And the winners are...

12/20/2002 – 'Lucky' Levon Aronian, the Armenian GM who turned 20 on October 6th and won the men's section outright, and Zhao Xue, an 18-year-old Chinese girl, who won it on tiebreak. Our final illustrated report on the World Junior Championships in Goa also tells of the blitz tournament where the segregation of the sexes was finally lifted. By V. Sarenn and V. Kumar

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Final reports

By Vishal Sarenn and Vijay Kumar

Tables, games and links at the bottom of the page.

'Lucky’ as he decided to call himself, Armenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian, walked away with glory in the 41st World Juniors at Cidade de Goa.


Zhao Xue of China won the Girls’ championship on better ratings of her opponents than defending Champion Koneru Humpy. May we say that Chess is a great leveler? Last year in the same event, Humpy and Xue had tied and Humpy had better tiebreak!


Sophie Millat vs Koneru Humpy

Aronian was a man with a clear mission in the last few rounds. He started his final onslaught in the 11th round against S Poobesh Anand, was surprisingly at ease against his victory over Hari Krishna in the 12th and capped it with a brilliant performance in the last round against Russian Dimitry Jakovenko against whom he was merciless.


Governor of Goa Mr. K.N.Sahani presented the Junior's Cup to Aronian

And the guy means business. He is living in Germany to pursue Chess. Way to go!

The second place went to Luke McShane who won a game of fluctuating fortunes against Ferenc Berkes of Hungary. Luke probably had a good opening but missed the thread somewhere. Never mind, everything is well that ends well!


From the game Jakovenk-Aronian

Surya Shekhar Ganguly won the Bronze medal with some inspiring performance towards the end. This one is made of sterner stuff. He told us that he was playing for the championship and things might have taken a different shape but for that fumble in the 11th round against Berkes. Don’t worry Surya, life is also about missed chance and in any case, you can’t win them all!

Both Xue and Humpy did well to win their last round games against Dronavalli Harika and French Sophie Millet respectively. But, as Humpy herself agreed, Xue was the better player in the championship. What really mattered in here was successful application in better positions.

Russian Nadezhda Kosintseva won the Bronze. She scored 10 points, equal to Aronian!


Zhao Xue with the Crystal Cup

And if some of them hadn’t had enough the organizers organized a Blitzed event right after the last round! Reunion time! The boys and the girls have been separated for too long, albeit in the tournament hall! So this time around they played together and, some of them, were even paired!


Blitz Games for both the sexes

It was a grand event all right! Chess and otherwise too! The winners were awarded with crystal cups. The losers will have something to work on for the next time. Boys had a good time and so did the Girls. Life will go on…but this World Juniors will definitely be remembered as a huge success, the sweet memories of which will linger in the minds of all for a long time!

Vishal Sareen/Vijay Kumar

Final standings

Sl.No
 Name
 Title
 Fed
Points
 Boys
1
 Aronian Levon
GM
 Armenia
9.0
2
 Berkes Ferenc
GM
 Hungary
8.5
3
 Luke McShane
GM
 England
8.5
4
 Erenburg Sergey
IM
 Israel
8.0
5
 Surya Sekhar Ganguly
IM
 India
8.0
6
 Timofeev Artyom
IM
 Russia
8.0
7
 Yakovenko Dmitri
GM
 Russia
8.0
8
 Azarov Sergei
IM
 Belarus
7.5
9
 Bu Xiangzhi
GM
 China
7.5
10
 David Craig Smerdon
IM
 Australia
7.5
11
 Ghaem Maghami Ehsan
GM
 Iran
7.5
12
 Harikrishna P
GM
 India
7.5
13
 Inarkiev Ernesto
GM
 Russia
7.5
14
 Miton Kamil
IM
 Poland
7.5
15
 Ni Hua
IM
 China
7.5
16
 Potkin Vladimir
GM
 Russia
7.5
17
 Stefan Kristjansson
IM
 Iceland
7.5
18
 Wojtaszek Radoslaw    Poland
7.5
19
 Annaberdiev Meylis
FM
 Turkmenistan
7.0
20
 Bar Roman
IM
 Israel
7.0
21
 Darban Varighani Morteza    Iran
7.0
22
 Kidambi S
IM
 India
7.0
23
 Mastrovasilis Dimitrios    Greece
7.0
24
 Paragua Mark
IM
 Philippines
7.0
25
 Poobesh Anand S.    India
7.0
26
 Satyapragyan S
IM
 India
7.0
27
 Vioreanu Bogdan    Romania
7.0
28
 Amon Simutowe
IM
 Zambia
6.5
29
 Carlsson Pontus    Sweden
6.5
30
 Deepan Chakravarthy J.
IM
 India
6.5
31
 Henrikas Asauskas    Lithuania
6.5
32
 Jeremic Veljiko
IM
 Yugoslavia
6.5
33
 Li Qun
FM
 China
6.5
34
 Neelotpal Das
IM
 India
6.5
35
 Perez Candelario, Manuel
IM
 Spain
6.5
36
 Rohit G
 
 India
6.5
37
 Stefan Bromberger
IM
 Germany
6.5
38
 Stephen Glinert
IM
 Canada
6.5
39
 Arghyadip Das    India
6.0
40
 Jirka Jiri    Czech
6.0
41
 Kample Vikramaditya    India
6.0
42
 Lim Yee Weng    Malaysia
6.0
43
 Phoobalan P.    India
6.0
44
 Poliakov Dmitry    Belarus
6.0
45
 Prathamesh Mokal    India
6.0
46
 Preetham Sharma    India
6.0
47
 Sadykov Rustem    Kazakhstan
6.0
48
 Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury    India
6.0
49
 Sriram Sarja    India
6.0
50
 Stefan Macak    Slovak
6.0
51
 Steven Geirnaert    Belgium
6.0
52
 Yannick Gozzoli    France
6.0
53
 Alexandre Vuilleumier    Switzerland
5.5
54
 David Kjartansson    Iceland
5.5
55
 Eriksson Jonas    Sweden
5.5
56
 Gopal G.N.    India
5.5
57
 Jagadish H.D.    India
5.5
58
 Leong Luke    Singapore
5.5
59
 Pereira Edgar    Portugal
5.5
60
 Rishipal Singh    India
5.5
61
 Sam Collins    Ireland
5.5
62
 Sandipan Chanda
IM
 India
5.5
63
 Sayantan Dutta    India
5.5
64
 Siddharth R.    India
5.5
65
 Soumya Ranjan Misra    India
5.5
66
 Akshay Raj Kore    India
5.0
67
 Borchgrevink Harald    Norway
5.0
68
 Kosmo Santul    Finland
5.0
69
 Naveen R.    India
5.0
70
 Nikhilesh Kumar
FM
 India
5.0
71
 Pradeep T.S.    India
5.0
72
 Rahul Sangma    India
5.0
73
 Sprenger Wolfgang    Austria
5.0
74
 Wilson Cruz    India
5.0
75
 Akash Thakur    India
4.5
76
 Byomakesh Nayak    India
4.5
77
 Graeme Kafka    Scotland
4.5
78
 Pranjal Phukan    India
4.5
79
 Arjun Deepak Tiwari    India
4.0
80
 Athula Russell M.K.    Sri Lanka
4.0
81
 Francois Steenkamp    South Africa
4.0
82
 Gurpreet Singh Maras    India
4.0
83
 Himanshu Kumar    India
4.0
84
 Prateek Shriwas    India
4.0
85
 Swapnil Hoble    India
4.0
86
 Phanikanth J.S.S.    India
3.5
87
 Sachit S Agarwal    India
3.0
88
 Nehal Ashok Shah    Kenya
0.0
 Girls
1
 Koneru Humpy
WGM
 India
9.5
2
 Zhao Xue
WGM
 China
9.5
3
 Kosintseva Nadezhda
WGM
 Russia
9.0
4
 Wang Yu
WGM
 China
9.0
5
 Kosintseva Tatiana
WGM
 Russia
8.5
6
 Dronavalli Harika    India
7.5
7
 Oubiennykh Ekaterina
WFM
 Russia
7.5
8
 Sophie Milliet    France
7.5
9
 Calotescu Ana-Cristina    Romania
7.0
10
 Eesha Karavade    India
7.0
11
 Makka Ioulia    Greece
7.0
12
 Moser Eva
WGM
 Austria
7.0
13
 Pogonina Natalia
WIM
 Russia
7.0
14
 Tania Sachdev    India
7.0
15
 Delphin C.    India
6.5
16
 Holusova Tana    Czech
6.5
17
 Jackova Jana
WGM
 Czech
6.5
18
 Koneru Chandra Hawsa    India
6.5
19
 Nilavoli H.    India
6.5
20
 Pratibha Y.    India
6.5
21
 Priyadarshini M.    India
6.5
22
 Tian Tian
WGM
 China
6.5
23
 Zigangirova Sofya    Kazakhstan
6.5
24
 Bjerke Silje    Norway
6.0
25
 Churun Polina    Belarus
6.0
26
 Kavitha J.E.    India
6.0
27
 Priya P    India
6.0
28
 Rajalakshmi C.V.    India
6.0
29
 Anoori Mehul Shah    India
5.5
30
 Anuprita Anil Patil    India
5.5
31
 Cindy Tsai
WIM
 US
5.5
32
 Drijevic Ljilja
WFM
 Yugoslavia
5.5
33
 Ketaki Shrirang Kulkarni    India
5.5
34
 Khasanova Elmira
WIM
 Russia
5.5
35
 Matras Agnieszka    Poland
5.5
36
 Savic Marjana
WFM
 Yugoslavia
5.5
37
 Soumya Swaminathan    India
5.5
38
 Trujillo Delgado, Defnae    Spain
5.5
39
 Vinuthna N    India
5.5
40
 Coimbra Margarida
WFM
 Portugal
5.0
41
 Kasturi M
WIM
 India
5.0
42
 Leonie Helm    Germany
5.0
43
 Nimmy George    India
5.0
44
 Rajadarshini M.    India
5.0
45
 Breen Veronica    Sweden
4.5
46
 Jennitha Anto    India
4.5
47
 Kurbanova Maygozel    Turkmenistan
4.5
48
 Sarune Lapinskaite    Lithuania
4.5
49
 Iara Santana    Brazil
4.0
50
 Nabeela Farheen    India
4.0
51
 Ayodhya Liyanagedera    Sri Lanka
2.0

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