Tuesday, August 08, 2006

U16 Chess Youth Olympiad

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.

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