Welcome to the website devoted to the European Chess Championship 2010. The European Chess Championship is a competition organized by the European Chess Union (ECU) since 1991. It attracts young chess players both male and female in 6 age groups. This means there are 12 categories, two each for players under 8, under 10, under 12, as well as under 14, 16 and 18 years.
This particular championship, just like the one from 2014 was held in Batumi, Georgia from 19th to 29th September. It was organized by Government of Georgia and Georgian Chess Federation for the age groups from U8 to U18 girls and boys). This competition is notable because it was one of the biggest Youth Championship in the European chess history.
It involved hundreds of juniors, both boys and girls that participated in one of the most productive chess areas with fascinating chess tradition. Furthermore, this competition also presented some of the best world youth chess players in all age groups. First countries to confirm their participation were some of the strongest chess federations which invest a lot in young chess generations. Those countries were Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Israel, Ukraine, Armenia, Romania and many others which submitted their confirmation four months before the competition.
The European Chess Championship 2010 was played by a 9-round Swiss System, and it is significant to mention that national ratings were not taken into account for the pairings. Playing rates were set according to FIDE regulations with 90 minutes for 40 moves as well as additional 30 minutes until the end of the game. There were also additional 30 seconds per move starting from the first move.
In every age category in both boys and girls sections, the first three winners received Cups, medals as well as diplomas. Furthermore, the champions of each age category received laptop computers by HP. If you think that you are good enough at predicting the champions, you can test your skills and choose one from the top sport betting sites online to start with.
Players from second to fifth place in each category received excellent and helpful chess programs as well as mobile phones, DVD players and at that time popular MP 3 players. This means that the total amount of all prizes was set at 25 000 €. Furthermore, every participant of the European Youth Chess Championship received special gifts with the total worth of 10 000 €.
About the Host – Batumi, Georgia
Considering the host city of the European Youth Chess Championship 2010, it is necessary to point out that Batumi is the city located on the coast of the Black Sea. It is the capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic situated in southwest Georgia.
According to the 2002 census, Batumi has a population of 121,806, and it is important commercial and transportation center. This is primarily so because Batumi has a large port and it is also the final stop of the Transcaucasian Railway as well as the Baku oil pipeline. Furthermore, the city is located around 20 km (or 12 mi) from the Turkish border which further strengthens its connections.
It is located in a subtropical zone which has a rich agricultural production of citrus fruits and tea. When it comes to the industries in Batumi, it is necessary to mention shipbuilding, food processing, and light manufacturing as well.
This wonderful city has a rich history since it is located on the site of the ancient Greek colony that was called Bathus or Bathys. This name was derived from the Greek phrase bathus limen or bathys limin which meant “deep harbor”. Around 120s and through 130s under Hadrian Batumi was converted into a fortified Roman port. However, in the period of Justinian I it was deserted for the fortress of Petra. Moreover, Batumi was also formally a possession of the kingdom of Lazica until the Arab occupation. Around the 10th century, it became the part of the unified kingdom of Georgia.
As it was already mentioned, today, it is the main port of Georgia with the capacity for 80,000-tonne tankers. This is particularly important because of oil shipping which originates from Azerbaijan. From this port, oil is shipped all over the world. In addition, there are also smaller oil exports which come from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Besides oil, the city also exports regional agricultural products. From 1995 up to date, the freight conversion of Batumi port constantly rises, and according to some sources, the annual revenue from the port goes between $200 million and $300 million.
Batumi and Chess
Batumi, as well as the entire area of Georgia, has a remarkable tradition when it comes to chess. In the past, this city was the host for a great number of chess tournaments. Some of the most important competitions include the European Team Championship in 1999 as well as World Youth Championship in 2006 but also the European Youth Championship in 2010 and 2014.
The European Youth Chess Championship was also significant because of the visit of World Chess Legend Garry Kasparov that was the honorary guest. Garry Kasparov was also the person to declare the opening of the championship on 19th September 2010.
Participants of European Youth Chess Championship 2010
In order to participate in the competition, the Federations were obliged to carefully complete the official registration form and send it at least one month before the beginning of the tournament. Every federation was allowed to register only one player in each of the 12 categories. This means that there was a maximum of 12 invited players from every Federation. Furthermore, the players who were placed from first to third place in the previous European Youth Championship also had the chance to compete. These players are called personal right players, and they can compete only in case they did not reach other age category. Personal rights players can compete only in the category of the corresponding age. In Batumi European Youth Championship the winners of the ECU Youth Grand Prix 2010 in the age categories -8, -10, -12, -14 and -16 also received an opportunity to take part. This group of players is called additional personal right players.
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