World Junior under way in Kocaeli

9/16/2013 – The World Junior Chess Championship 2013 in Turkey was moved from the border of Syria to as far from the war-torn country as possible. 118 players turned up for the open group, and 77 for the section reserved for girls. Three rounds have been played, and former Junior World Champion (and daredevil ChessBase reporter) Alexander Ipatov leads the open section with 3.0/3. Big pictorial with videos.

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In May 22 earlier this year the Turkish Chess Federation announced that the World Junior Chess Championship for boys and girls would be held in the city of Hatay, Turkey. Many chess players and federations were unhappy with this decision, as Hatay is a mere 20 kilometers away from the Syrian border – a stone's throw away from Aleppo. With accusations of the Syrian government engaging in chemical warfare, and the threat of US misslie strikes, the TCF decided to change the venue of the tournament to Kocaeli, which is as far away from Syria as you can get in Turkey.

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The opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of WJCC 2013 was held on 13th Sep.2013 at The Ness Hotel.

Impressions by Vijay Kumar from the opening ceremony and the first round

World Junior Chess Championship 2013 Video Report Round 2

World Junior Chess Championship 2013 Video Report Round 3

Open section

In the lead: GM Alexander Ipatov, 2601, TUR, 3.0/3

Tenth: GM Nils Grandelius, 2576, SWE, 2.5/3

15th: IM Andrey Stukopin, 2522, RUS, 2.5/3

17th: IM Zurab Javakhadze, 2457, GEO, 2.5/3

Melih Yurtseven, Turkey

FM Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, Portugal

FM Matt Pon, South Africa

Esat Baglan, Turkey

CM Cankut Emiroglu, Turkey

IM Vahap Sanal, Turkey

Top standings Open group after three rounds

# Sd Ti Player Rtng Nat. Pts
1 2 GM Ipatov Alexander 2601 TUR 3
2 1 GM Yu Yangyi 2662 CHN 3
3 6 GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2570 UAE 3
4 13 IM Duda Jan-Krzysztof 2534 POL 3
5 45 IM Vakhidov Jahongir 2385 UZB
6 64 CM Muhammad Luthfi Ali 2277 INA
7 59   Ratkovic Milovan 2302 SRB
8 55 FM Nasanjargal Urtnasan 2323 MGL
9 90   Ozdover Mustafa Berkay 2005 TUR
10 4 GM Grandelius Nils 2576 SWE
11 8 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2565 IND
12 9 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2553 IND
  11 IM Eliseev Urii 2550 RUS
14 37   Bai Jinshi 2412 CHN
15 14 IM Stukopin Andrey 2522 RUS
16 15 IM Debashis Das 2489 IND
17 23 IM Javakhadze Zurab 2457 GEO
18 16 IM Kanarek Marcel 2483 POL
19 18 IM Idani Pouya 2480 IRI
20 33 IM Baghdasaryan Vahe 2423 ARM
21 21 IM Petenyi Tamas 2468 SVK

Girls

WGM Wang Jue, China, with 2.5/3 points

Hongyan Liu, China

WGM Dinara Saduakassova, Kazakhstan

WFM Bibissara Assaubayeva, Kazakhstan

WIM Ekaterini Pavlidou, Greece

Caterina Leonardi, Slovenia

Barbara Juhasz, Hungary

WIM Anna Styazhkina, Russia

Irina Petrova, Ukraine

Beril Berfin Sen, Turkey

Gamzenur Güney, Turkey

Deniz Firat, Turkey

WFM Dorsa Derakhshani, Iran

WFM J Saranya, India

Photos by Zeynep Yetisgin and Fatma Koc Ozturk

Top standings girls after three rounds

# Sd Ti Player Rtng Nat. Pts
1 3 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2418 RUS 3
2 9 WIM Zhai Mo 2309 CHN 3
3 11 WIM Medina Warda Aulia 2301 INA 3
4 20 FM Stetsko Lanita 2213 BLR
5 13 WIM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2277 KAZ
6 35 WFM Monnisha Gk 2094 IND
7 5 WGM Bulmaga Irina 2387 ROU
8 17 WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung 2222 VIE
9 4 WGM Wang Jue 2392 CHN
10 7 WGM Saduakassova Dinara 2326 KAZ
11 2 WGM Cori T. Deysi 2433 PER
12 1 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina 2434 RUS
13 10 WIM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2303 IRI
14 16 WIM Rodriguez Rueda Paula 2225 COL

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