On Saturday 6th August, in the Hotel Dlouhe Strane in Kouty nad Desnou in the Czech Republic, the 14th European Union Youth Chess Championship U8, U10, U12 and U14 started. European Union Youth Chess Championship 2016 is organized by Sachovy klub Svetla nad Sazavou in cooperation with the Czech Chess Federation, under the patronage of the European Chess Union.

playing hall

Boys and girls in each category play the same tournament, but will eventually 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 per day. This prestigious event attracts many young chess players, and this 85 players from 14 national federations are taking part in the tournament.

playing hall U10

For player’s parents and all chess fans the organizers prepared on-line transmissions of all games! We would like to thank our colleagues from the Slovakian Chess Federation for their help with transmissions. Visitors in Kouty nad Desnou can watch the games also in projection hall of the Hotel Dlouhe Strane.

Opening ceremony

All participants can use the leisure time activities offered by the hotel, such as pool, sauna, wellness, bowling, billiards and table-tennis. In Velke Losiny (10 km) there is a new Aqua park opened.

congress hall

On Sunday August 14th we are going to know new champions of EU for the year 2016. 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 for their place. Every player will receive at least one price because before beginning of the 2nd round everyone will be awarded with a T-shirt with the logo of the championship.

playing hall

On the official website (  we will release the news. Among others (results, live games etc.) you can await a photo gallery.

IO Zdenek Fiala

Sachovy klub Svetla nad Sazavou