Oh, how the time flies! It feels like yesterday when we started preparing championship for more then two thousand visitors and now the first third is already over.


The daily routine of both players and organizers has been formed this way – in the morning there are side events like Prague sightseeings, trips to botanical garden, Prague Castle or Saturdays morning full of games and puzzles. Then the lunch is served and at 15:00 the chess battles begin. The organizers also prepared the FIDE trainers’ seminar which started on Saturday. The lecturer of the seminar is world famous GM Adrian Mikhalchishin, seminar is attended by more than thirty participants.


The players and accompanying persons are under care of organizing team composed of hostesses, stewards, medic, infocentre, technical workers and others volunteers, in total more than 80 people. There are thirty arbiters, only ten of them are from Czech Republic. The chief arbiter is IA Ladislav Palovsky from Czech Republic. All these people are led by experienced organizators Dr. Jan Mazuch and Petr Lausman.


And now back to chess. After round three, there are eighty-eight players with 100% points. The games are starting to be intense, for example on the first board of B18 category we can tomorrow watch game between first seeded Maksim Vavulin (2559) and fifth seeded Bilel Bellahcene (2467).


In youth tournaments it is not uncommon to see many surprises. The good example is Eline Roebers from Netherlands playing G10 category. She is seeded as number 100 but yet she managed to get three wins! Czech fans are excited about performance of young Marek Fizer in the youngest boys tournament. Fizer is the only Czech player with three poinst and he accomplished that as tournament number 34.


For the following days we have prepared trips to ZOO, Karlstejn Castle, Jewis town, rapid and blitz tournaments. On the official tournament website http://www.eycc2016.eu/ you can see photogallery, results or all the games. The website is daily visited by more than seven thousand people which makes us, the organizers, very happy. Thank you for your attention and stay tuned, the most thrilling games are yet to happen!

By Petr Pisk