Darrian Robinson at the 2006 World Youth

Darrian Robinson is competing amongst the world's best youth players at the 2006 World Youth Chess Championships in Batumi, the Republic of Georgia. Robinson is one of 21 players from the U.S. to compete in several age categories. Bear in mind that these age categories contain strong players by any standard (including Grandmasters), but this annual tournament is age restricted.

Robinson has been featured in recent articles about her trip to Batumi including U.S. Chess Federation online and the New York Times. A student at Brooklyn's I.S. 318, she is currently ranked 6th among girls under age 13 in the U.S.  and will make her second international trip this year. This unassuming 12-year old is noted as the "silent assassin" and competed in the 2006 Pan-Am Games in Cuenca, Ecuador scoring 5-4. Her mother
Cenceria Edwards feels that she has the drive and determination to be a special player. Following are her results in Batumi:

Darrian Robinson will play in the under-13 section. Photo by Michelle Agins.

12-year old Darrian Robinson
(Photo by Michelle Agins)

Darrian Robinson's Games

Round 1: Luiza Tomaszewska (Poland) - Robinson, 0-1
Round 2: Robinson - Lisa Schut (Netherlands), 0-1
Round 3: Robinson - Ana Galdavadze (Georgia), 0-1
Round 4: Maria Bohorquez (Ecuador) - Robinson, 0-1
Round 5: Robinson - Marcel Efroimski (Israel), 0-1
Round 6: Klara Varga (Hungary)  - Robinson, 0-1
Round 7: Seray Tulay (Turkey) - Robinson, -
Round 8: Robinson
- Hanieh Khalaji (Iran) , 0-1
Round 9:  Marina Brunello (Italy) - Robinson, -
Round 10: Robinson - Ioana Gelip (Romania), 0-1
Round 11: Robinson - Madona Kipshidze (Georgia), 1-0

Score: 5-6 (full results here)

Posted by The Chess Drum: 22 October 2006