World Junior: Battle of the prodigies to decide gold

9/25/2013 – The 2013 World Junior Championship has now rounded the last turn for the final sprint to the finish. The Open section is seeing a dominant performance by Yu Yangyi, followed closely by defending champion Alexander Ipatov, while the Girl’s section has seen Russian prodigy Aleksandra Goryachkina take sole lead, followed closely by 13-year-old Kazakh phenom Zhansaya Abdumalik. Large pictorial.

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In May 22 earlier this year the Turkish Chess Federation announced that the World Junior Chess Championship for boys and girls would be held in the city of Hatay, Turkey. Many chess players and federations were unhappy with this decision, as Hatay is a mere 20 kilometers away from the Syrian border – a stone's throw away from Aleppo. With accusations of the Syrian government engaging in chemical warfare, and the threat of US missile strikes, the TCF decided to change the venue of the tournament to Kocaeli, which is as far away from Syria as you can get in Turkey.

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Video impressions

Vijay Kumar has been providing daily videos of the playing hall and surroundings

 

Impressions by Vijay Kumar from the ninth round

 

Impressions by Vijay Kumar from the eleventh round

Open section

Yu Yangyi continues his power run and leads alone with 9.5/11

Aleksandar Ipatov (left), the defending champion, has two rounds to overcome his half-point deficit

Houssem Meftahi is representing Tunisia

Nils Grandelius, came in as the fourth seed, but has had a dismal event so far and is 37th with 6.0/11

Serbian IM Aleksandar Indjic is due to receive his grandmaster title in a couple of weeks

Cankut Emiroglu from Turkey

FM Urtnasan Nasanjargal from Mongolia

Top standings Open group after eleven rounds

Rk
SNo.
 Tit. Name
Rtg
Fed
Pts
1
1
GM
Yu Yangyi
2662
CHN
2
2
GM
Ipatov Alexander
2601
TUR
9
3
3
GM
Cori Jorge
2587
PER
4
9
GM
Sethuraman S.P.
2553
IND
8
5
8
GM
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi
2565
IND
8
6
10
GM
Wei Yi
2551
CHN
8
7
5
GM
Ter-Sahakyan Samvel
2575
ARM
8
8
19
GM
Grover Sahaj
2479
IND
9
12
IM
Indjic Aleksandar
2549
SRB
10
7
IM
Kovalev Vladislav
2568
BLR
11
45
IM
Vakhidov Jahongir
2385
UZB
7
12
11
IM
Eliseev Urii
2550
RUS
7
13
13
IM
Duda Jan-Krzysztof
2534
POL
7
14
55
FM
Nasanjargal Urtnasan
2323
MGL
7
15
64
CM
Muhammad Luthfi Ali
2277
INA
7
16
14
IM
Stukopin Andrey
2522
RUS
7
17
70
 
Wang Yiye
2258
CHN
7
18
44
FM
De Filomeno Simone
2392
ITA
7
19
15
IM
Debashis Das
2489
IND
7
20
16
IM
Kanarek Marcel
2483
POL
7
21
17
IM
Narayanan Srinath
2483
IND
7
22
27
IM
Dimitrov Radoslav
2437
BUL
7
23
37
 
Bai Jinshi
2412
CHN
7
24
40
IM
Ali Marandi Cemil Can
2403
TUR
7
25
26
IM
Ynojosa Felix Jose
2439
VEN
7
 

Girls

11-year-old Bibissara Assaubayeva from Kazakhstan

Aleksandra Goryachkina has moved into the sole lead at round eleven with 8.5. She has hot competition on her tail though.

13-year-old Zhansaya Abdumalik from Kazakhstan has moved into second with 8.0/11, making the girl's section a battle of the prodigies. Although she is still listed as a WIM, she already has three WGM norms, the second youngest in history, only two months older than Hou Yifan's record.

Zivile Urbonaviciute from Lithuania

Turkey's Ayca Nuriye Gulay

WIM Anna Styazhkina fom Russia with Love

Dinara Saduakassova is also part of the strong Kazakh contingent with 7.5/11

The top boards between Irina Bulmaga and Aleksandra Goryachkina

Melisa Birgelir from Turkey

Indian WFM J. Saranya

Ani Krumova and Deniz Firat

Busra Soydan from Turkey

Zsofia Edes

Photos by Zeynep Yetisgin and Fatma Koc Ozturk

Top standings girls after eleven rounds

Rk
SNo.
 Tit Name
Rtg
Fed
Pts
1
3
WGM
Goryachkina Aleksandra
2418
RUS
2
5
WGM
Bulmaga Irina
2387
ROU
8
3
13
WIM
Abdumalik Zhansaya
2277
KAZ
8
4
1
WGM
Kashlinskaya Alina
2434
RUS
5
11
WIM
Medina Warda Aulia
2301
INA
6
2
WGM
Cori T. Deysi
2433
PER
7
6
WGM
Arabidze Meri
2379
GEO
8
7
WGM
Saduakassova Dinara
2326
KAZ
9
8
WGM
Padmini Rout
2312
IND
10
16
WIM
Rodriguez Rueda Paula Andrea
2225
COL
11
27
WFM
Xiao Yiyi
2163
CHN
7
12
14
WIM
Hejazipour Mitra
2256
IRI
7
13
22
WIM
Enkhtuul Altanulzii
2202
MGL
7
14
29
WFM
Gevorgyan Maria
2143
ARM
7
15
19
WIM
Pavlidou Ekaterini
2216
GRE
7
16
23
WIM
Ibrahimova Sabina
2202
AZE
17
20
FM
Stetsko Lanita
2213
BLR
18
9
WIM
Zhai Mo
2309
CHN
19
10
WIM
Khademalsharieh Sarasadat
2303
IRI
20
31
WFM
Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz
2120
UZB
   

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