1st European U18 Team Chess Championship (boys): Balatonlelle 2000

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Basic data

1st European U18 Team Chess Championship (boys)
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 9th - 15th July 2000
City: Balatonlelle, Hungary
Venue: N/A
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 11 (incl. Hungary "B")
Open to players born after 1.1.1982
Players participating: 53 (incl. 5 IMs and 6 FMs)
Games played: 140
Competition format: Four board seven round Swiss.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Buchholz
Time control: N/A
Downloadable game file: 00eurotch-b.zip

Tournament review

Eleven teams from Eastern and Central Europe went to Hungary to compete in the opening U18 European Team Championship. The competition was very strong including rising chess stars, who were soon to become respected GMs: Eljanov and Efimenko of Ukraine, Bokros of Hungary and Markus of Yugoslavia. Ukraine were top seeds ahead of Yugoslavia and Hungary.

Ukraine had rather unpromising start drawing to Slovakia and losing to Romania, while they took over the lead after day four wiping out Germany 4-0. The spectacular finish let them reach the line head and shoulders above the rest of the pool. Germany took silver medals and Romania came third. Best individual result was obtained by German board #4 Florian Grafl who scored 5½/6 to perform at 2683 Elo (he played all of his games with White pieces, which is clear reference to Kornel Havasi's Olympic records from 1930s!).

Individual medals

1st Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. IM Eljanov, Pavel UKR 7 78.6
2. IM Markuš, Robert YUG 4 6 66.7
3. Langheinrich, Ferenc GER 6 58.3

2nd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. IM Zubov, Alexander UKR 5 6 83.3
2. Markoš, Jan SVK 5 6 83.3
3. Szabo, Gergely ROM 7 78.6

3rd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. FM Efimenko, Zahar UKR 6 75.0
2. Steindórsson, Sigurður Páll ISL 6 75.0
3. FM Sedlak, Nikola YUG 3 6 50.0

4th Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Grafl, Florian GER 6 91.7
2. Kuljašević, Davorin CRO 6 58.3
3. Đukić, Nikola YUG 5 50.0

Interesting games

Oups! The Queen did not retry as expected.
Markoš, Jan (SVK) - Schenk, Andreas (GER) 0 - 1

Pair of Bishops fights down pair of Rooks.
Markoš, Jan (SVK) - Bokros, Albert (HUN) 1 - 0

This well-deserved win was the biggest upset of the event.
Pinter, Erik (SVK) - Efimenko, Zahar (UKR) 1 - 0