(Alex Grossman on left is playing against his opponent from Greece in round 1.)
Northern California junior Alex Grossman is representing Australia at the World Youth (U16) Chess Olympiad in Mersin, Turkey (near the Syrian border). Alex is playing on top board for a fairly low-rated Aussie team, which means he can expect to face stiff FIDE rated competition from other countries. For example, he lost to Sotirios Malikentzos (2063) from Greece in round 1. Alex currently has 0.5 out of 3 while his team stands in 20th place out of 26 teams. Good luck mate! Checkmate those blokes! :-)
Update on Wednesday night: Alex Grossman now has 1.5 out of 6 in Turkey. He lost to four players rated about 1975 average FIDE and scored 1.5 in two games versus unrated opponents. The competition is quite tough, including two Grandmasters and several IMs!