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Shen Yang and Zaven Andriasian World Junior Champions

10/17/2006 – Both are seventeen and have won the girls' and the open section of the World Under 20 World Championship that was held in Yerevan, Armenia, from October 2nd to 17th 2006. Shen Yang was just a couple of tiebreak points ahead of one of the greatest talents in chess today, Hou Yifan, who is just twelve! Report and games.
 

Junior World Championships in Yerevan


The Tigran Petrosian Chess House in Yerevan, venue of the World U20 Championships


Participants and guests place flowers in front of 9th world champion Petrosian's statue


The 2006 World Junior Chess Championships under way


Top boards on the stage, the weaker players in the hall


The most important games are covered on the internet and on demo boards

For our younger readers: a "demo board" is a large wooden or vinyl chessboard attached upright to the wall or supported by a stand. The pieces attach to the board with magnets, or are cleverly inserted into slits at the bottom of the squares. Sometimes, when the boards are very large (as in the above pictures) rods are used to move the pieces. The transmission of the moves from the game to the board is done by non-electronic means – a human agent is used instead.

World Junior Championship top finishers

The open section was won by 17-year-old Armenian super-talent Zaven Andriasian, who last year won the Boys' Under 16 section of the Youth Championships in Herceg Novi. Zaven started as the 29th seed in this event. Second was 19-year-old IM Nikita Vitiugov of Russia, who was the fourth highest rated player in the tournament.


IM Zaven Andriasian, 2463, ARM


IM Nikita Vitiugov, 2596, RUS

Nr Sd Ti Name Elo Fed Pts TB1 TB2 Perf
1 29 IM Andriasian, Zaven 2463 ARM 9.5 2534 2555.2 2684
2 4 IM Vitiugov, Nikita 2596 RUS 9 2529 2539.1 2657
3 7 GM Kryvoruchko, Yuriy 2581 UKR 9 2523 2533.9 2652
4 3 GM Pantsulaia, Levan 2596 GEO 9 2517 2528.3 2648
5 22 IM Frolyanov, Dmitry 2498 RUS 8.5 2538 2561.5 2624
6 1 GM Wang, Yue 2644 CHN 8.5 2524 2535.5 2624
7 8 GM Stellwagen, Daniel 2576 NED 8.5 2524 2534.1 2621
8 37   Wen, Yang 2416 CHN 8.5 2505 2527.2 2586
9 2 GM Wang, Hao 2622 CHN 8.5 2491 2499.7 2593
10 9 IM Khairullin, Ildar 2543 RUS 8.5 2481 2489.9 2582
11 24 IM Meier, Georg 2484 GER 8.5 2477 2496.1 2568
12 14 IM Rodshtein, Maxim 2517 ISR 8.5 2446 2458.3 2544
13 12 GM Zhou, Jianchao 2522 CHN 8 2474 2482.8 2551
14 10 GM Zhao, Jun 2539 CHN 8 2468 2477.6 2544
15 27 IM Howell, David WL 2471 ENG 8 2455 2475.2 2522
16 30 FM Brunello, Sabino 2460 ITA 8 2415 2427 2488

World Junior Championship Girls' section

The Girls' section was won by 18-year-old of China, the second seed, by a narrow tiebreak margin ahead of her 12-year-old (!) compatriot Hou Yifan, certainly one of the most remarkable talents in chess today.


WGM Shen Yang, 2468 CHN


WFM Hou Yifan, 2481, CHN

Hou was spotted over a year ago by Ali Nihat Yazici, who predicted a great future for her ("I must draw your attention to this young lady. Take a good look at her – we are introducing you to a future women's world champion. She is a great talent and I predict that she may soon become the youngest GM in the world. Not WGM, but GM!")


WGM Salome Melia, 2395, GEO

Nr Sd Ti Name Elo Fed Pts TB1 TB2 Perf
1 2 WGM Shen, Yang 2468 CHN 9 2345.4 2354.5 2472
2 1 WFM Hou, Yifan 2481 CHN 9 2342.4 2352.7 2469
3 4 WGM Melia, Salome 2395 GEO 9 2339.8 2348.3 2465
4 5 WGM Mongontuul, Bathuyag 2383 MGL 9 2339.3 2349.4 2464
5 14 WGM Karavade, Eesha 2321 IND 8.5 2276.1 2294.0 2370
6 20 WIM Gomes, Mary Ann 2264 IND 8.5 2270.0 2298.0 2356
7 12 WIM Pourkashiyan, Atousa 2330 IRI 8.5 2233.4 2248.8 2324
8 18 WIM Rudolf, Anna 2265 HUN 8.5 2221.4 2245.7 2310
9 8 WGM Harika, Dronavalli 2353 IND 8 2332.2 2346.1 2402
10 6 WGM Tania, Sachdev 2383 IND 8 2330.3 2341.4 2402
11 16 WIM Zhang, Jilin 2292 CHN 8 2318.3 2340.1 2383
12 26 WFM Hamrakulova, Yulduz 2209 UZB 8 2265.7 2297.1 2326
13 3 WGM Tairova, Elena 2415 RUS 8 2239.8 2259.3 2300
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