With just one round to go in the World Youth Chess Championship (under 14 to under 18), the excitement is growing! In most of the categories, there are still many players with possibilities of winning the tournament, thus being crowned as the best of the world. However, we have our first champions!
In the open under 18, the competition has twist and turns. After 10 rounds, the first place is shared by IM Alexandr Triapishko (Russia), FM José Martínez Alcántara (Perú) and IM Kevin Cori (also Perú) with 7,5 points. 4 players are behind them by half a point. In the last round the pairings are: Cori vs Triapishko and Moroni (7) vs Alcántara.
In the girls under 18, WIM Laura Unuk (Eslovenia) has already become world champion by totalizing 9/10! (last seven were consecutive wins) Her followers are two points behind. Those who will fight for the top places are: Ukrainian Sofia Krasnokutskaya and Indians Arpita Mukherjee and Chitlange Sakshi, among others.
In the open under 16, the leaders are favourite Andrey Esipenko (Russia) and Gumularz Szymon (Poland) with 8 points. After them is FM Zhu Yi with 7,5.
In the girls under 16, we also have a champion in advance! WIM Annie Wang kept on her winning strike and with 9,5/10 is not in scope for those who are in pursuit. Three are the players that share second place: Aleksandra Maltsevskaya (Russia), Viktoria Radeva (Bulgaria) and Polina Shuvalova (Russia).
In the open under 14, FM Batsuren Dambasuren (Mongolia) is still leading with 9/10, but cannot take the glory yet, as Indian FM Erigaisi Arjun is still able to take him down on tiebreaks.
In the girls under 14, WFM Assaubayeva Bibisara (Russia) and WFM Jishitha D (India) are on top with 8/10, with three immediate followers half a point behind.
The tournament ends today Tuesday 26th at 9.00 am (-3 GMT) Montevideo hour, with round 11.
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