On Wednesday, August 15th culminated in Kouty nad Desnou (CZE) fights for winning EU Youth Chess Championship 2018.


The last rounds were full of fights and tension. In category Boys U8 took the first place Stefan-Vlad Paunescu (ROU), the second place Wiktor Zmarzly (POL) and the third Lukas Strapec (SVK). In category Girls U8 took the first place Tereza Horkova (CZE), the second place Nadezhda Pritulina (EST) and the third Timea Haasova (SVK). Champion EU in category Boys U10 has become David Cr. Radu (ROU), silver medal took David-Alexandru Botea (ROU) and the third place took Vaclav Finek (CZE). In category Girls U10 has won Ivelina Hristova (FID), second place took Zofia Lazniewska (POL) and the third place took Lin Englert (GER). In category Boys U12 has won CM Aron Pasti (HUN), second place took Maciej Jeda (POL) and the third place took CM Teodor-Cosmin Nedelcu (ROU). Champion EU Girls U12 has become WFM Lucia Sevcikova (SVK), the second place took WCM Lucia Kapicakova (SVK) and the third place took AFM Petya Karaivanova (FID).

In category Boys U14 has won Valentin Mitev (FID), the second place took Marek Mica (CZE) and the third place took Ondrej Vadila (SVK). In category Girls U14 Champion EU has become Nikoletta Toth (HUN), the second place took WCM Monika Marcinczyk (POL) and the third finished Mihaela-Ioana Trifoi (ROU).

All results can be found here.

Players who took first three places in each of categories got a cup and diploma. Every participant of EUYCC got a medal. All eight champions EU are leaving Kouty nad Desnou with a notebook! The next five players in each category also got valuable prizes. Every player got a T-Shirt with logo of EUYCC. The prizes were given by director of the event Mr. Zdenek Fiala together with the tournament director of ECU Mr. Petr Pisk and director of the hotel Dlouhe Strane Ms. Irena Svedova. EU Youth Chess Championship 2018 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. Championship had 102 players from 11 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 eight to nine these players were rewarded: Wiktor Zmarzly (POL), Bartolomej Buchta (CZE), Petya Karaivanova (FID), Michal Redzisz (POL), David Markus (SLO), Amalie Zadrapova (CZE), Vojtech Prochazka (CZE) and David Barak (CZE). For all participants and accompanying persons organizers had prepared chess and non-chess leisure time activities (simultaneous games with IM Pisk, 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.

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!

IO Zdenek Fiala
Director of the championship
Official Website of the Championship