After having finished his chess tour of the U.S., IM Amon Simutowe will begin preparing for the World Junior Championship to be held in Athens, Greece from 15th-30th of August. Coming within a whisker of winning the event last year (=2nd to GM Lazaro Bruzon of Cuba), he will face a horde of hungry masters from around the world looking to make their marks in world chess history. Past champions have included distinguished company such as: Boris Spassky (1955), Anatoly Karpov (1969), Yasser Seraiwan (1979), and Garry Kasparov (1980). More recent winners are: Viswanathan Anand (1987), Joel Lautier (1988), Vladimir Akopian (1991), and Darmen Sadvakasov (1998).
IM Simutowe will return to Zambia to play in a local tournament before making his trek to Greece. There he will have a chance at earning his final GM norm. At press time, there were three GMs (including Bu Xiangzhi of China and Peter Acs of Hungary), and a large amount of IMs scheduled to participate. IM Simutowe is ranked 22th while IM Robert Gwaze of Zimbabwe is ranked 57th. More details are forthcoming.
Official site of the World Junior Championship
List of participants for World Junior
Posted by The Chess Drum: 1 August 2001