World Youth Chess Championship 2009 will be held at Kemer-Antalya, Turkey. It is the highest level of competition with age restrictions. I already feel proud to be competing at that level and nothing about my result can take it away from me. That being said I have been preparing to put up the best performance I can.
My preparation for this event is similar to Pan-Am couple of months ago but with lesser available time and tighter schedule. Now that the school is in full swing I am getting about 1-2 hours a day for chess studies on week days. Physical training is already making a good impact in my overall fitness. I run couple of laps after school every day at my local park. It is helping me play better soccer too:)
As my first experience at the big stage I am eagerly looking forward to it. I hope I can play with players from as many countries as possible and make new friends along the way. The new team jacket and shirt is really cool.
I leave for Antalya on 8th from San Francisco. My dad will tweet regularly and I’ll try to blog occasionally from the event. Other prominent chess websites will also be covering the event.
Tournament Official Website
Best wishes and encouragement from my friends and family would be my strength.