April 7, 2021: Moksleivių šachmatų klubas (Lithuania) repeated their success from the previous edition, winning in the top U12 League. Today’s group Center A was one of the most numerous and with all teams being very competitive, and many exchanges in the leaderboard throughout the tournament. Near the end, Chess Profi (St.Peterburg, Russia) was close to winning, but Lithuanians managed to overcome them and secured first place. Latvia Junior Chess came third, closely followed by the rest of the field.
Glorious day for Lithuanians: they were also victorious in the revised U8 League, reserved for the best teams and first-time played as a subdivision of the U12 tournament.
Worldwide U12 Center A final standings:
1 Moksleivių šachmatų klubas – Lithuania
2 Chess_Profi – Russia
3 Latvia Junior Chess – Latvia
4 Irish Juniors – Ireland
5 Schachfreunde München – Germany
6 Oslo sjakkrets ungdom – Norway
7 Club Ferlonichess – Paraguay
8 Сборная Шахты – Russia
9 Surbiton juniors – England
10 Dragulf – Norway
STRATEG STUTTGART (Germany), UEC CORONEL PRINGLES (Argentina), and KSz “HETMAN” Katowice (Poland) were winners of Center B, being promoted to the top group A for the next event. Worldwide promotion system, with varying number of leaders counting for the team score throughout the League, once again proved to be the right way to go.
Three teams from Center C will be promoted: Colchester Junior Chess Club (England), “Бриллиант” (г.Кострома) (Russia), and Минская область (Belarus). Groups Center D and Center E saw some quality teams that will try to climb the ranks.
As mentioned, the revised Center U8 League is now played as a subdivision of U12, and was won by Moksleivių šachmatų klubas. Three points difference to second place for Latvia Junior Chess and three more for third-placed СШ 2 Кстово (Kstovo, Russia).
East B: PCA-U12-WW12, IMA U12, and Future MAS Champions U-12, all from Malaysia, were best, and will be promoted to East A.
East U8: Этюд (Etud, Russia) came first, followed by ChessNut Academy and Chess Training Foundation (India).
Division West: Win for Tiburones AAVAC (Mexico), closely followed by Arriba PERÚ and Brazilian Young Chess Team.
West U8: Circuito Nacional FENAMAC won without much trouble.
A total of 829 players participated in this edition of U12/U8 League. Next League is scheduled for April 21.
Meanwhile, Worldwide Junior Chess organizers prepared a new competition to be played on other Wednesdays: Worldwide Shield is an individual competition in Swiss system. While Arenas are fun to play, Swiss tournaments are more serious and results are realistic. Organization will tend to provide both forms of competition for our young champions. Read more.
3rd Worldwide Festival will be held on April 24.