European School Chess Championship 2023 starts in Durres, Albania

The European School Chess Championship 2023 starts this Saturday in Durres, Albania and will be played from 13-21 May in the 5-star Blue FAFA Resort Durres.

The event is played in 6 age categories: U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17, open and girls sections separately, with the participation of more than 210 players from 25 European federations. Each championship is played in 9 rounds, swiss system, with time control of 1h 30 min + 30 sec increment for the whole the game.

Starting rank lists, pairings & results for each category can be found here.

The technical meeting is scheduled for tomorrow 21:00 CEST, and the Opening ceremony will take place shortly before the first round, on Saturday, 13th of May. Complete schedule of the Championship can be seen below.

Titles and Prizes:
> Award of Trophies and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the players taking the first three places in each age category.
> Special prizes will be awarded to the players taking the first six places in each age category.
> Award of Trophies and medals to the best 3 teams-federations of the Championship. For the team standings, the best 6 individual results (points) per federation in all categories will be calculated.
> The 1st winner of each European School Championship category shall have the personal right to participate as an invited player in the World School Championship of the corresponding or of a higher age category if the relevant stipulation of the FIDE Tournament Regulation is met. This privilege may be exercised exclusively in the subsequent year following the qualification.
> All players will receive Certificates of Participation.

Live games can be followed through the official website of the event.
Facebook page of the championship