The World U/16 Chess Olympiad in Gyor, Hungary was won by India, ahead of Russia and Iran.
The Australian team of Ari Dale, Jack Puccini, Zachary Loh, Max Chew Lee and Kristine Quek finished tied for 25th, having lost 1-3 to the eventual winners in the first round.
See http://chess-results.com/tnr153962.aspx?lan=1&art=20&fed=AUS&flag=30&wi=821 for complete results.
Report by Adrian Chew Lee
The team were in the end disappointed in only achieving their starting rank, but they were without their number 1 player for the first 4 rounds.
Early results when the team played above their ratings raised their expectations and unfortunately a bad result against a good team in round 5 led to a hit to morale, but they bounced back. In three of the matches that were lost, Australia had winning chances, but unfortunately good opponents will punish you for small errors and the opportunities slipped away. 3 of the team won brilliancy prizes.
Lubomir [Ftacnik] was an excellent coach – he understood the team members’ psychologies and used that to extract the best from each member. This event was a great experience for the team, especially for Max & Kristine being their first such event. The team bonded really well and they would go off and analyse and prepare as a group with or without Lubomir.
We noticed that with the exception of Russia, many teams either had only 4 players and no girl, or only played their girl player [sparingly, as little as one game]. Obviously this was a point of discussion; if FIDE are going to implement the 1 girl per team rule, then it should be that each team must have at least one girl and that girl should play a minimum number of games. In our case, Kristine played extremely well and was an asset to the team.
I must also compliment the Hungarian Chess Federation on the organization of this event at such short notice.
The latest ACF ratings were published on December 1.
See http://auschess.org.au/acf/ratings/ for the complete list.
Top Under 20
2489 16 VIC Cheng, Bobby [IM]
2425 19 VIC Morris, James [IM]
2393 12 NSW Smirnov, Anton [IM]
2331 16 QLD Liu, Yi
2305 19 VIC Schon, Eugene
2270 15 VIC Dale, Ari [IM]
2255 17 VIC Matheson, Laurence
2207 18 QLD Nakauchi, Gene [FM]
2190 14 VIC Puccini, Jack
2149 18 SA Cameron, Alistair
2094 18 ACT Guo, Emma [WIM]
2079 14 VIC Loh, Zachary
2078 18 QLD Louie, Ryan
2060 19 WA Saroha, Chirag
2037 14 NSW Gu, Sean
2012 19 ACT Yin, Wenlin
1997 16 NSW Xuan, Thomas
1994 16 ACT Litchfield, Frederick
1988 14 VIC Chew Lee, Max
1984 19 ACT Bishop, Joshua