Nogerbek becomes junior world champion in close race, Deshmukh dominates girls

20 year old IM Kazybek Nogerbek was only the ninth seed but edged out 13 grandmasters to win the title. FIDE World Junior Chess Championship 2024. THE Girls section was dominated by IM, 18, top seed Divya Deshmukh of India, who won with an unbeaten score of 10/11.

The World Junior Chess Championship was held in Gandhinagar, India from June 2 to 13. The Open section had a total of 226 players, while 101 participated in the Girls section.

World Junior Chess Championship: open


Name FED Rating Points
1 I AM Kazybek Nogerbek 2502 8.5
2 General manager Emin Ohanyan 2501 8.5
3 General manager Luka Budisavljevic 2468 8
4 General manager Mamikon Gharibyan 2492 8
5 I AM Tobias Koelle 2470 8
6 General manager Alexey Grebnev 2540 7.5
7 General manager José Gabriel Cardoso Cardoso 2497 7.5
8 I AM Rudik Makarian 2524 7.5
9 I AM Daniel Quizon 2448 7.5
ten General manager Pranav Anand 2540 7.5

World Junior Chess Championship: Girls

Rank Title Name FED Rating Points
1 I AM Divya Deshmukh 2456 ten
2 WIM Mariam Mkrtchian 2300 9.5
3 WIM Ayan Allahverdiyeva 2133 8.5
4 WFM Gupta Shubhi 1943 8
5 WGM Ravi Rakshitta 2271 7.5

Narmine Abdinova 2121 7.5
7 WFM Rindhiya 1965 7.5
8 WIM Dehankar Mrudul 2028 7.5
9 WIM Sofia Hryzlova 2246 7

Kseniya Norman 2134 7

For the full ranking, see

Open section

If the name Kazybek Nogerbek doesn't mean anything to you, it certainly does now. The 20-year-old from Astana joins the prestigious list of junior world champions after scoring 8.5/11 points, finish with better tie-breaks than GM Emin Ohanyan of Armenia. General manager Luka Budisavljevic of Serbia won the bronze medal with eight points.

The junior world title is not Nogerbek's first major title. In 2023, he won the U18 Junior World Championship rapid and blitz titles. Before that, he made headlines during the 2022 Chess Olympiad, where he started with 6/6 and ended up scoring an excellent 8.5/10 on the fourth board.

It was not Kazybek Nogerbek's first world championship title, but his third!  Photo: FIDE
It was not Kazybek Nogerbek's first world champion title but his third! Photo: FIDE.

He had already fulfilled all the requirements for the grandmaster title earlier this year and did not need the direct title awarded to the junior world champion.

Before the final round, GM Mamikon Gharibyan the Armenian was alone in the lead with eight points, half a point ahead of four players, including Nogerbek. The two men faced each other in the final round, with the Armenian making a crucial error in a time problem while trying to defend a tough finish.

The emotional final moments of the match, as well as a brief interview with Nogerbek, were covered by ChessBase India: “It feels good. For me it's a very great feeling,” said the new world champion.

He highlighted that he is the second Kazakh to become world junior champion, as general manager Intestines Sadvakasovthe current president of the Kazakh Chess Federation, won the title in 1998.

The World Junior Championship (under 20) has a long history dating back to the inaugural event in 1951. Past world junior champions include legends such as Boris Spassky, Anatoly Karpov, Gary KasparovAnd Viswanathan Anandall of whom ultimately won the World Chess Championship.

However, in recent years, more attractive tournaments have emerged, and the best juniors no longer give them priority. In 2018, a total of 26 grandmasters participated, while that number dropped to 13 this year. Among the last 15 junior world champions, only GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2009) and GM Yu Yangyi (2013) reached the world top 10.

This year's edition saw only two of the world's top 30 juniors take part. One of them was a 15-year-old GM, top seed Abhimanyu Mishrathe world's youngest grandmaster, who had a disastrous tournament and withdrew after scoring 4/7.

The American prodigy faced five Indians with an average score of 2068, almost 600 points less than him. They all seemed heavily underrated, like his 2132-rated opponent in the first round, Harshit Pawarwho finished it in style.

For Pawar, the tournament was a huge success as he secured an IM norm, earning a whopping 175 ranking points.

Girls Section

Diviya Deshmukh is the new junior world champion after winning on an unbeaten 10/11.  Photo: FIDE
Divya Deshmukh is the junior world champion after scoring an unbeaten 10/11. Photo: FIDE.

The girls' section was unsurprisingly dominated by Indian favorite Divya, who went undefeated to win on 11/10. While the 18-year-old retained the lead of the peloton from the sixth lap, WIM Mariam Mkrtchian of Armenia always remained within reach. She finished just half a point behind on an undefeated 9.5 points. The bronze medal went to WIM Ayan Allahverdiyeva from Azerbaijan.

As at the Open, the Girls section was missing most of the top-rated players with Divya, Mkrtchyan and WGM. Beloslava Krasteva the only ones ranked among the top 20 in the world.

For Divya, the title comes less than a month after winning the Sharjah Challengers tournament. “It definitely goes beyond my expectations. I am happy and I hope it is the basis for greater achievements,” she said. told ChessBase India.

This definitely goes beyond my expectations. I am happy and I hope this is the basis for greater achievements!
—Divya Deshmukh

His most convincing match was his fifth round victory:

Divya has now become the second highest rated girl under 20 and 20th in the overall female list. She will play for the Indian team at the 2024 Chess Olympiad in Budapest.

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