Bronze for Sam and Darwin!
October 30, 2008
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Darwin Yang, Photo Dujiu Yang.

With 8/11 each, Samuel Shankland in the Boys Under 18 and Darwin Yang in the Boys Under 12, both achieved bronze medals in the 2008 World Youth (Vung Tau, Vietnam, October 18-31). Congrats to Sam and Darwin! Jonathan Chiang in the Boys Under 8 also scored 8/11 and placed fifth. Check out the entire results of the U.S. team here. Also check the final medal tally. In addition to our two individual medals, the U.S. won three team medals. The dominant force of the competition was India, who won eight individual medals and 19 total.

Shankland's last round opponent, a Vietnamese GM, chose the Dragon with 9...Nxd4 preparing Qa5 with Be6 and Qc7 (Qa5 right away allows Nd5). Dragons with Qa5 tend to lead to endgames because White usually has to play Nd5 at some point, when Black is hard-pressed to avoid the big swap. In a double-edged ending that actually seemed good for Black at some point, Shankland outplayed his opponent and found some tricks in the endgame (43.c5! and d6.)



Check out full details at the official website and look for more photos and games on CLO soon.
Your January Chess Life will include an in-depth story by one of the coaches, GM John Fedorowicz.