WJCC 2012 - Nastassia Ziaziulkina moves into the sole lead
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 23:00
The top seed and the leader of the World Junior Chess Championship in Athens, Ding Liren and Alexander Ipatov, split the point on the top board in round 8 following the rest day on Thursday.
Ipatov remained on the top of the crosstable but is now joined by another Chinese representative Yu Yangyi and Richard Rapport from Hungary, who quickly recovered from the upset in round two and lined a score of victories.
Among the other players with 5,5 points, IM Debashis Das (India) and FM Peter Schreiner (Austria) held the higher rated players GM Aleksandr Shimanov (Russia) and GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (Armenia), respectively.
IM Conrad Hold defeated the 3rd seed GM Yaroslav Zherebukh, while the modestly rated Mark Lapidus (2129) from Estonia beat the tough GM Salem A R Saleh from UAE. Lapidus started the tournament with two losses but then turned the trend and signed six consecutive wins.
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Reigning Belarus champion WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina singled out on the top of of the standings in the girls section of the World Junior Chess Championship. In round 8 Ziaziulkina defeated the top-seeded IM Anastasia Bodnaruk (Russia) to lift the count to 6.5 points.
WIM Irina Bulmaga and the defending champion WGM Deysi Cori, also entering the day as joint leaders, drew their game and remained on the shared 2nd place.
WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina
In a mixed day for the Russian representatives, 3rd seed WGM Alina Kashlinskaya lost against WGM Guo Qi of China, but WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina scored against WIM Klara Varga from Hungary.
Bulmaga, Cori, Qi, Goryachkina and WIM Meri Arabidze from Georgia share the second place with 6 points each.
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GM Ipatov continues as sole leader at the World Junior Chess Championship in Athens, Greece. The top four boards Ipatov – Rapport, Debashis – Yu Yangyi, Shimanov – Grigoryan, and Ter-Sahakyan – Grandelius all finished in draws, keeping the status quo of the tournament.
GM Ding Liren managed to score a full point today. With this victory the top seeded player now shares the second place. FM Peter Schreiner and IM Mikhail Antipov also won their games and joined the chasing pack, thus making a total of nine players with 5,5/7 at positions 2-10.
They are closely followed by a large group with 5,0/7, including IM Mustafa Yilmaz, IM Sahaj Grover, IM Conrad Holt, FM Wei Yi, GM Jorge Cori, GM Nils Grandelius, GM Yaroslav Zherebukh, Mark Lapidus, and IM Antonios Pavlidis.
The girls section of the World Junior Chess Championship again has a group of players tied on first place. The leader after round 6 WIM Irina Bulmaga was held to a draw by WGM Alina Kashlinskaya. This was used by IM Bodnaruk, WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina, and the 2011 winner WGM Deysi Cori. They scored full points and are now with 5,5/7, the same points as WIM Bulmaga.
5th-10th place is shared by a group of players just 1/2 points behind the leaders. Among them are WGM Guo Qi, WGM Alina Kashlinskaya, WIM Meri Arabidze, WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina, Wang Jue, and WIM Klara Varga.
Tomorrow is a free day and the players will use the opportunity to take rest from the long competition and visit historical places in and around the wonderful city of Athens.