World Junior: Rombaldoni and Girya lead with perfect scores

8/7/2011 – Italian IM Axel Rombaldoni, rated 2459 and 28th seed in the 50th World Junior Championship, has scored a clean 5.0/5 and is leading ahead of 18 GMs. In the girls' section fourth seed WGM Olga Girya of Russia, rated 2371, has likewise swept away all her opponents in the first five rounds. There have again been many upsets, with local lads stealing points from international GMs. Round five report.

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The SDAT–RAMCO 50th World Junior &
29th Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011

This event is taking place from August 1st to 16th in Chennai, India. It is one of the strongest WJCC ever, featuring over 80 titled players among the juniors and girls. Top seeds in the Open Section are Russian GMs Maxim Matlakov (2632) and Sanan Sjugirov (2629), Spanish GM Ivan Salgado Lopez (2626) and fifteen more GMs. In the Girls' Section there are five WGMs led by Nazi Paikidze (2416, GEO), Anastasia Savina (2398, RUS), Deysi Cori (2376, PER), Olga Girya (2371, RUS) and Rout Padmini (2348, IND).

Round four

Israeli GM Tamir Nabaty went down to IM Axel Rombaldoni of Italy, a win that gave the latter the sole lead with 4.0/4 points. Following the leader with 3.5 points were GM Ivan Salgado Lopez of Spain, Polish IM Piorun Kacper and India's IM Sahaj Grover, among others.

The Delhi based Grover, who is aiming at a GM norm, scored an elegant 24-move win win over FM Adrian-Marian Petrisor of Romania, to the delight of the local fans. Another result that saw Karnataka boy G.A. Stany hold Croatian GM Sasa Martinovic to a draw. The untitled Stany is moving towards a grandmaster norm.


GM Ivan Salgado Lopez, 2626, Spain, vs IM Kacper Piorun, 2514, Poland (draw in 44)


IM Frode Urkedal, 2448, Norway, vs GM Dariusz Swiercz, 2553, Poland (draw in 39)

In the girls section, India's Rout Padmini had a pawn advantage against the top seed WGM Nazi Paikidze, but she let it slip and had to settle for a draw. WGM Olga Girya of Russia leads the pack with 4.0 points from as many rounds, followed by India's Padmini, Paikidze (Georgia), Irina Bulmaga (Romania), Cori T Deysi (Peru) and Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (Kazakhastan) respectively.

Round 4 Results (Open) (Indians unless specified)
Salgado Lopez Ivan (Spain) 3.5 drew with Piorun Kacper (Poland) 3.5, Nabaty Tamir (Israel) 2.5 lost to Rombaldoni Axel (Italy) 4,Robson Ray (USA) 2.5 lost to Goganov Aleksey (Russia) 3.5, Roganovic Milos (Serbia)3 drew with Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (Armenia) 3,Urkedal Frode (Norway) 3 drew with Swiercz Dariusz (Poland) 3, Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu (Azerbaijan)3 drew with Kovalev Vladislav (Belarus) 3 Martinovic Sasa (Croatia)3 drew with Stany G A 3 Huschenbeth Niclas (Germany)3.5 beat Getz Nicolai (Norway) 2.5 Grover Sahaj, 3.5 beat Petrisor Adrian-Marian (Romania) 2.5, Lalith Babu M R 3 drew with Janev Tihomir(Bulgaria) 3

Round 4 Results (Girls) (Indians unless specified)
Padmini Rout (3.5) drew with Paikidze Nazi (Georgia) 3.5, Bulmaga Irina (Romania) 3.5 drew with Cori T Deysi (Peru) 3.5, Girya Olga (Russia) 4 beat Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (Azerbaijan) 3, Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (Kazakhastan) 3.5 beat Agrest Inna (Sweden) 2, Kulkarni Bhakti, 2.5 drew with Deur Saric Zrinka (Croatia) 2.5, Eric Jovana (Serbia) 2.5 drew with Forestier Carole (France) 2.5, Ozturk Kubra (Turkey) 2.5 drew with Imeeva Aisa (Russia)2.5, Nandhidhaa P V 3 beat WIM Hoang Thi Nhu Y (Vietnam) 2, Pon N Krithika 2.5 drew with Dogodkina Julia (Russia) 2.5, Semenova Elena (Russia) 3 beat WIM Heredia Serrano Carla (Ecuador) 2


Round five


Round five was inaugurated by R. Vijayaraghavan, former National A player and Indian
National Student Champion 1970, as International Arbiter M. Ephrame looks on.

Overnight leader, Italian IM Axel Rombaldoni, kept a clean slate, winning his fifth game in a row. In the top board game, Rombaldoni beat third seed GM Ivan Salgado Lopez from Spain. Following the leader by half a point is now IM Kacper Piorun of Poland.


Polish IM Kacper Piorun in second place

Meanwhile a quratet of Indian players, untitled Mishra Swayams and G.A.Stany, FM V.A.V. Rajesh, FM Koushik Girish and upset higher rated GMs and made headlines in the national newspapers. Swayams, a student of KIIT University from Bhubaneswar, emerged triumphant against GM Martinovic Sasa of Croatia in a Benoni game. "We dont see Benoni openings at higher levels of play, and it came as a surprise," said Mishra. "Martinovic stretched a bit more in the middle game, and after the bishop entry into his sixth rank, I felt confident of winning the game." Though the game stretched to 50 moves, the result was not in doubt, as Swayams kept adding the pressure on the king side. In the resultant open position, Martinovic conceded a big advantage and gave up when he ran out of queen checks.

Karnataka lads Girish and Stany, along with Chennai boy Rajesh, put it across their accomplished GM opponents Vasif Durarbeyli (Azerbaijan), Gyula Pap (Hungary) and Salem A R Saleh (UAE) respectively. The trio moved to shared third spot with 4.0 points, while Rajesh stays half a point behind at 3.5 points. Sahaj Grover who began with 3.5 points, had a bad day in the office, as he went down to Polish IM Piorun Kacper. The French game saw the Delhi boy unusually blundering an early piece, losing a miniature game. The big Indian hope WGM Rout Padmini, went down to Romanian Irina Bulmaga on the third board.

In the girls section, Russian WGM Olga Girya maintained her lead with 5.0 points after putting it across top seed Woman Grandmaster Paikidze Nazi of Georgia.


Chandika Divyasri of India playing Elena Semenova of Russia in round five


WFM Semenova won in 57 moves

Top rankings after five rounds: Open – Girls

Rk. Ti. Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
1 IM Rombaldoni Axel
2459
5.0
2 IM Piorun Kacper
2514
4.5
3 IM Goganov Aleksey
2489
4.0
4 Stany G A
2435
4.0
5 GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel
2558
4.0
6 IM Huschenbeth Niclas
2521
4.0
7 GM Swiercz Dariusz
2553
4.0
8 GM Shimanov Aleksandr
2586
4.0
9 FM Girish A Koushik
2309
4.0
10 Swayams Mishra
2378
4.0
11 GM Sethuraman S P
2529
4.0
12 GM Hovhannisyan Robert
2556
4.0
13 FM Rajesh V A V
2292
3.5
14 IM Nitin S
2365
3.5
15 IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi  
2492
3.5
16 FM Getz Nicolai
2385
3.5
17 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan
2626
3.5
18 Patil Pratik
2141
3.5
19 GM Nabaty Tamir
2584
3.5
20 FM Barbosa Evandro
2343
3.5
21 GM Rasulov Vugar
2522
3.5
22 GM Robson Ray
2560
3.5
23 IM Grover Sahaj
2496
3.5
24 GM Sjugirov Sanan
2629
3.5
25 GM Grandelius Nils
2542
3.5
26 GM Matlakov Maxim
2632
3.5
27 IM Shyam Nikil P
2398
3.5
 
Rk.   Ti. Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
1 WGM Girya Olga
2371
5.0
2 WIM Bulmaga Irina
2293
4.5
3 WGM Cori T Deysi
2376
4.5
4 WFM Semenova Elena
2175
4.0
5 Tokhirjanova Hulkar
2119
4.0
6 WIM Kazimova Narmin
2292
4.0
7 WGM Paikidze Nazi
2416
3.5
8 WGM Padmini Rout
2348
3.5
9 WIM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan
2222
3.5
10 WIM Ozturk Kubra
2258
3.5
11 WFM Terao Juliana Sayumi
2168
3.5
12 WFM Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar  
2163
3.5
13 WIM Mammadova Gulnari
2294
3.5
14 WIM Eric Jovana
2282
3.5
15 WFM Kulon Klaudia
2227
3.5
16 Dogodkina Julia
2193
3.5
17 WFM Saranya J
2121
3.5
18 WFM Mahalakshmi M
1901
3.0
19 Shweta Gole
1922
3.0
20 Hema Priya N
1885
3.0
21 Nandhidhaa Pv
2101
3.0
22 WGM Savina Anastasia
2398
3.0
23 WIM Agrest Inna
2220
3.0
24 Chandika Divyasree
2123
3.0
25 WIM Vo Thi Kim Phung
2141
3.0

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