Sunday, October 18, 2009

Battle of World Junior 2009

Before we concluded 2009 with a new World Cup Champion to be crowned in Khanty-Mansiysk, we will first get the Junior version of its. Starts at 21st October to 4th November 2009 in Puerto Madrin Argentina is the 48th World Junior Championship. This is the U20 events with the fame of Spassky, Karpov, Seirawan, Kasparov, Anand and Aronian as past winners. This year will be quite a prestigious battle of these young and dangerous lions as some notable names are present there.

Top seed is GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2718 who won this year Biel ahead of Morozevich and Ivanchuck. Hopefully this is not his embarrassing tournament here as in rating term this is should be his playground tournament. Next to him are Dmitry Andreikin of Russian and less known Sergei Zhigalko of Bulgaria. And then we arrive at GM Wesley So in fourth seed, fans from suggest the conflict schedule with his SAT exam, so So participation is still in doubt. But if he is in then this will be a great event to watch So in battling his contemporaries rival.

Famous names next are Ray Robson and Alex Lenderman of US delegations. Ray will have the opportunity to stop IM Jorge Cori to joint the youngest GM race. GM David Howell is also present to defend some British pride. Of China delegation only "two" juniors present, GM Li Chao and untitled yet (hey, the China surely not interesting in getting their player a title. UPDATE- FIDE just award him a GM! Is he the only one got a GM title without FM and IM ?) Yu Yangyi. India fame will be on Ashwin Jayaram shoulder.

And now for notable names that are missing :
Magnus Carlsen, still U20 at the moment, but perhaps being banned by the organizer because he skip the Junior and just go ahead with the "adult" Chess Champion version.
Anish Giri, enjoy starring at Judith Polgar at the moment in 13th Unive Tournament 2009.
Fabiano Caruana, not sure what is the reason here.
Parimarjan Negi

and the SE Asian missed this event also,only the Phillipine being present:
the Vietnamese, GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and Le Quang Liem
the Singaporean , FM Daniel Chan Yi Ren and FM Timothy Chan Wei Xuan
the Indonesian, Susanto Megaranto is over 20 but closest names should be Farid Firmansyah.
There will be an Asian Indoor Games to be held on 31 Oct in Vietname and some of those names will be playing there.

The Girl Junior section also starts simultaneous , Mary Ann Gomez from India is top seed here. The Chinese send only FM ZHANG, Xiaowen and many of its Junior stay at home such as Ju Wenjun etc.

Let see how the battle begin.
Full list of participants at Chessdom.

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