Sun-Herald, November 4 

A 14-strong group of Australian juniors completed their assault on the World Age Championships yesterday, with decidedly mixed results. 
In the absence of many of Australia's star juniors, including International Masters David Smerdon and Laura Moylan completing their final year of school, the only player expected to challenge for a medal was Coffs Harbour's 15-year-old IM Zhao Zong Yuan. 
The World Age Championships have become increasingly professional, with teenage Grandmasters fighting for the Under 18 title and a weak 'tail' present only in the under 10 divisions. 
Even in the pre-teen sections, the winners are often full-time chessplayers. 
Zhao was seeded 12th in the Under 16 division and performed respectably, with poor finishing costing him a possible top 5 finish. (The game given below was a typical exciting Zhao game which nonetheless ended indecisively.) 
While most of the Australians were struggling to score more than 4 points from their 11 games, Sydney's Heather Huddleston was the surprise packet, redeeming a dismal performance in the 2000 Age Championships with a mature performance in the Girls' Under 12 division. 
Huddleston was undefeated in the middle 9 rounds but a last round lost cost her a high placing. 
Another Sydney player, Justin Tan, became the third Australian to beat 50% in Spain, repeating his 2000 result of 6/11 in the U/18 event, this time against a much stronger field.

J.Borisek - Zhao Zong Yuan

Oropesa del Mar

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Bc4 Nc6 9. Qd2 Bd7 10. O-O-O Qa5 11. Bb3 Rfc8 12. h4 Ne5 13. Kb1

A trendy anti-Dragon variation, but Zhao had analysed this line extensively during recent training sessions in Hungary.

13... Nc4 14. Bxc4 Rxc4 15. Nb3 Qc7 16. Bd4 Be6 17. h5 a5 18. a4 b5! 19. Nxb5 Qb8 20. Nc3 Rb4 21. Rh4!? Qb7 22. Rdh1 Rb8 23. hxg6 hxg6 24. g4 Bxb3 25. cxb3

25.Qh2!? leads to a draw after 25...Bxc2+ 26.Kc1 Nh5! 27.Bxg7 Rxb2 28.Rxh5 Bxa4 29.Rh8+ Kxg7 30.Rh7+ Kg8 31.Rh8+ Kg7

25... Rxd4! 26. Qxd4 Qxb3 27. R4h2?

Diagram. This should lose. 27.Nd5 Nh5 28.Nxe7+ Kf8 29.Nxg6+ fxg6 30.Qxd6+ Kg8 is equal.

27... Nh5?

27...Nxe4 28.Rh8+! was White's big hope but 27...Nh7! 28.Qe3 Bxc3 was simple and winning.

28. Qe3! Bxc3 29. gxh5

Now Zhao must scramble to force a draw, something the Australian manages with aplomb.

29... Qa3! 30. Qc1 Be5! 31. hxg6 Qd3+ 32. Ka1 Qa3+ 33. Kb1 Qd3+ 34. Ka1 Qa3+


World Age Championships Oropesa del Mar, Spain 

U/18 Open (11 rounds, 83 players) 1.Jakovenko (Rus) 9; ...=27.Tan (Aus) 6. 
U/18 Girls (11 rounds, 55 players) 1.Gvetadze (Geo) 10. 
U/16 Open (11 rounds, 102 players) 1.Shanava (Geo) 8.5; ...=9. Zhao (Aus) 7; ...101. S.Stojic(Aus) 2.5. 
U/16 Girls (11 rounds, 76 players) 1.Dzagnidze (Geo) 9; ...=73. S.Oliver (Aus) 3. 
U/14 Open (11 rounds, 106 players) 1.Erdos (Hun) 9; ...=84. G.Oliver (Aus) 4. 
U/14 Girls (11 rounds, 79 players) 1.Melia (Geo) 9.5; =64. Richter (Aus) 4. U/12 Open (11 rounds, 117 players) 1.Karyakin (Ukr) 8.5; =95. D.Stojic 4. 
U/12 Girls (11 rounds 78 players) 1.Shen Yang (Chn) 9; =24.Huddleston (Aus) 6; =52.Evans (Aus) 4.5. 
U/10 Open (11 rounds, 87 players) 1eq. Fodor (Hun), Le Quang Liem (Vie), Narmontas (Ltu) 8.5; =47. Khoi Hoang (Aus) 5. 
U/10 Girls (11 rounds 70 players) 1.Tan Zhongyi (Chn) 10; =38.Soltysik (Aus) 5; =48.Ziffer (Aus) 4.5; =54.Lauder (Aus), T.Oliver (Aus) 4.