Israeli chess players Igor Bitensky, Evgeny Zanan, Nitzan Steinberg, Eyal Grinberg and Ariel Erenberg dominated the Open section of the European Youth U18 Team Chess Championship 2016 in Celje, Slovenia, to win the gold medal.

Team Israel defeated Austria in the final round to win the European Youth Team Champion 2016 title. Second place went to Hungary and third to Ukraine. Other countries taking part in the contest included Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Slovenia and England.

European Youth U18 Team Chess Championship 2016 in Celje, Slovenia. Photo via European Chess Union/Facebook
European Youth U18 Team Chess Championship 2016 in Celje, Slovenia. Photo via European Chess Union/Facebook

The European Youth U18 Team Chess Championship was organized by the Slovenian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union, and took place July 9-16, 2016.