Sunday, October 04, 2009

Russia Wins Youth Olympiad

Our Kiwi neighbours sent four school-aged reps over to Turkey to participate in the 2009 World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad. The event ran from 24 September to 3 October. Australia failed to send a team.

The NZ team consisted of Hans Gao, William Li, Sean Tang and Michael Zeng. Unfortunately for them, the opposition was a tad too tough as they managed to garner just 12 points overall and finishing third from bottom (out of 22 teams). Team Russia won the event with 30 points.

In round 7 the Kiwis scored what was perhaps their most impressive outing, a 2-2 draw with Turkmenistan. That encounter included the following win by William Li over the 2152-rated Govher Jorayewa.

2009 World Youth U16 Olympiad
Jorayewa, Govher
Li, William

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qb6 8. Qd2 Qxb2 9. Rb1 Qa3 10. f5 Nc6 11. Bxf6 gxf6 12. Nb3 Qb4 13. Bd3 Qb6 14. Na4 Qa7 15. Nc1 b5 16. Nb2 Ne5 17. Nd1 Nxd3+ 18. Qxd3 Be7 19. Ne3 O-O 20. O-O Bb7 21. Kh1 Rad8 22. Qe2 Kh8 23. Ng4 Qd4 24. Nf2 Rg8 25. Nb3 Qa7 26. Ng4 Qa8 27. Nh6 Rg7 28. Rf4 Rf8 29. Re1 d5 30. exd5 Bxd5 31. Rg4 Rxg4 32. Nxg4 Qc6 33. Nh6 Qc4 34. fxe6 Qxe2 35. Rxe2 fxe6 36. Nd4 e5 37. Ndf5 Bc5 38. c3 Rc8 39. Rd2 Be6 40. h3 Bf8 41. g4 Bxh6 42. Nxh6 Rxc3 43. Rd6 Rxh3+ 44. Kg2 Rxh6 45. Rxe6 Rg6 46.Kf3 Kg7 47. Rxa6 e4+ 48. Kxe4 f5+ 0-1

Actually, I only found out about this event and the Kiwi team's participation thanks to this article in the NZ Herald.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You should read the results page at occasionally - there was a link and sporadic updates on progress!