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Daniel Wins Gold; Sarah Takes Silver Print E-mail
By Jennifer Shahade   
November 28, 2007
Daniel Naroditsky accepts his 1st place trophy and medal. Photo Dujiu Yang.
Daniel Naroditsky wins gold with 9.5/11 in the Boys Under 12 section of the World Youth ! He also earns the FM title instantly for his achievement. Sarah Chiang lost her final game but still earns a silver medal. The pressure and competition at World Youth events is intense, and both of our medal winners should be commended on their fantastic results against the World's best.  The U.S. team scored 18/33- complete final scores below. 

Daniel's final game was a quick two-hour victory in which his opponent miscalculated while Daniel kept his cool:


 In a funny twist, Sarah ended in second place , exactly where she would have placed had she won her final game, because her tiebreaks were weaker than the gold medalist, Anna Styazhkina. In her final round game, her Chinese opponent took excellent advantage of Sarah's  misunderstanding of the best piece placement in the Nf6 variation of the c3 Sicilian.


 By the time White had mounted a brutal attack, it was too late for Sarah to change the position of her queen's knight from c6 to d7, where it belonged. From d7 the knight can hop to f6 and gracefully defend attacks against h7.

Check back on Chess Life Online for more details, photos and a final blog from Abby Marshall. Also be sure to watch out for the February Chess Life, in which FM Aviv Friedman will report on the tournament.

Sarah Chiang with her silver medal and 2nd place trophy. Photo Dujiu Yang.

World Youth  (November 18-28, Antalya, Turkey)
U.S. Team member scores after 11 rounds- Final scores

Girls U18  
Ettie Nikolova     6
Elina Kats     4.5
Julia Kerr     4.5
Girls U16     
WFM Alisa Melekhina     7.5
Abby Marshall     6.5
Courtney Jamison     5.5
Louiza Livschitz    5.5
Girls U14     
Dai Yang     7.5
Jennie Liu    5
Gayatri Vempati     5
Girls U12     
Alena Kuzniatsova     5.5
Anna Matlin     6.5
Girls U10     
Sarah Chiang    8.5
Ellen Xiang    6
Girls U8     
Evan Xiang    6.5
Simone Liao     8
Boys U18     
FM Elliot Liu     5.5
Boys U16     
Marc Tyler Arnold    6
Warren Harper     6
Samuel Shankland    6
Boys U14     
FM Ray Robson     8
Victor Shen     7
Alec Getz    6
Michael Yee    5
Christian Tanaka     7
Boys Under 12     
Daniel Naroditsky     9.5
FM Darwin Yang    6
Christopher Heung    6.5
Boys Under 10     
Brian Luo     8
Varun Krishnan    6.5
Jarod Pamatmat     6
Boys Under 8      
Jonathan Chiang     8
Dachey Lin     7