Three rounds have been played so far at the European School Chess Championship 2018 which is currently ongoing in Krakow, Poland.
The event is played in 6 age categories (open and girls section): U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 with participation of more than 300 players from 21 European federations. After only 3 played rounds, there are already a few players who emerged in the top of the several categories.
In the category for the youngest, Open and Girls section U7, Lajdamik Kinga (POL) is the sole leader of the section G-U7, with the maximum score and 3 points. In the same age category, Open section, the top is led by 3 players, all with the perfect score and 3 points: Buyuk Eymen Eren (TUR), Popzafirov Danail (FID) and Cankurt Arda (TUR).
The situation on the standing list after 3 rounds is similar in section for Girls U9, where Stefan Iulia-Cristiana (ROU), Chechelashvili Mariam (GEO) and Ozsoy Idil Mira (TUR) tie for the first place, each with 3 points. Unlikely, the top of the list of Open section U9 is crowded with 6 players with all the victories: Zverev Lev (RUS), Emir Doruk (TUR), Yonal Timur (RUS), Wielgus Wojciech (POL), Samunenkov Ihor (UKR) and Kiladze Luka (GEO).
The same situation is seen in the category U11, where in the girls section Korovina Yana (RUS), Pudelko Magdalena (POL) and Putinceva Marina (RUS) lead with 3 points, and in the Open section U11, 6 boys tie for the top with 3 points each: Han Yichen (NED), Kolesov Gordev (RUS), Kamilov Dmitry (RUS), Ergin Sahin (TUR), Taspinar Yanki (TUR) and Kejna Piotr (POL).
Three boys and three girls are leading Open U13 and Girls U13 sections, respectively. Kasaeva Sofia (RUS), Hafizoglu Bengi (TUR) and Cherepanova Evita (RUS) are on the top of the category Girls U13, each with 3 points, while Bicer Atakan Mert (TUR), Ochedzan Tymon (POL) and Wnek Filip (POL) are the only ones with maximum result and 3 points in section Open U13.
Leszko Bence (HUN) is the sole leader of the category Open U15 with 3 points, while in the girls section for the same category, no player reached the maximum score, but the top is lead by Zvereva Margarita (RUS) and Celik Eylul (TUR) who has 2.5 points, each.
Two players tie for the top in section Open U17, each with score of 2.5 points: Petriashvili Nikoloz (GEO) and Psyk Radoslaw (POL), while three girls with a perfect score tie for the current first place: Kucharska Honorata (POL), Koridze Lile (GEO) and Kaczmarska Joanna (POL).
All the pairings, standings and results of each category can be seen on the official website of the Championship, or here.
The struggles for the crowns of European School Chess Champion 2018 continue tomorrow when the players will play 2 rounds. The 4th round starts at 9:30 am (local time) while the 5th round will take place in the Galaxy Hotel as the playing venue of the event at 15:30 (local time).
Top boards of each section, and in total 24 games will be live transmitted, and the live broadcast of the games can be followed through the official website of the championship, or here.
The Championship is played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves+30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
The best 3 ranked players of each category will be awarded with trophies and medals, while the best six players of each category will be awarded with special prizes. The winners of the European Championships 2018 have the right to participate free board and lodging to the World School Championship 2019 in Tunisia. Maloposka Chess Association provided for the new European School Chess Champions of each category free accommodation for the 29th International Chess Festival “Cracovia 2018″ which will be held from 27th December 2018- 4th January 2019 in Krakow, Poland.
Besides the chess activities, all the participants will have the opportunity to enjoy in side events, such as: excursions with professional guides, sports activities and blitz competition, while the Accompanying persons would have a chance to participate the School Chess Teacher seminar.