The World Junior Chess Championships 2014 (for boys & girls under 20) are being held in Pune, India, from 6th to 19th October 2014.
The Championship is organized and conducted by Maharashtra Chess Association under the auspices of AICF and FIDE.
Vijay Kumar presents the round 8 video.
16-year-old S L Narayanan has easily been the pick of the Indian players in display at the World Junior Chess Championship in progress at Hotel Hyatt Pune. In the 9th round today Narayanan today held compatriot and fourth seed Vidit Santosh Gujrathi to a draw and earned his first GM norm.
In the Girls section, 18-year-old P V Nandhidhaa defeated Pratyusha Bodda in a dramatic way to make her third WIM norm and complete the requirements for her WIM title. Incidentally Pratyusha also made her WIM norm.
“My IM title was confirmed last month and this is my first GM norm” said the shy and soft spoken Narayanan while Nandhidhaa was visibly excited and gushed, “I made my first two norms in 2011 and 2012 and then missed making my final norm on seven occasions. Today I was very lucky as my opponent blundered on the last move in a dead draw position.”
On the top board Aleksandra Goryachkina defeated Ann Chumpitaz of Peru to shoot into sole lead with 7.5 points. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh is trailing half a point behind while Padmini, Dari Pustovoitova, Zhai Mo, Ann Chumpitaz and Anna Iwanow are bunched together with 6.5 points. Daria Pustovoitova also earned a WIM norm.
In the Open section the top board encounter between the two Chinese players Wei Ye and Lu Shanglei ended in a draw while top seed Fedoseev scored a victory over overnight joint leader Karen Grigoryan. Wei, Lu and Fedoseev are jointly leading with 7 points each. Eight players including Diptayan Ghosh and Aravindha Chithambaram of India are trailing just half a point behind the leaders.
The encounter between Bai Jinshi and Mikhail Antipov was one of the first ones to end in a draw. Jinshi with this draw has earned a 9 round Swiss League GM norm.