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World Junior Championship (Girls) Tournament

Salome Melia9.5/13(+8 -2 =3)[games]
Vera Nebolsina9.5/12(+8 -1 =3)[games]
Jolanta Zawadzka9.5/13(+7 -1 =5)[games]
Elena Tairova8.5/12(+8 -3 =1)[games]
Dronavalli Harika8.5/13(+8 -4 =1)[games]
Diana Arutyunova8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Batkhuyag Munguntuul8.5/13(+7 -3 =3)[games]
Sabrina Vega Gutierrez8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Gulmira Dauletova8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Eesha Karavade8/13(+7 -4 =2)[games]
Sopiko Guramishvili8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Bela Khotenashvili7.5/13(+7 -5 =1)[games]
Soumya Swaminathan7.5/12(+7 -4 =1)[games]
P Priya7/12(+6 -4 =2)[games]
Anna Hairapetian7/12(+6 -4 =2)[games]
Anna Rudolf7/13(+6 -5 =2)[games]
Zuzana Cibickova7/13(+5 -4 =4)[games]
Klaudia Kulon7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Sarah Hoolt7/13(+6 -5 =2)[games]
Mary Ann Gomes7/13(+5 -4 =4)[games]
Simona Limontaite6.5/12(+5 -4 =3)[games]
Tatev Abrahamyan6.5/13(+5 -5 =3)[games]
Padmini Rout6.5/13(+6 -6 =1)[games]
Sonya Pertlova6.5/12(+5 -4 =3)[games]
Anna Jakubowska6.5/12(+6 -5 =1)[games]
Tatevik Airapetian6/13(+4 -5 =4)[games]
Madona Bokuchava6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Nune Darbinyan6/12(+4 -4 =4)[games]
Lia Martirosyan5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
(55 players total; 26 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Melia vs A Darbinyan  ½-½152007World Junior Championship (Girls)B01 Scandinavian
2. S Swaminathan vs L Alaverdyan  1-0252007World Junior Championship (Girls)B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
3. D Mnatsakanyan vs G Dauletova  0-1232007World Junior Championship (Girls)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. L Karapetyan vs P Rout 0-1232007World Junior Championship (Girls)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. E van Hoecke vs T Airapetian  0-1332007World Junior Championship (Girls)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. D Harika vs A Hamza  1-0362007World Junior Championship (Girls)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. G Hakimifard vs E Tairova  0-1362007World Junior Championship (Girls)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. B Munguntuul vs A Kharatyan  1-0232007World Junior Championship (Girls)A80 Dutch
9. N Darbinyan vs J Zawadzka  ½-½472007World Junior Championship (Girls)E97 King's Indian
10. Marine Grigorian vs S Vega Gutierrez  ½-½342007World Junior Championship (Girls)B25 Sicilian, Closed
11. S Hoolt vs A Salvador  1-0452007World Junior Championship (Girls)C00 French Defense
12. K Tjolsen vs V Nebolsina 0-1392007World Junior Championship (Girls)A07 King's Indian Attack
13. E Karavade vs I Semenova  1-0382007World Junior Championship (Girls)D49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
14. B Khotenashvili vs S Bayat  1-0322007World Junior Championship (Girls)C01 French, Exchange
15. R Lovece vs M A Gomes  0-1312007World Junior Championship (Girls)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. V Kalashyan vs S Guramishvili  0-1392007World Junior Championship (Girls)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. A Rudolf vs A Hairapetian 0-1282007World Junior Championship (Girls)B33 Sicilian
18. K Mona vs T Abrahamyan  0-1382007World Junior Championship (Girls)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. D Arutyunova vs E Zarkua  ½-½372007World Junior Championship (Girls)B56 Sicilian
20. Z Cibickova vs S N Longson  1-0432007World Junior Championship (Girls)B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
21. S Guramishvili vs H Markantonaki  1-0562007World Junior Championship (Girls)A30 English, Symmetrical
22. A Hairapetian vs Z Cibickova  1-0542007World Junior Championship (Girls)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
23. S Vega Gutierrez vs A Gutierrez Mancillas  1-0532007World Junior Championship (Girls)C60 Ruy Lopez
24. T Abrahamyan vs L Martirosyan  1-0452007World Junior Championship (Girls)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. S Limontaite vs B Khotenashvili  0-1712007World Junior Championship (Girls)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-08-07  PhilFeeley: Official site:

Oct-08-07  posoo: i would like to see hou yifan here. she would stomp all over everyone. stomp stomp stomp!
Oct-09-07  s4life: she and shen yang won this last year.. I guess this year there was no point in repeating.
Oct-10-07  samsal27: <i would like to see hou yifan here. she would stomp all over everyone. stomp stomp stomp!> Traditionally, in age group tournaments the rating and ELO points do not matter. Case in point is Padmini Rout defeating D. Harika in this event ...
Oct-10-07  nummerzwei: Iīm not quite sure if this game is the best of example for your idea. It is clear there were some psychological factors supporting the weaker side in this game.

1)Padmini (born 1994) and Harika (born 1991) are both from India and the latter is rated 254 points higher. Who wouldnīt be at least a bit nervous under such circumstances?

2)Their playing styles are almost the opposite of each other, Padmini plays open positions, while Harika prefers closed ones.

Also, Harika often deviates from the main lines (at least I think so), while Padmini has quite a lot of highly theoretical openings in her repertoire, most notably the Najdorf Sicilian and the Gruenfeld-Indian as black.

This means that if one player succeeds putting her opponent into "her own" type of position, she will probably win the game.

But well, the intention to stereotypedly stick to a certain type of position often leads to unbelievable mistakes, as we see in lots of games like these.

It is quite similar to what happens when Naiditsch plays Gustafsson, for example (their score is 5-1 in favour of Gustafsson despite Naiditsch being constantly rated 50-100 Elo-points higher).

Nevertheless, I think that in principle, you are right when you say that Elo matters much less than usual in these youth tournaments.

I also donīt want to be told that I had belittled the achievment of Padminiīs, because I havenīt. I think she is extremely talented and I also enjoyed the game itself, which she played extremely well. I would not be surprised if she was as good as Hou in only a few years.

I only wanted to show what Routs of this patricular success of hers are.

Oct-13-07  Karpova: After Round 9 Vera Nebolsina is in the lead with 8/9 followed by Harika Dronavalli with 7.5/9 and then 3 girls with 6.5/9.
Oct-14-07  Karpova: Zawadzka managed to beat Nebolsina and Harika so that those three girls have 8.5/11 before the final round.
Oct-14-07  slomarko: go Jola!
Oct-14-07  Mameluk: <slomarko> For once I completely agree with you:)
Oct-14-07  samsal27: <nummerzwei> I am impressed by your knowledge of our Indian players and that too at such a young age. All the best to you in your chess career!
Oct-15-07  Maroczy: Anyone know what time the round is today? Or is today a free day?
Oct-15-07  Karpova: They play today at 15 o'clock (just like every day except for tomorrow when the last round starts at 11 o'clock).
Oct-15-07  Maroczy: 3 pm EST/USA?
Oct-15-07  Karpova: I don't know, they just wrote 15:00 so I don't know if it's 15:00 in the USA or in Armenia. But now you know at least that the games start at the same time as yesterday.
Oct-15-07  Maroczy: Thanks, must be local time.
Oct-15-07  slomarko: is it possible to watch the games somewhere?
Oct-15-07  pawnofdoom: Nebolsina's back! After losing a game after her great start, she fell back and was tied for first with three people. But then she went back and won some games, and she's in the sole lead by a full point (9.5/12) with only one round to go. She's guaranteed first place, and alone if she doesn't lose tomorrow. There are five girls with 8.5 points that might possibly catch up to Vera.
Oct-16-07  Karpova: Vera Nebolsina won!

A draw against Tairova in the last round was enough - 10/13 is an excellent result! Zawadzka (9.5) came in second ahead of Melia (9.5 also) and Tairova (9.0)

Oct-17-07  nummerzwei: @samsal27: I was very pleased to read your post. It even encouraged me to improve my rating by more than 50 points on one day!
Oct-21-07  samsal27: <nummerzwei> Most welcome!

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