JU WENJUN DEFENDS THE TITLE OF WOMEN’S WORLD CHESS CHAMPION

Ju Wenjun defended the title of FIDE Women’s World Chess Champion after defeating Lagno Kateryna in the tiebreak match which ended with result 3-1 in favour of Chinese player.

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The final 4 games match for the title started very sharply with the first game where both of the players had opportunities to win. Ju Wenjun had the white pieces and small positional advantage through the game, but Lagno had a good defense and the game ended in a draw.

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After the first game, Lagno took the white pieces, and after fast exchange of Queens in the opening, got more pleasant position in the endgame. She pressured Ju Wenjun, who eventually blundered and Russian player got the leadership.

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The third game went very intense, with Ju Wenjun reaching the great advantage with the white pieces in the middle game. Kateryna Lagno defended well and they ended in an endgame with opposite color bishops, where Ju Wenjun had two pawns up, but it wasn’t enough to tie the result in the match, and the game ended as draw.

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It was clear that the Chinese needed a victory in the last round to proceed to the tiebreaks. She had black pieces and started aggressive attack on the white’s king. Although, the position was defensible, Kateryna Lagno missed the tactics, and resigned in the 32nd move.

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After the regular match of four games ended in a tie with result 2-2, the finalists of FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship entered the tiebreaks. First two rapid games ended in a tie, with two draws after the great fights and intense games. In the third game, Lagno had the white pieces and the position was equal through the game. In an endgame, Ju Wenjun managed to win the pawn, and made the masterpiece of realization to take the leadership in the match, and to be the step away of defending the title.

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Lagno needed a victory to prolong the fight, and sharped the things out with black pieces in the 4th game. After the rally, the finalists got in an endgame with two Knights and a Queen on the both sides, when Lagno blundered a Queen and immediately resigned.

With a final result of 5-3, Ju Wenjun became the only one who managed to defend her title winning the knockout FIDE Women’s World Championship.

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The semifinalists of the Championship: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, qualified for the 2019 Women’s Candidates Tournament.

The tiebreak match was attended by Sergey Kosilov, Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation, Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, Andrey Filatov, RCF President, Sergey Artamonov, Director of Physical Culture and Sport Department of Ugra, and other officials.

FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship 2018 took place from 1st-23rd November in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, in the venue of Ugra Chess Academy.

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FIDE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH 2018 – R8 REPORT

After eight played rounds at the FIDE World Chess Championship in London, the challenger and reigning World Chess Champion are still in a tie with all eight games finished in a draw.

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Although the result seems very peaceful, all the games were fulfilled with great fights and chances for leadership in the match. The willing to sharp the things out in the match was already shown in the game five, where Caruana played with white pieces and surprised with 6th move b4, going into the sharp position with pawn down in the opening. The evaluation of position changed through the game, with small advantages on the both sides, but after exchange of Queens in the move 16, the position was drawish, and the game finished as a draw in the 34th move.

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The 6th game opened with Petroff variation, with Carlsen having the white pieces. After the opening, Caruana took the initiative and the pressure was on Carlsen to defend an endgame with compensation of two pawns for the Knight. The fight lasted 80 moves in total, and players agreed to a draw.

Eurosport round 6 report

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Defender of the World Chess Champion title, Magnus Carlsen, had white pieces also in the 7th game, and all spectators expected to see the pressure on Caruana. The game started with first move d4 and Caruana kept the equal position throughout the game, to shake the hands for a draw in the 40th move.

Eurosport round 7 report

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Caruana once again sharped the things entering the open Sicilian in the round 8 with whites. After the opening, Caruana found a motive to get the small advantage but missed the opportunity to upgrade it enough for a win, and the game, likewise the other ones, ended in a draw.

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The 9th round of the match will be played tomorrow at 15:00 (local time) with Caruana having the white pieces. The live transmission of the game can be followed through the Official Website of the Championship, together with live commentary done by GM Judit Polgar and IM Anna Rudolf.

Official Website of the Championship

Photographs by: Niki Riga




OPEN CALL OF INTEREST FOR FIDE AND ECU COMMISSIONS


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To:  National Chess Federations ECU members

According the latest FIDE Presidential Board decisions, 21 FIDE Commissions have been announced (instead of 25, due to merges), including the 3 elected Commissions (Constitutional, Ethics and Verification). The 18 non-elected FIDE Commissions will have a maximum of 10 members as FIDE announced including one representative from each Continent as per regulations.

 The 18 ECU representatives in the FIDE Commissions will be informed on the ECU directory and they will have the special duty to communicate and interact the ECU positions to the FIDE structures.

 European Chess Union opens a call of interest for the 18 FIDE Commissions’ members who will be nominated by the ECU. The same procedure applies for the permanent 4 ECU Commissions, however there are limited open positions, due to the fact that the majority of the current members will remain.

 National Federations members or interested applicants may fill the attached form (annex_1) and return it by email to the ECU Secretariat (ecu.secretariat@gmail.com) till the Friday 30th of November 2018.

The selection will be made by the ECU Board which holds a scheduled meeting on 7 and 8 December 2018 in Skopia, FYR of Macedonia.

The main criteria, but not restricted, for the selection are the following:

  • The qualifications related with the position.
  • The adequate ECU representation in key areas.
  • The ability of communication in an international environment.
  • The wide representation of the Federation members.
  • The dedication to the mission, providing that the applicant is not nominated for another FIDE Commission.

 

With kind regards,

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou

ECU Secretary General

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FIDE WOMEN’S WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 SEMIFINALS

FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship 2018 which is currently ongoing in Khanty Mansiysk reached its semifinals. After four played rounds with 2 games, harsh struggles and great games, the semifinalists became: Ju Wenjun (CHN), Kateryna Lagno (RUS), Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) and Mariya Muzychuk (UKR).

ART_1453The fourth round of the Championship was very intense. The first one who reserved the seat for semifinals was Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2556) who convincingly won both games of the match played against Lei Tingjie (CHN, 2457). Lagno reached the step before the finals after very hard matches. In the first round, Kateryna Lagno overplayed South African player February Jesse Niki, and then met Hungarian GM Hoang Thang Trang (HUN, 2448) in the 2nd round.

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After two draws of the regular part of the match, Lagno won both games of the tiebreaks and proceeded forward on the path for the title. In the 3rd round of the Championship, Kateryna Lagno played against Natalia Pogonina (RUS, 2465), domestic Ugra’s player. Russian girls showed the fighting spirit and after 6 consecutive draws, and two victories for whites, entered the Armageddon game which determined Lagno as a participant of the 4th round. After such a match, Kateryna Lagno didn’t seemed tired, overwhelmed Lei Tingjie and waited to see who will be her pair in the semifinal match of the FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship 2018.

ART_1617The other player who entered the 5th round of the Championship was the reigning World Champion Ju Wenjun (CHN, 2568) who won the second game of the match played against Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim (UZB, 2435) after the draw in the first game. Early in the second game of the match, Chinese reached almost winning position, but after a blunder, almost equalized. At the end, Tokhirjonova didn’t resist, and Ju Wenjun defending her title became the second semifinalist of the Championship

ART_1278Ju Wenjun came to the best four of the event after winning Hardegen Kathryn (AUT, 1832) in the first round with 2 victories. In the second round, Wenjun defeated Krush, Irina (USA, 2434) with score 1.5-0.5 and proceeded to the third round where she met Zhai Mo (CHN, 2352). Even though, Ju Wenjun was a favorite, Zhai Mo tried to make another upset after surprises she made in the first rounds, when she kicked out Girya Olga (RUS, 2481) and Batsiashvili Nino (GEO, 2465). Anyway, Ju Wenjun was convincing in the first game when she took the leadership and the second game ended in a peaceful manner, which was enough to get the 4th round where Ju Wenjun defeated Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim (UZB, 2435) to reserve the place in the 5th round of the Championship.

ART_1568Alexandra Kostenuik (RUS, 2543) was the next one to take a seat of the semifinals after making a victory in a tiebreaks against Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2564). After first two games ended in a draw, Kosteniuk won the first game of the tiebreaks and resisted in the second game with black pieces.

ART_1246-1Kosteniuk passed through Vazquez Maccarini Danitza (PUR, 2065) with 2-0 victory in the 1st round, and then met in the second round with Ni, Shiqun (CHN, 2436). After two draws, they proceeded to a tiebreak match, where Kostenuik was more than satisfied with two victories.  In the third round, Russian played very intense match against Harika, Dronavalli (IND, 2498) which ended in favor of Kosteniuk after two tiebreaks matches and overall result 3.5-2.5. After two consecutive tiebreaks, Alexandra Kostenuik played them also in the 4th round, where she made a victory against Anna Muzychuk.

ART_1535-1The last match which determined the last semifinalist of FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship 2018 was more than intense and almost came to the Armageddon game. Marya Muzychuk (UKR, 2545) and 18 years old Abdumalik, Zhansaya (UZB, 2473) played 8 games with 7 decisive results! The match started with victory of Abdumalik Zhansaya, who defeated World Women’s Champion 2015 with black pieces. Muzychuk answered sharper, and managed to win the second game to enter the tiebreaks.

ART_1987In the first round of tiebreaks, Muzychuk Mariya started with victory with black pieces, but was very shortly after answered by very combative Abdumalik who won the second game. After the second round of the tiebreaks, Muzychuk managed to take the leadership again, but again couldn’t save the second game played with black pieces. In the last round before the Armageddon, Muzychuk won the first game, almost by the same pattern, but this time, she found pleasant position in the second round and the game ended with a perpetual check and draw.

ART_2090After two won games in the first round against Wafa, Shahenda (EGY, 2145), Mariya Muzychuk ended in a tiebreaks in the second round played against Atalik, Ekaterina (TUR, 2445). Atalik Ekaterina took the leadership in the first round of the match, but Muzychuk won the second game to proceed in tiebreaks and to win them with result 1.5-0.5. In the third round, she was convincing with one victory and one draw against Alinasab, Mobina (IRI, 2236) and entered the fourth round where she defeated Abdumalik Zhansaya to be the last one of the top four.

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The semifinals of the FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship 2018 will start today at 15:00 (local time). The live broadcast of matches: Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS)– Ju Wenjun(CHN) and Muzychuk Mariya(UKR)– Lagno Kateryna(RUS) can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

The event takes place from 1st-25th November in Ugra Chess Academy, in Khanty Mansiysk.

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Photographs: Official Website of the Championship




EUROPEAN SCHOOL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019- Official regulations

European Chess Union and Romanian Chess Federation have the honour to invite all European Chess Federations affiliated to FIDE and ECU to participate in the European School Championship under 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, open and girls, which will take place from 30th May- 9t June 2019 in the Mamaia resort, Constanta municipality, Romania.

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The Championship is open to all players from European Chess Federations. Each ECU member federation can register an unlimited number of players that meet the age requirements of respective sections. In case that one age (girls) group is less than 10 players, then it will be merged with the same age (open) group.

All players have to register through their national federations before the registration deadline. The entry form should be filled in by the national federation on the official website of the championship. The deadline for registration and for all payments – ECU fee, organizing fee, accommodation, is 15th of April 2019. After this date, a late registration fee of 50E/participant may be required.

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All the players and Accompanying persons are invited to stay in one of the official hotels of the championship: 4* hotel Amiral Comandor Complex and 3* hotel Orfeu. The organizers provided the transfer from the airport Constanta, while the transfer may be organized also from airports in Varna (Bulgaria) and Bucharest for prize in two ways of 80e and 60e, respectively.

The Championship will be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves+30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Contact information:

Official Website of the Championship: www.ecumamaia2019.ro

E-mail: ecumamaia2019@yahoo.com
Tournament Director: IO Elena Cristian +40 723 309 101
Romanian Chess Federation/ConstantinIonescu, General Secretary:
romanianchessfederation@yahoo.com

Official Regulations of the Championship can be downloaded below or here.

European School Chess Championship 2019- Official Regulations




FIDE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH 2018- R4 REPORT

Four games have been already played at the FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018, in London. After four played games, reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and the challenger Fabiano Caruana are in a tie with result 2-2 with all games finished in a peaceful manner.

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The event has been declared opened at the Gala Opening Ceremony, where European Chess Union was represented by its President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Secretary General Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and Vice President Mr. Johann Poecksteiner. After the Opening Ceremony, the players participated in drawing of lots, where Magnus Carlsen picked black pieces for the first round of the Championship.

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The long anticipated match for the World Chess Champion has started sharper than spectators expected, with 1. e4 played by Fabiano Caruana. Carlsen answered with Sicilian, and the game proceeded to Rossolimo variation. Carlsen chose combative g5 in the 14th move and continued to enlarge the advantage. By the move 32, Carlsen’s advantage became significant and the evaluation of position was almost winning for the World Chess Champion. Although, the match almost received the leader in the first round of the event, Caruana resisted the pressure and managed to shake hands for draw after 115 moves of fight!

Eurosport report of R1

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After the great fight of the round 1, the second game started with Magnus’s 1. d4 and Caruana answered with flexible d5. It seemed that Fabiano was better prepared for the opening and surprised the reigning World Chess Champion with 10…Rd8. From that moment, Caruana kept the equality and event reached slightly better position, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

Eurosport report of R2

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After two played games, the players had a resting day and then were ready to fight for the 3rd game. Caruana players with white colours, the opening was repeated, and on the board was Sicilian Rossolimo again, with small adjustments and changes by both of players. Already by the 24th move, players exchanged the pieces and left the table with knights and bishops. Without any upsets and mistakes in an endgame, players agreed to a draw in 49th move.

Eurosport report R3

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In the fourth game of the match, Carlsen has changed the previous choice to open the game, and played 1. c4. Caruana got the equal position in very early stage of the game and kept it through. After the exchange of a few pieces, it was clear that it will be hard to break the position from any side and soon, Magnus and Caruana signed for the fourth draw.

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The 5th round of the match will be played tomorrow at 15:00 (local time) with Caruana having the white pieces. The live transmission of the game can be followed through the Official Website of the Championship, together with live commentary done by GM Judit Polgar and IM Anna Rudolf.

Official Website of the Championship

Photographs by: Niki Riga




FIDE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH 2018 OPENED IN LONDON

FIDE World Chess Championship Match opening press conference took place today and was attended by participants of the match, reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and the challenger Fabiano Caruana, FIDE President, Mr. Arakdy Dvorkovich, CEO of Phosagro, one of main sponsors of the event, Mr. Guryev Andrey, and CEO of World Chess, Mr. Ilya Merezon.

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The opening press conference was live transmitted on the official facebook page of the event and can be watched here. During the conference, the opening speech was taken by FIDE President, Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich, who accentuated that he is happy to be the part of the event, and the importance of good media coverage of the World Chess Championship match in order to promote chess. Dvorkovich also wished fair play and all the best to players. Mr. Guryev Andrey and Mr. Ilya Merezon thanked and welcomed all the guests and participants, and appointed that they are looking forward to the start of the match.

After the introducing speeches, the players were answering on the questions of medias and confirmed that they will give the best of themselves to be the ones crowned as the new World Chess Champion after 20 days of fights.

The match will officially start tomorrow, with start of the first round at 15:00 (local time), and will take place from 9th-28th November in spectacular The College venue which will host 400 people each day, who will be able to follow the match for the World Chess Champion live.

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The match can be followed live through the Official website of the Championship, together with the live commentary which will be done by Judit Polgar, the strongest female player of all time and the only woman to have won a game against a reigning world number one player, and has defeated eleven current or former world champions in either rapid or classical chess: Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Spassky, Vasily Smyslov, Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Ruslan Ponomariov, Alexander Khalifman, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Magnus Carlsen!

The long anticipated match will be played according to the regulations which can be find here.

Official Website of the Championship




GRAND PRIX DE MONACO AEPA CONCLUDED

Monaco Chess Federation celebrated the 60+1 anniversary of AEPA (French Chess Association for visually impaired players) by organising the Grand Prix de Monaco AEPA chess tournament. The event took place from 31st October-4th November in Stadium Louis II playing venue.

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The event participated 33 visually impaired chess players, coming from 7 European federations: Monaco,France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlans, Canada, Tunisia. Among the participants were also seven U8 and U10 youth players.

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After 7 played rounds, the Winner became Olivier Deville,  in 2017 and 2018, with impressive score of 6.5 points. (French champion 2017 and 2018). Hugo Roman (BEL) took silver medal thanks to the better tiebreaks than Tufek Absaba (FRA), since they tied for the 2nd place, each with 5.5 points. The best women player was Clémentine Kruk with score of 5 points.

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The event was opened by Colonel Luc Fringant (Aide de Camp Prince Albert II) who made the honorary first move, in the presence of Stephane Valeri, Président of the Monaco Parliament.

The event was organized by Monaco Chess Federation and AEPA,  with support of Monaco GVT, Societe des Bains de Mer and European Chess Union.




EUROPEAN RAPID&BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 – Regulations

European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018 will take place from 5th-9th December 2018, in hotel Aleksandar Palace, in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia.

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The event will start with European Blitz Chess Championship 2018, which will take place on 6th and 7th of December, and will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 paired rounds, with the time control 3 minutes game + 2 seconds per move starting from the first move.

European Rapid Chess Championship 2018 will be played on 8th and 9th of December,  according to the Swiss system, in 13 rounds with the time control 15 minutes game + 10 seconds per move starting from the first move.

Both events are open to all the players who represent Chess federations listed as ECU members, regardless of their title or rating.

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Registrations for the events will start on 25th of September and will last until 26th of November 2018, which is the registration deadline. All the registrations shall be done through the Official website of the Championship, by filling the Online registration form.

Players rated over 2600 and women players rated over 2400 from October rating list, respectively in Blitz and Rapid, are released from paying the entry fee.

The total prize fund of the event 30.000 EUR + 4.000 EUR of special prizes. The special prizes will be awarded to the best ranked player rated under 2600, the best ranked player rated under 2300, the best ranked players rated under 2000, the best ranked players rated under 1700, the best female players, the best senior players, the best Junior players and the best Macedonian players.

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All the players are invited to stay in one of the Official Hotels of the Championship: 5 * hotel Aleksandar palace (the official venue of the Championship), 4* Royal Hotel, 3* hotel Vergina, 3* Monaco hotel, 3* hotel Skopje and 3* hotel Portal, all located in city of Skopje.

The organizers will also provide transfer from Skopje Airport to the official hotels on 5th December and from the official hotels to Airports on 9th December. Two ways, price is 15 EUR. On a special request, it is possible to organize a transfer from Sofia airport. (Estimated price for taxi is round 100EUR).

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Technical Organizer of the Championship is Chess Club Gambit Asseco See and Chess Federation of FYR of Macedonia, supported by European Chess Union.

The Official Website of the Championship will be: http://www.eirbcc2018.com.mk/

The Official Regulations of the event can be downloaded below or here.

Official Regulations- European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018

Contact person:

Tournament Director: Zoran Stojcevski
Contact email: marjan.mitkov@gambit.com.mk




EUROPEAN PLAYERS CONQUERED FIDE WORLD YOUTH

European players conquered the top  of the World Youth U18,U16 and U14 Chess Championship 2018, which took place from 19th-31st October in Porto Carras, Greece.

The young talented chess players from Europe took 5 out of 6 gold medals, 5 out of 6 silver medals and 3 bronze medals, which makes in total 13 out of 18 medals.

The Closing ceremony of the event took place on 30th of October, where FIDE represented by the Vice President Ms. Anastasia Sorokina and the European Chess Union was represented by the President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili and ECU Secretary General, Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou.

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After 11 played rounds, the winners of section Open U18 became:

  1. IM Gazik Viktor (SVK, 2486), 8.5 points
  2. IM Janik Igor (POL, 2453), 8 points
  3. IM Gumularz Szymon (POL, 2441), 8 points

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The Winners of section Open U16 are:

  1. IM Sargsyan Shant (ARM, 2463), 9 points
  2. IM Matviishen Viktor (UKR, 2476), 8.5 points
  3. FM Petriashvili Nikoloz (GEO, 2343), 8 points

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Top trio of section Open U14 is:

  1. FM Gines Esteo Pedro Antonio (ESP, 2288), 9 points
  2. FM Kacharava Nikolozi (GEO, 2373), 9 points
  3. FM Nogerbek Kazybek (KAZ, 2316), 8 points

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The Champions of Girls U18 section are:

  1. WIM Shuvalova Polina (RUS, 2421), 10 points
  2. WGM Obolentseva Alexandra (RUS, 2298), 8 points
  3. WIM Injac Teodora (SRB, 2258), 8 points

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Winners of Girls U16 section became:

  1. Muetsch Annmarie (GER, 2206), 8.5 points
  2. Kucharska Honorata (POL, 2073), 8.5 points
  3. Sanskriti Goyal (IND, 1971), 8 points

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The only category without medalist from Europe was Girls U14 section, where the winners were.

  1. Ning Kaiyu (CHN, 2217), 9 points
  2. Song Yuxin (CHN, 2178), 8.5 points
  3. Divya Deshmukh (IND, 2180), 8.5 points

 

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Official Website of the Championship

Photographs by: Niki Riga