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🏆 World Junior Championship (2016)

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

Player: Christoph Menezes

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Menezes vs D Papakonstantinou 1-0442016World Junior ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
2. J Xiong vs C Menezes  1-0462016World Junior ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
3. C Menezes vs V Ivic  1-0302016World Junior ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
4. Kalyan M Barath vs C Menezes  ½-½482016World Junior ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. C Menezes vs Rajdeep Sarkar  1-0352016World Junior ChampionshipE09 Catalan, Closed
6. S Gagare vs C Menezes  ½-½172016World Junior ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
7. C Menezes vs Qingyu Yuan  1-0312016World Junior ChampionshipA14 English
8. R Svane vs C Menezes  ½-½312016World Junior ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
9. C Menezes vs B Ivekovic  0-1662016World Junior ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
10. C Menezes vs K Alekseenko  1-0372016World Junior ChampionshipA21 English
11. C Aravindh vs C Menezes  1-0322016World Junior ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
12. K Arjun vs C Menezes  ½-½602016World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. C Menezes vs Paul Srijit  ½-½432016World Junior ChampionshipA81 Dutch
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Aug-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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...
Aug-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Aug-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: Most of the top players do not participate.

https://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?...

Aug-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Keyser Soze: Yeah very impressive Xiong performance. According to chessresults his tpr.so 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.
Aug-21-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Aug-21-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Aug-21-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!
Aug-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Aug-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: I know. I just wish there was one or two kids from Peoria or Thousand Oaks. Hey, times change.
Sep-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: The record of Lautier as <the youngest World Junior Chess Champion> survived.

Lautier at approx. 15 yrs 6mths (27th ch at in 1988): http://www.brasilbase.pro.br/w20b19...

Xiong at approx. 16yrs minus 2 mths (55th ch in 2016): http://www.brasilbase.pro.br/w20b20...

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.

Nota:
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)

Sep-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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