Paul Motwani - World Under-17 Champion

The Under-17 World Championship was held in Sas van Gent, Holland, from 27 December 1978 to 6 January 1979.

The tournament was an outstanding success for the 16-year-old Paul Motwani, then a fifth former at St Saviour's High School, Dundee.

Paul, who had won the 1978 Scottish Championship ahead of a number of more experienced players, went through the tournament undefeated, scoring 9 points from his 11 games. Immediately following Paul were Juan Huergo of Cuba with 8 points, Nigel Short (England), also with 8 points, Peter Korzubov (USSR) and Ivan Morovic (Chile) both with 7½. Forty players took part.

Paul's round-by-round results:

Round 1 H. Christofides (Cyprus) 1
Round 2 J. Hjartarson (Iceland ) 1
Round 3 C. Sel (Turkey) 1
Round 4 J. Huergo (Cuba) ½
Round 5 D. Pederson (Denmark) 1
Round 6 P. Korzubov (USSR) ½
Round 7 N. Short (England) 1
Round 8 M. Kong Wong (Singapore) ½
Round 9 D. Filipovich (Canada) 1
Round 10 A. Greenfeld (Israel) 1
Round 11 I. Morovic (Chile) ½

Sources:
Scottish Chess Nr. 52, August 1979, page 23 (publication shows p 13 in error)
Glasgow Herald, January 8 1979, page 18.


Compiled by
Alan McGowan