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THE WORLD Youth Championships are under way in the Spanish town of Oropesa del Mar, a delightful resort on the Mediterranean, where the Spanish Team Championships were held three years ago.

We have 11 players in total. The most promising on paper - though I certainly don't want to write the others off - is Murugan Thiruchelvam, whom I featured last week and who is third seed in the under-10s. The other boys are Gawain Jones and Thomas Rendle in the under-12s, Simon Buckley in the under-14s, Desmond Tan in the under-16s and Nicholas Pert in the under- 18s, while the four girls are Sophie Tidman in the under-14s, Melanie Buckley and Heather Richards in the under-16s and Ruth Sheldon in the under-18s.

The top seed in the oldest boys section is the Russian, Alexander Grischuk, an international master rated 2,490, who will be 15 this Saturday. This is his first-round win.

In this sharp opening, if 13... Nc4 14 Bxc4 bxc4 15 Nc5 Qc7 16 N5a4 is possible. Once he got in 19 f5 Grischuk was clearly better - so presumably Kaner should have captured two moves earlier 17... exf4 18 Bxf4 Ne5 though 19 Nd4 looks pleasant for White.

In the diagram 21 f6! was very strong, since after 23 Bb5 White has time to anchor the bishop - 23... .axb3 loses to 24 Qxf6. Black had to play 25... Rxg3 before the knight reached f5. The rest was slaughter.

White: Alexander Grischuk

Black: M Kaner

Oropesa del Mar under-18 boys

Sicilian Najdorf

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1 e4 c5

2 Nf3 d6

3 d4 cxd4

4 Nxd4 Nf6

5 Nc3 a6

6 Be3 e5

7 Nb3 Be7

8 f3 Be6

9 Qd2 Nbd7

10 g4 h6

11 0-0-0 b5

12 Kb1 Nb6

13 Qf2 Rb8

14 h4 Qc7

15 Bd3 Nfd7

16 g5 h5

17 f4 b4

18 Ne2 a5

19 f5 Bxb3

20 cxb3 a4 (see diagram)

21 f6! gxf6

22 gxf6 Bxf6

23 Bb5 Ke7

24 bxa4 Rhg8

25 Ng3 Rxg3

26 Qxg3 Nc5

27 Qf3 Nbxa4

28 Bxa4 Nxa4

29 Rhf1 Nc3+

30 bxc3 bxc3+

31 Ka1 c2

32 Qxf6+ Ke8

33 Qh8+ Ke7

34 Bg5+ 1-0

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