The 6th European School Chess Championship in Novi Sad, Serbia, was doubtlessly dominated by the Turkish children and teenagers. Seven of the twelve individual titles were obtained by Turkey.
Azerbaijan kept pace with Turkey
Three girls and four boys from Turkey obtained 1st place in the European Championship. Sila Caglar (U9), Sude Hereklioglu (U11) and Ezgi Menzi Nezihe (U15) brought home titles in the girls’ category, while the boys Baris Özenir Ekin (U9), Denizcan Temizkan (U13), Cemil Can Ali Marandi (U15) and Esat Baglan (U17) were rewarded with gold medals for their exceptional performance. Furthermore, two boys (U7 and U11) and one girl (U13) from Azerbaijan won titles at the 6th European School Chess Championship. The Russian competitors only achieved two first ranks through Emilia Zavivaeva (U7) and Irina Utiatska (U17).
Turkish team ahead of Azerbaijan
The best performance was delivered by Cemil Can Ali Marandi at 8.5 points in the category ‘boys under 15’. Though very tight, the Turkish also obtained the team victory. The Team from Turkey achieved 30.5 points and was thus narrowly ahead of Azerbaijan I (28.7 points) and Azerbaijan II (27.5 points). In addition to the many victories, the Turkish chess talents won each three silver and bronze medals. The home team Serbia was still rewarded with two silver and one bronze medal.
One silver medal for Austria, no attendees from Germany
Overall, 274 students from 13 nations participated in 6th European School Chess Championship in Novi Sad. Juniors from German schools did not compete in the nine day tournament. The German speaking area was only represented by Austria, for which Dorothea Enache won a silver medal. The Austrian student played a great performance and at 5.5 points ranked 2nd behind the Russian victress Emilia Zavivaeva in the ‘girls under 7’ category.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe