World Junior norm makers and closing ceremony

by Sagar Shah
10/28/2019 – Wrapping up our coverage of the World Junior Championship, we bring you all the pictures from the closing ceremony as well as photos of the 17 norm makers. Reporting from one last time are the intrepid team of Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal. | Pictured: Volodar Murzin and Praggnanandhaa — future world title contenders? | Photo: Amruta Mokal

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Closing Ceremony

India and the All India Chess Federation can be proud of the fact that two of the most important events in the world of chess — World Youth Championships and the World Juniors were held back to back in the country and were successfully conducted. It just goes to show that India is trying to become a super power in chess not just in terms of players, but also in terms of organizing bigger events. These two tournaments coming to the country gave so many young talents of India a chance to cross their swords against the best in the world, something they wouldn't have been able to do had the event been held somewhere else.

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The closing ceremony of the World Junior Championships 2019 was attended by the Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The Secretary of All India Chess Federation Bharat Singh Chauhan | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Tournament Director A K Verma congratules the Chief Arbiter Hamid Majid on a job well done as FIDE delegate Mikhail Kobalia looks on | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Podium finishers in girls: Polina Shuvalova (Gold), Mobina Alinasab (Silver) and Elizaveta Solzhenkina (Bronze) | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Mariia Berdnyk and Aakanksha Hagawane

4th: Mariia Berdnyk, who also scored her WIM-norm and 5th: Aakanksha Hagawane | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The highest Indian finisher - Aakanksha Hagawane

Song Yuxin and Li Yunshan

6th: Song Yuxin and 7th: Li Yunshan | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Eighth and ninth placed Stavroula Tsolakidou and Bibisara Assaubayeva respectively could not attend the closing ceremony.

10th: Dinara Dordzhieva | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The podium finishers: Evgeny Shtembuliak (Gold), Shant Sargsyan (Silver) and Aram Hakobyan (Bronze) | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Santos and Wang

A last round loss pushed Miguel Santos Ruiz to the fourth spot while untitled Wang Shixu was the surprise of the event, scored his maiden GM-norm and also finished sixth | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The future of Indian chess (L to R) - Karthikeyan Murali (fifth), Praggnanandhaa (ninth) and Aravindh Chithambaram (right) | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM Mihnea Costachi showed excellent chess and capped off the event with a win over IM Arjun Kalyan | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Polina Shuvalova with her tainer GM Sergey Zagrebelny who helped win two Gold medal within two weeks | Photo: Sagar Shah

Shadi Paridar played a key role in Mobina Alinasab winning the Silver | Photo: Sagar Shah

The Armenians who made their country proud of them | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The Norm Makers

World Junior championships proved to be an excellent event to score norms for the youngsters. As many as 17 norms were scored — two GM-norms, four IM-norms, a WGM-norm and ten WIM-norms.

GM norms

Wang and Murzin

Two of the best performers of the event: Wang Shixu and Volodar Murzin | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM norms

Ghosh and Ameya

Left: Aronyak Ghosh not only scored his final IM-norm but also became India's latest International Master | Right: Audi Ameya scored his second IM-norm at the event | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Garidmagnai Byambasuren lost his last two rounds, but before that he had already scored his IM norm! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Aaryan Varshney scored his second IM-norm with a round to spare

WGM norms

Polina Shuvalova did score her WGM norm, but by the virtue of becoming the champion of the event, she won the WGM title directly.

WIM norms

Antova and Boldbaatar

Gabriela Antova (left) lost the last round to Aakanksha Hagawane, but she did make a WIM norm; Altantuya Boldbaatar (right) was playing at the top boards at the start but subsequently slid down, yet made a WIM-norm | Photo: Amruta Mokal

WIM norm for Mariam Avetisyan of Armenia | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Srishti Pandey scored her maiden WIM-norm | Photo: Amruta Mokal


Already very strong Mariia Berdnyk (left) scored her WIM norm; Toshali V (right) beat the top seed and she got a WIM-norm for her performance | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Supreethat Potluri

Supreethat Potluri (left) scored a WIM-norm, five years after gaining 200+ Elo rating points at the same event; Michelle Katkov (right) of Poland scored her WIM norm | Photo: Amruta Mokal


Lakshmi C (left) scored her first WIM-norm | Photo: Amruta Mokal
Elene Tsotsonava made her WIM-norm at the event | Photo: Facebook page of Elene

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Sagar is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder and CEO of ChessBase India, the biggest chess news portal in the country. His YouTube channel has over a million subscribers, and to date close to a billion views. ChessBase India is the sole distributor of ChessBase products in India and seven adjoining countries, where the software is available at a 60% discount. compared to International prices.


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