|4th European U18 Team Chess Championship (boys): Balatonlelle 2003
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|4th European U18 Team Chess Championship (boys)
(see all-time tournament summary)
||18th - 27th July 2003
||Mr. Zoltán Ambrus (HUN)
||IA Gábor Kállai (HUN)
||14 (incl. Hungary "B")
Open to players born after 1.1.1985
||63 (incl. 2 GM, 6 IMs, 13 FMs and 1 WFM)
||Four board seven round Swiss.
|Final order decided by:
||1. Match points; 2. Game points; 3. Berger
||all moves in 120 minutes + 30 sec. increment after each move
|Downloadable game file:
The fourth edition of the U18 European Championship drew 14 teams to play a seven round Swiss. Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic fielded strongest squads, with GM Navara being top rated player at 2608. The competition was the strongest ever seen, with 2 GMs, 6 IMs and 18 +2400 Elo players. For the first time final standings were decided by match points, making it virtually impossible task to recover from an early loss.
Top seeds Hungary dropped a point on day two barely halving with Slovenia, but soon put a nail in opposition's coffin, wiping out Poland and the Czech Republic in respective rounds to finish on top scoring 13/14. Poland easily took silver with six match wins. Romania were surprise bronze medal winners fortunately defeating Ukraine in the concluding round. Had only game points been taken into account, they would have finished in poor ninth! Best individual result was achieved by GM Berkes of Hungary - 6½/7 and Elo performed 2868.