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World Youth Championship – and the winners are...

11/28/2007 – Tonight this giant chess festival in Kemer-Antalya, Turkey, ended, and the organisers have already posted the final results in the twelve different sections. While the chess volunteers are still busy entering the games of the final round (we have collected those of rounds 1-10) and the closing ceremony with prize-giving is still to be held, we bring you top results and a pictorial portrait of the US team.
 

The World Youth Chess Championship 2007 is taking place in Kemer-Antalya, Turkey, between November the 17th, 2007 (arrival) and November the 29th, 2007 (departure). There are separate groups for girls and for boys, under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16 and under 18 years old. Over 1500 players from 103 countries, with more than a thousand accompanying parents, trainers, VIPs, TCF staff, journalists, etc. are staying in the three official hotels, Limra, Alinda and Sailor's Beach. The numbers make this event the second largest in the country's history – certainly the biggest event staged with a single sport. The organisers are handling the onslaught with equanimity, having prepared for the possible arrival of up to 4,500 persons.

Top scorers after eleven rounds (final)

In the following tables we have the top scorers, which we define as players scoring over eight points in their eleven games, except in some groups, where we have also included players with 7½ points. Full results of all players can be viewed in the "Standings" and "Cross Table" dropdown menus of the official web site, where you can also download the Exel files with which they were generated.

Note: there is a pictorial report of the US team at the end of the results section.

Boys Under 18

Rank

SNo.

 

Name

IRtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

1

GM

Popov Ivan

2539

RUS

9

56½

2682

2

8

IM

Edouard Romain

2472

FRA

51½

2593

3

3

GM

Rakhmanov Aleksandr

2510

RUS

45

2502

4

7

IM

Grigoryan Avetik

2489

ARM

8

53½

2560

5

17

FM

Nakhapetiane Pogos

2427

RUS

8

52

2471

6

20

IM

Pruijssers Roeland

2408

NED

8

51

2493

7

5

IM

Leon Hoyos Manuel

2495

MEX

50½

2530

8

4

IM

Warakomski Tomasz

2498

POL

49

2511

9

16

Samolins Vitalijs

2428

LAT

48½

2486

10

15

IM

Vocaturo Daniele

2443

ITA

47

2384

11

2

GM

Howell David W L

2527

ENG

46

2484

12

23

IM

Brener Ilja

2387

GER

45½

2422

13

14

IM

Tomczak Jacek

2443

POL

45

2413

14

42

Gundavaa Bayarsaihan

2274

MGL

40

2351

Girls Under 18

Rank

SNo.

 

Name

Rtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

1

WFM

Gunina Valentina

2359

RUS

9

49

2326

2

5

WIM

Nemcova Katerina

2255

CZE

55½

2386

3

9

WIM

Yildiz Betul Cemre

2220

TUR

8

51

2346

4

13

WFM

Hamrakulova Yulduz

2185

UZB

8

50

2240

5

18

Andrenko Irina

2145

UKR

8

48

2335

6

3

WIM

Gomes Mary Ann

2262

IND

54½

2243

7

17

WFM

Rysbayeva Aigerim

2163

KAZ

47

2279

8

7

Rakic Marija

2232

SRB

45½

2221

9

6

WIM

Ivakhinova Inna

2233

RUS

41½

2155

24

Nodirjanova Nodira

2104

UZB

41½

2236

Boys Under 16

Rank

SNo.

 

Name

IRtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

5

FM

Chirila Ioan Cristian

2423

ROU

54½

2510

2

9

FM

Pereira Ruben

2401

POR

52½

2486

3

3

IM

Kharchenko Boris

2427

UKR

50½

2505

4

24

Goganov Aleksey

2299

RUS

47½

2404

5

8

FM

Recuero Guerra David

2407

ESP

8

53

2465

6

12

FM

Bregadze Levan

2388

GEO

8

52

2448

7

10

FM

Rombaldoni Axel

2399

ITA

8

46½

2455

13

IM

Bogner Sebastian

2383

GER

8

46½

2443

9

19

FM

Piorun Kacper

2353

POL

52½

2447

10

22

FM

Rasulov Vugar

2318

AZE

49½

2334

11

21

FM

Nitin S

2321

IND

40

2254

Girls Under 16

Rank

SNo.

 

Name

IRtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

11

Tsatsalashvili Keti

2161

GEO

56½

2305

2

1

WFM

Girya Olga

2338

RUS

56

2300

3

16

Ivanenko Olga

2125

UKR

50

2202

4

8

WFM

Ozturk Kubra

2174

TUR

48½

2273

5

20

WFM

Nakhbayeva Guliskhan

2098

KAZ

8

51

2193

6

2

WFM

Guramishvili Sopiko

2305

GEO

8

47½

2188

7

12

WFM

Repina Varvara

2154

RUS

50½

2214

8

10

Skinke Katrina

2166

LAT

44½

2131

9

5

Mammadova Gulnar

2217

AZE

43½

2134

10

4

Vojinovic Jovana

2227

MNE

43

2142

11

7

WFM

Melekhina Alisa

2208

USA

42½

2021

Boys Under 14

Rank

SNo.

 

Name

Rtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

2

IM

Sjugirov Sanan

2422

RUS

9

56½

-

2

7

Kanarek Marcel

2324

POL

9

53

-

3

10

Wang Chen

2311

CHN

55½

-

4

12

Belous Vladimir

2283

RUS

52½

-

5

13

FM

Swiercz Dariusz

2274

POL

47½

-

6

3

FM

Ter-Sahakyan Samvel

2389

ARM

8

53½

-

7

5

FM

Robson Ray

2368

USA

8

53½

-

8

15

Ipatov Alexander

2265

UKR

8

50½

-

9

41

CM

Chan Yi-Ren Daniel

2137

SIN

8

46

-

10

26

FM

Narayanan Srinath

2201

IND

8

44

-

Girls Under 14

Rank

SNo.

 

Name

Rtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

1

WFM

Paikidze Nazi

2292

GEO

59

2323

2

6

WFM

Arabidze Meri

2108

GEO

49

2120

3

27

Gagare Shalmali

1988

IND

48½

2095

4

4

WFM

Cori T Deysi

2150

PER

8

48½

2185

5

19

Olsarova Karolina

2027

CZE

8

45½

1955

6

2

Padmini Rout

2226

IND

8

42½

1991

7

16

Adamowicz Katarzyna

2034

POL

52½

2141

8

17

WFM

Nguyen Thi Mai Hung

2033

VIE

51½

2072

9

5

WFM

Danelia Mariam

2111

GEO

51

2144

10

28

Mohana Priya J

1988

IND

50

2115

11

11

Hejazipour Mitra

2073

IRI

46½

2052

13

Papp Petra

2037

HUN

46½

2048

13

41

Kazimova Narmin

1905

AZE

45

2069

14

31

Dai Yang

1959

USA

44

1860

Boys Under 12

Rank

SNo.

 

Name

IRtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

13

Naroditsky Daniel

2124

USA

59

2273

2

1

FM

Nyzhnyk Illya

2377

UKR

58

2279

3

113

Han Chao

0

CHN

53½

2356

4

48

Monev Alexander

1962

BUL

52

2265

5

2

FM

Cori Jorge

2316

PER

45

2055

6

5

FM

Bukavshin Ivan

2248

RUS

8

54½

2220

7

16

Beradze Irakli

2104

GEO

8

53

2196

8

15

Bok Benjamin

2116

NED

8

50

2140

9

18

Eliseev Urii

2101

RUS

8

43

1917

Girls Under 12

Rank

SNo.

 

Name

Rtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

10

Efroimski Marsel

1911

ISR

63½

1867

2

101

Saduakasova Dinara

0

KAZ

9

53

2006

3

65

Guo Qi

0

CHN

54

2115

4

124

Zhai Mo

0

CHN

51½

1943

5

19

Eid Maha

1841

FRA

8

53½

1934

6

8

WFM

Iwanow Anna

1921

POL

8

52

1861

7

21

Galunova Tsveta

1812

BUL

8

52

1893

8

13

Priyanka Kumari

1899

IND

8

50

1792

Boys Under 10

Rank

SNo.

 

Name

IRtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

146

Wang Tong Sen

0

CHN

10

63½

2203

2

5

Antipov Mikhail Al

2070

RUS

9

53½

1859

3

10

Prince Bajaj

1983

IND

54½

1841

4

6

Cheng Bobby

2064

NZL

50½

1749

5

15

Harutyunyan Tigran S

1930

ARM

50

1775

6

19

Duda Jan-Krzysztof

1901

POL

8

55

1735

7

13

Luo Brian J

1946

USA

8

51

1725

8

11

Vaibhav Suri

1969

IND

8

50

1682

9

8

CM

Oparin Grigoriy

2030

RUS

8

49½

1686

10

12

Antal Tibor Kende

1960

HUN

8

43

1575

Girls Under 10

Rank

SNo.

Name

Rtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

3

Styazhkina Anna

1869

RUS

59½

1764

2

34

Chiang Sarah

0

USA

56½

1654

3

48

Guo Yue Fan

0

CHN

55

1680

4

64

Lei Ting Jie

0

CHN

49

1727

5

43

Fedyuk Iryna

0

UKR

8

51

1670

6

89

Serefidou Despina

0

GRE

8

42½

1635

7

35

Choladze Mariam

0

GEO

8

42

1575

Boys Under 8

Rank

SNo.

Name

IRtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

93

Savenkov Konstantin

0

RUS

10

62

1835

2

87

Qasimov Chingiz

0

AZE

9

58

1752

3

101

Sinyanskiy Maxim

0

RUS

9

52½

1662

4

120

Yeoh Li Tian

0

MAS

54

1639

5

122

Zajic Milan

0

SRB

52

1673

6

33

Chiang Jonathan

0

USA

8

49

1575

Girls Under 8

ank

SNo.

Name

IRtg

FED

Pts

Fide

Rp

1

19

Furtado Ivana Maria

0

IND

9

55½

1691

2

41

Mammadzada Gunay

0

AZE

50

1617

3

26

Hojatova Aydan

0

AZE

45

1640

4

4

Abdumalik Zhansaya

0

KAZ

8

52½

1604

5

52

Ponomarchuk Anastasia

0

RUS

8

50½

1575

6

38

Liao Simone

0

USA

8

49½

1634

7

66

Vasenina Anna

0

RUS

8

45

1575



The US kids in Antalya

Ellen Xiang (GU-10) and Evan, below, are sisters from Houston, Texas. When not playing chess Ellen likes to read, especially Harry Potter.

Evan Xiang (GU-8), Ellen's sister loves chess and... fishing!

Brian Luo (BU-10), ten years old, hails from Wisconsin. He is one of the US's youngest hopefuls, and likes to play soccer and piano. Brian is a math wiz.

Anna Matlin (GU-12) is an ambitious 12-year-old from New Jersey, who has set her goal on making the US Women's Olympiad Team. She is also very good in math, likes to read, and loves to play and watch soccer and tennis.

Alena Kuzniatsova (GU-12) comes from Brooklyn, New York, and is the top girl in the US for her age group. She is an avid tennis player.

WFM Alisa Melekhina (GU-16) resides in Philadelphia, PA. A veteran of world events at different age groups, Alisa is the top rated girl under age 18 in the USA. She is an accomplished ballerina, and loves to write. In fact she is a published author!

Sarah Chiang (GU-10) from Texas is our fresh silver medalist in the girls under 10 category. It is the first medal for a USA girl in history! Sarah is also fierce off the board – she has a black belt in karate!

FM Ray Robson (BU-14), a 13-year-old from Florida, is considered the USA's most promising young star. His Elo rating is nearing 2400, and he recently achieved his first IM norm in a round robin event in Chicago, right before the World Youth. Ray is a fan of many individual sports, including tennis and ping pong.


Sam Shankland (BU-16) is from Northern California

Warren Harper (BU-16) is another Houstonite youngster. He has been playing chess for only a few years, but already achieved the title of National Master. He is the current National High school champion.

Michael Yee (BU-14) comes from Los Angeles, California. He is the winner of the US grade 9 and below scholastic championship.

FM Darwin Yang (BU-12) from Dallas, Texas, is another young promising talent. Last year he was the co champion of his age group in the Pan American games in Ecuador.

Victor Shen (BU-14) is a National Master from New Jersey, who has been showing rapid progress of late.

Christian Tanaka (BU-14) from Californian is another US scholastic co champion (grade 8 and under).

Daniel Naroditsky (BU-12) won gold with 9.5/11 in his section, also earning the FM title instantly for his achievement. Daniel is a member of the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club located in the Bay Area.

Jennie Liu (GU-14) is from New Jersey.

Dai Yang (GU-14) from Virginia had a successful debut at the world championships. Away from chess is a fine violinist.

Marc Arnold (BU-16), a New Yorker, is the current US junior champion, and holds a national rating near 2400. Marc plays soccer and likes to watch all kinds of sports.

Since the retirement of Deep Blue and Kasparov, GM Joel Benjamin (member of the 1996-1997 Deep Blue team) and FIDE Senior Trainer Michael Khodarkovsky (member of the Kasparov team in 1996-1997) amicably share coaching responsibilities for the US team.

    Pictures by Frederic Friedel, captions by Aviv Friedman

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