Parham Maghsoodloo has been crowned 2018 World Junior Chess Champion after a dominant performance, finishing with a score of 9.5/11 (winning nine games, drawing one game, and losing one game). Parham won the event with a round to spare, starting the tournament with nine of ten wins, and only lost the last game when nothing was on the line.
Maghsoodloo, who is from Iran, is only 18 years old, and is one of the top young chess players in the world with a promising future ahead. Parham is already a Grandmaster (GM) with a FIDE live rating of 2649 on the latest September list, and this great performance will only put him closer to reaching the elusive 2700-rating club.
The World Junior Chess Championships were held in Gebze, Turkey, from September 5th to 15th, and while Maghsoodloo was the big winner, there were a handful of other top finishers including second place Abhimanyu Puranik from India and third place finisher Sergei Lobanov from Russia.
Being the top Junior chess player in the world will open up new avenues for Maghsoodloo, as he qualifies for both the Tata Steel Challengers section in Wijk Aan Zee, as well as the World Cup, two of the biggest chess tournaments in 2019!