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GM Parham Maghsoodloo wins World Junior Championship.

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World Junior Championship

GM Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran is the World Junior Chess Championship.

 Crown Prince of the Chess World - GM Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran during the World Junior Championship.Photo credit Amruta Mokal of Chessbase India.
Crown Prince of the Chess World – GM Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran during the World Junior Championship. Photo credit Amruta Mokal of Chessbase India.

Aleksandra Maltsevskaya of Russia won gold in the girls section.

Aleksandra Maltsevskaya in actionduring the World Junior. Photo credit Amruta Mokal of Chessbase India.
Aleksandra Maltsevskaya in action during the World Junior. Photo credit Amruta Mokal of Chessbase India.

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.

 IM David Silva . Photo credit Amruta Mokal of Chessbase India.
IM David Silva . Photo credit Amruta Mokal of Chessbase India.

GM Bilel Bellahcene of Algeria got 6.5 points to end up in 30/165

WIM Lina Nassr & GM Bilel Bellahcene both of Algeria.
WIM Lina Nassr & GM Bilel Bellahcene both of Algeria.

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.

WGM Shahenda Wafa of Egypt.  Photo credit Amruta Mokal of Chessbase India.
WGM Shahenda Wafa of Egypt. Photo credit Amruta Mokal of Chessbase India.

WIM Caxita Esperanca ended up with 3.5 points in 92/98 ranking

 WIM Caxita Esperanca in red jacket. Photo credit Amruta Mokal of Chessbase India.
WIM Caxita Esperanca in red jacket. Photo credit Amruta Mokal of Chessbase India.

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).

GM Adly Ahmed of Egypt
GM Adly Ahmed of Egypt.

An interesting point about the World Junior Champions.  GM Adly Ahmed of Egypt won the 2007 World Junior Chess Championship.

The official website can be found here – 2018 World Junior Chess Championship.