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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

GM Alexander Ipatov is World Junior Chess Champion 2012

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Hi everyone,

The latest chess news via Chessdom from mid-way of the last round at the World Junior Chess Championships 2012 in Athens, Greece is that GM Alexander Ipatov has won the boys' title by collecting 10,0/13.  Second place goes to GM Richard Rapport who scored the same points, but has worse tiebreak. The regular updates are coming in from the official website.
GM Alexander Ipatov
According to regulations Ipatov qualifies to the World Cup 2013, part of the World Championship Cycle 2012-2014. Alexander Ipatov’s name is now next to a long list of World Junior Champions! See full list in extended post.

More about Alexander Ipatov
Alexander Ipatov, born in Ukraine 16th of July 1993. He is two times vice-champion of the Ukraine among boys under 10 years (2003), under 14 (2007), under 16 and 20 (2008, he was just 14 at the time!). He is Master of Sports (the Ukraine) and a participant of two World championships under 10 years (2003, 11th place), under 14 years (2007, 8th place). His first major feat was the 2nd place at the International Chess tournament Le Mans (France, 2008).

However, Alexander Ipatov first got on the radar of international top chess when he joined as commentator of for Corus 2010. At the time he had 2497 ELO, but bravely took on the task that has previously been given to renowned chess players as World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk and French national team player GM Christian Bauer where the young Ipatov showed great understanding of middle and endgames, winning many fans internationally.

Soon after, while commenting the World Chess Championship live in Sofia, he won the strong Sofia Blitz Championship and from there his success followed one after the other. A few months later IM Ipatov won a medal and GM norm at Cappelle La Grande and the same year came his final GM norm in Nakhchivan with equal points as Vallejo, Sokolov, and Almasi.

Early in 2012 he was attracted by the Turkish Chess Federation and the same year he brings the first gold from World Junior Championships to the country. His next event is the important World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, where he will be on the top boards of the team.

World Junior Champions
1 1951 Coventry/Birmingham Borislav Ivkov
2 1953 Copenhagen Oscar Panno
3 1955 Antwerp Boris Spassky
4 1957 Toronto William Lombardy
5 1959 Münchenstein Carlos Bielicki
6 1961 The Hague Bruno Parma
7 1963 Vrnjac(ka Banja Florin Gheorghiu
8 1965 Barcelona Bojan Kurajica
9 1967 Jerusalem Julio Kaplan
10 1969 Stockholm Anatoly Karpov
11 1971 Athens Werner Hug
12 1973 Teesside Alexander Beliavsky
13 1974 Manila Anthony Miles
14 1975 Tjentište Valery Chekhov
15 1976 Groningen Mark Diesen
16 1977 Innsbruck Artur Yusupov
17 1978 Graz Sergey Dolmatov
18 1979 Skien Yasser Seirawan
19 1980 Dortmund Garry Kasparov
20 1981 Mexico City Ognjen Cvitan
21 1982 Copenhagen Andrei Sokolov
22 1983 Belfort Kiril Georgiev
23 1984 Kiljava Curt Hansen
24 1985 Sharjah Maxim Dlugy
25 1986 Gausdal Walter Arencibia
26 1987 Baguio Viswanathan Anand
27 1988 Adelaide Joël Lautier
28 1989 Tunja Vasil Spasov
29 1990 Santiago Ilya Gurevich
30 1991 Mamaja Vladimir Akopian
31 1992 Buenos Aires Pablo Zarnicki
32 1993 Kozhikode Igor Miladinovic’
33 1994 Caiobá Helgi Grétarsson
34 1995 Halle Roman Slobodjan
35 1996 Medellín Emil Sutovsky
36 1997 Z.agan’ Tal Shaked
37 1998 Kozhikode Darmen Sadvakasov
38 1999 Yerevan Alexander Galkin
39 2000 Yerevan Lázaro Bruzón
40 2001 Athens Peter Acs
41 2002 Goa Levon Aronian
42 2003 Nakhchivan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
43 2004 Kochi Pendyala Harikrishna
44 2005 Istanbul Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
45 2006 Yerevan Zaven Andriasian
46 2007 Yerevan Ahmed Adly
47 2008 Gaziantep Abhijeet Gupta
48 2009 Puerto Madryn Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
49 2010 Chotowa Dmitry Andreikin
50 2011 Chennai Dariusz Swiercz
51 2012 Athens Alexander Ipatov

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