Zhigalko leads World Junior in Patagonia

11/2/2009 – Top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, rated 2718, is josting for top place with third seed Sergei Zhigalko of Belarus, rated 2646. In round nine both won their games and were equal first, in round ten Vachier played a quick draw, while Zhigalko won again to take the sole lead. No pictures of the chess action in Puerto Madryn, but we have received some very nice shots of whales.

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World Junior Chess Championships 2009 in Patagonia

Puerto Madryn, the host city of the World Junior Championships 2009, is in the province of Chubut in the geographical region known as Patagonia. The championships are being played in two categories: the World Junior Championship U20 and the World Girls Championship U20. Both are 13-round Swiss tournament, with a rate of play of 90 minutes for the first forty moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Report after round ten

After eight rounds top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 2718, and third highest ranked player Sergei Zhigalko, 2646, were in the lead with 6.5 points each. In round nine Vachier outplayed England's David Howell in a Ruy Lopez Bird's, while Zhigalko got the following gift from the 2600+ Chinese GM:

Zhigalko,S (2646) - Li Chao2 (2617) [C43]
WJun Puerto Madryn ARG (9), 30.10.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3 d5 5.Nxe5 Nd7 6.Nxd7 Bxd7 7.0-0 Bd6 8.Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Qh4 10.g3 Qh3 11.Rb1 0-0-0 12.c4 dxc4 13.Qf3 c6 14.Bxc4 Be6 15.d5 cxd5 16.Bxd5 Bxd5 17.Qxd5 Rd7 18.Qa5 a6 19.Qc3+ Kb8 20.Be3

20...Qg4?? 21.Qc6 1-0.

Both Vachier and Zhigalko remained in the sole lead, and in round ten the French GM, playing black, decided to take a quick (15-move) draw against GM Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela, rated 2605. His main rival battled it out against a Polish GM and was rewarded for his fighting spirit.

Olszewski,Mi (2544) - Zhigalko,S (2646) [A84]
WJun Puerto Madryn ARG (10), 31.10.2009
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 e6 4.e3 Bd6 5.Bd3 f5 6.0-0 Nf6 7.b3 Qe7 8.Bb2 0-0 9.Nc3 Ne4 10.Ne2 Nd7 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Bc5 13.Bd4 Ba3 14.Rb1 b6 15.Bb2 Bxb2 16.Rxb2 Bb7 17.f3 Nc5 18.Nd4 Rad8 19.b4 Nxd3 20.Qxd3 dxc4 21.Qxc4 Rd5 22.f4 Rc8 23.Rd2 c5 24.bxc5 bxc5 25.Nb3 Rxd2 26.Nxd2 Bd5 27.Qc3 Qb7 28.Nc4 Rb8 29.Rc1 h6 30.Qc2 Qa6 31.h3 Rb4 32.Nd6 Qa3 33.Qxc5 Qxa2 34.Rc2 Rb2 35.Qc8+ Kh7 36.Ne8 Qb1+ 37.Kh2 Rb8

38.Nf6+! The only move for White. 38...Kg6. 38...gxf6 39.Rc7+ and mate to follow. 39.Qc7?? Fingerfehler? The queen should move to the d-file: after 39.Qd7 Black cannot play 39...gxf6 because of 40.Rc7 and mate to follow. 39...gxf6 40.exf6 Qb7 41.Qd6 Rc8 0-1.

David Howell, a hopeful during the first half of the event, was 6.0/9 after eight rounds, and faced the 14-year-old IM Ray Robson, who had the same score, in round ten. Robson played the black side of a French Tarrasch and came out of the opening with an advantage, which he turned into a big plus and finally into a mating attack. It is well worthwhile to replay this game.

Howell,D (2624) - Robson,R (2527) [C05]
WJun Puerto Madryn ARG (10), 31.10.2009
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ndf3 Qb6 8.a3 Be7 9.b4 cxd4 10.cxd4 a6 11.h4 Qc7 12.Bd2 b5 13.Ne2 Nb6 14.Nc1 Nc4 15.Nd3 a5 16.Nc5 0-0 17.Bd3 h6 18.Bc3 f6 19.Ke2 Rb8 20.Bc2 f5 21.Qc1 Bxc5 22.bxc5 b4 23.axb4 axb4 24.Bb2 b3 25.Bd3 Nb4 26.Nd2 Qc6 27.Rh3 Nxd3 28.Rxd3 Ba6 29.Rxa6 Qxa6 30.Nxc4 dxc4 31.Rc3 Rb4 32.Kf2 Ra4 33.c6 Rc8 34.d5 exd5 35.Qd2 Qxc6 36.e6 Ra2 37.Rg3 Qc5+ 38.Kf3 c3 39.Qe1 cxb2 40.Rxg7+ Kxg7 41.Qe5+ Kg8 0-1.

Top rankings after ten rounds (open)

Rk.

Title

Name

FED

Rtg

Pts.

 TB1 

 TB2 

Perf.

1

GM

Zhigalko Sergei

BLR

2646

8.5

22907

46.0

2817

2

GM

Vachier-Lagrave Maxime

FRA

2718

8.0

22981

45.5

2774

3

GM

Iturrizaga Eduardo

VEN

2605

7.5

23124

42.5

2737

4

GM

Andreikin Dmitry

RUS

2659

7.0

22810

39.0

2659

5

IM

Robson Ray

USA

2527

7.0

22633

37.5

2640

6

IM

Margvelashvili Giorgi

GEO

2509

7.0

22494

38.5

2607

7

GM

Grigoryan Avetik

ARM

2515

7.0

22461

38.0

2615

8

GM

Popov Ivan

RUS

2582

7.0

22460

38.5

2626

9

IM

Lenderman Alex

USA

2542

7.0

21874

37.0

2559

10

GM

Rodshtein Maxim

ISR

2623

6.5

22949

41.0

2638

11

GM

Olszewski Michal

POL

2544

6.5

22904

40.5

2631

12

GM

Bindrich Falko

GER

2516

6.5

22279

38.0

2561

13

GM

Li Chao B

CHN

2617

6.0

22967

40.5

2601

14

GM

Yu Yangyi

CHN

2509

6.0

22881

39.0

2576

15

GM

Howell David W L

ENG

2624

6.0

22777

39.0

2584

16

GM

Jumabayev Rinat

KAZ

2548

6.0

22427

36.0

2545

17

GM

Diamant Andre

BRA

2526

6.0

22132

36.0

2511

18

GM

Leon Hoyos Manuel

MEX

2516

6.0

21975

35.0

2470

19

IM

Vocaturo Daniele

ITA

2510

6.0

21847

35.0

2476

20

Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan

MGL

2477

6.0

21621

33.0

2441

21

IM

Brunello Sabino

ITA

2533

6.0

21194

31.0

2398

Top standings after ten rounds (girls)

Rk.

Title

Name

FED

Rtg

Pts.

 TB1 

 TB2 

Perf.

1

WGM

Soumya Swaminathan

IND

2297

8.0

20438

40.5

2488

2

WIM

Severiukhina Zoja

RUS

2339

7.5

20297

40.0

2427

3

WIM

Zhang Xiaowen

CHN

2391

7.0

20306

41.5

2395

4

WIM

Yildiz Betul Cemre

TUR

2224

7.0

20218

40.5

2365

5

WGM

Paulet Iozefina

ROU

2342

7.0

20144

39.5

2355

6

WFM

Tjolsen Katrine

NOR

2178

7.0

19986

38.0

2336

7

WIM

Cori Tello Deysi

PER

2361

6.5

20220

39.5

2347

8

WIM

Kiran Manisha Mohanty

IND

2153

6.5

19770

34.0

2253

9

WIM

Ivakhinova Inna

RUS

2249

6.0

20248

33.5

2294

10

WIM

Congiu Mathilde

FRA

2149

6.0

20170

30.5

2263

11

WFM

Amed Stephanie

ARG

2159

6.0

20054

34.5

2256

Whales in Puerto Madryn

No good pictures of the chess activities in Patagonia, but we did get some very nice shots of whales. Nigel Short, who is looking after his compatriot David Howell, told us that the two had spotted right whales on a morning walk by the shore. "It was a most unexpected and amazing sight as they were not very far away at all," wrote Nigel. He also got some pictures from Åse Østebø, which were taken on the free day.


A right whale in the seas off the Puerto Madryn coast


Showing off its fin – you do know that these were hoofed legs when the predecessors
of today's whales lived as mammels on land...


The hump which is characteristic of right whales...


... is usually encrusted in barnacles


Gliding under water next to the boat


The final farewell: when whales dive, usually for fifteen minutes or half an hour, the
last thing you see of them is the fluke (tail fins), which stretch out of the water.

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