Tejaswini Sagar on sole-second spot

World Youth Chess Championship 2018

Report by FI Puneet Jaiswal

In the under-18 Girls category, WIM Tejaswini Sagar improved her chances for a podium finish when she defeated Hng Mei-En Emmanuelle of Singapore in the 8th round of The World Youth Chess Championship 2018 at Chalkidiki Greece.

Tejaswini played untested move on move nine against Kan variation of Sicilian Defence. Later in an equal middle game she obtained double bishop along with two vs one pawn majority on the queenside. On move 26th she won the weak A-pawn and converted the extra pawn to a full point in 38 moves.

Tejaswini will take on the leader WIM Shuvolova Polina of Russia with black pieces.

In the under-14 open section, CM Kushagra Mohan, playing black pieces, held Danish IM Bjerre Jonas Buhl to a draw. He employed Open variation of Ruy Lopez where both the players followed the laid path of Caruana and Batista till move 25. Bhul tried to press and eventually obtained a small edge but it was not sufficient and both settled for a draw after 38 moves in heavy pieces endgame.

Kushagra along with Raja Ritwik with 6 points stays at joint fourth spot whereas the FM Antonio of Spain leads with 7.5 points ahead of FM Kacharava of Georgia and Huang Renjie of China.

In the under-14 girls’ section, WCM Jyothsna played the French defence on which her Russian opponent Stepanyan Eva employed the Tarrasch variation. On move 17 white varied the theory and let Jyothsna to equalize with ease further they settle for a draw in a rook and pawn ending seeing no further headway after 41 moves.

The encounter between the two Indian girls WIM Divya Deshmukh and WCM Mrudul Dehankar witnessed the Larsen opening. In a see-saw battle in an equal middlegame position, Mrudul went for a queen exchange on move 31. The move led Divya to obtain a small edge in double rook knight ending. Divya converted into a full point in 73 moves in a knight ending.

Jyothsna and Divya are sharing the second spot along with seven others. The leader Ning Kaiyu of China has 1.5 points lead with 7.5 points.

Results: Round 8

Under-14 Open

3 1 IM Bjerre Jonas Buhl 2438 ½ – ½ CM Kushagra Mohan 2283 26
6 31 Boyer Mahel 2227 5 0 – 1 5 IM Raja Rithvik R 2421 3
16 21 FM Ozenir Ekin Baris 2293 1 – 0 AGM Srihari L R 2170 40

Under-14 Girls

3 23 WFM Stepanyan Eva 1981 ½ – ½ WCM Jyothsna L 2060 11
6 4 WIM Divya Deshmukh 2180 5 1 – 0 5 WCM Mrudul Dehankar 1996 20
13 16 WFM Dhyana Patel 2002 1 – 0 Tien Sophie 1648 71

Under-16 Open

8 17 FM Ibrahimli Murad 2379 5 ½ – ½ 5 Sankalp Gupta 2352 28
13 51 Peng Hongchi 2273 0 – 1 Koustav Chatterjee 2344 30
34 73 Vatsal Singhania 2128 0 – 1 FM Kamer Kayra 2290 44
51 110 Garvit Kumar Kalra 1620 ½ – ½ 2 Aravena Navarro Alexis Andres 1970 88

Under-16 Girls

7 38 Zhang Xiao 1980 0 – 1 WFM Makhija Aashna 2197 5
8 40 Sanskriti Goyal 1971 1 – 0 WFM Getman Tatyana 2195 6
10 8 Berdnyk Mariia 2179 1 – 0 WFM Salonika Saina 2093 21
11 10 WFM Goltseva Ekaterina 2169 ½ – ½ Meenal Gupta 2065 26
22 52 Tejasvi M 1869 0 – 1 Hercog Nusa 2017 33
27 44 Shanya Mishra 1924 1 – 0 Hovhannisyan Mane 1730 65
42 86 Sagar Siya 1310 2 0 – 1 2 Mairambekova Aiperi 1398 81

Under-18 Open

9 11 IM Costachi Mihnea 2484 1 – 0 FM Mitrabha Guha 2352 30
28 83 Manu David Suthandram R 1970 ½ – ½ IM Kandil Adham 2292 46

Under-18 Girls

3 22 WIM Tejaswini Sagar 2139 1 – 0 5 Hng Mei-En Emmanuelle 2020 31
9 20 WFM Arpita Mukherjee 2147 ½ – ½ WFM Antolak Julia 2240 11
10 12 WIM Chitlange Sakshi 2237 ½ – ½ Janiashvili Mariami 2081 24
12 14 Priyanka K 2207 4 ½ – ½ FM Cvitan Ena 2034 29
16 30 WFM Tarini Goyal 2026 4 1 – 0 4 Muratova Saltanat 1859 58