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Friday, December 7, 2012

WYCC 2012 English Team

The English team was very serious about have enough coaches, sending 9 of them(4 GMs and 5 IMs) to assist the 34-player team.

The English Team
'England’s Team for the World Youth Chess Championships, Maribor, Slovenia, 7-19 November 2012.

Playing for England and the English Chess Federation – 34 players and 9(!) coaches..'
Photos, player profiles and report EnglishChess Juniors WYCC2012 Meet-the-team


U18 – Saravanan Sathyanandha, Astghik Stepanyan, Craig Whitfield, IM Yang-Fan Zhou
U16 – Peter Batchelor, William Foo, Oskar Hackner, Amelia Hoare, Louise Head, Roy Zhang
U14 – Daniel Abbas, Ananthanarayanan Balaji, Robert Fitzgerald, Ravi Haria, Andrew Horton, Cosima Keen, Tarun Malhotra, David Redman, Adam Taylor
U12 – Joshua Higgs, Akshaya Kalaiyalahan, Gorak Rajesh, Eva Ressel, Brian Tarhon, Matthew Wadsworth, Yang-Jian Zhou
U10 – Laura Davidson, Isabelle Gilbert, Koby Kalavannan, Anthony Zhang, Zheming Zhang
U8 – CM Joshua Altman, Leo Sanitt, Aditya Verma

Laura Davidson

'I go to Coworth Flexlands School in Surrey. I started playing chess just over a year ago. Mrs Kate Hegarty taught me how to play chess at school. My first tournament was the Megafinals in April 2011. Since then I have played in many tournaments across the country, and won lots of trophies and medals. I play for the Wey Valley chess team and at the Sandhurst chess club. I also play violin, sing, swim in the school team, ice skate and play tennis.

I would like to thank Mrs Sweeney, Mrs Hegarty, Sarah Hegarty, Nicholas Pert, Mike Basman, Mrs Pat Armstrong, Jonathan Tuck and Alec Aslett. I have met some great people playing chess and thank you all for giving me the opportunity to play the game.'

GM Nick Pert – Head Coach
WGM / IM Jovanka Houska
IM Lawrence Cooper
GM Neil McDonald
GM Mark Hebden
IM Andrew Martin (See his Youtube Channel YMChessMaster for teaching videos)
IM Andrew Greet
IM Thomas Rendle
GM Stuart Conquest

WGM / IM Jovanka Houska
British Women’s Champion and ECF Manager of Women’s Chess

Matthew Wadsworth played in the U12 Open and got his own share of publicity in Maidenhead.

Chess Champ, 12, Beats Off Competition in World tournament
Friday 07 December 2012 by Amanda Hall
Story and Photo-Maidenhead Advertiser News Maidenhead Chess-Champ

Matthew Wadsworth

'A chess champion from Maidenhead has returned from a prestigious world tournament victorious. Matthew Wadsworth, of Courthouse Road, beat off competition at the World Youth Chess Championships held in Slovenia to finish fifth.

The 12-year-old said: "I had a great time in Slovenia and was really pleased with how I played."

A team of 34 English players took part in the competition in November with Matthew being crowned the most successful.'

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