Welcome to 9th Uppsala Young Champions

For the ninth time we invite some of Europe’s greatest talents under twenty years of age. Each edition of the tournament has been a little better than the one before, and this year’s is no exception, where among the 40 participants there are two grand masters and eleven international masters.

The organizers Uppsala School Chess Society and Uppsala Chess+ Academy have the ambition to take chess to a new level, and this applies not least to the breadth with which we want to give a wonderful experience of our game. Therefore, we not only try to create the best conditions for the players during the days in Uppsala, but also offer spectators livestreaming so you can follow your favourites.

And there are many favourites. First of all Francesco Sonis from Italy, who just finished fourth in the JVM on the same score as the winner, but of course also the other grand master Felix Blohberger from Austria, who is a familiar face in Uppsala. Add eleven players over 2400, where it is easy to “name drop” players like Platon Galperin from Ukraine, Elham Abdrlauf from Norway and last year’s winner Vignir Vatnar Stefansson from Iceland. You understand that this is going to be an exciting event. Even Siem van Dael, who won the tournament two years ago, probably wants to fight for the victory.

From a Swedish perspective, it is nice to see that the majority of our young talents are playing, with Kaan Küçüksarı as the main contender. One idea with the tournament is of course to give the home players the chance to measure themselves against the cream of the junior elite in Europe.

Welcome to Uppsala and/or to our live broadcasts!

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