Asian Youth Chess Competition becomes challenging
01.07.06: Asian Youth Chess becomes a tough challenge for the little masters as leaders in the older age group lose out in the penultimate round. India's Aditya Vikas, who was giving an excellent performance in the Boys' U-14 Championship so far, lost out to Iran's Shahin Koohestani. He now shares his lead with Shahin and compatriot S Nitin who defeated Amirreza Pourramezanali of Iran. The three have six points to their credit. These three chess players have already played each other and would offer a touch fight for the gold medal. In the Girls U-14 competition, top seeded Indian Bhakti Kulkarni grabbed the lead from Iranian Mitra Hejazipour by defeating her in the eighth round. With six points to her credit, Mitra shares second spot with compatriot Pon Kruthika who defeated Pallabi Roy. These three players are expected to win the medals, but Hoang Thi Nu Y of Vietnam could also get a chance, if one of these girls loses out in the last round.