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Chess: Dmitry Andreikin wins world junior title

August 22, 2010|By Jack Peters, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Position No. 6121: Black to play and win. From the game Max Schwartz-Max Cornejo, U.S. Open, Irvine 2010.

Solution to Position No. 6120: White wins spectacularly with 1 Bxh7+ Kxh7 2 Rh3+ Kg8 3 Bh6! (intending 4 Bxg7) Bf6 4 Rxf6! N7xf6 5 Bxg7 Ng4 6 Bf6! Nf2+ 7 Qxf2 Qxf2 8 Rh8 mate.

The 49th World Junior Championship ended Monday in Chotowa, Poland. Every country was invited to send its best young player, born in 1990 or later. The record field of 120 players, representing 55 countries, included 20 grandmasters and 34 IMs.

Russian grandmasters Dmitry Andreikin, age 20, and Sanan Sjugirov, 17, shared first place with scores of 10-3. On tiebreak, Andreikin wins the gold medal.

Andreikin had played in four previous World Juniors, with a best result of fourth place in 2007. This year, he was rated highest at 2650 and went undefeated despite facing eight GMs. Sjugirov won the most games (eight) but suffered one upset.

Four players tied for third at 9-4, with GM Dariusz Swiercz of Poland receiving the bronze medal.

Sam Shankland of Berkeley, who won the U.S. Junior Championship last month, declined to play. His replacement, Marc Tyler Arnold, 17, of New York, was seeded 41st and ended in a tie for 27th place at 71/2 -51/2.

The 81-player World Junior Girls Championship was the largest ever. Overwhelming favorite IM Anna Muzychuk, 20, of Slovenia lost in the penultimate round, jeopardizing her triumph. However, she won her final game to finish with 11-2, while Olga Girya, 19, of Russia drew and took second place at 101/2 -21/2.

Third was Padmini Rout, 16, of India, 10-3. Alisa Melekhina, 19, of Pennsylvania scored 81/2 -41/2 to tie for sixth place, the best result by an American since 1999.

State championship

Joel Banawa and Philip Xiao Wang scored 31/2 -1/2 last weekend to take the lead in the Southern California Championship, the eight-player invitational that counts as a state championship. Masters Ankit Gupta and Konstantin Kavutskiy and former champion IM Cyrus Lakdawala are tied for third place at 2-2.

The four newcomers in the field have trounced the four veterans, scoring six wins, no losses and four draws in youth vs. experience clashes.

The tournament concludes today in Century City. Results and games will be posted at

Local news

The San Luis Obispo County Championship takes place next Saturday in the Wildwood Ranch Club House, 819 Tempus Circle in Arroyo Grande. Entrants will play one 45-minute game and three 60-minute games. For more details, visit

Chess Palace will conduct the Summer Chess Fiesta, an outdoors tournament for students in grades K-12, next Sunday at the chess park in Santa Monica, about 200 yards south of the Santa Monica pier. Register before 9:45 a.m., or call (714) 899-3421 for information.

The Santa Monica Bay Chess Club plans a beach blitz tournament (five-minute games) at 1 p.m. at the same site.

The newly formed Metropolitan Chess plans a simultaneous exhibition by California's best player, GM Varuzhan Akobian, on Sept. 12. For more about the club, write to Michael Belcher at or Ron Morris at

Today's games

GM Varuzhan Akobian-Deepak Aaron, U.S. Open, Irvine 2010: 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e3 A quiet method of sidestepping the Slav Defense, 4 Nf3 dxc4. a6 5 Nf3 b5 6 c5 Nbd7 7 b4 a5 8 Qb3 Surprisingly rare, considering that White gets nothing from the usual 8 bxa5 Qxa5 9 Bd2 b4 10 Nb1 Ne4. e5?! The refinement 8…axb4 9 Qxb4 e5 works much better. 9 Nxe5 Nxe5 10 dxe5 Ng4? Maybe Black overlooked White's startling reply. After 10…Nd7 11 Nxd5 cxd5 12 Qxd5 Rb8 13 a3, White has no more than a small advantage. 11 Nxb5! Opening the closed position for attack. White anticipates 11…cxb5 12 Bxb5+ Ke7 13 0-0, when Black cannot coordinate his pieces to shield his King and hold his d-pawn. For example, 13…Be6 is routed by 14 f4 d4 15 Qb2 Nxe3 16 Bxe3 dxe3 17 f5, while 13…Nxe5 14 f4 Ng4 15 Rd1 Be6 16 e4 Qb8 17 Qd3! dxe4 18 Qxe4 brings Black no closer to developing his Kingside. Nxe5 Best. Instead, 11…Rb8 12 Nd4 Rxb4 13 Qc3 Bd7 14 Ba3 Rb8 15 f4 gives Black no compensation for the pawn. 12 Bb2 Nc4 Black will not recover the pawn after 12…Nd7 13 Nd6+ Bxd6 14 cxd6 0-0 15 b5. 13 Nd4 Qc7? Black could keep some hope with 13…Nxb2 14 Qxb2 axb4. Then 15 Qxb4 Bd7 and 15 Nxc6 Qc7 16 Nxb4 Qxc5 aren't too bad. White should settle for a positional advantage by 15 Nxc6 Qc7 16 Nd4 Bxc5 17 Bb5+ Bd7 18 Bxd7+ Qxd7 19 Nb3. 14 Bxc4 dxc4 15 Qxc4 Ba6 Nor does 15…axb4 16 Qxb4 Rb8 17 Qc3 Ba6 help, as 18 Nf5 or 19 Rd1 keeps command. 16 Qc2 Be7 After 16…axb4 17 Qe4+ Be7, Black has no good answer to 18 Nf5. 17 Qe4 0-0 18 Nf5 Rfe8 Or 18…Bg5 19 Qg4 f6 20 h4, and more material goes. 19 Nxg7 Bxc5 20 Nxe8, Black Resigns. Against 20…Bxb4+, easiest is 21 Qxb4 axb4 22 Nxc7.

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