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Jim Wadsworth
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European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Jim Wadsworth » Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:26 am

The European Youth Team Chess Championships take place next month in Celje, Slovenia. The event is a 7 round FIDE rated tournament for girls and boys aged U18.

England will be represented in the Open section by a team of 4 players: Pavel Asenov, Akito Oyama, FM Adam C Taylor and FM Matthew Wadsworth. I'll be accompanying as (non-playing, clearly!) captain, and will post regular updates once the event is underway.

The official event website is http://www.chess.si/eytcc2016/default.asp, from where live games should be available.

The first round is on 10 July, starting at 3pm local time, and the final round is on 16 July.

Pairings and results will be at http://chess-results.com/tnr227360.aspx ... =30&wi=821

The team are grateful for the support provided by the ECF, and in particular Traci Whitfield.

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Jim Wadsworth » Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:17 pm

Team England has safely arrived at the Hotel Celeia, after a somewhat early start to get to Luton Airport for our 0720 flight. Administration and logistics all so far very efficient. Hotel rooms a bit basic but absolutely fine. Captain's meeting this evening, and first round tomorrow....

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Jim Wadsworth » Sun Jul 10, 2016 5:46 am

Round 1 starts at 3pm local time (2pm UK) today, England will be playing Israel (the 3rd seeds), with England having white on board 1. Board pairings have yet to be confirmed; but since Israel's lowest rated player has a higher rating than our highest rated, we know that all the games will be challenging!

From a look at the tournament hall, most if not all games will be broadcast live, I assume via the event website as mentioned earlier in this topic.

Mood in the camp is very positive, the boys (who all know each other from previous international trips and/or domestic competition) are bonding well.

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Jim Wadsworth » Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:31 am

Games will definitely be available at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... 2016/1/1/1 (good spot Debbie Taylor!)

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Jim Wadsworth » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:11 am

Board pairings now available at http://chess-results.com/tnr227360.aspx ... =30&wi=821

Matthew (rating 2325) vs Zanan (2450)
Steinberg (2448) vs Adam (2254)
Pavel (2250) vs Grinberg (2431)
Erenberg (2359) vs Akito (2183)

Preparation well under way and the boys are looking forward to the challenge.

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by John Higgs » Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:43 pm

Latest news, short cuts to live boards, photographs etc can be seen via the twitter feed : @ECFJuniors2016

No twitter account? You can follow the twitter feed via this link https://mobile.twitter.com/ECFJuniors2016

:D
"I'm not the one who got it wrong. I'm the only one who got it right". Carrie Mathison.

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Jim Wadsworth » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:24 pm

Games underway, unfortunately at the moment Chess24 hasn't quite got the right names on the right boards, nor the right moves. Apart from that all good....

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:24 pm

Live games have started but the much-vaunted Chess 24 currently has the names hopelessly mixed up, with Wadsworth currently showing as Board 3 for Israel, and no moves at all on Board 2. What a shambles!

Go to http://www.chessbomb.com which is displaying all games and names correctly.

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Jim Wadsworth » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:33 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:Live games have started but the much-vaunted Chess 24 currently has the names hopelessly mixed up, with Wadsworth currently showing as Board 3 for Israel, and no moves at all on Board 2. What a shambles!

Go to http://www.chessbomb.com which is displaying all games and names correctly.
Thanks Leonard. Chessbomb does at least have the right names & colours. However, it doesn't have the right moves in all the games - (for example as those who have seen my photo on Twitter, Matthew played 1. c4 not 1. Nf3)....I will alert the organisers....

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:26 pm

Jim Wadsworth wrote:
Leonard Barden wrote:Live games have started but the much-vaunted Chess 24 currently has the names hopelessly mixed up, with Wadsworth currently showing as Board 3 for Israel, and no moves at all on Board 2. What a shambles!

Go to http://www.chessbomb.com which is displaying all games and names correctly.
Thanks Leonard. Chessbomb does at least have the right names & colours. However, it doesn't have the right moves in all the games - (for example as those who have seen my photo on Twitter, Matthew played 1. c4 not 1. Nf3)....I will alert the organisers....
The games have changed several times but at least we've switched from white to black in the game where black has an extra pawn :)

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Jim Wadsworth » Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:37 pm

Jim Wadsworth wrote:Games underway, unfortunately at the moment Chess24 hasn't quite got the right names on the right boards, nor the right moves. Apart from that all good....
Live boards now looking correct, with the exception of that for Pavel's game

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Jim Wadsworth » Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:38 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:The games have changed several times but at least we've switched from white to black in the game where black has an extra pawn :)
Am happy to report that we are indeed black in that game (Akito's)

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Jim Wadsworth » Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:41 pm

Jim Wadsworth wrote: Live boards now looking correct, with the exception of that for Pavel's game
I should add that the reason there are no live games showing for matches 5 & 6 (respectively Slovenia A vs Czech Republic, and Poland vs Slovenia B) is that they aren't being played on digital boards.

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:38 pm

Hi Jim

Live feed seems a total disaster area. No moves for half an hour on boards 1,2 and 4, board 3 still frozen in the opening.

Can you keep us up to date with a brief running commentary on what is actually happening?

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Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

Post by Jim Wadsworth » Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:47 pm

Yes live boards seem to be all stuck. Just took a break from watching the cycling and/or tennis to pop back into the tournament hall....all four games still going. Akito retains his pawn advantage and - at risk of invoking the commentator's curse - his position looks quite comfortable. Pavel defending against a big attack, but from what I could see, Pavel's pieces seem well co-ordinated for that defence. Hard to assess Adam's game (in part because of physical layout of hall), but he (like Matthew) is behind on the clock. Matthew's position is worse, but not decisively so from what I have seen.

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