21st EU Youth Chess Championship kicked off in Czech Republic

On Wednesday August 16th, in the Hotel Dlouhe Strane in Kouty nad Desnou in the Czech Republic, the 21st European Union Youth Chess Championship U8, U10, U12 and U14 has begun. European Union Youth Chess Championship 2023 under the patronage of the European Chess Union is organized again by Sachovy klub Svetla nad Sazavou in cooperation with the Czech Chess Federation and continue in previous successful years.

Boys and girls in each category play the same tournament. Eventually boys and girls will be evaluated separately. The rate of play is 90 min for the whole game + 30 sec increment for each move played. There will be 9 rounds, one round every day. This prestigious event attracts many young chess players – this year there was registered 101 players from 15 national federations of ECU. The highest rated player of the event is Czech player Matej Jasso (U14) with the rating 2143.

For player’s parents and all chess fans the organizers prepared chess and non-chess activities, plus on-line transmissions of all the games! All participants can use the leisure time activities offered by the hotel, such as pool, wellness, bowling, billiard and table-tennis. In Velke Losiny there is a new aquapark opened, there is Sky Bridge 721 and also a possibility to see The Sky Walk in Dolni Morava.

On Thursday August 24th we are going to know eight new champions of EU for the year 2023. For the winners of each category of boys and girls, there are prepared notebooks and for the 2nd and 3rd places in each category digital chess clocks are prepared. All participants will receive memorial
diploma and medal. Every player will receive at least one price because everyone will be awarded with a T-shirt with the logo of the championship. After each round there will be announced the best game of every category awarded with a material price.

On the website of Czech Chess Federation we will be releasing the news as the championship continues. Among others (results, live games etc.) you can await a rich photo gallery.

Zdenek Fiala, director
Sachovy klub Svetla nad Sazavou

Web of the championship: https://www.chess.cz/mistrovstvi-evropske-unie/
Results: https://chess-results.com/tnr802764.aspx?lan=5