In the World Youth Championships concluded recently, Bobby Cheng came in first in the U12 category.
My best of congratulations to him and his family!
There was a sudden and marked improvement in his results over the course of the year. This was the time where he was reported to have become very serious in chess and wanting to attain the Grandmaster title. It has now evidently paid rewards and I wish him the very best in his quest.
Anton Smirnov came in 4th because of tie breaks although he finished level on points with the runners up in the U8 category. Well done and congratulations to him and his dad, Vladimir.
And a well done and thank you to the rest of the Aussie team for a tremendous effort in Turkey.
Special thanks go to Alana Chibnall for providing constant updates on the Australian team's progress in Turkey (in spite of having to prepare for her competition).