GMParham Maghsoodloo of Iran is the World Junior Chess Championship.
Aleksandra Maltsevskaya of Russia won gold in the girls section.
The World Junior Championships (open and girls) was held from 5th to 15th September in the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Gebze, Turkey. The Open section had players from 59 different federations, including 25 GMs and 40 IMs and no less than 30 players rated above 2500.
Turkey had 58 players while India and China had 16 players each. Russia had 13 players.
Africa at the World Junior Championship
Africa had only 5 players in this prestigious event.
IM David Silva of Angola found the going tough when he ended with 4.5 points in 130/165.
GM Bilel Bellahcene of Algeria got 6.5 points to end up in 30/165
WIM Lina Nassr of Algeria ended with 4.5 points in 72/98.
WGM Shahenda Wafa of Egypt ended with 6 points in 35/98 position.
WIM Caxita Esperanca ended up with 3.5 points in 92/98 ranking
Kenya did not send any players for this event. Dipak Shah remains the only Kenyan to have played in a World Junior Championship. He represented Kenya in the 1991 edition held in Mamaia, Romania.
Former World Junior Champions
The world junior championship has been held since 1951. Former winners include Boris Spassky (1955), Anatoly Karpov (1969), Yasser Seirawan (1979), Garry Kasparov (1980), Viswanathan Anand (1987), Levon Aronian (2002), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2003, 2005) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2009).
An interesting point about the World Junior Champions. GM Adly Ahmed of Egypt won the 2007 World Junior Chess Championship.