World Junior R01: exciting chess and personalities

by Sagar Shah
10/7/2014 – There are 136 players in the Open section, with five players above 2600 and a tournament average of 2225. In the Girls section has four WGMs and 14 WIMs, with an average rating of 2048. There were lots of interesting encounters in the first round, including a ten-year-old beating a Swedish IM rated 2420. Our report introduces you to the top personalities of tomorrow's chess world.

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World Junior starts with exciting chess

By Sagar Shah

The World Junior Chess Championships 2014 have begun! There are 136 players in the Open section and 78 in the girls. The open section has 18 GMs with the top seed being 2661. With five players above 2600, this is surely one of the strongest World Juniors ever witnessed. The average rating of the tournament is a healthy 2225. In the Girls section there are four WGMs and 14 WIMs with an average rating of 2048. The first round began on 6th of October and we already had a lot of exciting chess. Let's have a look!

Top seed of the event Vladimir Fedoseev (2661) from Russia had an easy outing on day one

So did Aleksandra Goryachkina (2420) the top seed and defending champion in the girls section

Robin Van Kampen (2641) from Netherlands played a brilliant attacking game....

... and crowned it with a pawn mate!

[Event "World Junior Open 2014"] [Site "Pune IND"] [Date "2014.10.06"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Rindlisbacher, Jan"] [Black "Van Kampen, Robin"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E10"] [WhiteElo "2217"] [BlackElo "2641"] [PlyCount "56"] [EventDate "2014.10.06"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bd6 6. Bg2 c6 7. Qc2 Nbd7 8. O-O O-O 9. Rd1 Ne4 10. Nc3 f5 11. Bf4 Bxf4 12. gxf4 Qe7 13. e3 b6 14. cxd5 cxd5 15. Bf1 a6 16. Nxe4 fxe4 17. Ne5 Nxe5 18. dxe5 g5 19. Rac1 gxf4 20. exf4 Rxf4 21. Qc6 Bb7 22. Qxb6 Kh8 23. Bh3 Rg8+ 24. Kh1 d4 25. Rc7 Bd5 26. Rxe7 e3+ 27. Bg2 Bxg2+ 28. Kg1 exf2# 0-1

The second seeded Meri Arabidze (2409) from Georgia is the only IM in the girls event

The fast and furious fifteen-year-old Chinese superstar Wei Yi was in grave difficulty in round one after he missed a chance to checkmate his opponent. Finally he managed to wriggle out of his problems and win the game. We must remind the readers that Wei-Yi is the youngest player to have broken in to 2600 Elo at the age of 14 years and five months.

Third seeded WGM Sarasdat Khademalsharieh began on a cautious note with a draw in the first round

Vidit Gujrathi (2635), the biggest Indian hope, has a quiet moment with himself before the game

Padmini Rout (2331) won the gold medal on the fifth board in the Tromso 2014 Olympiad
and naturally she is the strongest Indian player in the field

Norwegian superstar not named Magnus: IM Aryan Tari (2450) caused quite a flutter
in the chess world when he made a GM norm at the age of thirteen years!

The ten-year-old Nihal Sarin (2076) turned out to be the hero of the day as he beat
IM Jonathon Westerberg (2420) of Sweden

This little kid, who recently became the U-10 World Champion, hardly ever sits at his board!

A fearsome team: Dutch GM Erwin L'Ami has a word with his pupil Robin Van Kampen after the game

GM Benjamin Bok (2591), the other Dutch player with whom Erwin is working

The smart and beautiful WFM Rucha Pujari (2113) from India

Very stylish: Angelina Fransson (2019) of Sweden

What's missing? The playing hall looks dull without the players

And there we go!

The team of commentators who are analyzing the games live and bringing you move by move updates of the tournament includes (from right to left) IM Prathamesh Mokal, IM Saravanan Venkatachalam, WGM Swati Ghate and IM Sagar Shah

Three important personalities at the World Juniors: Vijay Kumar (left) who will bring live transmission as well as video summaries at the end of every round; AICF CEO Bharat Singh Chauhan; and Manisha Mohite, who is in-charge of all the press related work.

The team of organizers who have put in their heart and soul to make this tournament possible: GM Abhijit Kunte, the mastermind of the event, Niranjan Godbole Ravindra Dongre, Nitin Kareer, Bharat Singh Chauhan, Siddharth Mayur and Girish Chitale

Signing off from Pune with this nice tagline!

All the pictures in this report were taken by WIM-Elect Amruta Mokal

Results of round one on Monday

Ti Name IRtg FED
Ti Name IRtg FED
GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2661 RUS
  Chakravarthi Reddy 2217 IND
  Rindlisbacher Jan 2217 SUI
GM Van Kampen Robin 2641 NED
GM Wei Yi 2641 CHN
  Muthaiah Al 2215 IND
  Ritviz Parab 2205 IND
GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2635 IND
GM Cori Jorge 2612 PER
  Megalios Konstantinos 2196 GRE
  Pranav Shetty 2191 IND
GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof 2599 POL
GM Bok Benjamin 2591 NED
  Ronka Erik 2183 FIN
  Sahoo Utkal Ranjan 2170 IND
GM Grigoryan Karen H. 2591 ARM
GM Indjic Aleksandar 2554 SRB
  Sen Samir 2168 USA
FM Rakesh Kumar Jena 2164 IND
GM Oparin Grigoriy 2552 RUS
GM Kovalev Vladislav 2548 BLR
  Pastar Slaven 2159 BIH
  Yashas D. 2159 IND
GM Dragun Kamil 2546 POL
GM Lu Shanglei 2533 CHN
  Iniyan P 2151 IND
  Sai Vishwesh.C 2151 IND
GM Abasov Nijat 2528 AZE
GM Antipov Mikhail Al. 2524 RUS
  Fong Yit San 2149 MAS
  Mendoza Rodrigo 2145 BOL
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IM Idani Pouya 2517 IRI
GM Ankit R. Rajpara 2508 IND
  Rajdeep Sarkar 2145 IND
  Yogesh Gautam 2144 IND
IM Ghosh Diptayan 2508 IND
IM Karthikeyan Murali 2499 IND
  Siva Mahadevan 2141 IND
  Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2139 IND
GM Bajarani Ulvi 2496 AZE
GM Grover Sahaj 2491 IND
  Abhishek A 2138 IND
  Pranavananda V 2136 IND
IM Ducarmon Quinten 2487 NED
IM Aravindh Chithambaram 2485 IND
  Mohammad Ashraf 2132 IND
  Nishant Malhotra 2129 IND
IM Kantans Toms 2485 LAT
IM Tari Aryan 2450 NOR
  Abhijith M. 2126 IND
  Name IRtg FED
  Name IRtg FED
WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2430 RUS
  Parnali S Dharia 2064 IND
  Azimova Karina 2063 RUS
IM Arabidze Meri 2409 GEO
WGM Khademalsharieh S. 2366 IRI
WIM Gu Tianlu 2055 CHN
  Liu Manli Chn 2039 CHN
FM Pustovoitova Daria 2354 RUS
WIM Zhai Mo 2339 CHN
WFM San Diego Marie A. 2033 PHI
WCM Turkova Karolina 2033 SVK
WGM Padmini Rout 2331 IND
WIM Ni Shiqun 2312 CHN
  Bala Kannamma.P 2023 IND
  Fransson Angelina 2019 SWE
WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung 2299 VIE
  Djogteva Jekaterina 1754 LAT
  Madhurima Shekhar 2000 IND
  Krumova Ani 1998 BUL
WIM Iwanow Anna 2279 POL
FM Brunello Marina 2275 ITA
  Afraoui Solenn 1989 FRA
WFM Caballero Quijano Mitzy 1961 PER
WIM Ibrahimova Sabina 2271 AZE
WIM Varga Klara 2232 HUN
  Bakshi Rutuja 1959 IND
  Ichimura Larissa 1958 BRA
WFM Petrukhina Irina 2218 RUS
WIM Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz 2212 UZB
  Bengtsson Jessica 1943 SWE
  Hinduja Reddy 1934 IND
WIM Chumpitaz Ann 2201 PER
WGM Mona Khaled 2191 EGY
  Aakanksha Hagawane 1926 IND
  Sunyasakta Satpathy 1926 IND
  Nandhidhaa Pv 2174 IND
WIM Ivana Maria Furtado 2165 IND
  Harshita Guddanti 1925 IND
  Shristi J. Shetty 1907 IND
WFM Gevorgyan Maria 2160 ARM

WJCC Round One Video Report

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


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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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