participants and schedule
The 2008 World Junior Chess Championship for Juniors and Girls Under 20 will take place August 2-16 in Gaziantep, Turkey. World Junior Championships this year will not only host “future stars”, but also numerous established grandmasters. The list includes GM Rauf Mamedov, GM Dmitry Andreikin, GM Viktor Laznicka, GM Davit Baramidze, GM Li Chao, GM Luka Lenic, GM Sergei Zhigalko, GM Le Quang Liem, GM Wesley So, GM Amin Bassem, GM Eduardo Iturrizaga, GM Abhijeet Gupta, GM Ivan Popov, IM Sanan Sjugirov, IM Arik Braun, GM Alejandro Ramirez, GM Ante Brkic, GM Parimarjan Negi, GM Eltaj Safarli, GM Sebastian Feller, IM Manuel Leon Hoyos, IM Ioannis Papadopoulos, IM Emre Can, etc.
Indeed impressive list for the World Junior Chess Championships of 2008, which continues in the girls section. WGM Yifan Hou, WGM Vera Nebolsina, IM Harika Dronavalli, WGM Mariya Muzychuk, WFM Anastasia Bodnaruk, WIM Katerina Nemcova, WGM Sabina Francesca Foisor, WIM Joanna Majdan, WIM Mary Ann Gomes, WGM Turkan Mamedyarova, WFM Nazi Paikidze, WFM Keti Tsatsalashvili, WIM Atousa Pourkashiyan, WIM Betül Cemre Yıldız, and WFM Kübra Öztürk are only a few names to mention.
The World Chess Championships for Juniors start in 1953 in Coventry. The first champion is Borislav Ivkov, and among the future champions we see Oscar Panno, Boris Spassky, Anatoly Karpov, Alexander Beliavsky, Garry Kasparov, Kiril Georgiev, Lazaro Bruzon, etc. The last 3 champions are Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Istambul 2005), Zaven Andriasian (Yerevan 2006), and Ahmed Adly (Yerevan 2007).
The World Chess Championship for girls starts in 1983. The first champion is Fliura Khasanova and other names in the list include Natasa Bojkovic, Zhu Chen, Hoang Thanh Trang, Humpy Koneru, Zhao Xue, Nana Dzagnidze, etc. The last 3 champions are Elisabeth Pähtz (Istambul 2005), Shen Yang (Yerevan 2006), and Vera Nebolsina (Yerevan 2007).