Photos from the round 1 tiebreaks at the WWCC

Five round one matches to be decided after rapid tiebreaks

Tiebreak matches of the 1st round of the World Women Chess Championship are ongoing! Here are a couple of photos of today’s matchups, and you can also follow the live updates on Chessdom.com.

WWCC Paehtz-Kadimova

Elisabeth Paehtz – Ilaha Kadimova

WWCC Bojkovic-Ju

Natasa Bojkovic – Wenjun Ju

WWCC Zhukova-Rohonyan

Natalia Zhukova – Katherine Rohonyan

WWCC Moser-Mkrtchian

Eva Moser – Lilit Mkrtchian

WWCC Sabina Foisor

Sabina-Francesca Foisor

WWCC Natasa Bojkovic

Natasa Bojkovic

WWCC Wenjun Ju

Wenjun Ju

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Bojkovic – Ju

WWCC Viktorija Chmilyte

Viktorija Chmilyte in the press room

After the round 1, game 2, there was a press conference with five players – Anna Muzychuk, Tatiana Kosintseva, Hoang Thanh Trangm Harika Dronavalli and Jilin Zhang (Katherine Rohonyan was absent).

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Jilin Zhang

WWCC Harika and Jilin

Harika Dronavalli and Jilin Zhang

WWCC Day 2 Press conference

FIDE PR Director Peter Rajchanyi moderating the conference

First photos from the WWCC in Nalchik

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The first photos from Nalchik are ready, presented to you by Chessdom and the official website. Expect many photos from the Chessdom journalists in Nalchik in the Chessdom photo gallery.

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the playing hall

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Stylish chairs await the WWCC participants

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Anna Ushenina and friends are taking a walk before the start of the World Women Chess Championship

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The tables at the WWCC are ready

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The medals for the World Women Chess Champion 2008

GM Rodshtein takes the lead, GM Wesley So getting closer

WGM Muzychuk catches up with IM Harika

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August 2-16, Gaziantep, Turkey

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Once again we witness a dramatic turn at the World Junior Chess Championship in Turkey. After leading for several rounds in a row, IM Arik Braun lost to GM Rodshtein and the young GM from Israel became the new leader of the competition. Braun’s loss was cleverly used by the other contenders. GM Wesley So took down GM David Howell to get only 1/2 point away from Roshtein, while GM Brkic and GM Negi got close as well.

In the girls section a second consecutive draw by IM Harika let WGM Muzychuk catch up with her. Nakhbayeva also got closer after a nice win.

Full results and photos on the links above.

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Mikadze vs Harika

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GM Rodshtein is the new leader

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GM Wesley So getting closer

IM Arik Braun and IM Harika lead the World Junior Chess Championship

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In Round 9 of the World Junior Championship, the fighting spirit of the youngsters continued and the leader changed hands again. Maxim Rodshtein crowned his comeback with one of the joint leaders Chao Li. However, the new sole leader is Arik Braun who scored a vital win against Hou Yifan with white pieces. David Howell, the player who has always have the longest and the thrilling games had Ivan Popov at the other side of the table and defeated him. Arik Braun leads with 7.5 points followed by David Howell with 7 while 4-7. places Chao Li, Eltaj Safarli and Wesley So.

In the girls section Harika drew with Soumya to defend her lead with 7.5 points while Mariya Muzychuk drew with Guliskan Nakhbayeva and followed Harika at 7 points together with Miranda Mikadze who defeated Zoja Severiukhina to share 2-3.places.

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IM Arik Braun

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IM Harika drew with Soumya in the all India fight on board 1

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Leon Hoyos vs Emre Can

Li Chao and Arik Braun leading the Junior Championships

Harika Dronavalli continues to lead the girls section

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Li Chao scored a crucial victory against David Howell to get back to the joint lead together with Arik Braun. The game was a very long fight which lasted for more than 6 hours and not only chess but the agility of the players were also at stake. White had the bishop against black’s knight with both sides having a queen and a rook which made the position an extremely complicated endgame. Black was the side close to the victory with the pawn sacrifice made by the Chinese grandmaster but the position was always very difficult with many long variations and myriad of threats in every position. Black then decided to transfer his king to queen’s side where he had the pawn majority and better chances to hide his king. Both sides played almost perfectly for a long time and despite the fact that black had two passed pawns which were way back at a7 and b6, white was able to advance his pawns more easily and was able to pose more threats against the opponent king. At the 108th move white finally succeeded in queening his g pawn and went on to win the excellent thriller.

Arik Braun and Eltaj Safarli drew their games at the 33rd move where the game was close to level until the end. The same story can be told for the game between Yifan Hou and Ngoc Nguyen where after peaceful exchange of the pieces neither side was able to gain a significant game so both sides agreed to a draw.

Maxim Rodshtein gained a swift victory against Ante Brkic in a violent Slav-Botvinnik variation in 26 moves. Brkic did not manage to reemphasize the validity of the old Nf6 variation in Botvinnik.

Tornike Sanikidze played a well-known exchange sacrifice against Wesley So in the Richter-Rauzer, where the long theoretical battle did not produce any winner. Neither side was also not able to produce a winning advantage in the game between Melkumyan and Kravtsiv.

Girls’ championship did not see any major changes in top spots where Harika Dronavalli won against Adriana Nikolova in a well-known branch of Najdorf Sicilian with black. Harika was able to squeeze a win in an endgame where she proved he superiority of the bishop pair and delivered a mate to her opponent’s king on a3.

On the second board, Muzychuk outplayed the home-side favorite Kübra Öztürk in a Scotch Game to the displeasure of the Turkish chess fans. She gained the upper hand after the opening and won rather comfortably. Nakhbayev also won without much difficulty since she emerged a pawn ahead right after the opening against Majdan.

Black decided f5 was necessary against white’s initiative, a conclusion which the silicon monster does not agree and the outcome of the game which ended as a victory for white in the game between Soumya and Abrahamyan. Mikadze was able belied the stereotype that opposite colored bishops generally end as a draw in an endgame with two pawns ahead.

Severiukinova won against Mamedyarova and won her second consecutive game after gaining an exchange. This meant the Russian players was not going to play on top boards.

IM Arik Braun and GM David Howell lead the World Junior Championship

IM Dronavalli Harika leader of the girls section

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August 2-16, Gaziantep, Turkey

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Arik Braun won against Chao Li on the first board while David Howell won against Alejandro Ramirez. The two leaders have 6 points followed by Chao Li, Eltaj Safarli ,and Hou Yifan at 5.5 points.

In Girls section, Harika Dronavalli won against Guliskan Nakhbayeva to take the top spot before the rest day with 6 points. She is followed by Mariya Muzychuk and Adriana Nikolova.

With round 7 ends the first half of the World Junior chess championship. It was marked by many surprises and being a rating favorite seemed to be a disadvantage. However, the difference in the top 20 of the junior and girls sections is quite small, so the championship is wide open and anything can happen to the end.

Standing juniors

1 GM HOWELL David 6

2 IM BRAUN Arik 6

3 GM LI Chao B 5½

4 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 5½

5 WGM HOU Yifan 5½

6 GM POPOV Ivan 5

7 LIN Chen 5

8 GM BRKIC Ante 5

9 IM SANIKIDZE Tornike 5

10 GM SO Wesley 5

11 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 5

12 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son 5

13 IM KRAVTSIV Martyn 5

14 IM MELKUMYAN Hrant 5

15 GM AMIN Bassem 4½

16 GM GUPTA Abhijeet 4½

17 GM WEN Yang 4½

18 GM NEGI Parimerjan 4½

19 GM RAMIREZ Alejandro 4½

20 GM ANDREIKIN Dmitry 4½

21 GM RAGGER Markus 4½

22 IM KALASHIAN David 4½

23 GM MAMEDOV Rauf 4½

24 FM NECHEPURENKO Roman 4½

25 GM ITURRIZAGA Bonelli Eduardo Pat 4½

26 IM SJUGIROV Sanan 4½

27 GM LEON HOYOS Manuel 4

28 GM LE QUANG Liem 4

29 GM ZHIGALKO Sergei 4

All results and standings in the junior section on the links above

Standings girls

1 IM HARIKA Dronavalli 6

2 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 5½

3 WFM NIKOLOVA Adriana 5½

4 WFM ABRAHAMYAN Tatev 5

5 WIM MIKADZE Miranda 5

6 WFM OZTURK Kubra 5

7 WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 5

8 WIM MAJDAN Joanna 5

9 PREETHI Rajkumar 5

10 WGM MAMEDJAROVA Turkan 5

11 WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 5

12 WIM IVAKHINOVA Inna 4½

13 WFM PERTLOVA Sona 4½

14 WFM SEVERIUKHINA Zoja 4½

All the results and standings in the girls section on the links above

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IM Arik Braun is the new leader of the World Junior Chess Championship

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GM Howell sharing the first place

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IM Harika leading the girls section with 6,0/7

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WFM Adriana Nikolova with nice performance and 5,5/7 close behind IM Harika

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IM Arik Braun and GM Li Chao protagonized an exciting game in round 7

GM Li Chao sole leader of the World Junior Chess Championship

three share the lead at the girls section

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In the sixth round Chinese Grandmaster Chao Li won against Le Quang to take the sole lead at 5.5 points followed by David Howell who hold against Yifan Hou while Arik Braun scored another win this time against Kirill Stupak to join Howell at joint second place. Chao Li leads with 5.5 points whose closely being followed to be David Howell and Arik Braun at 5 points.

In world junior girls’ championship Mariya Muzychuk scored an important victory against the previous leader Tatev Abrahamyan to take the lead shared with Dronavalli Harika. Harika won against Dauletova while Guliskan Nakhbayeva grounded down Mary Ann Gomes. All the three winners on the top three boards share the first place with 5 points.

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GM David Howell could not overcome WGM Yifan Hou

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IM Harika with a valuable win against WIM Dauletova

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IM Manuel Leon Hoyos with a draw against GM Andreikin

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WGM Mamedjarova with a win in round 6

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WFM Adriana Nikolova surprised WGM Katerina Nemcova with the black

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GM Wesley So still close to the leaders

GM David Howell takes the lead at the World Junior Chess Championships

WFM Tatev Abrahamyan leading the girls section

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The young Brit GM David Howell stopped the Azerbaijani Grandmaster Safarli to share the lead with Chao Li who won against Ante Brkic are now leading with 4.5 with rating performances of 2831 and 2843 respectively. Le Quang and Chao Li will face each other in round 6 on board 1 while 15-year-old prodigy girl Yifan Hou will take on David Howell. Other interesting encounters include IM Melkumyan – GM Wesley So, GM Leon hoyos – GM Andreikin, GM Sfarli – GM Popov, FM Ronchetti – GM Nguyen.

Tatev Abrahamyan drew with the top seed Harika Dronavalli to defend her half point while all the other top boards were drawn which did not change the contest for the top spots. Muzychuk will face Abrahamyan while the other four players with 4 points will play as follows: Harika vs. Dauletova; Nakhbayeva vs.Gomes.

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Top board encounter between GM Howell and GM Safarli

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Tatev Abrahamyan vs Harika Dronavalli draw

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WGM Turkan Mamedjarova

Yifan Hou with a draw in round 5

GM Eltaj Safarli and WFM Tatev Abrahamyan lead the Junior Championship in Turkey

round 4 results and photos

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The strange and surprising results from the first three rounds of the World Junior Championships U20 in Turkey brought unexpected leaders in the very beginning of the competition. The junior section after round 4 has a sole leader – GM Eltaj Safarli, who managed to win against GM Bassem Amin. At the same time the only player who could have equal points as well, IM Sanikidze, lost from GM Li Chao. Things look great for GM Eltaj Safarli, but he should not relax as he has GM David Howell, GM Yifan Hou, GM Ante Brkic, GM Li Chao and Lin Chen only half a point behind.

WFM Tatev Abrahamyan is the sole leader of the girls section of the World Junior Chess Championships after a nice victory over WIM Majdan with black. The draw between Mariya Muzhichuk and Harika at board 1 left Tatev Abrahamyan alone at the top with 4,0/4. Similar to the junior section she should not relax as only half a point behind she has IM Harika, WGM Muzychuk, WIM Dauletova, and WIM Mary Ann Gomez.

Tomorrow top board pairings are GM Howell – GM Safarli, GM Li Chao – GM Brkic, Lin Chen – WGM Yifan Hou, WFM Abrahamyan – IM Harika, WIM Gomez – WGM Muzychuk, and WIM Dauletova – WFM Hoolt.

Here are some photos from today’s round. All photos can be found in the photo gallery.

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GM Safarli is the leader of the World Junior Chess Championship

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GM David Howell is in nice position to atack the first place after a victory over IM Melkumyan

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A top board draw between IM Harika and WGM Muzychuk

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GM Wesley So vs IM Leon Hoyos 1/2 : 1/2

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Nemcova is back in the game after a victory over WFM Bodnaruk

Surprises are not a surprise anymore at the World Junior Chess Championship 2008

round 3 results and photos

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After 3 rounds of the World Junior Chess Championship has gone, no result can surprise the audience. In a dynamic competition the fight for the first places is wide open. The top board in the junior section finished a draw between GM Popov and GM Li Chao. GM Nguyen – GM Leon Hoyos and IM Arik Braun – GM David Howell followed suit, leaving the top positions vacant. This was cleverly used by GM Safarli and IM Sanikidze who won their round 3 games. They will be sharing the top position with GM Amin Bassem who won against GM Negi.

The chasing pack is close behind and includes WGM Yifan Hou, who surprised GM Ante Brkic with the black pieces, GM Wesley So who won against IM Boros, as well as GM Zhigalko, GM Gupta, etc.

In the girls section IM Harika won the top board all Indian derby against WIM Padmini. Abrahamyan Tatev entered the race for the first positions after a nice victory over the local hope WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre. WGM Marya Muzychuk also won her game against WFM Pertlova.

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IM Arik Braun vs GM David Howell

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IM Manuel Leon Hoyos

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IM Harika vs WIM Padmini
Indian derby on board 1

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GM Popov – GM Li Chao 1/2 – 1/2

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WGM Yifan Hou surprised Gm Ante Brkic and is leading the World Junior Chess Championship