The 16th European Youth Rapid Chess Championship 2016 finished yesterday in Novi Sad/Serbia.

Novi Sad 2

On December 27th and 28th the Rapid event took place, followed by the Rapid Superfinal. The winners are shown below:

Open U8 – Bialiauski Artsiom (Belarus) 7.5 points

Open U10 – Aslanov Umid (Azerbaijan) 8.5 points

Open U12 – Subelj Jan (Slovenia) 7.5 points

Open U14 – Aliyev Ravan (Azerbaijan) 8 points

Open U16 – Livaic Leon (Croatia) 8points

Open U18 – Plenca Jadranko (Croatia) 7.5 points

Girls U8 – Shvedova Alexandra (Russia) 7.5 points

Girls U10 – Gaal Zsoka (Hungary) 8 points

Girls U12 – Marcinczyk Monika (Poland) 7.5points

Girls U14 – Badelka Olga (Belarus) 8.5 points

Girls U16 – Balajayeva Khanim (Azerbaijan) 8.5 points

Girls U18 – Ilyuchyk Yana (Belarus) 7.5 points


Almost 300 players from 21 countries participated in the Rapid competition. The best federations were Azerbaijan and Belarus, with 3 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze, 5 medals in total. Third was Croatia with 2 gold medals, followed by Russia with total 7 medals, of which 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze, and Hungary with total 4 medals: 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.


Austrian IM Dragnev Valentin became the winner of the Rapid Superfinal, Open category, while Diakonova Ekaterina (Russia) triumphed in the Girl’s category.


Today the Rapid Team tournament is on schedule, as well as the European Championship in Solving Chess,while the Blitz event will be held tomorrow.


Congratulations to all the winners and good luck for the upcoming events!