Armenian Teens Become World Chess Champions

Haik Martirosyan (left) and Manuel Petrosyan competing for World Chess Federation’s World Youth Championship title in their respective categories (Photo: World Chess Federation)
Haik Martirosyan (left) and Manuel Petrosyan

Haik Martirosyan (left) and Manuel Petrosyan competing for World Chess Federation’s World Youth Championship title in their respective categories (Photo: World Chess Federation)

KHANTY MANSIYSK, Russia—Armenian teenagers Manuel Petrosyan and Haik Martirosyan have won the title in the World Chess Federation’s World Youth Championship in their respective categories.

According to the official FIDE 2016 website, Martirosyan won first place in the boys “Under 16” category, beginning with seven consecutive wins and securing the gold in the final round by beating Tran Minh Thang from Vietnam.

Petrosyan achieved the winning title for the boys “Under 18” category by beating Russian rival Maksim Vavulin for the second time— his first time at the European Championship, then World Championship.

Armenian was the only participating country in the tournament to win in more than one category.

The World Youth U14, U16, U18 Championships 2016 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia and ran from September 20-October 4.

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3 Comments

  1. Satenik said:

    Bravo!!!!! I haven’the read this in any International newspapers. It seems that they are only interested in covering negative news about Armenia!!!!!

  2. Khachig Kassabian said:

    Are there any internet links showing their chess games, thanks for sharing

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