WYCC 2014: The sprint to the finish

by Albert Silver
9/29/2014 – For one player, Dinara Saduakassova, the gold is decided, as she crushed her Girls Under-18 rivals a round in advance, but for others, it will all be decided in the final round. Some will be between two or three dominant forces, and others will be a mad sprint to the end, such as the Boys Under-16 where six have claims on the gold. Once more we bring a wonderful pictorial.

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Tournament leader Yesuntumur Tugstumur has led the Boys Under-8
throughout and conceded only two draws, one of which was to...

...Ilya Makoveev, the second seed and in hot pursuit. They will
decide gold, and it all comes down to the last round.

Resistance was futile

A scene of the battlefield

This is what a World Youth championship looks like

Indian Sarin Nihal has virtually guaranteed gold a round in advance
with 9.0/10 since his only challenger is a full point behind

Ezizova Bagul, a little princess who loves a four-hour struggle

On your marks! Get set!... Go!

Indian WFM Deshmukh Divya is one of the few players with a near perfect
9.5/10, yet in spite of this, she has not guaranteed gold, since her rival...

... top seed WFM Bibissara Assaubayeva (1927) is in hot pursuit with 9.0/10.
After that, there is a two-point gap with the rest of the field.

The last players standing...

... sort of.

American David Peng continues his great tournament in the Boys Under-12,
but is hanging on to the gold by a thread with 8.0/10 and six a half point behind

Argentine IM Alan Pichot is trying to make history in the Boys Under-16,
but in the hardest fought section of the tournament. Not only are there
two more with the same 8.0/10 as he has, but a further three with 7.5/10

All hail the champion, since top seed Dinara Saduakassova (2409) has
won the Girls Under-18 a round in advance with 9.0/10, a point and a
half ahead of the rest

Watching the games from afar

Rivals and buddies for a lifetime

We would like to extend special thanks to Reint Dykema who has provided wonderful pictures at the South African Chess federation's Facebook page. The pictures presented here are but the smallest sample of his work.

About the photographer

Reint Dykema has been taking photos for 24 years. He developed a passion for photography and this has lead him on the path of capturing the emotions at weddings in wedding photography, and this passion followed his children’s passions of which chess is but one. A chess player himself and Fide development trainer, this also helps him to understand the position the players are in  and trying to reflect that. Not good at waiting for hours at chess games, chess photography has become a natural outlet for a photography and chess enthusiast.


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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications, and the content creator of the YouTube channel, Chess & Tech.


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