On Thursday September 4th 2014 culminated in Kouty nad Desnou (CZE) fights for winning EU Youth Chess Championship 2014.

The championship was shot by Czech Television and will be broadcast on TV and the Net (http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/10111941499-v-sachu/).

The last rounds were full of fights and tension. Final round visited the president of Slovakian chess federation and member of board of ECU, Mr. Martin Huba, who also helped us by prize-giving.
In category Boys U8 took the first place Bao Anh Le Bui (GER), the second place Timothe Razafindratsima (FRA) and the third Teodor-Cosmin Nedelcu (ROU). In category Girls U8 took the first place Zsoka Gaal (HUN), the second place Lucia Sevcikova (SVK) and the third Petya Karaivanova (FIN).
Champion EU in category Boys U10 has become Georg Aleksander Pedoson (EST), silver medal took Barnabas Persanyi (HUN) and the third place took Valentin Mitev (BUL). In category Girls U10 has won Beline Yuan (FRA), second place took her friend Elise Tomasi (FRA) and the third place took Beloslava Krasteva (BUL).
In category Boys U12 has won after great performance Kirill Chukavin (EST), second place took Yovann Gatineau (FRA) and the third place took Lukas Bango (SVK). Champion EU Girls U12 has become WFM Gabriela Antova (BUL), the second place took Dominika Ferkova (SVK) and the third place took Marta Tomczak (POL).
In category Boys U14 has won Kai Pannwitz (SCO), the second place took Roman Orlov (EST) and the third place took Sergiu-Gabriel Herea (ROU). In category Girls U14 Champion EU U14 has become after excellent performance WCM Viktoria Radeva (BUL), who in U14 surpassed even every boy! The second place took Ema Pociute (LTU) and the third finished Nikolina Golub (CRO).
In unofficial category Boys U16 has won Marek Karas (SVK), the second place took Mikolaj Tomczak (POL) and the third place took Oliver Spacek (SVK). In category Girls U16 dominated Natalie Kanakova (CZE), second place took Simona Suchomelova (CZE) and third place took Alison Le Bihan (FRA).
Players who took first three places in each of categories got a cup and diploma. Medal with place got every participant of EUYCC. All eight champions EU and also two in U16 leaving Kouty nad Desnou with a lap top! The next five players in each category also got valuable prizes. Every player got a T-Shirt with logo of EUYCC.

EU Youth Chess Championship 2014 under the patronage of the ECU was organized by Sachovy klub Svetla nad Sazavou in cooperation with the Czech Chess Federation. Boys and girls have played in the same tournament. Eventually boys and girls were evaluated separately. Tournament had 115 players from 16 federations. All games were on-line transmitted. Young players have been pleased by awarding best game of each round. Thanks the performance during the round seven to nine these players were rewarded: Timothe Razafindratsima (FRA), Richard Stalmach (CZE), Zsofia Gombocz (HUN), Robert-Ionut Creanga (ROU), Dominika Ferkova (SVK), WCM Viktoria Radeva (BUL), Alexander Torngren (SWE), Lucian Vantuch (CZE), Barnabas Persanyi (HUN), Kirill Chukavin (EST), WFM Gabriela Antova (BUL), Simons Sinauridze(LAT), Vojtech Parizek (CZE), Martin Jablonicky (SVK) and Marek Karas (SVK).
For all participants and accompanying persons organizers had prepared chess and non-chess leisure time activities.Excursion to Pumped storage hydro plant Dlouhe Strane, excursion to Hand-made paper-mill Velke Losiny, simultaneous game with IM Simacek, blitz tournament. Participants of the championship had available many leisure time activities. In the hotel they could use swimming pool, wellness, sauna, table tennis, bowling, pool, etc. On the official website organizers placed photo gallery from tournament and other activities. Photo gallery is still being filling in with interesting photos.
Eventually I would like to thank all players for their performance and fair play, all parents and coaches for cooperation, arbiters for running the tournament and all cooperators for their work. Hope you enjoyed together with us this championship and believe to see us again the next year!

Zdenek Fiala
Director of the championship