International Youth tournament “Chess for Peace” took place in Luxembourg from 8th-12th of May in order to promote cooperation between European countries.
The Chess tournament took place in the Youth Hostel Luxembourg City and 141 children from 16 countries (Luxembourg, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Roumania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Liechtenstein , even USA and New Zealand) participated at the event. The tournament was played in 6 age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18. The youngest player was a girl from Luxembourg: Amy Schumacher and was not the only 5 year old starting in the U8 category.
The Winners are:
U8 boys: 1. Witczak Borys POL, 2. Groffils Leonard BEL, 3. Pekala Dawid POL
U8 girls: 1. Dobrovolska-Rakhnina Bozhena- UKR, 2. Frydel Helena GER, 3. Dobiášová Klaudia LUX
U10 boys: 1. Micula Jakub POL, 2. Heron Steve LIE, 3. Salomeia Mihai ROU
U10 girls: 1. Rusiecki Katarzyna POL, 2. Balazs Szabina Zoe HUN, 3. Hamerska Weronika POL
U12 boys: 1. Religa Marek SWE, 2. Trzesniowski Marceli POL, 3. Fojcik Kacper POL
U12 girls: 1. Balazs Sztella Anna HUN, 2. Zurawicka Aleksandra POL, 3. Krejci Vera Marie CZE
U14 boys: 1. Wnek Filip POL, 2. Zamekhovskiy Yevgen UKR, 3. Dziendziel Mateusz POL
U14 girls: 1. Wiecek Karolina POL, 2. Sacharczuk Karolina POL, 3. Lappi Aurora FIN
U16 boys: 1. Niedbala Bartlomiej POL, 2. Kulesza Andrzej POL, 3. Panek Bartosz POL
U16 girls: 1. Adamczyk Zuzanna POL, 2. Budkiewicz Magdalena POL, 3. Shkryl Kateryna UKR
U18 boys: 1. Schilay Lorenz GER, 2. Galuszka Tomasz POL, 3. Sadler Michel LUX
U18 girls: 1. Leczek Weronika POL, 2. Nemcova Karin CZE, 3. Kopcova Ludmila CZE
The Winners of the event won trophies, while all players received medals for the participation with the logo of the tournament.
The festival “Chess for Peace” started on the 8th of May in memory of the end of the World War in 1945 with a cultural and sight-seeing program. The following day, the chess players had the opportunity to participate in the festivities of the Europe Day.
On the 10th of May, the Polish embassy welcomed the participants to a reception, while the tournament itself started in the afternoon that day. The festival was officially opened by Vicki Hansen from Schengen Peace Foundation, FIDE Vice President Łukasz Turlej, President from the Silesian Chess Federation Andrzej Matusiak, and Mietek Bakalarz from G.M. Schachzentrum in the Youth Hostel of Luxembourg City. The closing ceremony took place on the 12th of May in the European Museum in Schengen.
The tournament took place under the patronage of Schengen Peace Foundation Luxembourg with Dominicus Rhode- president and Vicki Hansen- CEO, the European Chess Union- ECU (an educational smart kids project) and World Chess Federation FIDE Vice President- Łukasz Turlej.