Kolay Finishes Fourth at World Youth

Alex Kolay drew in today’s final round to share second place, and fourth overall via tiebreaks, in the 2019 FIDE World Youth Open Under 14 section. He stands to gain 80 rating points for his performance.

Kolay entered the round a half-point behind leader IM Aydin Suleymanli (AZE), and was paired with FM Mark Morgunov (AUT), who like Kolay was at 7.5 ponts. Suleymanli won on board one against Sultaon Amanzhol (KAZ), getting to 9/11 and taking uncontested first place. Kolay drew with Morgunov, with both players joining four others others (Srihari, Sreeshwan, Vo Phan Thien Phuc, and Tvestkov) at 8/11.

IM Hans Niemann had a golden chance to win in the final round and perhaps medal, but he came apart in a tricky position against FM Jose Gabriel Cardoso Cardoso (COL). IM Jan van de Mortel analyzes the key moves; check out chessct.org for more from van de Mortel!

Niemann finished in ninth place with 7/11.

Overall winners include:

Open U14 – IM Aydin Suleymanli (AZE), 9/11
Girls U14 – WFM Meruert Kamalidenova (KAZ), 8.5/11|
Open U16 – IM Rudik Makarian (RUS), 8.5/11
Girls U16 – Leya Garifullina (RUS) and WFM Nazerke Nurgali (KAZ), 8.5/11
Open U18 – GM R Praggnanandhaa (IND), 9/11
Girls U18 – WIM Polina Shuvalova (RUS), 8.5/11

Final American point totals and places:

Final round results for Team America:

Thanks to the complete US Chess delegation – US Chess Executive Director Carol Meyer, Head of Delegation GM Elshan Moradiabadi, and Coaches IM Armen Ambartsoumian, WGM Sabina Foisor, and FM Aviv Friedman – for on-site support. Special thanks also to team uniform sponsor American Intercultural Education for their continued support.

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Open U14
Girls U14
Open U16
Girls U16
Open U18
Girls U18

Team USA results

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