World Youth 2019 R07: Who is the 1830-rated player performing at an Elo of 2568!
Russia came to the under-14 open section with two medal hopefuls Volodar Murzin (2433) and Andrey Tsvetkov (2382) . They both were beaten by the same Indian player - Abinandhan R. And guess Abinandhan's rating? Just 1830! The youngster from Tamil Nadu has played some amazing chess at the World Youth Championships 2019 to perform at an Elo of 2568 and already gain 211 Elo points! In this report we have a look at Abinandhan's games. We also show you Hans Neimann's fine win over Rudik Makarian in under-16 open and Aryan Gholami's victory to snatch sole lead in under-18 open. But the game of the day was definitely Polina Shuvalova's rook and queen sacrifice! A beautiful pictorial report from Mumbai.
Going into the rest day, and with four rounds left to be played, it is a good time to take stock of what's going on in each category and who are the people who have chances to win medals. But first let's speak about the biggest achiever of the tournament - Abinandhan R.
The underdog of the event - Abinandhan R
He is rated just 1830, but he is gaining a mammoth 211 Elo points. Meet Abinandhan R from Tamil Nadu, India, who has played some scintillating chess at the World Youth Championships 2019. He currently has a rating performance of 2568 and is currently in joint lead with 6.0/7 in the under-14 open section.
Let's try to see two of Abinandhan's wins against the most talented Russian youngsters - Volodar Murzin and Andrey Tsvetkov:
Abinandhan's win against Tsvetkov in round seven was even more impressive as he played quite originally to checkmate Black's king:
Abinandhan vs Tsvetkov
Another player who is doing excellently well in under-14 open is Vo Pham Thien Phuc. He has gained 185 Elo points. Clearly he is much higher than his Elo of 1807.
Standings after round 7 - under-14 open
|2||12||FM||Srihari L R||IND||2283||6,0||0,0||27,5||30,5||4||6|
|6||60||Vo Pham Thien Phuc||VIE||1807||5,5||0,0||25,0||28,5||3||4|
|9||16||FM||Flores Quillas Diego Saul Rodri||PER||2164||5,0||0,0||28,0||31,0||4||4|
Dhyana vs Rakshitta, round 7
The third leader in girls under-14 who is also on 6.0/7 is Eline Roebers. We interviewed Eline after the game. She showed us her seventh round win and also told us preferences when it came to Indian food!
The girls under-14 is heating up also because the top seeded Divya Deshmukh has made a strong comeback winning her last three rounds and is now on 5.5/7
Standings after round 7 - under-14 girls
The sole leader in the under-16 section after round seven is Hans Niemann. After beating Rudik Makarian, we asked him as to how he would spend his rest day. "I will relax a bit in the pool, and yes complete my school assigments!" Hans Niemann's laptop is also not working and he is preparing with the help of his friend in the US. This goes to show what a big talent he is. In spite of not focusing on chess with all his might, he is able to lead such a strong event.
Standings after round 7 - under-16 open
|1||1||IM||Niemann Hans Moke||USA||2439||6,0||0,0||27,5||30,5||3||5|
|5||22||FM||Soto Miguel Angel||COL||2283||5,5||0,0||22,0||24,5||4||5|
|6||17||FM||Moksh Amit Doshi||IND||2328||5,0||0,0||27,5||30,5||4||4|
|10||9||IM||Raja Rithvik R||IND||2369||5,0||0,0||24,0||27,0||3||4|
Standings after round 7 - under-16 girls
|5||14||WFM||Bommini Mounika Akshaya||w||IND||2017||5,0||0,0||29,5||31,5||4||4|
Aryan's play was extremely instructive, particularly at one moment where sacrificed a pawn:
Petriashvili vs Gholami, round 7
Standings after round 7 - under-18 open
Shuvalova vs Afonsieva, round 7
Polina played her bishop to f2, pushing the queen away. Afonsieva played her queen to e7.
Polina struck gold here with the move Rxg7! Black took back the rook with Bxg7
After Kxh7 f6+ Kh6 Be3+ Kh5 Bf3+ Kh4 Bf2+ Black decided to throw in the towel.
For her beautiful play, especially the rook sac on g7 followed by the queen sac on h7, Shuvalova gets ChessBase's best game of the day award.
Standings after round 7 - under-18 girls
|9||14||WIM||Cervantes Landeiro Thalia||w||USA||2176||4,5||0,0||31,0||34,5||3||3|
One of things that the organizers have taken care of at the World Youth Championships is the food. Usually Indian food is spicy, but at the Renaissance hotel the chefs have ensured that the spice is always under control so that players from 64 different countries can enjoy Indian cuisine.
Talks by experts
After the talk by a physiotherapist on the 5th of October 2019, and a nutritionist on the 6th, it was now time to bring on a psychologist. The topic on 7th of October was parent's psychology.
5th October - Physiotherapy lecture by Abhishek Bangera
6th October - Nutrition lecture by Krushmi Chheda
8th of October 2019 is a rest day at the World Youth Championships 2019. The eighth round will take place on 9th of October 2019.