Canada at the 2012 WYCC

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.

The team has an official Team Canada 2012 WYCC site, but check the team’s facebook page for new photos and updates!

Go, Canada!


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!

Games should be available live from the official site or chessbomb.

Richard Wang

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.

Harmony Zhu, with her parents

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.

Arhant Washimkar
Qiyu Zhou

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.

2012 WYCC U14 Open medal winners, American FM Kayden Troff, Indian FM Chithambaram Aravindh, and Canadian IM Richard Wang, with former World Champion Garry Kasparov

Mestne Občine Maribor

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7 thoughts on “Canada at the 2012 WYCC”

  1. Mark Plotkin, also playing in our Toronto Junior, is a late addition so the Canadian contingent is up 28.

    Richard Wang is the #4 seed in the U14 Open section and I pegged his winning (gold) chances at ChessTalk at circa 1 in 8. For my money, the youngest member of the team, the ACC’s own Harmony Zhu, has even a higher probability of bringing home gold and I gave her a 1 in 4 chance of accomplishing just that.

    Harmony will be celebrating her 7th birthday in Mirabor on November 17th so no further ACC members will suffer the ’embarrassment’ of losing to a 6-year-old.

  2. I have to raise those Harmony odds to 1 in 5. Previously the WYCC 2012 site had only listed 3 U8 girls with FIDE ratings > 1500. Those were the defending champion, and hence WFM, Bibissara Assaubayeva (1698) from Kazakhstan; Taisiya Tereshechkina (1642) from Russia; and Camille Ginovart (1577) from France. Now, however, there’s a new name and #1 seed, Judit Juhasz (1710) from Hungary.

  3. Our 2 regular ACC members, 8-year-old Arhant Washimkar and 6-year-old Harmony Zhu, are a perfect 4/4 through 2 Rounds!

  4. Just want to point out Harmony Zhu has spent over a year as a member of Golden Knight chess club in Burnaby/ Vancouver. This is where she got her first CFC rating and finished 3rd @ CYCC 2011 against players almost 2 years loder than her:
    http://64funsolutions.ca/national
    It would be a nice gesture to recognise her roots and the efforts to bring her where she is today! If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to contact me!

    1. Yes, I would like to know more about how she has reached such a high level of play at a very young age. My son started about 7 months ago at four and a half (now 5), and I’m beginning to lose games to him, I would really appreciate any tips on training and study to help him develop. hopefully after he starts lessons he can also can take part in some tournaments in the Toronto area.

  5. And a very, very special birthday today to Harmony! She’s officially no longer a six-year-old so none of us here at the ACC will again be able to lament that we just lost a chess game to a 6-year-old!

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