Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates is currently stage for the Chess Junior World Championship 2013. The title duels of the Under 8 to Under 18 years old are scheduled until December 29th and will therefore take place over the holidays.
Record number of participants at championship
The 1,800 boys and girls from 120 nations are divided into six age groups. This very large number of participants is a new record. Matches are fought in Swiss Tournament System in which 11 rounds will be played. The competitors have 90 minutes for the first 40 moves; the time for the remaining duel is set at 30 minutes with an additional 30 seconds per move. 119 girls and 184 boys will be competing in the group of Under 8 year-olds and 141 girls and 211 boys in the group of Under 10 year-olds. Another 147 girls and 218 boys will be competing in the category Under 12, while 127 girls and 201 boys have registered to compete in the category Under 14. 118 girls and 186 boys have signed up for the under 16 competition and lastly 101 girls and 137 boys
will play in the Under 18 category.
German Chess Association with 40 participants
One of the participating nations is Germany. The country sent 40 chess players to the Emirates to compete at the Chess Junior World Championship 2013. Some of these players even made it to the top of the seeding lists. First of all, Hanna-Marie Klek is one of the German top-favorized players among the Under 18 year-olds. With an ELO-rating of 2283 she is seeded 4th, while her teammate Filiz Osmandoja (2247) is ranked 8th. Both players were able to win their opening duels in the United Arab Emirates so far. In the boys’ division, Germany’s hopes are on Matthias Bluebaum (2510) and Dennis Wagner (2481) who are numbers 3 and 3 of the seeding list of Under 16 year old boys and have already managed to win their very first game at the championship.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe