The Greek island Evia was host of two events from August 26 to September 2: The European Chess Union cleverly combined this year’s edition of the European Amateur Chess Championship and the 1st International Eritrea Open 2014 and brought together chess enthusiasts in a breath-taking scenery.
Eligible to the tournament were all players registered with one of Europe’s national chess federations who were holding an ELO-rating of less than 2,000 points at the beginning of the tournament and whose ratings haven’t exceeded the 2,000 point mark since January 2012. Furthermore, they were not to hold a title higher than CM. Nine rounds were played in Swiss Tournament System. The time limit per player was set at 90 minutes for 40 moves, plus 30 minutes, plus 30” counted from the first move.
The first three ranks in both men’s and women’s categories were rewarded with free tickets to participate in next year’s European Amateur Chess Championship as well as free board and lodging, under the condition that the players are still eligible to participate in accordance with the tournament’s conditions. On top of that, the victor got to take home 1,000 Euro prize money; the remaining 2,000 Euro were split up between the higher ranks.
Fifty players from twelve countries competed: 29 from Greece // 4 from Russia // each 3 from Albania, Belgium, and Rumania // 2 from Germany // and each 1 from Cyprus, England, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Turkey.
The Turk Ari Kiremitciyan obtained first rank with 8 points in his account. At only 21 years old, he prevailed over the experienced German player Laszlo Nagy (54) who came off second, half a point short of Kiremitciyan. The Greek player Vasilios Papasimakopoulous (U20) was closely behind him at 7 points.
We would like to point out the remarkable performance of nine year-old Daniel Dardha from Belgium who ranked 10th in overall standings. Chapeau!
The first 20 ranks as follows
The complete version of the finals rankings and additional information can be viewed on the International Chess Results Server.
written by Sarah, translated by Birthe