The 2010 World Youth Chess Championship took place at Porto Carras, Greece, and once more crowned new champions, bringing to the fore names to be remembered. Among the most remarkable were American Steven Zierk, rated 26th at 2391, yet taking the gold with a 2723 performance, and Azerbaijani Kanan Azar Izzat, 35th, and also gold
Nearly 1400 players, from no fewer than 87 countries, have gathered in the 2010 World Youth Chess Championships in picturesque Porto Carras, Greece, to compete for the titles of World under-8, under-10, under-12, under-14, under-16, and under-18 titles for both boys and girls. The organizers have a very high quality website, which we recommend seeing, including a ton of beautiful pictures (they literally have over 1000 so far), and daily videos depicting scenes with traditional Greek music in the background.
The event crowned a number of surprise winners and names to look out for. In the Boys Under-18, easily the least expected result was the impressive victory by American FM Steven Zierk, ranked 26th with a 2391 rating, yet, who not only took sole first with 9.5/11 and a point ahead of the field, but even scored a GM norm a round in advance, and a final performance of 2723.
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