World Youth Chess Championships 2012
- The 2012 WYCC takes place in Slovenia, November 7 to 19.
- Check the official site for pairings, results, live games, and up-to-date information.
- Check well-organized official results after each round
Team Canada at the WYCC 2012
The Canadian team consists of 28 players in 12 age and gender categories – Open and Girls Under-8, Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16, and Under-18.
Local Toronto players on the team include Arhant Washimkar and Harmony Zhu, who are regular club players at ACC – now representing all of Canada in the U8 Open and U8 Girls categories. Way to go, Arhant and Harmony! [Harmony is a former member of the Golden Knight Chess Club in Burnaby, BC – see comments, below.]
Alex Florea and Rebecca Giblon, who are also currently playing at ACC in the Toronto Junior and Toronto Women’s Championships, are competing for Canada in U16 Open and U16 Girls. Mark Plotkin, also playing at ACC in the Toronto Junior, is playing in the U14 Open category. [Thanks, Jack, for the intel.] Good luck, Mark, Alex, and Rebecca!
Among other notable participants, Richard Wang (U14), from Edmonton, earned his IM title at this year’s Canadian Closed (at age 13) and must be one of our best medal hopes this year. Jason Cao (U12), from Victoria, is of course famous as the U10 World Champion of 2010. And Ashley Tapp (U12 Girls), also from BC, has already become a bit of a chess celebrity through her recent fundraising campaign. Good luck to all our young Canadian players!
Team Canada at the WYCC is led once again by Andrew Giblon as Head of Delegation, with FM Andrew Peredun and IM Edward Porper as official coaches.
Arrival Day – Wednesday, November 7
Most of the Canadian contingent are staying twenty minutes outside Maribor in the picturesque Hotel Tisa …
… where they are busy training:
Meanwhile, the tournament site is ready and waiting:
Round One – Thursday, November 8
Round One starts at 15:00 Central European Time, 9:00 am Toronto time. Pairings and results are posted on the WYCC site. (Filter Federation=CAN to see Team Canada’s results.) Selected games are running live on chessbomb.
Early pairings in a large Swiss are, as usual, heavy rating mismatches, so there aren’t many surprises in the first-round results. Among the winners, Mark Plotkin (1928) beats teammate Kajan Thanabalachandran (UNR) in U10 Open; Arhant Washimkar (UNR) beats Slovenian Aleksander Dajcman (UNR) in U8 Open; and Harmony Zhu (UNR) gets a first-round bye in U8 Girls.
Rounds Two to Four – Friday-Sunday, November 9-11
While there are a number of players with fine records and good games, only two now are still perfect. Richard Wang, number 4 seed in U14 Open, is 4/4 and will be defending top board in his section next round. Meanwhile Harmony Zhu, with 4/4 in U8 Girls, will be playing the top seed in her section next round. Two big games to watch in Round 5 action early Monday morning!
Rounds Five to Six – Monday, November 12
With a break day coming up Tuesday, there are two rounds on Monday.
In Round 5, Harmony draws the U8 Girls top-seed, Hungarian Judit Juhasz! In Round 6, she loses to the number-3 seed, Russian Taisiya Tereshechkina.
After six rounds, there are four Canadians holding places in the top-20 in their categories:
Richard Wang in U14 Open has 5.0/6, and is currently in 2nd place (initally 4th seed).
Harmony Zhu in U8 Girls has 4.5/6, and is currently in 9th (initially 91st).
Arhant Washimkar in U8 Open has 4.5/6, and is currently in 12th (initially 129th).
Qiyu Zhou in U12 Girls has 4.0/6, and is currently in 19th (initially 15th).
Complete official results are posted on the Chess-Results Server.
Rounds Seven to Nine – Wednesday to Friday, November 14-16
After nine rounds, our three contenders are still looking good for a top-ten finish. Harmony, Qiyu, and Richard all won their Round-9 games, and all have 6.5/9 going into the last two rounds.
Here’s Harmony’s Round-9 win:
Round Ten – Saturday, November 17
Unofficial results show Qiyu losing to Kazakhstani WIM Zhansaya Abdumalik (top seed in Girls U12), while Richard and Harmony, each winning their games, are heading into the final round with 7.5/10. Harmony and Richard are also both 6th in their sections.
Harmony is also celebrating her 7th birthday today – Happy birthday, Harmony!
Good luck to everyone in the final round!
Round Eleven – Sunday, November 18 – Final Round!
It’s an early-morning round, to make time for closing ceremonies later in the afternoon.
In U8 Girls, Harmony Zhu is playing Motahare Asadi on board 1.
In U14 Open, Richard Wang is playing Radoslaw Gajek on board 2.
Harmony, with a loss, finishes 8th in the world among girls under 8. Richard, with a last-round win, takes a bronze medal for Canada for players under 14.
Check complete final results for Team Canada.