Ben Finegold at City Center in Maribor
Hi Blog readers!
I arrived Tuesday afternoon in Maribor, Slovenia for the World Youth Chess Championship. There are 13 American coaches and 89 Americans playing this year!
Each coach has about 7 students to work with, 30 minutes each day from 9:30AM - 1PM, then we analyze games from 4:30-8:30PM each evening!
There are 11 rounds, Tuesday, November 13 is a rest day,and I will depart November 19 back to Saint Louis.
The American coaches (that I remember off the top of my head!) are:
Jan van de Mortel
Mikhail Khodorkovsky (also head of delegation)
(I guess I am only forgetting one American coach!)
Also, Alex Shabalov is here coaching Christopher Wu privately.
There will likely be 1600+ players in all sections, and the rounds are generally at 3PM local time (6 hours later than American East Coast), and I heard the time control was 40/90, G/30 with a 30 sec delay throughout.
The following students are under my care for the event:
Iris Zhou (Saint Louis, Spencer's student!)
Saidy Edelman (the daughter of my competitor in many US Junior Champs, Danny Edelman)
You can follow all the action at: http://www.wycc2012.com/
I heard pairings, standings, and the like will be posted at chess-results.com
There are separate sections for Boys and Girls U18, U16, U14, U12, U10, U8... so, 12 sections overall!