SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The World Junior finished yesterday and the top place went to the top seed in each section (male and female). GM Dmitry Andreikin of Russia won on tie break over the Kalmykian GM Sanan Sjugirov, both with 10 points in 13 games. And Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia won her section with 11 points out of 13 games.
Winners Anna Muzychuk and Dmitry Andreikin
CANADIAN PLAYERS IMPRESS!
IM Raja Panjwani and FM Shiyam Thavandiran
Both Canadian representatives scored 7 points from 13 games, and finished in 40th and 50th position respectively. Not bad considering that Raja was ranked 55th at the start, and Shiyam was ranked 77th! Both players gained elo points and I understand that Shiyam earned an IM norm. Congrats!
Raja was in contention at one point, with 5.5 points after 8 rounds, but then he lost 3 games in a row. Sometimes tournaments go like that! But Raja proved that he is definitely GM material, and all in all he gained valuable experience. No doubt more will be heard from him in the future.
It is good to see that Canada is back participating in the world junior! In recent years the CFC has ignored the world junior (for example, last year there was no Canadian representative). Perhaps they had forgotten that the world junior is an important and prestigious international event? There appears to be a disturbing trend in those who run Canadian chess to listen to voices who are constantly trying to tear and disparage the gains in chess by the top Canadian players in recent decades. This can be seen with the low priority given to the national championships (which have all but lost their national flavour ) and with the Olympic team–which is little more than a Toronto team. Is there any surprise that Canada’s top players are voting with their feet?
In anycase, Raja and Shiyam have shown that the level of juniors in Canada is higher than previously thought. Along with Eric Hansen, the new generation promises a few more GM titles in the next few years.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS