European Championship: Strong juniors | ChessBase
The second round of the Individual European Championship at Terme Catez has been played. Nearly 320 players participate. The Ukrainian authorities have not only allowed their players to leave the country, they may even have an interest in displaying the colors of their country here. In general, men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave Ukraine due to general mobilization after the Russian invasion, but 35 Ukrainians participate in the European Championships and Anton Korobov is the number seed two behind David Navara. Players from Russia or Belarus do not participate in the European Championships.
The place of play
Among Ukrainian chess players is former world-class player and world championship contender Alexander Beliavsky, who, however, has been playing under the Slovenian flag since the mid-1990s. The 68-year-old was born in Lviv.
With few exceptions, the top players had started the tournament with first-round wins, including David Navara, Anton Korobov, Croatian Ivan Saric and Andrei Volokitin as the second-best Ukrainian grandmaster on the court and fifth in headers. series.
It was 15-year-old Aydin Suleymanli who caused the biggest upset in the second round by beating co-favorite 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 big group of players with 2.0/2 are Luka Budisavlevic from Serbia, who won against Bogdan-Daniel Deac in the second round, and Olexiy Bilych from Ukraine, who beat Szymon Gumularz.
For late-game friends, Karsten Müller picked out some tricky endgames from the first two rounds.
Ranking after two rounds
|4||I AM||Gadimbayli Abdulla||2451||2.0||2597|
|6||I AM||Petenyi Tamas||2451||2.0||2587|
|GM||Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo||2594||2.0||2455|
|22||GM||Bjerre Jonas Buhl||2601||2.0||2453|