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World Juniors Rd.07: Unstoppable Shtembuliak

by Sagar Shah - 22/10/2019

In 2018 we had Parham Maghsoodloo who made a dash towards the finish line at the World Junior Championships. He won the event with one round to spare. In 2019 it seems like Evgeny Shtembuliak is going to take the honours. Although there are still four rounds left to be played, the Ukrainian GM has beaten some of the strongest opposition in the tournament. In round seven he got the better of GM Aram Hakobyan in the tense encounter. Shtembuliak leads with 6.0/7. He is followed on 5.5/7 by Miguel Santos Ruiz alone. In the girls section Mobina Alinasab remained in the lead after her draw against Stavroula Tsolakidou, but she was joined at the top by Polina Shuvalova as well. Detailed round seven report from New Delhi.

Remembering the legacy of Korchnoi

One of Korchnoi's biggest contributions to opening theory was seen in his game against Udovcic from 1967. It was a pawn sacrifice line in the French. It was not the first time that someone had played this, but Korchnoi was the first world class player who tried it in practice. It went very well for him in the game and till date the opening has been played on the highest level.

Divya Deshmukh vs Altantuya Boldbaatar

The pawn on d4 is given up for quick development and activity

In this position the main move for White is Qa4, when Black does best to prevent the queen from sliding on the kingside with Qb4. Hence Divya played a3 first. Not the most popular, but it was enough to throw her opponent off track.

Altantuya responded to a3 in the above position with a5 and this was the critical mistake. White jumped in with Qa4 and with no Qb4 possible and the b5 square weakness, the game was already decided in Divya's favour.

 

Analysis by WIM Angela Franco

Divya Deshmukh showed some fine opening preparation to beat Boldbaatar Altantuya in round 7 | Photo: Niklesh Jain
Divya Deshmukh explains her game

On board no. 1 in the girls section we had IM Stavroula Tsolakidou coming up with an interesting novelty on move no.8:

 

Mobina Alinasab vs Stavroula Tsolakidou

In this well known position of Sicilian Taimanov, the move ...Bd6 had never been played before. The point is that Qxg7 is met with Ng6 and Black is doing completely fine. But what about f4 and e5? Well, this is how Mobina continued.

In this position the Iran girl had to play Bd3 and after Bxc3 bxc3 Qxc3, move her king to f2 to get a very nice and active position. But in the above position Mobina went 0-0-0 and the position was extremely complex.

The game went on for 72 moves before the players agreed for a draw.

Polina Shuvalova played a very nice game against R. Vaishali to become the joint leader with 6.0/7 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Bibisara Aasaubayeva was too strong for Rakshitta Ravi | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Antova Gabriela is on 5.5/7 after her win over Arpita Mukherjee | Photo: Niklesh Jain

In the open section we had the two leaders Aram Hakobyan and Evgeny Shtembuliak. Both Hakobyan and Shtembuliak have shifted their base to USA. While Aram studies at the St. Louis University, Shtembuliak is from the Texas Tech universtiry. They both met each other on the top board. It was a big fight that in the end went Shtembuliak's way.

Evgeny Shtembuliak against Aram Hakobyan | Photo: Niklesh Jain
Final moments of Shtembuliak winning his game against Aram Hakobyan

Miguel Ruiz played an excellent exchange sacrifice against Ravi Haria. He didn't follow it up well and after a few moves had a pretty bad position. But Haria blundered and lost the game. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Ravi Haria vs Miguel Ruiz

White in this position blundered with Re1. Do you spot how Black can win?

Re1 is met with Qxe1 and after Nxe1 d2 it is all over! However, White had excellent chances to play for a win after Rd1! Miguel thought that he was still doing well after Qe2. However, the point is that Qe2 is met with Rxd3 Qxd3 and Ng5+! and White wins!

Miguel Ruiz speaks about his win against Ravi Haria

After this win Miguel Ruiz moves to the sole second spot in the tournament with 5.5/7 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Volodar Murzin continued his fine show, holding Aravindh Chithambaram to a draw | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Amin Tabatabaei made a successful return back to the event, after he didn't play round 6. He won his game in round 7 against Ganzorig Amartuvshin. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Israeli IM Or Bronstein beat one of the top GMs of the tournament Albornoz Cabrera | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The game between Dmitrij Kollars and Sergey Drygalov ended in a draw | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Praggnanandhaa could not beat his Russian opponent IM Semen Khanin. The game ended in a draw. Taking a picture of this encounter is the well known Indian journalist Rakesh Rao. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Video gallery:

Zhu Jiner, the top seed of the event has had quite a forgettable tournament already. Her woes continued as she drew against Priyanka K. in the 7th round
A very interesting endgame is analyzed here by IM Sagar Shah

Results of round 7 in open:

Bo.No. NameBdldFEDRtgPts. ResultPts. NameBdldFEDRtg No.
17
GMShtembuliak Evgeny UKR25775 1 - 05 GMHakobyan Aram ARM2561
9
225
IMCostachi Mihnea ROU2463 ½ - ½ GMKarthikeyan Murali IND2617
2
317
IMKhanin Semen RUS2507 ½ - ½ GMPraggnanandhaa R IND2567
8
426
IMHaria Ravi ENG2463 0 - 1 GMSantos Ruiz Miguel ESP2560
10
53
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND26094 ½ - ½ FMMurzin Volodar RUS2433
32
622
IMDrygalov Sergey RUS24704 ½ - ½4 GMKollars Dmitrij GER2587
4
75
GMAlbornoz Cabrera Carlos Daniel CUB25814 0 - 14 IMBronstein Or ISR2413
37
841
Sammed Jaykumar Shete IND23924 0 - 14 GMSargsyan Shant ARM2580
6
930
IMRaghunandan Kaumandur Srihari IND24494 0 - 14 IMGazik Viktor SVK2546
12
1044
FMAnuj Shrivatri IND23904 0 - 14 GMVisakh N R IND2529
14

Standings after round 7 in open

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgBdldPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
17
GMShtembuliak EvgenyUKR25776,00,029,031,5
210
GMSantos Ruiz MiguelESP25605,50,026,529,5
39
GMHakobyan AramARM25615,00,029,032,5
48
GMPraggnanandhaa RIND25675,00,028,031,5
517
IMKhanin SemenRUS25075,00,027,531,0
62
GMKarthikeyan MuraliIND26175,00,027,030,0
76
GMSargsyan ShantARM25805,00,026,530,0
825
IMCostachi MihneaROU24635,00,024,527,5
914
GMVisakh N RIND25295,00,023,526,5
1037
IMBronstein OrISR24135,00,022,524,5
1132
FMMurzin VolodarRUS24335,00,022,024,5
1212
IMGazik ViktorSVK25465,00,021,524,5
1338
IMAgmanov ZhandosKAZ24034,50,028,030,0
1426
IMHaria RaviENG24634,50,026,528,5
1546
IMMendonca Leon LukeIND23884,50,026,027,0
1653
IMPogosyan StefanRUS23644,50,025,527,5
1722
IMDrygalov SergeyRUS24704,50,025,028,0
1850
Wang Shixu BCHN23704,50,025,027,0
1951
IMRaja Rithvik RIND23694,50,025,026,5
203
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.IND26094,50,024,527,5

Results of round 7

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts. ResultPts. NameFEDRtg No.
125
WIMAlinasab Mobina IRI2239 ½ - ½ IMTsolakidou Stavroula GRE2431
2
25
WGMVaishali R IND2385 0 - 15 WIMShuvalova Polina RUS2412
4
36
WGMAssaubayeva Bibisara KAZ2381 1 - 0 WIMRakshitta Ravi IND2310
14
49
WIMDivya Deshmukh IND2358 1 - 0 WFMAltantuya Boldbaatar MGL2277
20
543
WFMAfraoui Anaelle FRA2106 0 - 1 Berdnyk Mariia UKR2349
10
613
FMAntova Gabriela BUL2318 1 - 0 WIMArpita Mukherjee IND2271
21
731
WFMOlde Margareth EST22054 0 - 14 WIMDordzhieva Dinara RUS2335
11
817
WIMSolozhenkina Elizaveta RUS22834 1 - 04 WIMChitlange Sakshi IND2175
36
963
WFMPandey Srishti IND19634 1 - 04 WIMVantika Agrawal IND2283
18
1027
Diakonova Ekaterina RUS22314 ½ - ½4 WIMSapale Saloni IND2142
38

Standings after round 7 in girls

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
125
WIMAlinasab MobinaIRI22396,00,529,032,5
24
WIMShuvalova PolinaRUS24126,00,528,531,0
36
WGMAssaubayeva BibisaraKAZ23815,50,026,529,5
49
WIMDivya DeshmukhIND23585,50,025,528,0
513
FMAntova GabrielaBUL23185,50,025,527,5
610
Berdnyk MariiaUKR23495,50,024,527,0
72
IMTsolakidou StavroulaGRE24315,00,028,031,5
817
WIMSolozhenkina ElizavetaRUS22835,00,026,529,0
911
WIMDordzhieva DinaraRUS23355,00,023,526,0
1063
WFMPandey SrishtiIND19635,00,022,022,5
1120
WFMAltantuya BoldbaatarMGL22774,50,028,531,5
1224
WIMPriyanka NutakkiIND22484,50,028,530,5
135
WGMVaishali RIND23854,50,028,030,5
1429
WIMMrudul DehankarIND22274,50,028,028,5
1521
WIMArpita MukherjeeIND22714,50,027,531,0
1614
WIMRakshitta RaviIND23104,50,027,030,0
1743
WFMAfraoui AnaelleFRA21064,50,026,529,0
1827
Diakonova EkaterinaRUS22314,50,026,029,0
1923
WFMProtopopova AnastasiyaRUS22634,50,025,529,0
2038
WIMSapale SaloniIND21424,50,025,027,5

 


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