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WYCC 2009 R10: The Penultimate Round
With one round left to the end of the World Youth Chess Championship, the competitions for the top places are very fierce and intense. You can find a summary of the results of the 10th round games, the players that have the chance to finish in top three places and the best performers in each group below. In the meantime the president of the Syria Chess Federation Dr. Hani Al-Bitar and the president of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici presented memorial plates to the arbiters of the tournament.

The final round starts at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.


All the arbiters of the tournament after the memorial plate giving ceremony

U-8 category: Iranian Mohammad Amin Tabatabaei beat the second seed of the group, his fellow countryman Aryan Gholami to take the sole lead with 8.5 points. Gholami is second with 8 points and American Tanuj Vasudeva is third with 7.5 points. In the girls’ category American player Samritha Palakollu who earned a half point in this round shares the top spot with Chinese Ruotong Chu. The couple is followed by Indian Muthyala Bansi Prathima with 7.5 points.


U-10 category: Chinese Jinshi Bai and Russian Semen Khanin share the first two places with 8.5 points whereas Indian Murali Karthikeyan and Chinese Han Yu Zhang stand on the third and fourth places with 8 points each. The star player of the girls’ category Gunay Mammadzada from Azerbaijan won again today and secured the gold medal with an amazing score of 10 points. She is the only player in the whole event with the perfect score. She is followed by Indian WCM Maria Furtado Ivana and Azeri WCM Hikmet Qizi Hojjatova Aydan with 8 points.


The little players look tired at the end of this long marathon 

U-12 category: Russian CM Antipov who was first on the standings before this round lost to Bobby Cheng from Australia on the first board and now stands in the 4th place as the last player of 4 players with 8 points. The first three places are occupied by Indian Suri Vaibhav, Polish FM Krzysztof Duda Jan and Canadian Richard Wang. In the girls’ category Iranian WFM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh beat local player Nezihe Ezgi Menzi to reach 9 points and the top place. WFM Anna Styazhkina is second and WFM Aleksandra Goryachkina is third.


U-14 category: As the players with the white pieces won on the first two boards, the Polish player Kamil Dragun advanced to the first place. Peruvian IM Jorge Cori is second with 8 points and Indian FM G V Sai Krishna is third with 7.5 points. In the girls’ category the leader of the group Israeli WFM Marsel Efroimski drew with Polish WFM Aleksandra Lach and continues her monarchy with 9 points. WFM Lach is second with 8 points and Kazakh WCM Dinara Saduakassova is third with 7.5 points.


Another tired warrior


U-16 category: The top two board matches in which 3 Indian players competed ended as draws. The Ukranian rising star IM Ilya Nyzhnyk won another game to reach 7.5 points and stands on the 4th place now. Indian players IM Santosh Gujrathi Vidit and IM S P Sethuraman share the first and second places with 8.5 points. The French player FM Maxime Lagarde follows the Indian duo with 7.5 points. In the girls’ category the first seed of the group Peruvian WIM T Deysi Cori got one more point in this round and is the other player in the event that secured the gold medal. She is in the first place with 9.5 points followed by WIM Meri Arabidze of 8 points and WIM Irina Bulmaga of 7.5 points.


Altough some of the players are ill, their love for chess continues


U-18 category: The second seed of the group GM Ivan Salgado Lopez still leads after the drawn game in this round with 8 points. First seed Russian IM Maxim Matlakov follows with equal points and on the third place Indian IM Baskaran Adhiban of 7.5 points stands. In the girls’ category Kazakh WFM Gulishkan Nakhbayeva beat the first seed Russian Anastasia Savina on the first board and the Russian player got her first defeat of the tournament but still leads the field 8 points. WFM Nakhbayeva is second with 8 points and WGM Olga Girya is third with 7.5 points.


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 Turkish Chess Federation 2009