The first European Online Youth Team and Individual Chess Championship concluded tonight after three days of play.
The first winners of European Youth Individual Chess Championship were announced even before the start of the 9th last round, since they won the event with a round to spare: top seed of the Open U18 section Esipenko Andrey (RUS) and Zhapova Yana (RUS) winner of section Girls U12.
Other sections needed to wait for the end of the very last games and fair play control to declare the Winners of the event.
After 9 played rounds in Girls U18 section, two Russian players WGM Maltsevskaya Aleksandra and WIM Solozhenkina Elizaveta tied for the first place scoring 8 points, each. Tiebreaks decided that Maltsevskaya Aleksandra takes gold, Solozhenkina Elizaveta silver medal, while Hajiyeva Laman from Azerbaijan took third place with 7 points.
In Open U18 section, Esipenko Andrey (RUS) concluded the event with 8 points and trophy, while three players were in a tie for the second place each with score of 7 points: GM Schoppen Casper (NED), Nesterov Arseniy (RUS) and GM Sargsyan Shant (ARM). According to tiebreaks criteria, Schoppen Casper won silver medal and Nesterov Arseniy took bronze.
In the section for Girls U16, Kirchei Viktorria and Nur-Mukhametova Alisa, both from Russia, emerged on the top with the same score of 8 points, but according to tiebreaks, Kirchei Viktoriia is announced as the Winner of the event, Nur-Mukhametova Alisa came second, while Ruzic Pia Marie (SLO) won the bronze medal scoring 7 points and having the best tiebreaks in the group of 3 girls tying for the third place.
International master Makarian Rudik (RUS) and Svane Frederik (GER) scored 8 points each and tied for the top of Open U16 section, but eventually Makarian Rudik became European Online Youth Champion U16 thanks to better tiebreaks, Svane Frederik was second and Dudin Gleb (RUS( with 7.5 points came third.
Tiebreaks criteria also decided the Winner and medalists in Girls U14 group, where Tarasenka Aliaksandra (BLR) and Aydin Gulenay (TUR) shared the top with 7.5 points each. Tarasenka Aliaksandra won the event, Aydin Gulenay won silver medal and Roebers Eline (NED) came third since she had better tiebreaks than other two players with the same score of 7 points.
Russian International Master Murzin Volodar (RUS) triumphed in Open U14 section with score of 8 points, maintaining the leadership during all rounds. Makoveev Ilya (RUS) came second with 7.5 points and Lazavik Denis (BLR) won the third place scoring 7 points and having better tiebreaks than Samadov Read (AZE) with the same score.
Zhapova Yana (RUS) conquered the top of Girls U12 section as the only player of European Youth Online Chess Championship with perfect score 9/9! Shukhman Anna (RUS) won silver medal lagging 1.5 points behind the winner, and Shvedova Alexandra (RUS) won the bronze medal with 7 points to complete the podium of GU16 category with Russian flag.
After 9 played rounds in Open U12 section, Azadaliyev Jahandar (AZE) emerged as the sole Winner with 8 points, Seemann Jakub (POL) won silver medal with 7.5 points, while three players tied for the third place each scoring 7 points. According to tiebreaks criteria, bronze medal came to Samunenkov Ihor (UKR).
In Teams/Federations Results the best player results counted for each group in open or girls sections. The final standings and Medals:
|RUS 29 points-RUS2 25||Gold Medal||Russian Chess Federation|
|GER 25,5 points||Silver Medal||German Chess Federation|
|NED 24.5 points||Bronze Medal||Royal Dutch Chess Federation|
|RUS 30,5 points-RUS2 26.5||Gold Medal||Russian Chess Federation|
|AZE 28 points||Silver Medal||Azerbaijan Chess Federation|
|ARM 26 points(182.5)|
GER 26 points (179.5)
|Bronze Medals||Armenian and German Chess Federations|
In open teams section, teams of Armenia and Germany shared the third place scoring 26 points each. Additional criteria was in slight advantage for Armenia 182.5 Buchholz cut 1, Germany 179.5 Buchholz cut 1, bot both teams will receive bronze medals!
Congratulations to Russian players, who won 13 medals in total!
All the results and standings can be found here.
All the games were daily followed in ECU Live studio with WGM Keti Tsatsiashvili and her special guests: GM Adrian Mikhalchishin, ECU Vice President WGM Dana Reizniece-Ozola, ECU President GM Mr. Zurab Azmaiparahsvili and ECU Vice President GM Ivan Sokolov.
European Online Youth Chess Championship took place from Friday, 18th of September till Sunday 20th of September. More than 700 players from 40 federations participated the event, all connected through Tornelo chess platform and more than 60 playing venues chosen by National federations who at the same time followed all necessary health protocols.
Arbiters Team of European Online Youth Chess Championship:
Full photo album can be found on ECU Facebook page.