Saturday, October 13, 2007

World Junior Chess Championship, 2007, Rd 10 : Things have changed quite a bit since the last report. The former front runner, IM Wesley So ( Philippines), is now at number 16 ( 6 points) after ten rounds. First place has been up for grabs for almost every round, and now it is IM Avetik Gregoryan who leads the pack with 7.5 points. I am sure the hometown crowd is very proud of him. The next Armenian after him is at 10th place, GM Arman Pashikian with 6.5 points. For a while, Egyptian GM Ahmed Adly looked like the run away winner, but GM is now in 6th place with 7 points. He lost to GM Ivan Popov in Round 10 and to GM Wang Hao in Round 9. Nobody is safe in this tournament. IM Wesley So lost in Rounds 7, 8, and 10 after a stellar performance. Nevertheless, the official website announced that Wesley So and Avetik Grigoryan have already earned a GM norm in this tournament. The number one seed, GM Wang Hao, climbed from the middle of the pack to second place with 7.5 points after 10 rounds. Two more rounds to go.


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