World Youth 2019 R05: Top players begin their domination
As it happens always in tournaments, the first few rounds are filled with upsets, the lower rated players stunning their higher rated opponents. However, once the rounds progress and the dust settles you begin to see the stronger players with higher rating begin to call the shots. This is what is happening at the World Youth 2019 as players like Pragg, Shuvalova, Garifullina, Makarian, Suleymanli, Rakshitta are in the lead. We bring you the most interesting moments of the day along with analysis of some selected attacking games, endgames and study like positions. Round five report from the World Youth Championships 2019 by Amruta Mokal and Sagar Shah.
Although players from 64 countries have gathered in Mumbai, India to fight for six world titles, one cannot deny the fact that these youngsters are making new friends each day, interacting with each other, knowing about different cultures and creating memories that will last for a lifetime! That's the beauty of tournaments like World Youth Chess Championships!
The under-18 open section is one where the attention of the entire world lies. Will Praggnanandhaa, the 14-year-old talent, be able to win the title? Well, at least for now, he looks to be on track as he notched up his fourth win in the tournament out of five rounds, this time against his compatriot Arjun Kalyan (2483). With this Pragg leads the tournament with 4.5/5 along with Aryan Gholami.
Praggnanandhaa vs Arjun Kalyan, round 5
Black got a very comfortable position when Pragg made a mistake in the middlegame. But Arjun wasn't able to nurture that advantage and very soon his position started to go downhill.
The solution is very pretty and begins with Qh7+ Kf8 and now f6!! A move like this is easy to miss. The point of this is that after Qxf6 Bxd5, the queen can no longer recapture the knight and after cxd5 Qh8+ followed by Rxe3 White is clearly better.
Gholami vs Zarubitski, round 5
Standings in under-18 open after round 5
Girls under-18 standings after round 5
|7||14||WIM||Cervantes Landeiro Thalia||w||USA||2176||3,5||0,0||14,5||17,5||3||2|
Under-16 open standings after round 5
|4||1||IM||Niemann Hans Moke||USA||2439||4,0||0,0||13,5||16,0||2||3|
Garifullina vs Nugarli, Round 5
Here Garifullina had a decision to make. She cannot cling on to both her f2 and d5 pawns. She decided to play Qh4 saving the f2 pawn and giving up the one on d5. But it turns out that keeping the pawn on d5 would have ensured an easy win because the pawn is just three squares away from queening. Meanwhile, the perpetual checks do not exist in the position. The white king will hide on a3 or a2 with the bishop on b2.
Under-16 girls standings after round 5
|4||14||WFM||Bommini Mounika Akshaya||w||IND||2017||4,0||0,0||14,0||15,0||3||4|
Under-14 standings after round 5
|3||6||Samant Aditya S||IND||2334||4,5||0,0||12,0||13,5||3||4|
|6||12||FM||Srihari L R||IND||2283||4,0||0,0||14,0||16,5||3||4|
Pranav Anand vs Sebastien Poltorak, round 5
Bochnicka vs Pranav, Round 5
Girls under-14 Standings after round 5
|9||21||WCM||Ince Safiye Oyku||w||TUR||1840||3,5||0,0||14,0||15,5||2||3|
Let's first have a look at Dhrupad's win:
Dhrupad vs Tadic
And now for Kasparov's victory:
Kasparov vs Portisch
How to play well and yet not win!
Harshini vs Munkhzul
Harshini rightly realized that taking the bishop would be wrong as that would allow Kg7 followed by Kh8 and it would be a drawn position. Hence, she tried to keep the fighting going with Ra7+
The obvious move seems to be Kf8. This was chosen by Black in the game, and this loses. It was important to keep the king active and go behind the pawns beginning with ...Ke6! After Ke6 the position is drawn, but of course White can keep trying to set some small traps.
The simplest way to win is to play h8=Q Bxh8 Rc8+ Ke7 and pick up the bishop on h8. This would have crowned Harshini's fine play in the preceding moves with the full point. However, White started to go wrong from here.
A physiotherapist's look into the world of chess
The organizers of the World Youth Championships 2019 along with ChessBase India have setup a series of six talks from the 5th to the 11th of October 2019. We have invited well known and renowned physiotherapists, nutrionists, psychologists, meditation experts etc. for these seminars. While the players go to play their games, the parents and the accompanying persons often spend their time waiting for the kids to come back from the game. We tried to make sure that this time is well utilized. On 5th of October, Dr. Abhishek Bangera, physiotherapist from Mumbai spoke about the basic exercises that chess players must indulge in to avoid injuries, aches and pain.
On 6th of October we will be having a session with a world class nutritionist on the best food habits for chess players!