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World Youth 2018: Nine Indians with a chance for a medal with two rounds to go!

by Sagar Shah - 29/10/2018

With two rounds to go for the World Youth Championships 2018 (under-14,16,18) things are heating up in Porto Carras, Greece. The Indians who are in top ten after nine rounds and have a theoretical chance of winning a medal are Sankalp Gupta, Rithvik Raja, Kushagra Mohan, Arpita Mukherjee, Tejaswini Sagar, Aashna Makhija, Divya Deshmukh, Sanskriti Goyal, and L. Jyothsna. Sanklap Gupta completed his final IM norm and is on the brink of becoming India's latest International Master. There are in all 36 medals at stake. How many we win will be decided by the outcomes in the last two rounds. A pictorial report. 

The World Youth Championships 2018 are being held in Porto Carras Grand Resort, Chalkidikki, Greece from 20th to the 30th of October 2018. The best players from all over the world in under-14, 16 and 18 categories have gathered together and are playing in six different sections. India has a contingent of 25 players vying for the top spots.


The big news comes from the under-16 event where Sankalp Gupta from Nagpur achieved his final IM norm. The boy is also gaining 39 Elo points which takes his live rating to 2391. He is just nine Elo points away from becoming India's next International Master. More importantly, he is also in the fifth position and has an excellent chance of winning a medal for the country. Sankalp is trained by IM Swayams Mishra from Odisha. Swayams, a strong player himself, is in Greece with Gupta, helping him to prepare for his games. Here's what the coach had to say about the achievement of his student:

Kushagra Mohan has remained unbeaten in the under-14 section and is on 6.5/9 and in the seventh position | Photo: Anastasia Karlovich

The three girls in under-18: (L-R) Tejaswini Sagar, Sakshi Chitlange and K. Priyanka. Tejaswini has been playing very well at the event and is on 7.0/9 and in third place | Photo: Anastasia Karlovich

The under-14 girls section is keenly contested by Indians with Jyotsna on the sixth place and...| Photo: Niki Riga

...Divya on seventh | Photo: Niki Riga

Rithvik Raja with 6.5/9 is unbeaten in the under-14 section and needs a couple of wins to end the tournament on a high note

Overview of Indian performance after nine rounds

30FMMitrabha Guha2352IND10½1101015,530Open 18
83Manu David Suthandram R1970IND½½01½½½½½4,548Open 18
28Sankalp Gupta2352IND11101½½½16,55Open 16
30Koustav Chatterjee2344IND1100½111½6,020Open 16
73Vatsal Singhania2128IND0101½010½4,076Open 16
110Garvit Kumar Kalra1620IND0½01½½0½0003,0104Open 16
3IMRaja Rithvik R2421IND1½½1½1½1½6,59Open 14
26CMKushagra Mohan2283IND11½½½11½½6,57Open 14
40AGMSrihari L R2170IND110110½015,527Open 14
12WIMChitlange Sakshi2237IND1110½01½05,027Girls 18
14Priyanka K2207IND111½0½0½15,521Girls 18
20WFMArpita Mukherjee2147IND110½1½½½16,010Girls 18
22WIMTejaswini Sagar2139IND11011½11½7,03Girls 18
30WFMTarini Goyal2026IND1½½1½½01½5,515Girls 18
5WFMMakhija Aashna2197IND1½101½½1½6,012Girls 16
21WFMSalonika Saina2093IND111½½0½015,517Girls 16
26Meenal Gupta2065IND011101½½05,029Girls 16
40Sanskriti Goyal1971IND101½011116,59Girls 16
44Shanya Mishra1924IND110½010115,522Girls 16
52Tejasvi M1869IND01010½10½4,059Girls 16
86Sagar Siya1310IND0001100013,077Girls 16
4WIMDivya Deshmukh2180IND11011011½6,57Girls 14
11WCMJyothsna L2060IND111½½1½½½6,56Girls 14
16WFMDhyana Patel2002IND11½0110105,522Girls 14
20WCMMrudul Dehankar1996IND1101101016,013Girls 14

Complete list of results


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