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2012 World Junior Chess Championships

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/19/12, 6:13 AM.

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The 2012 FIDE World Junior Chess Championship took place from 2-16 August in Athens, Greece.

The competition was a 13-round Swiss at a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes to a finish plus a 30 second increment from the start.  Players had to be born no earlier than 1992 to take part.

19 year-old Alexander Ipatov emerged the winner with a score of 10/13 on superior tie-breaks from Richard Rapport. Ding Liren took third place with 9½/13 on tie-break from Nils Grandelius. 

Ukrainian-born Alexander Ipatov (centre) with Richard Rapport (right) and Ding Liren (left)

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The top scorers:

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Ipatov Alexander TUR 2577 10.0
2 Rapport Richard HUN 2605 10.0
3 Ding Liren CHN 2695 9.5
4 Grandelius Nils SWE 2562 9.5
5 Yu Yangyi CHN 2635 9.0
6 Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2567 9.0
7 Zherebukh Yaroslav UKR 2629 9.0
8 Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2481 9.0
9 Huschenbeth Niclas GER 2532 9.0
10 Hansen Eric CAN 2472 9.0
11 Wei Yi CHN 2418 8.5
12 Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2596 8.5
13 Van Kampen Robin NED 2565 8.5
14 Antipov Mikhail Al RUS 2462 8.5
15 Andersen Mads DEN 2464 8.5
16 Grover Sahaj IND 2516 8.0
17 Cori Jorge PER 2487 8.0
18 Salem A R Saleh UAE 2546 8.0
19 Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2543 8.0
20 Holt Conrad USA 2498 8.0


A separate girls competition was won by Guo Qui of China on tie-breaks with a score of 9½/13.

Guo Qui receives the girls winner trophy

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The top scorers in the girls competition:

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Guo Qi CHN 2358 9.5
2 Ziaziulkina Nastassia BLR 2342 9.5
3 Bodnaruk Anastasia RUS 2414 9.5
4 Medina Warda Aulia INA 2218 9.5
5 Arabidze Meri GEO 2379 9.0
6 Cori T Deysi PER 2413 8.5
7 Bulmaga Irina ROU 2380 8.5
8 Sihite Chelsie Monica INA 2162 8.5
9 Wang Jue CHN 2355 8.5
10 Abdulla Khayala AZE 2217 8.5

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Games via TWIC. More information is available at the official website.  Pictures via Facebook.  A list of previous winners can be found here.

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  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    IM pfren:  My guess is that black was preparing to sacrifice the knight on f5, for the sake of opening up the h-file.  E.g., 19.g4 R5h7 20.gxf5 (not forced, but if white doesn't do it, black will follow up with Qg6 + Nh6 + f5, etc.) exf5, and at this point black plans Qg6 followed by g5-g4.  The white king is vulnerable, and although technically the position may be defensible, taking this path against a 2600-level player when a clock is ticking down may not be the most prudent course of action...

    Would white be able to successfully defend in that scenario?

  • 2 years ago

    Chess_Lover11

    Nice, its fun to watch these games rather then that of super GMs and btw what was happening in the 5th game?

  • 2 years ago

    TitusWu

    How come I'm barely seeing any US players?

  • 2 years ago

    IM pfren

    Very curious about what Rapport had intended to play against 19.g4. I may have been missing something big, but white seems having a considerable advantage in all continuations (although the position is admittedly very sharp). Anyway, his novel plan against the "Carlsen variation" is very interesting indeed.

  • 2 years ago

    SherlockHolmes94

    The first game was a wonderful game!

  • 2 years ago

    thought_control

    All games displayed excellent examples of exchange sacs!  Very nice games.  In the first game, blacks three connected passers were just crushing.

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    White's attack in the 4th (last) game shown from the boys competition was incredible!  Definitely worth seeing several times, thinking through the finish for yourself especially if you don't see the tactical continuation at the very end (which remained behind the scenes)!

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    It's interesting that the current Women's World Champion Yifan Hou is  under 20 years old, so she is technically eligible for the Junior championship as well.  She would likely have won it had she played, and would have been the first person in history to hold both titles at the same time -- a curiosity of sorts...

  • 2 years ago

    diogens

    yes, in the first game black kept his 8 pawns until move 30.

  • 2 years ago

    aramm3691

    congrtasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss 2 d'winners...best wishes on your chess career

  • 2 years ago

    MikyZ

    Ipatov is from Turkey?

  • 2 years ago

    Zandeleigh

    Smilewow..

  • 2 years ago

    Ckhaan

    Wow, what a first game!

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