2nd World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad: Kuala Lumpur 2002

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Basic data

2nd World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 20th - 28th August 2002
City: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Venue: Exhibition Centre at Mid Valley Megamall
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 28 (incl. 8 reserve teams)
Players participating: 131 (incl. 3 IMs, 1 WIM and 4 FMs)
Games played: 560
Competition format: Four board ten round Swiss.
Final order decided by: Game points
Time control: N/A
Official logo: KUALA LUMPUR 2002
Website: http://www.thechessnetwork.net/ (cached)
Other websites: England in the Olympiad (cached)
Downloadable game file: 02u16-ol.zip

Tournament review

England-KazakhstanThe Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) organised the World Youth Olympiad (U16), which was on that year open to players born in 1986 or later. Some nations fielded two teams (China, Singapore, Hong Kong) and some three (Australia, Malaysia). Following the last-minute withdrawal of Zambia, Malaysia has added a fourth team in order to even out the numbers. The tournament was declared open by Kirsan Ilumzhinov. Following a speech to the assembled players and officials, Ilumzhinov made a symbolic first move (e4) on an extremely large chess set installed in the centre of the hall.

Second seeds China "A" took clear first on the back of an 85% score on board 1 by Wang Yue and an 80% score on board 2 by Zhao Jun. Top seeds the Ukraine finished second but could be said to have underperformed with IM Areshchenko scoring only 60% on board 1 and future GM Karjakin losing a lot of points on board 2 with a 75% (performance rating of about 2373) score. Seventh seeds Indonesia took third place and fourth seeds India finished 4th. Overperformances were achieved by 11th seeds Uzbekistan (5th) and 17th seeds Singapore (9th). 5th Seeds England (13th) and 3rd seeds Romania (6th) performed less well.

Best board results

1st Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. FM Wang Yue CHN 10 85.0
2. Megaranto, Susanto INA 10 75.0
3. Deepan Chakravarthy, Jeyakumar IND 10 65.0

2nd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Zhao Jun CHN 8 10 80.0
2. IM Karjakin, Serhyi UKR 10 75.0
3. FM Gareev, Timur UZB 7 10 70.0

3rd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn VIE 7 92.9
2. Zhou Weiqi CHN 10 85.0
3. Esenov, Annaberdi TKM 8 10 80.0

4th Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Zdebskaya, Natalia UKR 8 81.3
2. Rohit, Goginenni IND 8 81.3
3. Wahyudi, Surya INA 7 10 70.0

Reserve Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Tan, Joshua MAS3 5 90.0
2. FM Gupta, Abhijeet IND 6 7 85.7
3. Lappage, Jonathan ENG 7 78.6

Interesting games

Final manoeuvre deserves high praise.
Luo Xinping (CHN2) - Ismagambetov, Anuar (KAZ) 0 - 1

A typical "Greek gift" sacrifice.
Foudzi, Johan Iskandar (MAS2) - Lee, Michelle (AUS) 1 - 0