Saturday, September 24, 2005

European Youth Chess Championship has ended

The European Youth Chess Championship was held on September 13-28th in Herceg Novi, Serbia and Montenegro. Herceg Novi is on the Adriatic coast surrounded with high mountains - beautiful landscapes.

This festival had 643 participants from 42 countries and the organization was perfect. "After a disappointment in Belfort we get such a nice surprise" - Igors Rausis from Latvia said. All credits to Mr. Vladimir Sakotic team.

IM Pawel Czarnota (2461) from Poland is new U18 European champion (on tiebreak). Second place goes to untitled but strong Russian Nikita Vitiugov (2519), famous over his 2-0 win against GM Stripunsky in New York -St. Petersburg match. Third is (also on tiebreak) IM Viktor Laznicka (2517) from Czech.

WIM Salome Melia (2305) from Gergia is Girls U18 champion. She scored 7,5 out of 9. IM Maka Purtseladze (2313), also from Georgia, finished second. Third is Baira Kovanova (2312) from Russia.

Now the official site, managed by Goran Tomic, was really pleasant surprise for me. We, in Serbia and Montenegro, were not used to such expedience. Website was updated with results, standings and games in PGN almost instantly after the round ends. I`m sure that parents and friends of those children in Herceg Novi were happy to have fast access to all necessary information.

FM Josip Asik was responsible for official bulletins which are available for download. He also posted large number of photos in the gallery.

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