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59th World Junior Championship Tournament

Abdulla Gadimbayli8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Leon Luke Mendonca8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Francesco Sonis8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Nikolozi Kacharava8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Mahammad Muradli7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Momchil Petkov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Artur Davtyan7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Ihor Samunenkov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Andrey Esipenko7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Arseniy Nesterov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Ido Gorshtein7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Velimir Ivic7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Vuppala Prraneeth7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Kazybek Nogerbek7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Dambasuren Batsuren7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Felix Blohberger7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Volodar Murzin7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Neelash Saha7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Tsvetan Stoyanov7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Adam Kozak7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
P Iniyan7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Nikoloz Petriashvili6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Alparslan Isik6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Ediz Gurel6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Konstantin Peyrer6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Yair Parkhov6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Armen Ar Barseghyan6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Vignir Vatnar Stefansson6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Dominik Horvath6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Cristiano F Manish Anto6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Gabriele Lumachi6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Luka Budisavljevic6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
(120 players total; 88 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
59th World Junior Championship (2022)

Name: 59th World Junior Championship Event Date: October 11-23, 2022 Site: Sardina, Italy Format: 11-round Swiss tournament Time Control: 90 minutes for the 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 645  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S R Galaviz Medina vs A Esipenko  0-160202259th World Junior ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. A Nesterov vs Mukhammadali Abdurakhmonov  ½-½56202259th World Junior ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. Chatterjee Utsab vs F Svane  0-145202259th World Junior ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
4. Mendonca vs J Cappelletto  1-046202259th World Junior ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
5. V S Raahul vs V Murzin  0-141202259th World Junior ChampionshipE73 King's Indian
6. V Ivic vs C F M Anto  1-036202259th World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. H de Melo Lux vs M Muradli  1-025202259th World Junior ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. P Iniyan vs E Carlo  1-071202259th World Junior ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
9. B A Leite Martins vs F Sonis  0-125202259th World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. L Budisavljevic vs A Guz  1-033202259th World Junior ChampionshipD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. Z Gaal vs D Batsuren  0-135202259th World Junior ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
12. Jung Min Seo vs O Wartiovaara  1-047202259th World Junior ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. N Zemach vs A Davtyan 0-117202259th World Junior ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. S Dauw vs N Kacharava  0-130202259th World Junior ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. M Petkov vs R Vagman  ½-½63202259th World Junior ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
16. F Bettalli vs D Horvath  0-126202259th World Junior ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
17. A Gadimbayli vs A Ansat  1-053202259th World Junior ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
18. A Nouri vs F Blohberger  ½-½65202259th World Junior ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
19. Y Parkhov vs Z Nemeth  ½-½55202259th World Junior ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. A Oye-Stromberg vs J Zhu  0-152202259th World Junior ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. I Samunenkov vs A Winkelman  1-041202259th World Junior ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
22. J Ad Avila Rodriguez vs I Gorshtein  ½-½76202259th World Junior ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. V Stefansson vs K Andreev  1-033202259th World Junior ChampionshipA28 English
24. D Asllani vs Kazybek Nogerbek  0-154202259th World Junior ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
25. J Kosakowski vs N Casadio  1-031202259th World Junior ChampionshipC00 French Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  MissScarlett: The Hungarian Adam Kozak and Pole, Antoni Kozak, both competing. Three months' difference in age, so I think we can rule out them being brothers.
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  HeMateMe: Esipenko is already a world class player. Magnus must be looking at some of these games and at those who would unseat him.
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  MissScarlett: He's probably paying more attention to Abdusattorov, Gukesh, Keymer, Mittal and Erigasi at Aimchess Meltwater Champions (2022).
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  HeMateMe: Blitz is garbage.
Oct-15-22  syracrophy: Would've loved to see Aydin Suleymanli playing. Been following this youngster after his stunning win (just see his games!) at Aeroflot Open (2020).

From Mexico we have Sion Radamantys Galaviz Medina playing right now! He just lost a game that seemed equal with the world class junior Esipenko.

Oct-16-22  AdolfoAugusto: Hi there syracrophy from Mexico. Sion started on a roll, I have followed his first four games, now he's 3-2 but he's playing great.
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  perfidious: Time was when the winner of this event got the automatic IM title; nowadays, being a grandmaster is no guarantee of the gold medal.
Oct-20-22  paavoh: This player's first name caught my eye:
Alekhine Nouri
Oct-20-22  paavoh: Three rounds to go, Kozak and Kacharava leading at 6.5/8, Esipenko one point behind.
Oct-22-22  syracrophy: According to, the IM Abdulla Gadimbayli from Azerbaijan is the 2022 World Junior Chess Champion! It was a tie of 5 players on 1st.

On the last round at top board, the leader Adam Kozak only needed a draw on a dramatic game (where there was a mistaken claim of repetition that gave Mendonca a 2 minutes increment when both players only had seconds) but lost to Leon Luke Mendonca, getting 2nd place.

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  Check It Out: Kozak's loss in the final round is one of those stinging defeats that you never forget. It leaves a mark on your soul to be that close to the highest level and just miss.

As they said on the Wide World of Sports: the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.

Oct-23-22  syracrophy: <Check It Out> That's right, by disgrace for Kozak. Hopefully this loss boosts the momentum that made him leader on last round at top board. As a reminder that when Maghsoodloo won his World Junior title, Firouzja was also a favorite, came behind but he continued until becoming a World Candidate! Or when Ding Liren lost to Wei Yi at the World Cup, years later he became a Candidate - now a Title Challenger!

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