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World Cadets 2017: Travelling 9000 miles in quest for gold!

by Praful Zaveri - 28/08/2017
Pocos de Caldas is nearly 9000 miles away from India. Yet, 20 Indians are fighting out there at the World Cadets (under-8,10,12) 2017. It's this passion for the game and the will to excel and bring back medals for the country, that is pushing India to become a superpower in the world of chess. These youngsters are the future of Indian chess and three of them are leading at the halfway mark: Dev Shah in under 10, Shivika Rohila in under-10 girls and Divya Deshmukh in under-12 girls. Praful Zaveri is with the delegation in Brazil and sends us a beautiful report from Brazil.

Dev, Shivika and Divya lead the Indian charge

That chess is indeed emerging as one of the global sports is evident here in the Brazilian city of Pocos de Caldas as 419 players from more than 40 federation affiliated to FIDE have descended to claim supremacy in the three categories (Under-08/10/12 – Open & Girls) of the World Cadets Chess Championship in progress here at the convention centre of Hotel Golden Park from 22 - 31 August 2017.

Hotel Golden Park, the venue of the tournament
It is an excellent property!

In a nation known for its footballing prowess, it is indeed surprising that chess is the limelight with participation of the cream of chess talents across the world. And, one of the strongest contender for these titles – the Indian contingent of 20 players has travelled more than 9000 miles (14,500 km) in their quest for gold!

The playing hall of the tournament

Indian team

Under-08 Open: 72 players

Mishra Abhimanyu (1774) of USA is the sole leader with 5/5 and he is closely followed by compatriot, Wong Steve of USA (1732): 4.5/5.

The Indian duo of Ilamparthi and Priansh jointly occupying the 3rd position with a score of 4.0/5. Daevik Wadhwani is on 3.0/5

Ilamparthi A R (1492, 16th seed) – 4.0/5 joint 3rd


Priansh Das (1482) – 17th seed: 4.0/5 – joint 3rd

Rk.SNo NameTypFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
11Mishra AbhimanyuUSA17745,00,014,016,025,04030,4
24Wongso SteveUSA17324,50,012,514,034,0405,2
317Priansh DasIND14824,00,015,517,023,04033,2
416Ilamparthi A RIND14924,00,014,015,034,04056,0
510CMLopez Rayo SantiagoCOL15664,00,013,516,533,0401,6
618CMWei XiaoxiCHN14534,00,013,515,534,04048,0
730Tenuunbold BattulgaMGL12314,00,013,515,533,04064,4
82CMVetokhin SavvaRUS17574,00,013,015,034,040-13,2
12CMBegmuratov KhumoyunUZB15464,00,013,015,034,04026,4
109Pham Tran Gia PhucVIE15674,00,013,013,024,0405,6


Complete list of rankings

Under – 08 Girls: 51 players

 Saineha R M (un-rated, 45th seed): 4.0/5

WCM Rouda Essa of UAE and Chen Yining of China jointly leads this section with a score of 4.5/5 while un-rated Saineha is occupying 3rd spot with a score of 4/5 and is unbeaten. Sneha Halder is on 3.5/5, while WCM Shefali A.N, who began as the 15th seed is on 3.0/5.

Rk.SNo NameTypFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
19WCMRouda Essa AlserkalUAE12504,50,513,516,024,04019,2
22WCMChen YiningCHN14374,50,512,514,534,040-9,6
314Lkhagvajed GantulgaMGL12194,00,015,017,022,04050,8
441Mou Iris ZhaoyingUSA04,00,014,517,023,0
531Gu Crystal JiuzhouUSA04,00,014,516,523,0
610Kanter ElizavetaRUS12504,00,014,016,533,0400,0
745Saineha R MIND04,00,012,514,023,0
86WCMOlimova OdinaUZB13074,00,011,513,534,0400,0
942Qu GretaCAN03,50,013,015,523,0
1029Gao LucyCAN03,50,012,514,023,0

Complete list

Under-10 Open: 88 players

Dev Shah is leading the under-10 section at halfway mark

Not even 10 and has a rating of 2209! That's Bharath Subramaniyam!

Dev Shah jointly leads the field with a score of 4.5/5 along with along with Xu Arthur and Zhou Liran of USA while Bharath is sharing the 2nd spot jointly 4.0/5. Shahil Dey (1810, 16th seed) is on 3.0/5 and Praneeth V (1579, 42nd seed) is on 2.5/6

Rk.SNo NameTypFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
16Xu Arthur ZihanUSA19034,50,014,016,024,04035,6
27Zhou LiranUSA18974,50,013,014,534,04027,2
317CMDev ShahIND17934,50,012,514,534,04070,4
41CMBharath Subramaniyam HIND22094,00,014,517,033,040-23,2
58CMLystsov LeonidRUS18854,00,014,016,024,04026,4
69CMSindarov IslombekUZB18674,00,014,015,533,04014,4
710CMSamadov ReadAZE18484,00,013,015,523,04016,4
813Vidyarthi VyomUSA18244,00,012,014,033,04030,0
930CMFoerster-Yialamas LucasUSA16304,00,012,013,524,04053,6
1033Dang Anh MinhVIE16214,00,011,512,034,04071,6


Complete list

Under – 10 Girls: 57 players:

Shivika Rohilla (1251) – 33rd seed) is performing admirably and is on 4.5/5

Her coach Prasenjit Dutta is naturally happy with her student's performance:

Shivika Rohilla leads the field jointly with WCM Ivanova Dilyana of Bulgaria with a score of 4.5/5. While Savitha Shri and Sahit Varshini are lying in 3rd spot with a score of 3.5/5.

Rk.SNo NameTypFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
133Shivika RohillaIND12514,50,014,517,034,040143,6
27WCMIvanova DilyanaBUL15884,50,012,515,024,04037,6
36WCMMikheeva GalinaRUS15964,00,014,517,033,0406,8
44Wang EllenUSA16244,00,013,516,033,0402,0
51WCMGaal ZsokaHUN19564,00,013,515,523,040-24,0
628Karimova GuldonaUZB12914,00,013,015,023,04084,0
719WCMNguyen Le Cam HienVIE13944,00,012,514,023,04070,4
823Bayasgalan KhishigbaatarMGL13613,50,014,517,023,04053,6
912WCMSahithi Varshini MIND15363,50,014,515,033,040-22,4
109WCMShvedova AlexandraRUS15783,50,014,016,023,040-15,2


Under-12 Open: 93 players

This is the strongest category with one of the world’s emerging talent, Sindarov Javokhir of Uzbekista heading the field with an enviable rating of 2399. As expected of the player of his calibre, he is the sole leader with cent percent score. He is the chased by the US duo of Yoo Christopher (2242) and Eidelman Gabriel (1884) with a score of 4.5/5.


This is the category where Indians have a lot of catching to do and we expect a strong finish from CM Rohith Krishna who has scored 3.5/5. Manish Anto Cristiano and Pranesh M. are on 2.5/5.

Rk.SNo NameTypFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
CMSindarov JavokhirUZB23995,00,014,017,025,0105,1
Yoo Christopher WoojinUSA22424,50,013,515,534,0408,4
Eidelman GabrielUSA18844,50,012,013,524,040102,8
CMNguyen Quoc HyVIE18694,00,016,017,024,04099,6
CMStukan MartinRUS21464,00,014,016,034,04024,0
Huston GusUSA18584,00,013,514,523,04071,6
Tsay VincentUSA20334,00,013,015,033,04042,8
FMAmartuvshin GanzorigMGL21914,00,013,015,024,040-8,8
FMMurzin VolodarRUS22804,00,012,515,034,020-10,0
Makoveev IlyaRUS20614,00,010,512,523,04017,2

 Under – 12 Girls: 58 players:

Brightest hope of Indian chess WFM Divya Deshmukh (1993): 3rd seed) – 4.5/5

With a score of 4.5/5, WFM Divya Deshmukh is leading the section jointly with with Vu Bui (1612) of Vietnam while the top-seeded Indian, Rakshitta Ravi suffered two back-to-back defeats after a strong start and is now on 3.0/5 along with Bhagyashree Patil. Dhyana Patel has scored 3.5/5 and is occupying the 3rd spot.

Rk.SNo NameTypFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
13WFMDivya DeshmukhIND19934,50,015,017,534,04020,0
218Vu Bui Thi Thanh VanVIE16124,50,013,014,024,04093,2
36WFMMatus Nastassja AUSA19104,50,012,514,524,04043,2
47WFMKamalidenova MeruertKAZ18754,00,014,516,533,0407,2
58WCMKairbekova AminaKAZ18484,00,013,015,024,04032,8
65WCMCan IsilTUR19454,00,012,515,034,040-21,6
74Wikar MartynaPOL19503,50,013,015,023,040-21,6
10WCMDhyana PatelIND17513,50,013,015,023,040-1,6
34Francisco Guecamburu CandelaARG14103,50,013,015,023,040110,0
1029WCMYellamraju AmbicaUSA15063,50,012,513,533,04065,6


The biggest challenge for Indians to play in this part of the world is the high cost of air-travel and lodging for the accompanying person. As a result, participation of Indians was by far and few when the event was held in South America. However, thanks to the initiative of the All India Chess Federation and the Sports Authority of India, the lodging expenses of players ranked 2nd and 3rd along with the first player in national has been provided. This has enabled participation of more number of Indian players for the event.

It's not without reasons that this is one of the wonders of the world!

The Indian team used the rest-day to rejuvenate with a city tour as the fight for the medals is expected to be intensified in the 2nd half of the championship.

The team, under the leadership of T.J. Sureshkumar (Head of the Indian delegation), S.Sujatha and Praful Zaveri sees a great camaraderie and high in team-spirit in their quest for Gold!

About the author

FI Praful Zaveri is the founder of Indian Chess School Academy. He is a popular trainer in Mumbai and also the author of the critically acclaimed Chess Course book for beginners. His vision is to build the chess culture in his hometown Mumbai as well as India and help the country produce many more grandmasters in future.