World Juniors 2018 Round 8: Abhimanyu Puranik stuns Jorden van Foreest
Karthik Venkatraman on the top board suffered a loss to Parham Maghsoodloo. Indians chances for someone winning a medal at the World Juniors are still alive as both Karthik and Abhimanyu Puranik are on 6.0/8 and in top ten spots. Abhimanyu played a highly entertaining game to beat Jorden van Foreest with the white pieces. In this report we have both the critical games - Karthik-Maghsoodloo and Abhimanyu-Jorden analyzed as well as video interviews of Parham and Abhimanyu. In the girls section Isha Sharma and Meenal Gupta have been performing admirably, but Saskhi Chitlange and V. Varshini have a realistic chance of winning a medal if they win their games in the ninth round.
Parham Maghsoodloo now on 7.5/8 after beating Karthik, seems unstoppable. He will face Awonder Liang in the 9th round and if he manages to win this game, he will extend his lead over the field to 1.5 points! Karthik in his game against Maghsoodloo had his chances after the opening. He was even better at some point. But he did not follow up accurately and just when it seemed like too many pieces would come off the board and players would agree to a draw, Karthik blundered and got himself pinned in a big way. Parham finished off the game to perfection.
One thing we have to learn from Abhimanyu is the confidence with which he plays the game of chess. The boy really does not worry about the stature of his opponent. Although he was facing a world class opponent like Jorden van Foreest, he backed himself to play for a win and went for a line which he was playing for the first time in his chess career. And Abhimanyu was thoroughly outplayed in the opening and had nearly lost the game, but he kept his calm, extricated himself from that tough situation and went on to score the full point. With this win he keeps his medal chances alive.
Overview of Indian performances
Karthik Venkatraman has clearly been the best performer for India in the open section. In spite of having lost his eighth round game, he still maintains third position and has good chances for a podium finish. Abhimanyu Puranik is on same points as Karthik, but due to inferior tiebreak, he is currently on the tenth spot. S.L. Naryanan and Karthikeyan Murali who are on 14th and 13th position respectively need to get their act together and score three wins if they want to have any chances for a medal. Last year's bronze medal winner Aravindh Chithambaram seems to have lost his chance to finish in top three as he currently stands on 30th position.
In the girls section Sakshi Chitlange has won two games in a row and is on 13th position, while Varshini has won three in a row and is currently on 12th place. Apart from them no one really has a chance to finish in top three, but special mention must be made of Isha Sharma and Meenal Gupta. While Isha is gaining 92 Elo points, Meenal has seen a boost of 115 Elo points.
|10||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2578||IND||1||1||1||0||1||0||½||½||5,0||30||10||-3,40||Open|
|13||GM||Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan||2573||IND||1||½||1||0||1||1||0||1||5,5||14||10||-1,00||Open|
|50||IM||Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||2443||IND||½||1||½||0||1||½||½||1||5,0||45||10||-0,50||Open|
|77||IM||Krishna Teja N||2356||IND||1||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||4,0||88||10||-10,00||Open|
|36||WIM||Ivana Maria Furtado||2144||IND||1||½||1||0||½||½||0||0||3,5||57||20||-0,20||Girls|