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

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Basic data

4th European U18 Team Chess Championship (girls)
(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: 12 (incl. France "B")
Open to players born after 1.1.1985
Players participating: 30 (incl. 2 WIMs and 9 WFMs)
Games played: 84
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-g.zip

Tournament review

Twelve teams from eleven nations took part in the fourth Girls' European U18 Chess Championship. Top rated players were WFM Motoc of Romania (2387) and WIM Zdebskaya of Ukraine (2350). Top seeded teams: Romania - 2319, Ukraine - 2267 and Poland - 2265. The newcomers were Poland, France and Belgium. Unlike in 2002, the final order was decided by match points, followed by game points.

The event was one of tightest tournaments ever seen in the history of international competitions. Ukraine were in the lead for a few days but slumped after round five debacle vs Romania. The latter took over shared lead with Poland. The leading duo met on penultimate day to see Poland emerge as the winners. Standings with last round to go: Poland - 9, Serbia & Montenegro, Czech Republic and Ukraine - 8, Romania and Hungary - 7. The last round was dramatic; Zawadzka lost a dead-won position vs Tóth of Hungary to cause Poland lose to Hungary ½-1½ while the rest of aspiring teams drew each other, with exception of Romania who wiped out weak Belgian team 2-0 to grab the gold by virtue of better game point record (despite of two match losses out of seven!). As much as six teams finished level on 9 match points! Silver went to Serbia & Montenegro, the only team to avoid match loss while Ukraine won bronze beating Czech Republic on Berger count. Poor Poland went down to fifth.

Best individual results were achieved by the following players: Rudolf (HUN) 5/6, Motoc (ROM), Zdebskaya (UKR) and Vasić (YUG) 5½/7.

Individual medals

1st Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. WIM Zdebskaya, Natalia UKR 7 78.6
2. WFM Vasić, Milena YUG 7 78.6
3. WFM Motoc, Alina ROM 7 78.6

2nd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Rudolf, Anna HUN 5 6 83.3
2. Kulovaná, Eva CZE 7 78.6
3. Choisy, Mathilde FRA 7 78.6

Interesting games

All of a sudden Black took over the Queenside initiative.
Cochet, Caroline (FRA) - Motoc, Alina (ROM) 0 - 1

White made best use of incoordination of pair of black Rooks.
Kądziołka, Beata (POL) - Ciobanu, Camelia (ROM) 1 - 0