World Junior Ch: Maurizzi, Dudin and Avila in the lead

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
9/28/2023 – In the seventh round of the World Junior Championship, decisive results were seen on the top three boards, with Marc’Andria Maurizzi, Gleb Dudin (pictured) and Santiago Avila winning to enter the next round as co-leaders. Carissa Yip, in the meantime, is now the sole leader in the women’s section. | Photo: David Llada

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Decisive results on the top three boards

In a very competitive and balanced U20 World Junior Championship, six players were leading with 5 points before the seventh round. The top group included German IM Ruben Gideon Koellner, who even took second place after special scoring.

In one of the three top games, Koellner faced the Hungarian IM Gleb Dudin. After a somewhat experimental opening, the young German IM reached equality with Black, but got bogged down in the intricacies of the middlegame and had to accept his first defeat.

On the first board, Marc’Andria Maurizzi won the duel against Pranav Anand. On board 3, meanwhile, Santiago Avila defeated Sharma Dushyant. The leading sextet has thus been halved after the sixth round, with Maurizzi keeping the best tiebreak score.

Santiago Avila

Co-leader Santiago Avila from Colombia | Photo: David Llada

Second seed Frederik Svane, who had given up two draws and lost one game before round 7, is slowly fighting his way up. In the seventh round, he faced English talent Shreyas Royal and obtained a nice and unchallenged attacking win.

Standings after round 7

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 MAURIZZI, Marc`andria 6 0
2 DUDIN, Gleb 6 0
3 AVILA PAVAS, Santiago 6 0
4 SUBELJ, Jan 5,5 0
5 GHARIBYAN, Mamikon 5,5 0
7 SCHITCO, Ivan 5,5 0
8 AMAR, Elham 5 0
9 PRANAV, Anand 5 0
10 NIEMANN, Hans Moke 5 0
11 KOELLNER, Ruben Gideon 5 0
12 KOELLE, Tobias 5 0
13 FLORES QUILLAS, Diego Saul Rodri 5 0
14 STEFANSSON, Vignir Vatnar 5 0
15 DUSHYANT, Sharma 5 0

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Yip sole leader in the women’s section

In the girls’ tournament, Carissa Yip from the United States is dominating the field. She defeated Sofiia Hryzlova from Switzerland in round 7. It was her third win in a row and her sixth win overall. So far, only Tatiana Getman has managed to “steal” a half point off the American. Yip’s Tournament Performance Rating is currently 2569.

Carissa Yip

Carissa Yip | Photo: David Llada

Standings after round 7

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 YIP, Carissa 6,5 0
2 KRASTEVA, Beloslava 6 0
3 KANYAMARALA, Trisha 5,5 0
4 OBREGON GARCIA, Roxangel 5,5 0
5 MKRTCHYAN, Mariam 5 0
6 HRYZLOVA, Sofiia 5 0
8 LU, Miaoyi 5 0
9 BOMMINI, Mounika Akshaya 5 0
10 SULTANBEK, Zeinep 5 0
11 DJIDJELI, Sarah 5 0
12 SKASLIEN, Ingrid 5 0
13 DEMCHENKO, Svitlana 5 0
14 RAKSHITTA, Ravi 4,5 0
15 RODRIGUEZ REDONDO, Adhara 4,5 0

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Carlos Colodro is a Hispanic Philologist from Bolivia. He works as a freelance translator and writer since 2012. A lot of his work is done in chess-related texts, as the game is one of his biggest interests, along with literature and music.