Greece, "Amazing So Far" as 29-Player Delegation Begins Battle for Medals

Our World Youth delegation has arrived in Halkidiki, Greece, Photo Grant Oen

29 young Americans are battling in Halkidiki, Greece at the World Youth in six sections, Open and Girls in Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18.   Among the contenders: last year's gold medalist in the Open Under 12, Vincent Tsay.

Vincent Tsay, the gold medalist in the Open Under 12, moves up to Under 14. Sporting jacket from sponsor Two Sigma

Tsay won his first game on the Black side of a c3 Sicilian. His opponent misplayed a promising attack on move 24, where the immediate 24.Bxf5!, followed by Nh4 was strong.

[pgn] [Event "U14 World Youth Championship"] [Date "2018.10.20"] [White "Tombolis, Christopher"] [Black "Tsay, Vincent"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B40"] [WhiteElo "1882"] [BlackElo "2310"] [PlyCount "132"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "England"] [BlackTeam "United States"] [WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"] [BlackTeamCountry "USA"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Qc2 Qc7 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 a6 7. Be2 Bc5 8. Be3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Qe4 Nxe3 11. fxe3 O-O 12. b4 Bd6 13. Nf3 Nd7 14. O-O Nf6 15. Qh4 Bd7 16. Bd3 h6 17. a3 e5 18. c4 b6 19. Nbd2 a5 20. Ne4 Ng4 21. h3 Nxe3 22. Nf6+ gxf6 23. Qxh6 Nf5 24. Qh5 e4 25. Bxe4 axb4 26. Qg4+ Ng7 27. Qh4 Qc5+ 28. Kh1 Qh5 29. Bxa8 Qxh4 30. Nxh4 Rxa8 31. Rad1 Ne8 32. axb4 Be6 33. c5 bxc5 34. bxc5 Bxc5 35. Nf5 Ng7 36. g4 Ra3 37. Nxg7 Kxg7 38. Kg2 Bc8 39. Rf4 Bb7+ 40. Kf1 Rxh3 41. Rd7 Bf3 42. Rxf3 Rxf3+ 43. Kg2 Rc3 44. Rd5 Kg6 45. Rf5 Bd4 46. Rh5 Be5 47. Rh8 Rg3+ 48. Kf2 Rxg4 49. Rg8+ Kf5 50. Rf8 Ke6 51. Re8+ Kd5 52. Kf3 f5 53. Re7 f6 54. Rd7+ Ke6 55. Rd1 Rg3+ 56. Kf2 f4 57. Kf1 Kf5 58. Rd2 Kg4 59. Rd5 Ra3 60. Kf2 f3 61. Rd1 Bg3+ 62. Kf1 f5 63. Kg1 Ra2 64. Rb1 Rg2+ 65. Kf1 Rh2 66. Rb4+ f4 0-1 [/pgn]
Also playing: the youngest National Master in US Chess history, Abhimanyu Mishra. Abhi, who is still only nine years old, also won his first game in the Open Under 14. Two Sigma is the team sponsor, and provided the snazzy jackets. Thanks to US Chess FIDE Events Manager, Grant Oen for the pictures. Grant confirmed that the pictures and not deceptive, and Greece is indeed, amazing so far.

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