The 51st final of the White Rook all-Russian competition for school teams took place between 20 September and 2 October. The schoolchildren played online at https://play.ruchess.ru/.
This year the competitions were joined by 50 teams of pupils aged 14 and younger.
The teams were divided into two groups. In tournament A (the teams from the states in the Far-Eastern and Siberian Federal Districts), seven teams played on a round-robin basis, and in group B (the teams from the states in the North-Caucasian, Southern, Central, Northwest, Volgian and Uralian Federal Districts), 40 teams competed in play-off qualifiers on the Swiss system in 7 rounds.
The qualifying tournament in group A was won by the team of SOSh [Secondary General School (SGS)] No 83 (Novosibirsk Oblast), whose members scored 20 points. Four points behind were the pupils from the Stupeny [Steps] Lyceum (Khabarovsk Krai). Fourteen points were scored by Gymnasium No 1 (Kemerovo Oblast). Fourth place was claimed by the representatives of Lyceum No 15 (Republic of Tuva) with 11 points.
Group B was led by the team of the Kurchatov School (Moscow) with 23 points. Nineteen points went to the team of SGS No 104 (Chelyabinsk Oblast). Third place was taken by pupils from school 18 (Republic of Tatarstan), who scored 18 points. Coming in fourth was the team of Gymnasium No 3 (Arkhangelsk Oblast) with 17.5 points.
Thereafter, the teams faced off in a play-off series.
In the final match, the team of Kurchatov School (Moscow) defeated the pupils of SGS No 83 (Novosibirsk Oblast) 4-0, emerging as the winner of the tournament. Playing for the team were Savva Vetokhin, Aleksandr Titov, Andrey Kim and Daria Novikova.
In the match for the third place, the pupils of School No 18 (Republic of Tatarstan) defeated SGS No 104 (Chelyabinsk Oblast), winning the bronze.
Concurrently with White Rook was held the final event in the Chess at Schools project — a team competition called Début. The tournament brought together 14 teams.
The team of the lyceum Morskoy Tekhnichesky [Marine Engineering] from Novorossiysk (Krasnodar Krai) confidently claimed first place, scoring 21.5 points out of 28. The runner-up was Tsentr Obrazovaniya [Education Centre] No 27 from Tula (19.5 points). Third place was taken by the representatives of Lyceum No 25 from Izhevsk (Udmurt Republic).
Also, White Rook’s extensive additional programme included online simultaneous exhibitions and masterclasses featuring grandmasters, a FIDE coach workshop, workshops for school and out-of-school teachers, as well as a roundtable called “Management of chess competitions online. Online refereeing”.
The tournament was sponsored by the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, Rosseti FGC UES and PhosAgro PAO.