European Youth & Junior Chess Championships 2021 starts

The European Youth&Junior Hybrid Chess Championships 2021 kicked off on Friday, 15th of October.

ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili sent a welcome message for the 900 players, coming from 32 European federations.

The event is played in 7 age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 and U20, open and girls sections separately, through Tornelo playing platform, in 9 rounds, Swiss system. Time control is 90 minutes for the whole game + 30 seconds of an increment for each move, starting from the move one. played

Three rounds have been already played, with 6 rounds to go, and all the results and pairings can be found here.

Photo gallery of 58 playing venues can be found on the ECU Facebook page.

All the games are broadcasted live, and can be followed with LIVE commentaries by WIM Raluca Sgîrcea through the ECU Twitch channel. Games can be followed live also through,,, and other broadcast platforms.

Prizes for the best ranked players will be:

  • The first winner (gold medal) in each of 12 categories is the European Chess Champion 2021 in the respective category and will be invited player for European Youth Chess Championship 2022 as a special prize.
  • The first winners (gold medal) in Open U20 and Girls U20 is the European Junior and Girls Champions 2021 and will be invited (free accommodation) in the European Individual Chess Championships 2022 (qualifiers for FIDE World Cup).
  • The first 3 winners of each category will be awarded with e-medals.
  • The first 6 winners of each category (84 players) will be awarded with an annual training Program (8 months) through the European Chess Academy program with Top Trainers.

Special Prize:  The best 6 collective results in European Youth (one player per age category with the highest score per federation) decide the team winners and medalists in the open and girls’ sections. The first 3 Team winners of each section will be awarded with e-medals.

More details and regulations about the event can be found here.