World Youth Ends
By Jennifer Shahade   
October 28, 2006
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Alisa Melekhina won her last five games!

The World Youth (October19-28 Batumi, Georgia) ended in disappointment as our medal contender, Ray Robson in the U12 lost a tough endgame against Ilya Nyzhnyk from Ukraine. The Indian delegation brought home the most impressive spoils, winning five gold medals (out of 12 possible) and ten medals overall (out of thirty-six).

Alisa Melekhina rallied energetically to come in fourth place. Full report from coach Aviv Friedman on its way. Here is Ray's last round game:



Thanks to Monroi for specially broadcasting this crucial game for U.S. chess fans.

Final U.S. Player Standings



NameFEDRtg1234567891011Pts.




Banawa Joel CholoUSA227201100½11½½½6,0

Boys U18


Tanaka Christian TUSA213511½001101½17,0

Boys U14


Shen Victor CUSA20661011½001½½½6,0

Boys U14


Robson RayUSA221711½110½1½107,5

Boys U12


Naroditsky DanielUSA204011½0½1011006,0

Boys U12


Liao EricUSA0000½110½0115,0

Boys U10


Shetty AtulyaUSA011100½10½1½6,5

Boys U10


Yang DarwinUSA0½1½½½0101106,0

Boys U10


Zhang EricUSA01011½½101½06,5

Boys U10


Nip NicholasUSA0110½½101½0½6,0

Boys U8


Abrahamyan TatevUSA22921111001000½5,5

Girls U18


Melekhina AlisaUSA208810010½111117,5

Girls U16


Kuzniatsova LenaUSA0½101101½1006,0

Girls U12


Robinson DarrianUSA0100101½0½015,0

Girls U12


Dai EileenUSA00½0101½½11½6,0

Girls U10


Xiang EllenUSA0101½101100½6,0

Girls U10


Yang Sylvia SiyuanUSA0011½10½10½½6,0

Girls U10


Zhurbinskiy EveUSA0½011½1110006,0

Girls U10


Lee Fei-TzinUSA01011000110½5,5

Girls U8


Xiang EvanUSA011011½000116,5

Girls U8


Zhu JessicaUSA0010101100116,0

Girls U8