Chess: Shanglei crowned world junior champion
Monday, 20 October 2014 – 7:44am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Lu Shanglei of China won the World Junior Chess title in Pune on Sunday after defeating Aleksander Indjic of Serbia in the last round. There was a three-way tie for the second position with Wei Yi of china,

Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia and Dida Jan Krzysztof of Poland finishing on 9.5 points each. However, Yi finished second under the Bucholz rating system to bag silver while Fedoseev won bronze. Vidit Gujrathi was the best Indian finisher with 9 points and was placed fifth.

In the girls section, 16-year-old Alexandra Goryachkina successfully defended her title with a round to spare on Saturday and settled for a short draw against Anna Iwanova to raise her points tally to 11. Ann Chumpitaz of Peru also drew against Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva while Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran defeated Srija Seshadri of India to bag the bronze, both tallying 9.5 points each.

After the tie-breaks Sarasadat secured the silver medal and Chumpitaz had to settle for the bronze. Padmini Rout was the best Indian finisher with 9 points and was placed fourth.

Both Shanglei and Goryachkina earned a qualification slot for the World Cup 2015 for Open and Women, respectively.

Open (top 10): 1. L Shanglei (CHN, 10), 2. W Yi (CHN, 9.5, 106.5 Bucholz), 3. V Fedoseev (RUS, 9.5, 105.5 Bucholz), 4. D Jan-Krzysztof (POL, 9.5, 99.5 Bucholz), 5. V Gujrathi (IND, 9, 94.5 Bucholz), 6. K Dragun (POL, 9, 92.5 Bucholz), 7. S Narayanan (IND, 9, 91.5 Bucholz), 8. M Karthikeyan (IND, 9, 85.5 Bucholz), 9. Diptayan Ghosh (IND, 8.5, 97 Bucholz), 10. Bai Jinshi (CHN, 8.5, 95.5 Bucholz).

Girls (top 5): 1. A Goryachkina (RUS, 11), 2. S Khademalsharieh (IRN, 9.5), 3. A Chumpitaz (PER, 9.5), 4. P Rout (IND, 9), 5. Z Mo (CHN, 8.5)


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