Justus and Josh battle at World Youth!

Both Justus Williams and Josh Colas are in Halkidiki, Greece competing in the World Youth Chess Championships and are in the under-12 section. Thus far, both are on 3.5/5. This is the most important tournament for the two all-Americans after making their international debuts this summer. Both have been motivating each other since their challenge matches and subsequent rise. Justus recently broke the age record for youngest African-American Master at age 12.

Josh’s father Guy Colas gave a brief report on action in Greece and added comments about Justus.

There are some South Africans here, in fact Josh’s R5 was against one… he won. His loss was against a Russian kid who won this tournament in 08. The game was a classic draw, but Josh pushed for a won and loss the bishop vs. knight ending. Justus seems to have rebounded after his loss, but no game is easy here. The main difference here is preparation. Joshua is determined to slowly climb back up, but he knows it will be brutal from now until Round.

Here are the round by round results of the two players.


NM Justus Williams (USA)
# Player ELO Nation
Flag
Result
1 Ghvamberia, Nika 1752 Georgia
2 Mkrtchyan, Mikayel 1915 Armenia
3 Lappalainen, Matias 1777 Finland
0-1
4 Rydl, Jiri 1943 Czech Rep.
½-½
5 Asgharzadeh, M Reza 1893 Iran
0-1
6 Savenkov, Konstantin 1943 Russia
1-0
7 CM Xu Yi 2039 China
8 Tari, Aryan 2053 Norway
½-½
9 Vetoshko, Volodymyr 2211 Ukraine
10 Melnikov, Egor 1978 Russia
1-0
11 Karthikeyan, Murali 2059 India
½-½
Score: 7½-3½


Josh Colas (USA)
# Player ELO Nation
Flag
Result
1 Zaman, Daniel 1706 Belarus
½-½
2 Hadzialic, Benjamin 1711 Bosnia
1-0
3 Markoja, Boris 1793 Slovenia
0-1
4 Savenkov, Konstantin 1943 Russia
5 Guo Hong-Wei Bill 0 South Africa
0-1
6 Rydl, Jiri 1906 Czech Rep.
1-0
7 Gajek, Radoslaw 1930 Poland
8 Wei Yi 2238 China
0-1
9 CM Wang Yi Ye 2011 China
1-0
10 Zamengo, Fulvio 1936 Italy
1-0
11 CM Xu Yi 2039 China
1-0
Score: 6½-4½

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Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

8 Comments

  1. Lovely update, and we wish theses young people well , and of course all over the United States!!! Nice game vs. Gashveilli too , perhaps when i expressed this young man is one of the best in the world it may have sounded like a joke but i dont joke, however, YES, WE CAN, joke with you. Peace.

  2. Great Job 2 Josh and Justus! Keep on handling your business and having fun! Hope to see you in NYC one day soon! Peace and Blessing 2 both families! The Shakoor Family

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