Janelle May Frayna leads Girls' World Junior Championship U20

by Johannes Fischer
8/19/2016 – After ten from thirteen rounds WIM Janelle May Frayna from the Philippines, seeded as number nine, leads the Girls' World Junior Championship U20 with 8.0/10. Half-a-point behind follows Alina Bivol from Russia with 7.5/8. Five players with 7.0/10 share places three to seventh, among them top seed Dinara Saduakassova from Kazakhstan.

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Janelle Mae Frayna, born 1997, had a good start into the tournament and won her first four games. In round four she scored a crucial victory against Alina Bivol from Russia, one of the great favorites to win the tournament.



Janelle Mae Frayna (right, with Black) during her game against
top seed Dinara Saduakassova which ended in a draw.

Alina Bivol is on place two with 7.5/10

After her 4.0/4 start Frayna slowed down a bit. But after two draws in rounds five and six she won again in round seven and she repeated this pattern of two draws and one win in round eight to ten and after ten rounds remains unbeaten and is sole leader with 8.0/10.

Dinara Saduakassova has 7.0/10

Standings after 10 rounds

Rank   Name IRtg Country Pts BH.
1 WIM Frayna Janelle Mae 2292 PHI 8 57
2 WIM Bivol Alina 2362 RUS 58½
3 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv 2151 IND 7 57½
4 WGM Saduakassova Dinara 2423 KAZ 7 57½
5 IM Rodriguez Rueda Paula Andrea 2321 COL 7 55½
6 WGM Buksa Nataliya 2261 UKR 7 53
7 WIM Vaishali R 2284 IND 7 51
8 WIM Dordzhieva Dinara 2304 RUS 61½
9 WIM Michelle Catherina P 2205 IND 56½
10 WIM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim 2328 UZB 49
11 WFM Ivanova Karina 2129 RUS 6 55
12 WIM Mahalakshmi M 2101 IND 6 52½
13 WFM Alinasab Mobina 2199 IRI 6 51
14 WFM Injac Teodora 2252 SRB 6 51
15 WIM Gu Tianlu 2239 CHN 6 50½
16 WIM Parnali S Dharia 2203 IND 6 47½
17 WIM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh 2199 MGL 6 47
18   Bala Kannamma P 2039 IND 6 45½
19 WFM Varshini V 2129 IND 6 42
20   Priyanka K 2048 IND 57

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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