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 a real good ding-dong battle and it was in the third blitz game that the Polish startlet emerged triumphant.
The final saw him take on another Iranian, Armin Pour who had edged out the tough Colombian chess player, Steven Anderson, the world Li Chess blitz chess player. Again, it was a well contested game but the Pole’s playing skills eventually saw him outplay Pour to win the title.
It is of my opinion that the top four ELO rated would have featured well in the Men’s competition for their chess have been a joy to watch. Any of them could have won this competition but it certainly was Pawel’s day. He is to be congratulated for his success.
The competition was marred by a violation on a very strong player that led to his disqualification. And also a protest by a hearing coach that proved unjust. Otherwise, the competition went very well.
Gold Medal Winner: Pawel Piekielny (Poland)
1st round: Beat K. Davronbekov w.o.
2nd round: Beat D. Kolb (Ukraine) 2-0
Semi-Final: Beat P. Jamili (Iran) 3-2
Final: Beat A. Pour (Iran) 2-0
Silver Medal Winner – Armin Pour (Iran)
Bronze Medal Winner – Steven Ramirez Anderson (Colombia)