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Juniors in the World Youth Chess Championships 2012

The World Youth was held 8th to 18th November in Slovenia.  Official Site   Pairings/Results   Photos

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Player overview for WLS

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Rank

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Final

Points

Final

Rank

 

Group

-  91 Sivarajasingam Venetia 0 WLS 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0  4 73  U08 Girls
31  126 Du Toit Stephanie 1588 WLS 1 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 5  80  U10 Girls
-  126 Sivarajasingam Shayanna 0 WLS 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 1 ½ 0 5.5 70  U10 Girls
-  126 Tang Alice 0 WLS 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 1 1 0 4 110  U10 Girls
-  192 Burger Michael 0 WLS 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 4 171  U10 Open
-  192 Choo Yin Benjamin 0 WLS 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1  4 163  U10 Open
-  192 Lutchman Singh Karanvir 0 WLS 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3.5 176  U10 Open
105  124 Thorpe Thomas 1853 WLS 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.5  100  U16 Open
65  126 Wang Alyssa 1596 WLS 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 ½ 0  5.5  60 U12 Girls
-  126 Yusuf Nudhara 0 WLS 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 0 5
84  U12 Girls
104 114  Bullen Alex 1824 WLS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 0 3.5 105  U18 Open
-  191 Bell-Thomas James 0 WLS 0 0 1 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 0 0 3.5 171  U12 Open
-  191 Evans James 0 WLS 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 0 3.5 176  U12 Open
118  169 Bennett Rhys 1769 WLS 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 5  115  U14 Open
127  169 Evans Nicholas Thomas 1732 WLS 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½  0 140  U14 Open
143  169 Bennett Owen 1642 WLS 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½  4  147 U14 Open

 

Final Round Pairings/Results:

 

Rd. Bo. No. Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name FED Rtg No.
11 34 80 Sivarajasingam Venetia WLS 0 4 0 - 1  4 Genova Magdalina BUL 0 41
11 27 65 WCM Gorti Akshita USA 0 5 1 - 0  Sivarajasingam Shayanna WLS 0 116
11 31 86 Djermanovic Adrijana SRB 0 5 1 - 0  5 Du Toit Stephanie WLS 1588 31
11 49 119 Tang Alice WLS 0 4 0 - 1  4 WCM Balasaygun Alara USA 0 64
11 68 133 Burger Michael WLS 0 4 0 - 1 4 Talalov Anton RUS 1707 66
11 81 162 Lutchman Singh Karanvir WLS 0 0 - 1  Kmetic Val SLO 1266 115
11 87 135 Choo Yin Benjamin WLS 0 3 1 - 0  3 Marko Pirro ALB 1375 114
11 48 71 Yezhel Valiantsin BLR 2047 4 1/2-1/2  4 Thorpe Thomas WLS 1853 105
11 26 41 Injac Teodora SRB 1711 1 - 0 Wang Alyssa WLS 1596 65
11 36 61 WCM Hoshino Karen JPN 1629 5 1 - 0  5 Yusuf Nudhara WLS 0 127
11 49 104 Bullen Alex WLS 1824 0 - 1 Villa Giorgio ITA 1990 91
11 87 134 Pridigar Lovro SLO 1562 3 1 - 0  Bell-Thomas James WLS 0 160
11 94 179 Phadke Ankur Shrirama KEN 0 0 - 1  Evans James WLS 0 165
11 61 62 Acsinte Matei-Ionut ROU 2040 4 1 - 0  4 Evans Nicholas Thomas WLS 1732 127
11 65 118 Bennett Rhys WLS 1769 4 1 - 0  4 Teo Xu Yuan Nicholas SIN 0 170
11 72 123 Ahmed Fareed UAE 1754  1/2-1/2 Bennett Owen WLS 1642 143

 

 


 

 

Results Round 10:

 

Rd. Bo. No. Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name FED Rtg No.
10 37 22   Arnelian Nanor LIB 0 3 0 - 1  3   Sivarajasingam Venetia WLS 0 80
10 27 116   Sivarajasingam Shayanna WLS 0 5 1/2-1/2  5   Bellahcene Meriem FRA 1467 47
10 36 124   Yip Carissa USA 0 0 - 1 4   Du Toit Stephanie WLS 1588 31
10 57 84   Davidson Laura ENG 0 3 0 - 1  3   Tang Alice WLS 0 119
10 79 180   Struklec Jakob Vid SLO 0 1/2-1/2    Burger Michael WLS 0 133
10 89 109   Alshamsi Hareb Naser UAE 1491 0 - 1    Lutchman Singh Karanvir WLS 0 162
10 94 156   Koo Inmo KOR 0 2 0 - 1  2   Choo Yin Benjamin WLS 0 135
10 51 105   Thorpe Thomas WLS 1853 1/2-1/2  FM Chahrour Ibrahim LIB 1959 91
10 26 38   Hrescak Ivana SLO 1715 5 1/2-12  5   Wang Alyssa WLS 1596 65
10 45 127   Yusuf Nudhara WLS 0 4 1 - 0   Jacobsen Elise Sjottem NOR 1575 67
10 45 81   Maurizio Antonio ITA 2067 1 - 0    Bullen Alex WLS 1824 104
10 73 160   Bell-Thomas James WLS 0 0 - 1   Zhou Yang-Jian ENG 1599 128
10 89 191   Xu Haoen MAC 0 3 1 - 0    Evans James WLS 0 165
10 69 127   Evans Nicholas Thomas WLS 1732 1/2-1/2    Shpati Ted ALB 0 166
10 73 143   Bennett Owen WLS 1642 3 1/2-1/2  3   Cretnik Urban SLO 1796 112
10 75 144   Majed Ali Abdouli UAE 1630 3 0 - 1  3   Bennett Rhys WLS 1769 118

  

 

DAY 10 REPORT – ROUND 10

The following are reports from the coaches.

“Another very good day as the Welsh continue to grow in confidence on the world stage. Today we broke our previous record and scored 10/16 with the top group contributing 3/7 (and the others a fantastic 7/9). For Ioan and I, we only had one win but it was a fabulous hard-fought epic from Rhys. He was a pawn down in an endgame but after 6 hours play he showed his greater concentration and determination to take advantage of a blunder and bring home the full point. For the rest it was a solid effort with 4 draws out of 6, but we were never worse and might have had more. Nick and Alyssa had definite chances while Tom’s and Owen's games were always even. Only Jamie was outplayed by a stronger opponent, but James was unlucky (again!) with an upfloat to a very tough opponent and then a harsh punishment for his only significant error of the game. Still, all-in-all terrific progress and with a steady finish tomorrow we could end with a total group score above 40%; an improvement on previous years yet with a larger delegation.” (Tim Kett & Ioan Rees)

“My players made a massive contribution to the Welsh team's great performance in this round.   Michael playing against 1.d4 for the first time had two early Christmas presents. He had played quite competently till getting a move order wrong when his Slovenian opponent should have taken a free pawn and didn't. In the subsequent play he let him get a massive knight on d6, giving him a huge advantage, at which stage Michael was offered a draw. He had a really long think before deciding to take this. Karanvir played a very accurate black side of a Closed Sicilian against a capable UAE player.  When the opponent played c3 to drive Karanvir's knight from d4, he had failed to notice it could fork queen and rook by going to b3, winning a whole rook. This time he made no mistake in finishing off from a won position. Ben at long last had an easy pairing, against the Korean who didn't know how to castle properly against Michael in an earlier round. He kept on picking more and more material from him till he had achieved a checkmate. Stephanie having black had another potentially difficult opponent from the USA.  She lost the opening battle – though her opponent did miss more accurate moves to gain a bigger advantage, but then outplayed her, picking off pawns till she reached a rook, and later a pawn ending which was easily won. So 3½ out of 4 and with a morning round tomorrow, I can pretty well sit back now and say job done. I'm giving Idris to Ben for his result in this round, and Stephanie my player of the day award.” (John Thornton)

“What a day! Venetia beat a girl from Lebanon in her best game of the tournament. She also learnt a valuable lesson, to say “adjust” (even though she thought her opponent didn’t understand) as she was made to move a piece. She kept her nerve and played a rather nasty queen fork. Alice was next up and played an English girl. Our prep worked like a dream and Alice stunned her opponent with her first Pirc. Her opponent even wrote d5 on the score sheet before she even made her first move. Fortunately it is pretty easy to change d5 into d6! Alice understood the position better than her opponent and finished off with a nice queen fork. Shayanna played a French girl today (rated 1467/1622RP), so she knew she had a tough game ahead. It was a Four Knight Scotch and Shayanna dropped a pawn in the opening. I have been very impressed by her fighting spirit this tournament and today was no different - she fought back and was a pawn up in a queen ending. The game ended in a draw. For my group this has been the most successful day 2.5/3! Player of the day – Alice.” (Olivia Smith)

In round 10, Nudhara defeated a 2nd Norwegian opponent in back-to-back games, but Alex succumbed to a 2067-rated Italian.


 

Results Round 9:

 

Rd. Bo. No.   Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg No.
9 33 19   Anghel Maria ROU 0 3 1 - 0 3   Sivarajasingam Venetia WLS 0 80
9 38 69   Abduali Samal KAZ 0 4 0 - 1 4   Sivarajasingam Shayanna WLS 0 116
9 41 31   Du Toit Stephanie WLS 1588 ½ - ½   Shtypel Arisha RUS 1377 58
9 62 119   Tang Alice WLS 0 2 1 - 0 0   Gitau Raisa Wanjiku KEN 0 89
9 84 133   Burger Michael WLS 0 1 - 0   Lutchman Singh Karanvir WLS 0 162
9 91 135   Choo Yin Benjamin WLS 0 2 0 - 1 2 FM Varden Trevelyn RSA 0 117
9 53 58   Mikes Jan CZE 2102 0 - 1   Thorpe Thomas WLS 1853 105
9 36 59   Greibrokk Ingrid Andrea NOR 1634 4 1 - 0 4   Yusuf Nudhara WLS 0 127
9 37 65   Wang Alyssa WLS 1596 4 1 - 0 4   Misiuk Karolina LTU 0 114
9 48 104   Bullen Alex WLS 1824 3 ½ - ½ 3   Hiti Domen SLO 2061 83
9 64 105   Zuj-Zaikovskis Nikita LAT 1744 1 - 0   Bell-Thomas James WLS 0 160
9 82 165   Evans James WLS 0 0 - 1   Beukema Jasper BEL 1712 108
9 72 124   Feltrin Kris SLO 1744 ½ - ½   Bennett Owen WLS 1642 143
9 74 148   Suriyabandara S.M.D. SRI 1609 0 - 1   Evans Nicholas Thomas WLS 1732 127
9 79 118   Bennett Rhys WLS 1769 2 1 - 0 2   Magerl Zan SLO 0 162

 

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Tom Alex

 DAY 9 REPORT – ROUND 9

The following are reports from the coaches.

“Excellent progress - our 2nd round of scoring over 50% as a squad and, unlike some previous years, the players are showing every sign of fighting to the finish rather than fading out in the final rounds. Wins today for Alyssa (error-ridden but mostly by the opponent), Rhys (winning a pawn early on and negotiating a tricky ending), Tom (comprehensively outplaying a 2100 opponent with black!) and Nick (dodgy opening but then a terrific fightback), made for a fantastic haul of 4 wins.  Owen drew solidly and only James and Jamie lost. Keeping it extra brief tonight as we prepare for a wine-tasting party. We'll be back preparing hard in the morning though - things are getting exciting!” (Tim Kett & Ioan Rees)

“It seems astonishing what happened in the pairings. I couldn't believe that as well as Michael being paired against Karanvir, Ben on 2 points gets an FM after a string of good players, and Stephanie on 3.5 has an unrated Russian after a whole lot of unrated clearly strong players. The latter's games on inspection were not the standard I would have expected, and I was hoping for another win, but the game ended in a draw. I was delighted that the two boys who are actually in the same apartment together agreed to fight it out properly, rather than agree a quick draw. The game swung each way, up to the point where Karanvir failed to calculate accurately enough and lost a piece. Michael who has made a lot of progress during this tournament was able to finish the game off for the full point.  Ben put up a real fight against the FM from South Africa, and the game also could easily have gone either way until it reached a queen + b-pawn v queen + g-pawn which table-bases said was drawn.  Inaccurate play by Ben lead via a 'mate in 62' to a position where both sides had two queens, but the South African got in the first check which lead to a mate. Michael has player of the day.” (John Thornton)

Today the girls took on Kazakhstan, Kenya and Romania. Alice set a new record by finishing in the quickest time! 15min in and Alice chalked up a win against her Kenyan opponent. Next to finish was Venetia, who lost against a Romanian girl. Venetia went down a tricky line in a gambit (Tim later informed me it was called the Frankenstein-Dracula) and lost a rook. Shayanna played a cracking game. Her opponent went for an attack and sacked two pawns. Shayanna kept her cool, simplified the position and won the endgame. Player of the day – Shayanna.” (Olivia Smith)

In round 9, Alex drew with a 2061-rated Slovenian, while Nudhara lost to a 1634-rated Norwegian.


 

Results Round 8:

 

Rd. Bo. No.   Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg No.
8 39 80   Sivarajasingam Venetia WLS 0 2 1 - 0 2   Hoshino Meilin JPN 0 45
8 28 116   Sivarajasingam Shayanna WLS 0 4 0 - 1 4   Swiech Joanna POL 1479 45
8 48 84   Davidson Laura ENG 0 0 - 1   Du Toit Stephanie WLS 1588 31
8 55 76   Biryukov Sasha LUX 0 2 1 - 0 2   Tang Alice WLS 0 119
8 74 162   Lutchman Singh Karanvir WLS 0 0 - 1   Nguyen Quoc Ky VIE 1584 92
8 87 158   Lavrih Domen SLO 0 2 ½ - ½ 2   Burger Michael WLS 0 133
8 89 164   Mamyrbay Alibek KAZ 0 2 1 - 0 2   Choo Yin Benjamin WLS 0 135
8 56 118   Deary Daniel SCO 1602 2 ½ - ½ 2   Thorpe Thomas WLS 1853 105
8 26 42   Mirza Diana IRL 1708 4 1 - 0 4   Wang Alyssa WLS 1596 65
8 48 127   Yusuf Nudhara WLS 0 3 1 - 0 3   Managadze Livia MDA 1477 83
8 53 100   Fortis Rivera Jonathan PUR 1867 2 0 - 1 2   Bullen Alex WLS 1824 104
8 76 160   Bell-Thomas James WLS 0 1 - 0   Zunic Gregor SLO 1574 132
8 79 136   Zupancic Klemen SLO 1559 1 - 0   Evans James WLS 0 165
8 68 127   Evans Nicholas Thomas WLS 1732 0 - 1   Conradie Andre RSA 1659 141
8 71 152   Kodric Tilen SLO 1497 2 1 - 0 2   Bennett Rhys WLS 1769 118
8 77 143   Bennett Owen WLS 1642 2 ½ - ½ 2   Syla Denis SLO 0 169

 

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James  Stephanie

 

DAY 8 REPORT – ROUND 8

The following are reports from the coaches.

“Not a good day at the office today - we really must learn to finish off won games. Despite having 6 very promising positions we ended with only 2/7 for our group with Jamie's nice win the sole highlight. As for the rest it was a tale of woe and missed chances. To start with the better stuff, Jamie developed actively with his Grand Prix Attack and just went directly for the opposition King. Mate was averted at the cost of the exchange but he made no mistake in the ending. Tom and Owen scored half-points, but both should have won really. Owen was three pawns up but almost got mated in the queen and rook ending, while Tom was up the exchange but couldn't break down his opponent’s blockade. Of the losses, Rhys had a good position out of the opening but lost an up-and-down tactical encounter. Nick was unlucky - losing a longish ending after a couple of frustrating lapses spoiled another decent opening, while Aly was tantalisingly close to a middlegame win before going down in another rook and 5 pawn endgame. Only James was always worse - after a mistake in the opening. Composure and technique, that’s what we need to see tomorrow!” (Tim Kett & Ioan Rees)

 “Michael was the only scorer amongst my boys. A bit of home grown preparation, which our Scandinavian expert Liv didn't like, proved good enough to throw a local boy, who was happy to take a quick draw, when a rather tired Michael had got the better of the opening exchanges. Karanvir again played some really good chess, but chess is a cruel game, and in a careless reply to a check, he walked into a bishop pin of rook against king producing immediate resignation. I hadn't prepped Ben sufficiently well, so he came out of the opening slightly worse, and his opponent marginally outplayed him to pick up pawns and the game. I was born a Yorkshireman, so to me Stephanie is here to beat the Rest of the World.  But for born and bred Welshmen, she did the business by BRINGING HOME THE FULL POINT AGAINST HER ENGLISH OPPONENT, so whatever she does now doesn't really matter!!! Of course, Stephanie has to be my player of the day!” (John Thornton)

“Today my group scored one out of three. Our only win was from Venetia. She played a Japanese girl and for this round she was under strict instructions not to wander around during the match. This extra focus resulted in a cheeky checkmate! Shayanna played 2. Qe2 in the French and caused her opponent some problems in the middle game. The pieces got exchanged and the Polish girl’s experience showed through in a bishop and rook endgame. Alice had another Scandinavian opening and miscalculated giving her opponent a strong centre and attack. Game over. Player of the day: Venetia.” (Olivia Smith)

In round 8, Alex and Nudhara continued their good form with wins against Puerto Rican and Moldovan opponents, respectively. Nudhara is now on half points with 4 out of 8!

 


 

Results Round 7: 

 

Rd. Bo. No.   Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg No.
7 37 80   Sivarajasingam Venetia WLS 0 2 0 - 1 2   Batgerel Enkhjargal MGL 0 26
7 33 51   Tharushi T H D Niklesha SRI 1446 3 0 - 1 3   Sivarajasingam Shayanna WLS 0 116
7 40 31   Du Toit Stephanie WLS 1588 0 - 1 3   Zhou Lily CAN 0 126
7 54 92   Iyengar Sharanya KEN 0 2 1 - 0 2   Tang Alice WLS 0 119
7 73 135   Choo Yin Benjamin WLS 0 2 0 - 1 2 FM Quirhuayo Gonzalo PER 1730 53
7 83 133   Burger Michael WLS 0 2 0 - 1 2   Reveco Toledo Luciano Agusto CHI 0 173
7 89 121   Al-Zaabi Sultan UAE 0 0 - 1   Lutchman Singh Karanvir WLS 0 162
7 57 105   Thorpe Thomas WLS 1853 ½ - ½   Mikolic Martin SLO 1771 113
7 38 65   Wang Alyssa WLS 1596 3 1 - 0 3   Tomic Jelena BIH 0 123
7 56 88 WCM Kalbani Wadema UAE 1388 0 - 1 2   Yusuf Nudhara WLS 0 127
7 55 104   Bullen Alex WLS 1824 1 1 - 0 1   Thuku Brian KEN 0 115
7 69 165   Evans James WLS 0 0 - 1   Zhou Yang-Jian ENG 1599 128
7 79 160   Bell-Thomas James WLS 0 2 ½ - ½ 2 CM Garcia Herrera Enrique Ric MEX 1517 141
7 54 75   Khalilov Sakhavat RUS 1954 1 - 0   Evans Nicholas Thomas WLS 1732 127
7 67 115   Oner Oguz TUR 1778 2 1 - 0 2   Bennett Owen WLS 1642 143
7 69 118   Bennett Rhys WLS 1769 2 0 - 1 2   Bekmuratov Beknur KAZ 0 158

 

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Nicholas  Owen

 

DAY 7 REPORT – ROUND 7

The following are reports from the coaches.

“Not a great round for our coaching group today (although it was OK for the whole party) with only one win, two draws and four losses. Aly's game went from the ridiculous to the sublime, as she won a piece in the opening, lost it back soon after (bucking the Welsh trend in the tournament so far!) before winning a beautiful endgame with a rook and five pawns each. Despite the imperfections of the game this was clearly the Player of the Day performance. Jamie and Tom were both better at different stages in their draws before dissipating their advantages. Tom took his opponents d5 pawn in the Scandinavian and held it after ...Nf6 Bb5+ but just when it seemed he was coasting to victory he allowed some tactical counterplay. Jamie was just better out of the opening but didn't seem to realise the chances he had to take the initiative. Both the Bennetts were below par today but the Evanses had chances before going down. James mis-timed a sacrifice that could have put Black’s king in mortal danger while Nick seemed to correctly give up B & N for R and 3 pawns but eventually the minor pieces held sway.” (Tim Kett & Ioan Rees)

 “The U10 boys have all been told they are playing a 5 round competition against each other through rounds 7 to 11 during which we will find who has the stamina and the determination to succeed during the latter part of the event.  Karanvir was top after today’s games, having played the Black side of the currently rarely played Petrosian Variation of the King's Indian as well as could be expected for a very mature win. The main objective for Ben today was to slow down, and I was delighted that at long last he listened and did so. He was up against an FM, and eventually came unstuck when his Peruvian opponent forced his queen away from the defence of a bishop. He hung in for a time quite well, till the inevitable happened. Michael has taken up Alice and Olivia's Tang-O and the opening was negotiated satisfactorily, despite his opponent deviating from what he had learned on the free day. Unfortunately, his opponent found a series of moves leading to the win of a couple of pawns and eventually the game. Stephanie has been unlucky with the draw, having a series of strong ungraded opponents with this round an upfloat to a decent Canadian girl. Results are not going her way, and this proved to be the case again. When Stephanie begins to relax a bit and not feel under pressure to find the best move every time, I am sure results will start to come her way again.” (John Thornton)

“The girls were all fired up post rest day and ready for battle. Shayanna was first to finish with a quick win against a Sri Lankan. Her opponent messed up in the opening and Shayanna stayed on top for the rest of the game. Venetia had a long game against a Mongolian in a four knight scotch, but unfortunately dropped a rook and lost. Alice fought hard against a Kenyan who made their Olympiad adult team and lost an equal pawn endgame due to having a worse pawn structure. Player of the day: Alice. ” (Olivia Smith)

In round 7, Alex and Nudhara scored their first full wins of the tournament against a Kenyan and a WCM from United Arab Emirates, respectively.

 


  

Results Round 6:

 

Rd. Bo. No.   Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg No.
6 33 56   Lin Sara USA 0 2 1 - 0 2   Sivarajasingam Venetia WLS 0 80
6 31 65 WCM Gorti Akshita USA 0 1 - 0   Du Toit Stephanie WLS 1588 31
6 50 116   Sivarajasingam Shayanna WLS 0 2 1 - 0   Lichii Elizaveta MDA 1453 49
6 60 119   Tang Alice WLS 0 1 1 - 0 1   Ju Minsun KOR 0 93
6 67 95   Salem Ahmed Salem UAE 1567 2 1 - 0 2   Choo Yin Benjamin WLS 0 135
6 77 162   Lutchman Singh Karanvir WLS 0 0 - 1   Gunawardena I M P T SRI 1512 104
6 85 156   Koo Inmo KOR 0 1 0 - 1 1   Burger Michael WLS 0 133
6 56 112   Shiau Suen-Wen TPE 1772 ½ - ½ 1   Thorpe Thomas WLS 1853 105
6 21 40   Aksoy Ayca TUR 1713 3 1 - 0 3   Wang Alyssa WLS 1596 65
6 52 127   Yusuf Nudhara WLS 0 ½ - ½   Schloffer Jasmin-Denise AUT 1499 79
6 54 112   Jolliffe-Byrne Govan IRL 0 ½ 1 - 0 1   Bullen Alex WLS 1824 104
6 79 137   Halaszi Csaba Peter HUN 1551 0 - 1   Evans James WLS 0 165
6 86 122 CM Capeles Mendoza Jomar PUR 1627 1 0 - 1 1   Bell-Thomas James WLS 0 160
6 56 88   Guo Hong-Da Tony D. RSA 1920 2 1 - 0 2   Bennett Rhys WLS 1769 118
6 63 127   Evans Nicholas Thomas WLS 1732 2 ½ - ½ 2   Znidaric Anze SLO 1837 102
6 81 143 Bennett Owen WLS 1642 1 1 - 0 1 Sai Rajeev Karnam KEN 0 164

 

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Michael

DAY 5 REPORT – ROUNDS 5 AND 6

The following are reports from the coaches.

“The Rest Day arrives, much to everyone’s relief after an intense, and partially successful, double round yesterday. Our group scored only 1.5/7 in the morning but came storming back with 4/7 in the afternoon. Best scorer (and Player of the Day) was James with a tremendous battling 1.5/2. In the morning, he won two pawns with a neat early combination before being a bit too eager to swap pieces and conceding the key open file. His opponent’s counterplay soon assumed dangerous proportions and James did well to keep his cool and bail out for a draw. In the afternoon, his closed Sicilian really was in precarious shape and he had to battle back from the brink of defeat first to a worse ending and then eventually to a win. In the morning, Alyssa followed her detailed opening plan superbly and eventually managed to bring home the full point in a complex bishop ending. Owen and Jamie meanwhile came back with afternoon wins after morning losses, Owen showing his endgame prowess while Jamie again demonstrated his sharp eye for a mating attack! Tom and Nick had solid draws to round off our second ‘positive’ session (i.e. more wins than losses) of the tournament. Everyone’s had some fun and relaxed today, but they know that this is where it really counts. Last year we were also doing well until the Rest Day, but then faded somewhat on the home stretch. This time its gotta be different…..” (Tim Kett & Ioan Rees)

 

Round 5: The first of the double round day got Ben his second win, completely outclassing a Slovenian and winning easily. Michael was very fortunate when his Thomas Tiger attack came badly unstuck against another Slovenian who after massacring him on the Queenside then missed a clear win and offered Michael a draw in a position where he was still winning comfortably. Karanvir was going quite nicely until he found his knight trapped, and the Czech player finished off efficiently. Stephanie got her pieces in a tangle at the end of the opening, giving her a positional disadvantage against a useful Italian girl. In trying to create some play, she misplaced her pieces in a relatively small area on the Kingside, and eventually lost material as a consequence. Round 6: The second game on the double round day gave Michael his first win in a World Championship event. He had totally outplayed his opponent to gain material and a completely winning position, but the finish was rather bizarre. The Korean opponent played 0-0-0 by moving his K to d1 and the R to e1. Michael didn't notice the incorrect move and two moves later had mated with his Queen landing on d2. The scoresheets were signed with the score 0-1 to Michael, which has to stand! Meanwhile, Ben had played much too fast and dropped a piece as early as move 6.  Although he played much better than his opponent a piece down the result was an almost inevitable loss. Karanvir got a nice position on the White side of a c3 Sicilian, but misplayed and lost material and then seemed to throw in the towel losing a lot more material shortly afterwards. Stephanie had the misfortune to have Black against an unrated but CM titled American. A slow variation of the Slav slowly turned into an advantage for White, who found an opportunity to sacrifice a bishop when Stephanie played h6.  Declining gave Stephanie a poor game a pawn down, and although in the subsequent play the opponent missed a better line and allowed a more active defence in a rook and pawn ending a pawn down, a neat mate meant the end of a disappointing day for last year's heroine. Michael has the Player of the Day Certificate.” (John Thornton)

 

Round 5: Argh… The dreaded double round day! An early start for the day, with the game beginning at 10 o’clock. The girls are allowed to bring in sugary treats, just in case they start to doze off or miss lunch! Venetia had a lovely win against an Australian, where her opponent played the French defence. The morning round did not suit Shayanna, a few careless pawn drops and even though she tried to fight back, the material deficit was just too much against her rated (1363) Argentinian opponent. Alice’s tournament so far has been dominated by Slovenian opponents and today it was her third. Alice had a slight advantage but was unsure how to progress, so the draw was accepted. Round 6: I had a quick meet up with the girls before the evening round. I must admit I was a little concerned about their energy levels. I really shouldn’t have been worried! The girls were true professionals, the standard did not drop and in fact this round was where Venetia and Alice played their longest games of the tournament. Venetia lost her game against an experienced American but was pleased with how she played. She thought she had a forced checkmate and sacked a knight, but missed one important defensive move. Alice was next to finish with a nice win against a Korean opponent, another Tang-O attack. Shayanna won a piece against a rated Moldovan (1453) and had no problems exchanging pieces and getting the full point. My player of the day is Shayanna. Bring on the rest day!(Olivia Smith)

In rounds 5 and 6, Alex was paired against home countries opposition, first from England, then Ireland, but could not find a win. Nudhara continued to be paired with FIDE-rated opposition, this time from Norway and Austria, managing draws with both.


 

Results Round 5: 

 

Rd. Bo. No.   Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg No.
5 38 80   Sivarajasingam Venetia WLS 0 1 1 - 0 1   Davis Sophie AUS 0 34
5 20 31   Du Toit Stephanie WLS 1588 0 - 1   Scarpa Claudia ITA 1431 52
5 39 59   Munoz Clara Belen ARG 1363 2 1 - 0 2   Sivarajasingam Shayanna WLS 0 116
5 61 73   Baskovec Alja SLO 0 ½ ½ - ½ ½   Tang Alice WLS 0 119
5 67 100   Sykora Marek CZE 1550 1 - 0   Lutchman Singh Karanvir WLS 0 162
5 88 135   Choo Yin Benjamin WLS 0 1 1 - 0 1   Struklec Jakob Vid SLO 0 180
5 91 133   Burger Michael WLS 0 ½ ½ - ½ ½   Hanc Nejc SLO 0 146
5 51 105   Thorpe Thomas WLS 1853 1 0 - 1 1   Urbanc Peter SLO 1962 90
5 41 65   Wang Alyssa WLS 1596 2 1 - 0 2   Salimova Asal UZB 0 118
5 57 93   Nass Sara NOR 1315 1 ½ - ½ 1   Yusuf Nudhara WLS 0 127
5 48 104   Bullen Alex WLS 1824 1 0 - 1 1   Sathyanandha Saravanan ENG 2055 85
5 76 129   Meglic Jaka SLO 1586 1 1 - 0 1   Bell-Thomas James WLS 0 160
5 79 165   Evans James WLS 0 1 ½ - ½ 1   Faisal Ali UAE 1536 140
5 46 118   Bennett Rhys WLS 1769 2 0 - 1 2   Tutisani Noe GEO 1978 70
5 51 77   Malhotra Tarun ENG 1946 2 1 - 0 2   Evans Nicholas Thomas WLS 1732 127
5 67 102   Znidaric Anze SLO 1837 1 1 - 0 1   Bennett Owen WLS 1642 143

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Results Round 4:

 

Rd. Bo. No.   Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg No.
4 36 40   Garau Francesca ITA 0 1 1 - 0  1   Sivarajasingam Venetia WLS 0 80
4 26 122   Vuller Anastasia ISR 0 2 1/2-1/2 2   Du Toit Stephanie WLS 1588 31
4 36 116   Sivarajasingam Shayanna WLS 0 1/2-1/2    Hrysogelou Athanasia-Panagiot GRE 1340 61
4 63 119   Tang Alice WLS 0 0 1/2-1/2  0   Kisilak Liza SLO 0 95
4 61 63   David Bogdan-Emanuel ROU 1709 1 1 - 0  1   Choo Yin Benjamin WLS 0 135
4 79 162   Lutchman Singh Karanvir WLS 0 1 1/2-1/2  1   Marko Pirro ALB 1375 114
4 87 186   Vescovi Filho Giovanni BRA 0 ½ 1 - 0  ½   Burger Michael WLS 0 133
4 52   84   De Abreu Roberto N RSA 1988  1 1 - 0  1 Thorpe Thomas WLS 1853 105 
4 21 36   Kalaiyalahan Akshaya ENG 1719 2 1 - 0  2   Wang Alyssa WLS 1596 65
4 53 127   Yusuf Nudhara WLS 0 1 0 - 1 1   Zimmerman Adi ISR 1432 87
4 43 75   Klabis Rokas LTU 2126 1 1 - 0  1   Bullen Alex WLS 1824 104
4 64 160   Bell-Thomas James WLS 0 1 0 - 1  1 CM Chandna Priyav BOT 1759 101
4 75 116   Baterdene Tsogbayar MGL 1674 1 1 - 0  1   Evans James WLS 0 165
4 45 127   Evans Nicholas Thomas WLS 1732 1/2-1/2    Haria Ravi ENG 2034 63
4 71 171   Thanabalachandran Kajan CAN 0 1 0 - 1  1   Bennett Rhys WLS 1769 118
4 74 143   Bennett Owen WLS 1642 ½ 1/2-1/2  ½   Markocic Tine SLO 1808 108

 

DAY 4 REPORT – ROUND 4

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Jamie

 

The following are reports from the coaches.

“After the euphoria of yesterday it was "back to normal" today with a squad score of 4/16 and our group contributing 2/7. On the credit side Rhys won very competently in a slow moving Spanish opening (Black side). White simply blundered a piece for a pawn around move 20 and although he carried on a long time, the result was never in doubt. It should have been two wins as Nick had his English opponent completely beaten (to use that corny phrase "on Fritz he was + 13"!!) before drawing and Owen had a short, correct draw against the KID. Sadly though Aly, Tom, James and Jamie all went down to higher-rated opponents. Aly fell into a huge opening trap, somehow survived back to equality but then blundered (this time fatally) on move 20. Tom had good chances to reach a level-ish ending, which sadly he didn't take, while James and Jamie both put up decent struggles before succumbing. All are playing decent chess though - and will definitely pick up more points before long.....” (Tim Kett & Ioan Rees)

“Michael was paired against an ungraded Brazilian who I suspect is the son of a GM. He has made good progress and despite forgetting a new line we had prepared in the Scandinavian, managed to develop all his pieces very quickly.  Unfortunately he recaptured the wrong way when his opponent exchanged in a fairly level position and as a consequence found his Bishop was trapped.  He hung on in for a long time, but couldn't escape the inevitable.  Karanvir surprised his opponent with a King's Gambit and came out initially quite well, but he got his pieces in a bit of a tangle, and lost the exchange for a Pawn to avoid being mated.  Playing actively obviously had an unsettling effect on his Albanian opponent, and when because of a mate threat he was winning back the exchange, his opponent felt under sufficient pressure to offer the draw.  In fact Black was still comfortably winning, Pawns ahead at that stage, so Karanvir was a bit lucky to escape with half a point, but we'll take it!!  Ben played an early deviation from theory, which his Romanian opponent was unable to capitalise on.  Eventually the more experienced player was able to put sufficient pressure on Ben to persuade him to make a bad mistake in a tricky position with an inevitable loss. Stephanie played the Spanish Archangel for the first time in a competitive game against an Israeli girl who could clearly play very well.  After a really high class game, Stephanie just managed to hold out a draw in a Bishop ending by finding a neat tactic which prevented her opponent from mopping up on the Queenside. Stephanie gets my player of the day and Idris for the game of the round.” (John Thornton)

“For all three girls in my group this is their first major international competition. The experience doesn’t seem to have fazed them and each morning the enthusiasm from both the parents and players seems to grow. It is very common, especially in the younger girl sections for gifts to be exchanged between the opponents. Our girls are giving welsh fridge magnets, pens and bookmarks. Venetia in particular enjoys exchanging gifts and chatting to her opponents. To add to her collection today Venetia received a miniature pair of Italian shoes! Now back to the chess… Venetia got a good position out of the opening but dropped a piece with a queen and bishop folk. However, in true fighting spirit Venetia won the piece back! The game continued to seesaw and unfortunately the Italian came out on top. Shayanna’s win yesterday meant that she had a tough draw and was paired up with a rated Greek (1340). Shayanna won the d pawn in the middle game, controlled the game but couldn’t quite take the full point in a tricky knight v bishop endgame. The big news for the day was Alice’s draw against a Slovenian. During prep we slightly changed ‘The Thomas Tiger Attack’ (well known on the junior circuit) to the Tang-O attack. This slight alteration caught her opponent off guard and Alice had a comfortable draw. Player for the day – all three girls!” (Olivia Smith)

Alex continued being paired with strong Eastern Europeans, this time from Lithuania. Nudhara played against a FIDE-rated Israeli girl in the U12, both eventually losing.


  

Results Round 3:

 

Rd. Bo. No.   Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg No.
3 31 80   Sivarajasingam Venetia WLS 0 1 0 - 1 1   Liang Qiwei CHN 0 55
3 29 31   Du Toit Stephanie WLS 1588 1 1 - 0  1   Bucur Denisa-Andreea ROU 0 80
3 49 73   Baskovec Alja SLO 0 ½ 0 - 1  ½   Sivarajasingam Shayanna WLS 0 116
3 60 85   Dejanovic Tereza CRO 0 0 1 - 0  0   Tang Alice WLS 0 119
3 82 110   Graf Justus Felix GER 1491 0 0 - 1 0   Lutchman-Singh Karanvir WLS 0 162
3 86 133   Burger Michael WLS 0 0  1/2-1/2 0   Reddy Sachin RSA 0 172
3 88 176   Shah Darshan Samir KEN 0 0 0 - 1 0   Choo Yin Benjamin WLS 0 135
3 61   105   Thorpe Thomas WLS 1853 0 1 - 0 0   Pesl Nejc  SLO  124
3 43 65   Wang Alyssa WLS 1596 1 1 - 0  1   Yusuf Nudhara WLS 0 127
3 34   104   Bullen Alex WLS 1824 1 0 - 1  1   Bernotas Arturs  LAT 2261   51
3 72 165   Evans James WLS 0 ½ 1/2-1/2  ½   Kah Teng Benjamin Lee MAS 1705 112
3 80 131   Ho Men-Wei TPE 1579 0 0 - 1  0   Bell-Thomas James WLS 0 160
3 46 71   Rohrer Christophe SUI 1976 1  1/2-1/2 1   Evans Nicholas Thomas WLS 1732 127
3 47 118   Bennett Rhys WLS 1769 1 0 - 1  1   Khorsandi Arian IRI 1972 72
3 83 170   Teo Xu Yuan Nicholas SIN 0 0 1/2-1/2  0   Bennett Owen WLS 1642 143

  

DAY 3 REPORT – ROUND 3

 

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Ben

The following are reports from the coaches.

“Tom, Alyssa and Jamie were our winners today. Tom's was the most straightforward as he was steadily building up a small advantage when his opponent dropped a pawn then (still rattled) a piece in consecutive moves. Jamie had a steady start, equalising with his KID and then finishing smartly when the opponent invited Jamie's Queen to land on h4 and a swift mate ensued. It was unfortunate that Alyssa was drawn to play Nudhara (the first Wales v Wales clash, hopefully there won't be many more!) and she didn't make the smoothest start. Nudhara played the Black side of QGA a little better and when Aly grabbed a slightly 'hot' pawn she could easily have found her rook trapped. Nudhara missed the chance though and from then on Aly played very well to eliminate any counterplay. James and Owen agreed somewhat early but understandable draws while Nick's game was very well fought out down to a level King and Pawn ending. Only Rhys lost - against an opponent 200 pts higher. Overall though a terrific day today with the whole party scoring 9/16 and our group contributing 4.5/7 - more than the first two rounds put together.... the mood is really sky-high now and everyone is 100% fired up for more.” (Tim Kett & Ioan Rees)

“Today made up for yesterday's disappointments. Ben found a neat tactic to win material against his Kenyan opponent who walked into a mate, which saved him having to play out a winning ending.  Karanvir had a typical junior game against a German – with the advantage switching sides, till he found a nice mating sequence. Michael had played well to win a pawn against an unrated South African and reach a winning bishop v knight ending when he blundered his bishop. His opponent panicked in the face of a passed pawn supported by Michael's king and gave the knight back rather earlier than he needed to, leaving a somewhat unbalanced king and pawn ending which might have gone either way. I think both players would be happy when the draw was agreed. Stephanie's game was level throughout until her Romanian opponent turned down a draw with each side having Q, R, and a,f,g,h pawns left with no weaknesses. Stephanie outmanoeuvered her opponent to win the aP and then caught her opponent out with a double threat of mate or winning the queen. The latter proved enough to bring home the full point after four and a half hours – her record time! Ben has player of the day.” (John Thornton)

“The girls were now settled into their daily routine and the mood in the camp was very positive. Once the games have started the parents are not allowed to remain in the playing hall, so team Wales nervously head to the supporters’ room and catch glimpses of the girls on the big screen. In round three, my group scored 1/3. Venetia had a challenging game against a talented Chinese player and lost in a c3 Sicilian. Alice played against a Croatian and fought hard with one of her favourite openings, the Scandinavian. A personal best with her longest ever game, but a loss in concentration resulted in her dropping her h6 pawn and the position crumbled. Our only point for the day came from Shayanna. who has really hit some form. She played a nice controlled game and completely outplayed her local opponent. My player of the day is Alice. Alice has played three consistent good games. Even though she hasn’t managed to convert the games into points, she has never lost her fighting spirit and it is just a matter of time.” (Olivia Smith)

Alex unfortunately succumbed to a strong Latvian.


  

Results Round 2:

  

Rd. Bo. No.   Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg No.
2 12 20   Antezana Ariana BOL 0 1 1 - 0 1   Sivarajasingam Venetia WLS 0 80
2 26 118   Stroganova Karina RUS 0 1 1 - 0 1   Du Toit Stephanie WLS 1588 31
2 59 116   Sivarajasingam Shayanna WLS 0 0 ½ - ½ 0   Breznyan Annamaria HUN 0 79
2 61 119   Tang Alice WLS 0 0 0 - 1 0   Chepelnikova Aglaya RUS 0 81
2 56 33   Kalabukhov Bogdan RUS 1839 0 1 - 0 0   Burger Michael WLS 0 133
2 59 135   Choo Yin Benjamin WLS 0 0 0 - 1 0   Baenziger Fabian SUI 1707 64
2 77 162   Lutchman-Singh Karanvir WLS 0 0 0 - 1 0   Vorobiov Vlad MDA 1502 108
2 45 68   Itkin David CAN 2058 0 1 - 0 0   Thorpe Thomas WLS 1853 105
2 27 127   Yusuf Nudhara WLS 0 1 0 - 1 1   Feng Maggie USA 1746 31
2 43 102   Choe Jin Young KOR 0 0 0 - 1 0   Wang Alyssa WLS 1596 65
2 27 1 GM Swiercz Dariuz POL 2611 1/2 1 - 0 1   Bullen Alex WLS 1824 104
2 72 160   Bell-Thomas James WLS 0 0 0 - 1 0   Brandis Benjamin SUI 1712 109
2 78 118   Arbore Daniele ITA 1663 0 ½ - ½ 0   Evans James WLS 0 165
2 56 143   Bennett Owen WLS 1642 0 0 - 1 0   Aguilar Luis Miguel BOL 1882 94
2 76 163   Rezonja Niko SLO 0 0 0 - 1 0   Bennett Rhys WLS 1769 118
2 83 127   Evans Nicholas Thomas WLS 1732 0 1 - 0 0   Subham Rai KEN 0 168

 

 

DAY 2 REPORT – ROUND 2

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shayanna

 

 

 

 

 

Players of the day

 

In round 2, Alex bettered Alyssa’s pairing in round 1 by being picked to face the no. 1 GM Polish seed in the U18 open! A long battle ensued but he eventually succumbed, as did Nudhara against the 27th seed in the U12 Girls from America. The following are reports about the other matches from the coaches.

 

“An excellent 50% score for our group today with wins for Nick, Rhys and Alyssa and a draw for James. James's game was relatively short but very 'correct' (and showed how much he'd listened and learned after yesterday's reckless effort!). The winners, in truth, were all playing weaker / lower-rated opposition but.... they were also completely merciless and we coaches were struggling to find even single moves to criticise or significantly improve upon. Tom, Owen and Jamie are still searching for their first points but its not as though they aren't creating chances. All had decent positions today. Jamie had virtually a forced win around move 10 with White vs a passive Philidor-type structure. Owen was definitely a little better on the White side of a Benoni up to at least move 15 and Tom was level on the Black side of a type of Classical Dragon until only queens and rooks remained. So some good form from all 7 of our charges and we're very pleased with the start. Our player of the day was Rhys.” (Tim Kett & Ioan Rees)

 

“Michael had the misfortune to lose to an 1800 player in round 1 and then get an even stronger opponent in round 2, who really knew how to play and used a development advantage to great effect to mate in 20 moves. Ben also got a strong opponent who picked off Ben's Isolated Queen's Pawn, at which stage Ben immediately blundered a bishop. Karanvir played well and was never worse until in the K+P ending, when he unsoundly sacrificed a Pawn to get his King through to his opponent's Ps – a manoeuvre which didn't work, and the resulting endgame couldn't be held. Stephanie's game was book for some time before a bizarre sequence of 8 successive moves where the opponent could win a P by Bxh6 (gxh6, QxNf6) which neither side spotted. The sequence ended when Stephanie unknowingly guarded the N on f6 by Qe7 played to get out of a potential pin. In the next few moves she was outplayed and lost a P without the counterplay, which accurate moves would have generated and later lost further material before being mated. For the second day running, Karanvir has my Player of the Day award for a very sound game before the unsound pawn sacrifice.” (John Thornton)

 

“The first day nerves are over and the girls were ready for battle. Venetia was first to finish and lost against a Bolivian girl. She was outsmarted by her own trick. Alice was white again and played a strong Russian. Unfortunately she lost a pawn in the opening and never recovered. Shayanna was the last to finish out of the whole Welsh team and let her Hungarian opponent off with a draw. Shayanna was on top for the whole game but couldn’t quite secure the full point in an opposite coloured bishops endgame. My pick for “player of the day” is Shayanna.” (Olivia Smith)

   


  

Results Round 1:

 

Rd.   Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg
1   Sivarajasingam Venetia WLS 0 0 1 - 0  0   Dodu Crina Karina AUT 0
1   Du Toit Stephanie WLS 1588 0 1 - 0 0   Kao Camille USA 0
1   Tejasvi M IND 1426 0 1 - 0 0   Sivarajasingam Shayanna WLS 0
1   Petauer Ana Marija SLO 1407 0 1 - 0  0   Tang Alice WLS 0
1   Talalov Anton RUS 1707 0 1 - 0 0   Lutchman-Singh Karanvir WLS 0
1   Burger Michael WLS 0 0 0 - 1 0 CM Gavrilescu David ROU 1812
1   Amon Nejc SLO 1800 0 1 - 0  0   Choo Yin Benjamin WLS 0
1   Thorpe Thomas WLS 1853 0 0 - 1 0 CM Koksal Ege TUR 2182
1   Wang Alyssa WLS 1596 0 0 - 1  0   Chu Ruotong CHN 2008
1   Bullen Alex WLS 1824 0 + - -           
1   Evans James WLS 0 0 0 - 1 0   Ghaderi Arman K NOR 1847 
1   Konaplex Anton RUS 1873  0 1 - 0 0   Bell-Thomas James WLS 0
1   Xu Minghui CHN 2112  0 1 - 0 0   Evans Nicholas Thomas WLS 1732
1   Bennett Rhys WLS 1769 0 0 - 1 0   Asgarizadeh Ahmed ISI 2170
1   Arcuti Davide SUI 2055 0 1 - 0  0   Bennett Owen WLS 1642
1   Bye     0 - 1 0   Yusuf Nudhara WLS  

 

DAY 1 REPORT – ROUND 1

 

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Players of the day

  

The tournament began with 2 quick points for Wales, with Nudhara and Alex being awarded full point byes as opponents did not turn up! The following are reports about the other matches from the coaches.

“Although none of our players managed to get on the board today it actually wasn't as bad a start as that sounds! All of them were "playing up" against top-half opposition and in most cases outrated by 300+. Alyssa had a tough assignment - and won our Player of the Day award - against the no. 2 seed in the U12 Girls. Her 2000+-rated Chinese opponent equalised easily enough on the Black side of a QGA but a level ending resulted and Aly went down in the end only very narrowly, eventually dropping a pawn with N+5 vs N+5. Both the Bennetts had very promising (i.e. better-to-winning!) positions at one stage, Tom was fine for a long time with his Ponziani Opening and Nick found some ingenious resources before going down on the Black side of the Berlin Wall. James and Jamie showed the right sort of attacking intent but were just a little too cavalier in conceding material early on (nonetheless Jamie did get a chance later for a forced perpetual check!). All-in-all a genuinely close set of games and encouraging performances. Everyone is in good spirits and evidently in decent form - I'm optimistic some of that will translate into points very soon.....” (Tim Kett & Ioan Rees)

 

“The U10 boys, all new to this kind of event, all performed creditably. Ben had to find his way through an unfamiliar opening line against an 1800 Slovenian, and came out of the opening with a plus.  Thereafter he was outplayed against a player who seemed familiar with where and how to put on the pressure. Karanvir also got a decent opening with Black, but lost material thinking his ...b6 would trap a Bishop on a7. His 1707 Russian opponent knew how to do a rescue act, and although Karanvir played well subsequently he was eventually beaten. Michael's Grand Prix attack foundered against an 1812 titled Romanian player, who found his way better through the tactics to end materially ahead. Stephanie was not at her best against an evenly matched American, who was 2 pawns ahead with a good position when she lost on time with several moves to make. It's not often you are lucky at these events, but we'll happily take what we get. Karanvir is my player of the day.” (John Thornton)

“My pick for the ‘player of the day’ is Venetia. A cracking opening game and WIN with the scotch four knights. Venetia, Shayanna & Alice all put in great performances and we are all looking forward to building on this for future rounds!” (Olivia Smith)

  

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Inside the venue The girls

 

Morning of 8th November 2012 

 

We’ve all safely arrived in Maribor, some of us following rather eventful journeys! 

Most of the delegation chose to fly out a day earlier on the 6th November, which turned out to be a very wise decision:

The group flying to Graz missed their connecting flight at Munich, and ended up flying to Vienna and taking a courtesy coach to Graz.  Despite the four legged journey, everyone remained positive throughout and the kids in particular thoroughly enjoyed their adventure.  A late night dinner at McDonald’s en route to the hotel also went down very well…. J

The group flying to Zagreb experienced a SIX HOUR coach journey due to problems with visas with one of the delegations on the coach.

There were no major problems on the 7th November although one family was dropped off at the wrong hotel….

The hotel that we are staying at, Gozdna Villa Mari, is an apartment hotel that is located within a short walking distance of the playing venues (Hotel Habakuk – U8 and U10G; Dras Centre - U10 Open and above).  The apartments consist of two-bedded studios and two double bedroom, two bathroom apartments, all complete with full kitchen facilities including a dishwasher!  All of the studios and apartments have a terrace or balcony – facing forwards these overlook a lake and Maribor City, facing backwards these overlook woods and a ski slope!  The views are breath-taking……

Onto the chess. 

We have four coaches for the first time.  Two of the players opted not to have formal coaching and therefore the players have been split into two main groups:  U12 and above and U10 and below.

The older age group consists of:

Tom, Nick, Rhys, Owen, Jamie BT, James E and Alyssa.  These seven players have been allocated to Tim Kett and Ioan Rees, who have combined their coaching group with players allocated to a particular coach dependent on which opponent is drawn for the coming round.

The younger age group consists of:

Karanvir, Ben, Michael and Stephanie who have been allocated to John Thornton

Shayanna, Alice and Venetia who have been allocated to Olivia Smith.

With the round 1 pairings unlikely to be out until the afternoon, after the Heads of Delegation meeting, the coaches chose to familiarise themselves with the openings that were regularly played by the children and to study endgames.

 

Ed Wang ~ Head of Delegation

 


 

Good luck to the players representing Wales: 

 

U18 Open: Alex Bullen  (Davin Menon - withdrawn)
 
U16 Open: Tom Thorpe
 
U14 Open: Rhys Bennett, Nicholas Evans, Owen Bennett 
 
U12 Open: James Evans, Jamie Bell-Thomas 
 
U10 Open: Michael Burger, Ben Choo Yin, Karanvir Lutchman Singh 
 
U12 Girls: Alyssa Wang, Nudhara Yusuf
 
U10 Girls: Stephanie du Toit, Shayanna Sivarajasingam, Alice Tang
 
U08 Girls: Venetia Sivarajasingam
 

DAY 8 REPORT – ROUND 8

The following are reports from the coaches.

“Not a good day at the office today - we really must learn to finish off won games. Despite having 6 very promising positions we ended with only 2/7 for our group with Jamie's nice win the sole highlight. As for the rest it was a tale of woe and missed chances. To start with the better stuff, Jamie developed actively with his Grand Prix Attack and just went directly for the opposition King. Mate was averted at the cost of the exchange but he made no mistake in the ending. Tom and Owen scored half-points, but both should have won really. Owen was three pawns up but almost got mated in the queen and rook ending, while Tom was up the exchange but couldn't break down his opponent’s blockade. Of the losses, Rhys had a good position out of the opening but lost an up-and-down tactical encounter. Nick was unlucky - losing a longish ending after a couple of frustrating lapses spoiled another decent opening, while Aly was tantalisingly close to a middlegame win before going down in another rook and 5 pawn endgame. Only James was always worse - after a mistake in the opening. Composure and technique, that’s what we need to see tomorrow!” (Tim Kett & Ioan Rees)

 “Michael was the only scorer amongst my boys. A bit of home grown preparation, which our Scandinavian expert Liv didn't like, proved good enough to throw a local boy, who was happy to take a quick draw, when a rather tired Michael had got the better of the opening exchanges. Karanvir again played some really good chess, but chess is a cruel game, and in a careless reply to a check, he walked into a bishop pin of rook against king producing immediate resignation. I hadn't prepped Ben sufficiently well, so he came out of the opening slightly worse, and his opponent marginally outplayed him to pick up pawns and the game. I was born a Yorkshireman, so to me Stephanie is here to beat the Rest of the World.  But for born and bred Welshmen, she did the business by BRINGING HOME THE FULL POINT AGAINST HER ENGLISH OPPONENT, so whatever she does now doesn't really matter!!! Of course, Stephanie has to be my player of the day!” (John Thornton)

Today my group scored one out of three. Our only win was from Venetia. She played a Japanese girl and for this round she was under strict instructions not to wander around during the match. This extra focus resulted in a cheeky checkmate! Shayanna played 2. Qe2 in the French and caused her opponent some problems in the middle game. The pieces got exchanged and the Polish girl’s experience showed through in a bishop and rook endgame. Alice had another Scandinavian opening and miscalculated giving her opponent a strong centre and attack. Game over. Player of the day: Venetia.” (Olivia Smith)

In round 8, Alex and Nudhara continued their good form with wins against Puerto Rican and Moldovan opponents, respectively. Nudhara is now on half points with 4 out of 8!

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