World Junior in Argentina
This prestigious annual world championship has a long and colourful history dating back more than half a century (1951). The names of the participants of this championship would make a ”who’s who” list of modern world chess. With the exception of Bobby Fischer, I can think of no other big name who never participated in a World Junior. Anatoli Karpov, Garri Kasparov and Vishy Anand won this championship when their respective turn came. As did Boris Spassky, and all went on to win the World Championship later in their adult years!
This year’s event takes place in Puerto Madryn, Province of Chubut, in southern Argentina, between the 21st of October (first game October 22) and the 4th of November. In total, 52 different countries are represented, including the tradtional powerhouses Russia, India, China, USA, Israel, France and the Ukraine. No Canadian participation, as has been the case for the past number of years. (More on this towards the end of this article).
Puerto Madryn (in Welsh, Porth Madryn) is a city in the province of Chubut in the Argentine Patagonia. It is the head town of the Viedma Department, and has about 58,000 inhabitants.
A new mall in the city center has helped tourism significantly, making Puerto Madryn a more attractive place for both international and domestic tourists visiting Patagonia. It is twinned with Nefyn, a small town on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales, result of its great link with Welsh culture since the Welsh settlement in Argentina.
The first of a two-Test tour to Argentina by the Wales national rugby union team was played in 2006 in Puerto Madryn, a 27–25 win for Argentina. Puerto Madryn is home to two football clubs; Club Social y Atlético Guillermo Brown, who play in Torneo Argentino A and Deportivo Madryn that currently play in Torneo Argentino B. A basketball team, Deportivo Puerto Madryn plays in the Liga Nacional de Básquetbol(LNB). Their home arena is known as the Deportivo Puerto Madryn Arena. (wiki)
THE OFFICIAL INAUGURATION OF THE TOURNAMENT
Tango is the national dance
”Let’s not forget – the goal of CFC is to develop chess in Canada, not in Turkey or Argentina or somewhere else.”