April 21, 2021: Chess Profi (St. Petersburg, Russia) achieved their first win in the top U12 League. Another great tournament was played today, with many strong and numerous teams. As much as it was intense at the top, it was even tenser in a struggle to stay in Center A. In the previous edition, Russian team came very close to winning but dropped it in the last minutes to Moksleivių šachmatų klubas (Lithuania). This time, Russians didn’t allow any surprises, congratulations! Irish Juniors came third. 167 players participated in the top league.
Worldwide U12 Center A final standings:
1 Chess Profi RUSSIA 131
2 Moksleivių šachmatų klubas LITHUANIA 124
3 Irish Juniors U12 IRELAND 109
4 Oslo sjakkrets ungdom U12 NORWAY 103
5 Latvia Junior Chess LATVIA 101
6 UEC Coronel Pringles U11 ARGENTINA 100
7 Club Ferlonichess PARAGUAY 97
8 Schachfreunde München GERMANY 94
9 KSz “HETMAN” Katowice POLAND 93
10 Strateg Stuttgart GERMANY 91
Chess Profi winning lineup: Ivan Zhukov, Nazar Demyanenkov, İlyas Timushev, Uliana Dudkina, Denis Tyurin, Aleksander Kozlov, Roman Vepreychuk, Andrey Kuznetsov, Ivan Chervinskiy, Arseniy Makarchik, Timur Erdanov, Andrey Andronov, Igor Kuznetsov, Elonova Zlata, Georgiy Smirnov, Tikhon Mishkorudnyi, Maxim Balgurin, Daniel Balashov, Ekaterina Afanasyeva, Daniil Nikitin, Roman Rachikhin, Evgeniy Zhukov, Vladislav Golota. Team leaders: Mikhail Chernyuk and Oleg Papayan.
Сборная Шахты and Ученики И.Погорелова ended tied for the first place in Center B, another very strong tournament. Boca Junior secured third place and promotion to Center A for the next event.
Three teams from Center C will be promoted: SV Isental, СШ 2 Кстово, and ESCUELA MUNICIPAL DE AJEDREZ ESTEPONA 1985. Three best-placed teams in group Center D were Минский ветер, CCSA U12 Team 2021, and U12 Mouflon Chess Team.
Center U8 League saw two teams tied up for the first place: U8 Türkiye and Latvia Junior Chess. In this kind of situations, the organizers tend to agree with Lichess final standings and declare the win for Turkish team. Last time winners, Moksleivių šachmatų klubas, had to settle for third place.
All-Indian podium in Division East: ChessNut Academy managed to achieve a win. Winning team was made of these players: Ronak Hiwale, Akshaj Patil, Vageesh Swaminathan, Jay Sawalakhe, Darshan Hemant Savakare, Aaranavv Dhananjay Totla, Sharveel Chouridule, Akshata Jain.
Close second place for Champions Chess Academy. Eminent Chess Academy finished third.
East U8: Chess Training Foundation (India) came first, followed by Sharp Kids Diamonds (Philippines) and ChessNut Academy (India).
A total of 789 players participated in this edition of U12/U8 League. Next League is scheduled for May 5.
3rd Worldwide Festival will be held on April 24.