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World Youth Rapid and Blitz 2019 preview

by Sergey Tiviakov - 10/09/2019

From the 10th to 14th of September in Salobrena, Hotel Salobreña Suites (Granada, Andalucia, Spain) the World Junior Rapid and Blitz championships will be held in the following categories: U-14, U-16 and U18 for both boys and girls. Russian GM Sergey Tiviakov who currently resides in Groningen, Netherlands reports about the tournament from the venue. Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Salobreña, Spain hosts World Youth Rapid and Blitz 2019


About 200 players from the following countries: USA, Netherlands, India, Israel, Portugal, Austria, Vietnam, Slovenia, Italy, Algeria, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Ucraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Greece, Russia, Kazakhstan, Chile, Germany, Tajikistan and Spain will participate in world championships in Salobrena.

The tournament flex | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

The strongest players are in the U-18 category: GM Lucas Van Foreest from the Netherlands, Absolute Dutch champion of this year, IM Juan Plazuelo Pascual from Spain who is the Spanish champion in different categories, IM Nguyen Anh Khoi from Vietnam, the new Asian Junior champion and IM Francesco Sonis from Italy.


The strongest girl comes from Russia - WFM Anna Afonasieva who will play in the category U-18. Maria Eizagerri Floris, champion of Spain and the absolute Blitz champion of Spain will take part in the section U-16 open.

Top board is ready to witness some quick action | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Among the participants there will be a former World Youth U-14 champion Spanish Pedro Antonio Gines Esteo.

The pairings will be available at and also on the official site of World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championshisps 2019

About the Author

Born 1973 in Krasnodar (Soviet Union), was a member of the Smyslov school and gained the titles of World Youth Champion at U16 and U18 levels. In the PCA-World Championships, he reached the candidates' matches in 1994; in the same year he represented Russia in the Chess Olympiads. Although he has considered himself a professional chess player since 1989, Tiviakov also finished his degree in agricultural economics. Since 1997 Tiviakov has been living in Groningen and he has become a naturalised citizen of the Netherlands. With his new home country he won the title in the European Teams Championships in both 2001 and 2005 and was victorious in the championship of the Netherlands in 2006 and 2007. Tiviakov celebrated his biggest success in 2008, when he won the Individual European Championship.