World Junior part 2

The last 5 rounds of the World Junior did not go well for me. I did manage to win against Mark Lapidus, who was rated only 2129, in round 9. But after that I couldn't win any more games. In round 10 I lost with white to GM Alexander Ipatov representing Turkey. He went on to win the tournament. The next round I had a crazy game with black against another strong GM, Samvel Ter-Sahakyan from Armenia. I was chasing his king all around the board but I never had a chance to get more than a draw. I did fine in the time scramble before move 40, but after receiving more time I made a couple of mistakes right away and got a lost position. In the last 2 rounds I got draws. I played poorly in those games, especially the last one.

Here is the game against Ter-Sahakyan, probably the most interesting one I played in the tournament.


  • 3 years ago


    What about 8...f5 variation? 9.exf6 Txf6 10.Lg5 Tf7, or is it under cloud?

    This variation that you played seems to favour White players. But it was a tough game!

  • 4 years ago

    GM dretch

    I was black... no I don't think 25 g5 would do much. First of all simply hxg5 and nothing has been accomplished. Also, it might allow me to start an attack with 25...b4

  • 4 years ago


    i wonder if instead of 25.Rf1 move, g5 by white makes any sense...?

  • 4 years ago


    Were you white or black?

  • 4 years ago

    GM dretch

    14...Qf5 is a well known mistake. White replies Qe2 threatening g4 and then Black will have to play Rd8 or Re8, followed by Qf8 to avoid losing material. This results in a loss of time and badly placed pieces for black.

  • 4 years ago


    14. ..Qe8 ?! (book)-14....Q f5 !!-You don't like to play without Queen?Embarassed-it's -mistake-after Qf5 You are BETTER....Good Luck!

  • 4 years ago


    Dretch, you did fine and thank you very much for giving us an update even though you didn't do as well as you wanted to do.

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