Chess Moves

Chess Moves
Click the image for the ECF newsletter

Series

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

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series WYCC2014

Click here to download a CBV file with two annotated games

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

NSCC Girls’ Semi-Finals flyer

Download the flyer for the NSCC 2015 Girls’ Semi-Finals here

World Youth Championships, Durban – Day 3

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series WYCC2014

It is now officially Day 3 of the WYCC tournament here in South Africa and so far it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

We do have a fantastic hotel where the staff are all great and cannot help you enough and the beautiful view of Durban Beach greets us every morning. The England team is however spread out all over the hotel (from floor 3 to 20) and the lift arrangements can prove challenging at times however so far we have managed to work around it.

True, the food has gone downhill in terms of quality since the competition began although in the main the group appears satisfied and it is still superior to certain other trips I have been on. The internet is an issue but isn’t it always….we are doing our best to work with it! A couple of our players are still suffering in terms of stomach upsets which may prove to be a problem if it doesn’t pass soon. Let’s hope for their swift recovery. The lack of available team room/area is unfortunate and means that the group is more fragmented than I would have hoped however we do meet up on the buses, outside the playing hall and at mealtimes when we can.

The playing hall itself is large and airy. There is no natural light but water is available and arbiters are on hand to help our players – including 3 from England.

Organisation on the first day was somewhat confused and the opening ceremony unnecessarily long-winded, however with the opening of the spectator gallery, more buses, security more understanding of players and parents needs and different toilet arrangements things have calmed down and we can now focus on playing some chess!

Read on — World Youth Championships, Durban – Day 3

World Youth Championships, Durban – Days 1 & 2

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series WYCC2014

The players and coaches arrived at the Sun Elangeni Hotel on the Friday 19th, a day before the tournament began after an 11 hour flight to Durban. Hotel conditions appears very nice, with one parent commenting it was ‘the best hotel they have stayed in for one of these tournaments’. The players therefore have no excuses!

The tournament hall looks spacious enough compared to previous tournaments, though some have been put off walking the few minutes to the venue from the hotel due to an apparent mugging of an arbiter’s phone on the first day.

The organisers changed the default time from zero to 15 minutes, which was reasonable given that buses to the venue from the hotels are not super frequent.

Round 1

Name Age Rating Colour Opponent Rating Result
Josh Altman U10B 1704 B Waabo Makwati (BOT) 0 W
Ilya Misyura U10B 0 W Ngo Duc Tri FM (VIE) 1696 L
Nugith Jayawarna U12B 1687 W Kirill Shevchenko CM (UKR) 2280 L
Dion Huang U14B 1796 W K Raghunandan (IND) 2367 L
Adam C Taylor U16B 2023 W Guy Nkunzimana (BDI) 0 W
Stephen Whatley U16B 1881 B Bilel Bellahcene FM (FRA) 2428 D
Harry Li U16B 0 W Jan Petr (CZE) 2140 L
Oskar Hackner U18B 2102 B Kirill Alekseenko FM (RUS) 2483 L
Amy Hoare U18G 1981 W Casino Chawana (BOT) 0 W
Chantelle Foster U18G 1840 W Jana Marikova (CZE) 2188 L

Some very tough opening rounds as many of the England players faced top seeds. Only Josh, Adam and Amy managed to win. However many of the games were hard fought and went the distance, so the players can be optimistic!

Scores:
Josh, Adam, Amy 1
Ilya, Nugith, Dion, Stephen, Harry, Oskar, Chantelle 0

Read on — World Youth Championships, Durban – Days 1 & 2

Wellington Training Day, 19 October – rescheduled!

The Wellington College Training Day which was scheduled for Sunday 19 October is now taking place on Saturday 22nd November. The main reason behind this is that many regular attendees mentioned clashes with other events they were keen to compete in such as European Youth, Guernsey, Witney and Barnet. Unfortunately we are very limited by the dates which Wellington can offer so clashes become unavoidable. The new date will almost certainly clash with events too. I hope that many of you can make it, and please accept my sincere apologies if this now disrupts your plans.

Although most people enter late, if anyone has entered and is unable to make the revised date, please let us know and we will organise a refund. If you would like to get other training opportunities, the Barnet junior training days (which are open to juniors of all levels) are excellent events. Juniors from outside the Barnet area are also very welcome. You can find details here – http://www.barnetjuniorchess.com/ … 5 Oct, 2 Nov and 7 Dec are the first 3 dates.

-  GM Nick Pert