|6th World Youth U26 Team Chess Championship: San Juan 1986|
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|6th World Youth U26 Team Championship
(see all-time tournament summary)
|City:||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Teams participating:||11 (most probably there was one more team in the pool playing outside the competition)|
|Competition format:||Four board round robin|
|Final order decided by:||Game points|
|Downloadable game file:||86wtch-u26.zip (only 14 games are available)|
|Trinidad & Tobago||TRI|
Part of "I Festival Mundial de Ajedrez de la Juventud por la Paz". There was overwhelming chaos shrouding this tournament. Information was worse than terrible. The press did not event manage to obtain final results of the teams, not to mention any further details. Only courtesy of the Argentinian players made it possible for us to reproduce a smallish selection of their games taken from "Ajedrez de Estilo" magazine. Detailed results of Argentinian team: Ricardi 7/9, Garbarino 6½/9, Soppe 8½/9, Mahía 6/9, Macagno 6/7. Please find below a citation of a note from BCM, which we got thanks to indispensable John Saunders. Note discrepancies in figures!
PUERTO RICO - The World Student Team Championship for which the BUCA was soliciting support (see page 356 last month) took place in July. Rather surprisingly the USA did not take part; nor did the USSR. Hence England won with some ease after beating their main rivals Argentina and Austria in the first two rounds. 1 England 36½ (44) game points in the 11 matches; 2 Argentina 33; 3-4 Austria, Mexico 29 (the latter beating the gold medallists 3-1). Individual scores: James Howell 8(10); Stuart Conquest 7½ (9); Peter Wells 8(9); John Hawksworth 8(9); Neil McDonald 5(7). The first four won the gold medals on their boards; McDonald took the bronze for the reserve.
The team was accompanied by Dr Kumaran of Harrow and by his son Dharshan Kumaran who completed the triumph for England by winning the World U-12 Championship on tie-break ahead of a Puerto Rican, Emilio Pena. The winner's score was 8(9) undefeated, and the presence of his father and a team of analysts was doubtless one of the factors of success.