The World Youth Championships begin today in Caldas Novas, Brazil. The tournament will have twelve categories (six each for both open and girls). There are 78 countries competing for top honors and titles. There are several Grandmasters on hand including top seed Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (2556) of Armenia. The under-18 section has three GMs. The under-12 section is the largest with 134 players. The U.S. team is sending a contingent of more than 40 players. GM Ray Robson did not make the trip. Several players will be looking to make a mark.
Drum visitors will no doubt recognized the highly-touted trio of Justus Williams, Josh Colas and James Black, Jr.. The three will be looking for medals in under-14 as will Darrian Robinson (under-18) and Rochelle Ballantyne (under-16). The sibling duo of WGM Deysi Cori and GM Jorge Cori of Peru will certainly be ones to watch. Deysi is playing in the open under-18.
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