Axel Rombaldoni storming through the WJCC

Girish Koushik scalps second successive GM, round 6 report

Italian International Master Axel Rombaldoni (6.0) continued to impress as he stylishly put it across Polish Grandmaster Piorun Kacper for his sixth win in a row, in the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior & 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011, at Hotel Vijay Park, Chennai, here today.

A full point behind Rombaldoni, at 5.0 points were
Ter-Sahakyan Samvel, Hovhannisyan Robert (both Armenia), Huschenbeth
Niclas (Germany) and Girish A Koushik (India).

In the top board Grunfeld game that lasted 35 moves, Rombaldoni showed
superior middle game prowess as he outclasses Piorun Kacper of Poland.
A series of attacks on the queenside netted the Italian an exchange
advantage which he converted with precision.

Axel Rombaldoni

Axel Rombaldoni (photo courtesy of Adolivio Capece)

With a rest day scheduled
for tomorrow, Rombaldoni appears the player to beat in the second half
of the tournament.

Russian Olga Girya remained steady on top of the table with 5.5
points, holding the talented Peru girl Cori T Deysi. A draw in the top
board, helps players further down in the points position, to catch up
as the race for the top place hots up.

The second spot is shared by
Cori T Deysi (Peru), Bulmaga Irina (Romania) and Elena Semenova
(Russia) with 5.0 points.

Cori T Deysi

WGM Cori T Deysi of Peru

Further half a point behind at 4.5 points
were Woman FIDE Master J Saranya, Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi,
Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (both Azerbaijan) and Kulon Klaudia
(Poland) respectively.

Girish Koushik continued to make news for the second day in a row.
Today Girish showed that he is a gritty customer, showing dogged
defence against Grandmaster S P Sethuraman, and finally pulling out a
crucial full point. In a standard Queens Indian game, after a flurry
of early exchanges, Sethuraman held the initiative. Side stepping
repetition of moves, the Chennai based Grandmaster went for a kingside

Grandmaster R B Ramesh

Grandmaster R B Ramesh enthralling with analysis of LIVE games at the playing arena

But, Girish played out the middle game exchanges with
accuracy and came out with an extra pawn at the end of the first time
control. The ensuing rook and knight end game was devoid of tactics,
but the advantage of black was significant and Girish coasted home in
61 moves. A second straight win over a Grandmaster, gives Girish a
good rating platform in the next rounds to come.

Top seed Russian Grandmaster Maxim Matlakov found the going tough, as
he was held to his fourth draw against five Indian players. Today, it
was Maharashtra lad Vidit Santosh Gujrathi who pulled a precious half
point from Matlakov. The Nimzo Indian game saw Vidit holding fort
without much ado, as the Russian preferred to move into a double
bishop versus double knight middle game.

GM Maxim Matlakov - IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi

Top seed GM Maxim Matlakov (Russia) playing IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (India)

The resultant pawn down
position saw Matlakov facing the music, with Vidit holding the aces.
But, closer to the fifth hour of play Vidit missed some promising
continuations, and found himself in a pawn down queen and pawn ending.
Matlakov still pressing for a win, gave up his rook for knight and
pinned his winning hopes on a passed pawn. Vidit returned the material
and hung on to draw after 80 patient moves.

In the girls section, ONGC sponsored J Saranya celebrated her birthday
in a grand fashion, defeating favorite Padmini Rout. The Sicilian
Moscow variation game saw, black getting into early equality. With the
game slightly off balance, Padmini started taking risks and failed to
notice the knight trap on the kingside.

Woman FIDE Master J Saranya

Chief Arbiter R Anantharam wishing happy birthday to Woman FIDE Master J Saranya

The game immediately went in
favor of Saranya, who grabbed the knight and the opportunity and wound
up the game with good technique. The win puts Saranya on the top
points group, where she ought to meet higher rated title players,
which in turn would enhance her Woman Grandmaster Norm chances.

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

More about the WJCC: World Junior Chess Championship 2011 / Participants boys / Participants girls / Official website

GM Hovhannisyan Robert

GM Robert Hovhannisyan

G A Stany

IM Norm holder G A Stany

Round 6 Results (Open, Indians unless specified):

Piorun Kacper(POL) 4.5 lost to Rombaldoni Axel(ITA) 6, Ter-Sahakyan
Samvel(ARM) 5 beat Goganov Aleksey (RUS) 4, Hovhannisyan Robert (ARM)
5 beat Stany G A (4), Swayams Mishra (4.5) drew with Swiercz Dariusz
(POL) 4.5, Grover Sahaj (3.5) lost to Sjugirov Sanan (RUS) 4.5, Nitin
S (3.5) lost to Robson Ray (USA) 4.5, Grandelius Nils (SWE) 4.5 beat
Rajesh V A V (3.5), Artemenko Oleg (UZB) 3 lost to Lalith Babu M R
(4), Narayanan Srinath (3) lost to Durarbeyli Vasif (AZE) 4, Anwesh
Upadhyaya (4) beat Benitez Lozano Javier (Mex) 3.

Round 6 Results (Girls, Indians unless specified):

Girya Olga (RUS) 5.5 drew with Cori T Deysi (PER) 5, Kazimova Narmin
Nizami Qizi (AZE) 4.5 drew with Bulmaga Irina (ROM) 5, Semenova Elena
(RUS) 5 beat Tokhirjanova Hulkar (UZB) 4, Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) 4
drew with Paikidze Nazi (GEO) 4, J Saranya 4.5 beat Padmini Rout 3.5,
Terao Juliana Sayumi (BRA) 3.5 lost to Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi
(AZE) 4.5, Ozturk Kubra (TUR) 4 drew with Dogodkina Julia (RUS) 4,
Savina Anastasia (RUS) 4 beat Hema Priya N (3).

K Muralimohan,

Championship Director, WJCC 2011

General Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association