GM Alexander Ipatov and GM Yu Yangyi shared the point in the match on the top board in Round 5 of the World Junior Chess Championship. The two leaders shook hands after an equal game, where none of the sides could find advantage after the middlgame. GM Nils Grandelius and GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan used the opportunity to join them at the top of the standings, after they defeated IM Sahaj Grover and FM Wei Yi respectively. Replay the most interesting games with computer analysis here.
With eight rounds left to the end of the competition, the candidates for the medals are still unpredictable. A total of nine players are at 1/2 points distance from the leaders, and 26 more players are at just 1 point behind.
Tomorrow the pairings at the top boards are GM Yu Yangyi – GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan and GM Nils Grandelius – GM Alexander Ipatov. Other interesting games include GM Richard Rapport – GM Jorge Cori, GM Salem A R Saleh – GM Ding Liren, IM Karen Grigoryan – GM Yaroslav Zherebukh, IM Andreas Heimann – GM Aleksandr Shimanov, IM Yang-Fan Zhou – IM Conrad Holt, etc.
In the girls section of the World Junior Chess Championship battles are heating up. The top two matches IM Bodnaruk – WIM Bulmaga and WGM Ziaziulkina – WGM Goryachkina finished draws. This gave chance to WGM Kashlinskaya, WGM Vojinovic, WFM Kulon, WGM Guo Qi, and Hanna-Marie Klek to catch up with the leaders, thus making 9 players share the first place with 4,0/5.
Exciting matches await the chess fans tomorrow, with the first 31 players at just 1 points difference. Top pairings between the leaders are WGM Vojinovic – IM Bodnaruk, WGM Goryachkina – WGM Kashlinskaya, WIM Bulmaga – Hanna-Marie Klek, WFM Kulon – WGM Guo Qi, while WIM Meri Arabidze got the “short straw” from the chasing pack and will play WGM Ziaziulkina.
Photos by Andres Kontokanis
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