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World Youth Chess Championships - UAE

 

Thanks to John Thornton, Ioan Rees and Olivia Smith for the coaching reports.

 

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Final Round up:

 

What can I say?

 

Christmas, Birthdays, fire alarms going off at 2am on the morning of the double day, meal times being changed and not being told, trips being changed or cancelled when you’re about to leave, CHICKEN and of course lots and lots of Chess.

 

I would like to congratulate all of the players on their achievements throughout the tournament with the whole team scoring the highest average in the 3 world championships that I have attended.

 

Out of the 15 players 5 made it into the top 100 for their category.

Special mention needs to be made of Venetia scoring an outstanding 7.5 which is the all time highest for a Welsh Junior.

 

The overall standings are as follows:

 

BOYS

Name

Points

Total No in Category

Final Ranking

Thomas Thorpe (U18 Open)

5.0

126

74

Philippe Rodgers (U16 Open)

4.5

164

120

Rhys Bennett (U14 Open)

5.0

193

112

Nyasha Katsande (U14 Open)

4.5

193

146

Owen Bennett (U14 Open)

4.0

193

165

Karanvir Lutchman Singh (U12 Open)

4.5

215

153

Daniel Siromani (U12 Open)

4.0

215

176

Chirag Guha (U10 Open)

5.0

198

124

 

GIRLS

Name

Points

Total No in Category

Final Ranking

Shayanna Sivarajasingam (U12 Girls)

5.5

144

75

Stephanie du Toit (U12 Girls)

5.0

144

96

Anna-Lena Barth (U12 Girls)

3.5

144

127

Alice Tang (U12 Girls)

3.5

144

135

Aishwarya Lutchman Singh (U10 Girls)

4.5

140

98

Neya Govindaraj (U10 Girls)

4.0

140

121

Venetia Sivarajasingam (U8 Girls)

7.5

117

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For the first time this year John Thornton was the only WCU appointed coach.

 

Olivia Smith, Ioan Rees and Petro Marusenko were privately employed coaches attending the tournament and Tim Kett was assisting via Skype. All of the coaches were asked to submit reports on the games for the players that they were coaching and those that were submitted have been uploaded onto the WCU site.  Given the uniqueness of the situation this set-up worked very well with John, Olivia and Ioan helping each other with preparation where needed.

I hope that everyone had a fantastic and enjoyable experience in the Chess playing, learning and developing as well as the social aspects that the tournament leant itself to.

 

We held a Welsh Alternative Christmas Eve Handicapped Blitz Championship with a total of 21 participants (half the delegation) consisting of parents, siblings and players taking part, this was at Shayanna’s request to celebrate her 11th birthday.

 

We now have a junior team that we will put forward for the Winter Olympics when Penguin Racing becomes one of the alternative sports.  For the adults Monopoly Deal is a new contender for Poker amongst chess players.

 

There have been several highlights over the past 2 weeks culminating in the Welsh closing ceremony at which the prestigious Thorny’s were presented and well received by the lucky recipients.

 

On a final note I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding over the lack of communication and organisation from day 1 through to virtually the end of the tournament.  It has been a pleasure and an honour to represent the Welsh delegation.

 

Anita Thorpe (Head of Delegation)

 

Round 10 (27.12.13):

 

Olivia Smith:

Alice had yet another draw, this time it was against a player from Yemen. She missed some early tactics and the position equalised. Aishwarya beat a Kenyan in a Ruy Lopez by winning a pawn in the opening and then winning another pawn in a bishop v knight pawn ending. Shayanna had a comfortable victory against a Tunisian. It was an exchange French and her opponent tried to spice things up by creating an isolated queen pawn. Shayanna kept her cool and blocked the pawn and exchanged pieces. A pretty tactic won the exchange and her opponent's position crumbled. Venetia, oh Venetia what can I say...Venetia made a slight alteration to her favourite line in the Four Knight Scotch and this caused the Indian to be on the back seat. Venetia had the initiative and another win was so very close. Her opponent under time pressure made a few defensive inaccuracies and pawns were up for grabs. Venetia decided to not take the material in order to mate her opponent. Bad decision, the attack failed and it was indeed Venetia who got mated.

 

Ioan Rees:

Nyasha played the opening well and missed a few opportunities for a clear advantage. He then drifted into a worse position before his opponent offered him a draw. Stephanie got an advantage from opening preparation but then missed a win and blundered to a loss within 4 moves. My “anti-draw” stance seems to have been rubbing off on my group. Daniel turned down 4 draws before eventually winning. He was only marginally better when he turned down the first draw and was equal or worse when he turned down the next three. Pre-tournament endgame work has really paid off for him. Game of the day, and probably of the tournament, was definitely Tom’s game against the Irish 2155 rated player. It was a brutally tactical game and Tom never let his opening advantage go. He checkmated his opponent on move 28 with his king on d4.

 

John Thornton:

Karanvir played well for a long time, but around move 25 his Georgian opponent found a neat combination to pick up a Pawn, and was good enough to win the resulting position.  Neya played a very untypically loose game, and should have lost a piece when she overpressed on the K-side.  Her South African opponent let her off the hook, and later blundered the exchange, but after Neya had responded in kind, she could not hold the resulting ending.  Chirag after a good prep was playing as White against an IQP his Cypriot opponent had on d4.  This eventually was lost, and Chirag later played neatly to win Queen for Rook and ultimately the game.  Anna-Lena finally broke a string of defeats with a fairly convincing win against a girl from Quatar.


Philippe sacrificed a piece for two Pawns and an attack, but his higher rated opponent found a neat combination to diffuse the attack and win the game.

 

Round 9 (26.12.13):

 

Olivia Smith:

All four girls were prepped up and feeling excited to get playing again. Aishwarya was first to finish with a draw against a girl from Malaysia. Aishwarya was clearly better and won a pawn. A mass exchange and isolated double f pawns allowed her opponent to win the pawn back. Aishwarya was still slightly better in the endgame, but wasn't too sure how to continue so a draw was offered. Shayanna's opening went well but she failed to keep the tension in the centre and gave her opponent an edge in the middlegame. Her opponent pressed Shayanna, and unfortunately she found a nice mating combination. Alice lost against a local girl and was disappointed with her performance against the 1347. Venetia played a girl from Kazakhstan. Our preparation caused a little surprise for her opponent and this resulted in Venetia being in control in the middlegame. Venetia allowed her opponent to get back into the game but maintained a small advantage in the endgame due to her rook activity. Her opponent offered a rook exchange, and Venetia went into her think-tank and calculated that she had a move to spare and could gain the opposition. The game ended in a win for Wales and Venetia is now on 7/9 and in 7th position.

 

Ioan Rees:

Stephanie played the opening well and then went about improving her position until her opponent let her win the exchange with a nice tactic. Tom continued his good form to record his third win in a row. He got a good position from his new open Sicilian and didn’t give his opponent much of a chance from there on. Daniel missed a win on move 6 then got a dull position out of the opening. He played well and managed to get a good endgame but then accepted a draw. Nyasha has had long games all tournament and today was no exception. I’ve been impressed with his attitude all tournament and was pleased to see he turned down a draw in a nearly level position today. After declining the draw he pressed, got a winning position but blundered the piece and lost.

 

John Thornton:

Karanvir’s win against an opponent from Timor-Leste was achieved in well under an hour.  After a very tough set of opponents he was due someone easy.  Anna-Lena continues to provide opening surprises, which she later regrets, but at least after a run of 9 rated opponents in 9 rounds, she will be awarded a FIDE rating.  Neya played another very mature game, which wins game of the day – she was completely winning had she chosen to make a capture with a Rook rather than a Bishop. She played the resulting position out to a draw.  Chirag was very unlucky not to win a very long game. He had fought back from dropping a Pawn against a 1621 rated player from Jordan into a level Rook ending, and then went a Pawn ahead in a K+P ending when his opponent made a simple miscalculation.  Chirag then misplayed from a won position to a drawn position, dropping the extra Pawn, and then a further error sadly turned the game into a loss.

Philippe overcame stomach problems to turn in a win against his Chinese opponent.

 

 

Christmas Day - Merry X'mas! 


A well deserved rest day for our players after a gruelling 8 rounds in 7 days.  

 

 

Christmas Eve - The Welsh Alternative Handicapped Knockout Blitz Tournament!

 

Winner:  Ioan Rees.  Runner-up:  Shayanna Sivarajasingam (Birthday Girl)

 

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Round 8 (24.12.13):

 

Olivia Smith:

Venetia's opponent today played a gambit line in the French. Venetia accepted the gambit and in return her opponent had pressure on the kingside. Venetia played actively and her opponent got slightly confused with the placing of her own attacking pieces and allowed enough time to exchange some minor pieces and get the queens off. Venetia's passed d-pawn made a run, but it was slightly premature and she ended up exchanging that pawn for one of her opponent's weaker pawns. It was then 5 pawns and a knight v 4 pawns and a knight. Venetia managed to convert this into a win. I highly recommend you check the endgame out (available via the tournament homepage). Aishwarya had a good win against a girl from UAE, in a c3 Sicilian. She played a nice c5-c6 push, winning a pawn and opening up her opponent's king. This was enough to secure the win.  Alice scored another half a point. Alice played against a Scandinavian and she played a rather unusual setup with an early rook move. The game was without fireworks and finished with a rook and 7 pawns V a rook and 7. Birthday girl Shayanna put in a solid performance and drew against an American (1677). She played a very mature Ke1-Kf2 manoeuvre rather than castling. So today was a big success with all the girls scoring in my group. A surprise party was held for Shayanna later in the day, involving a very decadent chocolate cake!

 

Ioan Rees:

Daniel got a solid position out of the opening but missed a tactic which lost an exchange. Tom played by far his worst game of the tournament but managed to swindle his opponent with some ambitious bluff sacrifices. Nyasha had another messy Grand Prix Sicilian. The game could have gone either way but in time trouble he blundered a piece and lost. Stephanie had a solid draw on the black side of a Slav.

 

John Thornton:

A bad day at the office.  Almost everyone played pretty much their worst games, with only Chirag scoring.  He was outplayed by a Russian, for most of the game, but at the critical point in the ending he found a far from obvious only move if he was going to draw - and several moves later had achieved a fortress position.  Chirag has the game of the day prize for the second day in a row.

 

 

Round 7 (23.12.13):

John Thornton:

Karanvir played competently against Gautam Jain from England but after a series of exchanges found his QB and QR trapped in by a R on d1. Eventually the Bishop and game were lost.  Anna-Lena lost a Pawn towards the end of the opening and never recovered against her opponent from Sri-Lanka.  Neya again played competently, this time achieving a draw with opposite coloured Bishops against a UAE player. Chirag played a neat combination to pick a Pawn off his Macedonian opponent, and after exchanging into a Knight-ending was eventually able to convert his advantage.

Philippe was unable to repeat yesterday's result and lost to a 2026 rated player from Kazakhstan.

Olivia Smith:

The winner of the most tame game goes to Alice Tang. Her Taiwanese opponent exchanged all the pieces and a draw was agreed. Shayanna had a convincing win. Her opponent thought that she had won a pawn: however with her queen out of the game, Shayanna struck out with f4 which quickly ended up on f6. A piece sac finished the game nicely with a mate on g7. Aishwarya played well in the opening and was completely in control in the middlegame. Unfortunately both her bishops went to passive squares and this allowed her opponent to have a dominating queen that wiped out Aishwarya's queenside pawns. The game ended in a loss. Venetia was white against a Russian and our opening predictions came up. She maintained control throughout the game and this resulted in a slightly better endgame. The endgame consisted of 5 pawns and a white squared bishop each. Her opponent was struggling, however, due to a weaker pawn structure. Venetia played a surprise g4 and sacrificed a pawn. Her opponent responded badly and the bishops were exchanged leaving a king and pawn ending. Her opponent's king was tied down with defending and so Venetia's king marched up the board gobbling up the pawns. A brilliant game from Venetia and she is now on 5/7. Her game is available online on the official website, so check it out.

Ioan Rees:

Nyasha got “game of the day” for my group with a nice controlled win in the Ruy Lopez. Tom played another good game and didn’t blunder to double his score. Stephanie had a nice position out of the opening, which we had predicted, but quickly gave away her advantage and lost another long game in an endgame. Daniel again got a good position from preparation and got into an equal rook and pawn endgame. He went a pawn up but his opponent's pawns were far quicker in the race to queen.

 

Rhys lost to Daniel Abbas of England while Owen lost to Candidate Master Adi Sagita Catur of Indonesia.

 

Round 6 (22.12.13):

 

John Thornton:

I have to thank Martin du Toit for providing information which provided a good prep session for Anna-Lena who responded by mating her Latvian opponent in 24 moves.  Chirag’s German opponent proved too strong.  Maybe Chirag could have got away with playing Kxh3 and Kh4 after his opponent sacrificed a Bishop on h3 at move 14 – Fritz assesses this as winning - but I doubt many players would fancy the K wandering so far so early!  After that his opponent played into an endgame which I may use as a model in future coaching sessions.  Neya played an amazingly mature game against the South African WFM whom Aishwarya had beaten earlier.  She gained her first proper win at this level by, for the first time this tournament, playing mistake-free chess, winning a Pawn and playing the Rook ending very competently – my game of the day.  Karanvir found a neat tactic to pick a Pawn off his opponent, and duly converted this in a Bishop ending against a local player.

Philippe recovered well from his disappointment yesterday and won well against a 2100 rated Bulgarian to make it one of my best days ever.


Olivia Smith:

Today was a dark day within my coaching camp. In the famous Eurovision scoring system "Nul points".

Ioan Rees:

Preparation went well for Daniels round 6 game but he blundered a piece and lost quite  quickly. Nyasha got caught out with a rare line
against the Caro-Kann. His opponent got an opening advantage and played very well for his win. Stephanie had a tough opponent (1907 Russian). She played actively and blundered on move 40 when she even had a win – if only she had more time... Tom’s game followed the familiar pattern of “going well, going good, nice move, going well... blunder – loss”.

 

Rhys won against Candidate Master Gideon Jakobus Hoon of South Africa while Owen won against Kevin Singpurwala of Ireland.

 

Round 5 (21.12.13):

John Thornton:

Lunch and almost straight into Round 5.  Anna-Lena was soon out, having drawn.  A double Rook ending had been reached against the girl from Chinese Taipei which the computer agreed was completely level and with almost no prospects of play from either side.  Neya had a very underrated Indian opponent who outplayed her to win a very strong passed Pawn on d6 quite early, but the win was confirmed when Neya gave away an exchange.  Chirag had a nice win for which he gets my game of the day (John).  Karanvir had a 1733 rated English opponent. The game turned into a King’s Indian type position, with White pressing on the Q-side, Black attacking down the K-side.  Lack of experience led to Karanvir blocking the Q-side with an incorrect Pawn push, and the English player broke through on the K-side with Karanvir rather short of time unable to withstand the pressure.

In Round 4, Philippe had won nicely, and he was looking very good for 2/2 when he produced several errors which turned an easily won game into a very frustrating loss.

 

Olivia Smith:
Shayanna played an Hungarian (1676) and definitely won the best present received award. Her generous opponent gave her two books and a t-shirt. The game itself was pretty steady throughout and a draw was
agreed. Alice played her second Sri Lankan player (1403) and had another solid performance, resulting in a draw also. Venetia was all fired up for this afternoon's game with the aim of matching last year's performance (total 4/11). Venetia played an American and put her under pressure from the start. The American's cramped position allowed Venetia to have a nice attack, but unfortunately Venetia lost a pawn a few moves later due to missing a tactic. However, her fighting spirit shone through and she quickly regained the pawn and produced a devastating attack winning the exchange followed by a queen. Another brilliant victory and Venetia moves up to 4/5. Aishwarya took on her second South African and again showed no mercy. Her longest game to date (four hours) producing another convincing win.


Ioan Rees:

Tom got off the mark in style! It was a Grand Prix Attack against the Sicilian and Tom managed to trap his opponent's queen with a nice tactic. Nyasha played a Benko really well and gave his opponent no chance. Stephanie continued her fine form with white and won convincingly. Daniel completed his perfect double round day with a nice win in a king and pawn endgame.

 

Rhys won against Anutidaishe Kufa of Zimbabwe while Owen drew with Andrej Sukovic of Montenegro.

 

Round 4 (21.12.13):


John Thornton:
Neya was the first to score, but this was a win by default when her opponent failed to arrive.  Karanvir took a quick draw against a 1700 from Algeria – to get him over yesterday’s defeat and also saving
energy as it was a double round day.  Chirag’s draw was a lot more competitive, but the blocked Pawn position left both players with no real opportunity to break through.  Some rather eccentric opening play by Anna-Lena reached a level position, but at that stage she donated her strong USA opponent a Pawn and the inevitable result followed.


Olivia Smith:

Venetia's game was a joy to watch. She gained two pieces and a pawn for a rook and completely outclassed the Ukrainian opposition. Aishwarya's Indian opponent (1087), played a gambit for some active play. Aishwarya failed to complete development and her opponent won material. After the game her opponent kindly gave her some handy tips, if she faced that position again. Shayanna played a girl from Iraq and dominated the game: slowly grinding her opponent down to secure the win. Alice's game was another topsy turvy game, winning a piece early on and then being rather generous and giving the material back to the local girl. The game ended in a draw.

Ioan Rees:

Stephanie had a tough game and got ground down by her Bulgarian opponent in an endgame. Nyasha was under pressure all game but had a significant advantage in the position in which the draw was finally agreed. Daniel had another long game and won in an endgame. Tom played another good game but, yet again, blundered a piece towards the end of the game.

 

Rhys lost to Hassan Abdullatif Liberia and Owen drew with Rai Subham of Kenya.

Round 3 (20.12.13):

 

John Thornton:

A much better day.  Anna-Lena was soon out, having used my opening prep to get an equal game in a Scotch and then winning a Bishop pinned on the e-file to open her score.  Chirag’s game was even shorter, mangling a UAE boy who didn’t know it is useful to develop all your pieces – a good recovery from yesterday’s upset.  Karanvir had a lovely position from the opening against a 1764 French boy, but inexperience led to him taking a K-side Pawn opening files for his opponent’s Rooks.  He was unable to defend successfully against the resulting pressure.  Neya again played competently against a higher rated Algerian, but the end followed swiftly when she let a Bishop fork King and Rook.

 

Olivia Smith:

Venetia was victorious yet again and beat an experienced Hong Kong player. She was a little distracted in the middle game and it was very up and down. Nevertheless, she kept her cool in the endgame and came out on top. Her sister, Shayanna was caught off guard in the opening and dropped a bishop. She learnt the important lesson however, that it is not always best to take towards the centre. Alice struggled in her game and also dropped a piece. Aishwarya was quick to finish today as her South African WFM opponent fell for a cheeky tactic and dropped her queen. All four girls are now off the mark. 

 

Ioan Rees:

Daniels opening was “unsuccessful”... He then defended well and managed to steer the game into a drawn endgame. Tom joined the Welsh hall of fame by being the latest victim of a Kenyan chess player. Despite what he thought, he played a decent game and was slightly better before an unfortunate blunder that ended the game. Nyasha had a very sharp Benko which eventually fizzled out into an opposite coloured bishop endgame. Stephanie played very well and I barely could suggest an improvement on her play. She goes into the double day with 2/3 and plenty of confidence.

 

Philippe had a tough opponent, played the early part of the game well to win a Pawn but went wrong in time trouble and lost.

 

Rhys lost to a 2059 French player and Owen drew to an unrated Kenyan.

 

Round 2 (19.12.13):

 

John Thornton:

Perhaps I should go home – my four youngsters all failed to score.  Maybe Chirag came the closest to scoring, being involved in a dispute where his opponent offered a draw and then withdrew it.  As Chirag was losing at the time, the arbiter didn’t believe the offer had been made, and didn’t ask the children close by if they had seen what happened.  Earlier he had played a good game against a local UAE player.  Neya played well for many moves, but allowed her Iranian opponent the opportunity to win an exchange, and the resulting  R v N ending was easily lost.  Neya gets my group’s game of the day award – she should soon be off the mark.  Karanvir made a mistake which dropped a piece for no real compensation against another Iranian and 1900s don’t allow you back into the game in such circumstances.  Anna-Lena, after losing a pawn, had steered her Turkish opponent into a possibly drawn R+B of opposite colours ending, but then released a blockade of her opponent’s centre pawns and succumbed rather horribly.

 

Philippe, who I’m keeping an eye on, scored a draw – mum can already go home happy!! – but he was disappointed as he felt he was winning easily.

 

Ioan Rees:

There was far more fighting chess in round 2. Nyasha had a number of opportunities to be clearly better but his opponent eventually consolidated and won with some nice controlled play. Daniel had the longest game of the day from the Welsh team. The advantage passed hands on a number of occasions but Daniel eventually lost a pawn and the game after his opponent made hard work of the K+P endgame. Stephanie lost a pawn early on but played actively enough to get a draw which I suspect her opponent was playing for from the start. Tom played a nice positional game for around 20 moves but missed the chance to consolidate his advantage. He lost his composure in time trouble and lost after sacrificing too much material.

 

Olivia Smith:

Venetia was first to finish, winning the Kenyan's queen in five moves. Next up, her sister Shayanna arrived at the parents' waiting area all smiles. A nice win over a Filipino. A good day for the Sivas! Aishwarya was trying out a new opening as Black and struggled to find the correct plan, losing to an American. The morning preparation was a success for Alice and our prediction came up. After a tense four hour wait by her father, it was thumbs up all round as she got off the mark with a win.

 

Rhys got off the mark beating a 1372 Macedonian, and Owen drew to an unrated Russian.

 

Round 1 (18.12.13):

 

John Thornton:

As expected John’s group all had tough draws.  Neya played inaccurately towards the end of the opening and lost a pawn to a very competent Italian player who kept a strong control on the position. After Neya made a further positional error, the advantage was converted to a full point very efficiently.  Chirag, playing Black against last year’s U8 champion, had a chance to put him under severe pressure, but once this opportunity was missed, the Turkish player found tactical opportunities to win two pawns in rapid succession followed by winning Chirag’s queen.  Anna-Lena was playing the strongest opponent she has had in tournament play and succumbed to a talented Azerbaijan player, but pleasingly played at an appropriate speed for the long time-control.  Karanvir provided the team’s only win of the day.  He was being pressed very hard in a position with his 1934 rated German opponent’s 2 bishops dominating the position, when he dropped a piece in creating a 3 to 1 Q-side majority.  The opponent had to think out how to stop this correctly and failed to do so.  Karanvir will be able to say in years to come how as a 1357 player he sacrificed successfully to put a massive dent in the German player’s ego and rating!!

 

Ioan Rees:

Round one is always tough... Tom met a 2366 FM who took advantage of his slight opening inaccuracy. Nyasha had a tough Slovakian opponent who knew his Benko theory. Nyasha never managed to find the right plan and his opponent finished him off well. Daniel went wrong in the opening and his opponent was clinical. Stephanie played a virtually perfect game on the white side of a Dragon: her only mistake being offering a draw with an extra piece in a clearly won endgame.

 

Olivia Smith:

The girls were certainly feeling the nerves. They were quite disappointed not to get off the mark. They all had an early night however, and were ready for a fight in round two. 

 

Rhys Bennett lost to a Turkmenistan 2203 and Owen Bennett lost to an American 2114.

 

 

HEAD OF DELEGATION INITIAL REPORT (17.12.13 & 18.12.13):

 

The whole of the Welsh Delegation has arrived safely in the UAE and adjusting to the time difference (4 hours ahead of the UK) has been a problem for most of the delegation as well as the warmer temperature. The venue is as one would expect of a University complex with accommodation.  The major problem is only having one restaurant open to service some 4,500 people.  Inevitably they are all arriving at the same time for food resulting in queues of up to an hour and a half on the first day.  The organisers are looking to resolve this so we’ll see what day 2 brings. Of the 1,850 participants, Wales have 15 players participating in the Championships that are being held in Al Ain from 18th – 28th December 2013.

 

Thomas Thorpe (Under 18), Philippe Rodgers (Under 16), Owen Bennett, Rhys Bennett & Nyasha Katsande (Under 14), Karanvir Lutchman Singh & Daniel Siromani (Under 12), Chirag Guha (Under 10)

 

Stephanie du Toit, Anna-Lena Barth, Shayanna Sivarajasingam & Alice Tang (Under 12 Girls) Neya Govinderaj & Aishwarya Lutchman Singh (Under 10 girls) Venetia Sivarajasingam (Under 8 girls)

 

The technical meeting was very interesting with the organisers and FIDE seemingly making it up as they went along.

 

The first round pairings were due to be announced at 4pm but actually were not available until well after 5pm. In fact, in the Under 18 section, a father had been paired with a son (in a junior tournament!) and an arbiter had also been paired. When the arbiter questioned this, the chief arbiter just said, “You better sit down then!”

 

Finally after many problems round 1 started just after 6pm on 18th December.  It has been a very busy day but I’m sure it will improve over the next day or so.

 

Anita Thorpe

 

 

 

 

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