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David Shepherd
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World Youth Championships

Post by David Shepherd » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:55 pm

Results so far for World Youth Championships here http://chess-results.com/tnr470708.aspx ... ES&flag=30. Details of team here https://www.englishchess.org.uk/Juniors ... pur-india/ . I guess this must rank at least equal with the lowest number of girls England have ever sent :(

Presumably there was something about this tournament that made it unattractive for England Players?

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Alex Holowczak » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:19 pm

David Shepherd wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:55 pm
Presumably there was something about this tournament that made it unattractive for England Players?
Cost, time of year, location, the fact that it's older age groups and thus there's more focus on academia. Any more reasons needed?

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by David Shepherd » Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:54 pm

It seems really low this year, from a number of countries - not just England, so for example France are also only sending 3, it was the fact that no girls were going that caught my eye.

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by David Robertson » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:17 pm

Of the three entrants proudly (and officially??) bearing the ENG flag, two in the u-14 Open are ranked #29 and #47 on the ECF's u-14 list. And our sole entrant in the u-18 Open does not rank among our best 100 u-18s (#102). Embarrassing. Ridiculous.

I mean, the u-18 lad is graded 164, that's 20 points lower than me at the same age more than fifty years back - and I never expected to have ENG on my CV. It's even miles below the 10 x age yardstick that indicates 'promising' youngsters. I've raged about this selection policy several times before. What was this lad doing there? I understand things are changing. I do hope so

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Matt Bridgeman » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:53 pm

Going off on a tangent, I see that 15 year old Declan Lovelock is currently going through the Dorset Open like a hot knife through butter! He’s got no ECF or FIDE grade and apart from a few recent local dominating blitz tournaments, he’s effectively only ever played online before. He’s definitely the type of player the ECF should be throwing some time and resources towards.

https://chess-results.com/tnr475756.asp ... =4&fed=ENG

He won it outright with 4.5/5. I stand to be corrected but I’d suggest it was the highest tournament rating performance ever achieved by an English junior in a debut tournament.

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