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GM Richard Rapport has beaten GM Yu Yangyi on the top board in the ninth round at the World Junior Chess Championship currently on in Athens, Greece to take sole lead, according to a comprehensive chess report via Chessdom.
Rapport now has 7.5 points. Both Rapport and Yangyi were overnight leaders along with GM Alexander Ipatov. Ipatov pulled off a fighting draw against GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan. With this GM Ipatov is now sharing the second position at seven points with the other winners of the round: GM Aleksandr Shimanov and IM Conrad Holt.
In the group of players with 6.5/9 is top seed GM Ding Liren, who continues to remain undefeated. However, he added yet another draw to his account. Other players just a point behind the leader are GM Nils Grandelius, GM Yu Yangyi, IM Sahaj Grover, IM Das Debashis, IM Grigoriy Oparin, GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, and FM Schreiner Peter.
Several players achieved norms based on 9 rounds, see the list below. Round 10 of the event will see the leader GM Richard Raport face GM Alexandr Shimanov with black . IM Condrad Holt will have white against GM Ipatov. Other top encounters from next round are IM Sahaj Grover – GM Ding Liren, GM Yu Yangyi – IM Grigoriy Oparin, IM Das Debashis – GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, GM Nils Grandelius – FM Peter Schreiner.
List of norms WJCC boys section
(based on 9 rounds)
IM K.Grigoryan (ARM) GM norm
IM S.Grover (IND) GM norm
IM D.Debashis (IND) GM norm
FM Wei Yi (CHN) GM norm
FM P.Schreiner (AUT) IM norm
FM. S.Thavandiran (CAN) IM norm
FM D.Kigel (UKR) IM norm
FM A.Hambleton (CAN) IM norm
M.Lapidus (EST) IM norm
It was an exciting day in the girls section, with multiple decisive results on the top boards. WGM Quo Qi stunned with black the R8 leader WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina to advance to shared first with 7.0/9. She is now joined at the top by the 2011 girls champion WGM Deysi Cori and byWIM Meri Arabidze who scored a third consecutive win. WGM Ziaziulkina remains 1/2 points behind along with IM Anastasia Bodnaruk.
Among the players 1 point away from the leaders are WIM Irina Bulmaga, WGM Alina Kashlinskaya, WGM Jovana Vojinovic, WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina, WIM Bhakti Kulkarni, WIM Chelsie Monica Sihite, and WIM Varga Klara. In the next round, WGM Guo Qi and WIM Meri Arabidze will face each other in a direct encounter, while IM Bodnaruk will meet WGM Deysi Cori. Other top matches in the girls section are WGM Vojinovic – WGM Ziaziulkina, WIM Kulkarni – WGM Kashlinskaya, WIM Bulmaga – WIM Varga, WGM Goryachkina – WIM Sihite.
List of norms WJCC girls section
(based on 9 rounds)
WIM I.Bulmaga (ROU) WGM norm
WFM K.Kulon (POL) WIM norm
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