World Youth Championship: the leaders appear

by Albert Silver
12/24/2013 – A little over two thirds of the World Youth Chess Championships are done, and the leaders and potential winners are clearer now. As expected of these brutal youth events, the top seeds find it very hard to live up to their favoritism, the reason being that their opponents are quite often falsely represented with ratings that have little to do with their actual ability. A large beautiful pictorial.

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World Youth Chess Championship 2013

17-29 December 2013, Al Ain, UAE

A little over two thirds of the World Youth Chess Championships are done, and the leader and potential winners are clearer now. As expected of these brutal youth events, the top seeds find it very hard to live up to their favoritism, the reason being that their opponents are quite often falsely represented with ratings that have little to do with their actual ability. Consider that in only two out of twelve categories are the number ones actually leading their division, and in only one other is the top seed even in the top five. That means that in nine of the twelve categories the top seed is not even in the top five.

Those leaders are the under-16 Girls top seed: Iranian WGM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat, who is tied for first at 6.5/8 with six other players, showing also how cutthroat that particular category is this year. The other is under-10 Open leader, American FM Awonder Liang, who also came in nearly 200 Elo above his nearest rival. He has also been one of the very few to maintain a perfect 100% score at 8.0/8. The only other top seed to stay in close contention is the Open under-14 Norwegian IM Aryan Tari, whose parents came from Iran. After a weak start, he has been on a winning streak and is now fifth with 6.5/8. He faces the surprise group leader, Li Di in round nine. Chinese player Li Di came in ranked 40th with a modest 2091 rating (consider that the top seeds were over 2400) but has torn through the competition with 7.5/8, defeating second seed FM Aravindh (2415) in round eight.

Chinese player Li Di

Aside from Awonder Liang, only two other players have been able to maintain an impeccable score: Girls Under-14 Ana Vasenina from Russia, ranked fourth, and Open under-8 Praggnanandhaa from India also fourth in the starting ranks. As to the overachievers, aside from Li Di, special note should be made of unrated American Josiah Stearman, who is tied second, leading by tiebreak, with an impressive 7.0/8.

Once more we wish to thank Team South Africa for the many wonderful pictures at their Facebook page, dedicated solely to the tournament team, and whose photos are a great document to it.

Alexandra Goryachkina is playing in the Open Under-18, but
has been struggling

Russian Maksim Chigaev

Chinese player Liu Zhaoqi has 4.5/8 in the Open Under-16

Polish Under-16 Lukasz Jarmula has 5.0/8 and though not
a leader is performing 125 Elo above his rating

When an issue arises...

... the arbiters are ready at hand.

Waiting for the round to start can be tedious...

... and some find it necessary to stay busy.

Finally!

Many find different ways to stand out

Count on children to do it their way

Now that's a hat!

Obviously there are photographers everywhere

And so many ways to take pictures nowadays

Smile at the birdie

According to my calculations I should be leading

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Woah...

The food queues might be huge, but there is no shortage of snacks

Analyzing with hands

The championship has played eight of eleven rounds, and here are the standings for each category:

WYCC U8 Girls Classic

Rk
SNo
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
TB
1 82   Mungunzul Bat-Erdene MGL 0 7.0 0.0
2 111   Wan Qian CHN 0 7.0 0.0
3 3 WFM Divya Deshmukh IND 1482 6.5 0.0
4 38   Cai Boheng CHN 0 6.5 0.0
5 79   Mironenko Galina RUS 0 6.5 0.0

WYCC U10 Girls Classic

Rk
SNo
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
TB
1 14 WCM Salonika Saina IND 1642 7.0 0.0
2 6 WFM Lakshmi C IND 1757 6.5 0.0
3 23 WCM Pham Tran Gia Thu VIE 1601 6.5 0.0
4 18   Vuller Anastasia ISR 1624 6.5 0.0
5 41 WCM Fernandes Krystal IND 1514 6.5 0.0

WYCC U12 Girls Classic

Rk
SNo
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
TB
1 3 WFM Vaishali R IND 2028 7.0 22.0
2 2   Shuvalova Polina RUS 2052 7.0 20.5
3 21 WCM Balajayeva Khanim AZE 1804 7.0 17.5
4 18 WFM Antova Gabriela BUL 1815 6.5 20.5
5 35   Shengxin Zhao CHN 1753 6.5 20.0

WYCC U14 Girls Classic

Rk
SNo
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
TB
1 4 WFM Vasenina Anna RUS 2053 8.0 21.5
2 31   Narva Mai EST 1875 6.5 21.5
3 6 WFM Kiolbasa Oliwia POL 2021 6.5 20.5
4 14   Bykovtsev Agata USA 1970 6.0 21.5
5 2 WFM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim UZB 2126 6.0 22.0

WYCC U16 Girls Classic

Rk
SNo
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
TB
1 1 WGM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2298 6.5 22.0
2 6   Gu Tianlu CHN 2128 6.5 21.5
3 10 WFM Rodionova Polina RUS 2095 6.5 19.5
4 15   Velikic Adela SRB 2055 6.5 19.5
5 4 WFM Osmak Iulija UKR 2212 6.5 19.0

WYCC U18 Girls Classic

Rk
SNo
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
TB
1 11 WFM Tomnikova Lidia RUS 2167 6.5 19.5
2 2 WGM Ziaziulkina Nastassia BLR 2354 6.5 20.5
3 6 WIM Rodriguez Rueda Paula Andrea COL 2257 6.0 20.5
4 28 WFM Atabayeva Gozel TKM 2069 6.0 18.5
5 15 WFM Navrotescu Andreea-Cristiana FRA 2147 6.0 18.0

WYCC U8 Open Classic

Rk
SNo
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
TB
1 4 FM Praggnanandhaa R IND 1852 8.0 21.0
2 5   Can Isik TUR 1751 6.5 23.0
3 157   Suleymanli Aydin Elshan AZE 0 6.5 20.0
4 12 CM Amartuvshin Ganzorig MGL 1627 6.5 19.5
5 127   Muradyan Robert ARM 0 6.5 19.5

WYCC U10 Open Classic

Rk SNo Tit Name FED Rtg Pts TB
1 1 FM Liang Awonder USA 2246 8.0 21.5
2 182   Stearman Josiah P USA 0 7.0 19.5
3 31   Ognean Mihnea-Ionut ROU 1766 7.0 17.5
4 30   Abdrashev Arlen KAZ 1767 7.0 17.5
5 66 CM Kushagra Mohan IND 1602 6.5 18.0

WYCC U12 Open Classic

Rk SNo Tit Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
TB
1 10 FM Raghunandan K. Srihari IND 2168 7.0 20.0
2 30   Hakobyan Aram ARM 2015 7.0 22.5
3 18 FM Gadimbayli Abdulla AZE 2072 6.5 18.5
4 29   Siva Mahadevan IND 2017 6.5 17.5
5 2 FM Esipenko Andrey RUS 2287 6.5 22.5

WYCC U14 Open Classic

Rk
SNo
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
TB
1 40   Li Di CHN 2091 7.5 20.5
2 5   Zajic Milan SRB 2340 6.5 19.5
3 13   Liu Yan CHN 2256 6.5 20.5
4 19   Atabayev Saparmyrat TKM 2203 6.5 20.5
5 1 IM Tari Aryan NOR 2418 6.5 19.0

WYCC U16 Open Classic

Rk
SNo
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
TB
1 4 FM Alekseenko Kirill RUS 2445 7.0 20.0
2 9 IM Dastan Muhammed Batuhan TUR 2409 6.5 19.5
3 5 IM Paravyan David RUS 2441 6.5 21.5
4 59   Sibashvili Giorgi GEO 2173 6.0 19.0
5 1 GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof POL 2557 6.0 21.5

WYCC U18 Open Classic

Rk
SNo
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
TB
1 14 IM Idani Pouya IRI 2483 7.0 20.0
2 6 GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes ARM 2532 6.0 21.0
3 5 GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2544 6.0 18.5
4 7 GM Naroditsky Daniel USA 2531 6.0 20.5
5 23   Ma Zhonghan CHN 2412 6.0 19.0

 

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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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