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Wednesday, 29 October 2008 15:35


WGM Valentina Golubenko of Croatia - Girl U-18 World Champion!


With the completion of Round 10 at the World Youth Championships held in Vung Tau, Vietnam, the prospective winners all know what they need to do in the final Round 11. 


There is a 4 way tie in Open 18 with IM Ivan Saric of Croatia, GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong and GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia all on 7.5/10. But WGM Valentina Golubenko of Croatia is already the Girl U-18 Champion with 9/10 and 2 points clear of all pretenders!


In the Open U-16, IM B Adhiban of India has 8.5 points and takes a commanding 1 point lead to all but assure him of first place but things are a little tighter for WFM Nazi Pakidze of Georgia who leads WFM Klaudia Kulon of Poland by half a point despite an impressive 8.5/10.


FM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi of India has been joined by Nodar Lortkpanidze of Georgia, both on 8/10 in the Open U-14. His countrywoman WIM Padmini Rout is however already the Girl U-14 Champion


Sayantah Das of India, with 8.5/10, is also a comfortable leader in the Open U-12 and Pratyusha Bodda, also of India leads the Girls U-12 with 8/10.


Poland's Jan-Krzysztof Duda is the boy to beat in the Open U-10 as is Russia's Aleksandra Goryachkina the girls to beat in the Grils U-10.


Vietnam's best hope is still with Tran Minh Thang with 9/10 in the Open U-8 and Kazakstan is equally hopeful of the prospects of Zhansaya Abdumalik in the Girls U-8.

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