The European Youth Chess Championships concluded on Tuesday in Batumi, Georgia, and Europe got 12 new Youth Champions for 2014.
In the Open group U18 GM Avital Boruchovsky (ISR) 2501 became the Champion with 7.5 points. IM Daniil Yuffa (RUS) 2449 with 7.0 points. Four players with 6.5 points tied for the 3rd place, but bronze medal went to Valerii Iovcov (ELO 2224) from Moldova thanks to the best tie-break.
In the group U16 IM Ali Marandi Cemil Can from Turkey (ELO 2413) won the Championship with 7.5 points. Georgian FM Giorgi Sibashvili (ELO 2350) and Mikolaj Tomczak from Poland (ELO 2132) tied for the second place with 7 points, but Sibashvili had better tie-break and won silver medal, while bronze went to Polish player.
Timur Fakhrutdinov from Russia (ELO 2290) won the group U14 on tie-break. He gained 7.5 points, the same as FM Aram Hakobyan (ELO 2245) from Armenia, who won silver. Bronze went to Parviz Gasimov (ELO 1949) from Azerbaijan with 7 points.
Ukrainian FM Viktor Matviishen (ELO 2404) triumphed in the group U12 with a score of 8 points out of 9. Five players with 7 points tied for the second place, but according to the tie-breaks Russian Semen Lomasov (ELO 2259) grabbed silver, while FM Viachaslau Zarubitski (ELO 2188) from Belarus took bronze.
Final standings in the group U10 are very interesting, as three players tied for the 1st place, and tie-breaks had to decide the Champion. According to Buchholz, the title went to Mamikon Gharibyan (ELO 1902) from Armenia, silver went to Uzumcu Ahmet Utku (ELO 1932) from Turkey and bronze went to Nikolozi Kacharava (ELO 1814) from Georgia, all with 7.5 points.
In the youngest age group in the Open section Russian player Ilya Makoveev (ELO 1805) finished the tournament with amazing 9 out of 9! He achieved the maximum score which made him the best competitor of the Championship. Silver medal went to Italian Claudio Paduano (ELO 1610) with 7.5 points, and Semen Mitusov from Ukraine won bronze with 7 points.
In the oldest Girls section WFM Ulviyya Fataliyeva (ELO 2117) from Azerbaijan won the Championship with 8 points and very solid play. Silver went to WFM Nato Imnadze (ELO 2175) from Georgia, and bronze went to Russian WIM Anna Styazhkina (ELO 2205) with 7 points.
Mai Narva (ELO 2123) from Estonia won the group U16 with 7.5 points. Geogrian WFM Nino Khomeriki (ELO 2168) won silver medal with 7 points, and Aydan Hojjatova (ELO 2104) from Azerbaijan won bronze, aslo with 7 points.
Two Greek players climbed the winners’ pedestal in the group U14. WFM Anastasia Avramidou (ELO 2120) won gold with an excellent result of 8.5 points, while WFM Stavroula Tsolakidou (ELO 2305) won silver with 7 points. WFM Polina Shuvalova (ELO 2142) from Russia took bronze with 6.5 points.
Ekaterina Goltseva (ELO 2030) from Russia became the Champion U12 with 8.0 points. Govhar Beydullayeva (ELO 1671) from Azerbaijan took silver medal with 7 points, while bronze went to Aleksandra Maltsevskaya (ELO 1991) from Russia also with 7 points.
In the group U10 Malak Ismayil from Azerbaijan won with 7.5 points. Mariam Mkrtchyan from Armenia and Anastassia Sinitsina from Estonia tied for the 2nd place with 7 points, but due to the better tie-break silver went to the Armenian.
The youngest girls group was dominated by the Russians, as all three medals went to the Russian players. Emilia Zavivaeva scored 7.5 points, the same as her fellow compatriot Margarita Zvereva, but she had better tie-break and won gold. Bronze went to Olga Melenchuk who gained 7 points.
Russian players are the most successful in the tournament with 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals – 11 in total.
The Championship was held in Georgian town Batumi and gathered 989 young chess players from 45 European countries, divided in 12 categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, boys and girls separately.