Alexander Ipatov and Irina Bulmaga sole leaders of WJCC

GM Alexander Ipatov stunned with black GM Nils Grandelius in a key encounter of round 6 to take sole lead in the World Junior Chess Championship in Athens, Greece.

A member of the Turkish Olympic Team, Ipatov is now with 5,5/6, half a point ahead of the chasing pack, as the other top board match GM Yu Yangyi – GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan finished draw.

IM Karen Grigoryan, GM Richard Rapport, IM Das Debashis, and GM Aleksandr Shimanov used the opportunity to join GM Yu Yangyi and GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan at the second position with 5,0/6.

The tournament top seeded player GM Ding Liren continues undefeated, but made a third draw with black, which leaves him sharing 8th place with IM Grigoriy Oparin, GM Salem A R Saleh, FM Peter Schreiner, GM Baron Tal, FM Wei Yi, and the local top placed player IM Antonios Pavlidis, all with 4,5/6.

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GM Ipatov was always among the leaders in the first rounds of the competition, with today’s victory he takes sole lead at the WJCC


The round for the girls at the WJCC started with nine players sharing the lead. However, only WIM Irina Bulmaga was able to score a point in the match with Hanna-Marie Klek to take the sole lead in the competition.

The encounters WGM Jovana Vojinovic – IM Anastasia Bodnaruk, WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina – WGM Alina Kashlinskaya, WFM Klaudia Kulon – WGM Guo Qi, and WIM Meri Arabidze – WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina all finished draw leaving the contenders sharing second place 1/2 points behind WIM Bulmaga.

They were joined by the winner of WJCC 2011 WGM Deysi Cori and the Panamerican U20 champion Paula Andrea Rodriguez Rueda who won their games in the 6th round.


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Photos by Andreas Kontokanis

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Reports: Round 1 / Round 2 / Round 3 / Round 4 / Round 5

The sole leader of the girls section WIM Irina Bulmaga (right) with her friend Ekaterini Pavlidou 

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