2010 World Youth Chess Championship – Final report

11/1/2010 – The 2010 World Youth Chess Championship took place at Porto Carras, Greece, and once more crowned new champions, bringing to the fore names to be remembered. Among the most remarkable were American Steven Zierk, rated 26th at 2391, yet taking the gold with a 2723 performance, and Azerbaijani Kanan Azar Izzat, 35th, and also gold. See the photos of these future stars in the final report.

2010 World Youth Chess Championships


Playing hall of the world championship

Nearly 1400 players, from no fewer than 87 countries, have gathered in the 2010 World Youth Chess Championships in picturesque Porto Carras, Greece, to compete for the titles of World under-8, under-10, under-12, under-14, under-16, and under-18 titles for both boys and girls. The organizers have a very high quality website, which we recommend seeing, including a ton of beautiful pictures (they literally have over 1000 so far), and daily videos depicting scenes with traditional Greek music in the background.

The event crowned a number of surprise winners and names to look out for. In the Boys Under-18, easily the least expected result was the impressive victory by American FM Steven Zierk, ranked 26th with a 2391 rating, yet, who not only took sole first with 9.5/11 and a point ahead of the field, but even scored a GM norm a round in advance, and a final performance of 2723.


WYCC Boy's Under-18 champions: Steven Zierk (US, gold), Samvel Ter-Sahakyan
(Armenian, silver), Nils Grandelius (Sweden, bronze).

In second was Armenian GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, who had been tied with Zierk in the last round, but lost his game. Swedish GM Nils Grandelius took bronze.


Azerbaidjani Narmin Kazimova won the gold in the Girl's Under-18, ahead of top-seed
Peruvian Deysi Cori who took silver, and Vietnamese Hoang Thi Nhu, bronze.

The Girl's Under-18 was also a tense affair with top-seed Peruvian prodigy WGM Deysi Cori, rated 2368, losing to Azerbaidjani Narmin Kazimova in the 7th round, who took the lead, after which she went guns ablazing after the gold, with four straight wins. Unfortunately for her, Kazimova's win had been no fluke, and though they ended on the same final 9.0/11, the Azerbaijani's tiebreak gave her the gold.


Azerbaidjani Kanan Azar Izzat took sole first and gold in the Boy's Under-14 ahead
of Indian Khoslan Shiven (silver), and Russian Kiril Alekseenko (bronze).

Another truly remarkable result was that of Azerbaidjani Kanan Azar Izzat (2139 Elo) in the Boy's Under-14, who literally started rated 35th in a field that included Hungarian GM Richard Rapport (2523), and two IMs yet took the gold with 9.0/11 after a first round loss no less.


Boy's Under-10 winners: Jason Cao (Canada, gold), Jeffrey Xiong (US, silver),
Abhimanyu Puranik (India, bronze), and Bhaskar Gupta (India, 4th).

Another surprise was the Boys Under-10, which included top-seed American Samuel Sevian, rated 2105, yet which was won by unrated Canadian Jason Cao, who had a remarkable campaign throughout.


Boy's Under-12 winners: Wei Yi (China, gold), with Kayden Troff (US, silver) and
Jan-Krysztof Duda (Poland, Bronze).

The Boy's Under-12 was hard fought between American Kayden Troff and Chinese Wei Yi, both of whom played remarkably well throughout, and entered the last round tied for first. Wei Yi won his final game with ease, but Troff was unable to overcome his final opponent and had to settle for a draw and silver, with a well-earned gold for the Chinese lad. This wasn't the only Chinese success, as their Girl's Under-8 representative, Li Yunshan fairly whitewashed her section with an unforgiving 10.5/11.

Results for the event:

Boys

World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Open Under 08
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
Gadimbayli Abdulla Azar
AZE
1755
9,5
56,5
2
Rudraksh Parida
IND
1563
9,0
54,0
3
Shevchenko Kirill
UKR
0
8,5
59,5
4
Lomasov Semen
RUS
1781
8,5
52,5
5
Iniyan P
IND
1534
8,5
52,5
World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Open Under 10
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
Cao Jason
CAN
0
9,0
56,5
2
Xiong Jeffrey
USA
1824
9,0
54,5
3
Puranik Abhimanyu
IND
1790
8,5
55,0
4
Gupta Bhaskar
IND
1742
8,5
54,5
5
Wheeler Cameron
USA
0
8,0
53,0
World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Open Under 12
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
Wei Yi
CHN
2238
9,5
20875
2
Troff Kayden W
USA
2216
9,0
21309
3
FM
Duda Jan-Krzysztof
POL
2247
8,5
21027
4
Petrosyan Manuel
ARM
1990
8,0
52,0
5
Tari Aryan
NOR
2053
8,0
52,0
World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Open Under 14
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
Izzat Kanan Azar
AZE
2139
9,0
21845
2
Shiven Khosla
IND
2354
8,5
21716
3
FM
Alekseenko Kirill
RUS
2284
8,5
21525
4
Bortnik Alexandr
UKR
2302
8,0
50,0
5
Grib Roman
BLR
2250
8,0
46,5
World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Open Under 16
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
FM
Dragun Kamil
POL
2392
8,5
58,5
2
Sadzikowski Daniel
POL
2351
8,5
51,0
3
FM
Bukavshin Ivan
RUS
2430
8,5
47,0
4
Liu Chang
CHN
2162
8,0
23603
5
FM
Lagarde Maxime
FRA
2433
8,0
23281
World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Open Under 18
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
FM
Zierk Steven C
USA
2391
9,5
24439
2
GM
Ter-Sahakyan Samvel
ARM
2516
8,5
24574
3
GM
Grandelius Nils
SWE
2500
8,0
23897
4
FM
Arribas Lopez Angel
ESP
2454
8,0
23807
5
GM
Shimanov Aleksandr
RUS
2512
8,0
23784

Girls

World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Girls Under 08
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
Li Yunshan
CHN
0
10,5
63,5
2
Morvay Eszter
SVK
0
9,0
55,0
3
Serikbay Assel
KAZ
0
8,0
56,0
4
Riddhi Zantye
IND
0
8,0
48,0
5
Adyasa Mahapatra
IND
0
8,0
43,5
World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Girls Under 10
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
WFM
Nominerdene Davaademberel
MGL
1755
9,0
54,5
2
Abdumalik Zhansaya
KAZ
1870
9,0
53,5
3
Obolentseva Alexandra
RUS
0
8,0
57,5
4
Kazarian Anna Maja
NED
1658
8,0
54,5
5
Yuan Ye
CHN
0
8,0
52,5
World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Girls Under 12
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
Osmak Iulija
UKR
1979
9,0
18518
2
WCM
Ivana Maria Furtado
IND
1924
9,0
18121
3
WFM
Mahalakshmi M
IND
1815
8,5
55,5
4
Sunyasakta Satpathy
IND
1899
8,5
51,5
5
WFM
Li Zhuoling
CHN
1863
8,0
53,5
World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Girls Under 14
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
WFM
Saduakassova Dinara
KAZ
2142
9,0
19666
2
Hakimifard Raana
IRI
1930
8,5
19703
3
Nandhidhaa Pv
IND
2060
8,5
19692
4
Lei Tingjie
CHN
1990
8,5
19604
5
Bivol Alina
RUS
2076
8,5
19313
World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Girls Under 16
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
WIM
Ziaziulkina Nastassia
BLR
2284
8,5
21612
2
WIM
Nguyen Thi Mai Hung
VIE
2258
8,5
21218
3
WIM
Schut Lisa
NED
2288
8,5
20272
4
WIM
Arabidze Meri
GEO
2288
8,0
21091
5
WIM
Danelia Mariam
GEO
2213
8,0
21086
World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Girls Under 18
Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
  TB1 
1
WIM
Kazimova Narmin Nizami
AZE
2260
9,0
22146
2
WGM
Cori T Deysi
PER
2368
9,0
21847
3
WIM
Hoang Thi Nhu Y
VIE
2214
8,0
22065
4
WIM
Havlikova Kristyna
CZE
2318
8,0
21629
5
CM
Bhakti Kulkarni
IND
2294
8,0
21544

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