World Junior: Yu Yangyi and Irina Bulmaga dominant

9/20/2013 – At the midway point, after seven rounds of ardent competition, some players have already staked their claim as to the podium. In the Open section, top-seed Yu Yangyi leads with a dominant 6.5/7, while in the Girls section, it is Irina Bulmuga with 6.0/7. Anything can happen yet, so be sure to follow it. In the meantime here is a report with videos and pictures.

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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 fourth round

Impressions by Vijay Kumar from the fifth round

 

Impressions by Vijay Kumar from the sixth round

 

Impressions by Vijay Kumar from the seventh round

Open section

Top seed Yu Yangyi (left) has lived up to his billing so far and leads with 6.5/7

14-year-old GM Wei Yi has had a decent event so far with 5.0/7

Brazilian Vitor Roberto Castro Carneiro

Indian GM S.P. Sethuraman is third with 5.5/7

Milovan Ratkovic

Peruvian GM Jorge Cori

Ponce Jerry Meza

Atilla Koksal Yuksel

Mihovil Vucic from Croatia

Top standings Open group after seven rounds

Rk SNo. Tit. Name Rtg Nat Pts
1
1
GM
YU YANGYI
2662
CHN
2
2
GM
IPATOV ALEXANDER
2601
TUR
6
3
9
GM
SETHURAMAN S.P.
2553
IND
4
19
GM
GROVER SAHAJ
2479
IND
5
18
IM
IDANI POUYA
2480
IRI
6
3
GM
CORI JORGE
2587
PER
7
6
GM
SALEM A.R. SALEH
2570
UAE
5
8
11
IM
ELISEEV URII
2550
RUS
5
9
8
GM
VIDIT SANTOSH GUJRATHI
2565
IND
5
10
15
IM
DEBASHIS DAS
2489
IND
5
11
10
GM
WEI YI
2551
CHN
5
12
16
IM
KANAREK MARCEL
2483
POL
5
13
7
IM
KOVALEV VLADISLAV
2568
BLR
5
14
17
IM
NARAYANAN SRINATH
2483
IND
5

Girls

Lilia İvonne Fuentes Godoy from Mexico

Gonulden Seda Alev

Irina Bulmaga, fifth seed, leads with 6.0/7

Zsofia Edes from Slovakia

Lena Miladinovic from Serbia

Ayça Nuriye Gülay from Turkey

Photos by Zeynep Yetisgin and Fatma Koc Ozturk

Top standings girls after seven rounds

Rank
SNo.
Tit.
Name
Rtg
FED
Pts
1
5
WGM
BULMAGA IRINA
2387
ROU
6
2
11
WIM
MEDINA WARDA AULIA
2301
INA
3
1
WGM
KASHLINSKAYA ALINA
2434
RUS
4
2
WGM
CORI T. DEYSI
2433
PER
5
6
WGM
ARABIDZE MERI
2379
GEO
6
3
WGM
GORYACHKINA ALEKSANDRA
2418
RUS
5
7
13
WIM
ABDUMALIK ZHANSAYA
2277
KAZ
5
8
16
WIM
RODRIGUEZ RUEDA PAULA ANDREA
2225
COL
5
9
8
WGM
PADMINI ROUT
2312
IND
5
10
14
WIM
HEJAZIPOUR MITRA
2256
IRI
5
11
4
WGM
WANG JUE
2392
CHN
12
9
WIM
ZHAI MO
2309
CHN
13
7
WGM
SADUAKASSOVA DINARA
2326
KAZ
14
23
WIM
IBRAHIMOVA SABINA
2202
AZE
15
27
WFM
XIAO YIYI
2163
CHN
16
40
WFM
DERAKHSHANI DORSA
2078
IRI
17
10
WIM
KHADEMALSHARIEH SARASADAT
2303
IRI

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