The 2013 World Youth Chess Championship took place December 19 to 28 in Al Ain, UAE.
Forty-one Canadian players represented Canada at this year’s WYCC. Players qualified for the 11-round WYCC at regional qualifier tournaments and then at the Canadian Youth Chess Championship in July. This year’s CYCC was in Ottawa; next year’s CYCC (and with it the Canadian Open) will be in Montréal.
There are photos and updates from the Canadian team at the 2013 WYCC on their 2013 WYCC blog.
Opening Ceremony – December 18
Canada had several notable results (Qiyu Zhou placed 20th in Under-14 Girls, Richard Wang placed 16th in Under-16 Open, and Issani Nameer placed 9th in Under-8 Open) but the biggest story is Harmony Zhu winning a gold medal in Under-8 Girls with a score of 9/11. Here’s a press-room video interview with Harmony:
And here’s a picture, taken just after she won her final-round game:
With Harmony’s gold, Canada was one of only 8 countries to win a gold medal. India led the medal standings with 3 gold medals, 2 silver, and 3 bronze.