The 2012 Russian Youth Championships

5/3/2012 – The Russian Youth Championships (under 10/12/14/16/18) were recently held in classical, rapid and blitz time controls. Aside from the obvious honor of being crowned national champion, at stake was also the right to represent Russian in the next World and European Youth Championships. Vladimir Barsky was on scene and took a number of lovely photographs.

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The 2012 Russian Youth Championships

The Russian Youth Championships (under 10/12/14/16/18) were recently held in classical, rapid and blitz time controls. Aside from the obvious honor of being crowned national champion, at stake was also the right to represent Russian in the next World and European Youth Championships. Vladimir Barsky was on scene and took a number of lovely photographs.


The event was held in Loo in a room called the the "looshke"


Some had more than just an adult companion


Boys will be boys


The children are waiting for permission to enter the playing hall


Permission given: "Chaaaarge!"


There were so many participants that space was made in the balcony for more tables


The young men in the under-14 section


This look of controlled poise was clearly a sign the games had only started


Two hands? Whose turn is it?


The arbiter gives basic instructions such as the protocol for queening, and most
importantly: where the bathrooms are!


Can we leave our phones on for important calls from our parents... or boyfriend?


The blitz competition gets underway


Marina Barayev prefers not to be rushed. She came in second in the Girl's under-18.


GM Vladimir Fedoseev was unable to win his group


GM Mikhail Kobalia led the prize-giving ceremony. Daria Pustovoitova, right, was the
most successful competitor overall as she came first in the Girl's under-18 in classic,
rapid, and blitz.

Pictures by Vladimir Barsky

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