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Well done to the players in the European Youth Chess Championships

 

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The European Youth Chess Championships are being held in Prague.

 

The players are : U16 Open: Tom Thorpe;  U14 Open: Nicholas Evans, Rhys Bennett, Owen Bennett;  U12 Open: James Evans, Jamie Bell-Thomas, Daniel Siromani;  U10 Open: Arjan Bolina;  U08 Open: Amrit Bolina;  U12 Girls: Imogen Camp;  U10 Girls: Stephanie du Toit

 
The Head of Delegation is Andrew Camp and they are accompanied by 2 coaches IM Adam Hunt and Sabrina Chevannes.  
 
Final report added

  All Pairings/Results       Games

 

WLS  

SNo   Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts. Rk. Group
27   Bolina Amrit 0 WLS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1.0 78 B8
72   Bolina Arjan 0 WLS 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 ½ 3.0 118 B10
123   Bell-Thomas James 0 WLS 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 1 2.5 140 B12
129   Evans James 0 WLS 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 3.0 136 B12
147   Siromani Daniel 0 WLS 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 2.5 143 B12
134   Bennett Owen 0 WLS 0 0 0 1 1 0 ½ 0 0 2.5 136 B14
135   Bennett Rhys 0 WLS 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 1 1 3.5 117 B14
137   Evans Nicholas Thomas 0 WLS 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2.5 134 B14
94   Thorpe Thomas 1829 WLS 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 2.5 105 B16
47   Du Toit Stephanie 0 WLS 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 4.5 48 G10
68   Camp Imogen A L 0 WLS 0 ½ 1 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 3.5 80 G12

  

 

Final Report from Andrew Camp ~ Head of Delegation

 

Welsh Juniors completed their games at the European Youth Championships with a superb last round where we scored six points.  A bye for Amrit plus wins for James, Jamie, Rhys and Stephanie and draws for Imogen and Arjan gave Wales its most successful round of the tournament.

It marked the end of a wonderful week full of high team spirit, great work ethic and a real desire from the juniors to perform at the highest level possible against extremely tough opponents.  

For my part, I believe they exceeded all expectations.  Each player played well above their previous level, benefitting from the exceptional coaching from Sabrina and Adam.  They probably don’t realise it yet but once all that coaching and experience from their games settles in their minds, their chess ability is going to leap forward and I predict a highly successful domestic chess season from all of them this year.  

The week was full of successes, not just on the 64 squares.  The coaches, as mentioned before were truly wonderful.  Nothing was too much trouble and they put in far more hours than we expected from them.  Their natural ability to get the best focus from the juniors was inspirational and Wales should do everything possible to gain their services again in the future.  The parents were incredibly supportive and helpful and I have made a friend in every single one of them.  Seeing their faces as they saw their children responding to the coaching was fantastic – Wales could not have wished for a more supportive and helpful set of families.  We also made a good friend in Bill Harle, who was on the Appeals Committee.  We welcomed his frequent visits to the ‘camp’ and his words of encouragement.   

It was an honour to be the Chief of Delegation for Wales at these championships and it is an honour to be part of Junior Chess in Wales.  There are more bright times ahead.  I would like to end by thanking most of all the players who have humbled, inspired and delighted me throughout the tournament. 

 

See you all soon

Andy

 

August 25th ~ Round 9

 

Rd. Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg  
9 39 27 WLS  Bolina Amrit 0 0 1 -     bye    
9 60 116 CZE Pravda Krystof 0 1/2 - 1/2    Bolina Arjan 0 WLS 
9 70 111 CZE Filip Tomas 1565 1 - 0    Siromani Daniel 0 WLS 
9 72 151 CYP Vorkas Antreas 0 2 0 - 1 2   Evans James 0 WLS 
9 74 124 TUR Borekcioglu Yusuf 0 0 -   Bell-Thomas James 0 WLS 
9 62 134 WLS  Bennett Owen 0 0 - 1    Jablonicky Martin 1858 SVK
9 64 135 WLS  Bennett Rhys 0 1 - 0    Manfroi Andrea 1786 ITA
9 66 120 CZE Cesenek Jan 1736 1 - 0   Evans Nicholas Thomas 0 WLS 
9 50 101 CZE Melichar Vojtech 1737 1 - 0    Thorpe Thomas 1829 WLS 
9 31 47 WLS  Du Toit Stephanie 0 1 - 0    Moenster Madita 0 GER
9 40 68 WLS  Camp Imogen A L 0 3 1/2 - 1/2  3   Zhemchuzhina Elizaveta 0 RUS

  


August 24th ~ Round 8

   

Rd. Bo. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
8 39 WLS  Bolina Amrit 0 0 0 - 1  1   Svanda Adam 0 CZE  67
8 53 WLS  Bolina Arjan 0 0 - 1   Melnik Fedor 0 RUS  105
8 73 WLS  Bell-Thomas James 0 0 - 1    Hoac Edvin 0 SWE  134
8 74 WLS  Siromani Daniel 0 1 - 0    Borekcioglu Yusuf 0 TUR  124
8 76 WLS  Evans James 0 1 1 -     bye      
8 60 FIN  Valkama Eero 1827 1 - 0    Bennett Owen 0 WLS  134
8 68 WLS  Evans Nicholas Thomas 0 1 - 0    Ucles Lirola Moises 1857 ESP  97
8 71 WLS  Bennett Rhys 0 1 -     bye      
8 52 WLS  Thorpe Thomas 1829 2 1/2 - 1/2  2   Abdulla Nihad 0 SCO  105
8 31 ISR  Ostrin Anat 0 3 1/2 - 1/2  3   Du Toit Stephanie 0 WLS  47
8 32 GER  Waechter Nathalie 1650 3 1 - 0  3   Camp Imogen A L 0 WLS  68

 


 

August 23rd ~ Round 7 

  

Rd. Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg   No.
7 39 47  FIN Maki-Uuro Tuure 0 ½ 1 - 0  0   Bolina Amrit 0 WLS 27
7 63 118  SCO Richmond Liam 0 1 0 -   Bolina Arjan 0 WLS 72
7 67 79  CZE Parizek Vojtech 1737 1 - 0    Bell-Thomas James 0 WLS 123
7 71 101  TUR Khmelev Mikhail 1646 1 1 - 0    Siromani Daniel 0 WLS 147
7 75 129  WLS Evans James 0 1 0 - 1  1   Onal Ozan 0 TUR 142
7 63 134  WLS Bennett Owen 0 2 1/2 - 1/2  2   Ramacker Quinten 1805 BEL 107
7 66 125  CZE Bares Jachym 1684  0 - 1   Bennett Rhys 0 WLS 135
7 67 123 CZE  Svoboda Filip 1706 1 1 - 0    Evans Nicholas Thomas 0 WLS 137
7 43 47 CZE Cap Adam 2074 2 1 - 0  2   Thorpe Thomas 1829 WLS 94
7 25 47 WLS Du Toit Stephanie 0 3 0 - 1  3   Tomczak Marta 0 POL 86
7 39 68 WLS Camp Imogen A L 0 1/2 - 1/2    Misiuk Karolina 0 LTU 83

 

Round Seven Report from Andrew Camp ~ Head of Delelgation

 

After several rounds where Wales had been improving their score, Round Seven was somewhat of a damp squid with only two points being scored in total. 

Arjan Bolina was our Player of the Day after he won his second game in a row, taking him to 2.5 points.  His game was an absolute gem as he systematically prized open his opponent’s position before delivering a fantastic set of moves leading to the inevitable resignation.    

Imogen Camp scored a safe draw in her game.  It was a good display of chess without any fireworks and makes her the joint top Welsh scorer now with Stephanie du Toit on three points. 

Owen Bennett continued his fine run of form with a decent draw in his game.  He was playing for almost five hours again (as was his brother, Rhys).  The intellectual stamina of these boys is inspiring.  

I’d like to use the remainder of this report to say some things about our coaches, IM Adam Hunt and WFM Sabrina Chevannes.  Quite simply, they have been magnificent.  The coaching is inspiring and our players (and parents) have learned so much.  Nothing is too much trouble for Adam and Sabrina and their knowledge of the game, their wonderful skills in communication and sheer dedication to their pupils is a joy to see.  No words of thanks can be enough to communicate our gratitude at what they have done this week.  I sincerely hope that Wales can use them again.

  


  

August 22nd ~ Round 6 

 

Rd. Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg   No.
6 38 27  WLS Bolina Amrit 0 0 0 - 1  1   Mukhamedzarifov Ilya 0 RUS 50
6 65 72  WLS Bolina Arjan 0 ½ 1 - 0  ½   Khobeliya Luka 0 RUS 90
6 61 123  WLS Bell-Thomas James 0 0 - 1    Akhundov Shamshad 1741 AZE 76
6 65 147  WLS Siromani Daniel 0 0 - 1    Sofiychuk Anatoly 1682 UKR 93
6 75 124  TUR Borekcioglu Yusuf 0 ½ 0 - 1 0   Evans James 0 WLS 129
6 55 76  BEL Tuerlinckx Ben 1938 2 1 - 0  2   Bennett Owen 0 WLS 134
6 62 137  WLS Evans Nicholas Thomas 0 0 - 1    Kula Dominik 1794 CZE 108
6 70 135  WLS Bennett Rhys 0 ½ 1 - 0 ½   Spiridonov Mikhail 1720 RUS 121
6 53 94  WLS Thorpe Thomas 1829 1 1 - 0  1   Chalabi Max 1680 LUX 103
6 19 71  CZE Richterova Julie 0 3 1 - 0  3   Du Toit Stephanie 0 WLS 47
6 42 85  IRL Ni Mhuireagain Eibhia 0 0 -   Camp Imogen A L 0 WLS 68

 

Round Six Report from Andrew Camp ~ Head of Delelgation

 

It was expected...it was demanded. And so he delivered. Our first congratulations today go to Tom Thorpe who achieved his first win in the tournament. It was truly well-deserved and should be the springboard for more in the final three rounds later this week.

However, Tom was not the first to gain his first win. In what proved to be the most successful day for Wales so far at this event, we were first of all delighted by Arjan Bolina’s reasonably early exit from the tournament hall. Delighted of course because he completely destroyed his opponent yesterday with a truly mature display of attacking chess. I’ve known Arjan for about three years now but had never up until now seen his smile so wide.


Next out was James Evans who ran into our coaching area with uncontrolled excitement as he announced he’d finally secured his first win. James has played really well all week and he was understandably very low yesterday as he was still waiting for his first full point. Twenty-four hours later though and you can feel his (and Dad’s) relief and joy dominating the hotel. James played outstandingly well and can now enjoy the rest of the event and continue to play good chess.


But there is more to come. Clearly annoyed that he was lagging behind his brother in the point-scoring stakes, Rhys Bennett produced for me, the game of the day as he ripped his opponent apart so finally get his first win. I was able to view his game three or four times during the afternoon and each time, his position had improved. Rhys’ endgame technique was near-perfect and we were all delighted to share in his celebration.


So four players all secured their first wins but this was still not all. Imogen Camp scored her second win of the tournament with a very good win against her Evans Gambit playing opponent. Imogen was able to play the entire game with her extra-pawn and her decent piece-positioning and a good eye for tactics meant the point was coming her way.
Well done guys. Every single round this week, we have been able to score more than in the previous. Same again Round 7, please.

 


  

August 21st ~ Round 5

 

Rd. Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg  
5 38 78  BIH Vuksan Nemanja 0 ½ 1 - 0  0   Bolina Amrit 0 WLS
5 63 95  RUS Kuzin Dmitriy 0 ½ 1 - 0  ½   Bolina Arjan 0 WLS
5 60 55  HUN Toth Tamas 1826 1 1/2 - 1/2 1   Bell-Thomas James 0 WLS
5 68 109  CZE Pilch David 1603 1 1/2 - 1/2  1   Siromani Daniel 0 WLS
5 75 111  CZE Filip Tomas 1565 0 1 - 0  0   Evans James 0 WLS
5 63 134  WLS Bennett Owen 0 1 1 - 0 1   Ucles Lirola Moises 1857 ESP
5 69 121  RUS Spiridonov Mikhail 1720 ½ 0 - ½   Evans Nicholas Thomas 0 WLS
5 70 118  ISL Thorgeirsson Jon Kristinn 1747 0 1 - 0  ½   Bennett Rhys 0 WLS
5 52 111  BIH Sesar Dario 0 1 1/2 - 1/2  ½   Thorpe Thomas 1829 WLS
5 27 47  WLS Du Toit Stephanie 0 2 1 - 0  2   Smbatyan Kristine 0 ARM
5 36 68  WLS Camp Imogen A L 0 0 - 1   Steele Beatrice 0 ENG

 

Round Five Report from Andrew Camp ~ Head of Delelgation

 

...and on the fifth day, the dragon did open its mouth and began to roar...

Round Five proved to be our most successful round so far with the team collectively scoring four and a half points.


First to score was Jamie Bell-Thomas who followed up his win yesterday with a fine draw against a FIDE rated player. Confidence is evidently sky-high at the moment and I would not like to be his opponent tomorrow.

 

Next out was Nicholas Evans having secured his first win of the tournament. It was an outstanding performance and given his determined look when he entered the playing hall at three o’clock, few were in doubt as to what the result of his game would be.


Stephanie du Toit is on fire right now and secured her second win in a row and her third of the week with relative ease. A top ten finish could well be on the cards for this young lady if she keeps this up.


A third win for the team was secured by Owen Bennett, clearly itching to play after his forced bye yesterday. This was for me, the performance of the day and Owen tied up his opponent in knots causing him to lose stacks of time. This added pressure coupled with Owen’s brutal play led to a most deserved win.


Tom Thorpe was second to last out after over four and a half hours of play and he secured a draw against another top-class opponent. Tom’s first win WILL come tomorrow – I predict it...I demand it!


Last but not least, Daniel Siromani, the last player standing this round for Wales, emerged from his playing hall after almost five hours of play having secured a superb draw from what appeared to be a clearly lost endgame. This was a fantastic result for Daniel and the team and will give him the confidence to press on in the final four rounds and hopefully pick up more points on the way.


The dragon is roaring, players. Now, keep feeding him.

  


  

August 20th ~ Round 4

  

Rd. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg   No.
4 63  CZE Skypala Ondrej 0 0 1 - 0  0   Bolina Amrit 0  WLS 27
4 72  WLS Bolina Arjan 0 0 1/2 - 1/2  ½   Svanda Ondrej 0  CZE 127
4 147   WLS Siromani Daniel 0 1  0 - 1 1   Mestnikov Aital 1719  RUS 89
4 123   WLS Bell-Thomas James 0 0 1 - 0  0   Filip Tomas 1565  CZE 111
4 129   WLS Evans James 0 0 0 - 1  0   Horvath Tomas 1489  CZE 117
4 135   WLS Bennett Rhys 0 ½ 0 - 1  ½   Vangsgaard Bjarke 1780 DEN 112
4 137   WLS Evans Nicholas Thomas 0 ½  0 - 1 0   Mamedov Elmin 2105 RUS 28
4 134   WLS Bennett Owen 0 0 1 -     bye      
4 94   WLS Thorpe Thomas 1829 ½ 0 - 1 ½   Popov Kirill 2037 RUS 59
4 75 ROU  Schiopu Andreea-Alexandra 0 1 0 - 1   Du Toit Stephanie 0  WLS 47
4 28 SVK  Vrtiakova Anna 1677 1 - 0    Camp Imogen A L 0  WLS 68

  

Round Four Report from Andrew Camp ~ Head of Delelgation

 Our huge congratulations today go to Jamie Bell-Thomas who became our first boy to gain a win at this event. Jamie played extremely well throughout his game and soon had his opponent on the ropes. Jamie had no intention of letting go and secured the win in double-quick time. This is a superb result and hopefully will give Jamie some much needed confidence to go forward this week and secure more points.

jamie

Fantastic news followed soon afterwards as Stephanie Du Toit secured her second win of the tournament to take her to two out of four and made her the current highest scoring Welsh player. Stephanie had some great preparation from Coach Sabrina in the morning and put it to great use in her game. There is much more to come, I’m sure.

steph-round-1

Finally, we are very pleased to announce that Arjan Bolina in the Under 10 Boys section has secured his first draw and got himself on the scoreboard. As mentioned before, it is a mystery how someone who is playing so well, could have had zero after three rounds but now that is in the past and Arjan’s can be very pleased with his result yesterday and no doubt his confidence will have shot up. We look forward to more points over the next few days.

arjan

 


  

August 19th ~ Round 3

 

Rd. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg   No.
3 27 WLS Bolina Amrit 0 0 0 - 1  0   Slivka David 0 SVK  64
3 93  CZE Korinek Vojtech 0 0 1 - 0  0   Bolina Arjan 0 WLS  72
3 102  CZE Havelka Ondrej 1644 0 1 - 0  0   Bell-Thomas James 0 WLS  123
3 129  WLS Evans James 0 0 0 - 1  0   Wyczling Bartosz 1616 POL  108
3 147  WLS Siromani Daniel 0 0 1 -     bye      
3 78  RUS Zubkov Vsevolod 1928 ½ 1 - 0  ½   Evans Nicholas Thomas 0 WLS  137
3 101  AZE Abbasov Zaur 1839 0 1 - 0  0   Bennett Owen 0 WLS  134
3 102  TUR Bulgurlu Okan 1839 0 1/2 - 1/2  0   Bennett Rhys 0 WLS  135
3 63  CZE Hrdina Robin 2024 ½ 1 - 0 ½   Thorpe Thomas 1829 WLS  94
3 47  WLS Du Toit Stephanie 0 1 0 - 1 1   Goltseva Ekaterina 1761 RUS  2
3 68  WLS Camp Imogen A L 0 ½ 1 - 0  ½   Vukanic Emilija 0 MNE  97

 

Round Three Report from Andrew Camp ~ Head of Delelgation

 

With Daniel Siromani getting a bye today, we had ten players all sitting eagerly at the board come the start of play. It was another gruelling set of pairings – as I have told the players, it could take three, four or even five rounds before they truly find their level.


However, an outstanding win by Imogen Camp soon raised our spirits again. It was a triumph of preparation as early morning research showed that her opponent favoured a closed-Sicilian opening against 1. e4. Imogen’s published games show that she’s only been playing 1.d4 recently, so we opted for the change, knowing that her opponent would have been preparing against 1.d4 all morning. The second shock that Imogen delivered came on move to where she chose the Smith-Morra Gambit. The next fifteen or so moves then went like a dream – just as we had prepared and before long, she had a winning position which she was able to hold until the end of the game when she secured the point, taking her to 1.5 points altogether, and 50%.

imogen

Our only other score this round was a well-deserved draw by Rhys Bennett. Rhys has been playing extremely well this week and deserves a much higher score. I was able to visit his board several times during his game and each time, it looked like he’d improved his position. Owen Bennett also had excellent chances in his game but with both players needing to make several moves in a frantic time-scramble to make the control, something had to give and sadly, Owen let his Bishop slip and an inevitable loss follows. Owen though is still playing well above his current WCU grade and points are sure to follow.

rhys

 

Nicholas and James Evans are both rightly disappointed with their losses today. Both played very good openings and middle-games but just ran out of steam towards the end. Again, both players are playing well-above their level in this incredibly strong and deep event.

james

Stephanie Du Toit was paired against the second seed (she had the top seed in Round One) and fought valiantly. Post-game analysis shows that she was unlucky to score in this game (as in Round One). It’s a fine line between win, draw and lose in chess and before long, Stephanie is going to be beating such high-rated opponents.

 

Jamie Bell-Thomas played a little more quickly yesterday than he had been and will be looking to get back to how he was at the start of the tournament when he was using his clock better.

jamie

Tom Thorpe continues to lead and support our team wonderfully. He keeps finding himself paired with players rated over 2000 but he is taking them to the wire. His leadership skills though particularly impress and when are younger players come out of the games disappointed, he is there immediately to comfort and cheer them up.

tom

How Arjan Bolina is still on zero is the biggest mystery of this tournament so far. He is playing well above his grade but is just letting the odd mistake slip in. In his school and club games, these mistakes rarely go punished but here, no chance. Again, points are on their way for this young man. Arjan’s younger brother Amrit is working hard to play more slowly and is benefitting enormously from the coaching and by just being with the team. It’s worth noting that Amrit still has two more years ahead of him playing in Under 8 sections.


 

August 18th ~ Round 2

 

Rd. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg   No.
2 62  GER Schade Johannes 0 0 1 - 0  0   Bolina Amrit 0 WLS 27
2 72 WLS  Bolina Arjan 0 0 0 - 1  0   Ocko Dominik 0 CZE 111
2 70  CZE Pulpan Matej 1769 0 1 - 0  0   Bell-Thomas James 0 WLS 123
2 82  CZE Wagner Vojtech 1734 0 1 - 0 0   Evans James 0 WLS 129
2 98  TUR Sayin Atakan 1661 0 1 - 0  0   Siromani Daniel 0 WLS 147
2 91  ESP Guerra Arrocha Daniel 1872 0 1 - 0 0   Bennett Owen 0 WLS 134
2 135  WLS Bennett Rhys 0 0 0 - 1 0   Balaji Ananthanarayanan 1859 ENG 94
2 137 WLS Evans Nicholas Thomas 0 0 1/2 - 1/2 0   Gavrilov Mikhail 1857 RUS 96
2 94 WLS  Thorpe Tom 1829 0 1/2 - 1/2  0   Brenner Stav 2034 ISR 61
2 47  WLS Du Toit Stephanie 0 0  1 - 0  0   Santeramo Claudia 0 ITA 73
2 95  CZE Vitova Anna 0 0  1/2 - 1/2 0   Camp Imogen A L 0 WLS 68

 

 

Round Two Report from Andrew Camp ~ Head of Delelgation

After scoring a blank in Round One, Wales finally got off the mark on the second day. Two and a half points were scored altogether with Stephanie Du Toit starting the scoring in fine style with a brutal win over her opponent. Clearly she was being made to pay for Stephanie’s blunder which cost her at least half a point the day before. Let’s hope Steph is in the mood to continue punishing her opponents throughout the week. There is certainly nobody she needs to fear in her section.


Tom Thorpe was the next player to score as he gained a very creditable draw against a highly-rated opponent. The game last less than the stipulated 40 moves needed in order to claim a draw but a three-fold repetition catered for that.


Next up to score for Wales was Nicholas Evans in the highly competitive Under 14 section. This was an excellent result and I was pleased to see some excellent defensive play whenever I looked at his board.

nick

 

Our final scorer of the day was Imogen Camp who snatched a draw away from the jaws of victory in her game against Anna Vitova.  Imogen played a very good game throughout and had the game won until the last move in the endgame which sadly gave her opponent a clearly drawn position.  Imogen needs to work on those endgames.

 

imogen playing

 

The rest of our party all fought well in their losses. Arjan Bolina was in an excellent position with a decent, viable plan before getting ahead of himself and blundering a major piece. Brothers Owen and Rhys Bennett both had their usual grinds before succumbing to much higher-rated opponents – the Under 14 section truly is a tough one.

 

Six year old Amrit played a nice opening but got caught in a trap soon after. It’s good though to see the usual smile on his face though when he’s playing. James Evans looked to be in a good position in various stages of his game but was unable to convert. Daniel Simorani was actually material up in his game but missed an opponent’s fork which put paid to his chances. Finally, Jamie Bell-Thomas lost but continued to show his new maturity at the board having just 28 minutes left at the end – far less than we’ve been used to in the past.

amrit

  

Round Three sees Daniel getting a bye, most of the others getting unrated opponents but our Under 14s once again getting tough pairings. There are certainly no hiding places in this event.

 


  

August 17th ~ Round 1:

 

There should be live coverage of the top 10 ten boards of each section (STARTS 2PM OUR TIME). See Stephanie and Arjan in the Under 10 section today

 

 

Rd. No.     Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg  
1 27 WLS   Bolina Amrit 0 0 0 - 1  0   Stroe Flavius-Gabriel 0 ROU 
1 5  UKR CM Shevchenko Kirill 1946 0 1 - 0  0   Bolina Arjan 0 WLS
1 123 WLS   Bell-Thomas James 0 0 0 - 1 0   Brejnik Gustav 1846 CZE 
1 129 WLS   Evans James 0 0 0 - 1 0   Hakobyan Aram 1833 ARM 
1 147 WLS   Siromani Daniel 0 0 0 - 1  0   Cannesar Rad 1754 TUR 
1 134 WLS   Bennett Owen 0 0 0 - 1 0   Murphy Conor E 1976 ENG 
1 65  CZE   Marek Matyas 1975 0 1 - 0  0   Bennett Rhys 0 WLS
1 67 ISR    Striechman Orri 1969 0 1 - 0  0   Evans Nicholas Thomas 0 WLS
1 39 CZE    Mikes Jan 2125 0 1 - 0  0   Thorpe Thomas 1829 WLS
1 1 RUS    Tryapitsyna Maria 1841 0 1 - 0  0   Du Toit Stephanie 0 WLS
1 68 WLS   Camp Imogen A L 0 0 0 - 1  0   Di Benedetto Desiree 1751 ITA 

 

Round One Report from Andrew Camp ~ Head of Delelgation

We arrived assuming that this would be a very tough tournament and we were right. At first reading, a score of 0/11 from our players does look disappointing but this does not even come close to telling the complete story. All but one of our players do not have a FIDE rating which means that in Round One, they were all but guaranteed to face a rated opponent. But that is not all. The rules of this tournament mean that once they have listed the rated players in order of rating, their opponents are assigned alphabetically. In our party we have a Bell-Thomas, two Bennetts, two Bolinas, a Camp, a Du Toits and two Evans. This meant that our players were paired with very highly-rated players. And didn’t they put up a fight.


There were many highlights from this round despite the score. Player of the round was surely Stephanie Du Toit, who was paired with the top seed and had the black pieces. She also had the thrill of playing on the live boards meaning we could huddle around my laptop in the foyer and scrutinize her every move. It was a joy to watch as she matched her opponent move for move and gave Fritz 12, my silicon friend much to smile about. These wonderful efforts though took their toll and a disastrous move which left her Bishop en-prise as she approached endgame put an end to her fantastic challenge. She was distraught of course but team spirit is very high in the Welsh camp and she was welcomed back like the heroine she is. I think we can expect several points from our Under 10 British Champion.

 steph-round-1

There were other commendable performances from Arjan Bolina who met his highly rated player with aggression attempting a Bishop sacrifice in order to weaken the enemy King.  It proved to be unsound in the end but it caused some problems and he fought well to try and regain the advantage.

Imogen Camp was winning in her game but struggled with the time-control leaving her with too many moves to make which in turn led to a disappointing blunder to give her relieved opponent the win.

Grinders, Owen and Rhys Bennett played their usual solid games and were among the last to finish.  Both boys are clearly on a high after their Robinson Cup win recently and I envisage some good results ahead.  High praise also goes to James and Nick Evans and also James Bell-Thomas who showed that they could dig in and fight when things get tough.  It was really good to see them all still in the Halls after three hours of play.  This is clearly an area that Mr Bell-Thomas has worked on and it is very encouraging to see him using his clock so well.

Last but not least, Amrit Bolina, our six year old warrior, Daniel Sirimoni and Tom Thorpe all played with style against their rated-opponents and can all look forward to the rest of the tournament with optimism. 

delegation

I believe the event holds much promise for Wales and the arrival of our coaches Sabrina and Adam will do much to bolster our players.  They are disappointed but enthused.  Their team spirit is high and they will each other on.  Our parents our extremely supportive, the hotel and organisers are very efficient and new friends are being made.

I look forward to a rewarding week for Welsh Junior Chess.

 

 

 

 

 

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