Exciting Finale Marks the Closure of the 1st Jeddah International Youth Chess Festival


The Young Masters event, a pivotal component of the 1st Jeddah International Youth Chess Festival 2024, concluded with an impressive final round. It showcased remarkable talent and intense competition among young chess prodigies, with Erdogmus Yagiz Kaan, a 12-year-old prodigy from Turkey, emerging as the Champion in this closed tournament held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

IM Erdogmus, Yagiz Kaan [Photo Credits: Patricia Claros Aguilar]

"A short summary of the Winner's interview: happiness! He loved the place, he loved the organization, he loved his result, he loved his GM norm and above all, he loved WINNING this awesome and very strong tournament!"

IM Erdogmus interviewed by GM Romain Edouard

Besides strong GMs, the tournament featured rising stars like Jaime Rey Martinez, who competed fiercely alongside other world-class talents.

FM Jaime Rey Martinez and IM Andy Woodward [Photo Credits: Patricia Claros Aguilar]

In the thrilling Round 9, GM Murzin delivered an outstanding performance by defeating the tournament winner, IM Erdogmus. This victory secured GM Murzin's 2nd place, alongside GM Sadhwani and IM Woodward. The match between Pravav and Seemann had its share of ups and downs, ultimately ending in a draw.

GM Volodar Murzin and IM Woodward Andy [Photo Credits: Patricia Claros Aguilar]

GM Sadhwani and IM Woodward [Photo Credits: Patricia Claros Aguilar]

WGM Candela Francisco, the World Junior Champion U20 at only age 17, concluded the tournament on a positive note, securing a draw against IM Klimkowski. Meanwhile, FM Rey Martinez showcased exceptional skills in a fantastic game, defeating the young FM Faustino Oro. Although Faustino did not achieve the desired score, the experience gained will undoubtedly contribute to his growth as a player.

WGM Candela Francisco [Photo Credits: Patricia Claros Aguilar]

A special congratulations to IM Andy Woodward, who secured a draw in his last game, sharing 2nd place and achieving his third and final GM norm. This accomplishment reflects his dedication and skill in the world of chess.

IM Andy Woodward [Photo Credits: Patricia Claros Aguilar]

Congratulations to all the players for their remarkable efforts, and we look forward to welcoming them again in future tournaments.

Gathering of all Young Masters participants in The Jeddah International YOUTH Chess Festival.

As the curtain falls on the 1st Jeddah International Chess Festival, we celebrate the success of the participants and anticipate their future contributions to the world of chess. Special thanks to all involved in making this event a memorable one.

Kudos to the organizers for creating such impactful events for Sub-18 players.

Mr. Chokri SAIDI is the head of the organizing committee.

View the final standings:
Chess Results.