Maribor, Slovenia recently hosted the European Youth U18 Team Chess Camhpionship. While the girls’ team from Hungary only barely beat Poland, the Polish boys’ team was far ahead at the tournament.
Neck-and-neck race between Hungary and Poland
The European Youth U18 Team Chess Championship in Maribor ended up to be a very close neck-and-neck race between Hungary and Poland in the girls’ division. In the end, Hungary prevailed over Poland at 11:9 match points, although both teams obtained a total of 9.5
points form the individual players. The highest scores were, unsurprisingly, earned by one Hungarian and Polish player: Barbara Juhazsz (Elo 2130) from Hungary and Anna Ivanov (Elo 2227) from Poland at each 5.5 points. Also, Melinda Varga (HUN, Elo 2216) and Maria Leks (POL, Elo 2109) scored 4.0 points. Though Poland prevailed over Hungary in direct duel at 2:0 points, their efforts were not enough for a tournament victory. After Hungary and Poland, Slovenia II, Russia I, Slovenia I, England, Austria, and Russia II followed in overall standings,
Poland’s boys’ team dominates tournament
A whole different scenario could be witnessed in the chess competition of the boys’ division: Clearly, Poland led the field at the European Youth U18 Team Chess Championship in Maribor. At 13 match points the Polish team was ahead off the teams from Switzerland and the Czech Republic at 11 points each. While the Swiss team earned 17.5 game points and the Czech only 16.5, Poland’s points amounted up to 21.0. The most outstanding player at the championship was Kamil Dragun with an Elo of 2532. The Polish grandmaster triumphed at all seven duels and was with 7.0 points obviously the best player of the entire event. His teammates Jan-Krystof Duda (Elo 2536 / 5.5 points), Kasper Drozdovski (Elo 2456 / 3.5 points), and Lukasz Licznerski (Elo 2328 / 5.0 points) contributed to the overall success of Poland. The ranks 4 to 8 were taken by Croatia, Hungary, Austria, and Slovenia I and II.
Michael, translated by Birthe