Congratulations Bobby Cheng

Bobby Cheng is pretty good on the Melbourne primary schools under 12 chess circuit.  In fact he’s pretty good on the Melbourne under 14, under 16 and a few other circuits.  With a rating of 2,200 not far from international mastership he went off to the world championships in Turkey and we thought he might do well.  But there are some serious players in the world under 12 championships, including Indian Vaibhav Suri with a rating in the mid 2,300s.  Anyway, in the last round Bobby had to beat Vaibhav and board 2 had to be a draw.  That’s what happened.  Bobby Cheng is world champion.

And for those of your with a pgn player, the the last game has a spectacular chess puzzle like ending. Download the pgn file of the last round here. You can then load it up on pretty much any chess software. Alternatively paste the following code into the window on this page.

[Event “WORLD YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2009 (U1”]

[Site “Antalya”]

[Date “2009.11.22”]

[Round “11.1”]

[White “Vaibhav, Suri”]

[Black “Cheng, Bobby”]

[Result “0-1”]

[WhiteElo “2344”]

[BlackElo “2202”]

[ECO “C05”]

[TimeControl “0”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ndf3 cxd4 8.

cxd4 a5 9. Bd3 a4 10. a3 Nb6 11. Ne2 Na5 12. O-O g6 13. Qc2 Nb3 14. Rb1 Bd7

15. g4 Rc8 16. Nc3 Nc4 17. f5 Nxd4 18. Nxd4 Bc5 19. fxg6 Bxd4+ 20. Kh1 hxg6

21. Bxg6 Nxe5 22. Bh5 Bc6 23. Qe2 Bxc3 24. bxc3 d4+ 25. Kg1 Qd5 26. cxd4 Rxh5

27. gxh5 Nd3 0-1

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