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World Junior Chess League - Fall 2012

posted Nov 4, 2012, 8:09 PM by Austin Kids Chess Club Webmaster   [ updated Dec 10, 2012, 6:32 AM ]
Austin Kids members participated in the World Junior Chess League in the Fall 2012 season.  The website of the event is www.wjlchess.com and the team's pictures are at https://picasaweb.google.com/austinkidschessclub/WorldJuniorChessLeageFall2012#.
 
This is an online unrated team event.  In each round, 2 teams will play against each other on 5 boards.  In each team, the player with the highest ratinging plays on board 1, the second highest plays on board 2, and so on.  The result is a draw if the team scores 2.5 pts, and a win if it scores 3 or more pts.  In this season, the U14 section attracted 10 teams in US and around the world: Brazil, Israel, Spain, and Greece.
 
On 11/3/2012, the Austin Kids team - Texas Knightmare, played 3 rounds.  The team drew with the Chicago team in round 1, drew with the Virginia team in round 2, and defeated the Brazil team in round 3.  In each of the 3 rounds, the result came down to the last board.  Plenty of excitement and fun playing chess!
 
On 11/17/2012, the Austin Kids team lost to the New Jersey team, defeated the Israel team, and then lost to the Athens team.
 
On 12/8/2012, the Austin Kids team made it to the Final Four.  Being the last seed did not discourage the team, they came out with force and dominated the top seed - the Virginia Swindlers - with the score 4.5 - 0.5 to reach the Final against the second seed team - The Force from Israel.  The score was even at 2 - 2 with 1 board remaining.  Emily was playing on board 3 with a slightly worse position but her opponent was low on time.  She rejected her opponent's draw offer trying to push for a win.  Her opponent's rushed moves in the end game allowed Emily to gradually improve the position and covert to a win.  YES, our Austin Kids are the champions!
 
A chess team event is always fun.  This event offered the Austin Kids a chance to know and play against players in other states and around the world.  They truely functioned as a team, working hard for the team and caring about other team members.  They really enjoyed the event and look forwards to a chance to dedend the title next season.
 
We would like to thank Dov Gorman and ICC for organizing this wonderful event.  We would like to thank our enthusiastic chess players, their parents, and their chess coach Mike Feinstein for their participation and support.
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