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World Youth Championship – top scorers after nine rounds

11/27/2007 – This chess festival that is taking place in Kemer-Antalya, Turkey, has over 1500 players from all over the world. After nine of a total of 11 rounds the candidates for the medals are at the top of the tables. One has scored an incredible 9/9 points. We bring you top standings and a special photo report of the very strong Indian contingent. These are the stars of tomorrow.
 

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 round nine

In the following tables we have the top scorers, which we define as players scoring over seven points in their nine games, except in the Under 16 and Under 18 sections, where we have included players with 6½ points as well.

After Round nine of the World Youth Chess Championship, Marsel Efroimski of Israel in Under 12 Girls is the only player with the perfect score of nine points out of nine games. In the Boys Under Twelve the great star Ilya Nyzhnyk is trailing the leader Ivan Bukavshin by half a point. In the Boys Under 18 GM Ivan Popov of Russia is in the lead with 7½/9, and in the Girls Under 18 it is WIM Katerina Nemcova of the Czech Republic leads with 8/9 points.

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

Boys under eight

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 93   Savenkov Konstantin 0 RUS 42½ 1908
2 120   Yeoh Li Tian 0 MAS 38 1707
3 101   Sinyanskiy Maxim 0 RUS 35 1673
4 87   Qasimov Chingiz 0 AZE 7 41 1729
5 122   Zajic Milan 0 SRB 7 36 1620
6 123   Zapata Stiven 0 COL 7 33½ 1593
7 36   Davaasuren Buyanzaya 0 MGL 7 32½ 1620

Girls under eight

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 19   Furtado Ivana Maria 0 IND 38 1708
2 41   Mammadzada Gunay 0 AZE 34 1680
3 48   Nguyen Thanh Thuy Tien 0 VIE 7 41 1655
4 4   Abdumalik Zhansaya 0 KAZ 7 37 1655
5 52   Ponamarchuk Anastasia 0 RUS 7 34½ 1620

Boys under ten

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 146   Wang Tong Sen 0 CHN 44 2226
2 5   Antipov Mikhail Al 2070 RUS 36 1794
3 14   Lamard Guillaume 1945 FRA 35 1804
4 19   Duda Jan-Krzysztof 1901 POL 7 40 1741
5 10   Prince Bajaj 1983 IND 7 38 1766
6 13   Luo Brian J 1946 USA 7 36 1739
7 8 CM Oparin Grigoriy 2030 RUS 7 34 1692

Girls under ten

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 3   Styazhkina Anna 1869 RUS 41½ 1712
2 34   Chiang Sarah 0 USA 39½ 1725
3 80   Pastuszko Kinga 0 POL 35 1707
4 48   Guo Yue Fan 0 CHN 7 39 1704
5 43   Fedyuk Iryna 0 UKR 7 36 1685
6 78   Paramzina Anastasya 0 RUS 7 35½ 1718

Boys under twelve

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 5   Bukavshin Ivan 2248 RUS 8 38½ 2351
2 13   Naroditsky Daniel 2124 USA 41 2198
3 3 FM Bajarani Ulvi 2268 AZE 40½ 2229
4 1 FM Nyzhnyk Illya 2377 UKR 40 2197
5 34 FM Nakauchi Gene 2040 AUS 36½ 2177
6 16   Beradze Irakli 2104 GEO 7 37 2174
7 48   Monev Alexander 1962 BUL 7 36 2221
8 2 FM Cori Jorge 2316 PER 7 29 2031

Girls under twelve

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 10   Efroimski Marsel 1912 ISR 9 45 2064
2 65   Guo Qi 0 CHN 37 2232
3 21   Galunova Tsveta 1812 BUL 7 37 1953
4 101   Saduakasova Dinara 0 KAZ 7 36 1995
5 124   Zhai Mo 0 CHN 7 35 1900

Boys under 14

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 10   Wang Chen 2311 CHN 38½ 2493
2 4   Grandelius Nils 2377 SWE 34½ 2336
3 2 IM Sjugirov Sanan 2422 RUS 7 39½ 2484
4 8 FM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2315 IND 7 38 2450
5 3 FM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel 2389 ARM 7 37½ 2436
6 7   Kanarek Marcel 2324 POL 7 36 2386
7 15   Ipatov Alexander 2265 UKR 7 35½ 2393

Girls under 14

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 1 WFM Paikidze Nazi 2292 GEO 41 2283
2 15   Adamowicz Katarzyna 2034 POL 37½ 2267
3 4 WFM Cori Deysi 2150 PER 7 32½ 2249
4 34   Lefevre Margaux 1944 FRA 7 31½ 2168

Boys under 16

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 5 FM Chirila Ioan Cristian 2423 ROU 38 2546
2 8 FM Recuero Guerra David 2407 ESP 7 38 2490
3 12 FM Bregadze Levan 2388 GEO 7 37 2490
4 9 FM Pereira Ruben 2401 POR 7 36 2463
5 3 IM Kharchenko Boris 2427 UKR 7 34½ 2493
6 19 FM Piorun Kacper 2353 POL 37½ 2451
7 29   Hovhannisyan Robert 2273 ARM 36½ 2469
8 22 FM Rasulov Vugar 2318 AZE 34½ 2349
9 1 IM Salgado Lopez Ivan 2460 ESP 32½ 2409
10 37   Mammadov Ayaz 2235 AZE 32 2370
11 24   Goganov Aleksey 2299 RUS 31½ 2323

Girls under 16

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 11   Tsatsalashvili Keti 2161 GEO 40 2363
2 1 WFM Girya Olga 2338 RUS 39 2350
3 20 WFM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2098 KAZ 35½ 2239
4 16   Ivanenko Olga 2125 UKR 7 34 2174
5 12 WFM Repina Varvara 2154 RUS 35½ 2250
6 33   Iordanidou Zoi 2012 GRE 34½ 2190
7 17   Agrest Inna 2121 SWE 34 2203
8 15 WFM Kulon Klaudia 2139 POL 33½ 2097
9 8 WFM Ozturk Kubra 2174 TUR 32½ 2189

Boys under 18

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 1 GM Popov Ivan 2539 RUS 39½ 2672
2 7 IM Grigoryan Avetik 2489 ARM 7 38½ 2592
3 17 FM Nakhapetiane Pogos 2427 RUS 7 36½ 2477
4 5 IM Leon Hoyos Manuel 2495 MEX 7 35½ 2589
5 8 IM Edouard Romain 2472 FRA 7 35 2585
6 15 IM Vocaturo Daniele 2443 ITA 33 2379
7 10 IM Saric Ivan 2466 CRO 32 2495
8 2 GM Howell David W L 2527 ENG 31 2485
  9 IM Melkumyan Hrant 2469 ARM 31 2434
10 3 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr 2510 RUS 29 2415

Girls under 18

No. SNo.  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide Rp
1 5 WIM Nemcova Katerina 2255 CZE 8 39 2505
2 1 WFM Gunina Valentina 2359 RUS 7 32 2241
3 3 WIM Gomes Mary Ann 2262 IND 39½ 2250
4 9 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2220 TUR 35½ 2324
  23 WFM Steil-Antoni Fiona 2104 LUX 35½ 2246
6 13 WFM Hamrakulova Yulduz 2185 UZB 34½ 2198
7 8 WIM Ignacz Maria 2223 HUN 33 2250


The Indians are coming...

S.P. Sethuraman (U-14), the Indian Under 15 champion is already an International Master at 14. He started the Under-14 as the top seed and is tipped to become a strong grandmaster in future from our Indian connections.

B. Adhiban (U-16), Asian under-16 gold medallist. Hails from Anand's city of Chennai. Adhiban is known to be very uncompromising on the board. He was playing qualification tournament for the Indian championship and needed a draw to make it. He played on nevertheless in true combative style and finally drew. Also an International Master.

S. Nitin (U-16), tall and charming Asian Under 14 gold and Under 16 silver winner

R. Ashwath (U-16), another boy from Chennai in the Under 16 section

V.A.V. Rajesh (U-16): this boy is playing in Under 16 section for some reasons. He was in the Under 12 age group last year.

Kiran Monisha Mohanty (U-18): late starter that she is, Kiran is almost in a hurry to catch up with the lost time. She has had some brilliant results off late, including her second place finish in the just concluded Indian women's championship. Watch her at Dresden for India.

Srinath Narayanan (U-14): Under 12 world champion in 2005. Another promise from the Chennai chess factory. Srinath loves to checkmate. The style is attacking and likes to calculate deep.

Bhakti Kulkarni (U-16) recently won the Indian juniors championship and came to limelight.

Shardul Gagare (U-10): won Asian Gold in Under 10.

Arjun Bharat (U-8): Very, very talented young lad, rated 1825. This 8-year-old from Bangalore stumbled into chess through an ability to learn video games by just looking at them for a few minutes.

C.H. Meghana (U-8) from Kerala is rated 1716,

Mary Ann Gomes (U-18) won the Asian Junior girls championship when it was held in Delhi the last time. She was also member of the Indian team just a couple of years back. Mary Ann scored six points in her first six games in Antalya.

J. Mohana Priya (U-14). Trivia: where is she from? Chennai, of course.

Krithika N. Pon. This girl has been around for quite a while...

Gogineni Rohit (U-18) has a couple of grandmaster norms and is in the next generation of Indian hopefuls who want to make it big. The GM norms were made earlier this year at Parsvnath tournament in Delhi and Aeroflot 'B'. Completing the title seems to be paramount in his mind for now. There will be more to look forward to, later of course.

Sahaj Grover (U-12) won the World Under 10 championship in 1995. He likes to sing. In a press conference soon after he won the U-10, he was actually asked to sing, and obliged the media in great style. Comes from the Indian capital. Strong material for future reference.

C.R. Varsha (U-8) broke one of her teeth while at play, just before the second round. Brave that she is, she came to play undeterred for her game and won.

Ivana Maria Furtado (U-8) is the defending champion in the Wourld Youth Under 8 section. When she won it last year she was only seven, and now she is back in the same group. After nine rounds she leads with 7½ points. Ivana is rich: a cash award of around US $15,000 followed after she won the championship last time. She hails from Goa, where a chess cult is being built by regional association President Sameer Salgaocar.

    Pictures by Frederic Friedel, captions by Vishal Sareen

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