6th European U18 Team Chess Championship (boys): Balatonlelle 2006

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Basic data

6th European U18 Team Chess Championship (boys)
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 11th – 20th July 2006
City: Balatonlelle, Hungary
Venue: Hotel Lelle
Tournament Director: Mr. György Marti (HUN)
Chief Arbiter: IA Zsolt Korpics (HUN)
Teams participating: 13 (incl. Serbia "B", Hungary "B" and Ireland "B")
Open to players born after 1.1.1988
Players participating: 59 (incl. 8 IMs and 11 FMs)
Games played: 168
Competition format: Four board seven round Swiss.
Final order decided by: 1. Match points; 2. Game points; 3. Buchholz
Time control: all moves in 120 minutes + 30 sec. increment per move
Website: http://www.sakkversenyek.hu/u18etc (dead)
Downloadable game file: 06eurotch-b.zip

Tournament review

The Lelle Hotel /venue/The sixth boy's championship attracted 13 teams from 10 countries to the beautifully well known holiday resort situated by the famous Balaton lake, where people could not only play for the title of the European Champions but could have enjoyed the sunny weather in their idle time. The European U18 Championship saw for the first time strong Russian side as well as newly constituted, independent Serbia, who thereby recorded first ever chess appearance for the country. The competition was expected to be tough; Hungary were top seeded narrowly edging Croatia, Hungary "B" and Germany. These four sides had average Elo above 2400.

As it happened, the top four and surprise Russia took a hard-fought run for gold. Croatia were the only team with 8 match points scored in the first four rounds but they lost 3½-½ to Hungary on day five and were caught by the latter as well as by the Russians who recovered after round three loss to Hungary "B". In penultimate round Russia held Hungary to a fortunate draw while Croatia won taking narrow lead with 10 match points, overtaking Russia and Hungary by a mere point (tie-breaking, that is game point count was very close too). The Russians were happy to see relatively weak Scottish team being their opponents in the last round. As expected, they wiped out Scotland 3½-½ to take the championship title, as Hungary barely tied vs Romania. In the decisive match of the event Croatia lost to Germany which turned to be a nightmare for them; not only did they lose gold medals but they were also kicked out of the medal zone, losing silver and bronze medals by inferior Buchholz count, having equal match and game point record with Hungary and bronze medal winners Germany. Serbia made a promising entry finishing in fifth.

FM Nechepurenko led Russia to gold scoring 5/7 at top board while IM Arik Braun took individual gold medal at top board scoring 4½/6 in his fifth (!!) consecutive Euro U18 appearance - he was barely 13 as he made his debut in 2001. Surprisingly it was Finnish reserve Sofiev (Elo 2054) who produced best percentage result: he scored 5½/6 performing at 2568!

Individual medals

1st Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. IM Braun, Arik GER 6 75.0
2. FM Nechepurenko, Roman RUS 5 7 71.4
3. IM Szabó, Krisztián HUN 7 64.3

2nd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Nestorović, Nikola SRB 5 7 71.4
2. FM Chirilă, Cristian-Ioan ROM 5 70.0
3. FM Levin, Evgeny RUS 7 64.3

3rd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Šarić, Ivan CRO 5 7 71.4
2. IM Boros, Dénes HUN 5 7 71.4
3. Rozum, Ivan RUS 7 64.3

4th Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Sofiev, Alexey FIN 6 91.7
2. FM Brener, Ilja GER 6 75.0
3. Martinović, Saša CRO 5 7 71.4

Interesting games

Levin's win saved the match and the title for newcomers Russia!
Levin, Evgeny (RUS) - Gonda, László (HUN) 1 - 0

Black played too bad to make this one instructive; the game is nice anyway.
Vass, František (SVK) - Hogarty, Philip (IRL2) 1 - 0

The top two players met in a game for bronze medals...
Braun, Arik (GER) - Brkić, Ante (CRO) 1 - 0