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FUTURE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE CONCLUDED


          “Future Champions of Europe”,
         organized by European Chess
         Union and Judit Polgar Chess
         Foundation as a part of the annual
         Global Chess Festival, took place on
         12th October in Hungarian National
         Gallery, in Budapest, Hungary.
         26 young chess talents coming from 11
         European federations participated the
         event, which was organized for players
         born on 1st of January 2007 or later.

         After 9 rounds of chess-board battles,
         Samunenkov Ihor (UKR, 2090) and
         Tunsjo Axel (NOR, 1899) tied for the first
         place, each with score of 7 points.
         According to the tiebreaks criteria,
         Samunenkov Ihor became the Winner of
         the event and Tunsjo Axel took second
         place. Navumenka Mikhei (BLR, 1929)
         came third, scoring 6.5 points.    Légende Nemo enim ipsam tatem quia
                                            voluptas sit aspernatur.
         The Closing ceremony of the event was
         attended by ECU President, Mr. Zurab  The event was played in 9 rounds,
         Azmaiparashvili, who addressed all the  Swiss system, with time control: 10
         players and joined the prize-giving  minutes for each player plus 2 seconds
         ceremony for the best ranked players.  of an increment per each move, starting
                                            from the move one.
         The winner of the event will be invited to
         visit the 82nd edition of the world-  The 5th Global Chess Festival was held
         famous Tata Steel Chess Tournament  with the spirit of Polgar’s personal motto,
         2020 in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands.  “#Chess Connects Us”. Chess, the
         This prize includes 2 round-trip tickets  world’s oldest board game, showed it’s
         from his/her home country (winner and  many faces during the event – including
         accompanying person) + a double room  competitive sports, art and education –
         for 2 nights on the weekend of the 18th  proving that chess truly does not have
         and 19th January in Wijk aan Zee. This  any boundaries.
         includes entrance to the playing area
         and ’behind the scenes’ access as well
         as an opportunity to make the first move
         for one of the rounds!




                                             Prizes


           FUTURE CHAMPIONS OF               The winner of the event will be invited to  The runner up will receive a very special
           EUROPE                            visit the 82nd edition of the world-  and unique opportunity to meet top
                                             famous Tata Steel Chess Tournament  chess Grandmasters and compete at
                                             2020 in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands.  one of the biggest European chess
           For the first time, the           This prize includes 2 round-trip tickets  opens in 2020. The sponsor, Flashpoint,
           event “Future Champions of        from his/her home country (winner and  is looking forward to giving a once in a
           Europe”, organized by European    accompanying person) + a double room  lifetime experience to the winner of this
           Chess Union and Judit Polgar      for 2 nights on the weekend of the 18th  prize which includes 2 round-trip tickets
           Chess Foundation as a part of     and 19th January in Wijk aan Zee.  (player and accompanying person),
           the annual Global Chess           This includes entrance to the playing  lodging in a double room and entry-fee.
           Festival, took place on 12th      area and ’behind the scenes’ access as  The third prize winner received a
           October in Hungarian National     well as an opportunity to make the first  wooden chess set and board signed by
           Gallery in Budapest, Hungary.     move for one of the rounds!       the Legend GM Judit Polgar herself.

                                                                               All participants received a Global Chess
                                                                               Festival souvenir.


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