World Junior Chess Championships 2011 Round 8

Grandmaster Norms for Axel Rombaldoni and Girish Koushik

The dream run of Girish Koushik continued as he defeated Swedish Grandmaster Grandelius Nils in the eighth round of the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior & 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011, at Hotel Vijay Park, Chennai, here today. Girish scoring his fourth successive win against a Grandmaster, now shares the lead with Hovhannisyan Robert (Armenia) at 7.0 points. In the process, Girish Koushik achieved his maiden Grandmaster Norm and will now set his eyes on the crown.

Overnight leader, Italian International Master Axel Rombaldoni lost his first game of the event to Armenian GM Hovhannisyan Robert. The Sicilian game saw the Italian conceding an early space advantage to Hovhannisyan. By move 22 Rombaldoni was a pawn down, with a shaky position to defend. Steady exchange of pieces, saw the Armenian improving the position. The resultant rook and bishop ending, with two pawns downs and one more about to fall, saw Italian throwing in the towel. The game lasted 34 moves. Rombaldoni despite the defeat, achieves a 9-game GM Norm. Rombaldoni now shares the third spot at 6.5 points, along with Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (Armenia).

GM Hovhannisyan Robert - IM Axel Rombaldoni

GM Hovhannisyan Robert Armenia shaking hands with IM Axel Rombaldoni Axel of Italy before the start of the game

GM Grandelius Nils

GM Grandelius Nils (Sweden)

It was the day of Girish Koushik, for the young lad, defeated his fourth Grandmaster in a row accounting Swede Grandelius Nils in 36 moves. An early exchange sacrifice in the Grunfeld game by Grandelius, took the game to unclear territory. With both the players pushing for victory, the Swedish Grandmaster erred at a crucial juncture capturing the pawn on “c3″ with his knight, failing to see a mate in six. Girish pounced on the chance, and was about to execute the mate when Grandelius gave up.

In the girls section, WGMs Cori T Deysi (Peru) and Girya Olga (Russia) share the lead with 7.0 points, scoring over Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi (Azerbaijan) and Kulon Klaudia (Poland) respectively. The third spot is shared by Bulmaga Irina (Romania) and Elena Semenova (Russia) at 6.0 points.

Indian challenge lead by WGM Padmini Rout (5.5) looked up, as the Orissa girl scored a quick victory over over Dogodkina Julia (Russia). Further down, Woman FIDE Master Bhakti Kulkarni was held to a draw by fellow Indian Chandika Divyasree. Joining the duo at 5.0 points were Indian youngsters Ivana Maria Furtado and P Michelle Catherina.

WIM Bulmaga Irina

WIM Bulmaga Irina (Romania)

WGM Paikidze Nazi

WGM Paikidze Nazi (Georgia)

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Round 8 Results (Open, Indians unless specified):

Hovhannisyan Robert(ARM) 7 beat Rombaldoni Axel (ITA) 6.5, Girish A Koushik (7) beat Grandelius Nils (SWE) 5.5, Matlakov Maxim (RUS) 5 lost to Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (ARM) 6.5, Nabaty Tamir (ISR) 5 lost to Durarbeyli Vasif (AZE) 6, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (5.5) drew with Robson Ray (USA) 5.5, Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu (AZE) 5 lost to Swiercz Dariusz (POL) 6, Adhiban B (6) beat Piorun Kacper (POL) 5, Sjugirov Sanan (RUS) 5 drew with Kovalev Vladislav (BLR) 5, Gireman Ja (4.5) lost to Martinovic Sasa (CRO) 5.5, Pap Gyula (HUN) 5 drew with Swayams Mishra (5), Anwesh Upadhyaya (5) drew with Krejci Jan (CZE) 5, Salem A R Saleh (UAE) 5 drew with Firat Burak (TUR) 5, Nitin S (4.5) lost to Shyam Sundar M (5.5), Urkedal Frode (NOR) 5.5 beat Janev Tihomir (BUL) 4.5, Priyadharshan K (4) lost to Shimanov Aleksandr (RUS) 5, Kunal M (5) beat Goganov Aleksey (RUS) 4, S L Narayanan (5) beat G A Stany (4)

Round 8 Results (Girls, Indians unless specified):

Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi (AZE) 5.5 lost to Cori T Deysi (PER) 7, Girya Olga (Russia) 7 beat Kulon Klaudia (POL) 5.5, Paikidze Nazi (GEO) 6 drew with Bulmaga Irina (ROU) 6.5, Padmini Rout (5.5) beat Dogodkina Julia (RUS) 5, Kulkarni Bhakti (5) drew with Chandika Divyasree (5), Saranya J (4.5) lost to Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (AZE) 5.5, Ozturk Kubra (TUR) 5.5 beat Romero Echeverria Abigail (ECU) 4.5, Nandhidhaa P V (4.5) lost to Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar (MGL) 5.5, Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) 4.5 drew with Pon N Krithika (4.5), Bharathi R (4) lost to Hoang Thi Nhu Y (VIE) 5, Terao Juliana Sayumi (BRA) 5 beat Hema Priya N (4)

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