3rd European U18 Team Chess Championship (boys): Balatonlelle 2002

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Basic data

3rd European U18 Team Chess Championship (boys)
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 11th - 20th June 2002
City: Balatonlelle, Hungary
Venue: Hotel Postás
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 13 (incl. Hungary "B" and Turkey "B")
Open to players born after 1.1.1984
Players participating: 61 (incl. 1 GM, 7 IMs and 7 FMs)
Games played: 168
Competition format: Four board seven round Swiss.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points; 3. Berger
Time control: all moves in 90 minutes + 30 sec. increment per move
Website: http://web.axelero.hu/passant/u18/ (cached)
Other websites: Report prepared by German team coach [in German]
Downloadable game file: 02eurotch-b.zip

Tournament review

There were 13 teams participating in the 3rd Championship which was held in sunny, cozy Balatonlelle again. The competition was even stronger than last year, there was a GM (Berkes), three +2500 players and more than a dozen 2400s. Poland were most notable newcomers. Ukraine, led by IM Efimenko (2559!) were the top seeds.

The outcome of the games was more than surprising. Ukraine lost to third seeds Yugoslavia on day two, but the latter were destroyed by surprise Romanian team 4-0 in round five. On penultimate day leaders Romania faced runners-up Ukraine and held them to a 2-2 draw to retain one point advantage. On the last day Romania halved with Hungary but this proved ample achievement as Ukraine barely tied with Poland to stay at second. Germany took bronze medals, half of a point against favoured teams of Hungary and Yugoslavia. There were no exceptional individual achievements. Best players scored 4½/6. Lupulescu scored 5/7 at top board for Romania.

Individual medals

1st Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Lupulescu, Constantin ROM 5 7 71.4
2. IM Efimenko, Zahar UKR 5 7 71.4
3. GM Berkes, Ferenc HUN 7 64.3

2nd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Esen, Barış TUR 6 75.0
2. IM Korobov, Anton UKR 5 7 71.4
3. IM Bartel, Mateusz POL 5 7 71.4

3rd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Maximov, Dmitry UKR 6 75.0
2. Flumbort, András HUN 5 70.0
3. Kaňovský, David CZE 4 6 66.7

4th Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Murariu, Andrei ROM 6 75.0
2. Lenič, Luka SLO 6 75.0
3. Carron, Julien SUI 4 6 66.7

Interesting games

Beautiful finishing move killed Black on spot.
Berkes, Ferenc (HUN) - Wojtaszek, Radosław (POL) 1 - 0

A 350 point difference could not be seen. Well-deserved win for Black.
Predojević, Borki (YUG) - Can, Emre (TUR2) 0 - 1

Such long-standing pressure on the King must have been depressive.
Murariu, Andrei (ROM) - Sitnikov, Anton (UKR) 1 - 0