The European Youth Chess Championship 2022 ended yesterday in Antalya, Turkey with an impressive closing ceremony. ECU President Mr Zurab Azmaiparashvili, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, ECU Vice President Ms Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Turkish Chess Federation President Ms Gulkiz Tukay and ECU Board members attended the closing ceremony and joined in the awards ceremony.
The awards ceremony began with impressive dance performances and was broadcast live by Turkish Chess Federation Youtube Channel.
In the competition of 1,000 players from 46 European federations, only 12 players won the title of European Champion in their respective categories.
Shogdzhiev Roman Sav (FIDE, 1747) won the U8 championship with better tiebreakers than Llari Marc (FRA, 1769) and Uzdemir Ali Poyraz (TUR, 1566) who had the same score of 7.5 points. According to the tiebreakers, Llari Marc won silver and Uzdemir Ali Poyraz bronze. The President of the French Chess Federation, Mr. Eloi Relange, awarded the winners.
Kokareva Sofya Dm (FIDE, 1288) dominated the Girls U8 tournament and won gold with a perfect score of 9/9 points. Kokareva Sofya was the only player in the championship who managed to win all nine games. She edged Veselow Zoe (ENG, 1435) who won silver by two points, while Rzadkowska Lila (POL, 1243) took bronze with 6.5 points and better extra criteria than Shynkar Darya (UKR, 1020 ) and Cetin Beren (TUR). ECU Director General, Mr. Erald Dervishi, awarded the medalists.
Yilmaz Baver (TUR, 1722) won gold in the Open U10 category, with 7.5 points. Yilmaz Baver was half a point ahead of the group of three players who were tied for second place, and the tiebreaker criteria determined the silver and bronze medalists. Gabadadze Gabriel (GEO, 1569) came second, Golubovic Erik (CRO, 1868) was third and Yardak Murat Kutay (TUR, 1574) was fourth. ECU Vice-President Mr. Alojzije Jankovic and Turkish Chess Federation President Ms. Gulkiz Tulay awarded the winners.
Lampou Marianta (GRE, 1415) triumphed in the Girls U10 section with a convincing score of 8.5 points. Zavivaeva Kristina (FIDE, 1313) won silver with 7.5 points and Mirzaliyeva Leyla (AZE, 1226) came third with 7 points. The ECU General Secretary, Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, awarded the winners and medalists.
Cieslak Patryk (POL, 2088) claimed victory in the Open U12 category with 7.5 points with four players tied for second place with 7 points each. Tiebreaker Criteria Determined Ahmad Khagan (AZE, 2135) silver medalist, Gilfanov Marat (FIDE, 1786) won bronze, Bukreev Stanislav (FIDE, 1929) came fourth and Sowinski Pawel (POL, 2058) took finished fifth. ECU Honorary Vice-President, Mr. Vanja Draskovic, joined the awards ceremony and presented the winners.
Preobrazhenskaya Diana (FIDE, 1930) won the U12 Women’s Championship with 7.5 points. Iudina Veronika (FIDE, 1686) and Goriachkina Oksana (FIDE, 1694) tied for the silver medal, but thanks to the best additional criteria, Iudina Veronika came second while Goriachkina Oksana took third place.
Bazakutsa Svyatoslav (UKR, 2153) clinched gold in the Open U14 section with a score of 8 points. IM Gurel Ediz (TUR, 2449) won silver with 7.5 points and Agasarov Benik (ARM, 2219) won bronze with 7 points. ECU Vice-President, Mr. Gunnar Bjornsson, awarded the medalists.
Kleymenova Valeria (FIDE, 2141) scored 7.5 points to be the sole winner of the Girls U14 section, while three players tied for second place scored 7 points each. Zhapova Yana (FIDE, 2220) had the best tiebreaker criterion and won silver, Moskalets Sofiia (UKR, 1430) came third and Tsetskhladze Mariam (GEO, 1692) finished fourth. square. ECU Vice-President, Ms. Eva Repkova, awarded the winners.
IM Razafindratsima Timothe (FRA, 2453) won the Open U16 tournament with a score of 7.5 points. He was half a point ahead of three players tied for second place with 7 points each. Additional criteria determined that Khubukshanov Erdem (FIDE, 2371) won silver, IM Ohanyan Emin (ARM, 2377) won bronze and IM Grebnev Aleksey (FIDE, 2477) finished fourth. ECU Vice President Malcolm Pein presented the medalists.
Three girls tied for the lead in the U16 girls section with 7 points. Manko Mariya (UKR, 2085) had the best tiebreakers and won gold, Karacsonyi Kata (HUN, 2109) won silver and Zabrzanska Weronika (POL, 1992) took bronze. ECU Vice-President, Ms. Dana Reizniece-Ozola, joined the awards ceremony and presented the medalists.
IM Makarian Rudik (FIDE, 2505) scored 7.5 points to be the only winner in the Open U18 category. IM Murzin Volodar (FIDE, 2556) won silver with 7 points, while six players tied for bronze with 6.5 points. IM Gharibyan Mamikon (ARM, 2470) had the best tiebreaker criteria and came in third. ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, FIDE President Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich and Turkish Chess Federation President Ms. Gulkiz Tulay awarded the winners.
WIM Mkrtchyan Mariam (ARM, 2334) triumphed in the Girls U18 section with an impressive 8.5 points. She was a point and a half ahead of Hrebenshchykova Yelyzaveta (UKR, 2296) who won silver with 7 points. Four players tied for the bronze medal with 6.5 points each, but WIM Hryzlova Sofia (UKR, 2092) had the best additional criteria and finished third. The ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, and the President of the Turkish Chess Federation, Ms. Gulkiz Tulay, awarded the winners and medalists.
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, the President of ECU officially declared the event closed. Final rankings and all results are available here.