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

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Basic data

6th European U18 Team Chess Championship (girls)
(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: 12 from 18 countries
(three teams from Hungary; two from Germany and Serbia)
Open to players born after 1.1.1988
Players participating: 29 (incl. 1 WIM and 3 WFMs)
Games played: 84
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
Downloadable game file: 06eurotch-g.zip

Tournament review

The game hall Just four titled and two +2200 Elo players went to Hungary to compete in the girl's championship. With just two games being played in each match the outcome of the games is always random to some degree. Hungary "A" (Elo 2214) were clear favourites while the question of lower podium positions remained open.

The games were unexpectedly tough. Hungary "A" took the win but had they lost to Hungary "C" on the last day (they took two brisk draws taking no risk) as much as six teams would tie on match points! Just three match wins and four match draws contributed to Hungary's win. As in boys event the run for silver was exceptionally close. Romania took silver by virtue of Buchholz count - they tied with Slovakia on match and game points. The Slovaks could not make it any better as they did impressive final spurt: two consecutive 2-0's in the last two rounds. Third seeds Serbia came in disappointing seventh. Best individual result was obtained by Mária Ignácz, board one for Hungary "A" who scored 5½/7 to win the prize for best result at her board.

Individual medals

1st Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Ignácz, Mária HUN 7 78.6
2. WFM Frančišković, Borka CRO 5 7 71.4
3. Borošová, Zuzana SVK 5 7 71.4

2nd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Ignácz, Rózsa HUN3 5 7 71.4
2. Trăistaru, Teodora ROM 5 70.0
3. Rakić, Marija SRB 5 70.0

Interesting games

What a tension! Russian hopes dashed after exciting game.
Vazirova, Karina (RUS) - Frančišković, Borka (CRO) 0 - 1

This one was extremely creative play.
Domány, Zsófia (HUN) - Rakić, Marija (SRB) ½ - ½