World Youth U16 Starts Tomorrow

World Youth U16 Starts Tomorrow

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A record-breaking World Youth U16 will take off on Saturday in Győr, Hungary. Teams from at least 40 countries will participate.

After she announced her retirement in August, Judit Polgar hasn't been sitting still. First there was the Polgar Chess Festival, and right after she has been involved in preparing the World Youth Under 16 Championship, which will be organized for the first time in Hungary.

The World Youth U16 will be held December 12-22 in Győr, in northwest Hungary, located halfway between Budapest and Vienna. With at least 40 countries being represented, it will be the largest edition ever.

Like the Olympiad, the World Youth U16 is a team event, with 10 rounds being scheduled. Each team consists of four players and one reserve player, and at least one of the players must be a girl. The players must be younger than 16 by January 1, 2014.

The full list on Chess-Results has 54 teams at the time of writing, with India, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and host country Hungary being the favorites. The strongest individual players are:

2014 World Youth U16 | Top 10 Participants

No. Title Name Rtg FED Team Bo.
1 IM Donchenko Alexander 2523 GER Germany 1
2 IM Ghosh Diptayan  2516 IND India 1
3 IM Karthikeyan Murali  2497 IND India 2
4 IM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.  2476 IND India 3
5 IM Sanal Vahap  2452 TUR Turkey 1
6 IM Gledura Benjamin  2450 HUN Hungary 1 1
7 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra  2441 RUS Russia 2
8 IM Preotu Razvan  2441 CAN Canada 1 1
9 IM Paravyan David  2437 RUS Russia 1
10 IM Vavulin Maksim  2430 RUS Russia 3

The tournament will be held in the University of West-Hungary in Győr. Here's the full schedule:

  • Arrival: December 12
  • Opening ceremony: December 12, 20:00
  • Technical meeting: December 13, 9:00
  • Round 1: December 13, 14:00
  • Round 2: December 14, 10:00
  • Round 3: December 14, 16:30
  • Round 4: December 15, 14:00
  • Round 5: December 16, 14:00
  • Day off: December 17
  • Round 6: December 18, 10:00
  • Round 7: December 18, 16:30
  • Round 8: December 19, 14:00
  • Round 9: December 20, 14:00
  • Round 10: December 21, 10:00
  • Closing ceremony: December 21, 17:00
  • Departure: December 22
The promo stand during the Polgar Chess Festival.

Below is a promo video that features Olympic silver medalists Judit Polgar and Csaba Balogh, Benjamin Gledura (who was European Champion of his age group) and Kata Karacsonyi (who was the first to follow in the footsteps of Judit Polgar to win the national championship topping all boys in their age groups).

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