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World Youth 2019 Rd.9: Four sole leaders

by Sagar Shah - 11/10/2019

The ninth round was a critical one to determine some of the sole leaders. In the under-14 open section it is Aydin Suleymanli, who seems to be firmly in the driver's seat with 7.5/9. Eline Roebers has been the surprise of the tournament as she leads the under-14 girls section. The under-16 open section saw a huge upset on board one when the top seeded Hans Niemann lost his game to Aronyak Ghosh. In the girls section, the deadlock between Nurgali and Garifullina hasn't been resolved. Under-18 open saw Praggnanandhaa pick up the sole lead by beating Zarubitski. He is closely pursued by Shant Sargsyan. Polina Shuvalova mantains her lead in the girls under-18. Round nine report from Mumbai by Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal. 

Aydin Suleymanli (right) managed to beat the giant killer of the tournament Abinandhan with the black pieces | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Speaking to ChessBase India after the game, Aydin said, "My coach (Farid Abasov) said to me that my opponent is a tactical player. Hence, I must play positionally. This is the reason why I chose the French Winawer." It turned out to be the right decision as Abinandhan couldn't really match Suleymanli's positional acumen. The game ended in a smooth positional win for the Azeri youngster, who is now the sole leader in the under-14 open section.

Aydin Suleymanli speaks about his win over Abinandhan

Sreeshwan suffered another loss in round 9, this time at the hands of the talented Russian youngster Marc Morgunov | Photo: Amruta Mokal

We are aware about Abinandhan's exploits at the event, but do you know about Vo Pham Thien Phuc? The Vietnamese youngster has performed admirably at the event to gain 239 Elo points and is currently on 7.0/9 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Vo Pham Thien Phuc's astonishing performance at the under-14 World Youth 2019

Standings of Round 9 of under-14 open

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
13IMSuleymanli AydinAZE24267,50,050,555,056
212FMSrihari L RIND22837,00,048,551,557
355Abinandhan RIND18307,00,047,052,046
413FMMorgunov MarcAUT22807,00,046,049,045
560Vo Pham Thien PhucVIE18077,00,044,048,045
617Kolay AlexUSA21646,50,049,553,545
71FMSreeshwan MaralakshikariIND24496,00,049,053,545
88FMChyzy JakubPOL23276,00,048,053,555
920CMLuczak FilipPOL21366,00,047,552,044
106Samant Aditya SIND23346,00,045,549,055

In the all important top board clash Eline Roebers beat katerina Nasyrova and moved to the sole first spot. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Rakshitta Ravi suffered a loss at the hands of Ayan Allahsverdiyeva and was pushed to the fourth spot. Bat-Erdene Mungunzul won her game against Astghik Hakobyan to move to the second spot.

Standings of Round 9 of under-14 girls

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Roebers ElinewNED20837,50,047,552,546
WCMMungunzul Bat-ErdenewMGL19127,00,044,046,546
WFMAllahverdiyeva AyanwAZE21607,00,042,546,047
WIMRakshitta RaviwIND23106,50,049,053,555
WFMNasyrova EkaterinawRUS21376,50,048,052,555
WIMDivya DeshmukhwIND23586,50,047,051,546
Wikar MartynawPOL19696,50,044,549,054
WFMKamalidenova MeruertwKAZ20256,50,044,549,045
Velpula SarayuwIND17176,00,047,550,556
WFMDhyana PatelwIND19956,00,047,050,045

Aronyak Ghosh managed to create the upset of the day, by defeating the in form Hans Niemann | Photo: Amruta Mokal

For his efforts Aronyak wins the ChessBase best game of the day award

Kushagra Mohan held Rudik Makarian to a draw and made his maiden IM norm! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The under-16 section has only five IMs and you need to play three of them in order to make a norm. Kushagra not only played with them, but also scored so well that he achieved the norm with a score of 6.5/9.

Kushagra Mohan speaks about his win over Moksh Doshi in round 8

Standings of Round 9 of under-16 open

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
CMAronyak GhoshIND23807,01,546,050,045
IMNiemann Hans MokeUSA24397,01,047,051,556
IMMakarian RudikRUS23867,00,549,053,056
IMPogosyan StefanRUS23646,50,045,549,054
CMKushagra MohanIND23096,50,045,549,044
FMDaghli ArashIRI23876,50,045,049,046
Bilych OlexiyUKR22816,50,042,545,546
Harshavardhan G BIND23626,50,039,041,546
FMMoksh Amit DoshiIND23286,00,047,051,555
IMRaja Rithvik RIND23696,00,043,047,044

Nazerke Nurgali was held to a draw by Akshaya Bommini Mounika | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Leya Garifullina was better in her game against Saina, but didn't manage to win | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Standings of Round 9 of under-16 girls

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
14WFMNurgali NazerkewKAZ21947,50,549,053,556
21WCMGarifullina LeyawRUS23307,50,549,053,046
37WFMMahdian AnoushawIRI21036,50,048,552,555
411WFMSalonika SainawIND20516,50,045,548,555
55WFMBulatova KamaliyawRUS21816,50,043,046,545
612WFMHajiyeva LamanwAZE20386,50,041,545,545
710Zhang XiaowCHN20536,50,039,543,555
814WFMBommini Mounika AkshayawIND20176,00,049,052,554
92WFMBeydullayeva GovharwAZE22896,00,045,549,555
109WFMCiolacu Alessia-MihaelawROU20956,00,044,548,044

Praggnanandhaa beat Zaurbitski in round 9 in a long drawn out rook endgame | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Zarubitski vs Praggnanandhaa, round 9

Although Pragg had an extra pawn, it seemed as if the game was heading towards a draw. This was until Zarubitski made a big mistake with the move f3. The main drawback of this move is that the second rank opens up. So Black could move his king to c3 or d3 and then play Rc1 when Rxa2 would be met with Rc2+, exchanging the rooks and the game would be won.

Praggnanandhaa shows his win against Viachaslau Zarubitski

Shant played a daring piece sacrifice to get the better of Aryan Gholami | Photo: Amruta Mokal

It seems like Black is winning a piece. What is the powerful move that White had prepared?

Find the way to continue White's initiative

The top seed is now half a point behind Praggnanandhaa. The tenth round will be interesting as Shant takes on Mitrabha Guha and Pragg is up against Paulius Pultinevicius | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Standings of Round 9 of under-18 open

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
12GMPraggnanandhaa RIND25677,50,046,550,056
21GMSargsyan ShantARM25807,00,049,554,545
33IMGholami AryanIRI25546,50,047,551,545
416IMAditya MittalIND24306,50,045,549,544
515IMMitrabha GuhaIND24346,50,044,549,044
67IMPultinevicius PauliusLTU25036,50,042,046,045
714IMZarubitski ViachaslauBLR24356,00,046,551,055
812IMBuckels ValentinGER24426,00,045,050,054
938FMSydoryka VladyslavUKR22476,00,044,547,555
108IMArjun KalyanIND24836,00,044,048,045


The all Russian battle on the top board between Shuvalova and Obolentseva ended in a draw. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

In spite of this draw, Polina Shuvalova maintained her half point lead over the field as other games also ended in draws. As many as five players are on 6.5/9, half a point behind Polina. It will be exciting finish in this section.

Standings of Round 9 of under-18 girls

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
WIMShuvalova PolinawRUS24127,00,046,048,545
WIMVantika AgrawalwIND22836,50,048,052,554
FMSchulze LarawGER23276,50,044,549,044
WGMObolentseva AlexandrawRUS22826,50,044,048,554
WFMUrh ZalawSLO21056,50,042,544,046
Yan TianqiwCHN22366,50,042,045,556
WFMMakhija AashnawIND20846,00,046,049,553
WIMMunkhzul TurmunkhwMGL23326,00,045,549,543
WFMSerikbay AsselwKAZ22086,00,043,547,544
WFMKucharska HonoratawPOL21146,00,043,046,544


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