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Muzzy
09-10-2009, 04:33 PM
Hi all,

I haven't seen a topic for this yet and thought I might put it up since it's on in a few weeks time. Some of my good friends back home in Turkey are in the organising committee and some will have their students participating so it will be interesting to see the world youth come together again :)

Official website can be found here:
http://wycc2009.tsf.org.tr/

The previous event site held in 2007:
http://wycc2007.tsf.org.tr/

A nice video from the 2007 event:
http://wycc2007.tsf.org.tr/images/stories/video/clip.wmv

ER
11-10-2009, 01:42 AM
Hi all,

I haven't seen a topic for this yet and thought I might put it up since it's on in a few weeks time. Some of my good friends back home in Turkey are in the organising committee and some will have their students participating so it will be interesting to see the world youth come together again!

No doubt that Turkey will do it's best and it will produce the goods again! All participants in previous international events in Turkey are more than happy with the hospitality and friendship combined with excellent organisation by the Turkish Chess Federation.:clap:
Antalya will be no different! Good luck to all! :)

Miranda
11-10-2009, 11:28 AM
There are quite a few juniors representing Australia (including myself!) This is the list of selections, although I'm not sure if everyone selected is still going:

Boys U-8
Smirnov,Anton
Hong,Jasper
Mithran Chellappah,Mishael
Boys U-10
Gu,Sean
Gray,Callum
Wallmueller,Peter
Guo,Jamie-Lee
Boys U-12
Cheng,Bobby
Tan,Justin
Liu,Yi
Koh,Cedric
Boys U-14
Yuan,Yi
Tan,Justin
Boys U-16
Schon,Eugene
Tan,Justin
GRIGG,SAMUEL
Tang,Jason
Lai,Gene
Boys U-18
Schon,Eugene
Tan,Justin
GRIGG,SAMUEL
Lai,Gene
Girls U-12
Mithran,Mirakla
Koh,Clarise
Pretorius,Jana
Girls U-14
Guo,Emma
Kanagarajah,Abbie
Simmonds,Leteisha
Girls U-16
Webb Liddle,Miranda
Girls U-18
Oliver,Tamzin
Chibnall,Alana

I can't wait to go!

Adamski
11-10-2009, 12:02 PM
Good luck to all Australasians going!

Muzzy
11-10-2009, 12:45 PM
That's quite an extensive list of players. Good luck to all that are participating :)

Alongside its beautiful beaches/resorts Antalya also has two natural waterfalls which are worth seeing. So if you have a rest day or time before/after the tournament I'd recommend taking a short trip to see one of those waterfalls :) I think the more popular one is 'Manavgat', the other is called 'Duden'.

Alana
11-11-2009, 02:21 PM
Players have started arriving - so far there are about 6 from the Australian team.

Photos can be found here so far - will upload more later. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=30677&id=1631552867&l=2a3b0d5f4d

AzureBlue
11-11-2009, 04:36 PM
Good Luck everyone!!! :) :whistle: :clap: :clap:

Jim_Flood
11-11-2009, 05:50 PM
Yes, all the best. I hope you enjoy, especially Tan, Justin who is representing Aus in the U12, U14, U16 and U18. A versatile lad.

AzureBlue
11-11-2009, 08:03 PM
Yes, all the best. I hope you enjoy, especially Tan, Justin who is representing Aus in the U12, U14, U16 and U18. A versatile lad.
He can't be in multiple sections can he? I think the list above was the sections that he was eligible for.
http://wycc2009.tsf.org.tr/
If you scroll down on the above website, you will find that he is playing in U16 Open. ;)

ER
11-11-2009, 08:13 PM
He can't be in multiple sections can he? ;)
He is a Box Hill Chess Club junior, of course he can! :clap: :lol:

Kai
11-11-2009, 08:23 PM
He can't be in multiple sections can he? I think the list above was the sections that he was eligible for.
http://wycc2009.tsf.org.tr/
If you scroll down on the above website, you will find that he is playing in U16 Open. ;)

That is correct. he was eligible to play for the U-12, but was selected as the invited player for U-16, hence he is representing in that section in Turkey.

The Australian team looks quite good with the likes of Bobby Cheng, Eugene Schon, Emma Guo, Anton Smirnov, to name just a few. Full list on the WYCC website above, but the FIDE ratings are quite out of date.

Good luck to Australia!

MichaelBaron
12-11-2009, 01:18 AM
As always, I pick Bobby Cheng to be the top performing oz junior.:D

Jim_Flood
12-11-2009, 04:26 AM
Sorry, AzureBlue (and your nick reminds me of a line from a song by Alexis Korner) it is my warped sense of attempted humour. While it was obviously a selection list it was possible to interpret it as a playing list.

By the way, keep an eye on Yi Yuan. If I remember correctly, he was recently part of a Year 9 team which took second place in the daVinci Decathlon, winning both the code-breaking and general knowledge sections. He also received a high distinction in the 2008 Australian Informatics Competition. He is a mean player of the piano as well.

klyall
12-11-2009, 04:54 AM
The Australian team is slowly arriving in Antalya.

Internet access is uneven. Some parents tried for over an hour this afternoon and couldn't get connected.

I am receiving emails but cant seem to send emails. :(

Kerry Lyall

Vlad
13-11-2009, 12:41 PM
The 1-st and 2-nd rounds live are at http://web1.tsf.org.tr/

AzureBlue
13-11-2009, 12:54 PM
The 1-st and 2-nd rounds live are at http://web1.tsf.org.tr/
Is Turkey time 9 hours behind Australian?

The round times are:

Thursday, 12 November 15:00 1st round
Friday, 13 November 15:00 2st round
Saturday, 14 November 15:00 3st round
Sunday, 15 November 15:00 4st round
Monday, 16 November 10:00 5st round
17:00 6st round
Wednesday, 18 November 15:00 7th round
Thursday , 19 November 15:00 8th round
Friday , 20 November 15:00 9th round
Saturday, 21 November 15:00 10th round
Sunday , 22 November 10:00 11th round
19:00 Closing ceremony

ER
13-11-2009, 01:12 PM
Is Turkey time 9 hours behind Australian?



Yes it is Jenny! When we are out in thehttp://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Nature/sun-001.gif they are still http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Sleepy/sleep-051.gif

AzureBlue
13-11-2009, 01:17 PM
Yes it is Jenny! When we are out in thehttp://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Nature/sun-001.gif they are still http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Sleepy/sleep-051.gif
Yeah, so most of the rounds start at 0:00 (midnight) Australian time?
Not gonna stay up that late to watch the live games... they'll finish at 4-5am and I'll get like one hour sleep!! :eek:

ER
13-11-2009, 01:22 PM
Yeah, so most of the rounds start at 0:00 (midnight) Australian time?
Not gonna stay up that late to watch the live games... they'll finish at 4-5am and I'll get like one hour sleep!! :eek:

How about going to bed early and waking up early so you can watch some of the endgame action?

AzureBlue
13-11-2009, 01:24 PM
How about going to bed early and waking up early so you can watch some of the endgame action?
Yeah I might, are there any Aussies on top boards tonight/tommorrow dawn? Great results for the Aussies so far, I reckon :) Even though it's only been one round.

klyall
13-11-2009, 02:32 PM
The internet crashed yesterday - as everyone was trying to access it at once. So if anyone is trying to contact any Aussies - unless they are up in the middle of the night (like I am) they probably can't access emails. :(

The first round had to start later than the advertised time - as there was only one entrance to the building and everyone was trying to enter at the same time. The 0 minute forfeit rule was therefore relaxed.

They started the round about 20 minutes late while players found their chairs. Eugene said that even after the round had started, the arbiter stopped the clocks and they had to restart a little later. (His arbiter did not know how to use the clocks and it took a while to reset them.)

Miranda had a forfeit as her opponent was not there at 24 minutes after the advertised starting time.

Miranda
13-11-2009, 02:40 PM
I manged to win my game thanks to the 0-min forefit rule - my 1900 opponent from Argentina didn't show up! It is a bit disappointing though, because I came all this way, but at least I'm coming =1st! :lol: However, next round I'm playing a 2100 WFM from Iran. The pairings and results can be found on http://wycc2009.tsf.org.tr/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/lang,turkish/

ER
13-11-2009, 02:48 PM
I manged to win my game thanks to the 0-min forefit rule - my 1900 opponent from Argentina didn't show up! It is a bit disappointing though, because I came all this way, but at least I'm coming =1st! :lol: However, next round I'm playing a 2100 WFM from Iran. The pairings and results can be found on http://wycc2009.tsf.org.tr/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/lang,turkish/

Go for it Miranda! :clap: and the rest of the boys and girls! :clap:
BTW I do have some problems with the website provided? is it me (I am running a music program at the same time) or is it a common problem?

Alana
13-11-2009, 02:50 PM
Right update time (because I'm so motivated):

The World Youth Chess Championships 2009 started yesterday and being the first round everyone seemed very rushed at the venue - probably due to the fact they are enforcing the 0 minute forfeit time rule! Which seemed to work well because MIRANDA WON HER FIRST GAME ON FORFEIT! :wall:

Many Aussies performed well in the first round, lots of good interesting games to watch while not sitting at the board concentrating on my own. I had a good game against my 2135 opponent as black (PGN below), seemed to be defending well but ran into time trouble, missed their threat and lost.

Emma was the only game I had really had a look at - she had a good game against her unrated Turkish opponent - first look at the game she was in a slightly better position, half an hour later she's winning two pieces!

Round 2 starts at 3pm today (Midnight Australian time) and two games from what I can tell will be broadcasted live - Anton Smirnov and Bobby Cheng. Results, standings and photos can be found at http://wycc2009.tsf.org.tr/

Apart from the chess the 5 star resort we're staying at is AWESOME! It has a pool which practically goes around the whole hotel and is right next to the beach. Went down to the beach yesterday to have a look but didn't go swimming.

Results from Aussies in the first round:

SMIRNOV Anton 1853 AUS 1 - 0 KESGIN Halit Kaan 0 TUR
GRAY Callum James 0 AUS 0 - 1 SHURUNOV Andrei 1887 RUS
Akhmetov Ayan KAZ 1 - 0 Koh Cedric 0 AUS
Terzi Alexei BLR 0 - 1 Cheng Bobby 2202 AUS
Papathanasiou Elisavet GRE 1 - 0 Koh Clarise 0 AUS
Drogovoz Maria RUS 1 - 0 Pretorius Jana 0 AUS
Yuan Yi 2097 AUS 1 - 0 Karlsson Mikael Johann 1703 ISL
Ataoglu Buse 0 TUR 0 - 1 Guo Emma 1910 AUS
Baekelant Eva 1966 BEL 1 - 0 Simmonds Leteisha 1624 AUS
Tan Justin 2011 AUS 0 - 1 Kurayan Ruslan 2306 UKR
Webb-Liddle Miranda 0 AUS + - - Flores Nancy 1927 ARG
Schon Eugene 2171 AUS ½ - ½ IM Krejci Jan 2458 CZE
Oliver Tamzin 1777 AUS 0 - 1 WFM Brunello Marina 2158 ITA
Richard Emma 2135 FRA 1 - 0 Chibnall Alana 0 AUS

My Game:

[Event "World Youth Champs 2009 Under 18 Girls"]
[Site "Antalya"]
[Date "2009.11.12"]
[Round "1.25"]
[White "Richard, Emma"]
[Black "Chibnall, Alana"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C93"]
[WhiteElo "2135"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2009.11.??"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "TUR"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. d3 O-O 8. h3 d6 9. c3 Bb7 (9... Na5 10. Bc2 c5) 10. Re1 h6 11. Nbd2 Na5 12. Bc2 c5 13. Nf1 Nh7 14. Ng3 Ng5 15. Nf5 Nxf3+ 16. Qxf3 Bg5 17. Qg3 Qf6 18. f4 exf4 19. Bxf4 Bxf4 20. Qxf4 Rfd8 21. Re3 Bc8 22. Rf1 Bxf5 23. exf5 Nc6 24. Rfe1 d5 25. Bb3 c4 26. dxc4 dxc4 27. Bc2 Ra7 28. Re8+ Rxe8 29. Rxe8+ Kh7 30. Be4 Ne7 $4 (30... Rd7) 31. Qb8 {and the double threat is too much} 1-0

ER
13-11-2009, 03:11 PM
Excellent job Alana thanks! That's one of the problems of developing the Bishop at b7 in the Spanish! they close the diagonal and then you have to lose a tempo to redevelop it in a defensive position at c8! Actually, I had a longer look at the game, you were holding well untill you allowed the double threat with that 30 ... Ne7 :( Good luck next round ok? :)

Alana
13-11-2009, 03:11 PM
I forgot to mention - photos can be found here off my facebook page, or on the website.

Alana
13-11-2009, 03:12 PM
I forgot to mention - photos can be found here (http://www.facebook.com/alana.chibnall?ref=profile#/photo.php?pid=514365&id=1631552867&fbid=1199614803804) off my facebook page, or on the website. Just scroll through the facebook page with the arrows or previous/next.

AzureBlue
13-11-2009, 03:46 PM
I manged to win my game thanks to the 0-min forefit rule - my 1900 opponent from Argentina didn't show up! It is a bit disappointing though, because I came all this way, but at least I'm coming =1st! :lol: However, next round I'm playing a 2100 WFM from Iran. The pairings and results can be found on http://wycc2009.tsf.org.tr/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/lang,turkish/
:lol: Well done Miranda!! :)

ER
13-11-2009, 03:48 PM
Do you have to be a member of this thing to be able to see the photos???

AzureBlue
13-11-2009, 03:58 PM
Do you have to be a member of this thing to be able to see the photos???
Alana, I think you need to take the photo album off private, or not many people will be able to access them.

ER
13-11-2009, 04:02 PM
WORLD YOUTH IN TURKEY! In Turkey - tournament start tomorrow!
Alana you sure it wasn't you who forfeited vs Miranda??? :owned:

AzureBlue
13-11-2009, 04:10 PM
Alana you sure it wasn't you who forfeited vs Miranda??? :owned:
:lol: Good one! :clap:

tanc
13-11-2009, 04:22 PM
Apologies for self-promotion but you can find the Round 1 results and Round 2 pairings here (http://lousyatchess.blogspot.com/2009/11/world-youth-chess-championship-rd-1.html). I'm just too lazy to copy+paste+edit HTML for syntax-highlighting to put it here.

:uhoh:

cheers

AzureBlue
13-11-2009, 08:29 PM
BTW I do have some problems with the website provided? is it me (I am running a music program at the same time) or is it a common problem?
Seems to work on my laptop, maybe try closing the music program and re-opening it?

ER
14-11-2009, 02:34 AM
I can't do it,http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Confused/dazed-7.gif usually it stops by itself! :rolleyes:

klyall
14-11-2009, 10:28 AM
Results rounds 1 and 2

Name of player Round 1 Round 2


Anton 1 1
Callum 0 0
Bobby 1 0.5
Cedric 0 0.5
Claeise 0 0.5
Jana 0 0
Emma 1 1
Yi 1 1
Leteisha 0 1
Justin 0 1
Miranda F 0
Eugene 0.5 0
Tamzin 0 0
Alana 0 0

mikesguns
14-11-2009, 10:31 AM
Good Luck to FM Bobby Cheng, Eugene Schon, Justin Tan and Miranda Webb-Liddle.
GO VICS AND AUSTRALIA
:D

AzureBlue
14-11-2009, 11:31 AM
GO VICTORIA!!!!! http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Happy/happy-048.gif http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Holidays_and_Party/party-049.GIF http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Leisures_and_Sports/cup-038.gif http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Laughing/lol-016.gif

Alana
14-11-2009, 04:31 PM
Results rounds 1 and 2

Name of player Round 1 Round 2

Alana 0 0

Hey Kerry you got my result wrong, I drew my second round.

klyall
14-11-2009, 05:01 PM
Sorry Alana

I was given the wrong information.


Alana 0.5 round 2

Cheers

Kerry

Tony Dowden
15-11-2009, 09:22 AM
... By the way, keep an eye on Yi Yuan. If I remember correctly, he was recently part of a Year 9 team which took second place in the daVinci Decathlon, winning both the code-breaking and general knowledge sections. He also received a high distinction in the 2008 Australian Informatics Competition. He is a mean player of the piano as well.

Thanks for the tip.

In that case I'm picking Yi Yuan - who, by the way, nearly did me terminal damage with a mean tactic in the 2008 Doeberl Cup - to win the combined chess/maths/trivial pursuit/kriegspiel/science/music/code-breaker/geek section ;)

klyall
15-11-2009, 10:51 AM
Results round 3

Anton 1
Callum 0
Bobby 1
Cedric 0
Clarise 1
Jana 1
Emma 0.5
Yi 0.5
Leteisha 0
Justin 0
Miranda 0
Eugene 0.5
Tamzin 0.5
Alana 1

Adamski
15-11-2009, 11:45 AM
Anton has 3/3. Go boy!

Alana
15-11-2009, 02:34 PM
Yay go Australia! Good to see the Aussies are performing well. Let's hope we can keep it up.

Alana
15-11-2009, 03:27 PM
I have a blog for this tournament now, it's http://worldyouthchess2009.blogspot.com . I will try to update every day

Alana
15-11-2009, 03:59 PM
Also because people were saying that that other link only works if you are a facebook member, try this one instead. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=30677&id=1631552867&l=2a3b0d5f4d

AzureBlue
15-11-2009, 04:38 PM
Also because people were saying that that other link only works if you are a facebook member, try this one instead. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=30677&id=1631552867&l=2a3b0d5f4d
Yeah, that one works, thanks Alana! :)

klyall
16-11-2009, 08:28 AM
Results round 4

It was not a good day for the Aussies. :doh:

Anton 0.5
Callum 0
Bobby 1
Cedric 0
Jana 0.5
Emma 0
Yi 1
Leteisha 0
Justin 0
Miranda 0
Eugene 0
Tamzin 1
Alana 0

ER
16-11-2009, 08:41 AM
Anton 3.5/4 is doing exceptionally well! :clap: they others will catch up! :)

Denis_Jessop
16-11-2009, 11:58 AM
Anton 3.5/4 is doing exceptionally well! :clap: they others will catch up! :)

So, too, are Bobby Cheng and Yi Yuan who are on the same score in the u12 and u14 respectively. Emma Guo is not too badly placed either because, though she has only 2.5/4, nobody in her group (u14G) has a perfect score. There are oodles on 3.5. She is 21= out of 100 and her start ranking is 30.

I may be wrong, but I think this is the team's best performance at this stage for many years.

DJ

ER
16-11-2009, 12:39 PM
So, too, are Bobby Cheng and Yi Yuan who are on the same score in the u12 and u14 respectively. Emma Guo is not too badly placed either because, though she has only 2.5/4, nobody in her group (u14G) has a perfect score. There are oodles on 3.5. She is 21= out of 100 and her start ranking is 30.

I may be wrong, but I think this is the team's best performance at this stage for many years.

DJ

Even better then, on ya Chief thanks for the update!

Alana
17-11-2009, 06:54 AM
Anton is now on 4.5/5 after 2 excellent wins today, including beating "Mr Perfect" from America who has not lost or drawn a game in the last 6 months.

Yi is also going very well, he's also sitting on 4.5/5 after today and I believe is equal first.

Watto
17-11-2009, 10:42 AM
Anton is now on 4.5/5 after 2 excellent wins today, including beating "Mr Perfect" from America who has not lost or drawn a game in the last 6 months.

Yi is also going very well, he's also sitting on 4.5/5 after today and I believe is equal first.
Great to hear. That must have been a shock for 'Mr Perfect', lol. Thanks for the reports Alana, and the photos too - makes it all much easier to follow.
Good luck in your games and to the rest of the team too.
p.s. I see that Anton and Yi are both playing on board 1 in round 7. Anton has white against Aryan Gholami (1950, IRI) in the U8s and Yi has white against IM Jorge Cori (2462, PER) in the U14 section.

Adamski
17-11-2009, 11:59 AM
I see that Anton and Yi are both playing on board 1 in round 7. Anton has white against Aryan Gholami (1950, IRI) in the U8s and Yi has white against IM Jorge Cori (2462, PER) in the U14 section.Best of luck to them both, and the rest of the Aus and NZ teams. BTW what country is IRI?

Watto
17-11-2009, 12:16 PM
Scroll down for a great pic of a fanatical chess player from Australia... http://wycc2009.tsf.org.tr/

Kevin Bonham
17-11-2009, 12:32 PM
BTW what country is IRI?

Iran. The IRI stands for Islamic Republic of Iran.

AzureBlue
17-11-2009, 12:57 PM
Does anyone have any idea when the PGN files on the website will be put up?

klyall
17-11-2009, 01:46 PM
Results Round 5

:clap: It has been a great day for the Aussies - both Yi and Anton are in the FIRST positions in their sections.:clap:

Anton 1
Callum 1
Bobby 0
Cedric 0
Clarese 0
Jana 1
Emma 0
Yi 1
Leteisha 0
Justin 0
Miranda 0
Eugene 1
Tamzin 0
Alana 0

klyall
17-11-2009, 01:48 PM
Results Round 6

Anton 1
Callum 1
Bobby 1
Cedric 1
Clarese 0
Jana 0
Emma 1
Yi 1
Leteisha 0
Justin 0.5
Miranda 0
Eugene 1
Tamzin 0
Alana 0

Congratulations to all players as it is very tough this year. Especial congratulations to our Aussie stars - Yi and Anton:clap:

Kevin Bonham
17-11-2009, 01:53 PM
Yi Yuan played four 2200s in a row for three wins and a draw! :clap: :clap:

AzureBlue
17-11-2009, 01:55 PM
Yi Yuan played four 2200s in a row for three wins and a draw! :clap: :clap:
WOW :clap: :clap:

Nicholas D-C
17-11-2009, 02:50 PM
Let's hope Yi and Anton can keep focused and maintain composure. GO AUSTRALIA!

Oepty
17-11-2009, 06:50 PM
Well done to Anton and Yi on their performance. Yi's FIDE rating is a bit of a joke though, being lower than his ACF rating. Should be 2200+. Don't forget Bobby Cheng as well, he could still finish very high as well. New Zealander Alan Ansell is doing quite well in the under 12's as well getting to 4 points.
Scott

Perpie
17-11-2009, 09:59 PM
Woohoo! Come on, Yi! :D Go ACT (and the rest of the Australian team)! :clap: :)

Adamski
17-11-2009, 10:03 PM
Well done to Anton and Yi on their performance. Yi's FIDE rating is a bit of a joke though, being lower than his ACF rating. Should be 2200+. Don't forget Bobby Cheng as well, he could still finish very high as well. New Zealander Alan Ansell is doing quite well in the under 12's as well getting to 4 points.
ScottClaps to all those mentioned.:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Also thanks to KB for giving the correct name for Iran these days.

It would be good to belong to the same club as the World Under 8 Champion, so especially go Anton (and all the best to his dad and coach!).

Alana
18-11-2009, 04:16 PM
Let's hope Yi and Anton can keep focused and maintain composure. GO AUSTRALIA!

Good point. I haven't seen Anton today but yesterday he was feeling a bit sick, let us hope he's better again today.

Alana
18-11-2009, 04:49 PM
And my tournament has gone... flop. We had the rest day yesterday, and now I have the bye today, so I can go and explore Antalya!

MichaelBaron
19-11-2009, 08:20 AM
Having 2 auzzie players in the lead after 6 rounds is an incredible success:clap: . I can not recall any similar performances by our players in the past. Well done to coaches, players and friends!

Phil Bourke
19-11-2009, 08:46 AM
Keep up the good work. Brilliant results for the younger brigade. Aussie chess is looking good for years to come.

AzureBlue
19-11-2009, 09:11 AM
PGN files for the first 4 rounds are now finally available on the WYCC website! :)

klyall
19-11-2009, 10:37 AM
Results Round 7

Anton 0
Callum 1
Cedric 1
Bobby 1
Clarisce 0
Emma 0
Jana 0.5
Leteisha 0.5
Yi 0
Justin 0.5
Miranda 1
Eugene 1
Tamzin 1
Alana 1 (bye)

klyall
19-11-2009, 10:39 AM
Results Round 5

:clap: It has been a great day for the Aussies - both Yi and Anton are in the FIRST positions in their sections.:clap:

Anton 1
Callum 1
Bobby 0
Cedric 0
Clarese 0
Jana 1
Emma 0
Yi 1
Leteisha 0
Justin 0
Miranda 0
Eugene 1
Tamzin 0
Alana 0

Sorry - I misreported Justin Tan as a loss - apparently it was a win. Apologies to Justin.

Jim_Flood
19-11-2009, 08:46 PM
And my tournament has gone... flop. We had the rest day yesterday, and now I have the bye today, so I can go and explore Antalya!

Alana,

You got to the tournament. That is an achievement in itself so Pffft on the OTB results. Let the also rans back in Aus go Boo, boo, hiss, hiss. No need to do that to yourself.

Well done, girl.

Thunderspirit
19-11-2009, 09:20 PM
Alana,

You got to the tournament. That is an achievement in itself so Pffft on the OTB results. Let the also rans back in Aus go Boo, boo, hiss, hiss. No need to do that to yourself.

Well done, girl.


That should be 'Well done, young lady" ;) :hand:

klyall
20-11-2009, 10:27 AM
World Youth Antalya Results Round 7

Anton 0.5
Callum 1
Bobby 0.5
Cedric 1
Claresce 0.5
Jana 1
Emma 1
Yi 0
Leteisha 0
Justin 1
Miranda 0
Eugene 0
Tamzin 0
Alana 0.5

Davidflude
20-11-2009, 11:55 AM
World Youth Antalya Results Round 7

Anton 0.5
Callum 1
Bobby 0.5
Cedric 1
Claresce 0.5
Jana 1
Emma 1
Yi 0
Leteisha 0
Justin 1
Miranda 0
Eugene 0
Tamzin 0
Alana 0.5

I had a look at the pairings late last night. The pairings were really tough. But this is what you want. No point in travelling a long way to play patzers.

Watto
20-11-2009, 12:04 PM
World Youth Antalya Results Round 7

Anton 0.5
Callum 1
Bobby 0.5
Cedric 1
Claresce 0.5
Jana 1
Emma 1
Yi 0
Leteisha 0
Justin 1
Miranda 0
Eugene 0
Tamzin 0
Alana 0.5
I think these might be the round 8 results?

It's good to see Justin Tan on 50% in the U16s since he's only 11. I see he had a good win in the last round over 'Ferreira Jorge Viterbo 2273 POR'. Eugene Schon playing above his age category in the U18 section is also on 50%.

Alana
20-11-2009, 10:31 PM
Alana,

You got to the tournament. That is an achievement in itself so Pffft on the OTB results. Let the also rans back in Aus go Boo, boo, hiss, hiss. No need to do that to yourself.

Well done, girl.


That should be 'Well done, young lady" ;) :hand:

Thanks guys :P

Muzzy
20-11-2009, 11:43 PM
Just out of curiosity why did they play in the higher age groups? Was it to get tougher/higher rated opponents? :hmm:

I think it would've been better if they competed in their own age groups. At the end of the day it's the experience that counts.

Mischa
20-11-2009, 11:54 PM
Well James competed in a higher group in Vietnam as did Eugene to give the best team...If james had insisted on his age group it would mean that either he was not selected or that Gene missed out

Mischa
20-11-2009, 11:57 PM
James elected to play up to give others a chance...assuming he would have been selected
Also difficult times for state school kids
It seems that Private scholl kilds have more flexibilityy?

Mischa
20-11-2009, 11:57 PM
ok not making sense

Kevin Bonham
20-11-2009, 11:58 PM
Just out of curiosity why did they play in the higher age groups? Was it to get tougher/higher rated opponents? :hmm:

I suspect this is the reason, as it often has been in the past: Australia is entitled to one representative in each division who gets free board and lodging. So it is common for an applicant for national selection to apply for every division they are eligible for (eg a U14 applicant applies for U14, U16, U18) and it sometimes happens that a player does not win selection in their own division, but wins it for the division above. Thus, they play in the division above in order to play in the event and get free accommodation, rather than playing their own division and paying their own way entirely (the airfares are expensive enough.)

Or sometimes (as Mischa suggested) the player who is selected for a division opts to play up to give another a chance in that division - especially if there is a vacancy in the division above.

Muzzy
21-11-2009, 12:24 AM
Ok yeah that makes sense.

But I guess in the ideal world we would like to have good competition in all categories. More competition means better chess which would increase the quality of chess in Australia.

I guess it is tough when they have to support themselves at that age though. It'll be something that develops in time hopefully (more support from govt etc).

On the other hand there are talented players in countries that have things far worse. They don't have anywhere near the prospertiy that we have here in Aus. (for families to send their kids that is)...

Garvinator
21-11-2009, 02:00 AM
But I guess in the ideal world we would like to have good competition in all categories. More competition means better chess which would increase the quality of chess in Australia.
I think that by playing in a higher age division, the player would be getting more stronger opposition, just that they would be competing on the lower boards in that age division.

Playing in their own age division would only be really relevant if they are trying to win the age title or at least place really high.

Kai
21-11-2009, 02:47 AM
I suspect this is the reason, as it often has been in the past: Australia is entitled to one representative in each division who gets free board and lodging. So it is common for an applicant for national selection to apply for every division they are eligible for (eg a U14 applicant applies for U14, U16, U18) and it sometimes happens that a player does not win selection in their own division, but wins it for the division above. Thus, they play in the division above in order to play in the event and get free accommodation, rather than playing their own division and paying their own way entirely (the airfares are expensive enough.) .
Yes, this is correct.This is one of the main reasons Justin is playing in the U16, and not U12. Of course we had to consider if he was also going to get a good experience from playing at a much higher level. He has just got 5/9 so far, so it doesn't seem that he is completely out-classed by the higher division and he is probably getting higher rated games than he would have had in u12. It is costing quite a lot, so there is good reason to play as tough a tournament as the child can manage, unless of course, like Bobby and Anton, you are contending to win the division.

Watto
21-11-2009, 09:58 AM
Some match ups for round 10:
In the Under 12s, on board one:
Cheng Bobby 2202 AUS 7 7½ CM Antipov Mikhail Al 2200 RUS (two players are on 7.5 and 5 on 7)

In the Under 8s, on board 2 (the leaders are on 8 and 7.5 points)
SMIRNOV Anton 1853 AUS 7 7 QADIMBAYLI Abdulla Azaroglu 0 AZE

On board 16, the U14s:
Martinez Romero Martin 2170 COL 5½ 5½ Yuan Yi 2097 AUS

U16s, board 21
Sochacki Christophe 2319 FRA 5 5 Tan Justin 2011 AUS

I won't post all the Aussie pairings as it's a bit fiddly (and I might overlook someone!) but best of luck to all the team for the next round... :)

klyall
21-11-2009, 10:27 AM
Results Round 9

Anton 1
Callum 1
Bobby 1
Cedric 0.5
Claresce 1 (bye)
Jana 0
Emma 0
Yi 0
Leteisha 0
Justin 1
Miranda 1
Eugene 0
Tamzin 1
Alana 0

klyall
21-11-2009, 10:45 AM
Just out of curiosity why did they play in the higher age groups? Was it to get tougher/higher rated opponents? :hmm:

I think it would've been better if they competed in their own age groups. At the end of the day it's the experience that counts.

Eugene is competing at the highest age level to get the most experience. It is so expensive to play overseas (without any sponsorship at all) that he wanted to maximise the opportunity to play really strong players.

Davidflude
21-11-2009, 03:18 PM
Hi Kerry, please talk to me about sponsorship when you get back.

I have some ideas.

David P.S.

The Swedes have made a movie "The Girl with the dragon Tattoo"

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2009, 02:52 AM
Nice win by Bobby Cheng gaining a share of the lead with a round to go

Cheng - Antipov

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.Qb3 Nd7 8.e4 dxe4 9.Nxe4 Qf4 10.Bd3 e5 11.0-0 f5 12.Ng3 e4 13.Rfe1 Kd8 14.Bxe4 fxe4 15.Rxe4 Qf7 16.Rae1 Bd6 17.c5 Qxb3 18.axb3 Bxg3 19.hxg3 Nf6 20.Re7 Bg4 21.Rxg7 Bxf3 22.gxf3 Re8 23.Re5 Nd7 24.Rh5 Kc7 25.Rxh6 Re2 26.Rhh7 Rd8 27.g4 Rxb2 28.g5 Rxb3 29.g6 Rb1+ 30.Kg2 Re1 31.f4 a5 32.f5 a4 33.f6 a3?? [The losing move. 33...Ree8 34.Rxd7+ Rxd7 35.f7=] 34.Rxd7+ Rxd7 35.f7 Re6 36.f8=Q Rxg6+ 37.Kf3 Rxh7 38.Qf4+ Kc8 39.Qf5+ Rd7 40.Qxg6 Rxd4 41.Qg8+ Kc7 42.Qa2 Ra4 43.Kg3 b5 44.Qf7+ Kb8 45.Qe8+ Ka7 46.Qd7+ Kb8 47.Qd8+ 1-0

BearDrinkingBeer
22-11-2009, 08:44 AM
Nice win by Bobby Cheng gaining a share of the lead with a round to go

Cheng - Antipov

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.Qb3 Nd7 8.e4 dxe4 9.Nxe4 Qf4 10.Bd3 e5 11.0-0 f5 12.Ng3 e4 13.Rfe1 Kd8 14.Bxe4 fxe4 15.Rxe4 Qf7 16.Rae1 Bd6 17.c5 Qxb3 18.axb3 Bxg3 19.hxg3 Nf6 20.Re7 Bg4 21.Rxg7 Bxf3 22.gxf3 Re8 23.Re5 Nd7 24.Rh5 Kc7 25.Rxh6 Re2 26.Rhh7 Rd8 27.g4 Rxb2 28.g5 Rxb3 29.g6 Rb1+ 30.Kg2 Re1 31.f4 a5 32.f5 a4 33.f6 a3?? [The losing move. 33...Ree8 34.Rxd7+ Rxd7 35.f7=] 34.Rxd7+ Rxd7 35.f7 Re6 36.f8=Q Rxg6+ 37.Kf3 Rxh7 38.Qf4+ Kc8 39.Qf5+ Rd7 40.Qxg6 Rxd4 41.Qg8+ Kc7 42.Qa2 Ra4 43.Kg3 b5 44.Qf7+ Kb8 45.Qe8+ Ka7 46.Qd7+ Kb8 47.Qd8+ 1-0
Very nice combination to cap off the game. 38.Qf4+ must have been very annoying if the opponent didn't see it when he played into this variation.

mikesguns
22-11-2009, 09:10 AM
Yeh Qf4+ forces the win of a rook

klyall
22-11-2009, 11:32 AM
World Youth Antalya - Results round 10

Anton 0.5
Callum 0
Bobby 1
Cedric 0
Claresce 0.5
Justin 0
Emma 1
Leteisha 0.5
Yi 0.5
Miranda 0
Eugene 0.5
Tamzin 0
Alana 0

Good luck to all the Aussies for the final round:owned:

klyall
22-11-2009, 11:39 AM
Round 11 starts today at 10.00 am local time.

Anton is currently in third place. :clap:

Bobby is currently in fourth place. :clap:

I believe both boards will be live.

This is Australia's best performance in a World Youth - with real medal chances.:)

Everyone is very excited - especially for Bobby and Anton.

Davidflude
22-11-2009, 12:16 PM
Go the Aussie juniors.

What time is the round Australian time.

Oepty
22-11-2009, 12:43 PM
7pm in Victoria

mikesguns
22-11-2009, 06:11 PM
Just started.

ER
22-11-2009, 06:43 PM
GO Juventus and Collingwood in 2010

That's the spirit son, good on you! :)

Adamski
22-11-2009, 11:20 PM
Round 11 starts today at 10.00 am local time.

Anton is currently in third place. :clap:

Bobby is currently in fourth place. :clap:

I believe both boards will be live.

This is Australia's best performance in a World Youth - with real medal chances.:)

Everyone is very excited - especially for Bobby and Anton.From the shout box, it seems Bobby Cheng got first equal in U 12! Co-world champion! :clap: :clap: :clap: And on that positive note, time for bed! (And go Chelsea! Wellington Phoenix and the All Blacks did!)

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2009, 11:23 PM
From the shout box, it seems Bobby Cheng got first equal in U 12! Co-world champion! :clap: :clap: :clap:

No, he is outright first.

klyall
23-11-2009, 06:07 AM
Bobby Cheng wins the Under 12 title at the World Youth in Kemer, Turkey.

Today was a proud day for Australian Chess. The Aussie team was there to cheer Bobby Cheng when he took the first place on the podium to receive the trophy for the Under 12's

This was preceded when Anton Smirnov was on stage to receive a book on Atarruk as he was in the top 6 players in the Under 8 section.

:clap: Congratulations to both Bobby and Anton! :clap:

klyall
23-11-2009, 06:31 AM
Results round 11

Anton 1
Callum 0.5
Bobby 1
Cedric 0
Clarise 1
Jana 0.5
Emma 0.5
Leteisha 0.5 (Note Leteisha had to offer a draw as she had to leave to catch her plane)
Yi 1
Justin 0.5
Miranda 0.5
Eugene 0
Tamzin 1
Alana 1

klyall
23-11-2009, 06:33 AM
Final scores - World Youth Antalya

Anton 8.5
Callum 5.5
Bobby 9
Cedric 4
Clarise 4.5
Jana 4.5
Emma 6
Leteisha 3.5
Yi 7
Justin 5.5
Miranda 3.5
Eugene 4.5
Tamzin 4.5
Alana 4.5

Congratulations to all the Aussies

Lakshman
23-11-2009, 07:28 AM
Bobby Cheng wins the Under 12 title at the World Youth in Kemer, Turkey.

Today was a proud day for Australian Chess. The Aussie team was there to cheer Bobby Cheng when he took the first place on the podium to receive the trophy for the Under 12's

This was preceded when Anton Smirnov was on stage to receive a book on Atarruk as he was in the top 6 players in the Under 8 section.

:clap: Congratulations to both Bobby and Anton! :clap:


Indeed, Congratulations to Bobby & Anton. You have made us proud.:clap: :clap:

And to all the other Aussie participants who put their best efforts. There is always a next chance.

Special thanks to Klyall who has been providing us with regular updates despite internet probems at the venue.

MichaelBaron
23-11-2009, 07:52 AM
Bobby's result is the second greatest achievement by an auzzie player ever!!!! Only Purdy's win in the first world correspondence championship (nearly 60 years ago) could be compared with it. :clap:

AzureBlue
23-11-2009, 08:30 AM
Congratulations Bobby on winning his U12 section, Anton and the rest of the AUS team!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Alana
23-11-2009, 09:20 AM
Final scores - World Youth Antalya

Alana 4.5

Congratulations to all the Aussies

I actually got 4/11, but thanks anyway!

mikesguns
23-11-2009, 09:27 AM
Well Done To All Australians Who Participated
And A Special Well Done To Bobby Cheng U12 WORLD CHAMPION
We Are All Proud Of Him
He'll be getting a nice laptop computer

Phil Bourke
23-11-2009, 09:37 AM
Well done to the Aussie team, supporters and parents, a great result overall with Bobby deserving a little extra applause.

SHump
23-11-2009, 10:37 AM
I have not known Bobby's background, but the kiwis certainly havent:

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=974675

so claiming him as an aussie is like...Russell Crowe?

Just a bit of tongue in cheek - but wow - what an achievement, even if his nationality is a little confused ;-)

Lynx
23-11-2009, 11:57 AM
Some photos of our heroes:

Anton Smirnov
http://www.chesschat.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=1382&stc=1&d=1258941104


Bobby Cheng
http://www.chesschat.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=1383&stc=1&d=1258941132

:clap:

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2009, 01:02 PM
Has any Australian been a junior age-group world champion before? I know Raymond Song tied for first in one of these things in 2004 but missed the title on countback; have we had an actual titleholder?

Igor_Goldenberg
23-11-2009, 02:07 PM
Well done Bobby! Fantastic!

Oepty
23-11-2009, 03:43 PM
Has any Australian been a junior age-group world champion before? I know Raymond Song tied for first in one of these things in 2004 but missed the title on countback; have we had an actual titleholder?

If the lists at wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Youth_Chess_Championship are accurate then the answer is no

Katrin Aladjova won the Under 18 girls in 1989 and Under 16 girls in 1986 as a Bulgarian

Scott

Edit: Other notable results I have found given
Denis BOURMISTROV Denis 13th U10 1996
David Smerdon 17th U12 1996
Arriane Caoili 17th Girls U10 1996 representing Phillipines
Zong Yuan Zhao 4th U12 1998
David Smerdon 6th U16 2000
Michele Lee =9th Girls U10 2000
Zong-Yuan Zhao 16th Under 16 2001
Raymond Song 6th Under 10 2003
Moulthun Ly 14th Under 14 2004
Raymond Song =1st (4th) U10 2004 with Yu Yangyi, Now GM who caused upset in World Cup overnight, Hu Yifan now GM and number 3 women in the world and Jules Mossard now FM rated 2364. Now GMs Ray Robson and Darissz Swiercz also played.
Angela Song 20th Girls U12 2004
Emma Guo 19th Girls Under 10 2005
Raymond Song 15th Under 12 2006
Gene Nakauchi 11th Under 12 2007

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2009, 04:18 PM
Thanks Scott.

Check out some of the names on the list of past winners of what Bobby has just won.

1988 Judith Polgar
1994 Levon Aronian
1995 Etienne Bacrot
1998 Teimour Radjabov
1999 Wang Yue
2001 Sergey Karjakin

Oepty
23-11-2009, 04:25 PM
Thanks Scott.

Check out some of the names on the list of past winners of what Bobby has just won.

1988 Judith Polgar
1994 Levon Aronian
1995 Etienne Bacrot
1998 Teimour Radjabov
1999 Wang Yue
2001 Sergey Karjakin

Yes amazing. I also found out the Jan-Krzysztof Duda won last years Under 10 Championship.
Scott

Edit: Karjakin was a GM at 12

Desmond
23-11-2009, 04:54 PM
Wow Well done Bobby :clap:

Trahald
23-11-2009, 05:46 PM
Congratulations Bobby!

queenant89
23-11-2009, 06:00 PM
Congrats to Bobby for his fine performance winning the U12 World Youth!!!. Ive just come across another article that has been posted.

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-sport/bobby-wins-first-junior-chess-title-20091123-iw0m.html

Also congrats to Anton for an great tournament and to the other aussies whom competed.


QA

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2009, 06:05 PM
Congrats to Bobby for his fine performance winning the U12 World Youth!!!. Ive just come across another article that has been posted.

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-sport/bobby-wins-first-junior-chess-title-20091123-iw0m.html

That article is largely a reworked version of a press release sent out by ACF President Gary Wastell this morning, which shows the value of getting a press release out into the public domain so soon after the event.

aransandraseg
23-11-2009, 10:07 PM
WOW!
Great effort from all who played, especially Bobby Cheng and Anton Smirnov. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Adamski
23-11-2009, 10:38 PM
Bobby's result is the second greatest achievement by an auzzie player ever!!!! Only Purdy's win in the first world correspondence championship (nearly 60 years ago) could be compared with it. :clap:Fantastic achievement. Not so long ago Bobby was representing NZ so also a great day for Australasian chess. (Thanks Kevin for correcting me - he was indeed first on his own.):clap:

Igor_Goldenberg
24-11-2009, 01:48 PM
The Australian published an article as well:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/student-takes-nations-first-world-chess-title/story-e6frg6n6-1225802705019

ER
24-11-2009, 05:21 PM
and just to remind all interested parties some of us did well but some others did better!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:


As always, I pick Bobby Cheng to be the top performing oz junior.

and that was posted on 12/11/09 before the whole thing started, in post #12 here!

BearDrinkingBeer
24-11-2009, 08:07 PM
No, he is outright first.
Brilliant!

Was this a stronger performance than the one that earned him his FM title?

AzureBlue
24-11-2009, 08:28 PM
Brilliant!

Was this a stronger performance than the one that earned him his FM title?
His performance rating in the tournament was 2312 according to http://wycc2009.tsf.org.tr/component/option,com_turnuva/task,show/dosya,184/Itemid,184/lang,turkish/

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2009, 12:45 AM
And his TPR (true performance rating) was marginally higher at 2341 FIDE.

His zonal result had a TPR of 2368 FIDE but was over a smaller number of games (nine instead of 11).

Both great results.

pax
27-11-2009, 03:25 PM
My first post in quite a long time:

May I offer hearty congratulations to both Bobby and Anton. Bobby's achievement is quite extraordinary when you compare the resources and competition available to young Aussie chess players with those available in Eastern Europe and China.

frankablanca
27-11-2009, 04:11 PM
During our two weeks stay in Turkey, we didn't have reliable internet connection, and every moment of connection had to be used for internet research and ICC practice for preparing games.

Upon arriving home, we are overwhelmed by congratulatory emails, phone calls, and of course, the Chess Chatter's warm words.

Bobby and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you guys for your supports and encouragement.

A special thank you to Michael Baron, for your much-appreciated encouragement last year when Bobby was not performing at his standard in WYCC Vietnam. It really helped him to keep faith in himself and keep improving his game. And yes, he did bring a trophy back home this time, and Michael you have a share in it.

A special thank you to Box Hill Chess Club Committee member David Flude, who have collected and supplied Bobby an updated database before we went to the battle field, and the database proved to be very helpful. Bobby's victory is also BHCC's victory.

A special thank you to David, Robert and the Chesskids team, who organised a successful fund-raising event and helped with our trip to Turkey.

A special thank you to Bobby's New Zealand coach, FM Ewen Green, who not only got Bobby on the right track since 2005, but also have been supporting and helping Bobby after we left NZ. Even to the last round of this tournament, Bobby was still practicing his planned opening lines with Ewen on ICC. It might be sad for the Kiwis to lose young talents like Ramond Song, Jack and Harry Ruan, but I think Bobby's victory is in part a New Zealand victory as well.

Bobby's victory is significant for Australian chess, as it is very rare and unexpected to a lot of people, that an Australian player could win outright in an elite international tournament like WYCC.

In this tournament, Bobby has beaten the national u12 champions of a few traditionally strong countries, like Belarus, Russia, India, some of whom are already semi-professional chess players and are either government funded or have private sponsors. The Russian counterpart has a top of the world coach in Moscow whose standard charge is US$200 per session. The Indian player is currently rated number one in the world u12. To play in such a competitive field and overcome your fear, handle the pressure, recover from early loss, and do your own best takes great deal of self-discipline and a very strong mind power. And to be crowned out of this field, what a great achievement!

But still, I don't think Bobby's victory is an isolated event. It is rather a real reflection of the strength of Australian junior chess. We have many strong junior players who are all capable of competing at high level. We have a growing participation of junior chess programs and tournaments. We have different coaching programs catering for all levels of play. Bobby's win will probably be the first one for Australia, there is definitely more to come.

I would like to see all our governing bodies, coaching enterprises, and clubs all work together, to further improve the environment for our young talents to grow, to involve more children to take up this beautiful game. And I would like to say, Bobby's win is only the first one for Australia, there is definitely more to come.

So, Go Australian Junior Chess!

Desmond
27-11-2009, 04:15 PM
My first post in quite a long time:

May I offer hearty congratulations to both Bobby and Anton. Bobby's achievement is quite extraordinary when you compare the resources and competition available to young Aussie chess players with those available in Eastern Europe and China.welcome back pax!

Capablanca-Fan
27-11-2009, 05:51 PM
Bobby's result is outstanding for Australiasian/Oceanan Chess.

ER
27-11-2009, 06:20 PM
During our two weeks stay in Turkey, we didn't have reliable internet connection, and every moment of connection had to be used for internet research and ICC practice for preparing games.

Upon arriving home, we are overwhelmed by congratulatory emails, phone calls, and of course, the Chess Chatter's warm words.

Bobby and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you guys for your supports and encouragement.

A special thank you to Michael Baron, for your much-appreciated encouragement last year when Bobby was not performing at his standard in WYCC Vietnam. It really helped him to keep faith in himself and keep improving his game. And yes, he did bring a trophy back home this time, and Michael you have a share in it.

A special thank you to Box Hill Chess Club Committee member David Flude, who have collected and supplied Bobby an updated database before we went to the battle field, and the database proved to be very helpful. Bobby's victory is also BHCC's victory.

A special thank you to David, Robert and the Chesskids team, who organised a successful fund-raising event and helped with our trip to Turkey.

A special thank you to Bobby's New Zealand coach, FM Ewen Green, who not only got Bobby on the right track since 2005, but also have been supporting and helping Bobby after we left NZ. Even to the last round of this tournament, Bobby was still practicing his planned opening lines with Ewen on ICC. It might be sad for the Kiwis to lose young talents like Ramond Song, Jack and Harry Ruan, but I think Bobby's victory is in part a New Zealand victory as well.

Bobby's victory is significant for Australian chess, as it is very rare and unexpected to a lot of people, that an Australian player could win outright in an elite international tournament like WYCC.

In this tournament, Bobby has beaten the national u12 champions of a few traditionally strong countries, like Belarus, Russia, India, some of whom are already semi-professional chess players and are either government funded or have private sponsors. The Russian counterpart has a top of the world coach in Moscow whose standard charge is US$200 per session. The Indian player is currently rated number one in the world u12. To play in such a competitive field and overcome your fear, handle the pressure, recover from early loss, and do your own best takes great deal of self-discipline and a very strong mind power. And to be crowned out of this field, what a great achievement!

But still, I don't think Bobby's victory is an isolated event. It is rather a real reflection of the strength of Australian junior chess. We have many strong junior players who are all capable of competing at high level. We have a growing participation of junior chess programs and tournaments. We have different coaching programs catering for all levels of play. Bobby's win will probably be the first one for Australia, there is definitely more to come.

I would like to see all our governing bodies, coaching enterprises, and clubs all work together, to further improve the environment for our young talents to grow, to involve more children to take up this beautiful game. And I would like to say, Bobby's win is only the first one for Australia, there is definitely more to come.

So, Go Australian Junior Chess!

One of the most important statements ever made in this Forum! For me it also represents the power of parent - child co-operation! Congratulations to the Cheng team!!!:clap:

Kevin Bonham
27-11-2009, 07:11 PM
I thought it was an excellent post and one that was quite encouraging to read.

Alana
02-12-2009, 06:05 PM
I have finished uploading photos I took at this event - they can be seen here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=30677&id=1631552867&l=2a3b0d5f4d

ER
02-12-2009, 06:37 PM
Excellent stuff Champ! I like the ones you guys pretend you were analysing / preparing while all you did was playing blitz! :P ok looking at the pics again there aren't any clocks to be seen! :P so keep up the good work! :clap: :lol:

Alana
02-12-2009, 06:44 PM
Excellent stuff Champ! I like the ones you guys pretend you were analysing / preparing while all you did was playing blitz! :P ok looking at the pics again there aren't any clocks to be seen! :P so keep up the good work! :clap: :lol:

lol unfortunately none of us brought a clock along otherwise we'd have played a lot more 1 0! much better then our computers a lot of the time thanks to the stupid internet at the hotel!!! :(

ChessGuru
08-12-2009, 04:44 PM
Report (http://chesskids.com.au/) on the World Youth written by Bobby Cheng.

Thanks Bobby for writing it up for us...

Basil
08-12-2009, 04:55 PM
Report (http://chesskids.com.au/) on the World Youth written by Bobby Cheng.
Great report. Well written.

Garrett
08-12-2009, 05:04 PM
yep great report.

Chess is a game of key moments.

AzureBlue
08-12-2009, 05:33 PM
Thanks for the report :)

And once again, well done Bobby :clap:

Kevin Bonham
09-12-2009, 12:22 AM
This is good:


The following morning I found out I was playing top seed Suri Vaibhav, the highest rated U12 player in the world. I was considering playing for a draw but David [GM Arutinian] said to me “you will not get this opportunity many times so you should play for a win even if it is risky”.