6th World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad: Singapore 2007

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Basic data

6th World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 4th - 12th August 2007
City: Singapore city
Venue: Asean Chess Academy
Tournament Director & Chief Arbiter: IA Osric Mooi Kok Onn (SIN)
Deputy Arbiters: FA Nguyễn Phước Trung (VIE), FA Thomas Hoe (SIN)
Teams participating: 34 (from 24 countries)
Players participating: 151 (incl. 3 IMs, 12 FMs, 2 CMs and 2 WFMs)
Games played: 680
Competition format: Four board ten round Swiss.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Buchholz; 3. Match points
Time control: 90 minutes per game + 30 seconds per move
Official logo: SINGAPORE 2007
Websites: Report from the Closing ceremony from www.fide.com
All India Chess Federation summary
Filipino team summary taken from a private blog
The Hindu reports: r1, r2&3, r4&5, r6&7, r8&9, r10, summary
Downloadable game file: 07u16-ol.zip

Tournament review

View at the game hallThirty-four national junior teams from 24 countries arrived to Singapore to participate in the games of the 12th World Youth Olympiad. Among them three IMs (with top seed, 13-year-old Filipino prodigy Wesley So) and a number of FMs. Although the pool comprised mostly of Asian teams some strong European sides participated, like Hungary, Switzerland and England. Ukraine, the titleholders withdrew hours before the opening ceremony. It is interesting to add, that even European and North American teams comprised mostly of promising players of Asian descent. As far as Elo list was concerned, it was a two horse race: India and Hungary. The rest might had been hoping at most for bronze medals.

The event was a ten round Swiss. On the opening day Hungary dropped as much as 1½ point vs Malaysia (FM Mihók lost to unrated player) while India made a rousing start wiping out USA 4-0. The Philippines (IM So + unrated newbies) showed good shape defeating Switzerland 3-1. View at the game hall On day two India first drew vs Indonesia but bounced back later on that day hammering Iceland 4-0; Hungary first beat Singapore "B" 3-1 (Mihók lost again!), then took clear 4-0 win against Singapore "D" (yes!). Uzbekistan and India were in shared lead after three rounds. Day three turned to be decisive. In the morning India drew with Uzbekistan while Hungary beat the Philippines by the narrow margin to level on points with the leading duo. In round 5 Hungary met India in the match at the top. The Indians scored a thumping 3½-½ to earn decisive moral and point advantage. The rest was believed to be an easy run for India who demolished Turkey on round 6, while Hungary had another bad day scoring rather unremarkable 2-2 vs Australia. The Philippines beat Uzbekistan to move to second position. The shocker came later on that day: the Philippines beat India 3-1! Swayams Mishra's win at bottom board wasn't enough to compensate unexpected losses at boards #1 to #3. Meanwhile, Hungary's nightmare continued, as they barely drew with Turkey to stay at disastrous 10th. India were still in the lead at 20 points, just a single point ahead of the Philippines (19) and Uzbekistan (18½). The rest day was crucial for the favourites. Victorious Indian teamOn day 5 (rounds 8&9) India beat 2½-1½ Australia and Iran respectively, while Hungary took two 4-0's in a row (at last!) to move half of a point behind the leaders. The Philippines retained third spot despite dropping two match draws vs Singapore and Austalia. Uzbekistan lost 4-0 to Hungary and were out of play. The last round was full of tension, and India barely managed to hang on their modest lead. They beat Singapore 3-1 but Hungary's top board FM Fodor lost to Miss Irine Kharisma of Indonesia to drop the decisive point and keep Hungary at second place. The Philippines easily defended bronze medals.

India's success was fully deserved (despite poor loss vs the Philippines) and all five members of the team contributed to the overall victory. Hungary were disappointing all along. A team rated at 2437 performed at poor 2280! Mihók was unable to play at his average level and Prohászka's (Elo 2486) score looks decent (6/9) but he had exceptionally poor opposition. Bronze for the Philippines was a sensation. It was fantastic Wesley So who contributed mostly to the success (9½/10, Elo performed 2736), another individual medal was won by H.Pascua at board #3. Other remarkable results: FM Nazreen Bakri Anas (Malaysia), 8½/10 at top board; Junta Ikeda (Australia) 6½/8 at board #2; Hlanganiso Gondwe (Zambia), 8/10 - winner at board #3.

Individual medals

1st Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. IM So, Wesley PHI 10 95.0
2. FM Anas, Nazreen Bakri MAS 10 85.0
3. IM Adhiban, Baskaran IND 10 75.0

2nd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Pap, Gyula HUN 10 85.0
2. Ikeda, Junta AUS 8 81.3
3. Mustafaev, Khurshed UZB 10 75.0

3rd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Gondwe, Hlanganiso ZAM 8 10 80.0
2. Pascua, Haridas PHI 10 75.0
3. Celis Chang, Joel MAC 10 75.0

4th Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Azemati, Amir IRI 5 6 83.3
2. Shyam Nikhil, P. IND 7 78.6
3. Kottahachchy, Oshadhi Varunajith SRI2 10 75.0

Reserve Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. FM Balog, Imre HUN 8 81.3
2. Al-Amery, Saleh UAE 4 5 80.0
3. Swayams Mishra IND 5 70.0

Interesting games

That tournament was a one-man show. This is Wesley So's best win.
So, Wesley (PHI) - Fodor, Tamás (HUN) 1 - 0

We have seen a lot of really bad chess around.
Yet from a 2100 one should expect a bit more than that.
Duport, Nicolas (SUI) - Balog, Imre (HUN) 0 - 1

Longest game of the tournament (White could have won much faster).
Þorgeirsson, Sverrir (ISL) - Dole, Anant (RSA) 1 - 0

Whatever poor White plays, his treatment of an opening deserves a glance.
Chibesakunda, Chushi (ZAM) - Hercules, Benjamin Vincent (RSA) 0 - 1

Prohászka pushed too hard to equal the score of the match.
Prohászka, Péter (HUN) - Nitin, Senthilvel (IND) 0 - 1

The 2400 outplayed nicely by an unrated kid!
Muhammad, Izz Saifuddin (MAS) - Mihók, Olivér (HUN) 1 - 0

That was interesting piece of tactics, though certainly not error-free.
Khandelwal, Ankush (ENG) - Rajapaksha, R. M. C. M. (SRI) ½ - ½