2010 World Youth Chess Championship – midway report

10/26/2010 – The 2010 World Youth Chess Championship is underway at picturesque Porto Carras, Greece, and has just completed seven rounds. Nearly 1400 children have come from 87 countries to compete for the World Champion titles in categories ranging from Under-8 to Under-18, including players who are already repeat champions. Here is an illustrated report with many lovely pictures.

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2010 World Youth Chess Championships


Playing hall of the world championship

Nearly 1400 players, from no fewer than 87 countries, have gathered in the 2010 World Youth Chess Championships in picturesque Porto Carras, Greece, to compete for the titles of World under-8, under-10, under-12, under-14, under-16, and under-18 titles for both boys and girls. The event is scheduled for 11 rounds, and is just past the midway point with seven rounds played. The organizers have a very high quality website, which we recommend seeing, including a ton of beautiful pictures (they literally have over 1000 so far), and daily videos depicting scenes with traditional Greek music in the background.

Results for the event:

Boys under-8, under-10, under-12, under-14, under-16, and under-18

Girls under-8, under-10, under-12, under-14, under-16, and under-18

Here is a selection of pictures we wanted to share with you:


The start of the round is punctuated by the traditional handshakes.


Some players may feel that prayers are the way to go...


while others feel that even prayers won't save their opponent.


A little bit of guidance and help is always welcome.


A cuddly partner at the table to root for you is never a bad idea.


The children are warriors both at the board and in life.


Some prefer to wear the national colors from head to toe...


and some have their own ideas of fashion.


A young player combining tradition with modern apparel.


Watch it as this young Clark Gable will hear everything you say...


Unless, like Arisha Shtypel, you take draconian steps to not
make a sound.


Sometimes it helps to look at things from a different angle.


You talking to me?


Filling out the paperwork can be tedious business...


...so a helping hand is always nice.


WFM Marsel Efroimski was the Girl's World Youth Champion for both under-12
in 2007, and under-14 in 2009.


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