Team Canada at WYCC 2013

The 2013 World Youth Chess Championship took place December 19 to 28 in Al Ain, UAE.

Team Canada 2013

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 MontrĂ©al.

There are photos and updates from the Canadian team at the 2013 WYCC on their 2013 WYCC blog.

Opening Ceremony – December 18

WYCC 2013 Opening Ceremony

WYCC 2013 Opening Ceremony 2

Final Results

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:

harmony zhu WYCC 2013

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.

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