The FIDE World Schools Championship held at the Dusit Thani Beach Resort in Pattaya, Thailand from 7-14 May 2015 has entered the decisive phase.
After six rounds of play, with the social nite and blitz championships over, three tense single round games will determine the 2015 winners and perhaps also show us new big talents in chess.
Of the leaders in girls championships, Lela Budagova (Azerbaijan) leads U-7 girls with 5.5/6, Munkhzul Davaakhuu (Mongolia) is runaway leader in U-7 girls with 6/6, Cai Boheng (China) has half point more in U-11 girls with 5.5/6, Annagozel Mekanova (Turkmenistan) and Kylen Joy Mordido in U-13 girls jointly have 5/6, Irina Barbaeva (Russia) in U-5 girls also has 5/6, and Shania Mae Mendoza (Philippines) in U-17 girls is clear leader with 5.5/6.
In open championships, Aldiyar Ansat (Kazakstan) and Bao Jun Wen (Hong Kong) lead U-7 open with 5.5/6, Ilya Makoveev (Russia) has perfect score and one point lead in U-9 open with 6/6 as has Zhang Fuhan (China) in U-11 open, Gilbert ElroyTarigan (Indonesia) leads with 5/5/6 in U-13 open, it is a three way struggle with Anand Nadar (India), Maung Maung Kyaw Zaw Hein (Myanmar) and Wong Yee Chit (Singapore) with 4.5/6 in U-15 open, and Arystanbek Urazayev (Kazakstan) leads with 5/6 in U-17.
The year’s championship is organised by the ASEAN Chess Academy together with the Thailand Chess Association with IA Madhi Abdulrahim (UAE) the Chief Arbiter and IA Panupand Vijjuprabha (Thailand) as Tournament Director.
Official website is at www.worldschoolschess.com
Report by Peter Long