Friday is a rest day in the World Youth Chess Championships in northern Greece – and at the half-way mark, Ross is the joint top scorer among the Irish contingent.
After the to-be-expected slow start – ½/3 against an average of 2000 – Ross got his first win against a 1350 from Macao in round 4, and followed that up with an excellent win with black against an Algerian 1900. In round 6, he faces a 1950 from Sri Lanka, who appears to have gotten an FM title by virtue of a win in last year’s Asian Schools Chess championships. Danny Dwyer and Diana Mirza are the only others in the 16-strong Irish panel to be on 2½/5. Just behind them, Alex Byrne is on 2/5, including a win over a Canadian CM in round 4. And in a curious coincidence, two Rathmines clubmates met each other in round 4, with Fiachra Scallan beating Michael Higgins. Curiously, a few years back, in a European Youth tournament also held in Greece, two St Benildus players – Sam Osborne and Oisín Benson – were drawn to play each other as well!