World Juniors 2019 Rd.02: The optimism of the young!
The World Junior Championships 2019 is such high on chess content that it is becoming extremely difficult to write a report that would cover everything! In spite of having just 94 boards (47 in open and 47 in girls) there is high quality chess taking place on almost 70% of these games. After two rounds we have nine boys in the lead with 2.0/2 in the open section and eleven girls in the lead with 2.0/2 in the girls section. In this article we bring some of the most interesting and instructive moments of the second round. We not only have the pictures, analysis, and interviews but also a special section called highlights of the day which gives you the glimpse of what happened in just 12 minutes!
The wonderful thing about juniors is that their dreams are limitless. For them, the rating is just a number. Untouched by the unforgiving teacher called experience, these players bring to the table what not event many of the elite GMs can! And that's the reason why following the World Junior Championships is extremely exciting. You have players who have the talent in them to rule the chess world in the years to come, but they also have the youthful exuberance to try out new stuff which the 2750+ GMs will not!
Aaryan Varshney vs Rahul Srivatshav
Black has just pushed his pawn to b5. White is a couple of pawns down. Yes, White has some compensation because the f7 point is weak, but give this position to any elite player and he would use his sense of objectivity and try to find the best resources to hold the position. Give such a position to an "inexperienced" junior and he will try his best to use his bishop and rook to launch a mating attack against the black king!
Shant Sargsyan vs Aditya Mittal
Shant played his queen to c6 attacking the rook on a8. The natural move here was to play ...Ba6. Aditya was perhaps afraid of Nc7, but after Bxf1 Nxa8 Bxg2 Rg1 Be4 Black has excellent compensation and a fine position. In the above diagram, Black moved his rook to b8 and after Nxa7 Shant was just a pawn up and he comfortably converted it into a win.
Bharath vs Shtembuliak
Bharath took the pawn on h7 here which turned out to be an error. Instead he could gone for the spectacular look Rxe6!+ After Qxe6 Re1 Black gets two rooks for the queen but the resulting position after Qxe1 Nxe1 0-0-0 Nf3 Be7 g3 is in White's favour.
Bharath was unable to find the above mini-combination and eventually lost the game.
After winning the under-18 World Youth, Praggnanandhaa is on a high. But at the same time, it is never easy to play 22 rounds of grueling chess. As Pragg said after the game, "Yes, I am a bit tired, but I sleep more during the day and it helps me." For now, the youngster seems to have enough energy as he played a fine game to beat Bronstein from the white side of the Sicilian Najdorf.
Praggnanandhaa vs Bronstein
Bronstein got no real chances in the game and although Praggnanandhaa could have shown better technique in some instances, the win was never in doubt.
Santos Ruiz vs Martin Hollan
If you were to ask a question - "Which is my most passive piece right now?" The answer would be a loud - Rook on a1. How do I get it into the game? Rc1? or move the queen and Rd1? Well, much better is to go Ra3! and the rook will swing over to the kingside and launch a powerful attack against the black king! White won in nice attacking style.
Karthikeyan Murali, 2019
Results of Round 2
|1||4||GM||Kollars Dmitrij||GER||2587||1||½ - ½||1||IM||Batsuren Dambasuren||MGL||2454||29|
|2||6||GM||Sargsyan Shant||ARM||2580||1||1 - 0||1||IM||Aditya Mittal||IND||2430||33|
|3||36||IM||Bharath Subramaniyam H||IND||2417||1||0 - 1||1||GM||Shtembuliak Evgeny||UKR||2577||7|
|4||8||GM||Praggnanandhaa R||IND||2567||1||1 - 0||1||IM||Bronstein Or||ISR||2413||37|
|5||38||IM||Agmanov Zhandos||KAZ||2403||1||½ - ½||1||GM||Hakobyan Aram||ARM||2561||9|
|6||10||GM||Santos Ruiz Miguel||ESP||2560||1||1 - 0||1||FM||Hollan Martin||CZE||2403||39|
|7||12||IM||Gazik Viktor||SVK||2546||1||0 - 1||1||FM||Amartuvshin Ganzorig||MGL||2391||43|
|8||44||FM||Anuj Shrivatri||IND||2390||1||½ - ½||1||GM||Harsha Bharathakoti||IND||2530||13|
|9||14||GM||Visakh N R||IND||2529||1||½ - ½||1||FM||Dobrovoljc Vid||SLO||2389||45|
|10||46||IM||Mendonca Leon Luke||IND||2388||1||½ - ½||1||IM||Lobanov Sergei||RUS||2516||15|
Standings after round 2
|10||GM||Santos Ruiz Miguel||ESP||2560||2,0||0,0||1,0||2,0|
In the girls section we have eleven leaders after round two on 2.0/2. We had quite a big upset on the first board itself when second seed Stavroula Tsolakidou lost to the youngster from India Mrudul Dehankar.
Stavroula vs Dehankar
Nf4 was coming up and hence Mrudul went for the move ...Rg8. Her point was that now Nf4 can be met with Bg6 and after Nxg6 or Bxg6 she could take back with the h-pawn. However, Stavroula surprised her opponent with Bxh7 after Rg8. Mrudul also went on to the attack with Bxf3 and after the rook was take on g8, the knight was picked up on e2.
Results of round 2
|1||2||IM||Tsolakidou Stavroula||GRE||2431||1||0 - 1||1||WCM||Mrudul Dehankar||IND||2227||29|
|2||30||WIM||Kiolbasa Oliwia||POL||2223||1||½ - ½||1||IM||Salimova Nurgyul||BUL||2415||3|
|3||31||WFM||Olde Margareth||EST||2205||1||½ - ½||1||WGM||Vaishali R||IND||2385||5|
|4||6||FM||Assaubayeva Bibisara||KAZ||2381||1||½ - ½||1||WIM||Aakanksha Hagawane||IND||2181||33|
|5||8||WFM||Potapova Margarita||RUS||2377||1||0 - 1||1||WIM||Cervantes Landeiro Thalia||USA||2176||35|
|6||10||Berdnyk Mariia||UKR||2349||1||1 - 0||1||WFM||Nilssen Ellen Fredericia||DEN||2137||39|
|7||34||WFM||Pychova Nela||CZE||2178||1||0 - 1||1||WIM||Dordzhieva Dinara||RUS||2335||11|
|8||12||WIM||Munkhzul Turmunkh||MGL||2332||1||0 - 1||1||WFM||Avetisyan Mariam||ARM||2110||41|
|9||38||WIM||Sapale Saloni||IND||2142||1||½ - ½||1||FM||Antova Gabriela||BUL||2318||13|
|10||14||WIM||Rakshitta Ravi||IND||2310||1||1 - 0||1||WFM||Afraoui Anaelle||FRA||2106||43|
Standings after round 2
|35||WIM||Cervantes Landeiro Thalia||USA||2176||2,0||0,0||1,0||1,0|
Highlights of Round 2