World Youth Olympiad Rd.08: Russia become Champions with a Round to Spare

Report by Priyadarshan Banjan

The way things were moving, it should not come as a surprise at all. They came, they saw, they conquered. Russia has scored the maximum possible 16 match points in 8 matches (2 match points per win) to stake claim on the first spot.

Before the start of the event, the Russian coach had mentioned that he was worried about the India Green team more than anybody else. Once the Greens were out of the way, the Russians effortlessly marched to take the Gold.

In the penultimate round, the Russians played Armenia and the first board finished in draws.

On the third board, FM Artur Gaifullin, rated 2417, was completely winning but could only draw. But it did not matter.

On the fourth board, Russian FM Timur Fakhritdinov, rated 2408, won comfortably to take Russia home once again. Russia won 2.5-1.5.

India Green was playing Uzbekistan on the second board.

GM Aryan Chopra’s torrid form continues as he lost his fifth game, this time to…

…Uzbek IM Nodirbek Yakkuboev.

IM Praggnanandhaa kept pressing with black until his Uzbek opponent IM Shamsiddin Vokhidov, rated 2412 cracked and lost.

IM Nihal Sarin also kept pressing against Saydaliev Saidakber, rated 2362, until the Uzbek lost the thread and lost.

IM Iniyan P., rated 2452, smashed Daler Vakhidov, rated 2250.

Iniyan is clearly the unsung hero for India Green as he has scored 6.5/7 on the third/fourth board.
With the Gold already confirmed, Iran and India now are fighting for the Silver medal. With 13 Match Points, India is ahead of Iran who has 12 Match Points.

Rank after Round 8

Rk. SNo Team Games   +   =   –  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5
1 3 Russia 8 8 0 0 16 24,0 0 452,8 152,5
2 1 India Green 8 6 1 1 13 21,5 0 390,8 152,0
3 2 Iran 8 5 2 1 12 21,5 0 409,8 157,5
4 4 Armenia 8 5 0 3 10 21,5 0 378,8 149,0
5 10 Belarus 8 5 0 3 10 19,5 0 295,5 136,0
6 11 Kazakhstan 8 5 0 3 10 19,5 0 280,3 130,5
7 6 India Red 8 5 0 3 10 16,0 0 267,8 144,0
8 7 India Blue 8 4 1 3 9 19,5 0 304,3 130,0
9 5 Uzbekistan 8 4 1 3 9 18,0 0 333,8 154,5
10 8 Turkey 8 4 1 3 9 17,5 0 306,8 146,5
11 14 Malaysia 8 4 1 3 9 17,0 0 245,3 124,0
12 20 South Africa A 8 4 1 3 9 15,0 0 207,5 122,5
13 15 Canada 8 4 0 4 8 19,0 0 236,5 129,5
14 12 Argentina 8 4 0 4 8 18,5 0 294,5 132,0
15 17 Indonesia 8 3 2 3 8 17,5 0 244,3 123,0
16 19 Sri Lanka 8 4 0 4 8 17,0 0 235,3 125,5
17 13 Mongolia 8 3 2 3 8 16,5 0 266,3 143,5
18 18 Iraq 8 4 0 4 8 16,5 0 177,0 114,5
19 9 Israel 8 3 2 3 8 16,0 0 256,8 135,0
20 27 Kyrgyzstan 8 3 1 4 7 15,0 0 174,8 109,5
21 26 Kenya – Simba 8 3 1 4 7 12,0 0 100,5 104,0
22 16 Bangladesh 8 3 0 5 6 14,0 2 220,8 137,5
23 23 Nepal A 8 2 2 4 6 14,0 0 111,5 93,0
24 21 Australia 8 3 0 5 6 13,0 0 167,5 121,5
25 24 South Africa B 8 2 2 4 6 13,0 0 123,0 110,5
26 22 Thailand 8 2 1 5 5 10,0 0 101,3 125,5
27 28 Mozambique 8 1 2 5 4 9,5 0 90,0 108,5
28 25 Nepal B 8 1 1 6 3 6,0 0 36,0 110,5
29 29 Kenya – Ndovu 8 0 1 7 1 8,0 0 66,3 96,0
30 30 Uganda 1 0 0 1 0 0,0 0 0,0 88,0

Team pairings

Round 9 on 2017/12/18 at 0930
No. SNo Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team SNo
1 6 India Red 16 10 : 16 24 Russia 3
2 11 Kazakhstan 19½ 10 : 13 21½ India Green 1
3 2 Iran 21½ 12 : 10 19½ Belarus 10
4 4 Armenia 21½ 10 : 9 17 Malaysia 14
5 5 Uzbekistan 18 9 : 9 19½ India Blue 7
6 20 South Africa A 15 9 : 9 17½ Turkey 8
7 9 Israel 16 8 : 8 18½ Argentina 12
8 19 Sri Lanka 17 8 : 8 16½ Mongolia 13
9 18 Iraq 16½ 8 : 8 19 Canada 15
10 26 Kenya – Simba 12 7 : 8 17½ Indonesia 17
11 16 Bangladesh 14 6 : 7 15 Kyrgyzstan 27
12 23 Nepal A 14 6 : 5 10 Thailand 22
13 29 Kenya – Ndovu 8 1 : 6 13 South Africa B 24
14 28 Mozambique 4 : 3 6 Nepal B 25
15 21 Australia 13 6 2 : 0 0 0 bye -1
16 30 Uganda 0 0 : 0 0 not paired -2