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🏆 World Junior Championship (Girls) (2007)

Player: Dronavalli Harika

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Harika vs A Hamza  1-0362007World Junior Championship (Girls)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. P Rout vs D Harika  1-0332007World Junior Championship (Girls)B27 Sicilian
3. D Harika vs A Kharatyan  1-0302007World Junior Championship (Girls)A04 Reti Opening
4. S Pertlova vs D Harika  0-1852007World Junior Championship (Girls)D92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
5. D Harika vs S Guramishvili  1-0832007World Junior Championship (Girls)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. D Harika vs T Abrahamyan  1-0362007World Junior Championship (Girls)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
7. V Nebolsina vs D Harika  ½-½152007World Junior Championship (Girls)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
8. D Harika vs S Vega Gutierrez  1-0372007World Junior Championship (Girls)E61 King's Indian
9. E Karavade vs D Harika  0-1352007World Junior Championship (Girls)E70 King's Indian
10. D Harika vs B Munguntuul  1-0462007World Junior Championship (Girls)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. J Zawadzka vs D Harika  1-0552007World Junior Championship (Girls)B27 Sicilian
12. E Tairova vs D Harika  1-0412007World Junior Championship (Girls)B30 Sicilian
13. D Harika vs S Melia 0-1362007World Junior Championship (Girls)A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
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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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