Nearly missed this but we have Canberra organiser Jenni Oliver to thank for pointing this out. The World U16 Youth Olympiad is currently being played in Turkey. It's a 10 round event and will finish on 12 August.
Mrs Oliver informs us, "Quite a good Aussie team playing (although nowhere near what we could field. Ben Harris had a tough time getting there, with late planes and missed connections, so forfeits in the first 2 rounds, but he seems to have got there in time for round 3."
The other 3 players in the Aussie squad are Zhigen-Wilson Lin, V. Rukman and Derek Yu.
After three rounds of play, the Australian chessers are on 6 points. In the first round, they were routed by an IM-led Georgia 4-0. Round 2 was an even affair with the Aussies scoring 2-2 against Syria. Then in round 3, our young hopefuls delivered a 4-0 wipeout against Turkmenistan B.
Turkmenitan's A team will have a chance to strike revenge as they meet the Aussies in the fourth round.
You can follow the event in the official website.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
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