In small town Borne in the Netherlands a big chess event is taking place: the Open Dutch Youth Championship, a prestigious tournament held since 1975.
From Caissa we have Miguel Angel and his sister Mei Jing participating. The players in age groups U7, U8, U9 and U10 (H, G, F, E groups respectively) play in one large group but compete for the title and prizes in their own age categories. The tournament is played over 13 rounds and is just because of that one of the most demanding events in youth chess.
After 8 rounds, Miguel Angel with 6 points is ranked 9th in the whole group (U7-U10) and is first, one point loose from number two, in his U8 age category. Mei Jing ranks 6th in her U7 age group with 3 points out of 8.
It is striking again how child friendly this tournament is. We have seen several birthdays over the last couple of days and it is really the right thing to do to have the whole players group singing a happy birthday to the birthday boy/girl seated on a balloons decorated seat before the game.
Well done ONJK organizers!