World Junior Chess Championships 2009 in Patagonia

10/30/2009 – Puerto Madryn is a city on the east coast of southern Argentina, in a geographical region known as Patagonia. In this remote place, where right whales and dolphins congregate, 84 of the most talented young players – under twenty years old – are playing for a prestigeous title. The girls's section has 45 contestants. The official web site is unfortunately comprimised, but we have results and games.

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World Junior Chess Championships 2009 in Patagonia

Puerto Madryn, the host city of the World Junior Championship 2009, is in the province of Chubut in the geographical region known as Patagonia. The town was founded in 1865 by Welsh immigrants and is protected by the Valdés Peninsula.

Patagonia is the southernmost portion of South America, encompassing the terretory of Argentian and Chile, and the southernmost portion of the Andes mountains. The sea around Puerto Madryn is the mating ground of Southern Right Whales and Commerson's Dolphins, which return every year and are naturally a big tourist attraction. You can see the fluke of a Right Whale in the logo of the World Junior Championships.

The championships are being played in two categories: the World Junior Championship U20 and the World Girls Championship U20. Both are 13-round Swiss tournament, with a rate of play of 90 minutes for the first forty moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

In case of a tie for first at the end of the tournament this will be broken according to FIDE regulations D.VI.01.14: after eliminating the lowest rated opponent, the sum of opponents' ratings are calculated. The highest total wins. If this does not break the tie the rating of the next lowest rated opponent(s) are elimitated until a decision is possible.

Schedule

Arrival, opening Wednesday 21 October 9:00, 18:00
Technical Meeting Thursday 22 October 11:00
1st round Thursday 22 October 17:00
2nd, 3rd round s Friday 23 October 9:00, 17:00
4th round Saturday 24 October 17:00
5th round Sunday 25 October 17:00
6th round Monday 26 October 17:00
7th round Tuesday 27 October 17:00
Free day Wednesday 28 October  
8th round Thursday 29 October 17:00
9th round Friday 30 October 17:00
10th round Saturday 31 October 17:00
11th round Sunday 1 November 17:00
12th round Monday 2 November 17:00
13th round Tuesday 3 November 10:00
Closing ceremony Tuesday 3 November 17:00
Departure Wednesday 4 November 10:00

After seven rounds Sergei Zhigalko, 20-year-old GM from Belarus was in the sole lead, ahead of the top seed Maxime Vachier-Legrave from France. But the latter won his ninth round black game against German GM Falko Bindrich and joined Zhigalko, who had drawn against GM Eduardo Iturrizaga, in top position. Other hopefuls at the top of the table include England's David Howell (who is being looked after by GM Nigel Short), Israeli GM Maxim Rodshtein, young US American IM Ray Robson, and GM Manuel León Hoyos, who has often been the second of Vassily Ivanchuk in Mexican events.

Top rankings after eight rounds

Rk.

Title

Name

FED

Rtg

Pts.

 TB1 

 TB2 

Perf.

1

GM

Vachier-Lagrave Maxime

FRA

2718

6.5

17752

30.0

2765

2

GM

Zhigalko Sergei

BLR

2646

6.5

17746

30.0

2757

3

GM

Iturrizaga Eduardo

VEN

2605

6.0

17824

28.0

2711

4

GM

Li Chao B

CHN

2617

6.0

17806

28.5

2709

5

GM

Howell David W L

ENG

2624

6.0

17532

27.0

2677

6

GM

Popov Ivan

RUS

2582

6.0

17232

25.5

2636

7

GM

Rodshtein Maxim

ISR

2623

5.5

17851

28.0

2664

8

GM

Olszewski Michal

POL

2544

5.5

17742

27.5

2647

9

GM

Andreikin Dmitry

RUS

2659

5.5

17735

26.0

2636

10

GM

Bindrich Falko

GER

2516

5.5

17353

26.0

2589

11

IM

Robson Ray

USA

2527

5.5

17350

24.5

2594

12

GM

Diamant Andre

BRA

2526

5.5

17068

24.5

2557

13

GM

Leon Hoyos Manuel

MEX

2516

5.5

16905

23.5

2505

14

 

Blit Jacques

ARG

2350

5.0

17742

23.0

2581

15

IM

Margvelashvili Giorgi

GEO

2509

5.0

17568

25.5

2552

16

GM

Grigoryan Avetik

ARM

2515

5.0

17399

25.0

2545

17

IM

Ibarra Chami Luis Fernando

MEX

2393

5.0

17324

23.0

2494

18

GM

Jumabayev Rinat

KAZ

2548

5.0

17242

24.0

2538

19

IM

Vocaturo Daniele

ITA

2510

5.0

16955

23.0

2488

20

IM

Lenderman Alex

USA

2542

5.0

16887

24.0

2484

21

FM

Cori Jorge

PER

2445

5.0

16856

24.0

2452

22

 

Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan

MGL

2477

5.0

16729

22.0

2444

23

GM

Chirila Ioan-Cristian

ROU

2504

5.0

16426

21.5

2298

24

IM

Brunello Sabino

ITA

2533

5.0

16181

19.0

2376

Top standings after eight rounds (girls)

Rk.

Title

Name

FED

Rtg

Pts.

 TB1 

 TB2 

Perf.

1

WGM

Soumya Swaminathan

IND

2297

6.0

15705

25.5

2411

2

WIM

Zhang Xiaowen

CHN

2391

6.0

15692

28.5

2424

3

WGM

Paulet Iozefina

ROU

2342

6.0

15669

25.5

2392

4

WFM

Tjolsen Katrine

NOR

2178

6.0

15437

25.0

2358

5

WIM

Severiukhina Zoja

RUS

2339

5.5

15724

26.0

2361

6

WFM

Hayrapetyan Anna

ARM

2212

5.5

15585

24.5

2330

7

WIM

Cori Tello Deysi

PER

2361

5.5

15550

26.5

2354

8

WFM

Steil-Antoni Fiona

LUX

2152

5.0

15918

24.0

2355

9

WIM

Yildiz Betul Cemre

TUR

2224

5.0

15854

27.5

2320

10

WIM

Mikadze Miranda

GEO

2317

5.0

15716

25.5

2287

11

WIM

Padmini Rout

IND

2331

5.0

15695

25.0

2303

12

WFM

Amed Stephanie

ARG

2159

5.0

15588

23.0

2267

13

Fuchs Judith

GER

2207

5.0

15410

22.0

2261

14

WIM

Kalinina Olga

UKR

2229

5.0

15405

26.0

2171

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