2018 World Juniors 05-06: IM Karthik Venkataraman is unbeatable

FIDE World Junior and Girl Under 20 Chess Championship 2018

Report by IM Ravi Teja

Gebze, Turkey: The World Juniors Chess Championship has commenced on September 5. This eleven-round event will run until September 15th. India has a strong contingent consisting of 10 participants in the Open and 7 in the Girls championship.

Karthik Venkataraman, who is the 55th GrandMaster 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 Latest GrandMaster from Andhra Pradesh.

In Round 6, Karthik outplayed his fellow Indian GM Vr. Aravind Chithambaram after Aravind miscalculated a variation on move 29.Nxd5. After a series of complications, Black stood with decisive material with which Karthik converted easily to a full point placing himself with 5/6 just behind the leaders GM Maghsoodloo Parham(IRI) and IM Sindarov Javokhir(UZB).

GM Karthikeyan Murali [Photo: Amruta Mokal/ ChessBase India]
Other Indians in the fray, GM Karthikeyan Murali, GM Narayanan SL, GM Abhimanyu Puranik are on 4.5/6

In the Girls Championship, WIM Komeriki Nino of Georgia is maintaining the pole position with 6 points. WIM Mahalakshmi and Meenal Gupta are with 4 points respectively. In Round 6, Meenal Gupta and Isha Sharma won with much higher rated opponents WFM Kanakova Natalie (CZE) and Caglar Sila (TUR) respectively.

1 GM Maghsoodloo, Parham 2649 IRI IM Sindarov, Javokhir 2484 UZB
2 GM Firouzja, Alireza 2582 IRI 5 5 IM Vavulin, Maksim 2559 RUS
3 IM Karthik, Venkataraman 2519 IND 5 5 GM Tabatabaei, M.Amin 2576 IRI
4 GM Van Foreest, Jorden 2624 NED IM Lobanov, Sergei 2535 RUS
5 GM Hakobyan, Aram 2554 ARM GM Donchenko, Alexander 2614 GER
6 GM Karthikeyan, Murali 2605 IND GM Puranik, Abhimanyu 2524 IND
7 GM Esipenko, Andrey 2593 RUS IM Thybo, Jesper Sondergaard 2499 DEN
8 GM Kollars, Dmitrij 2536 GER GM Petrosyan, Manuel 2581 ARM
9 GM Liang, Awonder 2575 USA GM Santos Ruiz, Miguel 2524 ESP
10 IM Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian 2525 NOR GM Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan 2573 IND

Girls Pairings, Round 7 on 11/9/2018 at 5:30 pm


1 WIM Dordzhieva, Dinara 2318 RUS 5 6 WIM Khomeriki, Nino 2313 GEO
2 Maltsevskaya, Aleksandra 2234 RUS 5 5 WGM Paramzina, Anastasya 2222 RUS
3 FM Gorti, Akshita 2315 USA IM Tsolakidou, Stavroula 2393 GRE
4 FM Antova, Gabriela 2292 FID FM Assaubayeva, Bibisara 2371 RUS
5 WFM Potapova, Margarita 2277 RUS 4 WIM Sieber, Fiona 2277 GER
6 WGM Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim 2369 UZB 4 4 WIM Mahalakshmi, M 2213 IND
7 WIM Haussernot, Cecile 2237 FRA 4 4 WIM Zhu, Jiner 2364 CHN
8 WGM Hojjatova, Aydan 2356 AZE 4 4 WCM Song, Yuxin 2156 CHN
9 WIM Unuk, Laura 2299 SLO 4 4 WFM Nurgali, Nazerke 2080 KAZ
10 WFM Sliwicka, Alicja 2272 POL 4 4 Meenal, Gupta 1963 IND