One of the strongest of Britain's up and coming generation of world class chess players, 19 year old Sheffield University student Tony Miles was formally declared winner of the 13th World Junior Chess Championship in the Philippines capital Manila on Friday (23 August).
GV Chess hall, players seated (2 shots)
SV Chess board TILT UP TO player Tony Miles
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GV Chess hall, players seated
SV Miles signing document
SV Chess poster
SV Miles signing autographs
SV Mihara Terada receiving prize
SV Miles leaves seat to applause, receives award
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Background: One of the strongest of Britain's up and coming generation of world class chess players, 19 year old Sheffield University student Tony Miles was formally declared winner of the 13th World Junior Chess Championship in the Philippines capital Manila on Friday (23 August).
Tony Miles was awarded a trophy donated by Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, a gold medal and a cash prize of 200 U.S. dollars (about GBP 82).
As champion of the tournament Miles automatically is awarded the title of international chess master.
Miles drew his last match on Friday with Roy Dieks of the Netherlands to gain a total of seven points. He clinched the championship when he defeated Alexander Kochiev of the Soviet Union in the penultimate round of the competition.
Dieks, the reigning Junior Dutch champion shared a three way tie for second place on 5 1/2 points but was declared runner up because of a higher 'Sonnenborn-Herger' rating -- a way of separating players on the same points by computing the wins and draws of the player concerned.
Slavoljub Marjanovic of Yugoslavia was awarded third place while Lars-Ake Schneider of Sweden was declared fourth.
Players from 30 countries took part in the three week tournament which is for players under twenty.
Previous winners of the title have included Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union, runner up to Boddy Fischer in the last World Championship, and Anatoly Karpov also of the Soviet Union, who could be the one to play the reigning World Champion for his title next year.
SYNOPSIS: For the past three weeks the best young chess players from thirty countries have been playing for the World Junior Championships in the Philippines capital Manila. Britain's Tony Miles won the title on Friday with a draw against Roy Dieks of the Netherlands. But he clinched victory in the previous round by beating Alexander Kochiev of the Soviet Union.
Miles, a nineteen year-old mathematics student from Sheffield University is one of the strongest of Britain's new up and coming generation of world class chess players.
As champion he is automatically awarded the title of international chess master.
The prizegiving ceremony was in the Coral Ballroom of the Manila Hilton.
A special prize went to the youngest competitor, eleven year old Miss Mihara Terada who represented Japan.
She was the only woman contestant there to fight it out with the men.
Tony miles received his awards from Philippines Presidential Assistant Guillermo De Vega who was Chairman of the championships.
The awards included a trophy donated by President Ferdinand Marcos, a gold medal and a cash prize of two hundred dollars. Previous winners of the Junior title have included former World Champion Boris Spassky.