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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

World Junior Chess R11: Rapport, Ipatov Lead in Boys' Section; Cori in Sole Lead in Girls' Section

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Hi everyone,

The chess tournament news update via Fide about the World Junior Chess Championships 2012 is that the girls' section has a sole leader in WGM Deysi Cori and the boys' section leaders now are GM Richard Rapport and GM Alexander Ipatov. Eleven rounds have been played with one more to go.

The World Junior Chess Championships are being held in Athens, Greece. GM Alexander Ipatov won his game to catch up with GM Rapport in the standings. Now they share first place with 9,0/11. The third place 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

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