China Wins World Youth Olympiad Print
Thursday, 29 August 2002 00:00
Twenty eight teams from 20 countries took part in the Youth Olympiad held 20 to 28 August 2002 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. China won by a wide margin, on the basis of stellar performances by their boards 1 and 2 players, with Wang Yue scoring 85% on top board and Zhao Jun tallying 80% on second board. China finished with 31 points out of ten rounds. Go to the official site: http://www.thechessnetwork.net Twenty eight teams from 20 countries took part in the Youth Olympiad held 20 to 28 August 2002 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. China won by a wide margin, on the basis of stellar performances by their boards 1 and 2 players, with Wang Yue scoring 85% on top board and Zhao Jun tallying 80% on second board. China finished with 31 points out of ten rounds. Ukraine, the tournament top seed, could only place second, with disappointing 60% score on board 1 by IM Alexander Areshchenko and GM-title applicant Sergey Karjakin on board 2 with 75% and a 2373 performance rating score. Natalia Zdebskaja propped up Ukraine with an 81.3% score on board 3. Indonesia took bronze with 26.5 points followed close behind by India with 26. Formerly known as the Childrens Olympiad, the tournament is gaining in popularity following the tradition of the Student Olympiad of the 70s.
Final Standings
 1 China - A       2362 31   232.0
 2 Ukraine         2412 27   234.0
 3 Indonesia       2197 26.5 219.0
 4 India           2292 26   238.0
 5 Uzbekistan      2113 24   238.5
 6 Romania         2300 23   233.0
 7 Iran            2224 22.5 226.5
 8 Kazakhstan      2176 22   228.5
 9 Singapore - A   2022 21.5 213.0
10 Vietnam         2119 21   216.5
11 Malaysia - A    2162 21   211.0
12 Australia - A   2067 21   190.0
13 England         2225 20.5 233.0
14 Turkmenistan    2067 20.5 179.0
15 USA             2000 20   198.0
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