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26. axb5 h4 27. bxa6 h3 28. Qd3 Be7 29. a7 Kg7 30. Qd7 Qf8 31. a8=Q!


This deflection wins the bishop and the game.


31. ... Qf3 32. Qxe7+ Kh8 33. Ng5, Black resigned.


Last up in our game section is a game


played by one of our youngest partici- pants, seven-year-old Jason Metpally, showing a tactical alertness that will serve him well in future battles.


Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation (B70) Dmitry Minko (FIDE 1375, RUS) Jason Metpally (FIDE Unrated, USA) World Youth 2011 (5), 11.22.2011


At SEVEN years old Jason was our youngest representative. Here he takes care of his Russian counterpart.


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6


The Dragon Variation is very popular with young players.


6. g3 Bg7 7. Bg2 0-0 8. 0-0 Nc6 9. Nce2 Bd7 10. h3 Rc8 11. Be3 b6 12. f4 Be6 13. Kh2


About equal is 13. Nxe6 fxe6. 13. ... Na5 14. g4??


Walking into a nice tactic that wins an important pawn. 14. ... Bxg4! 15. f5 With 15. hxg4 Nxg4+ White’s game col-


lapses. 15. ... Bxe2 16. Qxe2 Nc4 17. Bc1 Ne5 18.


Nb5 Qd7 19. Nd4 Qc7 20. c3 Qc4 21. Qf2??


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After 21. Qf2 White is having problems with tactics


on the g4-square and this one ends the game.


21. ... Neg4+! 22. hxg4 Nxg4+ 23. Kg1 Nxf2 24. Kxf2 Bxd4+ 25. cxd4 Qxd4+ 26. Ke1 Qb4+ 27. Kd1 Kg7 28. Rh1 Qd4+ 29. Ke1 Rxc1+!


Jason continues to play accurately.


30. Rxc1 Qxb2 31. Kd1 Qxg2 32. Re1 Qxa2 33. Re2 Qb3+ 34. Rec2 Qd3+ 35. Rd2 Qxe4 36. fxg6 Qxg6 37. Rcc2 Qg1+ 38. Ke2 Qg2+ 39. Kd3 Qf3+ 40. Kc4 Rc8+ 41. Kb4 Rxc2 42. Rxc2 Qe4+ 43. Kc3 h5 44. Rc1 h4 45. Rg1+ Kh7 46. Kd2 Qd4+ 47. Ke1 Qxg1+ 48. Kd2 Qg3 49. Ke2 h3 50. Kd2 h2 51. Ke2 h1=R 52. Kd2 Rh2+ 53. Kd1 Qg1 mate.


The city of Caldas Novas is a Brazilian


tourist attraction because of it’s agua quente (“hot water” in Portuguese). Hot tub springs were everywhere. Most of the USA contingent stayed at the Thermas di Roma Hotel. For safety reasons, the best world youth venues are always self-con- tained. (It wouldn’t be good to have the


2011 World Youth Championship At A Glance


Date: November 17-27, 2011 Location: Caldas Novas, Brazil U.S. Results: Under 8 Girls: 6 points—Kaavya Ramesh, Naomi Bashkansky, Chenyi Zhao; Under 8 Open: 71 61


⁄2 points (GOLD)—David Peng, 6points—Brian Gu, 51 Li (SILVER), Tianming Xie, 61 ⁄2 points—Albert Lu, 6 points—Tanuj Vasudeva, John Burke, 51 ⁄2 ⁄2 points—Ben Rood, 5 points—Josiah Stearman, Ethan Joo, Aydin Turgut, 41


points—Awonder Liang, ⁄2


points—Jason Metpally, Ajay Krishnan, 4 points—Arman Baradaran Hosseini, Nguyen Dang Minh; Under 10 Girls: 6 points—Annie Wang, 51


Bikovtseva, 6 points—Simone Liao, 51 points—Kimberly Ding, 5 points—Maggie Feng; Under 12 Open: 7 points—Jeffrey Xiong, 6 points—Cameron Wheeler, 51


cell Szabo, Thomas Knoff, 41—Nicolas Checa, 4 points—Brandon Nydick; Under 12 Girls: 61 ⁄2


⁄2 ⁄2


Andrew Tang, 4 points—Kadhir Pillai; Under 14 Girls: 7 points—Sarah Chiang, 51 Apurva Virkud; Under 14 Open: 61


⁄2 ⁄2


Under 18 Open: 6 points—Eric Rosen, 5 points—Michael Vilenchuk. Full results can be found here: http://www.wycc2011.com/


Coaching Staff: —IM Armen Ambartsoumian, GM Joel Benjamin, GM Nick de Firmian, GM John Fedorowicz, FM Aviv Friedman, FST Michael Khodarkovsky, IM Andranik Matikozyan, GM Sam Palatnik, GM Yury Shulman, GM Gennady Zaitchik.


uschess.org Chess Life — February 2012 35


points—Kesav Viswanadha, Michael Chen, Allan Beilin, 5 points—Jonathan Chiang, 41 ⁄2


Pamatmat, Michael Brown, Tommy He; 41 points—James Black, 4 points—Jialin Ding, Joshua Colas; Under 16 Girls: 5 points— Jessica Regam, 41 points—Rochelle Ballantyne; Under 16 Open: 41


points—Kevin Wang, Varun Krishnan, 6 points—Michael Bodek, 51 ⁄2


⁄2 points—John Hughes; Under 18 Girls: 5 points—Emily Tallo;


points—Rachel Gologorsky, 41 ⁄2


⁄2 ⁄2 points— points—Lillia Poteat, points—Justus Williams, Jarod points—Mariya Oreshko, Agata


⁄2 points—Emily Nguyen, Katherine Davis, Devina Devagharan, 4 points—Sadia Qureshi; Under 10 Open: 7 points—Ruifeng ⁄2


points—Michael Wang, Bovey Liu, Mar- ⁄2


little ones going for a subway ride!) The tournament hall was a short 100 yard walk from the hotel lobby. Across the street from our hotel was an enormous water park with some incredible pools and water slides. The atmosphere was always festive and upbeat, conducive for relaxation and good chess. The accom- modations were fine as was the food, with many choices. One thing that bothered me was FIDE changing the format from 11 rounds to nine rounds. I figure if we’re traveling that far, more games are better. Most sections were decided by tiebreak, 11 rounds would most likely bring a clear winner. I hope next year it reverts back to 11 games. I’d like to extend a special thanks to the


U.S. Chess Trust for their generous con- tribution of $11,000. With many coaches and travel expenses it was greatly appre- ciated. The chess is very serious, but when it’s done it was fun hanging out with friends and parents thanks to them. The group of players I was assigned were hard working and cooperative. We didn’t win any team medals, but we fought hard and won some nice games. Thanks to Emily, Joshua, Michael, Apurva, Kadhir, Josiah and Ben for making my job easy. Next year’s tournament will be played in Maribor, Slovenia. I wish all of our kids the best of luck, keep playing and study- ing! See you all in Maribor!


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Read more USCF reporting from Brazil on Chess Life Online, November archives, including Andrea Rosen’s “Sucesso in Brazil” where she wraps-up the World Youth and declares it “Sucesso” even beyond fantastic quantifiable achieve- ments such as Liang's gold medal.


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