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Canadian Youth Team at 2011 WYCC

WYCC in Caldas Novas, Goiás, Brasil – Nov. 18 to 26

Team Canada at the 2011 World Youth Chess Championship

The 2011 World Youth Chess Championship opened on Friday November 18 in Brazil. Players from 80 countries were competing in the event. At 40 strong, Canada had one of the largest delegations.

In the end, Canada’s only medal winner was Toronto’s Michael Song, who earned 3rd place in the U12 Open section, with 7/9.

Top-10 finishes were also earned by:

  • Taylor Zhang (Richmond Hill, ON) 5th place, U8 Girls – 6.5/9
  • Yuanchen Zhang (Markham, ON) 9th place, U10 Open – 6.5/9
  • Richard Wang (Edmonton, AB) 10th place, U14 Open – 6.5/9

See also the previous ACC News item, “Canadian Youth Team Preparing for Brazil”.

More coverage:

Rounds 8 and 9 (Nov 25-26)

Montreal’s Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte, who had held first place in the U12 Open section through six rounds, earned his second and third straight loss, finishing 40th.

Meanwhile, Richard Wang won two in a row, finishing 10th in the U14 Open. Yuanchen Zhang got a draw and a win, finishing 9th in the U10 Open. And little Taylor Zhang got her third and fourth win in a row, finishing 5th in U8 Girls!

Taylor Zhang, with her mom

But Canada’s biggest winner this WYCC was Michael Song. Michael lost to Hungarian FM (and U12 silver medallist) Benjamin Glendura in Round 8, but won his game in Round 9, finishing tied for third (and with the best tie-break) at 7.0/9.

Benjamin Glendura-Michael Song

Check complete results on the official CAN WYCC team page.

Round 7 (Nov 24)

Michael Song, 3rd (U12 Open)

Loren Laceste, 12th (U18 Open)

Michael Song has won again! At 5-0-2, he is still undefeated. And with 6.0/7, he is now in a three-way tie for first in the U12 Open section, 3rd on tie-break. Kenta, who had been leading the section through six rounds, finally lost his seventh-round game. Kenta is now ranked 11th.

Luke, with a loss, is still 9th in the U8 Open. Yuanchen, with a loss, is 12th in the U10 Open. And Loren Laceste, with a win, has 5.0/7 and is now tied for 8th (12th on tie-break) in the U18 Open!

Two rounds to go, Friday and Saturday… Go, Team Canada!

Round 6 (Nov 23)

Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte

Our U12 boys, Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte and Michael Song, are world beaters! Kenta got a draw and Michael won, so they’re both at 5.0/6. Kenta is still ranked 1st in the section, with the best tie-break, and Michael is tied for 6th.

Meanwhile, in U10 Open, Yuanchen Zhang is in a massive tie for 2nd with 5.0/6 (=7th on tie-break).

And in U8 Open, Luke Pulfer has moved up to =3rd with another win and 5.0/6.

Round 5 (Nov 22)

Through five rounds, Montreal’s Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte is still leading the Canadian team, and his U-12 Open section, with 4.5/5, having given up just one draw, in round 5. His U-12 teammate Michael Song from North York is in 8th place in the same section with 4.0/5. Michael is also undefeated, with a record of 3-0-2, .

Three other Canadian players have 4.0/5: Luke Pulfer from Surrey BC in the U8 Open (9th), Yuanchen Zhang from Markham ON in the U10 Open (11th), and Richard Wang from Edmonton AB in U-14 Open (9th).

Rest Day (Nov 21)

The WYCC scheduled a rest day on Monday. Here are some pictures from Toronto’s Liza Orlova (U18 Girls) – with US players, Emily Tallo and Mikhail Vilenchuk. Liza reports that “Canada and America are best friends this WYCC.”

Liza Orlova and Emily Tallo

Mikhail Vilenchuk and Liza Orlova

Rounds 3 and 4 (Nov 20)

Sunday saw double-round action. Several of our young superstars have impressive records in the first four rounds:

Kenta is still perfect at 4.0/4, and leads the U12 Open – clear first! His U-12 teammates, Michael Song and Razvan Preotu, are close behind at 3.5/4 and 3.0/4. Qiyu has 3.5/4 in U12 Girls (her third-round win is posted below). Myriam Roy has 3.0/4 in U16 Girls.

Sergey Noritsyn

Sergey Noritsyn and Luke Pulfer, have 3.5/4 and 3.0/4 in the U8 Open. Richard Wang has 3.5/4 in the U14 Open. And Loren Laceste has 3.0/4 in the U18 Open (his third-round win is posted below).

Here are Qiyu’s and Loren’s Round-3 games:

Round 2 (Nov 19)

Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte

Qiyu Zhou

All three Canadian boys in the U12 Open won their second-round games: Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte, Michael Song, and Razvan Preotu are heading into round 3 with perfect 2.0/2 records!

In U12 Girls, Qiyu Zhou defeated her section’s top seed, Ivana Maria Furtado (IND)! Check out her game, below (annotated by John Upper, and posted on ChessTalk.) Qiyu has a perfect 2.0/2 record.

Round 1 (Nov 18)

Luke Pulfer

In U8 Open, Sergey Noritsyn and Luke Pulfer won their first-round games. Here is Luke’s game against Arman Baradaran (USA) – with a sense of humour at the end.


Round Date BRDT EST
1 Fri Nov 18 16h 1:00 pm
2 Sat Nov 19 15h 12:00 pm
3 Sun Nov 20 10h 7:00 am
4 Sun Nov 20 17h 2:00 pm
rest day Mon Nov 21
5 Tues Nov 22 15h 12:00 pm
6 Wed Nov 23 15h 12:00 pm
7 Thurs Nov 24 15h 12:00 pm
8 Fri Nov 25 15h 12:00 pm
9 Sat Nov 26 10h 7:00 am

Canadian Youth Team Preparing for Brazil

Liza Orlova (U18 Girls), Myriam Roy (U16 Girls), and Sergey Noritsyn (U8 Open) are among 40 Canadian players headed to Brazil for the 2011 WYCC

2011 WYCC starts November 17

The tournament is under way! Check results.

Canada is sending a forty-player contingent (with five or six players participating in some of the age and gender categories) to the 2011 World Youth Chess Championships in Brazil.

See the complete list of Canadian team members, below.

This year’s Canadian team coaches are Nikolay Noritsyn, Andrew Peredun, and Mikhail Egorov; head of delegation is Andrew Giblon; assistant head of delegation is Gary Gladstone; and CFC youth co-ordinator is Patrick McDonald.

IM Nikolay Noritsyn

WYCC is an annual world chess championship for youth under 18, with boys’ and girls’ U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18 categories. It takes place this year from November 17 to 27 in Caldas Novas, a hydrothermal resort town in Brazil. The event was last in Brazil sixteen years ago, in 1995, albeit under a different name. (The tournament was previously known as the World Children’s Cup, and still earlier, the Cadet Championships.)

The big news from last year’s WYCC was Jason Cao winning gold for Canada in U10 Open. Jason placed third at this year’s CYCC (he’s now playing in U12 Open) but he has decided not to join the Canadian WYCC team in Brazil.

Canada has several strong entrants in this year’s World Youth Championship, particularly in the U12 Open section, where Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte, Michael Song, and Razvan Preotu are initially ranked 8th, 12th, and 22nd.

Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte

The 2011 Canadian Youth Chess Championship – held in Richmond Hill this July, just before the Canadian Open – was a mandatory qualifying event for WYCC participants. Check MonRoi’s pictures from the 2011 CYCC.

Good luck to all our Canadian players in Brazil!

In the Media…

October 29: 8-year-old Rohan Talukdar is featured in the Windsor Star
Read the story, “Windsor’s budding chess star…

November 7: Jeannie Zhang, Rachel Tao, and Lily Zhou are featured in the Windsor Star
Read the story, “Chess mates headed for world tourney

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Canada’s WYCC players:

Check official CYCC standings and CAN WYCC team.

U-8 Girls U-8 Open
1 Taylor Zhang 1164 Richmond Hill, ON 1 Sergey Noritsyn 1637 Richmond Hill, ON
2 Jeannie Yiying Zhang 1015 Windsor, ON 2 Luke Pulfer 1445 Surrey, BC
3 Frank Wang 1344 Toronto, ON
Rohan Shyam Talukdar 1208 Windsor, ON
U-10 Girls U-10 Open
1 Constance Zhaoxing Wang 1369 Toronto, ON 1 Yuanchen Zhang 1978 Markham, ON
Varshini Paraparan 919 Toronto, ON 2 Dinny Wang 1339 Mississauga, ON
Lily Zhou 868 Windsor, ON
U-12 Girls U-12 Open
1 Melissa Giblon 1528 Thornhill, ON 1 Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte 2046 Montreal, QC
2 Qiyu Zhou 1811 Ottawa, ON 3 Razvan Preotu 2155 Burlington, ON
3 Rachel Tao 1160 Windsor, ON Michael Ji Yu Song 2102 North York, ON
Dorsa Moayyed 1013 North York, ON
U-14 Girls U-14 Open
1 Joanne Foote 1533 Richmond, BC 1 Richard Wang 2329 Edmonton, AB
2 Louisa Qian Qian Hou 1483 LaSalle, QC 2 James Fu 2119 Scarborough, ON
3 Rebecca Giblon 1620 Thornhill, ON Agastya Kalra 1995 Ottawa, ON
Yimang Yang 1758 Mississauga, ON
Mark Plotkin 1912 Thornhill, ON
Bryant Yang 1681 Thornhill, ON
U-16 Girls U-16 Open
2 Myriam Roy 1987 Varennes, QC 1 David Zhang 2186 Calgary, AB
3 Regina-Veronicka Kalaydina 1946 Calgary, AB 2 Nikita Gusev 2272 Richmond Hill, ON
1 Chang Yun 1828 Brossard, QC Mikhail Ivanov 2156 Toronto, ON
Tina Fang 1736 London, ON Konstantin Semianiuk 2207 Toronto, ON
Kimia Moayyed 1155 North York, ON Simon Gladstone 2076 Thornhill, ON
U-18 Girls U-18 Open
1 Yelizaveta Orlova 2015 Toronto, ON 1 Loren Laceste 2238 North Vancouver, BC
3 Linda Fu 954 Toronto, ON