Armenian Chess Players Set Pace at Championship

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The third round of the European Jr. Chess Championship was held at the "Erebuni" Hotel on September 7.

The best youth chess-players of Europe were welcomed by the Deputy Minister of Culture–Youth Affairs and Sports of Armenia Ishkhan Zakarian–FIDE Vice-President Vanik Zakarian and the chief referee of the competition Ashot Vardapetian.

Turning to the competition–Artur Chibukhchian and Andranik Matikozian–who were among the leaders–decided not to risk their standing and drew (tied).

Gabriel Sargssian who did participate registered his third victory in succession over Christos Banikas of Greece–and Milen Vasilev of Bulgaria beat Mher Hovhannissian. Vasilev tied Sargssian for the most amount of points (3) and will play against him in the fourth round.

Levon Aronian–who beat Halkias of Greece in the third round–Chibukhchian–Matikozian–Varuzhun Hakobian of Armenia and Mikhail Mchedliashvili of Georgia are 0.5 points behind the leaders.

In the girls’ competition–the individual leader is Sofia Tgheshelashvili of Georgia–who in the third round beat Lilit Mkrtchian. Yovanka Hoska of Great Britain–Helen Miloradovich of Yugoslavia and Leila Javakhishvili are 0.5 points behind the Georgian chess-player. The best result of Armenian chess-players among girls belongs to Lilit Mkrtchian and Elina Danielian–who have two points.

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