World Junior 10/11: Goryachkina and Wei Yi lead

by Sagar Shah
10/18/2014 – Twelve gruelling rounds, and two amazing players are set to take Gold. Alexandra Goryachkina has made it (update), while Wei Yi faces stiff resistance. In our big illustrated report from Pune, India, with five annotated games, we do not forget younger players who have gained massive amounts of rating points: 170 and 197 just in this event. The final round is on Sunday.

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Rounds ten and eleven: Goryachkina and Wei Yi reign supreme

By Sagar Shah

Going into the final leg of the tournament, the long distance runners can be easily distinguished from the sprinters. While many started the tournament with enthusiasm and spirited play, it is only a very select few who have been able to maintain their momentum for eleven rounds. Two such amazing individuals are Aleksandra Goryachkina and Wei Yi. With just two rounds left, these two highly talented individuals are all set to win the yellow metal!

It's obvious that such a pressure filled event will lead to exhaustion…

... but the players have to find some way to fight it!

Aleksandra Goryachkina is now on 9.5/11 and has a 1.5 point lead over her nearest rivals. With five wins on a trot, she looks simply unbeatable. She now requires only one point out of the remaining two rounds to retain the title that she won in 2013. If she does manage that, she will be the first girl after Ketino Kachiani to won the World Junior girls title in consecutive years in (Ketino did it in 1989 and 1990).

Aleksandra Goryachkina (2430) looking for her second world junior title.
By the way did we mention that she has just turned sixteen years of age?

Aleksandra Goryachkina’s appetite for victory is just amazing! In the eleventh round, she had an entire one point lead over the field. Yet she played for five and a half hours and beat Zhai Mo in an ending which was pretty unclear.

Eagle eyes will spot Goryachkina fighting it out with Zhai Mo on the far right.
To play for such long hours requires a lot of stamina and will power.

[Event "WJCC U20 Girls"] [Site "Pune"] [Date "2014.10.17"] [Round "11"] [White "Goryachkina, Aleksandra"] [Black "Zhai, Mo"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D38"] [WhiteElo "2430"] [BlackElo "2339"] [PlyCount "163"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "IND"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Qa4+ Nc6 8. e3 O-O 9. Be2 Bd7 10. Qc2 dxc4 11. O-O Na5 12. Ne5 Qe7 13. Ne4 Rfd8 14. a3 Bd6 15. Nxc4 Nxc4 16. Bxc4 Bc6 17. Nxd6 cxd6 18. Rfd1 Rac8 19. Qb3 Be4 20. Rac1 Qg5 21. Bf1 Qa5 22. Qb4 Qxb4 23. axb4 a6 24. Rc3 Rxc3 25. bxc3 d5 26. Rc1 Rc8 27. f3 Bg6 28. c4 dxc4 29. Rxc4 Rxc4 30. Bxc4 Kf8 31. Kf2 Ke7 32. e4 f6 33. Ke3 Be8 34. f4 f5 35. d5 Bf7 (35... exd5 36. Bxd5 b6 37. e5 Bd7 {White has a small edge, but it is not clear whether it is enough for a win.}) 36. exf5 exd5 37. Bd3 h5 38. Kd4 Kd6 39. g3 Be8 40. h3 Ba4 41. Be2 h4 42. gxh4 Bc2 43. f6 gxf6 44. h5 Ke6 (44... Be4 45. h6 Ke7 46. Bf3 Kf7 47. Bxe4 dxe4 48. Kxe4 b6 $11) 45. h6 Kf7 46. Kxd5 Kg6 47. h4 $2 (47. Bf3 $1 {Threatening Kc5 was the easiest way to win.} Kxh6 48. Kc5 Kg6 (48... b5 49. Bb7 Kg6 50. Bxa6 Kf5 51. Bxb5 Kxf4 52. Be2 $18) 49. Bxb7 Kf5 (49... Bd3 50. Bc8 $18) 50. Bxa6 Kxf4 51. Be2 Kg5 (51... Ba4 52. h4 f5 53. Kd6 Be8 54. Bd3 Kg4 55. h5 $1 Kxh5 56. Bxf5 $18) 52. b5 Be4 53. Bc4 Bb7 54. Bd5 Bc8 55. Kc6 $18) 47... Kxh6 48. Ke6 Kg7 49. Bf1 Bb3+ 50. Ke7 Bd1 51. Bd3 Bf3 52. Ke6 Bg4+ 53. f5 Bf3 54. Ke7 Bd1 55. Ke6 Bf3 56. Kd6 Kh6 57. Kd7 Kg7 (57... Kh5 58. Ke7 $18) 58. Kc7 Kh6 59. Kd6 Kg7 60. Bc2 Kh6 61. Bb1 $6 {Now the black king is actively placed and the bishop on b1 is poor. It was the right time for concrete action with b6!} Kh7 $2 (61... b6 $1 62. Kc7 Be2 63. Kxb6 Kh5 $11) 62. Ba2 Kg7 63. Be6 {White has successfully activated the bishop and now has good winning chances.} Kh6 $2 (63... Be4 64. Kc7 Kh6 65. Bc8 Kh5 66. Bxb7 Bxf5 67. Bxa6 Kxh4 $11) 64. Ke7 Kg7 65. Kd7 $6 (65. Bc8 Be4 66. Ke6 Bf3 67. Kd7 Bc6+ 68. Kc7 Be4 69. Bxb7 Bxf5 70. Bxa6 $18) 65... Bc6+ $2 ( 65... Be4 66. Kc7 Kh6 67. Bc8 Kh5 68. Bxb7 Bxf5 69. Bxa6 Kxh4 $11) 66. Kc7 Be4 67. Bc8 Kh6 68. Bxb7 Bxf5 69. Bxa6 Kh5 (69... Be4 70. Bc4 Kh5 71. Kd6 Kxh4 72. b5 $18 {[%cal Gc4d5]} f5 73. b6 Bb7 74. Bd5 Ba6 75. Kc6 f4 76. Bc4 Bc8 77. Kc7 $18) 70. Be2+ $1 Kxh4 71. b5 Be4 72. b6 Ba8 73. Bb5 f5 74. Bc6 Bxc6 75. Kxc6 f4 76. b7 f3 77. b8=Q Kh3 78. Qf4 Kg2 79. Qg4+ Kf2 80. Kd5 Ke3 81. Qe4+ Kf2 82. Kd4 {A very complicated ending.} 1-0

You must also not miss the ten-move miniature in which Goryachkina beat Sarasadat Khademalsharieh with the black pieces in the tenth round:

[Event "WCh U20 Girls"] [Site "Pune"] [Date "2014.10.16"] [Round "10"] [White "Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat"] [Black "Goryachkina, Aleksandra"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D30"] [WhiteElo "2366"] [BlackElo "2430"] [PlyCount "21"] [EventDate "2014.10.06"] [EventRounds "13"] [EventCountry "IND"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 {This move has been becoming popular of late. The idea is to keep the knight on b1, reserving the option of developing it on d2 instead of the usual c3 square. Andreikin has used that with great success and has beaten Kramnik and Topalov with it.} c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 Qa5+ 7. Nbd2 (7. Nc3 $6 dxc4 8. Bxc4 Ne4 $15) 7... dxc4 8. Bxc4 Ne4 9. Bh4 $2 {This move shows how important it is to be alert at all times. White now just loses a piece!} (9. Bf4 $1 g5 10. Bc7 $1 Qxc7 11. Nxe4 $14 {was the key idea. And here White can even boast of having an edge.}) 9... g5 $1 {The threat is to simply play g4 and win a piece because Bb4 is coming up next. And this is not the first time a player has lost this way. Already three games have continued in a similar fashion.} 10. Bg3 g4 {Totally depressed with the way, the opening went, Sara decided to call it a day.} 11. -- (11. O-O Nxg3 12. fxg3 gxf3 $19) 0-1

Srija Seshadri is a player from Tamil Nadu, India. She was the silver medal winner in the Asian Youth under-16 category in 2013. Srija had a slow start to the tournament, losing the first round. She recovered after that, but what she achieved in the last three rounds is commendable. With wins against Maria Brunello (2275), Ioana Gelip (2154) and P.V. Nandhidhaa (2174), she has moved into the joint second spot with Ann Chumpitaz. She has also gained 93 Elo points, and faces WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina on board one of the twefth round. Beating the in-form World Junior Champion will not be easy, but it is the only way to keep her chances alive for a gold.

Ann Chumpitaz (2201) from Peru has played this tournament very consistently and is on joint second place with 8.0/11. With just one loss in the tournament, against the top seed, she has already gained 52 Elo points.

Wei Yi vs Karen Gigoryan on top board in round eleven

Prior to round eleven the two Chinese players Wei Yi and Lu Shanglei were leading the field with 8.0/10. Karen Grigoryan seemed the perfect candidate to the former a tough fight. But it was not to be. Karen chose the Petroff Defence which was already not in sync with his style. He went wrong and lost a pawn and soon the game. It meant that the Chinese was in the lead with 9.0/11.

[Event "Pune IND"] [Site "Pune IND"] [Date "2014.10.17"] [Round "11.1"] [White "Wei, Yi"] [Black "Grigoryan, Karen H"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C42"] [WhiteElo "2641"] [BlackElo "2591"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2014.10.06"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 {A very weird choice by Karen. He is an aggressive and active player. The Petroff doesn't really suit his style.} 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O Nc6 8. Nc3 $5 {Not as popular as the main line but good enough to be tried by players like Anand, Topalov, Ivanchuk, Kamsky, Naiditsch etc.} (8. c4 {is of course the main line.}) 8... Nxc3 9. bxc3 Bg4 10. Rb1 Rb8 {White's play in this position is quite easy. He puts his rook on e1, the bishop on f4 and then tries to double on the e-file with Re3.} 11. h3 Bh5 12. Bf5 O-O 13. Qd3 Bg6 (13... g6 {was bad because of} 14. g4 $1 gxf5 15. gxh5 $16 {and the black king looks weaker than the white one.}) 14. Re1 Re8 15. Bf4 Bd6 $2 {A horrible mistake.} (15... Bxf5 16. Qxf5 g6 17. Qg4 Bd6 18. Rxe8+ Qxe8 19. Bxd6 cxd6 $11 {gives Black a fine position. The position resembles what happened in the game, but the queen on g4 cannot do much harm to Black.}) 16. Rxe8+ Qxe8 17. Bxd6 cxd6 18. Bxg6 hxg6 19. Qb5 $1 {Maybe Karen had planned to defend with Qe6 here but later must have realised that it loses to Qxc6!} Qd7 ( 19... Qe6 20. Qxc6 bxc6 21. Rxb8+ Kh7 22. Ng5+ $18) 20. Qxd5 $16 {White is just a pawn up and went on to confidently convert his position.} Ne7 21. Qe4 d5 22. Qf4 Nc6 23. Re1 f6 24. Qg3 Kf7 25. Qf4 Re8 26. Rxe8 Kxe8 27. h4 b5 28. Nd2 Nd8 29. Nb3 Qe6 30. Nc5 Qe7 31. Qf3 Ne6 32. Qxd5 Nxc5 33. dxc5 Qe1+ 34. Kh2 Qxf2 35. Qe4+ Kf7 36. Qd4 Qf5 37. c6 Qc8 38. Qxa7+ Ke6 39. Qb7 Qd8 40. c7 Qd6+ 41. Kh3 1-0

Things got better for Wei Yi when his compatriot Lu Shanglei drew his game. Wei Yi, thus leads the Open section alone. But Lu Shanglei is on his heels with 8.5/11. He beat the top seed GM Vladimir Fedoseev (2661) in round ten – it was really an unusual tactic which spelled doom for the Russian player.

[Event "World Junior Open 2014"] [Site "Pune IND"] [Date "2014.10.16"] [Round "10.1"] [White "Lu, Shanglei"] [Black "Fedoseev, Vladimir"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C26"] [WhiteElo "2533"] [BlackElo "2661"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2014.10.06"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. exd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. O-O Bc5 8. d3 O-O 9. h3 Re8 {Black has absolutely no problem in this position. He looks well developed and has good control in the center.} 10. Re1 h6 11. Be3 {The players are following the game Areschenko-Kramnik. Kramnik preserved the c5 bishop with Bf8. It was quite logical. But Fedoseev plonks his knight on d4.} Nd4 12. Bxd4 Bxd4 (12... exd4 13. Rxe8+ Qxe8 14. Ne2 Qd8 $11 {was a very comfortable position for Black to play}) 13. Qd2 c6 14. Re2 {According to Lu Shanglei in the post game analysis, White has a small edge because the e5 pawn is weak. It is suprising because Black looks very comfortable in this position. } Qb6 $6 {This move looks active but it just misplaces the queen. Lu Shanglei takes full advantage of it.} (14... Bf5 $1 {was the right way to play} 15. Rae1 Qd6 {White cannot increase his pressure on e5 and hence would take on d4.} 16. Nxd4 Qxd4 $11 {And this is the right way for Black to maintain the balance in the position.}) 15. Rae1 Bf5 16. Na4 $1 Qb5 $2 (16... Qc7 17. c3 {and the e5 pawn falls.}) (16... Qa6 {was Lu Shanglei's suggestion but after} 17. b3 b5 18. Nxd4 exd4 19. Rxe8+ Rxe8 20. Rxe8+ Nxe8 21. Nc5 Qxa2 22. Bxc6 $16 {White has a good position}) 17. b3 Rad8 {The move looked very normal and was also praised in the commentary as bringing each and every piece into the battle.} 18. c4 $1 {The black queen lacks a good square.} Qa6 19. Nxd4 exd4 (19... Rxd4 {was the lesser evil but White is better here too.} 20. Rxe5 Rxe5 21. Rxe5 Rxd3 22. Qe2 $18 {[%cal Ga4c5]}) 20. Re5 $3 {The move that Fedoseev must have missed. It is a finishing stroke because Ra5 traps the queen.} b5 {This is as good as resignation but there was nothing better.} 21. cxb5 Qc8 22. Rxe8+ Rxe8 23. Rxe8+ Nxe8 24. bxc6 $18 {The speed at which Fedoseev got into a losing position was is very surprising. But there were improvements in the preceding moves, it seemed as if he played the game too casually.} Bxh3 25. Bxh3 Qxh3 26. Qa5 Qe6 27. Qxa7 Qxc6 28. Qxd4 Nf6 29. Nc5 Qc8 30. a4 Qh3 31. Ne4 Nd7 32. a5 Qf5 33. a6 Ne5 34. Qd8+ Kh7 35. a7 Nf3+ 36. Kg2 Ne5 37. Nf6+ 1-0

Here is one more game to learn from:

[Event "World Junior Open 2014"] [Site "Pune IND"] [Date "2014.10.17"] [Round "11.10"] [White "Karthikeyan, Murali"] [Black "Csonka, Balazs"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C67"] [WhiteElo "2495"] [BlackElo "2412"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2014.10.06"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bd3 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. Nc3 c6 10. Qf3 Ne8 11. b3 d5 12. Bb2 Bd6 13. Ree1 Qg5 14. Ne2 Qxd2 15. Ng3 Qg5 16. h3 Nf6 {Black has won a pawn and looks quite better here. Though White has some compensation, it should not be enough.} 17. Rad1 Be6 18. c4 Rfe8 19. Bb1 Rad8 20. Bc1 Qh4 21. Be3 Nd7 22. Nf5 Bxf5 23. Qxf5 g6 24. Qc2 d4 25. Bc1 (25. Rxd4 Qxd4 26. Bxd4 Rxe1#) 25... Rxe1+ 26. Rxe1 Nc5 27. b4 d3 28. Qb2 Ne4 $19 {It is all but over in this position. Murali Karthikeyan could have just resigned the game. But he fought on.} 29. Be3 Bf4 $1 {Removing the bishop so that the pawn could advance to d2.} 30. Bd4 d2 31. Rd1 Qe7 {Not the best but still completely fine. Black is in control.} (31... Qh5 $1 {was the finishing move.} 32. Bc2 Qe2 $1 {Qe1 is a threat now.} 33. Rf1 Nxf2 $1 34. Bxf2 d1=Q 35. Rxd1 Rxd1+ $19) 32. Kf1 b6 (32... Re8 $1 $19 {With the idea of Ng3 and Qe1 cannot be prevented.}) 33. Bh8 {Hoping against hope that Black doesn't see the one move mate trick (Qg7#)!} Bh6 $6 (33... f6 34. Bxe4 Qxe4 35. Qxf6 Rd7 $1 $19 {[%cal Gd7e7,Ge4e1] There is absolutely nothing that White can do. It's just a lost position.}) 34. Qe5 {Now things are looking better for White. He is still worse but there is no finishing stroke here. As is the case with a turning of tide, Black commits a complete suicide.} Qd7 35. Bxe4 Re8 36. Rxd2 Qc8 $2 (36... Rxe5 37. Rxd7 Rxe4 38. f3 Re8 39. Bc3 $16) 37. Qf6 $18 {What a complete turn of events. White is the one who is a piece up and Black has absolutely no compensation.} 1-0

Matej Blazeka from Croatia has a very curious situation: he came to play the World Junior...

... but has ended up playing in a kind of Indian National Junior Championship!

Supreetha Potluri (1738) is doing something unbelievable: she has
scored 6.5/11 and is gaining a massive 197 Elo points from this event!

R. Praggnanandhaa (1946) started off as the 129th seed in the open section and is
currently gaining a whopping 170 points from the World Junior.

Bart von Meijenfeldt (2354) from Netherlands has the longest (and nicest) hair in the boys section…

... with William Fisher (2313) from USA just one place behind!

It was a great pleasure to meet Dr Andrzej Filipowicz at the tournament venue. He is not only an International Master but also an International Arbiter along with being an honorary member of FIDE. He is the chief arbiter of the Anand-Carlsen match that is to be held in Sochi in November 2014. Not only were his stories captivating and mesmerizing, he also had pearls of wisdom for upcoming players. And when it comes from a man who has played against the likes of Tal, Botvinnik and Smyslov you must heed his words carefully. When asked what is best way to become a world class GM, he replied: "Trying to win all the games in an event at the beginning of one's career!"

Group photo time. From left to right Niranjan Godbole, WGM Swati Ghate, Sagar Shah, Ravindra Dongre, GM Vidit Gujrathi, Prithviraj Chavan, Dilip Pagay, GM Abhijit Kunte, IM and FT Prathamesh Mokal, WGM Soumya Swaminathan. Prithviraj Chavan is a big name in India. He was the 22nd Chief Minister of the state of Maharashtra and it was thanks to him that the Government contributed five million Rupees for the organization of this tournament.

Professor R. Anantharaman, a very respected and knowledgeable
person in Indian chess circles, is the chief arbiter of this event.

All India Chess Federation Treasurer Ravindra Dongre with Rakesh Rao who is famous
for having conducted the largest number interviews with Vishwanathan Anand

After the 10th round the lobby of Grand Hyatt witnessed two talented youngsters, GM Vladislav Kovalev and GM Vladimir Fedoseev, take on each other on the giant chess board. The game ended in a draw, but what was wonderful to see was the intensity and concentration with which they were playing this friendly game.

The last two rounds remain to be played at the World Junior 2014. While Goryachkina looks all set to take Gold in the Girls section, things are not so clear in the Open section. Wei Yi has a strong challenge in the form of Vladimir Fedoseev in round 12. It's going to be an exciting end at the 53rd World Junior Chess Championships.

All pictures by Amruta Mokal

Results and standings

Before we could publish this report the twelfth round of the World Junior Championship had been completed. In the following we bring you the results of the top pairings and the tournament standings after twelve rounds. Our next report will come after the final round thirteen.

Top results of Round twelve

Ti. Name FED Rtg
Ti. Name FED Rtg
GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2661
GM Wei Yi CHN 2641
GM Lu Shanglei CHN 2533
GM Dragun Kamil POL 2546
GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof POL 2599
GM Cori Jorge PER 2612
IM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2499
GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2635
IM Ducarmon Quinten NED 2487
GM Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2554
IM Tari Aryan NOR 2450
GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2552
GM Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2508
IM Bai Jinshi CHN 2406
IM Aravindh Chithambaram IND 2485
GM Bok Benjamin NED 2591
GM Grigoryan Karen H. ARM 2591
IM Anurag Mhamal IND 2442
IM Narayanan Srinath IND 2443
GM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2548
IM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2508
IM Ider Borya FRA 2394
GM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2496
IM Kriebel Tadeas CZE 2428
GM Van Kampen Robin NED 2641
  Beradze Irakli GEO 2318
GM Abasov Nijat AZE 2528
FM Bersamina Paulo PHI 2380
GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2524
FM Johansson Linus SWE 2401
GM Grover Sahaj IND 2491
IM Codenotti Marco ITA 2357
FM Nasanjargal Urtnasan MGL 2330
IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao IND 2447
FM Von Meijenfeldt Bart NED 2354
IM Das Sayantan IND 2445
IM Gagare Shardul IND 2419
  Gahan M.G. IND 2252
  Antonio Viani D'cunha IND 2257
  Repka Christopher SVK 2418

Top rankings after Round twelve

Rk. SNo Ti. Name FED RtgI Pts.
1 13 GM Lu Shanglei CHN 2533 9.0
2 3 GM Wei Yi CHN 2641 9.0
3 1 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2661 9.0
4 6 GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof POL 2599 9.0
5 12 GM Dragun Kamil POL 2546 8.5
6 5 GM Cori Jorge PER 2612 8.0
7 18 IM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2508 8.0
8 4 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2635 8.0
9 37 IM Bai Jinshi CHN 2406 8.0
10 10 GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2552 8.0
11 25 IM Tari Aryan NOR 2450 8.0
12 28 IM Narayanan Srinath IND 2443 8.0
13 22 IM Ducarmon Quinten NED 2487 8.0
14 9 GM Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2554 8.0
15 19 IM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2499 8.0
16 8 GM Grigoryan Karen H. ARM 2591 7.5
17 30 IM Kriebel Tadeas CZE 2428 7.5
18 2 GM Van Kampen Robin NED 2641 7.5
19 17 GM Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2508 7.5
20 7 GM Bok Benjamin NED 2591 7.5
21 23 IM Aravindh Chithambaram IND 2485 7.5
22 20 GM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2496 7.5
23 27 IM Das Sayantan IND 2445 7.5
24 21 GM Grover Sahaj IND 2491 7.5
25 14 GM Abasov Nijat AZE 2528 7.5
26 29 IM Anurag Mhamal IND 2442 7.5
27 26 IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao IND 2447 7.5
28 36 FM Csonka Balazs HUN 2409 7.5
29 65   Antonio Viani D'cunha IND 2257 7.5

Top results after Round twelve

Title Name FED Rtg
Title Name FED Rtg
WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS 2430
WFM Srija Seshadri IND 2099
WIM Ibrahimova Sabina AZE 2271
WIM Chumpitaz Ann PER 2201
IM Arabidze Meri GEO 2409
WGM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2366
WIM Iwanow Anna POL 2279
WGM Padmini Rout IND 2331
FM Brunello Marina ITA 2275
FM Pustovoitova Daria RUS 2354
WIM Zhai Mo CHN 2339
WIM Ivana Maria Furtado IND 2165
  Gelip Ioana ROU 2154
WIM Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz UZB 2212
WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 2299
WFM Monnisha Gk IND 2069
  Monpeurt Cyrielle FRA 2115
WFM Petrukhina Irina RUS 2218
WFM Mahalakshmi M IND 2083
WGM Mona Khaled EGY 2191
  Potluri Supreetha IND 1738
  Nandhidhaa Pv IND 2174
WFM Gevorgyan Maria ARM 2160
WIM Fronda Jan Jodilyn PHI 2127
  Pratyusha Bodda IND 2078
WIM Ni Shiqun CHN 2312
WIM Frayna Janelle Mae PHI 2140
WFM Gueci Tea ITA 2099
WFM Vaishali R IND 2120
  Michelle Catherina P IND 2099

Top rankings after Round twelve

Title Name FED RtgI Pts.
WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS 2430 10.5
WIM Chumpitaz Ann PER 2201 9.0
WGM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2366 8.5
WGM Padmini Rout IND 2331 8.0
WFM Srija Seshadri IND 2099 8.0
WIM Iwanow Anna POL 2279 8.0
FM Brunello Marina ITA 2275 8.0
WIM Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz UZB 2212 8.0
FM Pustovoitova Daria RUS 2354 7.5
WIM Zhai Mo CHN 2339 7.5
WIM Ibrahimova Sabina AZE 2271 7.5
WIM Ivana Maria Furtado IND 2165 7.5
IM Arabidze Meri GEO 2409 7.5
WFM Petrukhina Irina RUS 2218 7.5
WFM Mahalakshmi M IND 2083 7.5

All the above pictures were taken by Amruta Mokal

Live video commentary on the official site by our reporters Sagar Shah and V. Saravanan

Rounds ten and eleven World Championship video reports by Vijay Kumar


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