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World Youth Chess Olympiad – India Green and Iran fight for second place

It was another match of demolition for Russia in the seventh round of the World Youth Chess Olympiad. This time the victim was Team Turkey.

While the first board saw a quick draw between IM Sergei Lobanov and FM Deniz Ozen. On the fourth board, too, there was a not so special draw. On the second and the third board, FM Artur Gaifullin and FM Timur Fukhritdinov came out victorious.

Sergei Lobanov

Sergei Lobanov

The second table saw India Green beat Belarus 3-1. GM Aryan Chopra slumped to another loss, this time to FM Viachaslau Zarubitski, rated 2330. IM Praggnanandhaa R. had no difficulty in beating WIM Olga Badelka, rated 2388 after she blundered a pawn in the middlegame.

IM P. Iniyan beat Maksim Ivannikau, rated 2221, after Iniyan (too) won a pawn in the middlgame. WIM Vaishali R. played on the fourth board and had an equal position but late in the middlegame, her opponent Arseni Kotau, rated 2145, gave away a piece, enabling Vaishali to win.

Aryan Chopra

Aryan Chopra

On the third table, Iran thrashed India Red 4-0.

Round 7 standings:
1. Russia – 14
2. India Green – 11
3. Armenia – 10
4. Iran – 10
5. India Blue – 9
6. Uzbekistan – 9
7. Turkey – 9
8. Belarus – 8
9. Argentina – 8
10. Kazakhstan – 8
11. Sri Lanka – 8
12. Mongolia – 8
13. India Red – 8
14. Indonesia – 7
15. Israel – 7
16. Malaysia – 7
17. South Africa A – 7
18. Canada – 6
19. Iraq – 6
20. Bangladesh – 6
21. Australia – 6
22. South Africa B – 5
23. Kyrgyzstan – 5
24. Thailand – 5
25. Kenya – Simba – 5
26. Nepal A – 4
27. Mozambique – 4
28. Nepal B – 3
29. Kenya – Ndovu – 1
30. Uganda – 0

Photos by Priyadarshan Banjan

Alireza Firouzja

Alireza Firouzja

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Ozinir

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M.Kobalia

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