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World Youth 2019 Round 6: Just 14 and already a professional - Aydin Suleymanli

by Sagar Shah - 07/10/2019

There are many strong players all across the world who are strong at the age of 14. But how many of them have the courage to say in a public interview that they are professionals? Meet Aydin Suleymanli, the 14-year-old from Azerbaijan, who is the leader in the under-14 open section. He played an excellent endgame to grind out a win from a drawish position against Aditya Samant (2334) of India. In this report we get to know more about this youngster. The other sole leaders after round six in the event are Leya Garifullina (5.5/6) in the under-16 girls and Rudik Makarian (5.5/6) in the under-16 open. We bring you a detailed report with pictures and analysis from Mumbai.

Meet Aydin Suleymanli - the future of Azerbaijan chess

Aydin Suleymanli is the sole leader in the under-14 open section after he beat Aditya Samant with the black pieces in round 6 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

After the game we caught up with Aydin and asked him - Do you go to school? "I do not go to school so much. Chess is my profession. And it's more important for me. When quizzed about his work routine, he replied, "I practice chess all day!" So you want to become a professional chess player, was my question. With a smile on his face he said. "I think I am already a professional chess player. I want to be an elite grandmaster." The confidence, simplicity and self belief with which he said these lines was quite motivating. I am sure that we are going to hear Aydin's name for many years to come!


What does Aydin have to think about his country mate's Radjabov's victory at the World Cup? "All of us are very happy that someone from our country won the World Cup. I congratulate him and hope he becomes the World Champion." But Radjabov isn't keen on playing Candidates. "I think he will play", said Aydin with a sly smile.  

Aydin Suleymanli's interview by IM Sagar Shah
Final moments of Suleymanli's win over Samant

Aydin Suleymanli wins the best game of the day award for his win over Aditya Samant

Standings after round 6 in under-14 open

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
IMSuleymanli AydinAZE24265,50,021,524,035
Abinandhan RIND18305,00,020,524,034
FMSrihari L RIND22835,00,020,523,035
FMPranav AnandIND23515,00,019,522,534
FMSreeshwan MaralakshikariIND24495,00,019,522,035
CMLuczak FilipPOL21364,50,021,024,034
FMChyzy JakubPOL23274,50,019,022,034
Pranav VIND23084,50,019,022,034
FMMorgunov MarcAUT22804,50,019,021,533
Samant Aditya SIND23344,50,018,520,034

Girls are better fighters?!

After around three hours of play, this was the scene at the playing venue:

The top tables in the open (boys) under-18 section had all their games completed! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Top four boards in the girls under-18 section were all fighting hard! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Girls truly play uncompromising chess and this is true right from youngsters to the World Championship level! At the orld Youth Championships currently in progress in Mumbai, the girls under-18 section has three leaders on 5.0/6 and the girls under-14 has five leaders with 5.0/6.

Defending champion and top seed Polina Shuvalova is back on the top after a couple of draws | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Anna Afonsieva (left) got the better of Annmarie Muetsch | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Standings after round 6 in girls under-18

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
WIMShuvalova PolinawRUS24125,00,019,522,034
WIMSliwicka AlicjawPOL23075,00,017,520,524
WFMAfonasieva AnnawRUS23125,00,017,019,535
WIMCervantes Landeiro ThaliawUSA21764,50,021,024,533
FMSchulze LarawGER23274,50,019,522,533
WIMVantika AgrawalwIND22834,50,018,521,533
WFMRadeva ViktoriawBUL22774,00,020,522,533
WFMKucharska HonoratawPOL21144,00,020,022,033
WFMMakhija AashnawIND20844,00,020,022,032
WGMObolentseva AlexandrawRUS22824,00,019,522,532

The top board clash in open under-18 between Aryan Gholami and Praggnanandhaa ended in a draw. They both maintain their leads with 5.0/6 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The two Indian GMs at the event - P. Iniyan and R. Praggnanandhaa | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Standings after round 6 in open under-18

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
GMPraggnanandhaa RIND25675,00,521,023,534
IMGholami AryanIRI25545,00,521,023,524
GMIniyan PIND25094,50,021,024,533
IMBuckels ValentinGER24424,50,020,523,033
GMSargsyan ShantARM25804,50,020,023,533
IMAditya MittalIND24304,50,019,522,533
IMZarubitski ViachaslauBLR24354,50,019,022,034
IMPetriashvili NikolozGEO24414,50,018,520,534
FMChylewski PatrykPOL23484,50,018,020,534
IMMitrabha GuhaIND24344,50,017,019,533

Standings after round 6 in girls under-16

Leya Garifullina is playing strong chess and is clearly the favourite to win the title! 

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11WCMGarifullina LeyawRUS23305,50,020,523,035
24WFMNurgali NazerkewKAZ21945,00,522,024,034
37WFMMahdian AnoushawIRI21035,00,520,022,534
414WFMBommini Mounika AkshayawIND20174,50,022,024,034
52WFMBeydullayeva GovharwAZE22894,50,020,524,034
611WFMSalonika SainawIND20514,50,019,020,534
79WFMCiolacu Alessia-MihaelawROU20954,50,016,519,033
833Mehendi SilwIND18124,50,016,517,024
95WFMBulatova KamaliyawRUS21814,50,015,017,533
1036WFMNoshin AnjumwBAN17934,00,019,021,034

The sole leader in under-16 open section is Rudik Makarian (left). He beat the strong Iranian player Arash Daghli | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Standings after round 6 in under-16 open

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
IMMakarian RudikRUS23865,50,020,023,035
IMNiemann Hans MokeUSA24395,00,020,523,534
CMAronyak GhoshIND23805,00,019,522,034
FMDaghli ArashIRI23874,50,022,525,034
FMMoksh Amit DoshiIND23284,50,019,522,034
FMStork OliverGER23144,50,019,521,034
IMPogosyan StefanRUS23644,50,019,021,033
CMKushagra MohanIND23094,50,018,521,533
Bilych OlexiyUKR22814,50,017,519,034
FMHilwerda JonasNED22294,50,016,018,524

The game between overnight leaders in under-14 girls section Rakshitta Ravi and Eline Roebers ended in a draw | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Nasyrova Ekaterina (right) won her game and is now one of the leaders | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Dhyana Patel (right) is also on 5.0/6 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Standings after round 6 in girls under-14

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Roebers ElinewNED20835,00,022,025,034
WFMNasyrova EkaterinawRUS21375,00,021,024,534
WFMDhyana PatelwIND19955,00,021,022,534
WIMRakshitta RaviwIND23105,00,020,022,034
WCMMungunzul Bat-ErdenewMGL19125,00,016,518,534
WCMInce Safiye OykuwTUR18404,50,020,021,524
WIMDivya DeshmukhwIND23584,50,019,021,534
Hakobyan AstghikwARM19784,50,019,021,534
Sulyok EszterwHUN18934,50,019,020,534
Wikar MartynawPOL19694,00,021,023,532

"Chess is war on the board. The object is to crush your opponent's mind." These were the words of Bobby Fischer. However, for the players at the World Youth Championships, their opponents are a way to make new friends! Many of them come to the board with a gift that they have brought from their motherland, so that their opponent's can take back some memories of having played against them! Such a wonderful gesture - have a look:

A friendship keychain! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

A present from Latvia to the opponent! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

One South African gave her opponent a currency and a band, while another... | Photo: Amruta Mokal

...presented a keychain! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

A turkish wrist band! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Food and nutrition tips for chess players

As a chess player, what do you take with you to the board?

Smiley shaped chocolates? | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Normal chocolates? | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Or nuts?! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

I guess this is a question that every chess player has. It doesn't matter if he is a World Champion or just another serious tournament player. What are the right food habits is a pertinent question. In order to answer this and more questions related to food and nutrition, the World Youth Championship 2019 organizing committee in association with ChessBase India invited the famous nutritionist and sports scientist from Mumbai Krushmi Chheda.

Krushmi Chheda is a sports scientist, nutritionist and a fitness expert. She was invited at the World Youth Championships 2019 to speak about the importance of nutrition and food for chess players. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Nearly 100 people attended the workshop in which Krushmi spoke about how good food habits and right food intake can help to enhance the performance of a sports player. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The entire talk by Krushmi as well as the Q&A session has been recorded by ChessBase India for you to learn from the expert on this important subject. These talks are a part of the World Youth Chess Championships to spread awareness about fitness, nutrition, psychology, mind training which has been hitherto ignored by chess community. For all those who would like to get in touch with Krushmi can do so at +917045663991

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