Next week, another highlight in matters of chess tournaments is coming up; more than 100 participants line up for 15 nations at the European Chess Championship of Juniors.
Contests in four age classes
The Championship of Europe’s young talents will be carried out in the very east of the Czech Republic. From August 27th until September 5th contestants will fight for the medals in the city of Malenovice. A look at the starting list shows that 109 players have signed up in four age groups so far. These are divided
into the categories Under 8, U10, U12, and U14. The event is organized and carried out by the Czech Chess Association and supported by the European Chess Union. Duels are fought in Swiss Tournament System in nine rounds.
Cash and non-cash prizes, trophies, and certificates await young talents
The winners of each category can look forward to prize money and on the other hand trophies, medals, and certificates which are provided to the best three of each category. Also, non-cash prizes such as laptops or digital watches will be given away. Over and above that, some of the champions are most likely about to start brilliant careers, as a glance at previous championships proves. Among the winners in the U10 category in 1995 is for instance the current best German player Arkadij Naiditsch, while Sergei Karjakin came off first in this very category in 1999. In the competition of the under 12 and under 14 year-olds Peter Leko, Levon Aronian, and today’s number 1 worldwide Magnus Carlsen once triumphed.
Six participants with Elo-rating over 2000
This year’s European Youth Chess Championship is predominately cast with players from the Czech Republic, but also participants from other parts of Europe. Most of the players have signed up to compete in the category U14 so far. Among these are also the six players with the highest Elo-ratings in the tournament. The field of the over 2000’s is led by Thai Dai Van Nguyen from the Czech Republic (Elo 2187) who is followed by the Hungarian Zsombor Peczely (Elo 2174).
Magnus Carlsen (2005)
Picture: wikipedia / Paweł Suwarski
written by Michael, translated by Birthe