Nihal Sarin Beats Top Two Seeds

Nihal Sarin Beats Top Two Seeds
By Arvind Aaron

Three Indians are in sole lead and NIhal Sarin has just joined the leaders in the Open Under-12 section of the World Youth Chess Championship that is taking place in Greece on November 3, 2015.

Bharath (Open U-8), Mahalakshmi (Girls U-18) and Vaishali (Girls U-14) are in sole lead for India with two rounds still to be played. Nihal Sarin is a joint leader in the Under-12 section for Boys. Savitha Shri let the lead slip in the Girls U-8 section.

Bharath Subramaniyam H maintained his top position in the Open under-8 section. After nine rounds, he leads by half a point with 8/9. Behind them on seven points is Dev Shah and Thirish Karthik on 6½. The concern is, there are three players on 7½ who are from other nations.

R Praggnanandhaa is in shared second-third position in the Under-10 section with 7.5 points. He faces a Russian and with the black colour in round ten. He will certainly need two wins should he want to win the title.

Nihal Sarin has beaten the second and top seeds in successive rounds in the under-12 section to share the lead with 7½/9. He was last year’s under-10 champion. If he can maintain that for two more rounds, India would get a gold medal from this Kerala boy.

In the Open Under-14 section, P.R. Hirthickkesh has scored five wins in a row to move into joint third position on 7/9. The two leaders are on 7.5 points. Two more wins could leave Hirthickkesh with a medal or even the title.

Girls Section

Mahalakshmi is sitting pretty in the girls under-18 event. A win with white could give her the title by round ten itself. She leads with 8/9. Varshini  and other player are on seven points. India also have a chance of a 1-2 finish here.

Top seed R Vaishali is leading the Girls Under-14 section with 7.5 points. Five players are behind her on seven points and that includes one Indian, Vantika Agrawal. Vaishali needs a good finish here to assure herself of the gold medal.

Saina Salonika is on 7½ out of nine and is playing very well. Way above her expected playing level. She shares second-third place. The leader in the Girls Under-12 section is on 8 points.

Without a win in the last three rounds, former leader of the Girls Under-8 section, Savitha Shri is on seven points sharing the third place.

Rk. FED gold silver bronze Total
1 IND 3 3 2 8
2 IRI 2 0 1 3
3 BUL 2 0 0 2
4 RUS 1 2 3 6
5 POL 1 2 0 3
6 CHN 1 1 0 2
7 KAZ 1 0 0 1
8 GER 1 0 0 1
9 USA 0 1 2 3
10 UZB 0 1 1 2
Bo. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg
4 IM Sardana Rishi 2385 6 ½ – ½ GM Vaibhav Suri 2561
7 Aradhya Garg 2180 ½ – ½ IM Codenotti Marco 2419
19 Pranavananda V 2174 0 – 1 IM Saiyn Zhanat 2409
36 FM Viennot Dylan 2279 ½ – ½ Yogit S 2119
6 Muthaiah Al 2316 6 ½ – ½ 6 Sarana Alexey 2413
17 FM Mesaros Florian 2379 5 1 – 0 5 Ritviz Parab 2267
7 Hirthickkesh Pr 2090 6 1 – 0 6 FM Zarubitski Viachaslau 2310
13 FM Kozak Adam 2349 5 1 – 0 Raja Harshit 2110
30 FM Rajdeep Sarkar 2233 1 – 0 Trimitzios Petros 2044
59 Stanojevic Ilija 2037 1 – 0 Manu David Suthandram R 1748
1 FM Abdusattorov Nodirbek 2432 7 0 – 1 CM Nihal Sarin 2096
39 Shah Rishab 1659 1 – 0 CM Nogerbek Kazybek 1986
2 FM Praggnanandhaa R 2077 1 – 0 Krastev Alexander 1888
13 CM Lu Maximillian 1844 0 – 1 CM Sadhwani Raunak 1981
14 CM Mendonca Leon Luke 1687 ½ – ½ Mochalin Faddey 1917
37 Amanzhol Sultan 1715 0 – 1 Sai Pranav Siddamshetty 1503
40 Poznyak Nazar 1904 4 1 – 0 Manthan Kashyap Datta 1494
1 CM Ochirbat Lkhagvajamts 1420 7 ½ – ½ Bharath Subramaniyam H 1602
5 CM Sindarov Islombek 1567 6 1 – 0 6 CM Shahil Dey 1511
6 CM Dev Shah 1521 6 1 – 0 6 Samadov Read 1409
8 Pedmanson Albert 1357 0 – 1 Thrish Karthik 1477
9 CM Mullick Raahil 1412 ½ – ½ Atanasov Anthony 0
18 Medhansh Saxena 0 5 1 – 0 5 Stevanovic Jovan 1433
19 Ofek Omri 0 5 0 – 1 5 CM Prraneeth Vuppala 1394
1 WIM Derakhshani Dorsa 2356 6 0 – 1 7 WFM Mahalakshmi M 2019
3 Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh 2237 6 0 – 1 6 WFM Varshini V 2105
13 WFM Assaubayeva Bibisara 2183 ½ – ½ WFM Srija Seshadri 1911
16 Dong Alice 1808 1 – 0 WIM Parnali S Dharia 2130
10 WIM Narva Mai 2203 5 ½ – ½ 5 WCM Sapale Saloni 1927
11 WCM Chung Mathilde 2087 5 1 – 0 5 Harshita Guddanti 2181
12 WFM Vrtiakova Anna 2123 5 0 – 1 5 WCM Chandreyee Hajra 1928
14 Aakanksha Hagawane 2061 5 1 – 0 WFM Garcia Martin Marta 2113
1 Du Yuxin 2053 ½ – ½ 7 WFM Vaishali R 2314
4 Vantika Agrawal 2039 6 1 – 0 6 WFM Goltseva Ekaterina 2114
11 Priyanka Nutakki 2042 1 – 0 Yan Tianqi 1799
13 Maltsevskaya Aleksandra 2051 5 1 – 0 5 Priyanka K 1891
36 Archi Agrawal 1298 4 1 – 0 4 Camp Imogen A L 1697
3 WCM Salonika Saina 1858 1 – 0 6 WCM Duran Esma Doga 1876
11 WCM Mrudul Dehankar 1890 5 1 – 0 5 Manya Bagla 1594
14 Tsivelekidou Evgenia 1646 5 ½ – ½ 5 WFM Lakshmi C 1733
19 Ananya Rishi Gupta 1489 ½ – ½ Dejanovic Tereza 1703
4 WCM Kamalidenova Meruert 1720 6 0 – 1 6 Rakshitta Ravi 1516
5 WFM Divya Deshmukh 1772 1 – 0 6 WCM Munkhzul Davaakhuu 1582
21 Zhou Enming 0 0 – 1 Bhagyashree Patil 1468
1 Wei Yaqing 1478 1 – 0 7 Savitha Shri B 1294
3 Gaal Zsoka 1534 6 1 – 0 6 WCM Prathivya Gupta 1312
16 Anishka Vikram 1132 1 – 0 Ratnesan Radha 0
22 Aarna Chugh 1047 4 1 – 0 4 Kaliakhmet Eldana 0
32 Stephan Chloe 0 3 0 – 1 3 Sri Vidya Sambhavi R 1083

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