World Youth Chess Championship 2008

Vietnam and India with strong teams

The 110-member Indian contingent reached Vung Tau, Vietnam, to take part in the World Youth chess championship which begins here on Monday.

The impressive opening ceremony was attended by the Consul General of India in Vietnam, Dr. Jitendra Nath Misra, and the Secretary of the All India Chess Federation, Mr. D.V. Sundar.

All the medal winners for India in Turkey last year are here — Ivana Furtado, Shalmali Gagare and Prince Bajaj. The 11-round championships end on October 30.

Among 100 players of the host team, Le Quang Liem and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son with Elo ratings of 2583 and 2567 respectively, are strong gold medal hopes.

They are joined by Hoang Thi Nhu Y (Elo rating 2127) who will compete in the girls’ U16 category.

This year’s event has attracted nearly 900 players from more than 70 countries and territories.

As Liem and Son are international grand masters with high Elo ratings, they have been seeded second and third, which gives them anadvantage because they will compete against players midway in the ranking list.

If there’s no change in the final minutes, Liem will meet 37th seed Austrian Poetz Florian and Son will take on 38th seed Czech Ponizil Cyril in their first games.

The 12th seeded Y will probably play against 55th seed Sri Lankan Madushani in the first match.

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