The future of chess in Herceg Novi

9/22/2006 – The European Youth Championships 2006 in an idyllic Mediterranean town, where we see the grandmasters of tomorrow, the brightest young talents playing in groups under 18, 16, 14, 12 and 10, for boys and girls. But also having fun on a boatride on the free day, and celebrating their victory at the closing ceremony. Big picture report.

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European Youth Championships 2006

Herceg Novi, Montenegro

The European Youth Chess Championship was stage by the Serbia and Montenegro Chess Federation (SMCF), which invited all European Chess Federations affiliated to FIDE to participate. Each federation could register one player in each of the Under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 categories for boys and girls.

The event took place in Herceg Novi, a coastal town in Montenegro, with a population of 17,000. It has a very turbulent history with numerous attacks and conquests. The region is famous for its natural beauty and its mild Mediterranean climate, with 200 sunny days per year. The average temperature from May to September is about 25°C, with sea temperatures varying between 22–26°C.


A view of the city and the Boka Kotorska Bay


Inside the city with the typical architecture of Herceg Novi


There are no sandy beaches for sunbathers, but a
beautiful rocky coastline which is best viewed by boat


The European Youth Championship in Herceg Novi, Montenegro


The playing hall with large bay windows


Future grandmasters on an excursion ship on the Bay on the free day


History and beauty in the Herceg Novi region


Taking a break from chess and blitz during the excursion


But real chess players will never abandon their game


Even if it is private analysis on your travel chessboard


Huh? Fritz is giving +1.2 in this position?


Parents goofing around with local statues


Some of the participants got their own rowboat

Picture galleries

There are hundreds of pictures on the official web site, with many pages meticulously captioned. Here are some we recommend:


Winners and results


Top scorers in the Boys U18 group


The Girls U18 winners


Girls U18 champions


Boy's U14 group


The youngest champions: Girls U12 group


Pom-pom presentation at the closing ceremony

European Youth Chess Championship 2006 - Boys U18 Final Ranking
Rank Name Fed Rtg Title Pts BH. BH. vict Fide
1 Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2487 IM 7 40½ 50½ 6 36
2 Andriasian Zaven ARM 2463 IM 39 49 5 33
3 Tukhaev Adam UKR 2459 IM 38½ 49½ 5 35
4 Ragger Markus AUT 2456 IM 38 49 5 35½
5 Narmontas Matas LTU 2345 FM 36 46 6 31½
6 Dourerassou Jonathan FRA 2336   34 44 6 28½
Full results for Boys U18


Boys U18 Champion Sergei Zhigalko, Beylorus

European Youth Chess Championship 2006 - Girls U18 Final Ranking
Rank Name Fed Rtg Title Pts BH. BH. vict Fide
1 Gasik Anna POL 2068   8 42½ 54½ 7 41½
2 Paulet Iosefina ROM 2123 WIM 7 39 49 6 35½
3 Gunina Valentina RUS 2368 WFM 7 34½ 44½ 7 29
4 Daulyte Deimante LTU 2202 WIM 38 50 6 36½
5 Mader Manuela GER 2163   35 46½ 6 33½
6 Dolzhikova Kateryna UKR 2276 WIM 31 39½ 6 29
Full results for Girls U18


Girls U18 Champion Anna Gasik, Poland

European Youth Chess Championship 2006 - Boys U16 Final Ranking
Rank Name Fed Rtg Title Pts BH. BH. vict Fide
1 Edouard Romain FRA 2404 FM 37½ 48½ 7 39
2 Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2417   7 37½ 48 6 33½
3 Rasulov Vugar AZE 2152   40½ 52 6 34
4 Pap Gyula HUN 2412   38 48½ 5 32
5 Lintchevski Daniil RUS 2429 FM 37½ 48½ 4 32½
6 Leniart Arkadiusz POL 2348   35½ 45½ 6 32½
7 Volodin Aleksandr EST 2354   33½ 44 6 31
Full results for Boys U16


Boys U16 Champion Romain Edouard, France

European Youth Chess Championship 2006 - Girls U16 Final Ranking
Rank Name Fed Rtg Title Pts BH. BH. vict Fide
1 Ozturk Kubra TUR 2110 WFM 38 48½ 7 35½
2 Rakic Marija SRB 2128   7 40½ 53 6 39½
3 Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2095   38½ 50 5 34
4 Agrest Inna SWE 2004   36½ 47½ 4 35½
5 Rumiantseva Maria RUS 2053   32½ 42 5 28½
Full results for Girls U16


Girls U16 Champion Kubra Ozturk, Turkey

European Youth Chess Championship 2006 - Boys U14 Final Ranking
Rank Name Fed Rtg Title Pts BH. BH. vict Fide
1 Prohaszka Peter HUN 2404 FM 40½ 51 7 40
2 Durarbeyli Vasif AZE 2246   7 40½ 52½ 6 40
3 Bregadze Levan GEO 2289   7 40½ 52 5 38½
4 Zherebukh Yaroslav UKR 2371   7 39½ 51½ 5 34½
5 Baron Tal ISR 2121   38½ 49½ 5 32½
6 Ter Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2193 FM 37 47 5 34
7 Kilpatrick Callum ENG 2071   36 45 6 31½
Full results for Boys U14


Boys U16 Champion Peter Prohaszka, Hungary

European Youth Chess Championship 2006 - Girls U14 Final Ranking
Rank Name Fed Rtg Title Pts BH. BH. vict Fide
1 Repina Varvara RUS 2152 WFM 40 50½ 7 38
2 Korchagina Viktoria RUS 2070   7 37½ 49 6 35½
3 Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2268 WIM 43 54½ 5 36
4 Warakomska Anna POL 1975   34½ 44 6 33
5 Bukhteeva Viktoria RUS 2077   34½ 43½ 6 30
6 Bulmaga Irina MDA 2037 WFM 32½ 42½ 5 31
Full results for Girls U14


Girls U16 Champion Varvara Repina, Russia

European Youth Chess Championship 2006 - Boys U12 Final Ranking
Rank Name Fed Rtg Title Pts BH. BH. vict Fide
1 Bukavshin Ivan RUS 2122 FM 8 39 51 7 40½
2 Plat Vojtech CZE 2216   42 54½ 7 41
3 Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2131 FM 7 37 48 6 37
4 Giri Anish RUS 2155   7 36 45½ 6 34
5 Swiercz Dariusz POL 2226 FM 7 34½ 43½ 6 33½
6 Danilenko Dmitriy UKR 1992   41 53½ 5 35
7 Tallo Dominguez Imar ESP 1890   37½ 49 6 29½
8 Dragun Kamil POL 1893   37 48½ 6 35
Full results for Boys U12


Boys U14 Champion Ivan Bukavshin, Russia

European Youth Chess Championship 2006 - Girls U12 Final Ranking
Rank Name Fed Rtg Title Pts BH. BH. vict Fide
1 Arabidze Meri GEO 2091 WFM 39 49 7 38
2 Vince Andrea SRB 1932   7 41½ 52 6 39
3 Danelia Mariam GEO 2022   7 39½ 50 5 35½
4 Iwanow Anna POL 1854   41 52 5 36
5 Lach Aleksandra POL 1875   38 48½ 6 34
6 Shvayger Yuliya UKR 0   35 45 6 29½
Full results for Girls U12


Girls U12 Champion Meri Arabidze, Georgia

European Youth Chess Championship 2006 - Boys U10 Final Ranking
Rank Name Fed Rtg Title Pts BH. BH. vict Fide
1 Shurunov Arseny RUS 1998   39½ 49½ 6 38½
2 Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2140   7 41 52½ 6 40½
3 Dubov Daniil RUS 2175   7 39 49½ 7 38
4 Palchun Grigoriy RUS 0   7 37 48 6 32
5 Monev Alexander BUL 1935   37 47½ 6 34½
6 Guseinov Emil RUS 2122   37 45½ 5 34
7 Lamard Guillaume FRA 0   34 44 6 25
8 Rapport Richard HUN 2005   33½ 43½ 6 28
9 Oparin Grigoriy RUS 1980   30½ 39½ 6 25
Full results for Boys U10


Boys U10 Champion Arseny Shurunov, Russia

European Youth Chess Championship 2006 - Girls U10 Final Ranking
Rank Name Fed Rtg Pts BH. BH. vict Fide
1 Visanescu Daria-Ioana ROM 0 41½ 53 6 38
2 Macharashvili Tekla GEO 0 7 38 48½ 6 35½
3 Kolesnikova Kristina RUS 0 7 36½ 45½ 6 35
4 Bivol Alina RUS 0 44 55½ 5 36½
5 Osmanodja Filiz GER 0 38 49 6 34½
6 Styazhkina Anna RUS 0 35½ 45 6 32½
7 Gaboyan Susanna ARM 0 35½ 44 6 31½
8 Khazieva Elza RUS 0 33 44 6 27
Full results for Girls U10


Girls U10 Champion Daria-Ioana Visanescu, Romania

All pictures by courtesy of the organisers and the official web site



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