The massive (1,584 players from 92 countries) 2012 World Youth Tournament held in Maribor, Slovenia, has come to a close and the US made a major effort to claim a good share of victories for its team of 89 players and 12 coaches.
In various parts of the US, fans were cheering for their local favorites. Here in New England, we were watching the fortunes of Carissa Yip of Lexington in the “Under 10 Girls” section. Girls had the choice of entering either the Open section for various ages or one of six sections ranging from U18 to U8 for girls. The boys did not have the choice of entering the girls sections. With no prior FIDE rating, Carissa was rated 124th in her group. Her score reflected a seesaw performance, as she first posted a minus score and then, toward the end, a plus score. She ended with an even score, ranking 64th, well above her starting position. She was apparently not humbled by the tournament according to her father, Percy Yip, who reported back on her games and supplied all the anxiety. He says that he and Carissa will try to be back next year.
In other parts of the country, fans had much to cheer about for their favorites. Kayden Troff, from West Jordan, Utah, is a member of a chess-playing family. He won a silver medal in the “Under 14 Open” section in 2010 and this time he moved even higher, emerging with the gold medal. In his last game, he maneuvered to a winning position against an Indian youngster, who overlooked a mate in one.
Two other American players achieved fame, both from California. Samuel Sevian won the gold in a tiebreak against Cameron Wheeler in the “Under 12 Open” section. Sam started his chess career in Orlando but moved to Santa Clara, Calif., at the age of 7 and, at just short of 10 years, he became the youngest American Master ever. He drew a Chinese player in the last round to lead the pack. Cameron has been sort of a dark horse in this tournament. He is from Cupertino, in Santa Clara, and was rated 12th in his group. He lost to Sevian in the 10th round but drew even with him after winning a marathon 98-move game against an Iranian player in the last round.
Another achiever was Christopher Shen of Columbus, Ohio. His handlers had lost track of him and were pleased to see him step forward to accept the bronze in the “Under 8 Open” section.
Robert Perez of Miami, Boylston CC’s Blitz Champion and an MIT student, came up short in the “Under 18 Open” with a 7-4 score.
Brevity: P. Vaitonis vs. E. Eliskases (1933) 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 d4 5.exf6 dxc3 6.fxg7 cxd2+ 7.Bxd2 Bxg7 8.Qc2 Nd7 9.Nf3 Qc7 10.0–0–0 b6 11.g3 Bb7 12.Bg2 0–0–0 13.Ng5 Ne5 14.Bc3 e6 15.f4 h6 16.Nh3 f5 17.fxe5; 0–1
Winners: BCC Elaine Kahn Memorial — 1st, David Vigorito, 4-0, 2d-3d, Eric Godin and Farzad Abdi, 3-0; MACA 2013 Spiegel Scholastic First Qualifiers — 14 and under, Evan Myer (playoff winner) 3-1, 11 and under, Alex Fauman, 4-0, 8 and under, Luke Randolph, 3.5-.5.
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