4th European U18 Team Chess Championship (boys): Balatonlelle 2003

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Basic data

4th European U18 Team Chess Championship (boys)
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 18th - 27th July 2003
City: Balatonlelle, Hungary
Venue: Hotel Lelle
Tournament Director: Mr. Zoltán Ambrus (HUN)
Chief Arbiter: IA Gábor Kállai (HUN)
Teams participating: 14 (incl. Hungary "B")
Open to players born after 1.1.1985
Players participating: 63 (incl. 2 GM, 6 IMs, 13 FMs and 1 WFM)
Games played: 196
Competition format: Four board seven round Swiss.
Final order decided by: 1. Match points; 2. Game points; 3. Berger
Time control: all moves in 120 minutes + 30 sec. increment after each move
Website: http://www.chess.hu/en/u18etc.php
Downloadable game file: 03eurotch-b.zip

Tournament review

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.

Individual medals

1st Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. GM Berkes, Ferenc HUN 7 92.9
2. GM Navara, David CZE 5 7 71.4
3. Braun, Arik GER 6 58.3

2nd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. IM Antal, Gergely HUN 6 75.0
2. Wojtaszek, Radosław POL 5 7 71.4
3. Zaragatski, Ilja GER 6 58.3

3rd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Gajewski, Grzegorz POL 5 7 71.4
2. IM Smirnov, Igor UKR 5 7 71.4
3. Krivokapić, Marko YUG 7 64.3

4th Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Milović, Jovan YUG 6 75.0
2. FM Erdős, Viktor HUN 5 7 71.4
3. FM Bérczes, Dávid HUN2 5 70.0

Interesting games

Which one will prevail, white Queen infiltrating black King's shelter,
or passed pawn at the Queenside?
Berkes, Ferenc (HUN) - Navara, David (CZE) 1 - 0

A useful lesson in the following topic: refutation of the French Defence.
Gajewski, Grzegorz (POL) - Smirnov, Igor (UKR) 1 - 0