Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son leads the U18 section

World Youth Chess Championship, Vietnam

Host team Grand Master Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son was held to a draw by International Master Croatian Saric Ivan in the sixth game at the World Youth Chess Championships 2008 in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, report the Vietnam news agencies.

It was the second draw after Son drew in the fourth game with US player Shanklan Samuel.

Son now has five points and is leading in the U18 male category as other contenders David Howell of Britain, Matlakov Maxim of Russia and Tomczak Jacek of Poland didn’t win the sixth game.

Meanwhile, Vietnam medal hopeful in the girls’ U16 category Hoang Thi Nhu Y is almost out of the running for a medal now with only 3.5 points, 1.5 points from the leading group.

After the fith round Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son in Boys U-18 and Do Hoang Minh Tho in Girls U-12 were in the first standing of their category while Hoang Thi Nhu Y in Girls U-16, Le Tuan Minh in Boys U-12 and Tran Minh Thang in Boys U-8 were in top 5 of their categories.

Other Vietnamese chess players Pham Bich Ngoc in Girls U-18, Tran Ngoc Lan in Boys U-18 and Nguyen Thi Mai Hung in Girls U-14 stayed at 10th, 16th and 23rd place respectively.

The other highly-ranked Vietnamese grandmaster Le Quang Liem drew this fifth match for 3 points in total, and stayed in the 29th place.