2017 World Juniors 04-06: IM Praggnanandhaa R. is unbeatable

FIDE World Junior and Girl Under 20 Chess Championship 2017

Tarvisio, Italy: The World Juniors Chess Championship has commenced on November 12. This eleven-round event will run until November 26th. India has a strong contingent consisting of 13 participants in the Open and 11 in the Girls championship.

R. Praggnanadhaa, who is the world’s youngest International Master and a firebrand player on the board is cruising through the World Juniors Championship. This prestigious event was earlier won by only three Indians in the past: GM Viswanathan Anand (1987), GM P. Harikrishna (2004), and GM Abhijeet Gupta (2008). Now, India’s brightest hopes are on the shoulders of this twelve-year-old lad from Chennai.

GM Van Foreest Jorden (Elo: 2616)

In round 4, Pragga dismantled his 100 points higher-rated opponent from Netherlands in 44 moves. The innocous looking move 39..a5 proved fatal in endgame for the Dutchman.

The duel between compatriots in the 5th round ended in Pragga’s favour. India’s 40th Grandmaster S.L Narayanan was having a good run in the opening until he made a bold sacrifice on move 13, which complicated matters on the board. Pragga found no difficulties in neutralizing white’s attack on the kingside.

Narayanan overlooked 20.. Bxf2! and the rest was a matter of technique for Black.

After defeating two grandmasters in a row, Praggnandhaa was paired against IM Xu Xiangyu of China. The game ended in a draw. With 05/6 points, he is now joint second position in the tournament.

Other Indians in the fray, Grandmasters Karthikeyan Murali, Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. and Gagare Shardul are on 4.5 points each.

In the Girls Championship, IM Abdumalik Zhansaya of Khazakstan is maintaining the pole position with 5.5 points. WIM Aakanksha Hagawane and WIM Vaishali R. are with 4.5 points respectively. In Round 7, we will witness a clash between them on board 4.

WIM Aakanksha Hagawane
WIM Vaishali R

Round 7

Pairings/Results

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 14 GM Liang Awonder 2558 5 GM Tari Aryan 2581 5
2 11 GM Alekseenko Kirill 2563 5 5 IM Praggnanandhaa R 2509 26
3 21 IM Xu Xiangyu 2543 5 5 IM Dragnev Valentin 2461 44
4 25 IM Bellahcene Bilel 2510 GM Oparin Grigoriy 2606 2
5 31 IM Gholami Aryan 2483 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2578 6
6 7 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2572 FM Liu Yan 2422 56
7 30 IM Lomasov Semen 2490 GM Martirosyan Haik M. 2561 12
8 33 GM Gagare Shardul 2482 GM Petrosyan Manuel 2554 16
9 37 IM Zanan Evgeny 2471 GM Shevchenko Kirill 2550 18
10 42 IM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian 2468 GM Tran Tuan Minh 2538 22

Pairings/Results

Bo. No. Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name FED Rtg No.
1 1 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya KAZ 2428 5 WIM Khomeriki Nino GEO 2347 9
2 13 FM Yu Jennifer USA 2321 5 5 IM Osmak Iulija UKR 2345 10
3 11 WGM Tsolakidou Stavroula GRE 2340 IM Nomin-Erdene Davaademberel MGL 2358 8
4 15 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane IND 2312 WIM Vaishali R IND 2325 12
5 4 WGM Mammadzada Gunay AZE 2393 4 WGM Paramzina Anastasya RUS 2123 44
6 18 WIM Dordzhieva Dinara RUS 2295 4 4 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2419 2
7 3 WFM Assaubayeva Bibisara RUS 2395 4 4 WIM Terbe Julianna HUN 2263 20
8 19 WIM Heinemann Josefine GER 2293 4 4 WIM Badelka Olga BLR 2374 6
9 49 Nie Xin CHN 2106 4 4 Zhu Jiner CHN 2363 7
10 14 WIM Obolentseva Alexandra RUS 2320 4 4 WIM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh MGL 2213 24

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