World Youth U-16 chess Olympiad of 2016 which is taking place in Slovakia, Poprad at Arena Poprad. This tournament provides a great platform for uprising chess players who shall not have reached the age of 16 by January 1st 2016. The Chess Olympiad is organised by the NR Klub delegated by the Slovak Chess Federation, which started with an opening ceremony on 21/7/2016 will reach its final stage and celebrate its closing ceremony on 30/7/2016.
The tournament will be conducted under the auspices of Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE). Hence, each FIDE member has the right to send one team having free board and lodging and each team shall comprise 4 players and 1 reserve (one of whom must be a girl playing atleast 3 rounds) and the team shall also include 1 captain (manager/trainer). Registration fees for the tournament is 100 EUR which has to be paid by each player and official, although the last date for entry was 10th June the organizers may accept any late entries only in exceptional cases.
This tournament will run on 9 round swiss system where each match will be conducted over four boards between teams. Duration of every game will be 90 min. for the whole game with 30 increment from the first move. In case of a tie first tie breaker will be decided by Match Point, second tie breaker is to be the Game Points and finally Buchholz (all round included). Round 7 and Round 8 will be held today, while Round 9 is scheduled for tomorrow and the final round will be held just before the Closing Ceremony on 30/7/2016.
The organizers will provide every possible help to the participants requiring visas to enter Slovakia. Till now 36% of the games is won by the Black color, while 39% by the White color and 25% games of the tournament resulted in a Draw. After Round 7 Iran, Russia and Serbia are in 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively. Iran is expected to maintain its first position as they have not lost any match yet and have won 6 out of seven matches with a draw. India is on 6th position after winning 4 out of 7 matches and losing 2 with 1 draw. Little Chess Masters like Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari, Iniyan P, Vaishali R, Nitish Belurkar and Mitrabha Guha are representing India in the tournament. Stay tuned for the updates of Round 8 later today.