World Youth 2019 Rd.8: In the battle of Indian GMs, Pragg beats Iniyan
The eighth round of the World Youth 2019 was a critical one. Some of the leaders are not letting go of their grip of the top spots, while in some sections, motivated players are coming up with back to back wins to stake their claim on the title. Abinandhan continued with yet another win. The 1830 rated youngsters now has a performance of 2598. Praggnanandhaa beat Iniyan to join Aryan Gholami in the lead in under-18 open section. Hans Niemann is unstoppable in the under-16 open. The American chalked up yet another victory. Shuvalova maintains her lead in girls under-18 while there is very little to choose between Nurgali and Garifullina who are both winning their games in girls under-16. A detailed report from Mumbai, India.
Under-14 open - Abinandhan Unstoppable
When 1830-rated Abinandhan reached 6.0/7, everyone felt that it was a good performance, but he will not be able to keep it up. Well, he has a made a good start after the rest day and beat his compatriot Srihari LR (2283) with the black pieces in the Tartakower QGD.
Srihari LR vs Abinandhan
Just to give you an example of how well this youngster is calculating: he took on c4 in this position. Now gxh6 is met with Nxc3 bxc3 and Qf6! with pressure on f3 and also threatening to take on h6 with the queen, keeping the structure intact. If after ...Qf6, White were to play hxg7 then Bxf3 allowing White to take on f8 with a check, as after Kxf8, he will win the rook on h1 and be an entire piece up! Fascinating calculation and judgement by an 1800-rated player.
If you too would like to play the Tartakower variation in the QGD with black, you can go for Powerplay 23 by Daniel King:
Quite a huge blunder occurred on board three of the under-14 open section. Sreeshwan Maralakshikari, who is the top seed, was completely dominating his game against Vo Pham Thien Phuc.
Sreeshwan vs Pham Thien
Standings in under 14 open after 8 rounds
|3||12||FM||Srihari L R||IND||2283||6,0||0,0||38,5||41,5||4||6|
|7||60||Vo Pham Thien Phuc||VIE||1807||6,0||0,0||34,0||38,0||4||4|
Under-14 girls - A three-way tie still at the top
The under-14 girls section is going to be closely fought. After eight rounds we have three leaders, all from different countries. Eline Roebers from the Netherlands, Rakshitta Ravi from India and Ekaterina Nasyrova from Russia.
The top seed of the event Divya Deshmukh slumped to a painful defeat against Sarayu Velpula who was rated 600 points below her:
Standings in under 14 girls after 8 rounds
Under-16 open: Hans Niemann's bold and creative play continues
After beating his top competitor Rudik Makarian in round 7, Hans Niemann was up against Miguel Angel Soto of Colombia. It was a complex opening where the Colombian looked better prepared. But Hans was confident about his play, sacrificed material without much care, and built up a strong winning attack.
Soto vs Niemann, round 8
Standings in under 16 open after 8 rounds
|1||1||IM||Niemann Hans Moke||USA||2439||7,0||0,0||37,0||41,0||4||6|
|8||9||IM||Raja Rithvik R||IND||2369||5,5||0,0||34,0||37,0||4||4|
|9||22||FM||Soto Miguel Angel||COL||2283||5,5||0,0||33,5||36,5||4||5|
Two way race - Nurgali or Garifullina
Ever since Garifullina missed her chance to beat Nurgali in round five, the Kazakh girl has been playing excellent chess. In round 8 she beat Romanian Alessia-Mihaela Ciolacu. The end was especially picturesque.
Nurgali vs Ciolacu, round 8
Standings in under 16 girls after 8 rounds
|5||14||WFM||Bommini Mounika Akshaya||w||IND||2017||5,5||0,0||37,0||40,0||5||4|
Under-18 open: Pragg joins Gholami at the top
After two draws in a row with black pieces, it was time for Praggnanandhaa to fire with the white pieces. His opponent was by no means an easy one. P. Iniyan with an Elo of 2509 is already a grandmaster. It was a psychological battle where both players knew each others strengths and weaknesses very well. When Pragg opened the game with 1.e4, he expected Iniyan to play his usual Sicilian Defence. However, the GM from Erode, decided to go for 1...d6. After a few moves, Pragg was already in driver's seat with dominating knight on e5 square.
Standings in under 18 open after 8 rounds
Girls under-18 - Can anyone stop Shuvalova?
Vantika shows how she managed to escape from the claws of her strong Russian opponent!
Standings in under 18 girls after 8 rounds
The importance of sports psychology in chess
Janki Rajapurkar was the guest speaker on 9th of October 2019 for the workshops that are held for the parents and coaches present at the World Youth 2019. Her topic was the importance of psychology for chess players.