2017 World Juniors: Praggnanandhaa gains maiden GM norm

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The World Juniors Chess Championship 2017 is closing to an end. In the Open section, after nine rounds two Indians are eyeing for top honors. Twelve-year-old IM Praggnandhaa R. is in the joint second spot, closely trailing behind him is GM Aravindh Chidambaram with a half-point margin. Grandmasters Aryan Tari (NOR) and Alekseenko Kirill (RUS) are jointly leading the tournament.

World’s youngest International Master Praggnandhaa R. made the nation proud by scoring his maiden GM norm. He drew against GM Alekseenko Kirill in the seventh round. Special mention goes for his game against American prodigy GM Awonder Liang.

He will play against IM Lomasov Semen of Russia in the tenth round today.

Another Indian on the top boards is GM Aravindh Chidambaram.

In the Girls section, a podium finish for Indians looks dull. IM Abdumalik Zhansaya of Kazakhstan is maintaining top spot with 7.5 points.  Closely followed by FM Yu Jennifer (USA) and WGM Tsolakidou Stavroula (GRE) with 7 points.

WIM Aakanksha Hagawane is on 6 points.

Pairings/Results

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 5 GM Tari Aryan 2581 7 IM Xu Xiangyu 2543 21
2 7 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2572 GM Alekseenko Kirill 2563 11
3 26 IM Praggnanandhaa R 2509 7 IM Lomasov Semen 2490 30
4 22 GM Tran Tuan Minh 2538 GM Van Foreest Jorden 2616 1
5 16 GM Petrosyan Manuel 2554 GM Bai Jinshi 2553 17
6 2 GM Oparin Grigoriy 2606 6 6 GM Moroni Luca Jr 2506 29
7 31 IM Gholami Aryan 2483 6 6 GM Svane Rasmus 2587 3
8 6 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2578 6 6 GM Salomon Johan 2476 35
9 12 GM Martirosyan Haik M. 2561 6 6 GM Gagare Shardul 2482 33
10 32 FM Sorokin Aleksey 2483 6 6 GM Vaibhav Suri 2560 13

Pairings/Results

Bo. No. Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name FED Rtg No.
1 11 WGM Tsolakidou Stavroula GRE 2340 7 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya KAZ 2428 1
2 8 IM Nomin-Erdene Davaademberel MGL 2358 7 FM Yu Jennifer USA 2321 13
3 10 IM Osmak Iulija UKR 2345 WIM Shuvalova Polina RUS 2386 5
4 44 WGM Paramzina Anastasya RUS 2123 WIM Obolentseva Alexandra RUS 2320 14
5 16 WGM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim UZB 2306 6 6 WFM Assaubayeva Bibisara RUS 2395 3
6 6 WIM Badelka Olga BLR 2374 6 6 FM Antova Gabriela FID 2257 21
7 24 WIM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh MGL 2213 6 6 WIM Dordzhieva Dinara RUS 2295 18
8 20 WIM Terbe Julianna HUN 2263 6 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane IND 2312 15
9 2 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2419 WIM Injac Teodora SRB 2244 22
10 43 WFM Kanakova Natalie CZE 2134 Zhu Jiner CHN 2363 7

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