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WELCOME TO TALLINN – HOST OF THE EUROPEAN YOUTH RAPID AND BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

The capital of Estonia, beautiful city of Tallinn, will host the 14th European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships (U8-U18) for 2014. The Championship will take place from November 12-17 in the city centre of Tallinn at Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel.

The organizer is the Estonian Chess Federation in cooperation with the European Chess Union.

This will be the great opportunity for children aged 8-18 to try their luck in Rapid and Blitz Chess, which are getting more and more popular nowadays, especially in young population.

The Championship consists of 5 competitions:

(1) 14th INDIVIDUAL EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – RAPID

Swiss System ,9 rounds, 15 minutes + 10 sec per player. Categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, Boys and Girls separately. The best player in each category wins a cup, and three best players in each category get medals and diplomas. The five best players get prizes in different items in goods.

(2) 13th EUROPEAN RAPID CUP – RAPID SUPERFINAL

Two categories, Boys and Girls. The best players in each category of Individual European Youth Championships – Rapid 2014, enter Rapid Super Final (16 players total – separate boys and girls, will play matches in 4 rounds, knock – out system). Prizes in cash: 1. = 400 €, 2. = 300 €, 3. = 200 €, 4. = 100 €.

(3) 14th TEAM EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – RAPID

Three categories: U10, U14 and U18. Teams are composed of 3 boys + 1 girl and two reserve players. Swiss System , 7 rounds, 10 minutes + 5 sec per player .

(4) 14th INDIVIDUAL EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – BLITZ

Three categories: U10, U 14 and U18 separate for boys and girls; Swiss System, 9 rounds, 3 minutes + 2 sec per player. The best player in each category gets a cup. The three best players in each category win medals and diplomas.

(5) 13th EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN SOLVING CHESS PROBLEMS

Three categories: U10, U14 and U18; The three best players get different prizes.

The prize fund of the Championships will be at least 10 000 euros – including 2000 euros in cash for the best of the Rapid Superfinals. The remaining prizes will be in goods, such as Lenovo tablets for the European champions in the older age categories.

The medals of the European Youth Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships are crafted in cooperation with O? Medalikoda. The design is by artist Jane Siimso-Merivoo. 44 sets of medals will be awarded at the Championships (26 sets in the individual competitions and up to 18 in three different age categories of the team event).

308 players in Rapid and 241 players in Blitz have registered so far, and we expect this to be a great and numerous chess event.

More information at the Official website of the Championship

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