Friday, January 06, 2006

4th Christmas Tournament "Nole 2006"

SK "Radnicki" in Cuprija had the pleasure to host this traditional tournament for kids born 1990 and after. There were 22 participants and among them few state champions in different age categories. Girls and boys played in the same group and the atmosphere was wonderful. This tourney is always taking place on Jan 4th.

Nemanja Zivkovic, SCG champion for boys U14, defended his last year's victory by grabbing another trophy yesterday. Chess School "Economist" from Nish proved its superiority in the Central Serbia as top 3 finishers are members of this club.

Uros Cvetanovic, SCG vice-champion for boys U10 and members of Chess Club "Radnicki", made excellent result by taking 4th place just behind Economists. He drew Nemanja Zivkovic in the last round in a winning rook endgame. We have to work better on that part :-)

Nemanja Zivkovic and best-placed girl Milica Milosavljevic were awarded with one year of gold membership on the online chess club WorldChessNetwork. Nemanja also grabbed a prize from "Chess Chronicle" e-zine, a 3 months of subscription. Top 3 players got money prizes and all participants received a chess book and one issue of "Chess Chronicle".

Final standings:
1-2. Nemanja Zivkovic (2127 Nis) and Dusan Velickovic (Nis) with 5,5 points out of 7 rounds
3. Vladimir Trickovic (Nis) 5
4-7. Uros Cvetanovic (Cuprija), Darko Stankovic (Nis), Milica Milosavljevic and Marija Milosavljevic (both from Supska) 4,5
8-10. Stefan Mladenovic (Nis), Aleksandar Dimitrijevic (Cuprija) and Milos Zivkovic (Paracin) 4 etc.

There were also juniors from Osipaonica, Kragujevac and Jagodina. I will post photos some time before Monday.

Sponsors were Express restaurant "Nole", WorldChessNetwork and "Chess Chronicle".
Individual donators: Radomir Milojkovic, Dragan Gajovic, Nebojsa Cvetanovic, Vladan Stanisavljevic and Goran Urosevic.

On Jan 9th-13th, Vrnjacka Banja spa will be hosting Serbian championship for juniors. Most of the kids who played in Cuprija will enter this competition. I will join them on Jan 10th to help Uros Cvetanovic and Aleksandar Dimitrijevic with preparations. This means I won't post here for few days :-)

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