|USA-2 on left versus Hungary. From front to back:|
Chris, Arthur, Yian and Michael (not visible).
Teams from 26 countries arrived in Chongqing, China to compete in the World Youth Chess Olympiad. Ten American juniors came to represent the nation on two separate teams. The official team USA-2 scored 11 out of 12 points in the first three rounds, vanquishing opponents from Singapore and two Chinese schools. USA-2 split round 4 against #3 seed Hungary on the strength of a win by Chris Gu on board 4.
This result set up a showdown versus top rated Russia on Thursday morning. Although Arthur Shen won and Yian Liou drew, the Russians proved simply too strong with the White pieces on boards 1 and 3. After this setback, the team regrouped quickly to pull out an important match victory in the afternoon round against Indonesia.
|Board 2 FM Yian Liou|
|Board 1 FM Michael Bodek|
Team Standings (after Round 6)
- 11 MP - India
- 10 MP - Russia, China-2, Hungary and Iran
- 9 MP - China-1, USA-2, Australia-1, Turkey and Kazakhstan
Unfortunately, the lower rated USA-1 team has fallen on tough times, losing first to #2 seed India and subsequently to two of the Chinese schools. These scholastic programs represent the future of Chinese chess, which developed many talented young Grandmasters over the years--including 7 of the current Top 100 in the World, all under age 30!
- Pairings and Results
- Schedule (subtract 15 hours for PDT)
- Live games
- Chess Life Online (report by GM Rogers)
Photos courtesy of Chiiwen Liou.