World Junior Rd6 and Rd7: Cori leads in Pune

by Sagar Shah
10/14/2014 – It has been quite brutal, for many of the top players. But after seven rounds of intense battles the leader was Jorge Cori (2612) of Peru with a score of 6.0/7. In the girls section, no one really is able to run away from the field. As a result we have five leaders with 5.5/7. We show you some highlights from these two round in another big pictorial report by Sagar Shah.

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Rounds six and seven: A leader emerges!

By Sagar Shah

After extremely grim and intense fights for seven rounds we finally have a sole leader in the open section. Jorge Cori (2612) of Peru leads with a score of 6.o/7. In the girls section, no one really is able to run away with wins on a trot. As a result we have five leaders with 5.5/7. They are: WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina (2430), FM DariaPustovoitova (2354), WGM Padmini Rout (2331), Anna Iwanow (2279) and WIM Ann Chumpitaz (2201). So let's have some action!

The World Junior tournament in Pune has surely enhanced the interest of chess
aficionados in the game. The top boards are attracting a lot of spectators.

First board clash between GM Jorge Cori and GM Mikhail Antipov in round seven

Jorge Cori's opponents have to be careful about one thing: not to go into an endgame! The Peruvian talent is so good with a few pieces on the board that he invariably converts even the tiniest of edges. In his seventh round game, GM Mikhail Antipov made a mistake in an equal middlegame to reach a very difficult pawn down endgame. Jorge's technique was perfect and he emerged as the sole leader with 6/7. He faces the Armenian GM Karen Grigoryan (2591) in the eighth round.

GM Karen Grigoryan suffered a defeat at the hands of Lu Shanglei in the fifth round. But he quickly struck back with two wins in round six and seven and is now on 5.5/7. He is known for aggressive and free flowing style of play. With such contrasting styles, the clash between Karen and Jorge in round eight will be an exciting one.

Padmini Rout and DariaPustovoitova get ready for the top board clash as Aniruddha Deshpande makes the first move and Robert Zsifkovits (left), Niranjan Godbole and Nitin Shenvi (right) look on

Padmini Rout and Daria Pustovoitovaare are two of the favourites in the girls section. Hence, a battle between these two girls was naturally very interesting. After a complicated opening the Russian slowly gained an upper hand and converted it into a winning position. In the arising rook endgame Daria had to find a clever idea to win, but she wasn't able to do it, and Padmini drew the game. A lucky escape for the Indian player.

[Event "World Under 20 Girls Chess Championship"] [Site "Hyatt Pune"] [Date "2014.10.12"] [Round "7"] [White "Padmini, Rout"] [Black "Pustovoitova, Daria"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2331"] [BlackElo "2354"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "136"] [EventDate "2014.10.06"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Qf3 e6 7. g4 h6 8. h4 Nc6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. g5 Nd7 11. g6 fxg6 12. Qg3 Qf6 13. Bf4 e5 14. Be3 Be7 15. O-O-O Nc5 16. f4 O-O 17. fxe5 Qxe5 18. Qxg6 Bf5 19. Qg2 Nxe4 20. Bd4 Qf4+ 21. Kb1 Bf6 22. Bc4+ Kh8 23. Rhg1 Nxc3+ 24. bxc3 Be4 25. Qd2 Qxd2 26. Rxd2 Bxd4 27. cxd4 d5 28. Bd3 Rf4 29. h5 Bxd3 30. Rxd3 Rb8+ 31. Kc1 Rh4 32. Rg6 Rc8 33. Ra3 Rxh5 34. Rxa6 Rg5 35. Rxg5 hxg5 36. Kd2 Kh7 37. Ke3 Kg6 38. Kf3 Kf5 39. Ra7 g4+ 40. Ke3 Re8+ 41. Kf2 Ke4 42. c3 Rf8+ 43. Ke2 g5 44. Re7+ Kf4 45. Kf2 g3+ 46. Kg2 Ra8 47. Rf7+ Kg4 48. Rf6 Rxa2+ 49. Kg1 {[#]After playing the entire game very well, Daria has a chance to finish this completely winning position.} g2 $2 {This move throws away the win. The winning idea was very pretty.} (49... c5 $1 50. dxc5 Rc2 {Now the c3-pawn cannot be defended.} 51. Rd6 (51. c6 Rxc3 52. Rd6 d4 53. Rxd4+ Kh3 $19 {wins as in the main line.}) 51... Rxc3 52. Rxd5 Kh3 53. Rd1 Rxc5 {This position would have been a draw if Black did not have the g5-pawn, but it's presence makes all the difference.} 54. Ra1 g4 55. Rb1 Rc3 $1 {in order to later stop the checks on the third rank.} 56. Ra1 g2 57. Rb1 Rf3 58. Ra1 Rf1+ 59. Rxf1 gxf1=Q+ 60. Kxf1 g3 $19) 50. Kh2 $1 {The game ends in a draw after a few moves now.} g1=Q+ 51. Kxg1 Kg3 52. Kf1 g4 53. Rxc6 Ra1+ 54. Ke2 Kg2 55. c4 dxc4 56. d5 Ra8 57. Rxc4 Re8+ 58. Kd3 g3 59. Kd4 Kf1 60. Rc7 Re2 61. Rg7 g2 62. d6 g1=Q+ 63. Rxg1+ Kxg1 64. Kc5 Kf2 65. d7 Rd2 66. Kc6 Ke3 67. Kc7 Ke4 68. Kc6 Ke5 1/2-1/2

One of the leaders in the girls section: WGM Padmini Rout

Seeing the above game might give you an impression that Padmini was fortunate. But fortune favours the brave, and in the sixth round Padmini played a ferociously aggressive game in which she dragged her opponent's king out from the h8 square right up to the h3 where it was brutally mated. This game is definitely worth a look.

[Event "WCh U20 Girls"] [Site "Pune"] [Date "2014.10.11"] [Round "6"] [White "Padmini, Rout"] [Black "Gelip, Ioana"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C11"] [WhiteElo "2331"] [BlackElo "2154"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "75"] [EventDate "2014.10.06"] [EventCountry "IND"] {This is a brilliant attacking game by WGM Padmini Rout.} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 {a6 and cxd4 are the main moves in this position, but of course Qb6 is also played quite often.} Qb6 8. Na4 Qa5+ 9. c3 b6 (9... cxd4 10. b4 Nxb4 11. cxb4 Bxb4+ 12. Bd2 Bxd2+ 13. Nxd2 { leads to complicated positions which are a little similar to the game when it comes to the material balance.}) 10. Bd2 (10. Be2 Ba6 $15) 10... c4 (10... Ba6 11. c4 $1 $18) 11. b4 Nxb4 (11... Qa6 {was the other possibility}) 12. cxb4 Bxb4 13. Qc2 Bxd2+ 14. Nxd2 {Taking stock of the position, we find that Black has two pawns for a piece. But his c4 pawn is extremely strong and the b-pawn is about to join in. Judging from the times it seemed as if the white player had been surprised in the opening. Thus objetively White has a good position, but taking all the factors into consideration would lead us to believe that Black has good practical chances.} b5 15. Nc3 b4 16. Nd1 O-O 17. Rb1 {is an over the board novelty by Padmini.} (17. Be2 {is the other possibilty looking to quickly 0-0.}) 17... Qb6 18. Nf3 Nb8 19. Ng5 $5 {As Padmini explained after the game, she felt that White should launch an attack before Black consolidated and hence she went for concrete action.} f5 $2 {A very weird decision by the Romanian player.} (19... g6 {was surely the best move.} 20. Qf2 {[%cal Gf2h4]} (20. Qd2 $14 {Looks the best.}) 20... Nc6 21. Qh4 h5 22. g4 { the position is crazy but Black can hold it if she is accurate.} f6 $1 23. exf6 Qxd4 24. gxh5 c3 $1 {[%cal Gd4d2]} 25. Qf2 Qxf6 {And it is White who is in some trouble here.}) 20. exf6 g6 21. f7+ Kg7 {White already has a sizeable edge and now Padmini goes for the final attack.} 22. h4 $1 Qxd4 23. Nxh7 $5 ({ The strongest move in the position was the very surprising} 23. Bxc4 $3 Qxc4 ( 23... dxc4 24. Rxb4 $18 {Ba6 is not possible as the e6 pawn will fall and hence White is better.}) 24. Qd2 $1 {Attacking the b4 pawn.} Nc6 25. Rc1 Qb5 26. h5 $18 {With a nearly decisive attack. But the entire variation starting from Bxc4 is difficult for a human to calculate.}) 23... Rxf7 (23... Kxh7 24. h5 Qe4+ 25. Qxe4 dxe4 26. Rxb4 Rxf7 27. Rxc4 Nd7 28. Rxe4 $16 {White has an advantage thanks to her extra pawn. But winning the game? That will not be easy.}) 24. h5 Qxf4 (24... Rf5 25. g4 $16) 25. Qxg6+ Kh8 26. Rb2 $3 {This is the brilliant move which Padmini had to foresee if she went for this variation. Even though the white pieces are scattered, they are doing a perfect job. The rook on h1 is well placed, and the knight on d1 is doing a great job of defending the white king. With this move Rb2, the rook enters decisively into the game.} (26. Ng5 $2 Rg7 $19) 26... Rg7 27. Nf6 $1 Bd7 (27... Rxg6 28. hxg6+ Kg7 29. Nh5+ $18) 28. Rf2 Qc1 (28... Qe5+ 29. Re2 Qf4 30. g3 $16) 29. Rc2 $6 ( 29. Ne8 $1 {was the fastest way to win.} Rxg6 30. hxg6+ Kg8 31. Rh8+ $1 Kxh8 32. Rf8#) 29... Qf4 30. Rf2 Qc1 31. Nxd7 Rxg6 $2 (31... Nxd7 {would have made White's technical task considerably difficult.} 32. Qxe6 c3 33. Qe3 Qxe3+ 34. Nxe3 $16) 32. hxg6+ {And now follows an attack on the black king that is reminiscent of the game Lasker vs Bauer.} Kg7 33. Rh7+ Kxg6 34. Nf8+ Kg5 35. Rg7+ Kh5 36. Be2+ Kh4 37. g3+ Kh3 38. Bf1# {A game filled with some excellent calculations and resources for both sides.} 1-0

S.L. Narayanan (left) is playing the tournament of his life!

The big surprise of the event, IM S.L. Narayanan (2420), proved that his round four and five wins against GM Dragun Kamil and GM Vladislav Kovalev were not a fluke. He played some extremely solid chess and effortlessly drew against the top seed Vladimir Fedoseev (2661) and GM Lu Shanglei (2533) in round six and seven respectively. With a rating performance of 2669 the young boy is well on his way to make a maiden GM norm at the event.

In tournaments like the World Junior, where so many ambitious players participate, your mistakes won’t go unpunished. It doesn’t matter if you are a lowly ranked player or 2600+ super grandmaster.

GM Robin van Kampen (2641) lost his sense of objectivity against IM Anurag Mhamal (2442) and was outplayed in an endgame. The strong Dutch player, who is also the second seed in the event, is now on just 4.0/7.

Anurag Mhamal created the upset of the day by beating the second seed

Speaking of 4.0/7, India’s biggest medal hope at the event, Vidit Gujrathi (2635), is also on the same score after he lost his game against IM Aryan Tari (2450) of Norway in the sixth round. This game showed that no matter how good your position is, there is always the possibility of making that one mistake which can completely change the result of the game.

[Event "WCh U20"] [Site "Pune"] [Date "2014.10.11"] [Round "6"] [White "Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi"] [Black "Tari, Aryan"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E15"] [WhiteElo "2635"] [BlackElo "2450"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "90"] [EventDate "2014.10.06"] [EventRounds "13"] [EventCountry "IND"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qc2 c5 6. d5 exd5 7. cxd5 Bb7 8. Bg2 Nxd5 9. O-O Be7 10. Rd1 Nc6 11. Qa4 Nf6 12. Nh4 g6 13. Bh6 Qc8 $146 (13... Bf8 {was exclusively played in this position.} 14. Bxf8 Kxf8 15. Nc3 Kg7 16. Rd6 Re8 17. Rad1 $44 {White has decent compensation.}) 14. Nc3 Nd4 15. Bg7 $6 (15. Bxb7 Qxb7 16. Rxd4 $1 cxd4 17. Qxd4 {The point to note here is that even though White is a complete exchange down, the black king is not so well placed and doesn't have a good square to go to.} Qc6 18. Rd1 Qc5 19. Qf4 $44 {White's compensation is of that kind where you have to play some moves to understand the advantages. To put it into simple words, the rook on h8 is not active and the knight on c3 is, and hence White is better in this position.}) 15... Rg8 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Nd5 Bd8 (17... Bxh4 18. gxh4 Qd8 {looked like a nice way for Black to play.} 19. e3 Bc6 $1 $15) 18. Rd2 $1 {White intends to double his rooks.} Kf8 19. Rad1 g5 20. Rxd4 $1 {A strong exchange sacrifice.} cxd4 21. Nf5 $14 {[%csl Gd5,Gf5,Gg2] White has excellent hold on the light squares.} Qc5 22. Rxd4 Rg6 23. b4 Qc6 24. b5 Qc1+ 25. Rd1 Qc5 26. Nde3 Bxg2 27. Kxg2 {Vidit plays this phase of the game at an extremely high level.} d6 28. Rd5 Qc7 29. Nd4 Bf6 30. Nc6 Re8 31. Rd2 (31. Qc4 $14) 31... Bh8 32. Nd5 Qd7 33. Qxa7 Qg4 34. h3 Qe4+ 35. Kh2 Rh6 36. Qd7 Ree6 37. f3 Qf5 $2 {[#]White now has to find the winning move, which is not too difficult. But there is only one that wins.} (37... Qc4 {was forced.} 38. Qc8+ Kg7 39. Nce7 Rxe2+ 40. Rxe2 Qxe2+ 41. Kg1 Qe1+ 42. Kg2 Qe2+ 43. Kg1 $11) 38. Qd8+ $4 (38. Qc8+ $1 {would have finished the game.} Kg7 39. Qg8+ $1 Kxg8 40. Nce7+ Kf8 41. Nxf5 $18 {And with the b6 pawn falling, it's all over for Black.}) 38... Re8 $19 39. g4 Be5+ 40. Kg2 Qb1 {The threat of Rxh3 is impossible to parry now.} 41. Qxg5 Rxh3 42. Nxe5 Qh1+ 43. Kf2 Rh2+ 44. Kg3 Rg2+ 45. Kf4 Qh2+ {A heartbreaking loss for the White player who conducted the entire game very well but as they say: In chess the one who makes the last mistake loses!} 0-1

Vidit Gujrathi (right) vs Aryan Tari: position after White made the fateful Qd8?? blunder

Another example of how even a grandmaster can go wrong in a dead drawn pawn endgame if he is not objective is shown in the game below.

[Event "World Junior Chess Championship-2014(Op"] [Site "Pune,India"] [Date "2014.10.12"] [Round "7"] [White "Johansson, Linus"] [Black "Abasov, Nijat"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E58"] [WhiteElo "2401"] [BlackElo "2528"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "117"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. e3 O-O 6. Bd3 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. a3 Bxc3 9. bxc3 Qc7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. h3 c4 12. Bb1 Re8 13. Nd2 b5 14. Re1 Bb7 15. e4 dxe4 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Bxe4 Na5 18. d5 Nb3 19. Ra2 Nxc1 20. Qxc1 Qd6 21. Rae2 g6 22. Qb2 Qd7 23. Qb4 Rac8 24. Bf3 Bxd5 25. Rxe8+ Rxe8 26. Rd1 Re5 27. Qa5 Qe7 28. Rxd5 Rxd5 29. Bxd5 Qe1+ 30. Kh2 Qe5+ 31. Kg1 Qxd5 32. Qxa7 Qd1+ 33. Kh2 Qd6+ 34. Kg1 h5 35. h4 Qe5 {I selected this game for the extremely brave decision made by the White player on his next move, and to show how complicated pawn endgames are, even for a seasoned GM.} 36. Qe3 Qxe3 37. fxe3 { So who is winning in this endgame? As Dvoretsky mentions, the nice thing about a pawn ending is that you can always come to a conclusion regarding its outcome. Here with logical play, it should be a draw, but it is really difficult to play logical chess all the time!} Kg7 38. Kf2 Kf6 39. e4 Ke6 ( 39... Ke5 40. Ke3) 40. Ke3 Ke5 41. Kf3 f6 42. Ke3 {Until now everything has been very normal. Both sides have activated the king. Now comes the difficult part, and I think it has more to do with the desire to get a full point and lack of objectivity than the inability to calculate.} Ke6 {This is not a losing move, but I can understand why Black made it. He must have thought that g5 was winning until he noticed the brilliant idea White has and hence decided to make this move.} (42... g5 {has to be accurately calculated. It seems as if Black is just winning, as he is going to create an outside passer. But White has the deadly} 43. g4 $3 (43. hxg5 fxg5 $19 {[%csl Rg2,Gg5,Gh5]}) (43. g3 g4 $19) 43... hxg4 (43... gxh4 44. gxh5 f5 45. h6 Kf6 46. exf5 $18) 44. h5 Ke6 45. Kf2 Kf7 46. Kg3 Kg7 47. Kxg4 Kh6 48. Kf5 Kxh5 49. Kxf6 g4 50. e5 g3 51. e6 g2 52. e7 g1=Q 53. e8=Q+ Kh4 54. Qxb5 $16 {and in this ending, White has the better chances. This line is extremely difficult to calculate accurately until the end.}) (42... f5 {was the easiest way to draw the game.} 43. exf5 gxf5 44. g3 Ke6 45. Kd4 Kd6 46. a4 bxa4 47. Kxc4 Kc6 48. Kb4 Kd5 49. Kxa4 (49. c4+ Kd4) 49... Kc4 50. Ka5 Kxc3 51. Kb5 $11) 43. Kd4 Kd6 44. a4 $1 {White takes his chance. Though the position is still drawn, Black has to be careful.} bxa4 45. Kxc4 g5 (45... f5 46. exf5 gxf5 47. Kb4 Kd5 $1 48. Kxa4 Kc4 $11) 46. Kb4 Ke5 $1 47. Kxa4 gxh4 $2 {The critical mistake of the game and one that leads to a loss.} (47... Kxe4 {it is surprising to see that Nidjat missed this simple move.} 48. c4 Ke5 49. Kb5 Kd6 50. Kb6 Kd7 $1 {And now we see the famous pendulum concept described by Dvoretsky. Both kings keep moving up and down and no progress can be made!} 51. Kb7 Kd6 52. Kb6 $11) 48. c4 $1 {The game is all but over now. Nothing works because the e4 pawn is much more useful for White than the h4 pawn for Black.} Kf4 (48... Kd6 49. Kb5 Kc7 50. Kc5 $18) 49. c5 Kg3 50. c6 Kxg2 51. c7 h3 52. c8=Q $18 h2 53. e5 fxe5 54. Qg8+ Kf2 55. Qf7+ Kg2 56. Qg6+ Kf2 57. Qxh5 Kg2 58. Qg4+ Kf2 59. Qh3 1-0

Anna Iwanow (2279) from Poland is one of the leaders with 5.5/7

P.V. Nandhidhaa (2174) from India is playing some excellent chess
and is currently on 5.0/7, gaining an amazing 68 Elo points

The Chinese players continue to impress. Lu Shanglei and Wei Yi are heading the charge with 5.5/7 on second and third positions. IM Bai Jinshi (2406), in the picture above, is not so far behind with 5.0/7.

A draw offer on 28th move! That is not allowed. The arbiters at work making sure
that no player agrees to a draw before the 30th move.

From right to left: IM Tadeas Kriebel (2428) of the Czech Republic with WCM Karolina Turkova (2033) of Slovakia. Also seen in the picture are her boyfriend and her father.

The nine-year-old R. Praggnanandhaa, who can hardly reach the back rank of the board,
is playing wonderfully: with 3.0/7 he has already gained 80 Elo points.

French girls: Solenn Afraoui (1989) with Cyrielle Monpeurt (2115)

Petroleum and Natural Gas minister of India Dharmendra Pradhan paid a visit to the tournament.
It is very nice to see that such big personalities getting attached to the game of chess.

One of the things that I am trying to do in the World Juniors is to find stories of players that would inspire the world. Meet Uapingene Uatiavi Jossy from Namibia. He is one of the four players who have travelled from Africa and is currently unrated.

In the video above Jossy talks about the challenges Namibian chess players face and
his dream of becoming an International Master in the next five years.

Karva Chauth is a festival celebrated by Hindu women in North India in which they fast (no morsel of food nor a drop of water) from sunrise to moonrise for the well-being and longevity of their husbands. In the above picture, the mothers of three players (Tarini Goyal, Sahaj Grover and Nishant Malhotra) perform the puja (act of worship) during the day. The women usually wait to see the moon in the night sky before they have their food.

This is the first time in India (apart from World Championship match in 2013) that live commentary broadcast is being provided. In the above picture you can see two of the commentators: IM Prathamesh Mokal and WGM Soumya Swaminathan. The laptop hides the beautiful attire worn by Soumya:

A spectacular saree!

All pictures by Amruta Mokal

Results and standings

Before we could publish this report the eighth 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 eight rounds. Our next report will come after round nine.

Top results of Round eight

Ti. Name FED Rtg Res. Ti. Name FED Rtg
GM Grigoryan Karen H. ARM 2591 1-0 GM Cori Jorge PER 2612
GM Wei Yi CHN 2641 1-0 IM Sunilduth Lyna N. IND 2420
GM Lu Shanglei CHN 2533 1-0 GM Bok Benjamin NED 2591
IM Ducarmon Quinten NED 2487 0-1 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2661
IM Aravindh Chithambaram IND 2485 ½-½ GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2552
GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2524 1-0 IM Anurag Mhamal IND 2442
IM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2508 1-0 IM Kriebel Tadeas CZE 2428
GM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2496 0-1 IM Bai Jinshi CHN 2406
GM Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2554 ½-½ FM Johansson Linus SWE 2401
GM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2548 ½-½ FM Ben Artzi Ido ISR 2423
IM Gagare Shardul IND 2419 0-1 GM Dragun Kamil POL 2546
FM Csonka Balazs HUN 2409 ½-½ GM Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2508
IM Ider Borya FRA 2394 ½-½ IM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2499
FM Bersamina Paulo PHI 2380 1-0 GM Grover Sahaj IND 2491
IM Cabarkapa Novak SRB 2379 0-1 IM Tari Aryan NOR 2450
IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao IND 2447 1-0 CM Prince Bajaj IND 2369
Rajdeep Sarkar IND 2145 ½-½ IM Das Sayantan IND 2445
Navalgund Niranjan IND 2267 0-1 IM Narayanan Srinath IND 2443
GM Van Kampen Robin NED 2641 1-0 CM Puranik Abhimanyu IND 2287
GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2635 1-0 FM Blazeka Matej CRO 2311

Top rankings after Round eight

Rk. SNo Ti Name FED RtgI Pts.
1 3 GM Wei Yi CHN 2641 6.5
2 13 GM Lu Shanglei CHN 2533 6.5
3 8 GM Grigoryan Karen ARM 2591 6.5
4 5 GM Cori Jorge PER 2612 6.0
5 18 IM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2508 6.0
6 15 GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2524 6.0
7 1 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2661 6.0
8 37 IM Bai Jinshi CHN 2406 6.0
9 32 IM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan IND 2420 5.5
10 10 GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2552 5.5
28 IM Narayanan Srinath IND 2443 5.5
12 12 GM Dragun Kamil POL 2546 5.5
13 23 IM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2485 5.5
14 25 IM Tari Aryan NOR 2450 5.5
15 43 FM Bersamina Paulo PHI 2380 5.5
16 39 FM Johansson Linus SWE 2401 5.5
17 26 IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao IND 2447 5.5
18 11 GM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2548 5.0
19 4 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2635 5.0
20 2 GM Van Kampen Robin NED 2641 5.0
21 6 GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof POL 2599 5.0
22 48 FM Arat Ufuk Sezen TUR 2357 5.0
23 7 GM Bok Benjamin NED 2591 5.0
24 30 IM Kriebel Tadeas CZE 2428 5.0
25 24 IM Kantans Toms LAT 2485 5.0
26 73 Ritviz Parab IND 2205 5.0
27 20 GM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2496 5.0
86 Rajdeep Sarkar IND 2145 5.0
29 53 FM Koksal Ege TUR 2321 5.0
30 17 GM Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2508 5.0
31 14 GM Abasov Nijat AZE 2528 5.0
32 54 Beradze Irakli GEO 2318 5.0
33 22 IM Ducarmon Quinten NED 2487 5.0
34 40 IM Ider Borya FRA 2394 5.0
35 29 IM Anurag Mhamal IND 2442 5.0
36 27 IM Das Sayantan IND 2445 5.0
37 9 GM Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2554 5.0
38 19 IM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2499 5.0
39 36 FM Csonka Balazs HUN 2409 5.0
40 31 FM Ben Artzi Ido ISR 2423 5.0
41 35 Repka Christopher SVK 2418 5.0
42 47 IM Codenotti Marco ITA 2357 5.0

Top results after Round eight

Title Name FED Rtg Res. Title Name FED Rtg
WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS 2430 1-0 WGM Padmini Rout IND 2331
FM Pustovoitova Daria RUS 2354 0-1 WIM Iwanow Anna POL 2279
FM Brunello Marina ITA 2275 0-1 WIM Chumpitaz Ann PER 2201
WGM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2366 1-0 WIM Ivana Maria Furtado IND 2165
Gelip Ioana ROU 2154 1-0 Nandhidhaa Pv IND 2174
WIM Gu Tianlu CHN 2055 0-1 WIM Zhai Mo CHN 2339
WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 2299 ½-½ WFM Srija Seshadri IND 2099
WIM Ibrahimova Sabina AZE 2271 1-0 WFM Pujari Rucha IND 2113
WFM Petrukhina Irina RUS 2218 ½-½ WFM Varshini V IND 2066
WIM Frayna Janelle Mae PHI 2140 1-0 Shweta Gole IND 1881
IM Arabidze Meri GEO 2409 1-0 WFM Chitlange Sakshi IND 1827
Michelle Catherina P IND 2099 1-0 WIM Ni Shiqun CHN 2312
Pratyusha Bodda IND 2078 1-0 WFM Zarkovic Mila SRB 2136
WFM Sviridova Vlada RUS 2069 1-0 Ivekovic Tihana CRO 2122
Monpeurt Cyrielle FRA 2115 1-0 WFM Monnisha Gk IND 2069

Top rankings after Round eight

Rk. SNo Title Name FED RtgI Pts.
1 1 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS 2430 6.5
2 15 WIM Chumpitaz Ann PER 2201 6.5
3 9 WIM Iwanow Anna POL 2279 6.5
4 3 WGM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2366 6.0
5 20 Gelip Ioana ROU 2154 6.0
6 4 FM Pustovoitova Daria RUS 2354 5.5
7 6 WGM Padmini Rout IND 2331 5.5
8 11 WIM Ibrahimova Sabina AZE 2271 5.5
9 5 WIM Zhai Mo CHN 2339 5.5
10 21 WIM Frayna Janelle Mae PHI 2140 5.5
11 37 WFM Sviridova Vlada RUS 2069 5.0
12 17 Nandhidhaa Pv IND 2174 5.0
13 18 WIM Ivana Maria Furtado IND 2165 5.0
14 34 Pratyusha Bodda IND 2078 5.0
15 2 IM Arabidze Meri GEO 2409 5.0
16 13 WFM Petrukhina Irina RUS 2218 5.0
17 8 WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 2299 5.0
18 10 FM Brunello Marina ITA 2275 5.0
19 26 Monpeurt Cyrielle FRA 2115 5.0
30 WFM Srija Seshadri IND 2099 5.0
21 47 Madhurima Shekhar IND 2000 5.0
22 38 WFM Varshini V IND 2066 5.0
23 31 Michelle Catherina P IND 2099 5.0
24 29 WFM Gueci Tea ITA 2099 5.0

All the above pictures were taken by Amruta Mokal

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

Highlights of Round six

Highlights of Round seven – Video reports by Vijay Kumar


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Sagar Shah is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He is also a chartered accountant and would like to become the first CA+GM of India. 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 of the ChessBase India website.
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Josue Josue 10/16/2014 03:14
Come on! China!