2018 World Juniors 01-04: IM Harsha among the leaders

FIDE World Junior and Girl Under 20 Chess Championship 2018

Report by IM Ravi Teja

The World Junior Championship is an 11-round Swiss open taking place in Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey from 5-16 September 2018. The winner becomes the World Junior Champion and receives 3,000 Euros and the GM title. The 2nd and 3rd placed players receive the IM title. India has a strong contingent consisting of 10 participants in the Open and 7 in the Girls championship.

IM Harsha Bharathakoti [Photo: Amruta Mokal/ ChessBase India]

At the end of four rounds, talented IM Harsha Bharathakoti emerged as the joint leader with a perfect score of 4.0/4 points. Trailing behind him with 3.5/4 points is GM Abhimanyu Puranik.

In a very complicated game against GM S.L, Narayanan, Harsha Capitalised the blunder made by his Indian Opponent on move 25.c4.The game which was clearly complicated till then flipped completely in Black’s favour . The rest was a matter of a technique, Harsha took home the point with ease.

WIM Ivana Maria Furtado [Photo: Amruta Mokal/ ChessBase India]

In the Girls Championship, WIM Mahalakshmi M is the lone Indian with 3/4 points. Whereas, WIM Ivana Maria Furtado(2.5) who played against FM Antona Gabriela of FIDE lost the battle.

Open Pairings | Round 5 on 08.09.2018 at 04.30 pm
BO. NAME RTG FED PTS RES. PTS NAME RTG FED
1 IM Harsha, Bharathakoti 2474 IND 4 4 GM Maghsoodloo, Parham 2649 IRI
2 GM Firouzja, Alireza 2582 IRI 4 4 IM Sindarov, Javokhir 2484 UZB
3 IM Vavulin, Maksim 2559 RUS GM Donchenko, Alexander 2614 GER
4 IM Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian 2525 NOR GM Puranik, Abhimanyu 2524 IND
5 GM Karthikeyan, Murali 2605 IND 3 3 IM Sadikhov, Ulvi 2491 AZE
6 IM Karthik, Venkataraman 2519 IND 3 3 GM Martirosyan, Haik M. 2597 ARM
7 GM Esipenko, Andrey 2593 RUS 3 3 GM Tang, Andrew 2489 USA
8 IM Jarmula, Lukasz 2504 POL 3 3 GM Petrosyan, Manuel 2581 ARM
9 GM Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr. 2578 IND 3 3 IM Kevlishvili, Robby 2485 NED
10 GM Bellahcene, Bilel 2501 ALG 3 3 GM Tabatabaei, M.Amin 2576 IRI
Girls Pairings | Round 5 on 08.09.2018 at 04.30 pm
BO. NAME RTG FED PTS RES. PTS NAME RTG FED
1 WFM Sliwicka, Alicja 2272 POL 4 4 WIM Khomeriki, Nino 2313 GEO
2 Maltsevskaya, Aleksandra 2234 RUS IM Tsolakidou, Stavroula 2393 GRE
3 FM Antova, Gabriela 2292 FID WIM Chu, Ruotong 2199 CHN
4 WFM Altantuya, Boldbaatar 2210 MGL 3 3 FM Assaubayeva, Bibisara 2371 RUS
5 WFM Hilario, Aleyla 2203 PER 3 3 WGM Hojjatova, Aydan 2356 AZE
6 WFM Kanakova, Natalie 2201 CZE 3 3 WIM Dordzhieva, Dinara 2318 RUS
7 FM Gorti, Akshita 2315 USA 3 3 WIM Mahalakshmi, M 2213 IND
8 WIM Alinasab, Mobina 2261 IRI 3 3 WCM Song, Yuxin 2156 CHN
9 WIM Haussernot, Cecile 2237 FRA 3 3 WFM Nurgali, Nazerke 2080 KAZ
10 WGM Paramzina, Anastasya 2222 RUS 3 3 WFM Dwilewicz, Katarzyna 2081 POL