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

IM Dronavalli Harika leader of the girls section

Information about the World Junior Chess Championship U20

August 2-16, Gaziantep, Turkey

Preview and information

Photo gallery / Photos Juniors / Photos Girls / Round 1 / Round 2 / Round 3 / Round 4 / Round 5

Round 6 / Round 7

General photo album (by A. Kontokanis)

Official website

Participants juniors / Participants girls

Results round 1 juniors / Results round 1 girls

Results round 2 juniors / Results round 2 girls

Results round 3 juniors / Results round 3 girls

Results round 4 juniors / Results round 4 girls

Results round 5 juniors / Results round 5 girls

Results round 6 juniors / Results round 6 girls

Results round 7 juniors / Results round 7 girls

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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

Arik Braun

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

howell

GM Howell sharing the first place

harika

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

NIkolova

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

Arik Braun

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