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

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Basic data

3rd European U18 Team Chess Championship (girls)
(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: 11 (incl. Slovenia "B", Yugoslavia "B" and Turkey "B")
Open to players born after 1.1.1984
Players participating: 28 (incl. 1 WIM and 7 WFMs)
Games played: 70
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-g.zip

Tournament review

The 2002 girl's championship was not as strong as that from previous year. The top player was rated at mere 2297. There was just one WIM and a few WFMs. Best team according to ELO tables were Ukraine (2295) ahead of Romania (2228) and Yugoslavia (2197).

As it happened, the top three dominated the field from stem to sern. They defeated all other teams with just one exception (Yugoslavia-Slovenia 1-1). As far as the matches between the top teams are concerned, Ukraine first beat Romania 2-0 but lost to Yugoslavia on the next day. The Yugoslavs took the lead but were all in all capped by the Ukraine who squeezed more points out of the weaker opposition. Yugoslavia's top board WFM Dimitrijević lost the decisive game vs WFM Srebrenič of Slovenia. Romiania came third and there was a huge gap between the medal winners and the rest. Best individual result was achieved by Aleksandra Dimitrijević of Yugoslavia (5½/7).

Individual medals

1st Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. WFM Dimitrijević, Aleksandra YUG 7 78.6
2. WIM Ushenina, Anna UKR 6 75.0
3. WFM Motoc, Alina ROM 5 7 71.4

2nd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. WFM Drljević, Ljilja YUG 5 7 71.4
2. Rohonyan, Kateryna UKR 5 70.0
3. WFM Ciobanu, Camelia ROM 4 6 66.7

Interesting games

What was White looking for at the Queenside?
Keskin, Serap (TUR) - Valíčková, Martina (CZE) 0 - 1

White lost heavy fought game despite having good Kingside opportunities.
Ushenina, Anna (UKR) - Dimitrijević, Aleksandra (YUG) 0 - 1