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World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad – Round 8

The Turkish Chess Federation (TCF) organises the World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad in Kocaeli, Turkey from 23rd October to 1st November. The Olympiad is conducted under the auspices of Federation Internationale Des Echecs (FIDE).

Entitled to participate are players who shall not have reached the age of 16, by 1st January 2011, (Date of Birth 1995 and after). TCF provides free board and lodging for a team of 4 players and the official for ten days.

Armenia took a lead in the second round but in the seventh round they made a draw with Iran and gave up the top position to Russia.

After a little break Armenian players crushed the team from England with amazing 4-0 score while Russian team defeated Kazakhstan with 3-1 score.

Armenia won against England with 4-0 score

Armenia won against England with 4-0 score (photos by Anastasia Karlovich)

Russian team played against Kazakhstan team in the eighth round and managed to win the match with 3-1 score

Russian team played against Kazakhstan team in the eighth round and managed to win the match with 3-1 score

Thus Armenia overtakes the lead in the tournament half a point ahead of Russia. Azerbaijan team managed to win against Switzerland and shares the third place together with Iran and 2 points behind Russia. Only two rounds remain and every half a point can be decisive.

The tournament is being played as a 10 Round Swiss. Each match between teams will be conducted over 4 boards. The time control is 90 minutes with 30 seconds increments per move.

There are 122 players from Turkey, Scotland, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Slovakia, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Iran, Kenya, Armenia, Czech Republic, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Moldova, England and Georgia.

Follow the live games on the official website

During the opening ceremony of the World U-16 Chess Olympiad delegations gathered in the center of Kocaeli

During the opening ceremony of the World U-16 Chess Olympiad delegations gathered in the center of Kocaeli

Iranian team defeated Indian team with 3-1 score

Iranian team defeated Indian team with 3-1 score

Round 8 results:
Russia 3 – 1 Kazakhstan
England 0 – 4 Armenia
Iran 3 – 1 India
Switzerland 1 – 3 Azerbaijan
Georgia 1½ – 2½ Malaysia
Turkey-Red 2½ – 1½ Turkey-White
South Africa-Team-A 1½ – 2½ Syria
Moldova 4 – 0 UAE-Team-A
Turkey-Turkuaz 1 – 3 Scotland
South Africa-Team-B ½ – 3½ Czech Republic
Kenya 0 – 4 Kyrgyzstan
Turkey-Kocaeli ½ – 3½ Slovakia
UAE-Team-B 3 – 1 UAE-Team-C

Round 8 standings:
1 Armenia 23½
2 Russia 23
3 Azerbaijan 21
4 Iran 21
5 Georgia 18
6 Kazakhstan 18
7 Malaysia 18
8 India 17½
9 Turkey-Red 17½
10 Moldova 17½
11 Syria 17
12 Kyrgyzstan 17
13 Switzerland 16½
14 Czech Republic 16½
15 Turkey-White 16½
16 Scotland 16
17 England 15½
18 South Africa-Team-A 15½
19 Slovakia 15½
20 Turkey-Turkuaz 14½
21 UAE-Team-A 13½
22 South Africa-Team-B 13½
23 UAE-Team-B 13
24 Turkey-Kocaeli 11½
25 UAE-Team-C 7
26 Kenya 2

Team from Switzerland, lead by Artur Jussupow, placed 13th after 8 rounds

Team from Switzerland, lead by Artur Jussupow, placed 13th after 8 rounds

Turkey-Turkuaz team consists of girls only. Turkuaz means turquoise, a color which basically takes its name from the word "Turkish" in French, possibly referring to the color of a gem sold in the Turkish basars in the 16th century.

Turkey-Turkuaz team consists of girls only. Turkuaz means turquoise, a color which basically takes its name from the word "Turkish" in French, possibly referring to the color of a gem sold in the Turkish basars in the 16th century.

UAE-Team-C is also represented by girls

UAE-Team-C is also represented by girls

Hasenohr Benedict from Switzerland is very concentrated during the game

Hasenohr Benedict from Switzerland is very concentrated during the game

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