Saturday, August 13, 2011

World Girls and Junior Championships Update



World Junior Chess Championships 2011

Cori Deysi and Girya Olga build two point lead after round 11

With comfortable wins WGMs Cori T Deysi (Peru) and Girya Olga (Russia) built a huge two point lead, in the Girls section, after the eleventh round of the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior & 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011, at Chennai, here today. The leading duo were followed by Padmini Rout (India), Nazi Paikidze, Keti Tsatsalasvili (both Georgia), Bulmaga Irina (Romania) and Dogodkina Julia (Russia) at 7.5 points.

In the Open section, Armenian Grandmaster Hovhannisyan Robert drew his game against Polish GM Swiercz Dariusz and maintained his lead with 9.0 points. Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (Armenia) and Swiercz Dariusz (Poland) follow the leader with 8.5 points. Sharing the fourth spot at 8.0 points were Kovalev Vladislav (Belarus), Durarbeyli Vasif (Azerbaijan), Ray Robson (USA) and Adhiban Baskaran (India). With two rounds to go, the games are bound to intense, as the big medals are at stake.

In an interesting game at the third board, the struggle for supremacy between GMs Ray Robson (USA) and S P Sethuraman (India) went all the way. The Sicilian game saw early exchange of queens, indicating peace may be at the cards in short notice. But that was not to be, as Robson offered a knight on the 17th turn.

Refusing to take the bait, Sethuraman pressed for victory, gaining a pawn in the process. But the ensuing rook and bishop ending was executed with accuracy by the youngster from USA, and peace was signed after 71 moves and more than five hours of play. Earlier, the top two boards ended in draws, keeping the lead position unchanged.

GM Norm holder Vidit Santosh Gujrathi showed that he is fine nick, as he overcame Grandmaster Sasa Martinovic of Croatia in 45 moves. Indian medal hopes rest with GM Adhiban Baskaran at 8.0 points in the Open section, while WGM Padmini Rout has an outside chance to match her bronze medal result from the world junior 2010.

Take a look at the large photo gallery, courtesy of Peter Long.

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Round 11 Results (Open, Indians unless specified):

Swiercz Dariusz (POL) 8.5 drew with Hovhannisyan Robert (ARM) 9, Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (ARM) 8.5 drew with Adhiban Baskaran (8), Robson Ray (USA) 8 drew with Sethuraman S P (7.5), Durarbeyli Vasif (AZE) 8 beat Roganovic Milos (SRB) 7, Krejci Jan (CZE) 7 lost to Kovalev Vladislav (BLR) 8, Girish A Koushik (7) lost to Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu (AZE) 7.5, Rombaldoni Axel (ITA) 7 drew with Sjugirov Sanan (RUS) 7, Krysa Leandro (ARG) 7 drew with Shimanov Aleksandr (RUS) 7, Grandelius Nils (SWE) 7 drew with Urkedal Frode (NOR) 7, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (7.5) beat Martinovic Sasa (CRO) 6.5, Shyam Nikil P (6.5) drew with Matlakov Maxim (RUS) 6.5

Round 11 Results (Girls, Indians unless specified):

Cori T Deysi (PER) 9.5 beat Agrest Inna (SWE) 7, Ozturk Kubra (TUR) 7 lost to Girya Olga (RUS) 9.5, Dogodkina Julia (RUS) 7.5 drew with Bulmaga Irina (ROU) 7.5, Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi (AZE) 6.5 lost to Paikidze Nazi (GEO) 7.5, Padmini Rout (7.5) beat Semenova Elena (RUS) 6.5, Tsatsalashvili Keti (GEO) 7.5 beat Hoang Thi Nhu Y (VIE) 6.5, Kulon Klaudia (POL) 6.5 drew with Savina Anastasia (RUS) 6.5, Fataliyeva Ulviyya Hasil Qizi (AZE) 6.5 drew with Kulkarni Bhakti (6.5), Michelle Catherina P (6) lost to Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) 7

R R Vasudevan

Press Officer

World Junior Chess Championships 2011