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Silence Before the Storm
Monday, 26 November 2018 22:07
DSC 7058Third round of the WYCO 2018 has ended tonight with the surprizing victory of the Kazakhstan (seed no. 16) against 7th top seed, Greece. One of the critical points for Kazakhstan was gained by Nogerbek, winning a really dramatic and instructive ending against Vlachos in 67 moves. The game is published in the link below.

Please analyse this endgame starting from move 38 on your own.
At the end of the day, Uzbekistan, USA, India and Belarus are 3/3. Kazakhstan, Russia and China are following the leaders with 2.5/3. Among the leaders, Uzbekistan is playing against USA and Belarus is playing against India tomorrow at 15:00 p.m. (GMT+3)
Free Day Excursion
Monday, 26 November 2018 19:08

Dear participants,
There will be an free day excursion on 29th of November Thursday for participants of World Under - 16 Chess Olympiad.
Attention: Participants must send e-mail to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or they can make registration at the info desk( at the hotel lobby) till 15.00 tomorrow (27.11.2018 – Tuesday). Please dont forget to mention about the exact number of participants. 

All the participants of WYCO 2018 are invited to the free day excursion by the organization. Entrance is free to this excursion, details explained in the link below.

You can reach the Excursion Programme in the link

Things are heating up
Monday, 26 November 2018 14:05
IMG 9947Second round of WYCO 2018 ended with the last game on the 3rd board that brought a surprising victory to Sri Lanka against Israel. Other top seeds, Uzbekistan and India won again. USA, Ukraine, Turkey-Red, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia are also 2/2. To sum up, 9 teams have managed to win on both rounds so far.
Third round of the tournament will start at 17:00 p.m (GMT+3) today.
Announcement for 3rd Round
Monday, 26 November 2018 11:22
maskot duyuruTeam composition for the 3rd round on 26.11.2018 can be submitted until 15.30 pm. (Updated.)
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Drama on the First Round
Sunday, 25 November 2018 19:50
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First round of WYCO 2018 had completed tonight. This great competition witnessed to many surprising results such that from the first 5 top seed, only Uzbekistan (1st top seed) and India (3rd top seed) managed to survive out of this round without wounds. 
On the second board, 2nd top seed, Russia (ELO average of 2440) is drawn by 2-2 against number 25, China. One of the 4 GMs of the tournament, Esipenko (2609) is drawn against Huang, Renjie with black.
Portugal won against 4th top seed, Azerbaijan, by 2.5-1.5. FM Veiga and Santos won against IM Gadimbayli and IM Garayev at the first and third board as two important games. Beydullayeva won at the 4th board but this was not enough to save the half point for her team.
Most interesting game of the day was between Iran and Sri Lanka in which Sri Lanka shocked their opponent by changing the table pairing as standing their lowest rated player, Wijesinghe (1688) to the 1st  board against Iranian GM Firouzja (2607). Sri Lanka won the battle with 2.5-1.5 by getting full points from their 3rd and 4th boards. Black won with a brilliant tactical shot in the endgame arisen over the 3rd board is published on the link below. 
Please view this game in the link and try to find out the brilliant move on move 47 as Black wins.
Round two will start at 10:00 a.m. Tomorrow as live commentary and analysis will continue by round starts.

Tournament hall of #wyco2018 is ready for the event
Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:00
photo-2018-11-24-17-28-142018 World Under-16 Chess Olympiad 2018 (which is hosted by Turkish Chess Federation and sponsored by Municipality of Selcuklu) is starting tomorrow in Konya.
The opening ceremony of the organization, which will consist of 46 teams and 112 athletes from 39 countries; will take place at the Selçuklu Convention Center tomorrow at 14.00.
You can follow this great 9-round competition of WYCO 2018 with the live commentary and analysis of IM Can Arduman.

Sunday, 25 November 2018 08:16
maskot duyuruYou can see the team starting lists and team composition lists after the Captain's Meeting below.

Team Starting List | Team composition Lists

Team Pairings 
(1st round) | Board Pairings

Team Compositions for the first round shall be done on line between 12:00 -13:00 from the link below.
Captains' Login 
(Please use other than "hotmail/live/windowslive" e-mail adresses for system.)

Please check deadlines for team composition list entry. Schedule

Announcement / Turkish Folk Dance Show- Fire of Anatolia
Friday, 23 November 2018 15:34

Participants of World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2018 are invited to the fantastic show of famous Turkish dance company "Fire of Anatolia" at 20:00 on 24th November Saturday.

The Fire of Anatolia is a worldwide known synthesis of traditional and modern folk dance figures and music from different regions of Anatolia. 
The performance has deep roots connected with ancient mythology and cultural history. Fire of Anatolia introduces ancient mosaic of love and peace in Anatolia to the world.

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