Prague Old Town Square
I visited the tournament yesterday and ended up spending 12 hours there! Hopefully Andrew Green is feeling better by now. I have been really impressed by the attitude of everyone: the players, Clement and Andrew as coaches and all the parents.
Enjoyable preparation with Siddarth and analysis of Declan, Ioannnis and Monica’s games yesterday were really fun. They are all playing very well and in great spirits – although it’s a very tough level to compete against – at last count there were about 100 juniors I spotted higher-rated than myself.
This event will prove, I’m sure, to be an excellent education and experience for our players and I wish them all the best for the remaining games.
FM Andrew Burnett – International Director
Apologies for the lack of updates over the last couple of days, our head of delegation and coach Andrew was ill from the food so we had to change the usual preparation schedule. Thankfully he is feeling better now!
Rounds 5 and 7 were difficult for us, again we had many good positions but didn’t quite manage to capitalise on them. I am sure it will be valuable experience though, it is the first international tournament for many of our players and they will come back to Scotland much improved. Watch out for them in upcoming congresses!
On the other hand round 6 saw our best points tally so far, with 5.5/11. However I think we have a decent chance of beating that today, as I write this we have 1.5/2 with Carolina getting her first win (in 13 moves!) and Ioannis getting a draw.
FM Clement Sreeves
The official tournament website is http://www.eycc2016.eu/