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WYCC – a brief report from a WYCC parent

Well equipped with the knowledge of pre-tournament communications from the organisers, most of us arrive safely in Durban on Friday. It is important to note here the efforts made by our Head of Delegation Debbie Taylor who kept us informed at various stages of the tournament – from securing an excellent set of team coaches to ensuring every player gets in on-time for the start of the first round, she co-ordinated every aspect of the event.

We were warmly welcomed at the King Shaka International Airport and brought in to our hotel by a shuttle bus service. It seemed clear that the organisers had a well-laid-out ancillary plan in place surrounding the main event at the ICC.

The tournament got underway with a vibrant performance by traditional Zulu dancers, which extended the opening days proceedings by about 45 mins. As one would expect in a tournament of this magnitude the, opening day saw chaotic scenes inside the playing hall among officials from various national teams and the organisers, and also outside in the washroom facilities. Second day onwards, we saw much improved ‘traffic control’ mechanisms in place outside the playing hall with the introduction of restricted access to toilet facilities for the players adjacent to the playing area. Online internet access has been a major issue both at the hotel and inside the Conference Centre when the traffic demand gets high.

Read on — WYCC – a brief report from a WYCC parent

World Youth Championships, Durban – Rounds 7 – 10

Round 7

Name Age Rating Colour Opponent Rating Result
Josh Altman U10B 1704 W Yaristan Yettouche (ALG) 0 W
Ilya Misyura U10B 0 W Ewald Schoeman CM (RSA) 0 L
Nugith Jayawarna U12B 1687 B Toavina Razanadrakotoarisoa (MAD) 0 W
Dion Huang U14B 1796 W Mykhailo Shakhov (UKR) 2028 L
Adam C Taylor U16B 2023 B Tom Maguire (AUS) 1810 L
Stephen Whatley U16B 1881 W Javier Cortes Orihuela (CHI) 2216 D
Harry Li U16B 0 W Dmitrij Kollars (GER) 2243 L
Oskar Hackner U18B 2102 B Martin Nilsen (NOR) 2003 W
Amy Hoare U18G 1981 W Adela Velikic (SRB) 2175 W
Chantelle Foster U18G 1840 W Andrea Navrotescu (FRA) 2208 L

Scores:
Amy 5/7
Josh 4.5
Oskar 4
Stephen, Harry 3.5
Adam, Chantelle, Ilya, Dion 3
Nugith 2.5

Read on — World Youth Championships, Durban – Rounds 7 – 10

Pictures from the WYCC

World Youth Championships, Durban – Round 6

Round 6

Name Age Rating Colour Opponent Rating Result
Josh Altman U10B 1704 B Sun Yidi (CHN) 1872 L
Ilya Misyura U10B 0 B Zhuoran Zhang (CHN) 1713 L
Nugith Jayawarna U12B 1687 B Ahmed Essa Naseem (RSA) 0 L
Dion Huang U14B 1796 B Jiri Liska (CZE) 2017 D
Adam C Taylor U16B 2023 W Sven Tica (CRO) 2246 L
Stephen Whatley U16B 1881 B James Connor Forster (RSA) 0 W
Harry Li U16B 0 B Ahmed Nasr (ALG) 1965 W
Oskar Hackner U18B 2102 W Narayan Nisakh (IND) 2300 L
Amy Hoare U18G 1981 B Denitza Dragieva WFM (BUL) 2066 D
Chantelle Foster U18G 1840 B Shrook Wafa WGM (EGY) 2141 D

Most of the players so far have a 50% score with 3/6. Amy held a solid draw with black to move to top scorer with 4 points. Both under 18 girls have tough opponents after the rest day but like the whole team, will be looking to set off to a flyer for the second half of the tournament.

Of the boys, Harry Li deserves a mention as he is performing very well so far in not only his first ever international youth event, but apparently his first ever FIDE tournament!

Scores:
Amy 4/6
Josh, Harry 3.5
Stephen, Chantelle, Ilya, Dion, Oskar, Adam 3
Nugith 1.5

The players then had a rest day after round 6. Some went on safari, others played in the blitz tournament (though I heard it was cancelled after 2 rounds, much to the children’s annoyance).

World Youth Championships, Durban – Rounds 3, 4 & 5

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Round 3

Name Age Rating Colour Opponent Rating Result
Josh Altman U10B 1704 B Aydin Turgut (USA) 1851 L
Ilya Misyura U10B 0 W Samesh Arul (RSA) 0 W
Nugith Jayawarna U12B 1687 W Liam Van Wyngaard (RSA) 0 W
Dion Huang U14B 1796 W Ananta Reddy (RSA) 0 W
Adam C Taylor U16B 2023 B Murali Karthikeyan IM (IND) 2462 L
Stephen Whatley U16B 1881 B Adrien Rodriguez (FRA) 2284 L
Harry Li U16B 0 W Javier Cortes (CHI) 2216 W
Oskar Hackner U18B 2102 B Kenyon Padayachee (RSA) 1748 W
Amy Hoare U18G 1981 W Yan Wang (CAN) 1691 W
Chantelle Foster U18G 1840 W Jessica Regam (USA) 2031 L

An excellent win for Harry over a highly rated Chilean. Adam was unlucky to lose with a strong Indian player when he ran short of time in an equal ending. Amy joined the top scorers on 2/3 with her long win, finishing after 10pm and keeping her coach GM David Howell up!

Round 4 reverts back to a single round day, so the players should have time to have decent preparation time as up to now it has been tricky with the double round following a typically manic opening day where the pairings did not come out until just before the round began.

Scores after round 3:
Josh, Adam, Amy, Harry 2
Dion, Nugith, Ilya 1.5
Chantelle, Stephen, Oskar 1

Read on — World Youth Championships, Durban – Rounds 3, 4 & 5