After the World Juniors, the youngsters have moved on now to the World Youth Olympiad which is also held in Turkey from 17 to 24 August and played over 10 rounds. This time Australia is represented by (in board order) Alex Grossman, Isaac Ng, Thomas Feng and Joshua Ng. Sadly for the Australians, they ran into a red-hot Greek side who gave the Aussies a 4-0 thrashing in the first round.
On the other hand, the Pinoys are serious about their business. They are spearheaded by no less than GM Wesley So who finished with a fine performance last week in the World Juniors collecting 8.5 points. In a supporting role to So are Haridas Pascua, John Datu, and Jan Emmanuel Garcia.
In the first round, the RP boys themselves dished out a 4-0 blank out of an unfancied Turkish girls team.