World Youth Chess Championship Set For Thrilling Finish
The World Youth Chess Championship 2019 is being hosted in India for the first time. | Photo: World Youth Chess Championship 2019.

World Youth Chess Championship Set For Thrilling Finish

Rakesh
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The World Youth Chess Championship 2019 is being held in Mumbai, India from October 1-13.

This is the first time that India is hosting this prestigious event. After this event, India will also host the World Junior Chess Championship 2019 in New Delhi from October 14-26.

A wonderful poster of the event. | Photo: Rakesh Kulkarni
A poster of the event. | Photo: Rakesh Kulkarni.

The World Youth Chess Championships includes six events in three age categories split between the open and the girls' section. The event will crown six new world champions in the age categories of under-14, under-16 and under-18 in both sections, open and girls'.

A total of 464 players from some 64 countries flocked to the city of Mumbai. Several titled players and national champions from five continents arrived for the six world championship titles up for grabs.

The tournament began with a colorful opening ceremony. The global crowd was treated to several Indian customs, traditions, shows and performances.

Here is a highlights video showing the different colors and delegations at the opening ceremony:
 
As hosts, India could field up to one-third of the participants. Countries including the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Norway and China have also sent their top players and each have about 10 players in their contingent.

India's star prodigy, GM Praggnanandhaa, is only 14 years old but is playing in the under-18 section. He starts as the second seed in the oldest category behind Chess.com regular GM Shant Sargsyan (shant_sargsyan) of Armenia. 

Praggnanandhaa is playing in a higher category by four years! | Photo: Rakesh Kulkarni
Praggnanandhaa is playing in a higher category by four years. | Photo: Rakesh Kulkarni.
The biggest upset came in round one in the open under-18 section. The Indian national under-17 champion, Vedant Panesar, defeated the world under-18 defending champion, IM Viktor Gazik of Slovakia.
The top seeds, Sargsyan and Praggnanandhaa, played each other in round seven and had a hard-fought draw. They both are close behind the leader third seed, IM Aryan Gholami of Iran.
IM Aryan Gholami can see the world championship title and his GM title. | Photo: http://worldyouthchess.com/
IM Aryan Gholami hoping for the world championship title and his GM title. | Photo: http://worldyouthchess.com/.
Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 3 IM Gholami Aryan 2554 6 0 29 32.5 3 5
2 2 GM Praggnanandhaa R 2567 5.5 0 27.5 30 4 4
3 15 IM Mitrabha Guha 2434 5.5 0 25.5 29 3 4
4 5 GM Iniyan P 2509 5 0 29 32.5 3 3
5 1 GM Sargsyan Shant 2580 5 0 28.5 32.5 3 3

In the girls' under-18 section, the Russian star IM Polina Shuvalova started off as the top seed and has managed to remain in clear first with six points after seven rounds.

Polina Shuvalova is the top seed and also the defending champion of the Girls under 18. | Photo: http://worldyouthchess.com/
Polina Shuvalova is the top seed and also the defending champion of the girls' under-18 section. | Photo: http://worldyouthchess.com/.

She played the game of the tournament to outwit her compatriot WFM Anna Afanasieva in round seven. Polina constructured a nice attack and then finished the game with a brilliant sacrifice.


The top Indian junior in the girls' section, WIM Vantika Agarwal, is the local hopeful here and is in the joint second position. She is half a point behind the leader and they play each other in round eight after the rest day.

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 1 WIM Shuvalova Polina 2412 6 0 27 29.5 3 5
2 6 WIM Vantika Agrawal 2283 5.5 0 27 30 4 4
3 3 FM Schulze Lara 2327 5.5 0 25 28.5 3 4
4 13 WFM Serikbay Assel 2208 5 0 26 28.5 3 3
5 5 WIM ƚliwicka Alicja 2307 5 0 25.5 29 3 4

They are several ongoing side events at the World Youth Chess Championship, including the FIDE trainer seminar, the FIDE arbiter seminar, and talk shows by various chess personalities.

Chess.com and Chesskid also hosted a booth at the event, which was well received.

India's top Chesskid, GM Praggnanandhaa, also stopped by at the ChessKid booth.

Praggnanandhaa stands infront of a banner showing a ChessKid online event with Viswanathan Anand. | Photo: Rakesh KulkarniPraggnanandhaa stands in front of a banner showing a ChessKid online event with Viswanathan Anand. | Photo: Rakesh Kulkarni.

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