We are in the last days of the World Youth Chess Championship (under 14 to under 18) that is being held in Montevideo, Uruguay. Yesterday the 8th round was played in the Sheraton Hotel, where the games are more and more exciting and the pressure and tiredness are playing their role.
In the open under 18, the tournament is really even and in the first place there are five players: IM Alexandr Triapishko (Russia), IM Luca Moroni (Italia), IM Pablo Acosta (Argentina), FM Santiago Zapata (Argentina) and FM José Martínez Alcántara (Perú).
In the female under 18, WIM Laura Unuk (Slovenia) has a firm grip with 7/8, followed by ukranian Sofia Krasnokutskaya with 6 and many players with half a point less.
In the open under 16, IM Viktor Gazik (Slovakia) defeated Stoleriu (Romania) and grabbed the lead. However, everything is very unclear, with 6 players trailing by half a point.
In the female under 16, WIM Annie Wang (EEUU) keeps her winning strike, with 7,5/8. In second place are Russian Aleksandra Maltsevskaya and Bulgarian Viktoria Radeva with 6,5 points. Behind comes first ranked WIM Polina Shuvalova (Russia), with 6/8.
In the open under 14, FM Batsuren Dambasuren (Mongolia) continues his leadership, followed by Koustav Chatterjee (India) and Cohen Revivo Shohama (Israel).
In the female under 14, the draw between leaders FM Salimova Nurgyul (Bulgaria) and WFM Assaubayeva Bibisara (Russia) meant they share the lead with 6,5. In second place there are three players with 6 points.
The event goes on today at 3 pm (-3 GMT) Montevideo hour, with round 9.
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