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.
In second was Armenian GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, who had been tied with Zierk in the last round, but lost his game. Swedish GM Nils Grandelius took bronze.
The Girl's Under-18 was also a tense affair with top-seed Peruvian prodigy WGM Deysi Cori, rated 2368, losing to Azerbaidjani Nizami Kazimova in the 7th round, who took the lead, after which she went guns ablazing after the gold, with four straight wins. Unfortunately for her, Kazimova's win had been no fluke, and though they ended on the same final 9.0/11, the Azerbaijani's tiebreak gave her the gold.
Another truly remarkable result was that of Azerbaidjani Kanan Azar Izzat (2139 Elo) in the Boy's Under-14, who literally started rated 35th in a field that included Hungarian GM Richard Rapport (2523), and two IMs yet took the gold with 9.0/11 after a first round loss no less.
Another surprise was the Boys Under-10, which included top-seed American Samuel Sevian, rated 2105, yet which was won by unrated Canadian Jason Cao, who had a remarkable campaign throughout.
The Boy's Under-12 was hard fought between American Kayden Troff and Chinese Wei Yi, both of whom played remarkably well throughout, and entered the last round tied for first. Wei Yi won his final game with ease, but Troff was unable to overcome his final opponent and had to settle for a draw and silver, with a well-earned gold for the Chinese lad. This wasn't the only Chinese success, as their Girl's Under-8 representative, Li Yunshan fairly whitewashed her section with an unforgiving 10.5/11.
From: Chessbase.com site