2018 World Juniors: Abhimanyu Puranik eyeing for top honours.

GM Abhimanyu Puranik [Photo: Amruta Mokal/ ChessBase India]

Report by IM Ravi Teja

Gebze, Turkey: The World Juniors Chess Championship 2018 is closing to an end. In the Open section, after 9 rounds only GM Abhimanyu Puranik have the bright chances for the podium finish. He is in the joint second spot with 7 points, trailing behind him are GM Karthik Venkataraman and GM Narayanan S.L, with 6 points. GM Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran already has a huge lead of 1.5 points ahead of his competitors with 8.5/9.  

In the rounds 8 & 9, Abhimanyu created upsets defeating the second seed GM Van Foreest Jorden(NED) and GM Firouzja Alireza (IRI) respectively in a convincing way.

In the girls section, The medal chances are still alive in the form of WIM V.Varshini, who is in the joint second spot with 6.5/9. She won four games in a row. Special Mentions to her game in round 9 where she spectacularly defeated much higher opponent FM Antova Gabriela of FIDE.

Other girls in the fray are Isha Sharma and WIM Sakshi Chitlange with 5.5/9

Open pairings: Round 10 on 14/09/2018 at 05:30pm.

BO. NAME RTG FED PTS RES. PTS NAME RTG FED
1 GM Maghsoodloo, Parham 2649 IRI 7 IM Vavulin, Maksim 2559 RUS
2 GM Puranik, Abhimanyu 2524 IND 7 7 GM Bai, Jinshi 2556 CHN
3 IM Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian 2525 NOR 7 7 GM Hakobyan, Aram 2554 ARM
4 FM Gavrilescu, David 2470 ROU GM Esipenko, Andrey 2593 RUS
5 GM Liang, Awonder 2575 USA IM Lobanov, Sergei 2535 RUS
6 GM Martirosyan, Haik M. 2597 ARM 6 6 GM Santos Ruiz, Miguel 2524 ESP
7 FM Lagunow, Raphael 2403 GER 6 6 GM Firouzja, Alireza 2582 IRI
8 GM Petrosyan, Manuel 2581 ARM 6 6 IM Karthik, Venkataraman 2519 IND
9 GM Tabatabaei, M.Amin 2576 IRI 6 6 IM Thybo, Jesper Sondergaard 2499 DEN
10 GM Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan 2573 IND 6 6 IM Sindarov, Javokhir 2484 UZB

 

Girls Pairings:Round 10 on 14/09/2018 at 05:30 pm.

BO. NAME RTG FED PTS RES. PTS NAME RTG FED
1 WIM Dordzhieva, Dinara 2318 RUS 7 7 FM Assaubayeva, Bibisara 2371 RUS
2 WFM Potapova, Margarita 2277 RUS 7 7 WGM Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim 2369 UZB
3 WFM Nurgali, Nazerke 2080 KAZ 7 Maltsevskaya, Aleksandra 2234 RUS
4 WIM Varshini, V 2173 IND WIM Khomeriki, Nino 2313 GEO
5 IM Tsolakidou, Stavroula 2393 GRE 6 6 WIM Unuk, Laura 2299 SLO
6 Diakonova, Ekaterina 2243 RUS 6 6 IM Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel 2377 MGL
7 WIM Zhu, Jiner 2364 CHN 6 6 WFM Kanakova, Natalie 2201 CZE
8 WGM Paramzina, Anastasya 2222 RUS 6 6 WGM Hojjatova, Aydan 2356 AZE
9 WFM Beydullayeva, Govhar 2202 AZE FM Gorti, Akshita 2315 USA
10 WFM Serikbay, Assel 2125 KAZ FM Antova, Gabriela 2292 FID