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World Youth 2013
A win in round 8 puts Ali Roy on 4.5 points, 2 points behind the leaders. Ali's result was one of the last ones to appear, so it may have been a long game. With the early start today, no play on Christmas day and a 4pm start on Boxing day there's plenty of time to recover and prepare for round 9. I think Ali and quite a few others in her section have made the right decison and gave the Blitz chess today/tonight a miss.

I expect it will be another 2000+ challenge in round 9 and I'll have a guess at her opponent being the Russian, Irina Utiatskaja but it could be any one of 14 players on 4.5 who she hasn't played yet, with half of those having titles to their name.

Surprise of the day may have been Ashley Tapp of Canada beating Anastasia Ponomarchuk of Russia (rated 1812) in around 15 moves, in the under 14 girls. "Ashley Chess Girl" is quite a determined young lady who has worked hard to get to a second world championships. Her faceboook page today has a picture of her and Diana Mirza from Ireland, who she met in Slovenia last year.

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[pgn][Event "World Youth Chess Championships U14 G"]
[Site "Al Ain"]
[Date "2013.12.24"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Ponomarchuk, Anastasia (RUS) 1812"]
[Black "Tapp, Ashley (CAN) 1520"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "32"]
[EventCountry "UAE"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. exd5 Nxd5 5. Nf3 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Bd3 Be7 8.
O-O O-O 9. Re1 Nd7 10. Ne5 Nf6 11. Re3 Qc7 12. Rh3 g6 13. Qd2 Rd8 14. Qg5 cxd4
15. cxd4 Qc3 16. Bxg6 Qe1# 0-1[/pgn]
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