Six new World Champions crowned at the World Youth 2019
Six new World Youth Champions were crowned on 12th of October 2019 - Aydin Suleymanli and Meruert Kamalidenova won the under-14 open and girls section respectively, under-16 was won by Rudik Makarian and Leya Garifullina and under-18 titles went to Praggnanandhaa and Polina Shuvalova. How tense was the last round? In four sections things went as per plan, however in the under-14 girls and under-16 girls everything changed completely in the final round. Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal, who were present at the venue in Mumbai, bring you a detailed report of how things panned out on the final day of the World Youth Championships 2019.
The last round of any event either goes as per plan or the final standings are turned completely upside down. One could say that in four sections of the World Youth 2019 things went as per plan, while in two sections we had surprise champions. First let's have a look at where things went as per plan!
The onus now was on Vantika Agrawal, whether to play for a win or not.
Praggnanandhaa was leading with a half point margin going into the last round. The only person who could catch up with him if he drew his game was Shant Sargsyan. Shant was facing Indian IM Arjun Kalyan. Arjun was extremely solid and didn't give his opponent any chances. Seeing that Sargsyan's game was ending in a draw, Praggnanandhaa agreed for a draw and became the under-18 world champion by a half point margin.
Pragg vs Buckels
Pragg had a chance to fight for an advantage here with the move Rad1. He instead played Qc2. The main point after Rad1 is that you cannot give up your queen for the two rooks in the position. It would give White a clear advantage. Hence, after Rad1 Rexe5 is the natural move and after Qc8+ Kh7 Rxd4 Rxe1+ Kh2 Rxd4 White retains a small edge with Qf5+ and Qxa5.
Rudik had a half a point lead over three players. His opponent Stefan Pogosyants, Aronyak Ghosh and Arash Daghli. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. On the top board Makarian and Pogosyants agreed to a draw and so did Daghli and Ghosh.
Thus, Rudik Makarian won the gold, Stefan Pogosyants the silver and Aronyak Ghosh took home the bronze.
Aydin Suleymanli was in the lead and he continued his good form to even win the last game. He was the only player in the event who won his section by a full point margin!
Amanzhol vs Suleymanli
Bat-Erdene Mungunzul was the sole leader with 8.0/10. She was followed by three players on 7.5/10. They were Eline Roebers, Ekaterina Nasyrova and Meruert Kamalidenova. Bat-Erdene playing on top board was toppled by Rakshitta Ravi, while Ekaterina Nasyrova was beaten by Divya Deshmukh. Meruert Kamalidenova managed to beat Eline Roebers and thus became the champion of the section! Rakshitta and Divya who were behind Ekaterina and Eline managed to move ahead. Divya won the silver and Rakshitta got the bronze.
Victory often goes to the brave! This was perfectly illustrated by Kamalidenova who played the Staunton Gambit against the Dutch. Roebers was unprepared and the Kazakh girl managed to win the gold.
Divya had a slightly minus position out of the opening. But she managed to hold her position together and when the time was right, made some powerful moves to win her game against Nasyrova.
Going into the final round Nazerke Nurgali was leading with a score of 8.5/10. She was followed by Leya Garifullina at 8.0/10. Leya's game unexpectedly ended in a draw. It seemed as if Nurgali would win the title. All she needed was a draw. But she lost! And this pushed her back to the second spot as Garifullina overtook her in terms of tiebreak score.
Vo Pham Thien Phuc gained the highest number of Elo points among participants of all groups - a whopping 272 points!
Final rank in under-14 girls
|2||12||FM||Srihari L R||IND||2283||8,0||0,0||73,5||77,0||6||7|
|60||Vo Pham Thien Phuc||VIE||1807||8,0||0,0||70,0||75,0||5||5|
|10||6||Samant Aditya S||IND||2334||7,0||0,0||69,0||73,5||6||5|
Final rank in under-14 girls
Final rank in under-16 girls
|10||14||WFM||Bommini Mounika Akshaya||w||IND||2017||7,0||0,0||70,0||74,0||6||5|
Under - 16 Open
Final rankings in under-16 open
|5||19||FM||Cardoso Cardoso Jose Gabriel||COL||2313||8,0||0,0||60,5||65,0||5||8|
|8||14||Harshavardhan G B||IND||2362||7,5||0,0||61,5||65,5||5||7|
|9||1||IM||Niemann Hans Moke||USA||2439||7,0||0,0||72,0||77,5||6||6|
Final rankings of under 18 girls
Standings after round 11 in under-18 open
|8||22||Wang Shixu B||CHN||2370||7,5||0,0||64,5||69,0||6||6|
|9||9||IM||Rahul Srivatshav P||IND||2460||7,5||0,0||57,5||62,0||5||7|
India won the highest number of medals but Russia was the best federation as they won three golds!
As many as 13 norms were made at the event. Here is the list of norm makers:
1. Aryan Gholami - GM norm (also became a GM)
2. Ramazan Zhalmakhanov - IM norm
3. Wang Shixu - IM norm
4. Vladyslav Sydoryka - IM norm
5. Sibi Visal - IM norm
6. Aronyak Ghosh - IM norm
7. Kushagra Mohan - IM norm
8. Lara Schulze - WIM norm
9. Anna Afonasieva - WIM norm
10. Yan Tianqi - WIM norm
11. Assel Serikbay - WIM norm
12. Zala Urh - WIM norm
13. Aashna Makhija - WIM norm (Became India's latest WIM)
Heartfelt wishes from @FIDE_chess President, @advorkovich for all the participants, @aicfchess & Organising Committee of #WorldYouthChessChampionship.— World Youth Chess Championship (@WorldChess2019) October 12, 2019
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