European Championship: Strong juniors

by André Schulz
3/29/2022 – After two rounds 41 players with 2.0/2 share the lead at the European Individual Championship. One of them is the 15-year old strong junior Aydin Suleymanli (pictured) from Azerbaijan who defeated Anton Korobov in round two. | Photos: SZS/Luka Rifelj

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The second round of the European Individual Championship in Terme Catez has been played. Almost 320 players are taking part. The Ukrainian authorities have not only allowed their players to leave the country, they may even have an interest in showing their country's colours here. In general, men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave Ukraine because of the general mobilisation after the Russian invasion, but 35 Ukranians take part in the European Championships and Anton Korobov is the number two seed behind David Navara. Players from Russia or Belarus do not take part in the European Championships.

The playing venue

Among the Ukrainian chess players is the former world-class player and World Championship candidate Alexander Beliavsky, who, however, has been playing under the Slovenian flag since the mid-1990s. The 68-year-old was born in Lviv.

Alexander Beliavsky

With few exceptions, the top players had started the tournament with wins in round one, including David Navara, Anton Korobov, Croatian Ivan Saric and Andrei Volokitin as the second best Ukrainian grandmaster in the field and fifth in the seedings.

It was the 15-year old Aydin Suleymanli who caused the biggest upset in round two when he defeated co-favourite Anton Korobov. In February 2020 Suleymanli had already attracted attention by winning the Aeroflot Open and he will probably play a role at this European Championship.

Two other young players who belong to the large group of players with 2.0/2 are Luka Budisavlevic from Serbia, who won against Bogdan-Daniel Deac in round two, and Olexiy Bilych from Ukraine, who defeated Szymon Gumularz.

For the friends of the endgame, Karsten Müller has picked some tricky endgames from the first two rounds.








Standings after two rounds

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Suleymanli Aydin 2,0 2695
2 Budisavljevic Luka 2,0 2679
3 Bilych Olexiy 2,0 2626
4 Gadimbayli Abdulla 2,0 2597
5 Kjartansson Gudmundur 2,0 2590
6 Petenyi Tamas 2,0 2587
7 Navara David 2,0 2524
8 Volokitin Andrei 2,0 2520
9 Areshchenko Alexander 2,0 2518
10 Sargissian Gabriel 2,0 2518
11 Sargsyan Shant 2,0 2507
12 Svane Rasmus 2,0 2504
13 Kollars Dmitrij 2,0 2487
14 Ter-Sahakyan Samvel 2,0 2480
15 Moussard Jules 2,0 2477
16 Kozul Zdenko 2,0 2474
17 Bartel Mateusz 2,0 2461
18 Ivic Velimir 2,0 2460
19 Ivanisevic Ivan 2,0 2458
20 Indjic Aleksandar 2,0 2455
  Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo 2,0 2455
22 Bjerre Jonas Buhl 2,0 2453
23 Safarli Eltaj 2,0 2452
24 Kantor Gergely 2,0 2445
  Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2,0 2445
26 Michalik Peter 2,0 2442
27 Iskandarov Misratdin 2,0 2439
28 Wagner Dennis 2,0 2432
  Gagunashvili Merab 2,0 2432
30 Can Emre 2,0 2429

...320 players




André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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