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Wednesday, 06 Nov 2019 18:11
World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad: Azerbaijan takes gold

FIDE World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2019 is concluded in an ancient Turkish city Çorum. From October 20 to November 5 forty-eight teams from all around the world were fighting for medals. Each squad consisted of five players, including one girl. The event was held in the playing hall of the five-star Anitta hotel, which offered accommodation to all participants.

Azerbaijan, Russia, and Ukraine entered the tournament as favorites but only the first one lived up to its promise. The contest turned into an exciting race of Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Belarus was in front until Round 5 in which the team lost to Kazakhstan. As a result, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan tied for the lead but after round 6 the trio became a duo – Azerbaijan won a key match over Kazakhstan.

The ex-leader did not give up and beat Uzbekistan in the next round, but Azerbaijan won its match as well, shot ahead and preserved its top-position to the very end.

Final standings:

1. AZERBAIJAN – 16
2. UZBEKISTAN – 15
3. BELARUS – 14
4. KAZAKHSTAN – 13
5. ISRAEL – 12
6. UKRAINE – 12
7. INDIA – 12
8. MONGOLIA – 12
9. GREECE – 11
10. RUSSIA – 11