4th World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad: Calicut 2004

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Basic data

4th World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 1st - 9th July 2004
City: Calicut, (Kozhikode), Kerala, India
Venue: Taj Hotel
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 20 (incl. 6 Indian and 5 Sri Lankian teams)
Players participating: 91 (incl. 1 IM, 1 WIM, 5 FMs and 1 WFM)
Games played: 360
Competition format: Four board nine round Swiss.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: 90 minutes per game + 30 seconds per move
Official logo: CALICUT 2004
Interesting Websites: Reports from The Hindu: start, r1, r2&3, r4&5, idle, r6&7, r8, r9
Downloadable game file: 04u16-ol.zip

Tournament review

The tenth edition of the World Youth Olympiad took place in Calicut, India. There were 20 teams representing just 11 nations (Sri Lanka and India fielded as much as 9 teams overall!) in a nine round Swiss competition. This was perhaps not the best choice and 11 round all-play-all should be adopted instead. The event was heavily biased towards Asian countries (17, along with just 2 European sides and 1 African, no Americans at all). Two by far strongest teams were Hungary and China, next teams in Elo order were India "A" and "B". Top rated player was IM Gareev from Uzbekistan (Elo 2536).

Australia-China, round 1Hungary took early lead despite their leader FM Bánusz losing surprisingly to Prasanna of India "D", but were held by surprise Uzbekistani team on day three to be passed by the Chinese. On the fifth day a decisive encounter was paired: China and Hungary were at the top tied at 13 points both. The match went to a just 2-all draw. The Chinese earned decisive advantage on the next day, when Hungary barely halved with Iran in a morning session, and then dropped another 1½ point vs Kazakhstan in the evening. The Chinese easily carried their advantage through. Hungary came second, although they lost to India "A" on the last day, which let the Indians overtake Uzbekistan and grab bronze medals. Best individual result was obtained by China's leader Wang Hao (8/9 and Elo performed 2577).

Best board results

1st Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Wang Hao CHN 8 9 88.9
2. Arun, Prasad IND 7 9 77.8
3. IM Gareev, Timur UZB 9 72.2

2nd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Zhou Jianchao CHN 9 72.2
2. FM Boros, Dénes HUN 9 72.2
3. Sriram, Sarja IND3 9 72.2

3rd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Issabaev, Dias KAZ 9 72.2
2. Xiu Desun CHN 8 68.8
3. Kvon, Andrei UZB 6 9 66.7

4th Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Li Chao CHN 7 9 77.8
2. Szabó, Krisztián HUN 7 9 77.8
3. Abdollahzadeh, Arash IRI 4 6 66.7

Reserve Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Zullkafli, Nur Shazwani MAS 5 90.0
2. Khademi, Mohammad Miran IRI 4 5 80.0
3. Baltabaev, Nursult KAZ 8 68.8

Interesting games

A severe punishment for time-wasting 'd' pawn voyage.
Gopal, G. N. (IND) - Stojic, Dusan (AUS) 1 - 0

Convincing win in a game between top rated players.
Wang Hao (CHN) - Gareev, Timur (UZB) 1 - 0