World Juniors: Jeffery Xiong continues to win

by Johannes Fischer
8/19/2016 – In round ten of the World Junior U20 Championships in Bhubaneswar, India, 15-year old Jeffery Xiong scored his fourth win in a row. He beat Polish IM Grzegroz Nasuta with fine endgame play and now leads with 8.5/10. His closest rival is Vladislav Artemiev who won against Iraki Beradze. With 7.5/10 Artemiev is one point behind Xiong and with three rounds to go the direct encounter between these two will probably decide who will become World Junior Champion 2016.

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After a wild tactical win in round eight and a positional victory in round nine Jeffery Xiong proved his endgame skills in round ten game against Polish IM Grzegroz Nasuta. From the start Xiong, who played with White, put his opponent under pressure which paid off when Nasuta cracked in a difficult endgame.

 

The first move in the game between Xiong and Nasuta

Xiong's biggest rival is now Vladislav Artemiev, the tournament's top seed. With 7.5/10 Artemiev trails Xiong by one point and can catch Xiong if he beats the American in their direct encounter in round eleven. In round ten the Russian GM won a tense tactical game, in which his opponent made only one mistake - which was enough to lose.

 

 

Top seed Vladislav Artemiev

Standings after 10 rounds

Rank   Name IRtg Club Pts BH.
1 GM Xiong Jeffery 2633 USA 57½
2 GM Artemiev Vladislav 2665 RUS 54
3   Maghsoodloo Parham 2576 IRI 7 57½
4   Xu Yinglun 2516 CHN 7 57½
5 IM Nasuta Grzegorz 2442 POL 7 54
6   Ivekovic Bozidar 2351 CRO 7 52
7 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2543 IND 57
8 IM Svane Rasmus 2546 GER 54½
9 IM Menezes Christoph 2408 AUT 54½
10 IM Mosadeghpour Masoud 2437 IRI 52½
11 IM Bersamina Paulo 2402 PHI 50

... 80 players

Games rounds 1 to 10

 

 

Photos: Tournament page

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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