World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad

8/14/2016 – Slovakia, officially the Slovak Republic, is a landlocked country in Central Europe, dominated by its mountainous surroundings. Poprad city, the biggest town of the Spiš, recently organized the World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad, attracting 261 chess players from 40 countries, , and thus establishing a new record for the number of countries participating. In a field with traditional chess nations such as Russia and Armenia, the winner was Iran, conceding only one draw. An illustrated report.

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By Shohreh Bayat and Sahar Noori

Photos by Richard Hurai for the official site

A park in the quiet town of Poprad

The spacious playing hall where the competiton took place

Russia's first board IM Golubov Saveliy (2481) lost to Parham Maghsoodloo (2576) from Iran

The talented Indian player WIM Vaishali R played on board three

Team Canada finished in 20th

Sometimes calculations go wrong!

Anuar Ismagambetov, the Kazhak captain, prefers not to watch

The winners: Iran (gold), Russia (silver), and Armenia (bronze)

The Iranian team took clear first. Interestingly, several of the players will also play on the team in Baku!

The Russian team finished in second place

The Armenians came in third

International Arbiter Ivan Syrovy was the chief arbiter of the event

Three best players of board one: Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran) took gold, Mihail Nikitenko (Belarus) took silver, and Haik Martitorosyan (Armenia) was bronze

The three best players of board two: Luis Engel (Germany) took gold, Andrey Esipenko (Russia) was silver, and Alireza Firouzja (Iran) took bronze

Final ranking after nine rounds

Rk SNo Team
Gms
TB 
1 1 Iran
9
8
1
0
17
2 2 Russia
9
7
1
1
15
3 3 Armenia
9
6
2
1
14
4 7 India
9
5
2
2
12
5 6 Hungary 1
9
6
0
3
12
6 12 Belarus
9
5
2
2
12
7 15 China 1
9
4
4
1
12
8 5 Germany 1
9
4
4
1
12
9 21 Moldova
9
5
1
3
11
10 16 Denmark
9
5
1
3
11

Click for complete standings and statistics

Links

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