European Youth Chess Championship 2023 is halfway through

Five rounds have been already played at the European Youth Chess Championship 2023 in Mamaia, Romania, and only four rounds left to be played before the announcement of the Winners. Most of the categories still have the shared lead with the open battles for the throne, but a few players emerged as the sole leaders of the event.

Scoring perfect 5/5 points, Artem Kucher (UKR) and Andria Jakhaia (GEO) tie for the top of the Open U8 section. They are followed by eight players who tie for the third place with 4 points, each. In the same age category in the girls competition, Mehriban Ahmadli (AZE) and Daria Kravchuk (UKR) tie for the first place scoring 4.5 points each. A group of six players follow them scoring 4 points each.

The top-seeded player of the Open U10 category, Marc Llari (FRA, 2029) emerged as the sole leader of the Championship with the score of 4.5 points. As many as 12 players tie for the second place scoring 4 points each. Veselow Zoe (ENG), Maria Anistoroaei (ROU) and Asnad Bakhshizada (AZE) score 4.5 points each to tie for the top of the Girls U10 section.

Scoring 4.5 points, three players share the lead in the Open U12 section: Pau Marin Ferragut (ESP, 2193), Tyhran Ambartsumian (ARM, 1877) and Gabriel Gabadadze (GEO, 1732). WCM Saadat Bashirli (AZE) is the sole leader of the Girls U12 section with the maximum 5/5 points, while Sara Maria Sunea (ROU) holds clear second with 4.5 points.

FM Benik Agasarov (ARM, 2321) won all five games to be the sole leader of the Open U14 competition, and Rustam Rustamov (AZE, 1995) trails by half a point with a score of 4.5 points. Mariam Tsetskhladze (GEO, 1842), Alexia-Andrea Iordache (ROU, 1827) and Lala Huseynova (AZE, 1847) tie for the top of the Girls U14 category with 4.5 points each.

Three players co-lead the Open U16 section: FM Diego Macias Pino (ESP, 2438), Jan Malek (POL, 2422) and FM Jakub Seemann (POL, 2422) scoring 4.5 points each. In the same age category, girls competition, WFM Agnesa Stepania Ter Avetisjana (LAT, 2080) scores perfect 5/5 points and has the sole lead in the event. Klara Szczotka (POL, 1961) follows her with 4.5 points, while three players tie for third with 4 points each.

IM Elham Abdrlauf (NOR, 2541) and IM Timothe Razafindratsima (FRA, 2450) tie for the top of the Open U18 category with the score of 4.5 points each while eight players follow them scoring 4 points. WFM Zeynep Ciftci (TUR, 2111) scores 4.5 points to be in the sole lead of the Girls U18 tournament, and WFM Ayan Allahverdiyeva (AZE, 2169), WFM Martyna Wikar (POL, 2136), WFM Sofia Blokhin (EST, 1917) and Astghik Hakobyan (ARM, 1841) follow with 4 points.

All results, rankings and pairings can be found here.

Today is the free day and the games will continue tomorrow starting at 15:00 (local time). The top boards of each age section are broadcasted live and the coverage can be followed through Chess24ChessBaseChess.comFollowchess etc. Live video coverage from the event including the video from the playing venue can be followed through the Romanian Chess Federation Facebook page or through the Romanian Chess Federation twitch channel

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