EU Youth Chess Championship 2017 is underway. The level of the event is very good – in category U8 is leading Kamil Warchol (POL, 4 points), in U10 Bartosz Fiszer (POL, 4 points), in U12 Richard Stalmach (CZE), Tymon Ochedzan (POL), Michal Jares (CZE) and Vladimir Bochnicka (SVK) all with 3,5 points, in U14 Bence Leszko (HUN, 4 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 Iva Fezova (BUL), Bartosz Fiszer (POL), Michal Jares (CZE), Zsofia Gombocz (HUN), Alexandru-Mircea Butolo (ROU), Andrei-Octavian Ulian (ROU), Tymon Ochedzan (POL), Richard Turcan (SVK), Martina Sosovickova (SVK), Nikola Kanov (BUL), Vladimir Bochnicka (SVK), Bence Leszko (HUN), Karin Novomeska (SVK), Adela Janouskova (CZE), Richard Stalmach (CZE) and Andrea Slaba (SVK)  have been awarded.

Additional programme started on Monday with simultaneous game against IM Petr Pisk. 13 participants of our championship had 30 minutes against the same time on the clocks of IM Pisk. After a big fight the score was 9-4 for IM Pisk. Ida Oztuksavul (TUR), Felix Jordan (IRL) and Utkarsh Gupta (IRL) beated IM Pisk and draw was made by Kamil Warchol (POL) and Richard Stalmach (CZE).


On Tuesday there was a blitz tournament, where 22 players (players of EUYCC, coaches, parents) from 10 countries participated. After excellent performance the winner became Daniel Dardha (BEL, 9 points out of 9 rounds!) ahead of  Arben Dardha (BEL, 8 points – lost only to his son) and Richard Stalmach (CZE, 6 points). All winners received nice presents. Results can be found here.


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 here.

IO Zdenek Fiala
Director of the Championship
Chessclub Svetla nad Sazavou