GM Alexander Ipatov stunned with black GM Nils Grandelius in a key encounter of round 6 to take sole lead in the World Junior Chess Championship in Athens, Greece. A member of the Turkish Olympic Team, Ipatov is now with 5,5/6, half a point ahead of the chasing pack, as the other top board match GM Yu Yangyi – GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan finished draw.
IM Karen Grigoryan, GM Richard Rapport, IM Das Debashis, and GM Aleksandr Shimanov used the opportunity to join GM Yu Yangyi and GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan at the second position with 5,0/6.
The tournament top seeded player GM Ding Liren continues undefeated, but made a third draw with black, which leaves him sharing 8th place with IM Grigoriy Oparin, GM Salem A R Saleh, FM Peter Schreiner, GM Baron Tal, FM Wei Yi, and the local top placed player IM Antonios Pavlidis, all with 4,5/6.
The round for the girls at the WJCC started with nine players sharing the lead. However, only WIM Irina Bulmaga was able to score a point in the match with Hanna-Marie Klek to take the sole lead in the competition.
The encounters WGM Jovana Vojinovic – IM Anastasia Bodnaruk, WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina – WGM Alina Kashlinskaya, WFM Klaudia Kulon – WGM Guo Qi, and WIM Meri Arabidze – WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina all finished draw leaving the contenders sharing second place 1/2 points behind WIM Bulmaga.
Photos by Andreas Kontokanis
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