Dariusz Swiercz and Deysi Cori new World U-20 Champions

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Dariusz Swiercz and Deysi Cori new World U-20 ChampionsPolish GM Dariusz Swiercz and Peruvian WGM Cori T Deysi emerged champions in the SDAT- Ramco 50th World Junior & 29th World Junior Girls Championship in Chennai, India. Swiercz caught leader Robert Hovhannisyan in the very last round and finished with 10.5 points. A superior tie-break gave Swiercz the title, while IM Sahaj Grover took bronze.

The winners of the 2011 World Juniors | Photo © official website

General info

The 50th World Junior and 29th Junior Girls Championships took place August 1-16 in Chennai, India. A total of 18 GMs were participating, the highest rated being Maxim Matlakov (RUS, 2632), Sanan Sjugirov (RUS, 2629), Ivan Salgado Lopez (ESP, 2626), Aleksandr Shimanov (RUS, 2586), Tamir Nabaty (ISR, 2584) and Ray Robson (USA, 2560). In the Girls section the top three in the starting list are Nazi Paikidze (GEO, 2416), Anastasia Savina (RUS, 2398) and Cori T Deysi (PER, 2376).

Rounds 9-13

We left the tournament after round 8, when FM Koushik Girish of India was the surprising leader, together with GM Robert Hovhannisyan of Armenia. The two faced each other in the 9th round and the GM proved too strong for the FM. The fun was clearly over for Girish, who lost his games in rounds 10, 11 and 12 as well. Still, after a draw in the final round (and with a K factor of 15) he still takes home 48.2 rating points!

Now that we're at it, we might as well discuss the second part of Alex Rombaldoni's tournament. The Italian IM only did slightly better: after his stunning 6.5/7 he lost in rounds 8, 9 and 10, but then scored a good draw against the strong Sjugirov, then another loss and then a win in the last round. Rombaldoni not only takes home his final GM norm but also 19.7 rating points.

After 12 rounds Hovhannisyan was in clear first place with 10 points, half a point ahead of Poland's Dariusz Swiercz. Four players were at 9/11: Vladislav Kovalev (Belarus), Vasif Durarbeyli (Azerbaijan), IM Sahaj Grover (India) and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (Armenia).

Samvel Ter-Sahakyan vs Dariusz Swiercz in round 12

Samvel Ter-Sahakyan vs Dariusz Swiercz in round 12



Then, India's Independence Day turned into a black day for Armenia. In the final round Hovhannisyan drew with Black against Durarbeyli, and to his horror he saw Swiercz beating Kovalev. The Polish GM finished with a better tie-break and therefore won the gold medal. Silver went to Hovhannisyan and local hero Grover won bronze.

WGM Cori T Deysi won the girls section with 11/13. She owes a big thanks to India’s Padmini Rout, who defeated leader WGM Olga Girya of Russia in the final round. Olga’s defeat enabled Cori to overtake the Russian, and emerge as clear winner. It was the first time a player from Peru has claimed the World Junior Girls title. The second place and silver medal went to Girya, while top seed Georgian WGM Nazi Paikidze, with 9.5 points, settled for bronze.

Selection of games rounds 8-13



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World Junior Championship 2011 | Round 13 (Final) Standings (top 30)

Rk. Ti. Name Fed Rtg Pts TB1 TB2 TB3 rtg+/-
1 GM Swiercz Dariusz POL 2553 10.5 2441 2457 2472 19.0
2 GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2556 10.5 2437 2454 2470 18.2
3 IM Grover Sahaj IND 2496 9.5 2458 2472 2485 20.4
4 GM Robson Ray USA 2560 9.0 2466 2475 2486 6.6
5 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2626 9.0 2465 2474 2484 -3.8
6 GM Durarbeyli Vasif AZE 2515 9.0 2442 2454 2465 10.1
7 GM Sethuraman S P IND 2529 9.0 2427 2444 2457 5.6
8 IM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2489 9.0 2421 2443 2458 10.7
9 GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2558 8.5 2502 2514 2528 7.3
10 FM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2439 8.5 2454 2482 2502 29.0
11 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2629 8.5 2423 2435 2448 -14.6
12 GM Adhiban B IND 2542 8.5 2421 2438 2458 -2.3
13 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2632 8.5 2416 2428 2435 -16.2
14 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2542 8.5 2407 2418 2429 -4.6
15 IM Lalith Babu M R IND 2495 8.5 2391 2405 2421 0.1
16 IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2492 8.0 2519 2540 2564 16.1
17 IM Rombaldoni Axel ITA 2459 8.0 2511 2543 2561 19.7
18 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2586 8.0 2437 2451 2459 -11.9
19 IM Piorun Kacper POL 2514 8.0 2434 2455 2477 -0.8
20 IM Roganovic Milos SRB 2476 8.0 2427 2450 2471 4.2
21 FM Barbosa Evandro Amorim BRA 2343 8.0 2406 2436 2471 33.0
22 GM Martinovic Sasa CRO 2521 8.0 2404 2421 2426 -7.7
23 IM Anwesh Upadhyaya IND 2429 8.0 2374 2400 2426 3.2
24 K Praneeth Surya IND 2036 8.0 2366 2376 2384 92.4
25 IM Krejci Jan CZE 2503 8.0 2335 2349 2365 -13.9
26 GM Pap Gyula HUN 2513 8.0 2293 2307 2319 -21.3
27 FM Girish A Koushik IND 2309 7.5 2477 2518 2528 48.2
28 IM Huschenbeth Niclas GER 2521 7.5 2451 2465 2479 -4.5
29 GM Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu AZE 2522 7.5 2432 2451 2465 -8.0
30 IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2448 7.5 2410 2433 2447 0.7



Cori T Deysi, the first ever Girls Word U-20 Champion from Peru

Cori T Deysi, the first ever Girls Word U-20 Champion from Peru



Dariusz Swiercz is the 2011 Word U-20 Champion

Dariusz Swiercz of Poland is the 2011 Word U-20 Champion



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