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Jeffery Xiong and Dinara Saduakassova are 2016 World Junior Champions

In the Open section of 2016 World Junior Championship, GM Jeffery Xiong was held to a draw in the final round by Iran’s Masoud Mosadeghpour. Xiong had dominated the competition throughout and already won the event with a round to spare.

At 16, the American is amongst the youngest World Junior Champions in chess history.

GM Vladislav Artemiev of Russia won his country a silver medal by beating India’s GM Aravindh Chithambaram.

Polish IM Nasuta Grzegorz, who had had a fine run throughout the tournament, ended up losing to Kerala’s GM S.L. Narayanan. Thus, Narayanan sneaked up to the third spot to take the bronze medal.

World Junior Championship 2016

The girls’ section turned out to be interesting right until the end as the top two boards were locked in fierce battles.

Towards the end of day’s play, it was clear that nerves were playing a huge role in deciding the winner. Kazakh WGM Dinara Saduakassova was convinced that her game could end in nothing more but a draw, but it turned out that she had a winning position towards the very end after a mistake by her opponent Uurtsaikh Uuriintuya of Mongolia. Surprisingly, Saduakassova missed her chance and the game ended in a draw. It was only after it ended that she realized to her horror that she had just given away the game!

In the second board, WIM Dinara Dordzhieva of Russia was a pawn up against Indian WIM Parnali Dharia. Things could have got messy had Dordzhieva won, as she may have ended up winning the tournament. However, Parnali held the Russian with some accurate calculations, thus allowing Dinara Saduakassova to become the World Junior Champion in the girls’ section with 9.5/13.

World Junior Championship 2016

India’s WIM Nandhidhaa Pv made India proud by bringing home the silver medal. She won when it mattered most, and that too with the black pieces, against WGM Nataliya Buksa of Ukraine. She scored 9.0/13.

WIM Dinara Dordzhieva, who was held to a draw, was third and won the bronze medal with 9.0/13, on the tiebreak. Full standings below.

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World Junior Championship 2016

World Junior Championship 2016

Open section final standings:

1 GM Xiong Jeffery USA 2633 – 10.5
2 GM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2665 – 9.5
3 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan IND 2515 – 9
4 FM Xu Yi CHN 2371 – 9
5 GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2514 – 8.5
6 IM Mosadeghpour Masoud IRI 2437 – 8.5
7 Xu Yinglun CHN 2516 – 8.5
8 IM Nasuta Grzegorz POL 2442 – 8.5
9 IM Svane Rasmus GER 2546 – 8.5
10 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2543 – 8
11 Maghsoodloo Parham IRI 2576 – 8
12 Ivekovic Bozidar CRO 2351 – 8
13 IM Lorparizangeneh Shahin IRI 2478 – 8
14 IM Menezes Christoph AUT 2408 – 7.5
15 GM Gagare Shardul IND 2486 – 7.5
16 FM Praggnanandhaa R IND 2429 – 7.5
17 Yuan Qingyu CHN 2366 – 7.5
18 Srijit Paul IND 2217 – 7.5
19 IM Bersamina Paulo PHI 2402 – 7.5
20 IM Tran Tuan Minh VIE 2473 – 7.5
21 IM Henriquez Villagra Cristobal CHI 2520 – 7.5
22 GM Wagner Dennis GER 2572 – 7.5
23 IM Akash G IND 2400 – 7.5
24 IM Mousavi Seyed Khalil IRI 2422 – 7.5
25 Arjun Kalyan IND 2292 – 7.5
26 FM Gholami Aryan IRI 2461 – 7.5
27 FM Martins David Pires Tavares POR 2402 – 7.5
28 FM Rakesh Kumar Jena IND 2161 – 7
29 Beradze Irakli GEO 2440 – 7
30 GM Alekseenko Kirill RUS 2582 – 7
31 Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad IND 2276 – 7
32 IM Beukema Stefan BEL 2380 – 7
33 FM Rajdeep Sarkar IND 2351 – 7
34 IM Visakh N R IND 2431 – 7
35 IM Basso Pier Luigi ITA 2455 – 7
36 Pirverdiyev Agil AZE 2364 – 7
37 FM Lokander Martin SWE 2365 – 7
38 Harsha Bharathakoti IND 2344 – 6.5
39 FM Grandadam Patrik SUI 2325 – 6.5
40 Sammed Jaykumar Shete IND 2253 – 6.5
41 Shailesh Dravid IND 2224 – 6.5
42 FM Nihal Sarin IND 2358 – 6.5
43 Rahul Srivatshav P IND 2280 – 6.5
44 FM Gajwa Ankit IND 2282 – 6.5
45 FM Rydstrom Tom SWE 2315 – 6.5
46 FM Karthik Venkataraman IND 2305 – 6.5
47 IM Studer Noel SUI 2477 – 6.5
48 Tahay Alexis FRA 2098 – 6.5
49 Papakonstantinou Dimitrios GRE 2180 – 6
50 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M IND 2228 – 6
51 IM Krishna Teja N IND 2282 – 6
52 FM Belous Mikhail UKR 2343 – 6
53 Sahoo Utkal Ranjan IND 2266 – 6
54 FM Viennot Dylan FRA 2342 – 6
55 FM Gheorghiu Calin ROU 2343 – 6
56 Evangelista Paul Robert PHI 2020 – 6
57 CM Salles Louis FRA 2235 – 6
58 Fan Huifeng CHN 2223 – 5.5
59 Gandhi Anish IND 2156 – 5.5
60 FM Ivic Velimir SRB 2270 – 5.5
61 Taalaibekov Tagir KGZ 2182 – 5.5
62 Subhayan Kundu IND 2189 – 5.5
63 Ritviz Parab IND 2259 – 5.5
64 FM Tran Minh Thang VIE 2353 – 5.5
65 Yogit S IND 2270 – 5.5
66 Dassanayake D M G S SRI 1859 – 5.5
67 Squella Lavin Carlos Felipe CHI 2203 – 5.5
68 Weerasinghe C C SRI 1785 – 5.5
69 CM Erigaisi Arjun IND 2337 – 5
70 Barath Kalyan M IND 2197 – 5
71 Subramaniam Shreyes MAS 1863 – 5
72 Palucha Szymon ENG 1932 – 5
73 Nyamdorj Davaaochir CAN 2015 – 5
74 Thogersen Rasmus DEN 2171 – 4.5
75 Holleland Sigve NOR 2106 – 4.5
76 Avik Sarker BAN 2000 – 4
77 Seppala Joni FIN 1765 – 3.5
78 Hsu Chuan-Chia TPE 1777 – 2.5
79 AIM Skettos Nicolas CYP 1561 – 2.5
80 Yakubboev Nodirbek UZB 2431 – 0

Girls section final standings:

1 WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2423 – 9.5
2 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv IND 2151 – 9
3 WIM Dordzhieva Dinara RUS 2304 – 9
4 IM Rodriguez Rueda Paula Andrea COL 2321 – 8.5
5 WIM Frayna Janelle Mae PHI 2292 – 8.5
6 WIM Vaishali R IND 2284 – 8.5
7 WIM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh MGL 2199 – 8.5
8 WIM Parnali S Dharia IND 2203 – 8.5
9 WIM Bivol Alina RUS 2362 – 8
10 WIM Michelle Catherina P IND 2205 – 8
11 WIM Mahalakshmi M IND 2101 – 8
12 WIM Styazhkina Anna RUS 2315 – 8
13 Du Yuxin CHN 1957 – 8
14 WGM Buksa Nataliya UKR 2261 – 7.5
15 WFM Ivanova Karina RUS 2129 – 7.5
16 WIM Gu Tianlu CHN 2239 – 7.5
17 WFM Alinasab Mobina IRI 2199 – 7.5
18 Priyanka K IND 2048 – 7.5
19 WFM Gomez Barrera Javiera Belen CHI 2055 – 7.5
20 WFM Injac Teodora SRB 2252 – 7
21 WIM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim UZB 2328 – 7
22 WFM Lasya.G IND 2084 – 7
23 WFM Varshini V IND 2129 – 7
24 Bala Kannamma P IND 2039 – 7
25 WCM Chandreyee Hajra IND 1931 – 7
26 WCM Salonika Saina IND 2131 – 6.5
27 Soyunlu Narmin AZE 2074 – 6.5
28 WIM Monnisha G K IND 2101 – 6.5
29 WIM Blagojevic Tijana MNE 2267 – 6.5
30 Harshita Guddanti IND 2180 – 6.5
31 WIM Chitlange Sakshi IND 2014 – 6.5
32 WFM Mendoza Shania Mae PHI 2191 – 6.5
33 Barchuk Irina UKR 2163 – 6
34 WFM Visanescu Daria-Ioana ROU 2067 – 6
35 WIM Kiolbasa Oliwia POL 2319 – 6
36 Vantika Agrawal IND 1974 – 6
37 WFM Yanjinlkham Bayarsaikhan MGL 1990 – 6
38 WFM Srija Seshadri IND 2102 – 5.5
39 Priyanka Nutakki IND 2234 – 5.5
40 Divya Lakshmi R IND 1864 – 5.5
41 Thomas Anysia FRA 2049 – 5.5
42 Hoare Amy B ENG 2017 – 5.5
43 WFM Choladze Mariami GEO 2077 – 5.5
44 Omurbekova Diana KGZ 1886 – 5.5
45 WFM Santeramo Alessia ITA 2137 – 5
46 WFM Hiebler Laura AUT 2110 – 5
47 WFM Leonardi Caterina SLO 2061 – 5
48 WCM Sapale Saloni IND 2080 – 5
49 Albekova Dilyara KAZ 1732 – 5
50 WIM Eswaran Ashritha USA 2226 – 4.5
51 WIM Pratyusha Bodda IND 2329 – 4
52 Kakulidis Ellen DEN 1989 – 4
53 Ayinala Shree USA 1464 – 4
54 Gamage Nethmi Nirasha SRI 1559 – 4
55 Barbier Astrid BEL 1853 – 4
56 Minaud Emily FRA 1721 – 2.5
57 Hamedi Nia Vesal IRI 1904 – 0

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