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Canadian Youth Championship
The Canadian Youth Championship has always been a very challenging event, and this time was no different. The tournament took place in Regina, Saskatchewan from July 7-10, 2019. One thing we definitely noticed was that players from Alberta are now competing on at least equal footing with their counterparts from the larger and formerly dominant centers of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver etc.
Ian Zhao for example remained unbeaten, won first place in the U14 Section with 6/7, and showed great maturity in dominating tough opposition.
The previously apparent knowledge gap between our players and those from Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia has been bridged successfully. Ian Zhao for example remained unbeaten, won first place in the U14 Section with 6/7, and showed great maturity in dominating tough opposition. Anand Rishi Chandra shared first place in the U12 Section with 5.5/7, playing one age group above the U10 Section he was still eligible for.
Aditya Raninga came second in the U18 Section, losing only to FM Joshua Dokanjas in the decisive matchup. Other Alberta representatives included Hemant Srinivasan and Kevin Qin, both at 4.5/7, also in the U12 Section, and Maxim Vasic with 4.5/7 in the U16 Section. All managed to defeat strong opposition.
Overall, Alberta players showed that now there is no gap in quality between them and players from Toronto or Vancouver for example. Recent programs at the Calgary Chess Club like the Kings vs Princes exhibition matches seem to be working well, based on a series of excellent performances from our young players when they step onto the national stage! Clearly they are now better prepared to handle tough opponents and hopefully they continue to improve on this front.