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peter_parr
05-11-2012, 10:00 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald 5th Nov 2012.

The World Youth Championships in twelve divisions :- under 8, 10, 12, 14 ,16, 18 girls and open sections with a total of 1587 early entrants starts on Thursday in Maribor, Slovenia. Russia are well represented in all twelve tournaments with a total of 226 players.

The highest rated participant in the U18 open ( 112 players including 50 titled) is the 2011 World Junior Under-20 Champion GM Dariusz Swiercz (POL 2609, GM at 14). He tied for first place in the 2007 City of Sydney Championship. The six Australians are :- U16 open – Yi Liu (2152), U14 Open – A.Dale (2161) and Z.Loh (1953) U8 Girls –S.Davis.

U10 open – King’s Preparatory School, Parramatta students K.Willathgamuwa (1685) is seeded 69 and his brother R.Willathgamuwa (1679) is seeded 70. A.Esipenko (RUS 2120) is top seed and 5 players are already FIDE Masters and another 8 are Candidate Masters in this 195 player Under 10 open division . The number of players and strength in each of the 12 tournaments has substantially increased in the last few years.

Z&MLoh
09-11-2012, 07:56 AM
The Australian team:
http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h414/mloh28/20121101EuropeWYCC-1250.jpg

The chaos before the start of play:
http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h414/mloh28/20121101EuropeWYCC-1278.jpg

http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h414/mloh28/20121101EuropeWYCC-1277.jpg

And off to a good start in Round 1: 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss

+ 33 78 Shuqja Klean 0 0 1 - 0 0 Davis Sophie 0 34 1 U08-Girls
+ 34 120 Yang Ching Wei Austin 1764 0 1/2 - 1/2 0 Dale Ari 2161 35 1 U14-Open
+ 47 48 Liu Yi 2152 0 1 - 0 0 Bombek Miha 1796 110 1 U16-Open
+ 68 68 Willathgamuwa Rowan 1702 0 1 - 0 0 Mamyrbay Alibek 0 164 1 U10-Open
+ 69 165 Martinuc Jani 0 0 0 - 1 0 Willathgamuwa Kevin 1701 69 1 U10-Open
+ 74 160 Magerl Zan 0 0 0 - 1 0 Loh Zachary 1953 76 1 U14-Open

Results are posted here (http://www.wycc2012.com/pairs_results.html).

Chigoresov
09-11-2012, 01:21 PM
We were cutting things a bit fine and arrived 20 minutes before the start of play.
Thanks to the Australian contingent for letting the organisers know we were (most likely) in transit and not to remove Sophie from the draw or her accommodation! I think this may have happened to some other countries' competitors.
Sophie actually played quite well, but went down in a 'simultaneous attack on the kings' type of game (45 moves) where she unfortunately missed a mate in 4.
Well done in the first round to the other Aussies as well!
Thanks to Yi for bringing the uniforms to the other side of the world - hopefully we can get some updated team photos at lunch today. :P

Tough round2 today, as expected, but I think our players, with Ian's help, are well prepared and will cause an upset or two. :cool:

Rhubarb
09-11-2012, 01:52 PM
Best of luck to the Australian players, especially Sophie!

Adamski
09-11-2012, 11:34 PM
Best of luck to the Australian players, especially Sophie!
And "especially" to tne 2 young lads from Parramatta, Kevin and Rowan W, who both won in Round 1.

Z&MLoh
10-11-2012, 01:26 AM
Follow progress and results here (http://www.wycc2012.com/pairs_results.html#tabs-min1) or Chess-Results here (http://www.chess-results.com/fed.aspx?lan=1&fed=SLO)

Live feed of games here
(http://www.wycc2012.com/liveg.html)
Live videos here (http://www.wycc2012.com/#m35) and here (http://www.wycc2012.com/#m36)for Under-8's.

ER
10-11-2012, 10:56 PM
LOL what are all those parents doing there?

Now, c' mon aussie lady and gentlemen this round we have to score well!

I expect

1 pt from Sophie vs Zimbabwe
1 pt from Rowen vs Slovakia
1 pt from Kevin vs Latvia
1 pt from Yi vs Norway
1 pt from Ari vs England and
1 pt from Zac vs Norway!

C'mon Aussies!!! :clap:

lost
11-11-2012, 03:51 AM
LOL what are all those parents doing there?

Now, c' mon aussie lady and gentlemen this round we have to score well!

I expect

1 pt from Sophie vs Zimbabwe
1 pt from Rowen vs Slovakia
1 pt from Kevin vs Latvia
1 pt from Yi vs Norway
1 pt from Ari vs England and
1 pt from Zac vs Norway!

C'mon Aussies!!! :clap:

Sophie lost, Kevin and Rowan drew, Ari won,Yi won and Zac has finally won. A good day for the Australians with a score of 4/6 for the team. Good luck for tomorrow Australia!!

lost

ER
11-11-2012, 05:27 AM
Sophie lost, Kevin and Rowan drew, Ari won,Yi won and Zac has finally won. A good day for the Australians with a score of 4/6 for the team. Good luck for tomorrow Australia!!

lost

Thanks Jamie, I missed your message cauz I was watching United beating Villa 3-2 coming back from 2-0 down!
And good performance from our team. Congratulations and good luck tomorrow!

Alana
11-11-2012, 07:49 AM
EDIT: nevermind Jamie wrote the round 3 results so I was getting confused!!


Sophie lost, Kevin and Rowan drew, Ari won,Yi won and Zac has finally won. A good day for the Australians with a score of 4/6 for the team. Good luck for tomorrow Australia!!

lost

According to chess-results Yi lost:

9 10 FM Bortnyk Olexandr UKR 2368 1 1 - 0 1 Liu Yi AUS 2152 48

Max Illingworth
11-11-2012, 09:02 AM
EDIT: nevermind Jamie wrote the round 3 results so I was getting confused!!



According to chess-results Yi lost:

9 10 FM Bortnyk Olexandr UKR 2368 1 1 - 0 1 Liu Yi AUS 2152 48

That's the Round 2 result. The Round 3 results for the U16 Open aren't online yet.

Z&MLoh
11-11-2012, 06:03 PM
Double round tomorrow so important that the Aussies do well today in Round 4:


7 35 Dale Ari 2161 2 2 FM Bellahcene Bilel 2354 5 4 U14-Open
15 20 Lkhagvasuren Tsedvee 2302 2 2 Liu Yi 2152 48 4 U16-Open
25 76 Loh Zachary 1953 2 2 Asgarizadeh Ahmad 2170 33 4 U14-Open
32 34 Davis Sophie 0 1 1 Ruzic Pia Marie 0 74 4 U08-Girls
53 148 Hrybchuk Kiryl 0 1 1 Willathgamuwa Rowan 1702 68 4 U10-Open
54 69 Willathgamuwa Kevin 1701 1 1 Zyk Sergii 0 192 4 U10-Open

Adamski
11-11-2012, 10:55 PM
Ari Dale is doing particularly well in a tough competition. Keep it up, Ari!

peter_parr
12-11-2012, 10:04 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 12th November.

The World Youth Championships in twelve age and gender divisions with 1584 players from 91 countries is in progress in Maribor, Slovenia. The Under 18 Open is exceptionally strong with 116 players from 63 countries including 5 grandmasters and 16 International Masters. Progress scores of the 6 Australians after round three :- U16 Open - Yi Liu (2152) 2 , U14 Open - A.Dale (2161) 2.5 and Z.Loh (1953) 2, U10 Open - R.Willathgamuwa (1679 ) 1.5, K. Willathgamuwa (1685 ) 1.5, U8 Girls - S.Davis 1.

MichaelBaron
16-11-2012, 11:10 PM
Why is our contingent so small this year?:hmm:

Witty
18-11-2012, 11:40 PM
Swiercz is U18 world champion!!!! Well done!

peter_parr
19-11-2012, 10:41 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 19th November 2012.

Progress scores of the six Australians after round 10 in the World Youth Championships (1584 players from 91 countries in 12 divisions, 11 rounds) :- U16 open Yi Liu (2152) 5.5 , U14 open A.Dale (2161) 4.5 and Z.Loh (1953) 5.5 , U10 open K.Willathgamuwa (1701) 5 , R. Willathgamuwa (1702) 4, U8 girls S.Davis 4 .

STOP PRESS:- World Youth
Final scores of the 6 Australians.

U16 Open Yi Liu 6.5/11 place 35
U14 Open A.Dale 5/11 place 99
U14 Open Z.Loh 5.5/11 place 84
U10 Open K.Willathgamuwa 6/11 place 79
U10 Open R.Willathgamuwa 5/11 place 117
U8 Girls - S.Davis 4/11 place 76

ER
20-11-2012, 02:03 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 19th November 2012.

Progress scores of the six Australians after round 10 in the World Youth Championships (1584 players from 91 countries in 12 divisions, 11 rounds) :- U16 open Yi Liu (2152) 5.5 , U14 open A.Dale (2161) 4.5 and Z.Loh (1953) 5.5 , U10 open K.Willathgamuwa (1701) 5 , R. Willathgamuwa (1702) 4, U8 girls S.Davis 4 .

STOP PRESS:- World Youth
Final scores of the 6 Australians.

U16 Open Yi Liu 6.5/11 place 35
U14 Open A.Dale 5/11 place 99
U14 Open Z.Loh 5.5/11 place 84
U10 Open K.Willathgamuwa 6/11 place 79
U10 Open R.Willathgamuwa 5/11 place 117
U8 Girls - S.Davis 4/11 place 76

Thanks Peter, I think our team did quite well so congratulations to the young lady and the young gentlemen of our team! :clap:

Adamski
20-11-2012, 06:54 AM
Thanks Peter, I think our team did quite well so congratulations to the young lady and the young gentlemen of our team! :clap:
Ditto from me. Well done!

MichaelBaron
21-11-2012, 02:07 AM
I think I will allow myself to to put on the hat of an ''anti-hero'' once again and claim that overall - the team has actually done badly!

MichaelBaron
21-11-2012, 02:14 AM
Loh -11
Dale -44
Liu +7
R.Willathg. -19
K. Willathg. -12

Total = - 79

Other than Liu, everyone else performed clearly below the expected rating.

ER
21-11-2012, 03:01 AM
I think I will allow myself to to put on the hat of an ''anti-hero'' once again ... !


Are you sure that ain't don your joy killer hat? :P

Actually the kids did great, :clap: they gained the experience of an international tournament, :clap: they made new friends and I am sure they enjoyed their time there! :clap:

And ABOVE all, they represented the Green and Gold of Australia, a honour for life and something none will ever take away from them! :clap:

BTW how come you left Sophie out of your threnodic list?

She won us 4 pts! :clap:

george
21-11-2012, 06:07 PM
I hope the children and minders had an opportunity to see Slovenia as its a beautiful country - especially around Bled.

pax
21-11-2012, 08:09 PM
Loh -11
Dale -44
Liu +7
R.Willathg. -19
K. Willathg. -12

Total = - 79

Other than Liu, everyone else performed clearly below the expected rating.

Thanks for that killjoy comment on kids who have just spent enormous effort and time representing their country to the best of their ability. Rating performances are notoriously variable at junior events, especially in the U12 categories.

I congratulate all the participants and their parents for their dedication and sacrifice to compete in a tough event.

MichaelBaron
21-11-2012, 11:04 PM
Thanks for that killjoy comment on kids who have just spent enormous effort and time representing their country to the best of their ability. Rating performances are notoriously variable at junior events, especially in the U12 categories.

I congratulate all the participants and their parents for their dedication and sacrifice to compete in a tough event.
I congratulate them on the effort too: on dedication, sacrifice etc. but one needs to learn from mistakes. Those playing for China, Russia, India etc also made sacrifices to get there. In Russia, they've already published several articles discussing performance of the kids where those who did well are being praized and those who did not do so well get some hints how to improve their performance next time around. Learning from mistakes is essential for one's self-improvement!

Desmond
22-11-2012, 06:39 AM
Ditto from me. Well done!
Me three, well done.

peter_parr
27-11-2012, 10:05 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 26th November 2012.

Swiercz wins World Under 18 title
Peter Parr

GM Dariusz Swiercz (POL 2611) the 2011 World Junior Under 20 Champion has won the 2012 World Youth Under 18 title in Maribor, Slovenia. Swiercz tied for first place in the 2007 City of Sydney Championship at the age of 12.
A total of 1584 players from 91 countries competed in 12 age and gender divisions over 11 rounds. India and Russia each won 3 gold,2 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Swiercz,Dariusz (2611) - Idani,Pouya (2462) [E12]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Nc3 c5 7.e4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.b4 Bd6 11.Bb2 00 12.Nb5 Bb8 13.Rd1 Ne7 14.e5 Ng4 15.h3 Nh6 16.Bd3 Ng6 17.Be4 Qc8 18.00 a6 19.Nd6 Bxd6 20.Rxd6 Rb8 21.Rfd1 Rd8 22.g4 Qc7 23.Ng5 Rbc8 24.R1d4 Bxe4 25.Qxe4 Nf8 26.Bc1 a5 27.b5 Qc5 28.Qe3 Qc7 29.Qd3 Kh8 30.Bf4 Qb7 31.Bg3 Kg8 32.Bf4 Kh8 33.Be3 Kg8 34.Ne4 Kh8 35.Bg5 10

Final results of the six Australians:- U16 Open Yi Liu (2152) 6.5 place 35, U14 Open Z.Loh (1953) 5.5 place 84, A.Dale (2161) 5 place 99, U10 Open K.Willathgamuwa (1701) 6 place 79, R.Willathgamuwa (1702) 5 place 117, U8 Girls - S.Davis 4 place 76.