This year’s World Junior Chess Championship continues to amaze with quality games and fighting spirit. A fierce battle for first place and the medals is going on in the boys section. So far the WJCC has had only two players in sole first – GM Ipatov (round 6 and round 7) and GM Rapport (round 9 and round 10) and after today’s 11th round they are tied in the standings. GM Rapport drew with GM Grandelius, which allowed GM Ipatov to catch up with him after scoring a full point.
The third place in the standings is for the Armenian top player GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan. He scored a full point against IM Conrad Holt and is the only player with 8,5/11, half a point behind the leaders.
At shared fourth position with 8,0/11 are the rating favorite of the tournament GM Ding Liren and his compatriot GM Yu Yangyi, who made a draw in their direct encounter today. With the same points is GM Aleksandr Shimanov after winning the “Russian derby” against IM Antipov, as well as the top board of the day GM Nils Grandelius and the 13 year old prodigy Wei Yi.
Top matches of tomorrow are GM Ter-Sahakyan – GM Rapport, FM Wei Yi – GM Ipatov, GM Shimanov – GM Ding Liren, GM Yu Yangyi – GM Grandelius.
Norms after Round 11
IM K.Grigoryan (ARM) GM norm (in 10 games)
IM S.Grover (IND) GM norm (in 9 games)
IM D.Debashis (IND) GM norm (in 9 games)
FM Wei Yi (CHN) GM norm
FM P.Schreiner (AUT) IM norm
FM. S.Thavandiran (CAN) IM norm (in 10 games)
FM D.Kigel (UKR) IM norm
FM A.Hambleton (CAN) IM norm
M.Lapidus (EST) IM norm
The girls section finally has a sole new sole leader. This is WGM Deysi Cori, the champion from 2011, who won with black her direct encounter at the top board. At striking distance with 8,0/11 and just half a point from WGM Cori remain WGM Guo Qi, IM Anastasia Bodnaruk and WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina.
With high chances for top positions is the group of players with 7,5/11 including WIM Irina Bulmaga, WIM Meri Arabidze, WGM Jovana Vojinovic, WFM Aulia Medina Warda, and WIM Khayala Abdulla.
Tomorrow’s top encounters are WGM Deysi Cori – WFM Aulia Medina Warda, IM Anastasia Bodnaruk – WIM Meri Arabidze, WGM Jovana Vojinovic – WGM Guo Qi, WIM Khayala Abdulla – WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina, and WFM Iulija Osmak – WIM Irina Bulmaga.
Norms after round 11
WIM I.Bulmaga (ROU) WGM norm
WIM M.Arabidze (GEO) WGM norm
WFM K.Kulon (POL) WIM norm
Wang Jue (CHN) WIM norm
WFM A.Medina Warda (INA) WIM norm
Photos by Andreas Kontokanis
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