SMH, August 27

Zhao 4.5 out of 9 in World Junior

Fifteen year old International Master Zong-Yuan Zhao from Coffs Harbour NSW is playing well above his rating in the World Junior Under 20 Championship in Athens.
Zhao won his first three games,scored one draw and four losses from his next five games and won in round nine for an overall score of 4.5/9. Seven of his nine opponents were rated above 2470.
Zhao's best game so far was the following brilliant win from the second round.

Zhao,Z (Australia, 2359) - Markos,Jan (Slovakia, 2479) [B93]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 Qc7 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 g6 9.0-0 Bg7 10.Qe1 0-0 11.Qh4 b5 12.f5 Re8 13.Bh6 Bb7 14.Kh1 Bh8 15.a3 Rac8 16.Rae1 Nc5 17.Ng5 e6 18.fxg6 fxg6 19.Re3 Qe7 20.Rg3 Ncd7 21.Ne2 e5 22.c3 Bg7 23.Bb1 Rf8 24.Ba2+ d5 25.Bxg7 Qxg7 26.Rgf3
(26 Ne6 is met by Nxe4 with back rank mating threats)
Rce8 27.Qh3 Qe7 28.exd5 Bxd5 29.Bxd5+ Nxd5 30.Rf7 h5 31.Qd3 Rxf7 32.Rxf7 Qd6 33.Ng3 Nc5 34.Nxh5 Rd8
(if 34..Nd3 Rg7 followed by mate on h7 or f7)
35.Qxd5! gxh5 36.Rf8+! double check 1-0
(after 36..Kxf8 37 Qf7 mate)

The top 12 players in the World Junior are rated above 2500.

Leading scores after round 9 (91 players,13rounds) FM Hua Ni (China), IM Gabriel Sargissian (Armenia) and IM Merab Gagunashvili (Georgia) 7 GM Levon Aronian (Armenia),GM Xiang Bu (China), GM Peter Acs (Hungary), IM Emanuel Berg (Sweden), IM David Navara (Czech Republic) 6.5

Leading scores in the World Girls (U20) in Athens after 9 rounds (58 players,13 rounds) WFM Yuanyuan Xu (China), WIM Humpy Koneru (India) 7 WFM Tatiana Kosintseva (Russia), WGM Lilit Mkrtchian (Armenia), WFM Inga Charkhalashvili (Georgia) 6.5

Catherine Lip aged 14 of Sydney rated FIDE 2074 has scored 3.5 points with a FIDE 2129 performance rating.
10 year old David Howell of England had a performance rating of nearly 2400 in Bordeaux last week.
A clutch of Indian youngsters all ranging between the ages of five and ten collected a bagful of medals in the British Junior Championships earlier this month that augurs well for Indian chess.
The American Continental Championships were held in Cali, Colombia and the top 7 players qualified for the World Championship knock out match tournament commencing on November 25th.
Grandmaster Alex Yermolinsky (USA) won the 146 player event scoring 8.5/11. Second place was shared by GM A.Goldin (USA),GM B.Gulko (USA),IM L.Dominguez (Cuba),GM A.Zapata (Colombia),GM D.Campora (Argentina),GM A.Hoffman (Arentina),IM A.Cabrera (Cuba) all on 8 points.
29 year old Alexei Shirov(Spain) who lost the World Title Match to Viswanathan Anand (India) last year married Womens Grandmaster Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania on August 7th, the day after her 18th birthday.
60 players including 8 grandmasters are competing in the Commonwealth Championship in London.
Fifteen year old Penteala Harikrishna of India leads with 6/7.
He has already secured 3 GM results and his Grandmaster title should be confirmed next month.
Leading scores in the Australian Chess Federation 2001 Grand Prix (all events processed to 27 August).
The number of players with GP Points in brackets.
Open(126)- S.Solomon(Qld) 67.9, D.Johansen(Vic) 60, K.Stead(NSW) 54.5, J.Wallace(NSW) 46.5, G.Xie(NSW) 29.33, M.Chapman(SA)28
Under 2000(141)- K.Stead(NSW) 74,I.Rout(ACT)51.9, S.Chow(Vic)32.9, J.Harp(NSW)28.4 Under 1600 (107)- L.Forace(ACT) 38.58
Junior (80)- G.Xie(NSW) 59.5
Women(37)-H.Huddleston(NSW)64.0 Unrated(101)- J.Chan(NSW)42.0
There are 41 weekend tournaments held around Australia that make up the Grand Prix.
The next two ACF Grand Prix events will be held next weekend in Launceston and Geelong.
The popular annual 9 round Ford Memorial Open Tournament starts on Tuesday evening 4th September at North Sydney Leagues Club.
The Ford lightning event will be held tomorrow evening.