Work and play at the World Junior

11/15/2005 – Shak Mamedyarov is still in clear lead, with 5½/6 and a 2873 performance. Amongst the girls it is the surprise player Gu Xiaobing from China. In today's report, however, Nigel Short concentrates on the leisure activities of the players, how they meet, communicate and have fun – with and without their wireless notebooks. Big illustrated report.


World Junior Championships

A report from Istanbul by Nigel Short

It was not exactly a stinging rebuke – more, a mild chastisement, but Jonathan Berry, from Canada, took issue with my assertion that there was large contingent of players from the Americas. “Quoi? I count Argentina (1 boy, 1 girl), Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador (1 each), total 5 players from the Americas. Nobody from North America: USA, Canada, Cuba etc.”

Gulp. There are two Colombians actually, but that is too insignificant a difference to absolve me. I plead guilty, m’lud. Indeed my mind has wandered. In attempted exculpation I should say that I have been very distracted by the wonderful announcement in Istanbul that Bessel Kok, with Ali Nihat Yazici as his deputy, are to run during the FIDE Presidential elections in Turino next year. The chess world is certainly in dire need of a new governing body with the business skills to attract serious corporate sponsorship.


Running for FIDE: Ali Nihat Yazici, president of the Turkish Chess Federation,
and Bessel Kok, successful businessman from the Dutch Federation

Anyway as thus far my reports on the World Junior Championship have apparently been bereft of statistical accuracy, I will leave that field to others more diligent. What you really want is some gossip, don’t you?

What do young chess players do when not playing tournament games or preparing? They go the Internet mostly, it seems. Those blessed with WiFi connections, as many people are these days, hang out in the bar downstairs, where the signal is strongest. The stripling Anya Corke of Hong Kong , for example, can be observed every morning in communion with her laptop – smiling constantly. When I gently ribbed her about this today, she was at pains to emphasise that she was laughing with her geographically displaced friends and not some inanimate object. Oops.


How chess players interact during their free time these days


The wireless notebook is the center of attention

The Playchess server and ICC are very popular destinations for the cyber-space generation. Occasionally a quaint plastic board, clock and pieces are also produced by those intent on enjoying a frenetic game of blitz. The other evening I suffered defeat to a student of Waterkloof High in Pretoria, South Africa, when I foolishly tried to flag him in a drawn position. Of course the extra seconds that I had didn’t matter one jot against someone less than half my age, and I easily lost on time. The tournament leader, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan, who was watching this debacle, was eager to demonstrate his superiority. Replacing me, he promptly suffered a similar fate.


Sitting around in the lobby chatting – but not quite like in the saintly days of yore


Anyone for a normal game of chess? Board and wooden pieces?


Okay, some are actually doing it...


If you search hard enough you can find pockets of resistance to the notebook world

Pool is another popular attraction in the Lion Hotel – a four star establishment, allegedly, just off Taksim Square. Indeed with so many people milling around in the same ground floor area it is a wonder why the management are not eager to provide service. Yesterday I enquired in the reception as to why the bar was closed only to be told “The bar is open. It is just that there is nobody there to serve.” That remained the case for the rest of the night. Were it an isolated case, they might even be forgiven, but alas this neglect is the rule rather than the exception.


Pool billiard has always been an alternative to countless blitz games


It's called "cards" and requires a very small hardware configuration


This wireless application is known as "Having Fun"

Love is in the air. Turkey and Romania, Denmark and Georgia – some couplings are less expected than others. There is no hanky-panky from certain delegations: China, for one, exerts discipline on its representatives, as does Iran – particularly on its females. A guardian from the theocratic republic is always sent to these official events to ensure that no gross impropriety – such as boy and girl holding hands – is ever committed. Quite right too; we don’t approve of that sort of thing. One suspects, however, that the main social event of the tournament – the party before the free day – may contain a smidgen of the above-mentioned indecency and worse.


Obviously the girls' section is running Friendship 2.0


Ah, the boys seem to have installed it too...


Just hope Mom doesn't see this picture – oops, they put it on the front page!

I should perhaps mention something about the chess. I suppose it is, after all, why most people are gathered here. In the girls’ event Gu Xiaobing of China conceded a draw – her first – in the sixth round to Lizzy Paehtz. Her rating performance so far is a sterling 2672. Nevertheless she is being closely followed by Beata Kadziolka of Poland and – rather more surprisingly – Turkan Mamedyarova, the lowly rated, diminutive sister of Shakhriyar.


How does he do it? Big Shak Mamedyarov in the lead, with 5½ out of six.


Following in his steps? Little sister Turkan Mamedyarova

Big brother has opened up a yawning chasm of one point on the rest of the field at the half way stage. His rating performance (2873) would be envied even by veterans like Veselin Topalov. Still, there is a long way to go to the finishing line – ample time to mess it up.

And there, I am afraid, I will have to leave it. Your intrepid reporter has a flight to catch tonight to Bangkok, where I will give a couple of simuls at the Stock Exchange of Thailand before moving on to New Zealand for a more extended tour. No, I won’t be playing in Khanty Mansysk, as you may have surmised: it is extremely impolite to cancel long agreed and arranged plans with local organizers at a few weeks notice, just because of some hopelessly belated (and then changed again) FIDE announcement.

I trust that my replacement in Istanbul, whoever that may be, will keep you both informed and entertained.

All pictures above by Fatma Yildiz

Standings after six rounds

Boys
1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2674 AZE
2 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2606 POL
3 GM Smeets Jan 2531 NED
4 GM Gashimov Vugar 2608 AZE
5 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2632 RUS
6 IM Romanov Evgeny 2479 RUS
7 IM Kharitonov Alexandr 2545 RUS
8 GM Bartel Mateusz 2513 POL
9 GM Wang Yue 2585 CHN
10 Li Chao(B) 2305 CHN 4
11 - Babujian Levon 2429 ARM 4
12 IM Sanikidze Tornike 2411 GEO 4
13 FM Glud Jacob Vang 2349 DEN 4
14 IM L'ami Erwin 2541 NED 4
15 IM Heberla Bartlomiej 2465 POL 4
16 GM Predojevic Borki 2558 BIH 4
17 - Wang Hao 2519 CHN 4
18 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2564 RUS 4
19 GM Stellwagen Daniel 2561 NED 4
20 GM Nyback Tomi 2563 FIN 4
21 IM Zhigalko Andrey 2537 BLR 4
22 IM Zhigalko Sergei 2490 BLR 4
23 IM Khairullin Ildar 2537 RUS 4
24 IM Laznicka Viktor 2517 CZE 4
25 IM Zinchenko Yaroslav 2485 UKR 4
26 FM Wei Chenpeng 2390 CHN
27 IM Poobesh Anand S 2397 IND
28 IM Mamedov Nidjat 2517 AZE
29 GM Kurnosov Igor 2523 RUS
30 - Moosavian S Hamed 2263 IRI
31 IM Esen Baris 2384 TUR
32 IM Magalashvili Davit 2448 GEO
33 GM Berkes Ferenc 2596 HUN
34 - Zeynalov Farid 2179 AZE
35 - Kvon Andrey 2293 UZB
36 GM Moradiabadi Elshan 2497 IRI
37 IM Rau Hannes 2421 GER
38 - Krivokapic Marko 2361 SCG
39 FM Sulashvili Malkhaz 2386 GEO
 
Girls
1 WGM Gu Xiaobing 2330 CHN
2 WIM Kadziolka Beata 2352 POL 5
3 WIM Mamedjarova Turkan 2223 AZE 5
4 WIM Aketaeva Dana 2256 KAZ
5 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2408 GER
6 WGM Ushenina Anna 2409 UKR
7 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2401 RUS
8 IM Dzagnidze Nana 2443 GEO
9 - Khotenashvili Bela 2288 GEO 4
10 WGM Tania Sachdev 2379 IND 4
11 WIM Meshcheriakova Evgenia 2197 RUS 4
12 WIM Sharevich Anna 2305 BLR 4
13 IM Vasilevich Irina 2389 RUS 4
14 WFM Motoc Alina 2313 ROM
15 WIM Nebolsina Vera 2278 RUS
16 - Liu Pei 2283 CHN
17 WGM Melia Salome 2318 GEO
18 - Plazaola Maria 2087 ARG
19 WIM Bashkite Viktoria 2173 EST
20 WGM Mongontuul Bathuyag 2408 MGL
21 WIM Nadig Kruttika 2224 IND
22 WIM Andriasian Siranush 2263 ARM
23 WIM Pourkashiyan Atousa 2271 IRI
24 WIM Bensdorp Marlies 2199 NED
25 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2381 POL
26 WGM Harika Dronavalli 2392 IND
27 WIM Guseva Marina 2363 RUS
28 WGM Corke Anya 2222 HKG
29 WGM Paridar Shadi 2237 IRI
30 WIM Karavade Eesha 2348 IND
31 WFM Szczepkowska Karina 2278 POL
32 WIM Muhren Bianca 2260 NED
33 IM Purtseladze Maka 2338 GEO

Performance boys

No Title Player Nat Rtng Pts Gms Opp TPR

1

GM

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

AZE

2674

5,5

6

2472

2873

2

GM

Alekseev, Evgeny

RUS

2632

4,0

5

2439

2492

3

GM

Gashimov, Vugar

AZE

2608

4,5

6

2428

2621

4

GM

Wojtaszek, Radoslaw

POL

2606

4,5

6

2473

2666

5

GM

Berkes, Ferenc

HUN

2596

3,5

6

2394

2451

6

GM

Wang, Yue

CHN

2585

4,5

6

2379

2572

7

GM

Tomashevsky, Evgeny

RUS

2564

4,0

6

2417

2542

8

GM

Nyback, Tomi

FIN

2563

4,0

6

2397

2522

9

GM

Stellwagen, Daniel

NED

2561

4,0

6

2399

2524

10

GM

Predojevic, Borki

BIH

2558

4,0

6

2434

2559

11

IM

Kharitonov, Alexandr

RUS

2545

4,5

6

2404

2597

12

IM

L'ami, Erwin

NED

2541

4,0

6

2444

2569

13

IM

Khairullin, Ildar

RUS

2537

3,0

5

2327

2331

14

IM

Zhigalko, Andrey

BLR

2537

4,0

6

2322

2446

15

GM

Smeets, Jan

NED

2531

4,5

6

2443

2636

16

GM

Kurnosov, Igor

RUS

2523

2,5

5

2443

2360

17

-

Wang, Hao

CHN

2519

4,0

6

2422

2547

18

IM

Laznicka, Viktor

CZE

2517

4,0

6

2315

2440

19

IM

Mamedov, Nidjat

AZE

2517

3,5

6

2434

2491

20

GM

Bartel, Mateusz

POL

2513

4,5

6

2387

2580

Performance girls

No Title Player Nat Rtng Pts Gms Opp TPR

1

IM

Dzagnidze, Nana

GEO

2443

4,5

6

2266

2459

2

WGM

Ushenina, Anna

UKR

2409

4,5

6

2277

2470

3

WGM

Mongontuul, Bathuyag

MGL

2408

3,5

6

2263

2320

4

IM

Paehtz, Elisabeth

GER

2408

4,5

6

2254

2433

5

WGM

Pogonina, Natalija

RUS

2401

4,5

6

2261

2454

6

WGM

Harika, Dronavalli

IND

2392

3,5

6

2228

2285

7

WGM

Zdebskaja, Natalia

UKR

2390

2,5

6

2247

2190

8

IM

Vasilevich, Irina

RUS

2389

4,0

6

2235

2360

9

WGM

Zawadzka, Jolanta

POL

2381

3,5

6

2221

2278

10

WGM

Tania, Sachdev

IND

2379

4,0

6

2296

2421

11

WIM

Guseva, Marina

RUS

2363

3,5

6

2215

2272

12

WGM

Khukhashvili, Sopiko

GEO

2362

2,5

6

2218

2161

13

WIM

Kadziolka, Beata

POL

2352

5,0

6

2292

2565

14

WIM

Karavade, Eesha

IND

2348

3,5

6

2191

2248

15

IM

Purtseladze, Maka

GEO

2338

3,5

6

2156

2213

16

WIM

Zhang, Jilin

CHN

2334

3,0

6

2190

2190

17

WGM

Gu, Xiaobing

CHN

2330

5,5

6

2271

2672

18

WGM

Melia, Salome

GEO

2318

3,5

6

2278

2335

19

WFM

Motoc, Alina

ROM

2313

3,5

6

2310

2367

20

WIM

Sharevich, Anna

BLR

2305

4,0

6

2241

2366

Links


Picture gallery


The girl's section of the World Junior Chess Championship


Marie Frank-Nielsen, 1919, DEN


Zhang Xiaowen, 2153, CHN


Sandra Djukic, 2140, SCG


WFM Paloma Gutierrez Castillo, 2127, ESP


Sarah Hoolt, 2144, GER


Eszter Dudas, 2010, HUN


Janyl Tilenbaeva, 2019, KGZ


Sava Kizova, International Arbiter, SCG


Brana Malobabic-Giancristofaro, Monroi, Canada

Brana is the photographer who sent us the pictures in this section. What do most of them have in common? Well, apart from the fact that they are of pretty young female players? They show a small electronic device that the participants are using to record their moves.

The FIDE certified Personal Chess Manager is produced bya company called MonRoi, owned and run by Brana with-the-long-surname. It is a PDA-sized electronic scoresheet which is used to record and store chess games. It connects wirelessly to a central computer, which can broadcast the moves live on the Internet. During the game the players tap in the moves on a display keypad, which shows the game in traditional scoresheet style. Turkey is the first national federation to adopt the use of the MonRoi PCM. You can find out more about the system at the MonRoi Web Site.

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