The 2015 World Youth Chess Championship (WYCC) took place between October 25 and November 5, in the Halkidiki region of Greece, at the beautiful Porto Carras resort. For our kids, Lance and Andrea, this would be the second world chess championship in which they would participate as representatives of Spain, with the first being in 2013 in the United Arab Emirates.
After coming so close last week in the Under-12 category—finishing 2nd due to the thinnest of tie-break computations—Lance (pictured above in the middle) decided to stay an additional week, and play in a superior age category.
After 9 rounds of classical chess play against the big boys in Under-14, Lance finished alone in 1st place, with 8 of 9 points and was declared 2015 Spanish National Chess Champion!
The full results are online at Info64.
It’s quite unusual to score 8 of 9 in a national chess championship, and finish second. But that’s what happened in Salobreña last week, at the 2015 Spanish National Chess Championship, Sub-12 age category.
Yesterday the 2015 Blitz Chess Championship of the Spanish province of Cádiz took place about an hour’s drive down the coast from Marbella. Unlike other provinces, Cadíz allow anyone to participate in their championship, and so a team of us from Marbella traveled down to participate.
Against a field of 43 participants, the first three finishers were all from Málaga, including my son Lance, who finished second overall, with 6.5 points out of 8—having spent most of the day playing at Table 1.
Andrea also did well, finishing 5 places above her starting rank with 4 points out of 8. For myself, I recovered from last week’s miserable tournament in Marbella (where I got beat by everyone except the bartender, who didn’t play), finishing six places above my starting rank, with 3.5 points out of 8.
All in all, we had a lot of fun, and it great to have the opportunity to see our friends from Cádiz.
A decade ago, as an amateur competitive cyclist I became interested in the topic of optimal training methods. Through research and personal experience, I learned that while nearly everyone followed the same general approach to training, specific methodologies within that general approach could have profound impact on results. Today, I’m interested in learning whether parallels might exist in the area of chess training.