World Junior: Girish leads with maiden GM norm 2732 performance

8/11/2011 – He is just 14, winner of multiple national junior championships, trained by his father. Girish Koushik has chalked up four successive wins against GMs and leads at the Sdat–Ramco 50th World Junior in Chennai. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi defeated Russian GM Aleksandr Shimanov in a 23-move miniature masterpiece. Our round eight report includes an endgame lesson by GM Karsten Müller.

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The SDAT–RAMCO 50th World Junior &
29th Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011

This event is taking place from August 1st to 16th at the Hotel Vijay Park in Chennai, India. It is one of the strongest WJCC ever, featuring over 80 titled players among the juniors and girls. Top seeds in the Open Section are Russian GMs Maxim Matlakov (2632) and Sanan Sjugirov (2629), Spanish GM Ivan Salgado Lopez (2626) and fifteen more GMs. In the Girls' Section there are five WGMs led by Nazi Paikidze (2416, GEO), Anastasia Savina (2398, RUS), Deysi Cori (2376, PER), Olga Girya (2371, RUS) and Rout Padmini (2348, IND).

Round seven

Girish A Koushik made the big news as he defeated second seed Russian Sanan Sjugirov, to record a hat-trick of wins against grandmasters. This took him to the second spot, half a point behind tournament leader Axel Rombaldini of Italy. The Italian IM shed his first half a point in the tournament against Armenian GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel, but still maintains his lead with 6.5 points from seven rounds.

Following Girish, Maharashtra lad Vidit Santosh Gujrathi defeated higher rated Russian GM Aleksandr Shimanov, delivering the second big upset of the day. Vidit played a miniature masterpiece of just 23 moves.

[Event "50th World Juniors"] [Site "Chennai IND"] [Date "2011.08.09"] [Round "7"] [White "Shimanov, A."] [Black "Vidit, S."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D38"] [WhiteElo "2586"] [BlackElo "2492"] [PlyCount "46"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qb3 c5 6. cxd5 exd5 7. dxc5 Nc6 8. Bg5 Be6 9. O-O-O O-O 10. Bxf6 Qxf6 11. Nxd5 Qh6+ 12. e3 Bxc5 13. Qb5 Rac8 14. Kb1 b6 15. Nc3 Nb4 16. Nd4 $2 {The critical error.} Rfd8 17. Nxe6 Rxd1+ 18. Nxd1 Qg6+ 19. Bd3 Nxd3 20. e4 Qxe4 21. f3 Qg6 22. Nxc5 Nxc5+ 23. Ka1 Nb3+ ({ White resigned when he could not defend against forced checkmate.} 23... Nb3+ 24. axb3 Rc1+ 25. Ka2 Qb1+ 26. Ka3 Qa1+ 27. Kb4 a5+ 28. Qxa5 Qxa5#) 0-1


WIM Irina Bulmaga of Romania, rated 2293

In the girls section, the lead remained unchanged, with WGM Olga Girya holding WIM Irina Bulmaga to a draw. The marathon game lasted five hours and 69 moves, but Olga hung on gamely and snatched a crucial half point. The draw keeps the Russian on the top of the table together with WGM Cori T Deysi from Peru at 6.0 points. The Indian girls were all huddled in the 4.5 points: Rout Padmini, Saranya Bhakti Kulkarni, Chandika Divyasree, P.V. Nandhidhaa.

Round 7 Results (Open, Indians unless specified)
Rombaldoni Axel (ITA) 6.5 drew with Ter-Sahakyan Samvel(ARM) 5.5, Huschenbeth Niclas (GER) 5 lost to Hovhannisyan Robert (ARM) 6, Sjugirov Sanan (RUS) 4.5 lost to Girish A Koushik (6), Robson Ray (USA) 5 drew with Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu (AZE) 5, Swiercz Dariusz (POL) 5 drew with Piorun Kacper (POL) 5, Grandelius Nils (SWE) 5.5 beat Swayams Mishra (4.5), Lalith Babu M R (4) lost to Matlakov Maxim (RUS) 5, Goganov Aleksey (RUS) 4 lost to Salgado Lopez Ivan (ESP) 5, Shimanov Aleksandr (RUS) 4 lost to Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (5), Stany G A (4) lost to Nabaty Tamir (ISR) 5, Shyam Nikil P (4) lost to Adhiban B (5), Martinovic Sasa (CRO) 4.5 drew with Anwesh Upadhyaya (4.5), Durarbeyli Vasif (AZE) 5 beat Getz Nicolai (NOR) 4


Still in the lead with a miracle start of 6.5/7 points: Italian IM Axel Rombaldoni

Round 7 Results (Girls, Indians unless specified)
Bulmaga Irina (ROU) 5.5 drew with Girya Olga (RUS) 6, Cori T Deysi (PER) 6 beat Saranya J (4.5), Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi (AZE) 5.5 beat Semenova Elena (RUS) 5, Kulon Klaudia (POL) 5.5 beat Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (AZE) 4.5, Paikidze Nazi (GEO) 5 beat Vo Thi Kim Phung (VIE) 4, Agrest Inna (SWE) 5 beat Savina Anastasia (RUS) 4, Tokhirjanova Hulkar (UZB) 4.5 drew with Ozturk Kubra (TUR) 4.5, Dogodkina Julia (RUS) 5 beat Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) 4, Padmini Rout (4.5) beat Fataliyeva Ulviyya Hasil Qizi (AZE) 3.5, Tsatsalashvili Keti (GEO) 3.5 lost to Nandhidhaa P V (4.5)

Round eight

The dream run of Koushik Girish continued as he defeated SM Nils Grandelius, scoring his fourth successive win against a grandmaster. At 7.0/9 points Girish now shares the lead with GM Robert Hovhannisyan of Armenia and has achieved his maiden grandmaster norm in the process.


FM Koushik Girish in the lead and with a maiden GM norm and a 2732 performance. 14-year-old Koushik is trained by his father, Arun Koushik, who gave up his business to devote time and money to his protege son.


In April Koushik won the Karnataka State U14 Championship in Bangalore


Italian IM Rombaldoni lost his first game of the event to Hovhannisyan. Despite this defeat Rombaldoni has achieved a nine-game GM norm. He now shares the third spot at 6.5 points, along with Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (Armenia).


In 13th place: GM Nils Grandelius, Sweden, 2542, 5.5/8 points

In the girls section WGMs Cori T Deysi (Peru) and Girya Olga (Russia) shared the lead with 7.0/9 points, scoring over Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi (Azerbaijan) and Kulon Klaudia (Poland) respectively. The third spot is shared by Bulmaga Irina (Romania) and Elena Semenova (Russia) at 6.0 points.


In fifth place: WGM Nazi Paikidze, Georgia, 2416, 5.5/8 points

The Indian challenge, lead by WGM Rout Padmini, looked up as the Orissa girl scored a quick victory over over Julia Dogodkina (Russia). Further down WFM Kulkarni Bhakti was held to a draw by fellow Indian Chandika Divyasree. Joining the duo at 5.0 points were Indian youngsters Ivana Maria Furtado and P Michelle Catherina.

Round 8 Results (Open, Indians unless specified)
Hovhannisyan Robert (ARM) 7 beat Rombaldoni Axel (ITA) 6.5, Girish A Koushik (7) beat Grandelius Nils (SWE) 5.5, Matlakov Maxim (RUS) 5 lost to Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (ARM) 6.5, Nabaty Tamir (ISR) 5 lost to Durarbeyli Vasif (AZE) 6, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (5.5) drew with Robson Ray (USA) 5.5, Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu (AZE) 5 lost to Swiercz Dariusz (POL) 6, Adhiban B (6) beat Piorun Kacper (POL) 5, Sjugirov Sanan (RUS) 5 drew with Kovalev Vladislav (BLR) 5, Gireman Ja (4.5) lost to Martinovic Sasa (CRO) 5.5, Pap Gyula (HUN) 5 drew with Swayams Mishra (5), Anwesh Upadhyaya (5) drew with Krejci Jan (CZE) 5, Salem A R Saleh (UAE) 5 drew with Firat Burak (TUR) 5, Nitin S (4.5) lost to Shyam Sundar M (5.5), Urkedal Frode (NOR) 5.5 beat Janev Tihomir (BUL) 4.5, Priyadharshan K (4) lost to Shimanov Aleksandr (RUS) 5, Kunal M (5) beat Goganov Aleksey (RUS) 4,S L Narayanan (5) beat G A Stany (4)

Round 8 Results (Girls, Indians unless specified)
Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi (AZE) 5.5 lost to Cori T Deysi (PER) 7, Girya Olga (Russia ) 7 beat Kulon Klaudia (POL) 5.5, Paikidze Nazi (GEO) 6 drew with Bulmaga Irina (ROU) 6.5, Padmini Rout (5.5) beat Dogodkina Julia (RUS) 5, Kulkarni Bhakti (5) drew with Chandika Divyasree (5), Saranya J (4.5) lost to Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (AZE) 5.5, Ozturk Kubra (TUR) 5.5 beat Romero Echeverria Abigail(ECU) 4.5, Nandhidhaa P V (4.5) lost to Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar (MGL) 5.5, Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) 4.5 drew with Pon N Krithika (4.5), Bharathi R(4) lost to Hoang Thi Nhu Y (VIE) 5, Terao Juliana Sayumi (BRA) 5 beat Hema Priya N (4)

Top rankings after eight rounds: Open – Girls

Rk. Ti. Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
1 FM Girish A Koushik IND 2309 7.0
2 GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2556 7.0
3 IM Rombaldoni Axel ITA 2459 6.5
4 GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2558 6.5
5 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2626 6.0
6 GM Swiercz Dariusz POL 2553 6.0
7 GM Durarbeyli Vasif AZE 2515 6.0
8 GM Adhiban B IND 2542 6.0
9 IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2492 5.5
10 GM Robson Ray USA 2560 5.5
11 IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2448 5.5
12 GM Martinovic Sasa CRO 2521 5.5
13 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2542 5.5
14 IM Shyam Sundar M IND 2478 5.5
15 IM Piorun Kacper POL 2514 5.0
16 IM Huschenbeth Niclas GER 2521 5.0
17 Narayanan S L IND 2233 5.0
18 IM Firat Burak TUR 2373 5.0
19 Swayams Mishra IND 2378 5.0
20 FM Getz Nicolai NOR 2385 5.0
21 GM Nabaty Tamir ISR 2584 5.0
22 GM Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu AZE 2522 5.0
23 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2632 5.0
24 IM Grover Sahaj IND 2496 5.0
25 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2586 5.0
26 IM Lalith Babu M R IND 2495 5.0
27 FM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2439 5.0
28 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2629 5.0
29 GM Sethuraman S P IND 2529 5.0
30 IM Roganovic Milos SRB 2476 5.0
31 IM Anwesh Upadhyaya IND 2429 5.0
32 K Praneeth Surya IND 2036 5.0
33 GM Pap Gyula HUN 2513 5.0
34 Gahan M G IND 2188 5.0
35 IM Krejci Jan CZE 2503 5.0
36 FM Krysa Leandro ARG 2374 5.0
37 IM Vaibhav Suri IND 2430 5.0
38 GM Salem A R Saleh UAE 2493 5.0
39 IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh IND 2422 5.0
40 Kunal M IND 2298 5.0
 
Rk.   Ti. Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
1 WGM Girya Olga RUS 2371 7.0
2 WGM Cori T Deysi PER 2376 7.0
3 WIM Bulmaga Irina ROU 2293 6.0
4 WFM Semenova Elena RUS 2175 6.0
5 WGM Paikidze Nazi GEO 2416 5.5
6 WGM Padmini Rout IND 2348 5.5
7 WFM Kulon Klaudia POL 2227 5.5
8 WIM Kazimova Narmin AZE 2292 5.5
9 WIM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2294 5.5
10 WIM Ozturk Kubra TUR 2258 5.5
11 WFM Lkhamsuren Uugan. MGL 2163 5.5
12 WFM Ivana Maria Furtado IND 2012 5.0
13 Michelle Catherina P IND 2052 5.0
14 WIM Kulkarni Bhakti IND 2317 5.0
15 Dogodkina Julia RUS 2193 5.0
16 WFM Terao Juliana Sayumi BRA 2168 5.0
17 WIM Agrest Inna SWE 2220 5.0
18 WGM Savina Anastasia RUS 2398 5.0
19 Chandika Divyasree IND 2123 5.0
20 WIM Hoang Thi Nhu Y VIE 2204 5.0
21 WIM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan KAZ 2222 4.5
22 Tokhirjanova Hulkar UZB 2119 4.5
23 Nandhidhaa Pv IND 2101 4.5
24 WFM Romero Abigail ECU 2071 4.5
25 WFM Saranya J IND 2121 4.5
26 WFM Pon Nkrithika IND 2075 4.5
27 WFM Fataliyeva Ulviyya AZE 2107 4.5
28 Frayna Janelle Mae PHI 1875 4.5
29 WIM Tsatsalashvili Keti GEO 2318 4.5
30 WIM Olsarova Karolina CZE 2282 4.5
31 Hema Priya N IND 1885 4.0
32 Arunima Kalra IND 1867 4.0
33 Shweta Gole IND 1922 4.0
34 Imeeva Aisa RUS 2094 4.0
35 Martinez Ayelen ARG 2011 4.0
36 Pratyusha Bodda IND 2064 4.0
37 WIM Vo Thi Kim Phung VIE 2141 4.0
38 WFM Bharathi R IND 2117 4.0

Double attacks, races, winning zones and more

An endgame lesson from round four, by GM Karsten Müller

[Event "50th World Juniors"] [Site "Chennai IND"] [Date "2011.08.05"] [Round "4.8"] [White "Huschenbeth, N."] [Black "Getz, N."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C58"] [WhiteElo "2521"] [BlackElo "2385"] [Annotator "Müller,Karsten"] [PlyCount "193"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "13"] [EventCountry "IND"] [Source "Mark Crowther"] [SourceDate "2011.08.08"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Bd3 Nd5 9. Nf3 Nb4 10. O-O Nxd3 11. cxd3 f6 12. d4 exd4 13. Re1+ Kf7 14. d3 Rb8 15. Bd2 Bb4 16. Bxb4 Rxb4 17. Qd2 Rb5 18. b4 Nb7 19. Na3 Rd5 20. Rac1 Bg4 21. Qf4 Bxf3 22. Qxf3 Re8 23. g3 a6 24. Nc4 Kg8 25. a4 Rxe1+ 26. Rxe1 a5 27. Qe4 axb4 28. Qe6+ Kf8 29. Qxc6 Na5 30. Nxa5 Rxa5 31. Rb1 Qe7 32. Qc8+ Kf7 33. Qc4+ Kg6 34. Rxb4 Qe1+ 35. Kg2 Rf5 36. Rb2 Qc3 37. Rc2 Qa1 38. Ra2 Qc3 39. Rc2 Qa1 40. Qa2 Qd1 41. Rd2 Qf3+ 42. Kg1 Rc5 43. Qa1 Rc3 44. a5 Qc6 45. Rd1 Qc5 46. Re1 Ra3 47. Qd1 h5 48. Qf3 Qf5 49. Qxf5+ Kxf5 50. Kg2 Rxa5 51. Re4 Ra4 52. Kf3 Kg6 53. h3 Kf7 54. Re2 Ra5 55. Rb2 g5 56. Ke4 Ra4 57. Kf5 Ra5+ 58. Ke4 Ra4 59. f4 gxf4 60. gxf4 Ra1 61. f5 Rh1 62. Rb7+ Kg8 63. Kxd4 Rxh3 64. Kc5 Re3 65. d4 h4 66. Kc6 h3 67. Rb2 Rd3 68. d5 Kg7 69. d6 Kh6 70. d7 Rc3+ 71. Kd6 Rd3+ 72. Ke6 Kg5 73. Rb3 $1 {[#]White can astonishingly convert his slight advantage in the race:} Rxb3 $5 {Relativley the best, as White's queen will have a lot of work.} (73... h2 74. Rxd3 h1=Q 75. d8=Q Qe4+ 76. Kf7 Qb7+ 77. Qe7 $18) (73... Rxd7 74. Kxd7 Kxf5 (74... h2 75. Rh3 Kxf5 76. Rxh2 Ke5 77. Re2+ Kd5 78. Ke7 f5 79. Kf6 f4 80. Kf5 $18) 75. Rxh3 Kg4 76. Ra3 f5 77. Ke6 f4 78. Ke5 f3 79. Ke4 f2 80. Rf3 $18) (73... Rd1 74. Rg3+ Kf4 75. Rxh3 Re1+ 76. Kxf6 $18) 74. d8=Q Re3+ 75. Kf7 Kxf5 (75... h2 76. Qxf6+ Kg4 77. Qg6+ Kf3 78. Qh6 {The queen demonstrates its superiority often by such "double attacks".} (78. Qh5+ $2 Kg2 $11) 78... Re2 79. Qh3+ $18) 76. Qd7+ Kf4 77. Kxf6 Kg3 78. Qd6+ Kg2 79. Qd2+ Kf3 80. Kg5 Re4 81. Qh2 Rg4+ 82. Kf6 Rf4+ 83. Ke5 Re4+ (83... Rh4 $5 84. Kf5 Rh5+ 85. Kf6 Rh8 86. Kg6 Rg8+ 87. Kh7 Rg3 88. Qh1+ Kf2 89. Kh6 Ke3 90. Qh2 Rf3 91. Kg5 $18) 84. Kf5 Rh4 85. Qh1+ Kf2 86. Kg5 Rh8 $6 ({From a pratical point of view} 86... Rd4 $5 87. Qxh3 Ke2 {was preferable as the win is not easy over the board e.g.} 88. Kf5 Kd2 89. Ke5 Rc4 (89... Rd3 90. Qf5 Ke2 91. Ke4 Re3+ 92. Kd4 Rg3 93. Qe4+ Kf2 94. Qf4+ Rf3 95. Qd2+ Kf1 96. Ke4 Rh3 97. Kf4 Kg1 98. Qe2 {breaks the third rank defence.}) 90. Kd5 Ra4 91. Qf3 Rb4 92. Kc5 Ra4 93. Qf2+ Kd3 94. Qf1+ Kd2 95. Qf3 Kc2 96. Qe2+ Kc3 97. Qe3+ Kc2 98. Kb5 {This breaks the fourth rank defence.} Ra2 99. Kb4 Kb1 100. Qe4+ Kb2 101. Qd5 $5 {An important technique. The queen eyes the rook from a distance.} Kb1 102. Kb3 Rb2+ 103. Ka3 Kc1 104. Qh1+ Kc2 105. Qg2+ $18) 87. Qh2+ Kf1 88. Qf4+ $1 {This check wins the rook by force.} Kg2 89. Qe4+ Kf1 (89... Kg3 90. Qe5+ $18) 90. Qb1+ Kg2 91. Qb2+ Kg1 92. Qxh8 h2 {White's king is just inside the winning zone.} 93. Qd4+ Kg2 94. Qe4+ Kg1 95. Qe1+ Kg2 96. Qe2+ Kg1 97. Kg4 (97. Kg4 h1=Q 98. Kg3 Qf3+ 99. Kxf3 Kh1 100. Qg2#) 1-0

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