Tykhon Cherniaiev among the winners of the European Youth Rapid & Blitz


Double gold medal for Tykhon!

After the Youth Team European Championships, the Greek Chess Federation organized the Individual Youth European Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in Thessaloniki.

The rapid event was played last week on Wednesday and Thursday (20 and 21 July) and, like the following blitz tournament, was held in a total of 12 categories, from U8 girls to U18 girls and U8 to U18 in the open sections. Nine rounds were played according to the Swiss system. In rapid chess, the time control was 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. In the blitz tournament, it was 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move.

The best player of the tournaments was 12-year-old Tykhon Cherniaeiv, who won gold in his age group in rapid and blitz chess.

Luisa Bashylina had almost as much success, as she got gold and silver medals.

Luisa Bashylina

In the rapid tournament, Tykhon Cherniaiev won the first six games and drew the other three, earning him the overall victory with 7½ points and a half point lead. With his odds of 2240, Tykhon Cherniaiev Chernyaev was the big favorite in this tournament and lived up to his role. However, rankings in international youth tournaments are often not meaningful, as young players from some countries have few opportunities to play in international tournaments and are much better than their numbers indicate.

Tykhon Cherniaiev, right

The blitz tournament was played last Friday with nine double rounds according to the Swiss system. Here, Tykhon Cherniaiev won with 16½ points. He conceded three draws and remained undefeated.

Tykhon Cherniaiev is from Ukraine, from Kharkiv, and fled to Hamburg with his family shortly after Russia attacked Ukraine. ChessBase, who knew the young Ukrainian from his internet streaming activities, gave him a hand. Shortly after the move, Tykhon Cherniaiev was transferred to the German Chess Federation.

The success of the European Youth Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships was made possible thanks to the commitment of the Lasker Society and its President Thomas Weischede, who contributed significantly to the travel costs and also supported the youth in other ways.

Other German players also celebrated their successes. Ruben Köllner won the U18 Rapid tournament. Ruben Köllner suffered losses in the second and fourth rounds and finished with 6½ points. As he had a better tiebreaker score than Marcell Borhy (Hungary) and Olexiy Bilych (Ukraine), who had the same number of points, the German won the gold medal.

Ruben Köllner with trophy

Marius Fromm was the second best German in fourth place with 6 points. In the last round, the two Germans were to face each other for the gold. Köllner won the match and the event.

Another gold medal was won by Luisa Bashylina in the U16 girls rapid competition. With 7 points, she won the tournament convincingly. In the blitz tournament, the German was narrowly beaten and took silver, half a point behind Klean Shuqja.

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