YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A prize awarding ceremony honoring the winners in the world junior chess championship took place at the Chess House in Yerevan on September 30.
The world title in men’s competition went to Alexander Galkin of Russia; Rustam Kasimjanov of Uzbekistan is second and Karen Asrian of Armenia is third.
Maria Kuvatsu of Greece registered a sensational victory in women’s competition–leaving Jana Jaskova of Czech Republic second and Sidonia Vaida of Romania third. Interestingly–all of the three finished equally well–with 8.5 points–their ratings being decisive in the case.
Speeches at the ceremony were made by Armenian Chess Federation President–Honorary President of FIDE–Academician Vanik Zakarian–Tournament Chief Referee Ashot Vardapetian–European Chess Union President Boris Gutin–the sponsoring HSBC Armenia Bank President Jeremy Hunt–and International Referee Steward Ruben from the UK. The next world championship among juniors will be held in Yerevan next autumn–Zakarian announced.