WYCC round 8 report, photos, and videos

Oct 28, 2010

GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (ARM) with 7,0/8 is still heading the U18 Open section of the World Youth Chess Championships here in Porto Carras after a draw with IM Tal Baron (ISR). However, his position is now threatened by the well performing FM Steven Zierk (interview in the video of the round) who won today and has 6,5/7. The 6,0/8 group includes GM Nils Grandelius (SWE), FM Arribas Lopez (ESP), Anwesh Upadhyaya (IND), and IM Tal Baron.

Two of the top seeded players in the Girls U18 section, WGM Deisy Cori (PER) and CM Bhakti Kulkarni (IND), are back in the medal places contest after victories today. They have equal points with WIM Irina Bulmaga (ROU), WIM Vo Thi Kim Phung (VIE), Anastasiya Rakhmangulova (UKR), and WIM Keti Tsatsalashvili (GEO), all with 6,0/8, but the section is convincingly led by WIM Narmin Nizami Kazimova (AZE) with 7,5/8.

In the U16 Open section it is Poland and Poland on top of the standings – FM Kamil Dragun and Marcin Krzyzanowski are leading with 7,0/8. They are closely followed by Sergey Savitskiy (RUS) with 6,5/8, and some of the top talents like FM Zhou Yang-Fan (ENG), IM Robin Van Kampen (NED), IM Benjamin Bok (NED) and IM Nijat Azad Oglu Abasov (AZE), are a full point behind the leaders.

Girls U16 has the largest tie for the first position – WIM Ziaziulkina (BLR), WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (VIE), WFM Hakimifard Ghazal (IRI), WIM Meri Arabidze (GEO), and WIM Mariam Danelia (GEO) are all on top with 6,5/8.

IM Kiprian Berbatov (BUL) escaped a difficult position and continued recovering after his initial bad start in the U14 section. Top seeded GM Richard Rapport (HUN), however, went through yet another unexpected loss, this time against Roman Grib (BLR). After the perfect score in the first seven rounds, Tomas Laurusas (LTU) lost his game to Avital Boruchovsky (ISR), but is still leading ahead of Boruchovsky and Azar Izzat Kanan (AZE) – 6,5, and Grzegorz Nasuta (POL), IM Vaibhav Suri (IND), Shiven Khosla (IND), FM Girish (IND), FM Guillaume Lamard (FRA), Roman Grib (BLR), IM Kiprian Berbatov (BUL), FM Kirill Alekseenko (RUS), and Nima Javanbakht (IRI), all a full point behind the leader.

WFM Dinara Saduakassova won against the undefeated so far Lei Tingjie (CHN) to catch up at the top of the Girls U14 standings with 7,0/8. Their closest competitors are Nandhidhaa Pv (IND) and Raana Hakimifard (IRI) with 6,5/8, while there are 4 more players at 6,0/8 following them.

Kayden Troff (USA, interview in the video of the round) is dominating the U12 Open section. Another victory today and he is with 7,5/8, top of the table with a full point ahead of the chasing pack. FM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL), Wei Yi (CHN), and Manuel Petrosyan (ARM) are with 6,5/8 and there are eight players with 6,0/8.

The Girls U12 section has a sole leader – this is Iulija Osmak (UKR) who won in this round round and now has 7,0/8. Four players share the second position, WFM Li Zhuoling (CHN), WFM Mahalakshmi (IND), WCM Jackie Peng (CAN) and Dorsa Derakhshani (IRI), all with 6,5/8.

Jason Cao (CAN) is unstoppable in the Open U10 section. After yet another victory and a draw by direct competitors Puranik Abhimanyu (IND) and FM Tin Jingyao (SIN), now Jason Cao is a full point ahead of the group.Girls U10 is one of the most dynamic tournaments here. In a direct match Anna Maja Kazarian (NED) took the pole position from Alexandra Obolentseva (RUS). Obolentseva, WFM Nominerdene (MGL), and Zhou Qiyu (FIN) are close behind with 6,5/8, and in the 6,0/8 rank we find two of the strongest local talents Stavroula Tsolakidou and Anastasia Avramidou.

Among the youngest players, the U8 groups are in contrast after eight rounds. The Open section is in tense fight for the top positions with Kirill Shevchenko (UKR) and Abdulla Azar Gadimbayli (AZE) leading on 7,0/8 and four players following them closely with 6,5/8. In the Girls section Li Yunshan is with 7,5/8, Assel Serikbay (KAZ) with 7,0/8 and the chasing pack is a full point behind.