World Youth Chess Championship 2017

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John Higgs
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Re: World Youth Chess Championship 2017

Post by John Higgs » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:36 pm

Round 10 Report

Good morning!

In the penultimate round, England scored 1.5. A number of tough battles were fought….

Sacha spurned an early draw offer by the top seed in order to make a bid to win the tournament. He soon had Teclaf on the ropes and could have capped his fine play by grabbing a centre pawn. Alas he missed his chance and in time pressure succumbed to his Polish opponent’s counterattack.

Meanwhile Ravi played his best game of the tournament so far against the Georgian representative. In a textbook example of how to exploit a space advantage, Kokaia was gradually suffocated without being given the ghost of counterplay.

Thivyaa played aggressively from the start of her game as Black versus Ramona Golsta, whose sister Madara she had beaten earlier in the event. This time however her opponent was able to liquidate into an endgame where she held the draw.

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Re: World Youth Chess Championship 2017

Post by NickFaulks » Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:01 pm

John Higgs wrote:Sacha spurned an early draw offer by the top seed in order to make a bid to win the tournament.
The right approach and shows admirable spirit, even though it didn't work out this time. Sacha is clearly a great prospect.

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Re: World Youth Chess Championship 2017

Post by NickFaulks » Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:37 pm

Today's choice of opening looks rather strange.

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Re: World Youth Chess Championship 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:16 pm

NickFaulks wrote:Today's choice of opening looks rather strange.
Yes, 5....d6 looked unusual, 5....cxd4 6 exd4 d5 transposes into a Caro Panov albeit that may not be something he plays.

John McKenna
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Re: World Youth Chess Championship 2017

Post by John McKenna » Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:51 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:
NickFaulks wrote:Today's choice of opening looks rather strange.
Yes, 5....d6 looked unusual, 5....cxd4 6 exd4 d5 transposes into a Caro Panov albeit that may not be something he plays.
Yes, after - 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 Nf6 5.d4, then d6!? is unusual - it seems to have been played by a couple or three GMs against 2400+ opponents but only scored 1/3 (=2, -1).

However, the game in question - from the U-14 Open - had transposed, by W's 11th move, to more fertile ground for B... 6.d5 Ne5 (Na5!?) 7.Ne5 de 8.e4 Bg7 9.Be3 b6 10.Be2 O-O 11.a3 a5!? 12.Rb1 a4 1-0

Can't believe the game ended there, but that's what I saw last night when I looked.

Sondergaard,TJ (2255)-Hanson,F (2036), 2015 Politiken Cup, continued... 13.g4!? Bd7 14.h4 Qc8 15.f3 h6... 1-0 in 40 moves.

Anyway, thanks to John Higgs & company for keeping people here informed about another interesting campaign by England's Juniors. They seem to be doing better these days.
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Re: World Youth Chess Championship 2017

Post by John Higgs » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:01 pm

Final report from WYCC17 and Round 11

Goodbye from Montevideo!

England finished the World Youth Chess Championship with 22.5 points. Sacha is now ranked 10th in the World in the U14’s!

Well done to the team and for the great support amongst the team members through the highs and the lows!

Thivya clinched one final point for England in Round 11. Qi of the United States decided to repeat a variation that Thivyaa had faced a couple of times earlier game in the tournament. Thivyaa proved better prepared and demonstrated a good grasp of chess strategy to clinch the point.

Thank you to Traci, Gary and Andrew of the ECF for their support prior and during the event.

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