World Youth Rd 9: Aronyak halts Niemann's momentum

by Sagar Shah
10/11/2019 – Aydin Suleymanli is the sole leader in the under-14 open with 7½/9, while Eline Roebers has been the surprise of the tournament as she leads the under-14 girls section. The under-16 open section saw a huge upset on board one when the top-seeded Hans Niemann lost his game to Aronyak Ghosh. In the girls section, the deadlock between Nurgali and Garifullina hasn't been resolved. Under-18 open saw Praggnanandhaa pick up the sole lead by beating Zarubitski. He is closely pursued by Shant Sargsyan. Polina Shuvalova mantains her lead in the girls under-18. IM SAGAR SHAH reports from Mumbai. Photo: Amruta Mokal

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Aydin stops the 'Giant killer' Abinandhan

The ninth round was a critical one to determine some of the sole leaders. In the under-14 open section it is Aydin Suleymanli who seems to be firmly in the driver's seat with 7½/9.

Speaking to ChessBase India after the game, Aydin said, "My coach (Farid Abasov) said to me that my opponent is a tactical player. Hence, I must play positionally. This is the reason why I chose the French Winawer." It turned out to be the right decision as Abinandhan couldn't really match Suleymanli's positional acumen. The game ended in a smooth positional win for the Azeri youngster, who is now the sole leader in the under-14 open section.

Aydin Suleymanli (right) managed to beat the giant killer of the tournament Abinandhan | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Aydin Suleymanli speaks about his win over Abinandhan


Sreeshwan suffered another loss in round 9 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

This time against the talented Russian youngster Marc Morgunov.


Vietnamese wonder Vo Pham Thien Phuc | Photo: Amruta Mokal

We are aware about Abinandhan's exploits at the event, but do you know about Vo Pham Thien Phuc? The Vietnamese youngster has performed admirably at the event to gain 239 Elo points and is currently on 7.0/9

Name Vo Pham Thien Phuc
Starting rank 60
Rating 1807
Rating national 0
Rating international 1807
Performance rating 2438
FIDE rtg +/- 256,0
Points 7,5
Rank 6
Federation VIE
Ident-Number 0
Fide-ID 12411396
Year of birth 2006

Vo Pham Thien Phuc's astonishing performance at the World Youth 2019

Rd. Bo. SNo   Name Rtg FED Pts. Res.
1 15 15   Arhan Chethan Anand 2167 IND 5,0 s 1
2 18 21   Poltorak Sebastian 2130 POL 5,0 w ½
3 15 7 FM Petkov Momchil 2333 BUL 6,0 s ½
4 19 31   Fardet Elouan 2010 FRA 6,0 w 1
5 10 20 CM Luczak Filip 2136 POL 6,0 w ½
6 10 18 CM Nikhil Magizhnan 2160 IND 4,5 s 1
7 6 10   Pranav V 2308 IND 6,0 w 1
8 3 1 FM Sreeshwan Maralakshikari 2449 IND 7,0 s ½
9 3 8 FM Chyzy Jakub 2327 POL 6,0 w 1
10 1 3 IM Suleymanli Aydin 2426 AZE 8,0 s ½

Under-14 open standings after round 9


Eline Roebers beat Katerina Nasyrova to move to the sole first spot | Photo: Amruta Mokal


Rakshitta Ravi suffered a loss at the hands of Ayan Allahsverdiyeva and was pushed to the fourth spot. Bat-Erdene Mungunzul won her game against Astghik Hakobyan to move to the second spot.

Under-14 girls standings after round 9


Aronyak Ghosh caused the biggest upset of the day, by defeating the in form Hans Niemann | Photo: Amruta Mokal


For his efforts Aronyak wins the ChessBase best game of the day award

Kushagra Mohan held Rudik Makarian to a draw and made his maiden IM norm! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The under-16 section has only five IMs and you need to play three of them in order to make a norm. Kushagra not only played with them, but also scored so well that he achieved the norm with a score of 6.5/9.

Kushagra Mohan speaks about his win over Moksh Doshi in round 8

Under-16 open standings after round 9


Nazerke Nurgali was held to a draw by Akshaya Bommini Mounika | Photo: Amruta Mokal


Leya Garifullina was better in her game against Saina, but didn't manage to win | Photo: Amruta Mokal


Under-16 girls standings after round 9


Praggnanandhaa beat Zaurbitski in round 9 in a long drawn out rook endgame | Photo: Amruta Mokal


Although Pragg had an extra pawn, it seemed as if the game was heading towards a draw. This was until Zarubitski made a big mistake with the move f3. The main drawback of this move is that the second rank opens up. So Black could move his king to c3 or d3 and then play ♜c1 when ♖xa2 would be met with Rc2+, exchanging the rooks and the game would be won.


Praggnanandhaa shows his win against Viachaslau Zarubitski

Shant played a daring piece sacrifice to get the better of Aryan Gholami | Photo: Amruta Mokal


It seems like Black is winning a piece. What is the powerful move that White had prepared?


Find the way to continue White's initiative:


The top seed is now half a point behind Praggnanandhaa | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The tenth round will be interesting as Shant takes on Mitrabha Guha and Pragg is up against Paulius Pultinevicius.

Under-18 open standings after round 9


The All-Russian battle at the top board between Shuvalova and Obolentseva ended in a draw | Photo: Amruta Mokal

In spite of this draw, Polina Shuvalova maintained her half point lead over the field as other games also ended in draws. As many as five players are on 6.5/9, half a point behind Polina. It will be exciting finish in this section.

Under-18 girls standings after round 9


U14 open


U14 girls


U16 open


U16 girls


U18 open


U18 girls



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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