World Youth Chess Championships 2014

WYCC Oskar Rupert Crop The World Youth Chess Championships 2014 recently took place in Durban, South Africa. Two of Yorkshire’s most promising juniors; Harry Li from Leeds and Oskar Hackner from Sheffield took on the best young players in the world.

Oskar was playing in the U18 Boys section which was won by Ukranian IM Olexandr Bortnyk on 9.5/11 with GM Suri Vaibhav runner-up on 9/11. With many other IMs and strong players in the competition, Oskar performed creditably to finish with 5.5/11,. His highlights included a win over Swiss FM Lars Rindlisbacher (2336) and a draw against Indian IM Sayantan Das (2456). See Oskar’s full results

Harry Li’s trip to South Africa was partly financed by the Yorkshire Chess Association as he played in his first ever FIDE-rated tournament. He was playing in the U16 Boys section which was almost as strong as the U18s! The top six spots were all occupied by players over 2400 strength with Argentinian IM Alan Pichot winning the competition with 9/11. Harry Li finished the event with 5/11 and you can see his victory over Chilean FM Javier Orihuela Cortes in the game viewer below with annotations by IM Lorin D’Costa. See Harry’s full results

Harry Li with his trusty Mars Bar!

Harry Li with his trusty Mars Bar!

The England team took 10 players in total to South Africa to play in the various sections. They were coached by GMs David Howell and Mark Hebden and IM Lorin D’Costa. You can find out more about the participants on the ECF Juniors Website. The website also contains a blog of the event with results and pictures.

About Oskar Hackner

Oskar Hackner
Oskar Anton learnt the basics of chess when he was younger, but he really became fascinated by the game of chess in the Autumn of 2008 when he was 12½ years old. He played his first tournament a year later, and has made a great progress during the past 5 years. He came third at the British Chess Championships U14 in 2010 and has won the British Championship title at U15 (joint) in 2011 and U16 (joint) in 2012. Oskar Anton has been a member of the National Junior Chess Squad and has enjoyed playing at the Gibraltar Junior Chess Festival 2011 and 2012 and during a junior squad trip to Poland in October 2012. He came joint 1st at the National Junior Chess Squad Championships U16 in 2012. Oskar Anton has represented England at the World Junior U16 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, August 2012, World Youth Chess Championships 2012 in Maribor, Slovenia and the European Youth Chess Championships 2013 in Budva, Montenegro. He has also played in the Gibraltar Chess Festival (Masters) in January 2013, the World Amateur Chess Championships in Crete in May 2013, the main tournament of the British Chess Championships 2013 and in Reykjavik Open 2014 in Iceland in January. He also enjoys playing in the 4NCL and the Sheffield and Yorkshire Chess Leagues. Oskar Anton is home educated. His other interests include reading, languages, water sports and skiing – both slalom and cross–country. He wants to thank all those who have supported his chess as this is his great passion.

About Harry Li

Harry Li
Harry would like to thank the Grammar School At Leeds, Alwoodley Chess Club, Leeds Chess Association, Yorkshire Chess Association and all individual members for their huge time and support. Harry started playing chess when he was 3, and it has been a keen interest for him.


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