Oleksandr Lapin of Ukraine, coached by the legendary Svitlana Gonchar, was certainly too good for the others for he had rubber-stamped his dominance in this incident-filled competition that involved a protest and a few withdrawals. It was bizarre that the Czech junior, Patrik Vindis, had reached the final without playing a game! Again, there was […]

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Poland certainly has a future World champion in Pawel Piekielny who boasts of an impressive ELO rating of 2170.  He justified his top junior ranking by winning this junior competition but he did not have things his own way for found a worthy contender in Pour Jamili of Iran (ELO 1808). This semi-final encounter was […]

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