Dinara Saduakassova is Girls' World Junior Champion U20

by Johannes Fischer
8/22/2016 – At the start of the Girls' World Junior Championships in Bhubaneswar, India, Dinara Saduakassova from Kazakhstan had more than 60 rating-points more than her closest rival and was clear favorite to win the tournament. However, things did not go smoothly for Saduakassova. But in the end and with some luck she won the tournament with 9.5/13 to become World Junior Champion 2016!

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Frayna Janelle Mae from the Philippines had led the tournament for a long time but after losing two games in a row in rounds 11 and 12 she had to abandon her hopes to win the tournament.

Frayna Janelle Mae during her game against Saduakassova which ended in a draw

Saduakassova had more luck. In round 12 she won a crucial game against Paula Andrea Rodriguez Rueda who panicked in a good, almost winning position which helped Saduakassova to an important win.


Dinara Saduakassova

The three medalists: Dinara Saduakassova (center) from Kazakhstan won gold,
Nandidhaa Pv from India (left) won silver and Dinara Dordzhieva from Russia bronze.

Final standings

Rank Title  Name Elo Country Pts
1 WGM Saduakassova Dinara 2423 KAZ
2 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv 2151 IND 9
3 WIM Dordzhieva Dinara 2304 RUS 9
4 IM Rodriguez Rueda Paula Andrea 2321 COL
5 WIM Frayna Janelle Mae 2292 PHI
6 WIM Vaishali R 2284 IND
7 WIM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh 2199 MGL
8 WIM Parnali S Dharia 2203 IND
9 WIM Bivol Alina 2362 RUS 8
10 WIM Michelle Catherina P 2205 IND 8
11 WIM Mahalakshmi M 2101 IND 8
12 WIM Styazhkina Anna 2315 RUS 8
13   Du Yuxin 1957 CHN 8
14 WGM Buksa Nataliya 2261 UKR
15 WFM Ivanova Karina 2129 RUS
16 WIM Gu Tianlu 2239 CHN
17 WFM Alinasab Mobina 2199 IRI
18   Priyanka K 2048 IND
19 WFM Gomez Barrera Javiera Belen 2055 CHI
20 WFM Injac Teodora 2252 SRB 7

... 57 players



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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