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World Juniors Rd.10: Who will win the World Juniors 2019?

by Sagar Shah - 25/10/2019

The sole leaders in both open and girls section Shtembuliak and Shuvalova maintained their lead. While Shtembuliak has half a point lead, Shuvalova is very close to the title with a full one point gap over rest of the players. Round 10 was an exciting one as we saw plenty of high voltage action. Wang Shixu and Volodar Murzin achieved their maiden GM norms. We also bring to you a beautiful game played by 13-year-old Leon Mendonca - symphony on the chess board. Who are the ones with a chance of winning a medal at the World Juniors? We analyze the chances of the players and present them in this article. 

The tenth round at the World Juniors came to an end. After the end of the penultimate round, tihs is how things stand as far as standings are concerned:


Top 10 places after 10 rounds 

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgBdldPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
17GMShtembuliak EvgenyUKR25778,00,059,563,5
29GMHakobyan AramARM25617,50,057,060,5
310GMSantos Ruiz MiguelESP25607,50,056,560,5
46GMSargsyan ShantARM25807,50,053,057,5
550Wang Shixu BCHN23707,00,056,059,0
63GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.IND26097,00,054,559,0
732IMMurzin VolodarRUS24337,00,052,556,0
82GMKarthikeyan MuraliIND26176,50,058,563,5
98GMPraggnanandhaa RIND25676,50,056,061,5
1046IMMendonca Leon LukeIND23886,50,053,055,0


Pairings for the final round:

Bo.No. NameBdldFEDRtgPts. ResultPts. NameBdldFEDRtg No.
17GMShtembuliak Evgeny UKR25778 7 IMMurzin Volodar RUS243332
210GMSantos Ruiz Miguel ESP2560 GMSargsyan Shant ARM25806
33GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND26097 GMHakobyan Aram ARM25619
418GMKuybokarov Temur AUS2501 7 Wang Shixu B CHN237050
52GMKarthikeyan Murali IND2617 IMJanik Igor POL246724


1. Evgeny Shtembuliak takes on 13-year-old Volodar Murzin with the white pieces. A draw should be sufficient for Shtembuliak to become the champion. Murzin on the other hand just made his 10 game GM norm by beating GM Albornoz Cabrera. This should definitely give him the boost to play for a win in the final round!

2. The match up between Miguel Santos and Shant Sargsyan is an exciting one. As Shant's tiebreak is pretty poor, he will push for a win tomorrow. That being said Miguel Ruiz having the white pieces will surely want to push for more than a draw. It's a battle of two ambitious youngsters and just about anything can happen!

3. Aram Hakobyan, currently on second place has a good tiebreak. He will be keeping his eyes on the second board. But he has to ensure some good chess on his board as well because he is facing the strong Indian GM Aravindh Chithambaram. Aravindh who has 7.0/10 has no option but to play all out for a win if he would like to fight for a medal. This will really be an exciting game to follow.

4. Wang Shixu, the Chinese untitled player who has impressed everyone with his play is up against Temur Kuybokarov from Australia. If Wang manages to win, he has excellent chances of getting a medal.


Let's have a look at the girl's section now:


Standings after round 10

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
WIMShuvalova PolinaRUS24129,00,058,563,0
WIMAlinasab MobinaIRI22398,00,060,064,5
WGMAssaubayeva BibisaraKAZ23817,00,057,062,0
WIMPriyanka NutakkiIND22487,00,056,560,5
WIMSolozhenkina ElizavetaRUS22837,00,055,560,5
WIMDordzhieva DinaraRUS23357,00,055,560,0
Berdnyk MariiaUKR23497,00,055,059,5
FMAntova GabrielaBUL23187,00,053,557,0
WIMAakanksha HagawaneIND21817,00,052,556,0
WIMSong YuxinCHN22927,00,048,552,0

Pairings for round 11

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts. ResultPts. NameFEDRtg No.
WIMSong Yuxin CHN22927 9 WIMShuvalova Polina RUS2412
WIMAlinasab Mobina IRI22398 7 WGMAssaubayeva Bibisara KAZ2381
Berdnyk Mariia UKR23497 7 WIMPriyanka Nutakki IND2248
WIMSolozhenkina Elizaveta RUS22837 7 WIMDordzhieva Dinara RUS2335
WIMAakanksha Hagawane IND21817 7 FMAntova Gabriela BUL2318

1. Polina Shuvalova has nearly confirmed her title by scoring 9.0/10. However, she may still need a draw because Mobina Alinasab, although a point behind her has the better tiebreak score. A draw against Yuxin Song should not be a big deal for Polina, but with last rounds you never know.

2. Mobina Alinasab will surely try to win, as a full point gives her the theoretical chance of fighting for the gold medal. Her silver medal is nearly confirmed even if she loses the final round. Bibisara Assaubayeva would also be fighting hard for a win. As many as seven players are on seven points.

3. On boards 3,4,5 we can expect fighting chess as the ones who win will have the best chance to fight for the bronze medal.

Round 10

Wang Shixu managed to get just the right type of position that would be extremely uncomfortable for his opponent Evgeny Shtembuliak. The Ukrainian GM went wrong and in the final position White was clearly better when the players agreed for a draw. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Wang Shixu might not be very happy with the final result of his tenth round game, but he surely would be happy with the fact that he scored his maiden GM norm! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Aravindh Chithambaram played the Dragon against Miguel Santos. The game was interesting but ended in a draw. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Aram Hakobyan played a nearly flawless game and didn't give any chances to his higher rated opponent Karthikeyan Murali  | Photo: Niklesh Jain
Aram Hakobyan discusses his win with Sagar Shah in the video

13-year-old Volodar Murzin continued his fine run in the tournament with a win over Albornoz Cabrera. He scored his maiden GM norm. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Shant Sargsyan scored a nice win over Or Bronstein to move to 7.5/10 | Photo: Niklesh Jain
Praggnanandhaa played a very interesting game to beat Sergey Drygalov
One of the most exciting games of the round was youngster Leon Mendonca's win over IM Viktor Gazik. Leon is a trained violinist and is used to creating symphonies off the board. But in round ten he managed to create one on it!

A great gesture by the organizers to provide mugs to all the participants with their name and photo engraved on it | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Girls section:

For the first time in the tournament it seemed like Shuvalova was in danger of losing . But Berdnyk didn't take her chances and the game ended in a loss. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Mobina Alinasab tried really hard to win against Dinara Dordzhieva, but the Russian girl held her ground and the game was drawn | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Bibisara Assaubayeva showed the power of a rook on the seventh rank when she beat Oliwia Kiolbasa of Poland | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The all Indian clash between Priyanka Nutakki (white) and Divya Deshmukh ended in a win for Priyanka | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Elizaveta Solozhenkina got the better of Munkhzul Turmunkh | Photo: Niklesh Jain

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