The penultimate round of the FIDE World Youth & Cadets Championship 2015 was played today in Porto Carras, Halkidiki.
Mosadeghpour Masoud made a quick draw to reach 9,0 points and maintain the lead in the Open U18 section half a point ahead of GM Alekseenko Kirill.
In Girls U18 WFM Mahalakshmi M of India is already celebrating as she secured the title with one round to go with 9/10 points.
In the Open U16 section there has been another change of the leaders. Agmanov Zhandos lost and now Vogel Roven (GER), FM Luca Jr Moroni (ITA) and FM Haik M. Martirosyan (ARM) are on top with 8 points each.
The local star WIM Tsolakidou Stavroula defeated the co-leader WFM Kiolbasa Oliwia in Girls U16 and now she is sharing the lead with WIM Bykovtsev Agata (USA) and WFM Sieber Fiona (GER) with 8 points each.
In the Open U14 the overnight leaders Vokhidov Shamsiddin and FM Esipenko Andrey are now joined by FM Fakhrutdinov Timur. In Girls U14 WFM Vaishali R from India won another game and maintained the lead with 8,5 points.
In the Open U12 section anything is possible as five players share the first place with 8 points each: CM Nihal Sarin (IND), CM Muradli Mahammad (AZE), Firouzja Alireza (IRI), Nesterov Arseniy (RUS) and CM David T Peng (USA).
In Girls U12 WFM Salimova Nurgyul (BUL) is on the winning row, holding the lead with 9,0 points, but Yip Carissa (USA) is following the pace and is only half a point behind.
In the Open U10 FM Praggnanandhaa R. (IND) and Makoveev Ilya (RUS) enter the final round with equal number of the points – 8,5. In the respective Girls section Song Yuxin (CHN) lost her game but is still on the top together with WCM Mungunzul Bat-Erdene (MGL) and Rakshitta Ravi (IND).
In Open U8 Subramaniyam H Bharath (IND) is the biggest candidate for the title, as he leads with 9 points, full point ahead of the followers.
In Girls U8 Ivanova Dilyana (BUL) emerged clear leader with 8,5 points.
The following players have achieved title norms after the completion of the 10th round:
Mosadeghpour Masoud IRI 2420 IM
Marek Matyas CZE 2398 IM
Faizrakhmanov Ramil RUS 2389 IM
Kaczur Florian HUN 2376 IM
Daskalov Dimitar BUL 2338 IM
Aradhya Garg IND 2180 IM
Harazinska Ewa POL 2087 WIM
Kiolbasa Oliwia POL 2182 WIM