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World Junior Championship Tournament

Jeffery Xiong10.5/13(+8 -0 =5)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev9.5/13(+7 -1 =5)[games]
Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Yi Xu9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Murali Karthikeyan8.5/13(+7 -3 =3)[games]
Masoud Mosadeghpour8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Yinglun Xu8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Grzegorz Nasuta8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Rasmus Svane8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Chithambaram V R Aravindh8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Parham Maghsoodloo8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Bozidar Ivekovic8/13(+7 -4 =2)[games]
Shahin Lorparizangeneh8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Christoph Menezes7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Shardul Gagare7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Qingyu Yuan7.5/13(+6 -4 =3)[games]
Paul Srijit7.5/13(+6 -4 =3)[games]
Paulo Bersamina7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Tran Tuan Minh7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Cristobal Henriquez Villagra7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Dennis Wagner7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Akash G7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Seyed Khalil Mousavi7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Kalyan Arjun7.5/13(+6 -4 =3)[games]
Aryan Gholami7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
David Pires Tavares Martins7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Rakesh Kumar Jena7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Irakli Beradze7/13(+5 -4 =4)[games]
* (79 players total; 50 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Junior Championship (2016)

The event took place at the KIIT University at Bhubaneswar, India from August 7 to 22, 2016. Official site: Crosstable:

Previous event: World Junior Championship (2015). Next event: World Junior Championship (2017). See also World Junior Championship (Girls) (2016).

Other similar youth championships: World Youth Championship U16 (Girls) (2016) and World Youth Championship U18 (2016) (women's/open sections of WYCC, some games including U14, U16 and U18) - held at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from September 22nd until October 3rd; World Cadets U12 (2016) (open and women's Cadet's sections) - held at Batumi, Georgia 18 - 31 October 2016.

Official website: ; Video channel:

 page 20 of 21; games 476-500 of 505  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
476. Mikhail Belous vs U R Sahoo  ½-½772016World Junior ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
477. Ankit Gajwa vs Huifeng Fan  1-0592016World Junior ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
478. V Ivic vs S P Rahul  0-1542016World Junior ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
479. Kalyan M Barath vs C Gheorghiu  0-1442016World Junior ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
480. Arjun Erigaisi vs Paul Robert Evangelista  0-1482016World Junior ChampionshipB07 Pirc
481. T Taalaibekov vs S Yogit  ½-½542016World Junior ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
482. R Thogersen vs A Gandhi 0-1422016World Junior ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
483. Parab Ritviz vs Sarker Avik  1-0632016World Junior ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
484. C C Weerasinghe vs Chuan-Chia Hsu  1-0682016World Junior ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
485. D Nyamdorj vs Nicolas Skettos  1-0492016World Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
486. Harsha Bharathakoti vs Qingyu Yuan  0-11052016World Junior ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
487. David Pires Tavares Martins vs V Karthik  1-0422016World Junior ChampionshipA14 English
488. T Rydstrom vs R Praggnanandhaa  0-1512016World Junior ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
489. K Alekseenko vs M Lokander  ½-½332016World Junior ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
490. S Beukema vs P Grandadam 1-0252016World Junior ChampionshipC10 French
491. M Chakravarthi Reddy vs Shreyes Subramaniam  1-0162016World Junior ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
492. J Xiong vs M Mosadeghpour  ½-½592016World Junior ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
493. V Artemiev vs C Aravindh  1-0882016World Junior ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
494. S L Narayanan vs G Nasuta  1-0412016World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
495. P Maghsoodloo vs Yi Xu  0-1632016World Junior ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
496. S Gagare vs R Svane  0-1512016World Junior ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
497. M Karthikeyan vs C Henriquez Villagra  1-0402016World Junior ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
498. Yinglun Xu vs P Bersamina  1-0642016World Junior ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
499. S Lorparizangeneh vs Tran Tuan Minh  ½-½412016World Junior ChampionshipA14 English
500. S K Mousavi vs K Arjun  ½-½892016World Junior ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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  WorstPlayerEver: Nah, Praggnanandhaa shows more ambition. In fact he lost three games by being too ambitious. When he was still in for a top position. And -again- he just turned 11. What is most astonishing though, IMHO, he plays chess quite jolly. As if it were just a game...
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  alexmagnus: Praggnanandhaa is doing very well for someone just 11. But it does not mean he will keep this pace of development in the future. I think the earliest age one can pick potential (world general) champions is around 15. If if Prag manages to become a GM while still 11, shattering Karjakin's record to pieces.
Aug-19-16  epistle: Master B2 at 5th place....
Aug-20-16  shintaro go: Does anyone know what Xiong's current live rating is?
Aug-20-16  Pulo y Gata: I bet Xiong knows
Aug-20-16  fisayo123: <shintaro go> <2647>. 5 elo points from the top 100.
Aug-20-16  belgradegambit: Xiong has a clear win and will clinch with a round to spare.
Aug-20-16  fisayo123: Xiong beats Bersamina and secures tournament victory with a round to spare and a place in the Chess World Cup 2017.

He's also probably the youngest player to ever win this event, being only 15.

Really impressive.

Aug-20-16  Imran Iskandar: Congratulations to Jeffery Xiong on clinching the title of World Junior Champ with a round to spare! He is currently around 3 points from breaking into the top 100, I think.
Aug-20-16  devere: A very impressive performance by Jeffery Xiong, who is only 15.
Aug-20-16  belgradegambit: Would be nice if he got a Tata B invite out of this besides the automatic World Cup spot.
Aug-20-16  nummerzwei: <fisayo123: Xiong beats Bersamina and secures tournament victory with a round to spare and a place in the Chess World Cup 2017. He's also probably the youngest player to ever win this event, being only 15.

Really impressive.>

Actually, when Joel Lautier won it in 1988, he was a few months younger than Xiong is now.

The 1988 Championship lineup included Ivanchuk (#10 in the world at the time) and Gelfand (#31). In comparison, turnout this year was rather feeble, with only two of the top ten juniors deigning to participate.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Most of the top players do not participate.

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  Keyser Soze: Yeah very impressive Xiong performance. According to chessresults his far is 2746.
Aug-20-16  fisayo123: <nummerzwei> Obviously chess has changed a lot since the 1980's. There are way more active chess players. There's no way a top 10 player in the world will play in the World Junior Championships in 2016.

Yeah, it seems Lautier was indeed a couple a few month younger, hence my "probably". But Xiong is still one of the youngest players (2nd youngest?) to ever win this event, regardless of what you might think of the field.

Aug-20-16  Jambow: Kudos to Xiong, he was only mildly on my radar, but I see much promise as my attention now draws closer. Mature playing style already like a young Magnus. His game looks very balanced, tactical, strategic and sound end game technique too.
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  Troller: Congrats to Xiong! As some have noted, this was a relatively weak Junior WC, but these events are always tough to win. And a very solid and convincing performance, winning with a round to spare.
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  HeMateMe: <Would be nice if he got a Tata B invite out of this besides the automatic World Cup spot.>

Indeed, and a good carrot to get more of the top juniors to play this event.

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  Keyser Soze: <Mature playing style already like a young Magnus. His game looks very balanced, tactical, strategic and sound end game technique too.>

Really? I will check his games soon especially from this tourney. Very curious about it.

Aug-22-16  lentil: Watch out, Magnus!
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  HeMateMe: Not too many folks here named Billy, or mitch. The USA has to pull up it's socks.
Aug-22-16  fisayo123: <HeMateMe> It's the World Juniors not the US junior championship.
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  HeMateMe: I know. I just wish there was one or two kids from Peoria or Thousand Oaks. Hey, times change.
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  diagonal: The record of Lautier as <the youngest World Junior Chess Champion> survived.

Lautier at approx. 15 yrs 6mths (27th ch at in 1988):

Xiong at approx. 16yrs minus 2 mths (55th ch in 2016):

So far, four Junior WC went on to become World Chess Champion: Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov, and Anand.

Two Junior WC failed to achieve the GM title (so far): IM Carlos Bielicki who apparently never was a professional player, and .. IM Werner Hug (born in 1952), the surprising winner in 1971.

After winning the World Junior Championship in 1971, Hug entered in the following FIDE ELO list in 1972 (then yearly and at somewhat unregular published) at ELO <Rating> of 2475, with a <Ranking> as no. 106= of the world.

In 2014, Hug (still regularly active in national team competitions and multiple member of the Swiss Olympiad Team between 1972 up and including 2014) reached his individual peak nominal ELO rating at age of 62.

In the current FIDE ELO list of September 2016, compared with more than forty years ago in the July 1972 to June 1973 ELO list, he is slightly <HIGHER in Rating>! But <in Ranking he LOST MORE THAN THOUSAND POSITIONS> and is now no. 1216 of the world (all players).

Conclusions - we can choose:

i) evidence for ELO Inflation
ii) much more active (and rated) player today
iii) rating says little in historical comparisons, ranking does matter at the highest level

i & ii & iii, and apart, Hug is a notorious drawing master, at least partly due to ELO inflation he could "frozen" <his ELO during more than forty years, always in the range between 2400, never below, and 2499, never above>. No GM norm at all (but please, don't ask him why he never made a GM norm)

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  alexmagnus: Actually, the fact that Hug's rating is stuck in the same number range for all those years is an argument against inflation and not for it. As it would be short of a miracle of he declined at more or less exactly the inflation pace - and that constantly over 40 years :D
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