World Junior Chess Championships 2011

Hovhannisyan Robert and Olga Girya move closer to title after round 12

GM Hovhannisyan Robert (Armenia) and WGM Girya Olga (Russia) led the strong pack of juniors after the twelfth and penultimate round of the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior & 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011, at Chennai, here today.

In the Open section, Grandmaster Hovhannisyan Robert (Armenia) defeated American medal prospect GM Ray Robson in the top board, moving to 10 points, with just a round to go. Half a point behind stayed Polish Grandmaster Swiercz Dariusz at 9.5 points. The fight for the bronze medal and third spot will rest with Ter Sahakyan Samvel (Armenia), Vladislav Kovalev (Belarus), Vasif Durarbeyli (Azerbaijan) and Sahaj Grover (India) at 8.5 points.

Padmini Rout - Cori T Deysi

Top board game between WGM Padmini Rout versus WGM Cori T Deysi inaugurated by Mr Charudatta Jadhav, Vice President, World Chess Federation for the Blind, (L to R) B Murugavel, Vice President, TNSCA, FIDE Arbiter M Senthilvel, K Muralimohan, Championship Director, WJCC 2011, R Anantharam, Chief Arbiter

Ter-Sahakyan Samvel - Swiercz Dariusz

GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (Armenia) facing GM Swiercz Dariusz (Poland)

The top board game between Hovhannisyan Robert (Armenia) and Ray Robson (USA) was a true Spanish bull fight. It turned out to be an exciting Sicilian game, with both the Grandmasters playing for a win. Robson made his intentions clear with a rook for knight sacrifice on the 17th move. Not to be out done Hovhannisyan returned material in no time, taking the game into a rook and bishops ending. Further, rooks were off the board by move 26 and the five pawn island of the Armenian looked trifle suspectful.

But, Hovhannisyan showed more enterprise, as he advanced his “c” pawn to the discomfort of Robson. The game further ventured into a study like ending with two menacing black pawns advancing to the seventh rank. Accurate reply by Hovhannisyan forced Robson to resign on the 46th move. Hovhannisyan’s fighting victory makes him a clear title favorite, thanks to a full point lead over second placed Swiercz Dariusz of Poland.

In the Girls section, Russian Girya Olga (10.5) will start the title favorite in the final round, holding a crucial half a point lead ahead of Peruvian Cori T Deysi. With Gold and Silver medals being shared among the duo, the struggle is going to be for the bronze medal. At 8.5 points top seed Paikidze Nazi (Georgia) will be eyeing the third spot with a final round victory on tomorrow.

Challenging Paikidze for the medal would be Romanian Irina Bulmaga, who remains at 8.5 points. The girls at the 8.0 point group, would need to win their games first, and wait for favorable results in other boards for a shot at the bronze medal.

Hannes Diana - Arunima Kalra

WFM Hannes Diana (Germany) facing Arunima Kalra (India)

Salgado Lopez Ivan - Anwesh Upadhyaya

GM Salgado Lopez Ivan (Spain) facing IM Anwesh Upadhyaya (India)

IM Krejci Jan

IM Krejci Jan (Czech Republic)

Earlier, Indian medal hope Padmini Rout drew her top board game against tournament leader Cori T Deysi. In the Open section, Indian challenge suffered a setback as Grandmaster Adhiban Baskaran, playing at 8.5 points, went down to fellow Indian Sahaj Grover.

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Round 12 Results (Open, Indians unless specified):

Hovhannisyan Robert (ARM) 10 beat Robson Ray (USA) 8, Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (ARM) 8.5 lost to Swiercz Dariusz (POL) 9.5, Kovalev Vladislav (BLR) 8.5 drew with Durarbeyli Vasif (AZE) 8.5, Adhiban B (8) lost to Grover Sahaj (8.5), Sethuraman S P (8) drew with Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (8), Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu (AZE) 7.5 lost to Sjugirov Sanan (RUS) 8, Salgado Lopez Ivan (ESP) 8 beat Anwesh Upadhyaya (7), Shyam Sundar M (7) lost to Shimanov Aleksandr (RUS) 8, Roganovic Milos (SRB) 7.5 drew with Grandelius Nils (SWE) 7.5

Round 12 Results (Girls, Indians unless specified):

Padmini Rout (8) drew with Cori T Deysi (PER) 10, Girya Olga (RUS) 10.5 beat Tsatsalashvili Keti (GEO) 7.5, Paikidze Nazi (GEO) 8.5 beat Dogodkina Julia (RUS) 7.5, Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) 7 lost to Bulmaga Irina (ROU) 8.5, Agrest Inna (SWE) 7 lost to Ozturk Kubra (TUR) 8, Martinez Ayelen (ARG) 7 lost to Savina Anastasia (RUS) 7.5, Kulkarni Bhakti (7.5) beat Kulon Klaudia (POL) 6.5, Vo Thi Kim Phung (VIE) 6.5 lost to Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi (AZE) 7.5

R R Vasudevan

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World Junior Chess Championships 2011