabas (HUN, 2129) 8 points, 2. Koziorowicz Michal (POL, 1737) 7.5 points, 3. Subelj Jan (SLO, 2212) 7 points

Open U18: 1. Costachi Mihnea (ROU, 2468) 7.5 points, 2. Horvath Dominik (AUT, 2221) 7 points, 3. Mesaros Florian (AUT, 2375) 6.5 points

Girls U10: 1. Shukhman Anna (RUS, 1490) 9 points, 2. Babic Masa (BIH, 1553) and Maria Lia-Alexandra (ROU, 1344) each with 6.5 points

Girls U14: 1. Lehaci Miruna-Daria (ROU, 1683) 8 points, 2. Wikar Martyna (POL, 1831) 7 points, 3. Ciolacu Alessia-Mihaela (ROU, 1689) 6.5 points

Girls U18: 1. Olde Margareth (EST, 2049) and 2. Olde Grete (EST, 1851) each with 6.5 points, 3. Hercog Nusa (SLO, 1780) 6 points.

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The organizers provided the live transmission of the top boards of each competition. The pgn files of each round can be downloaded from the official website of the Championship.

Top 3 ranked players of each category were awarded with cups and medals, together with special chess prizes and gifts.

Besides the chess activities, ECU and FIDE seminars for trainers and for chess in schools were organized during the championship.

Official Website of the Championship




EUROPEAN SENIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 STARTS

The 18th edition of European Senior Chess Championship starts tomorrow in Drammen, Norway and takes place from 3rd-13th August.

ypsilon12The event is played in two age categories: 50+ (for players born in year 1968 or later) and 65+ (for players born in year 1953 or earlier). There are 129 players from 18 European federations registered for the event. 54 players among whom 9 women players will participate section 50+.

Top seeded player of the 50+ category is Grandmaster Simen Adgestein (NOR, 2581) who has represented his country at the Chess Olympiads for many years. Besides Simen Adgestein, the battlefield is led by Gary M Clark (ENG, 2285), WGM Galina Strutinskaia (RUS, 2208), IM Sandor Biro (ROU, 2193), WIM Brigitte Burchardt (GER, 2189) and Luc Zimmermann (NED, 2184).

75 player among whom 8 women players will be competing in section 65+. Top seeders of the section 65+ are: GM Vladislav Vorotnikov (RUS, 2445), GM Leif Ogaard (NOR, 2386), IM Valentin Bogdanov (UKR, 2356), IM Nils- Gustaf Renman (SWE, 2348) and chess legend GM Nona Gaprindashvili, which makes the line-up of the section 65+ very strong.

Starting rank list

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The Championship will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

Top boards of both sections will be transmitted live, and the live broadcast of games can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

Total prize fund of the event will be 10.000 EUR. Top three players of each category will be awarded with cups and medals.

Official Website of the Championship




EUROPEAN YOUTH RAPID&BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 STARTS

Everything is set for the 18th European Youth Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship which opens tomorrow and takes place from 31st July till 5th August in Continental Hotel in Oradea, Romania.

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The first on the schedule will be European Youth Rapid Individual Chess Championship 2018 which will be played on 1st and 2nd of August with participation of 340 players coming from more than 20 European federations. The Rapid event will be played in 6 age categories (open and girls sections): U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, in 9 rounds by Swiss system, with time control 15 minutes + 10 seconds of increment per move, starting from the move one.

The starting lists of the players who will participate the Rapid Individual event are available here for Open section, and the starting lists for the girls sections are available here.

After the end of the Rapid Individual Championships, the Championship in Solving Problems will take place on 2nd of August with start at 6pm (local time).

oradea_chapter_imageEuropean Youth Rapid Team Chess Championship 2018 will be played on Friday, 3rd of August. The event will be played in two age categories U12 and U18, with teams composed of 4 players from the same federation. The rate of play will be 10 minutes + 2 seconds of an increment per move, starting from the move one, and the event will be played in 7 rounds.

The event will be finished with the European Youth Blitz Championship which will be played in 3 age categories (open and girls sections): U10, U14 and U18. 283 players coming from around 20 European federations have already registered for the Blitz Championships. The starting lists of the girls sections are available here, while the starting lists of the open sections can be seen here.

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The organizers provided the live transmission of the top boards of each competition. The live broadcast of games can be followed through the official website of the Championship

Top 3 ranked players of each category will be awarded with cups and medals, together with special chess prizes and gifts.

Besides the chess activities, ECU and FIDE seminars for trainers and for chess in schools will be organized during the championship.

Official Website of the Championship




EUROPEAN YOUTH TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 CONCLUDED

European Youth Team Chess Championship 2018, which took place from 11th-19th July in Bad Blankenburg, Germany, concluded yesterday. The event was played in 2 age categories (open and girls section): Under 12 and Under 18, with participation of 44 teams.

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In Open section U18, team of Romania won the Championship with 5 victories and 2 draws, and in total 12 match points. Austria, Germany 1 and Belarus tied for the second place, but according to the tiebreaks Austria took silver medal, Germany 1 finished the event with bronze, while Belarus ended on the 4th place.

Final ranking list Open U18

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In Girls section U18, top seeders suffered many upsets in the first rounds of the event. After 7 played rounds, Poland became the Winner, with score of 12 match points. Three teams tied for the second and third place, among whom the team of Romania had the best tiebreaks to finish the event as second, Germany 1 ended third, while Czech Republic left without medals.

Final ranking list Girls U18

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Teams who participated Open section U12 had played 9 rounds according to the Robin round system. After harsh struggles Israel triumphed the event with score of 13 match points. France lagged behind for only one match point and took the second place with 12 match points, while Belarus and Turkey tied for the third place, each with 11 match points. Eventually, Belarus had slightly better tiebreak points, and won the third place.

Final ranking list Open U12

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Things were more clear in Girls section U12, where the event was played in 10 rounds, Robin double-round system. The first team of Germany won the event with amazing 9 victories and only one match ended in a peaceful manner- draw. The team of Hungary secured the second place a long time before the end of the Championship, and after 10 played rounds scored 16 match points. The third place went to France with 9 match points.

Final ranking list Girls U12

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All the pairings, results, standings and games are available on the official website of the championship.

The Closing Ceremony of the event took place yesterday in the evening, at the stage placed next to the lake of Bad Blankenburg. After the Closing ceremony, all participants had the opportunity to enjoy the last day of the event and make friends during the barbeque and party.

Photos from official website

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R3 REPORT EUROPEAN YOUTH TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

European Youth Team Chess Championship 2018 has started in Bad Blankenburg, Germany, with participation of 44 temas. Boys and girls of sections Under 18 have already played 3 rounds, while 4 rounds have been played in section Open U12 and 5 rounds have been played in section Girls U12.

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The event has been declared opened during the short Opening ceremony which took place before the start of the first round. Around 150 players were addressed by Dr. Marcus Fenner (DSB Director), Gabi Ohler, who represented the State of Thuringia, and Johann Poecksteiner, European Chess Union Board member and the event has officially started.

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In Girls section U12, 6 teams are competing for the European Youth Team Chess Champion title. They will play 10 rounds according to double Robin round system. After 5 rounds, the teams of Hungary and Germany 1 emerged on the top with score of 9 match points, while the current third place is in hands of France who reached 5 match points.

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Team of Israel emerged as the sole leader of Open U12 category with score of 7 match points. The runner-ups after 4 played rounds are Turkey with 6 match points and France with 5 match points. Top seeded Belarus suffered huge upsets in the first round, and surprisingly scored only 2 match points.

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A few upsets happened also in Girls section U18, where top seeded team of Serbia suffered one lost and two drawn matches to achieve only 2 match points out of 3 played rounds. Poland emerged on the top with maximum result and score of 6 match points, while 5 teams tie for the second place: Germany 1, Romania, Slovenia 2, Croatia and Slovenia 1, each with score of 4 match points.

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In category Open U18, Romania came on the top with perfect 6 match points. Teams of Poland and Austria tie for the second place, each with 5 match points, while top seeders of this group, Germany 1, also have suffered upset, and currently holds the 5th place.

Pairings, results and standings

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This surprises of the first rounds promise very interesting and intense finish of the event. All the games, pairings and results can be seen on the Official Website of the event. All the games are live transmitted, and the live broadcast of the games can be followed here.

The event is played in 7 rounds Swiss system, except in the category for Girls U12, where 10 rounds will be played according to the round Robin system, according to ECU and FIDE Tournament rules, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves+ 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment for every played move starting from the move one. Draws before the 30th move made by black are strictly forbidden.

Official Website of the Championship




EUROPEAN YOUTH TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 STARTS

European Youth Team Chess Championship 2018, which will be played in two age categories (open and girls) U12 and U18, starts tomorrow in Bad Blankenburg, Germany.

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The event will participate 44 teams coming from 15 European federations. Teams of the Open category consist of 4 players and 1 one reserve player, while Girls section teams consist of 2 players and one reserve player.

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The Open U18 category will have very strong line-up with battlefield led by the first team of Germany 1 (average rating of players: 2439), Poland (average rating of players: 2403) and Austria (average rating of players: 2381). The team of Serbia (with average rating of players: 2286) is on the top of the starting list of the girls section U18, and is followed by Germany 1 (average rating of players: 2259) and Poland (average rating of players: 2236).

9 teams will be competing for the title of European Youth Team Chess Champion 2018 in Open section U12, where the top seeded teams are France (average rating of players: 2058), Hungary (average rating of players: 2056) and Belarus (average rating of players: 2043). In girls section U12, 6 teams will fight for the throne, and teams of Hungary (average rating of players: 1805), Germany 1 (average rating of players: 1794) and France (average rating of players: 1619) are first three teams on the starting list.

Starting rank list

The first round of the event starts tomorrow, while the Captains meeting will take place tonight at 21:00 (local time). The Opening Ceremony of the event is scheduled before the start of the first round, at 13:30 (local time).

Top boards of the categories will be live transmitted, and the live broadcast of the games can be followed through the Official website of the Championship.

The event will be played in 7 rounds, Swiss system, according to ECU and FIDE Tournament rules, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves+ 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment for every played move starting from the move one. Draws before the 30th move made by black are strictly forbidden.

Official Website of the Championship