World Junior Chess Championships 2011

Hovhannisyan Robert, Cori Deysi and Girya Olga leading with 8.5 out of 10

The Armenian Grandmaster duo Hovhannisyan Robert and Ter-Sahakyan Samvel, drew their top board game in the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior & 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011, at Chennai, here today. The draw helped Hovhannisyan Robert to keep his half a point lead at 8.5 points, followed by fellow Armenian Ter-Sahakyan Samvel and Swiercz Dariusz (Poland) at 8.0 points. Sharing the fourth spot were GMs Adhiban Baskaran (India) and Ray Robson (USA) at 7.5 points.

Woman Grandmaster from Peru Cori Tello Deysi maintained her stay on top, holding Ozturk Kubra of Turkey to a draw. The Peruvian girl pressed for victory and stretched herself as the game went into a knight versus three pawns ending. Kubra defended accurately, as the marathon game concluded after 75 moves.

Russian Girya Olga joing Cori Deysi on top scoring over Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi of Azerbaijan. Cori Deysi and Girya Olga lead the table with 8.5 points and are followed by Ozturk Kubra (Turkey), Bulmaga Irina (Romania) and Dogodkina Julia (Russia) at 7.0 points. A seizable 1.5 lead with three rounds to go, makes the leading duo a strong title contender.

Hovhannisyan Robert - Ter-Sahakyan Samvel

GM Hovhannisyan Robert facing fellow Armenian GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel

Hovhannisyan Robert - Ter-Sahakyan Samvel

GM Swiercz Dariusz (Poland) facing FM Girish A Koushik (India)

WIM Ozturk Kubra

WIM Ozturk Kubra (Turkey)

In the second board, Swiercz Dariusz of Poland inflicted Indian FM Girish A Koushik his second consecutive defeat. Also facing continuous defeat was Italian Axel Rombaldoni who went down to Indian Grandmaster Adhiban Baskaran. The Catalan opening was featured between Adhiban and Rombaldoni, and an early queen sortie by the Italian appeared a bit unusual. A misplaced knight on the corner of the board added to Romabaldoni’s woes.

Adhiban pounced on the lack of development, sacrificing a knight on the 20th move. Capturing the knight was a taboo, and Rombaldoni lost his exchange, even as his position was compromised. The Italian called it quits five moves later, as he could not prevent the decisive seventh rank entry of white pieces.

IM Axel Rombaldoni

IM Axel Rombaldoni (Italy)

WGM Keti Tsatsalshvili

WGM Keti Tsatsalshvili (Georgia)

Chief Arbiter R Antharam confirmed the following nine game Norms viz., Grandmaster Norm for Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (India), and International Master Norms to Janev Tihomir of Bulgaria and Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus. Among girls, Kulon Klaudia of Poland gained a 9 game WIM Norm. Israel Grandmaster Tamir Nabaty withdrew on health grounds, after the conclusion of the tenth round.

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GM Ray Robson

GM Ray Robson (USA)

Pratyusha Bodda

Pratyusha Bodda (India)

Degrande Marigje

Degrande Marigje (Belgium)

Round 10 Results (Open, Indians unless specified):

Hovhannisyan Robert (ARM) 8.5 drew with Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (ARM) 8, Swiercz Dariusz (POL) 8 beat Girish A Koushik (7), Martinovic Sasa (CRO) 6.5 lost to Robson Ray (USA) 7.5, Adhiban Baskaran (7.5) beat IM Rombaldoni Axel (ITA) 6.5, Shimanov Aleksandr (RUS) 6.5 drew with Durarbeyli Vasif (AZE) 7, Salgado Lopez Ivan (ESP) 6 lost to Roganovic Milos (SRB) 7, Grover Sahaj (6.5) drew with GM Grandelius Nils (SWE) 6.5, Salem A R Saleh (UAE) 6 lost to Sethuraman S P (7), Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu (AZE) 6.5 drew with Krysa Leandro (ARG) 6.5, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (6.5) drew with Huschenbeth Niclas (GER) 6.5, Narayanan S L (6) lost to Krejci Jan (CZE) 7, Sjugirov Sanan (RUS) 6.5 beat Firat Burak (TUR) 5.5, Shyam Sundar M (6) drew with Barbosa Evandro Amorim (BRA) 6

Round 10 Results (Girls, Indians unless specified):

Ozturk Kubra (TUR) 7 drew with Cori T Deysi (PER) 8.5, Girya Olga (RUS) 8.5 beat Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi(AZE) 6.5, Bulmaga Irina (ROU) 7 beat Semenova Elena (RUS) 6.5, Hoang Thi Nhu Y (VIE) 6.5 drew with Padmini Rout (6.5), Dogodkina Julia (RUS) 7 beat Kulon Klaudia (POL) 6, Agrest Inna (SWE) 7 beat Michelle Catherina P (6), Paikidze Nazi (GEO) 6.5 beat Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (AZE) 5.5, Savina Anastasia (RUS) 6 drew with Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar (MGL) 6, Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) 6 beat Chandika Divyasree (5.5), Kulkarni Bhakti (6) beat Nandhidhaa P V (5), Saranya J (5.5) lost to Tsatsalashvili Keti (GEO) 6.5

R R Vasudevan

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World Junior Chess Championships 2011