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Z&MLoh
24-11-2014, 08:46 PM
Congratulations to Ari Dale, Jack Puccini, Zachary Loh, Max Chew Lee and Kristine Quek for being selected to represent Australia at the Under-16 World Youth Chess Olympiad to be held in Gyor, Hungary between 12-22 December.

On behalf of the team, I would like to thank the following for their support

ACF & AUSJCL
CV and NSWJCL for their support of their state's representatives in the team
team member's respective schools for allowing them to take leave from school
and not least of all, the team member's families

This event should be a great experience for the team as it appears there are a record number of countries entered (52 teams at last count). More details can be found in the following website: http://wyco2014.chess.hu/



Adrian Chew Lee
Team Manager

siow, weng nian
12-12-2014, 02:12 PM
Quick query: How is it possible for Ari to Play London Chess Classic Fide Open and the WYCO U16? London finishes on Sunday evening and WYCO begins on Sat?

Update: Got my answer from interview with Adrian Chew-Lee on the WYCO U16 website (http://wyco2014.chess.hu/news/i-expect-russia--india--hungary-to-make-the-front-running-----interview-with-adrian-chew-lee/?cikk=28) :

Unfortunately, our board one player will miss the first 4 rounds as he is competing in the London Classic. I expect that Ari will be extremely competitive in the games that he will be available for.

Max Illingworth
12-12-2014, 03:33 PM
Also, the results should go up at http://chess-results.com/tnr153962.aspx?lan=1. If all stays the same, Australia face Hong Kong in Round 1.

Vlad
12-12-2014, 09:38 PM
Good luck to the Aussie team!

Pity Anton could not come this year. He could have had experience playing against his chess sister...:) Only in Russia the order is reversed and boys are occupying boards 2-5...:)

Boards 3-4 are Anton's chess brothers and only boards 2 and 5 have no chess relationship but maybe we just do not know...:)

Z&MLoh
13-12-2014, 08:22 PM
The Australians drew the top-seed Indian team. Pairings as follows:


Bo. 27 Australia (AUS) Rtg - 1 India (IND) Rtg 0 : 0
1.1 CM Puccini, Jack 2188 - IM Ghosh, Diptayan 2516
1.2 Loh, Zachary 2075 - IM Karthikeyan, Murali 2497
1.3 Chew Lee, Max 1931 - Kumaran, Balaji 2316
1.4 Quek, Shi Ning Kristine 0 - WFM Monnisha, Gk 2110

Looks like one team dropped out so Hong Kong has a bye.

Z&MLoh
13-12-2014, 10:27 PM
Live broadcast here of all games: http://wyco2014.chess.hu/round1/

MichaelBaron
13-12-2014, 11:01 PM
I believe those playing boards 1 and 2 for India have multiple GM norms already!

Geelong Grizzle
14-12-2014, 03:15 AM
They've also got a GM on Board 4 and we'll be spun out by Murali on Board 2 - all I can say is, oh Ghosh!

ER
14-12-2014, 05:06 AM
- all I can say is, oh Ghosh!
to that I add, GO AUSSIES! :)

MichaelBaron
14-12-2014, 12:25 PM
to that I add, GO AUSSIES! :)

Adamski reincarnated :)

Z&MLoh
14-12-2014, 01:16 PM
Tough assignment for the Aussies.

Round 1 on 2014/12/13 at 14:00
Bo. 27 Australia (AUS) Rtg - 1 India (IND) Rtg 1 : 3
1.1 CM Puccini, Jack 2188 - IM Ghosh, Diptayan 2516 0 - 1
1.2 Loh, Zachary 2075 - IM Karthikeyan, Murali 2497 0 - 1
1.3 Chew Lee, Max 1931 - Kumaran, Balaji 2316 -
1.4 Quek, Shi Ning Kristine 0 - WFM Monnisha, Gk 2110 -

Double-round day today (first of 2 double-rounds) - Round 2 against the Hungarian Girls Team

Bo. 40 Hungary (Girls) (HUN4) Rtg - 27 Australia (AUS) Rtg 0 : 0
17.1 Egyed, Viktoria 1990 - CM Puccini, Jack 2188
17.2 Simon, Lili 1901 - Loh, Zachary 2075
17.3 Egyed, Judit 1914 - Chew Lee, Max 1931
17.4 Olle, Rebeka Sara 1827 - Quek, Shi Ning Kristine 0

Anthony
14-12-2014, 03:01 PM
Good luck Australia in the olympiad, you are making australia proud

ER
14-12-2014, 06:50 PM
adamski reincarnated :)


go indiaaaaaa!!! Ok??? :P :)

MichaelBaron
15-12-2014, 02:30 AM
Convincing Victory over Hungarian girls!

MichaelBaron
15-12-2014, 09:05 AM
And round 3, another decent performance. Jack defeated 2352 rated opponent while Max drew with someone rated almost 2300!

Adamski
15-12-2014, 04:27 PM
They've also got a GM on Board 4 and we'll be spun out by Murali on Board 2 - all I can say is, oh Ghosh!Are you sure? India Bd. 4 shows as a WFM.

MichaelBaron
15-12-2014, 07:09 PM
Are you sure? India Bd. 4 shows as a WFM.

Indeed WFM - but still great job by the unrated Australian player

Z&MLoh
15-12-2014, 08:20 PM
Round 3 on 2014/12/14 at 16:30
Bo. 27 Australia (AUS) Rtg - 12 Serbia (SRB) Rtg 1:2
19.1 CM Puccini, Jack 2188 - Radovic, Luka 2352 1 - 0
19.2 Loh, Zachary 2075 - Radovic, Janko 2272 0 - 1
19.3 Chew Lee, Max 1931 - Djordjevic, Vuk 2291 -
19.4 Quek, Shi Ning Kristine 0 - Ivic, Velimir 2176 0 - 1

Round 4 on 2014/12/15 at 14:00
Bo. 38 Slovakia Middle (SVK3) Rtg - 27 Australia (AUS) Rtg 0 : 0
17.1 Mraz, Ondrej 2138 - CM Puccini, Jack 2188
17.2 Haring, Viktor 2051 - Loh, Zachary 2075
17.3 Sahidi, Samir 2026 - Chew Lee, Max 1931
17.4 Poliakova, Emma 1679 - Quek, Shi Ning Kristine 0

Geelong Grizzle
15-12-2014, 11:24 PM
The Indian girl on Board 4 is G. Monnisha - I'm sure the two of you can work it out now.

Z&MLoh
16-12-2014, 05:14 AM
Round 4 on 2014/12/15 at 14:00
Bo. 38 Slovakia Middle (SVK3) Rtg - 27 Australia (AUS) Rtg 1 : 3
17.1 Mraz, Ondrej 2138 - CM Puccini, Jack 2188 0 - 1
17.2 Haring, Viktor 2051 - Loh, Zachary 2075 0 - 1
17.3 Sahidi, Samir 2026 - Chew Lee, Max 1931 0 - 1
17.4 Poliakova, Emma 1679 - Quek, Shi Ning Kristine 1 - 0 0

Hungarian 2 team is next with these players:

28. Hungary 2 (HUN2 / RtgAvg:2307, Captain: Varga Peter / TB1: 4 / TB2: 8.5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts. Games RtgAvg Rp
1 Havasi Gergo 2353 HUN 1 0 1.5 3 2323 2323
2 FM Kozak Adam 2307 HUN 1 1 3.0 4 2233 2426
3 FM Juhasz Armin 2268 HUN 1 1 0 2.5 4 2118 2213
4 Zsirai Peter 2301 HUN 0 1 0 1.0 3 2121 1996
5 Werner Anna 1999 HUN 0 0.5 2 2006 0

pax
16-12-2014, 11:31 AM
What a fine job these kids have done in the absence of their board 1. I'd mark those results as above par even had Ari been playing. Hopefully he will bring some new energy for a big 2nd half.

siow, weng nian
16-12-2014, 11:47 AM
Jack Puccini won one of the two Brilliancy Prize for Rd 3 game. See my junior blog (http://australian-junior-youth-chess.blogspot.com.au) where I have the game with GM Mihail Marin's annotations (I think he was the judge) as well as photos.

Vlad
17-12-2014, 07:08 AM
They've also got a GM on Board 4 and we'll be spun out by Murali on Board 2 - all I can say is, oh Ghosh!

When Anton's brothers and sisters come together - Indians gods do not help!

Z&MLoh
18-12-2014, 06:09 AM
Round 5 on 2014/12/16 at 14:00
Bo. 27 Australia (AUS) Rtg - 10 Hungary 2 (HUN2) Rtg :3
14.1 IM Dale, Ari 2252 - Havasi, Gergo 2353 -
14.2 CM Puccini, Jack 2188 - FM Kozak, Adam 2307 0 - 1
14.3 Loh, Zachary 2075 - FM Juhasz, Armin 2268 0 - 1
14.4 Chew Lee, Max 1931 - Zsirai, Peter 2301 0 - 1

Round 6 on 2014/12/18 at 10:00
Bo. 42 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) Rtg - 27 Australia (AUS) Rtg 0 : 0

Adamski
18-12-2014, 07:30 AM
Indeed WFM - but still great job by the unrated Australian playerIndeed. Kristine Quek is a rapidly improving Rooty Hill player. FWIW, she recently beat me.

MichaelBaron
18-12-2014, 09:01 AM
Indeed. Kristine Quek is a rapidly improvibg Rooty Hill player. FWIW, she recently beat me.

Congratulations to Kristine on beating Adamski. On a more sad note, round 5, Australia lost to Hungary 2 0.5:3.5 :(. They were outrated on every board though

MichaelBaron
19-12-2014, 11:06 AM
Round 6 -destruction of Kyrgizstan. Sadly round 7- Greece proved to be too strong

MichaelBaron
20-12-2014, 10:02 AM
Sadly, bad result last night. Losing 1.5:2.5 to lower rated Israeli team.

siow, weng nian
20-12-2014, 01:57 PM
Zachary Loh won Rd 6 Brilliancy Prize!

Paul Cavezza
20-12-2014, 05:42 PM
Zachary Loh won Rd 6 Brialliancy Prize!

Well done Zac!

http://wyco2014.chess.hu/news/the-sixth-round-brilliancy-prize-goes-to-zachary-loh-of-australia/?cikk=64

MichaelBaron
21-12-2014, 10:11 AM
Prizes come in the form of warm coats :). Reminds me of Tournament in Berlin in 1918 when Lasker won A Jar of butter as a beauty prize.

MichaelBaron
21-12-2014, 10:16 AM
easy 4-0 victory over Jordan in rd 9. Another easy opponent in rd. 10 (Finland) so chance to finish with a relatively high place :owned:

Agent Smith
21-12-2014, 01:57 PM
Jack Puccini won one of the two Brilliancy Prize for Rd 3 game. See my junior blog (http://australian-junior-youth-chess.blogspot.com.au) where I have the game with GM Mihail Marin's annotations (I think he was the judge) as well as photos.
I can't find it on your page.
Ian worte the game up today, and here are Marin's annotations
http://wyco2014.chess.hu/news/australia-s-jack-puccini-takes-one-of-the-fourth-round-brilliancy-prizes/?cikk=49

siow, weng nian
21-12-2014, 10:25 PM
Jack's game here (http://australian-junior-youth-chess.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/antipodean-juniors-in-hungary-for-2014_16.html) and Zac's game here (http://australian-junior-youth-chess.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/antipodean-juniors-in-hungary-for-2014_20.html).

Final Round on and at AEST 11:20 pm, Australia is 2-0 with wins to Zac and Max.
And I will go out on a limb and say (based on my very scant knowledge) that Ari will win. Not sure about Jack.

Looks like India will win but Iran may be in trouble with with Hungary. Russia will win but gold is between Iran and India. (On Bd 2 Hungary playing on increment and may have spoiled a possible winning position?)

Kevin Bonham
21-12-2014, 10:41 PM
I can't find it on your page.
Ian worte the game up today, and here are Marin's annotations
http://wyco2014.chess.hu/news/australia-s-jack-puccini-takes-one-of-the-fourth-round-brilliancy-prizes/?cikk=49

Excellent! The piece sac is not only sound but is a novelty.

siow, weng nian
21-12-2014, 10:55 PM
Final Rd= Ari won, Jack drew, Zac won and Max won.
Indian won 3-1 and Russia 3.5-0.5. India winning the WYCO U16 2015 will depend on whether Hungary can hang on to 1.5-0.5 lead. I think Bd 2 is a draw but Iran has passed pawn on bd 4 and i thin Iran (White) is winning. If Hungary can hold on Bd 2, then India will win.

Breaking news: Hungary defeated Iran, hence India is 2015 WYCO U16 champion.

Belatedly I just noticed that Max Chew-Lee has won one of the Brilliancy Prize for Rd 9 game. That makes it three for Australia!!!

PS, Max's game now online in repayable form with GM Marin's annotations and photos, see here (http://australian-junior-youth-chess.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/antipodean-juniors-in-hungary-for-2014_22.html).
Also, guess who was photographed waiting for the kids to finish???

MichaelBaron
22-12-2014, 09:06 AM
The final scoreline against Finland was 3.5:0.5. Jack drew while others won.

Ian_Rogers
23-12-2014, 12:02 PM
A short report on the Australian performance at the Youth Olympiad by Adrian Chew Lee is available via http://australianjuniorchess.org.au/

FM_Bill
23-12-2014, 02:48 PM
If there is going to be a one girl rule it needs to be enforced, an idea is to have a girls board, no girl = forfeit.

Kevin Bonham
23-12-2014, 03:51 PM
I had some discussions with FIDE about the one-girl rule and whether they were going to enforce it. They told me that because the rule was new and they were trying to make the event grow, they weren't going to disqualify or forfeit anyone and it was up to teams whether they played the same four players or played five. However if they took five they had to include at least one female. So it did provide an advantage for female participation in cases like ours (where the team needed to use a reserve) or in cases where the country had a female player who was strong enough that it was better to sometimes use a slightly weaker player than to use the same players in every round.

MichaelBaron
24-12-2014, 09:22 AM
In case of Russia, Goriachkina played board 2...and she played most of the games. She is a memeber of Russia's women's national theam already though. Also, I noticed that there were many instances where both teams would field 1800 or so rated girls on the bottom board rather than available 2100+ guys. I guess, prior to submitting the list of players to the arbiters, captains of both team would have a little ''informal chat'' and agree to play the girls rather than the strongest players available.

Scott Crowley
01-01-2015, 12:06 PM
Belatedly I just noticed that Max Chew-Lee has won one of the Brilliancy Prize for Rd 9 game. That makes it three for Australia!!!


Here is a nice photo of Max getting the brillancy prize - about 1/3 of way down page.

http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/8454-winners-of-world-youth-u16-chess-olympiad-2014.html