Heartbreak for Indian contingent at the World Cadets 2019
The FIDE World Cadet Chess Championships 2019 came to a heartbreaking conclusion for the Indian contingent. Vivaan Vijay Saraogi, who emerged as one of the leaders in the under-8 open, failed to deliver in the final round and with that the country's hopes for a medal were dashed. In the under-10 section the encounter between Yash Bharadia and Ilamparthy A R ended in a draw which meant that both missed out on podium finish narrowly. In the same category Mayank Chakraborty registered a consoling victory, thus climbing up to a satisfactory seventh place on the rank-list. No other Indians could manage a top ten finish in the remaining categories. All in all, quite a forgettable event for Indian chess.
The Indian contingent with 31 of its participants had one of the largest representations in this years World Cadet Championships. Some of these players were seeded in the top five in their respective categories to begin with and therefore were expected to perform well. But unfortunately no one could rise to the occasion and bag even a single medal. Well, that's the nature of sports, sometimes you win and sometimes you just learn and move on! The best results in the event were secured by Russia, USA, and China followed by Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Vietnam who too performed surprisingly well. The medal statistics after eleven rounds is given below:
Vivaan's Pirc flounder shatters India's medal hopes
Going into the final round, India's best hope for a medal rested in the hands Vivaan Vijay Saraogi. Vivaan emerged as one of the leaders in the under-8 open after the penultimate round ten of the event. In round eleven he was paired up with the black pieces against another leader, namely Lebedev Artem S. of Russia. The game started off with 1.e4 g6 and the Indian youngster soon entered into an unfavourable position out of the opening.
Lebedev Artem S. - Vivaan Vijay Saraogi, Round 11
A wiser plan would have been to just give up the f5 pawn and consolidate with 18...c6. The point is after something like 19.Qxf5 d5 20.Kh2 Qd6 Black has managed to shut off White's g2 bishop completely.
But 18...Qc8 played in the game allowed White to keep the initiative going. The game followed 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.Bxd5+ and Black had to part with his bishop pair, while White managed to bring his light-squared bishop to a better square.
Yash, Ilamparthy split point and Mayank Chakraborty registers a final win!
In the under-10 section medal hopes dwindled when Yash Bharadia and Ilamparthy A R were paired up against each other in the final round. The encounter between these two talented youngsters ended in a draw after 48 moves in the following position.
Yash Bharadia - Ilamparthy A R, Round 11
Mayank was up against Wang Yixiao of China with the white pieces in final round of the event. The game opened with a Ruy Lopez and was played on well trodden theory until when on move 17 Black blundered.
Mayank Chakraborty - Wang Yixiao, Round 11
The correct move, and which indeed was played in the game, is 18.Ba2. With best play from this position 18...Qd8 19.Nd4 Nxd4 20.Bxd4 White seizes a tangible initiative.
The game however went 18...Qd7 19.Bf4 Qf5 20.Nd2 Bxg2 21.Bg3 Bh3 22.Bd5! and here Black's light-square weaknesses in the center became apparent.
An overview of all Indian performances after eleven rounds
|9||Vivaan Vijay Saraogi||1480||IND||1||1||1||0||1||½||1||1||1||½||0||8,0||5||40||3,60||U8 Open|
|22||Jaivardhan Raj||1287||IND||1||1||½||1||0||½||1||0||0||0||1||6,0||34||40||6,40||U8 Open|
|27||Ayushman Mohanty||1269||IND||1||0||1||1||1||½||0||1||0||1||0||6,5||22||40||33,20||U8 Open|
|28||Amogh Bisht||1260||IND||1||1||0||1||½||1||0||0||1||0||1||6,5||24||40||15,20||U8 Open|
|29||Ishaan Singh Khanuja||1240||IND||½||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||1||6,5||31||40||34,00||U8 Open|
|3||Ilamparthi A R||1984||IND||1||1||½||1||½||1||1||1||½||0||½||8,0||4||40||-47,20||U10 Open|
|4||Bharadia Yash||1963||IND||1||1||½||½||½||0||1||1||1||1||½||8,0||6||40||-57,20||U10 Open|
|14||Mayank Chakraborty||1731||IND||1||1||½||1||1||½||0||1||0||1||1||8,0||7||40||22,00||U10 Open|
|25||Raghu Ram Reddy Seelam||1631||IND||1||1||½||0||0||½||0||1||½||1||½||6,0||39||40||-50,40||U10 Open|
|26||Daakshin Arun||1628||IND||1||1||0||1||½||0||0||1||1||1||0||6,5||27||40||-60,00||U10 Open|
|47||Rajveer Pinkesh Nahar||1410||IND||½||0||1||1||0||½||1||0||0||½||0||4,5||79||40||-22,40||U10 Open|
|51||Aarav Sinha||1383||IND||0||1||1||½||½||0||½||0||1||0||1||5,5||52||40||34,40||U10 Open|
|3||CM||Shahil Dey||2207||IND||½||0||½||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||1||7,0||19||40||-112,00||U12 Open|
|4||CM||Dev Shah||2161||IND||1||1||0||1||1||0||½||½||1||0||0||6,0||36||40||-130,40||U12 Open|
|17||CM||Kadam Om Manish||2028||IND||1||½||1||1||½||½||0||0||1||½||0||6,0||38||40||-62,40||U12 Open|
|41||Mahendra Teja Mekala||1827||IND||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||6,0||37||40||110,80||U12 Open|
|75||Bang Atharva||1486||IND||0||1||0||0||1||½||0||1||½||½||1||5,5||64||40||30,40||U12 Open|
|4||Aishani Pathak||1245||IND||½||0||1||½||0||1||1||0||0||1||1||6,0||31||40||-13,60||U8 Girls|
|10||Lakshana Subramanian||1159||IND||1||0||1||0||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||7,0||13||40||0,80||U8 Girls|
|17||Kolagatla Alana Meenakshi||1061||IND||1||½||½||0||1||0||1||1||1||0||1||7,0||15||40||-6,00||U8 Girls|
|21||Anaishaa Pinkesh Nahar||1033||IND||1||0||½||0||½||1||0||1||1||1||1||7,0||16||40||29,20||U8 Girls|
|23||Aadhya Jain||1008||IND||0||1||1||1||1||½||1||1||0||0||½||7,0||12||40||76,40||U8 Girls|
|24||Abhishree Deepu||0||IND||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||½||0||4,5||60||0||0,00||U8 Girls|
|58||Samaira Jain||0||IND||0||0||0||1||0||1||½||1||1||0||1||5,5||43||0||0,00||U8 Girls|
|12||Sneha Halder||1561||IND||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||1||½||6,5||25||40||-82,40||U10 Girls|
|27||Indira Priyadharshini Subbu||1346||IND||1||1||0||1||0||0||½||½||1||1||0||6,0||32||40||-35,20||U10 Girls|
|33||Sachi Jain||1282||IND||1||0||1||0||1||½||1||½||0||½||1||6,5||21||40||98,40||U10 Girls|
|38||Aswinika Mani R||1242||IND||0||1||0||1||1||1||½||0||0||1||1||6,5||27||40||57,20||U10 Girls|
|1||WFM||Savitha Shri B||2010||IND||½||1||1||0||1||1||½||1||0||0||1||7,0||12||40||-108,80||U12 Girls|
|38||Akshaya Rajaraman||1457||IND||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2,0||87||40||-26,80||U12 Girls|
|42||Tejaswi R||1393||IND||1||0||1||0||½||½||½||0||0||1||1||5,5||50||40||-39,60||U12 Girls|
|44||Sinthia Sarkar||1384||IND||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0,0||90||40||0,00||U12 Girls|
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