In a match played at the Dras sports center on Thursday, Borna Derakhshani defeated his Slovenian rival Val Kmetic in the U10-Open section.
Motahareh Asadi overcame Alina Pruteanu from Moldova 1-0 in the U08-Girls class. Amir Kowsarinia routed Georgia’s Gigla Benidze 1-0 in the U16-Open.
Ghazal Hakimifard overcame Adriana Lugo Lozano Luz from Colombia in the U18-Girls category.
Anahita Zahedifar trounced Buyanzaya Adiyasuren from Mongolia 1-0 in the U10-Girls category. Pouya Mohammadi Arbati routed Lazar Ivic 1-0 in the U08-Open.
Sarasadat Khadem al-Sharieh – the winner of the bronze medal in the 2011 World Youth Chess Championships – conceded 1 – 0 defeat in a match played against her British rival Amy Hoare in U16-Girls section on Thursday.
Her loss in her first match was the first unexpected event to register at this tournament.
Sina Dokhtmirzahassanvahid also lost 0-1 to his Latvian rival Aleksandrs Jazdanovs in the U10-Open class. Amirsalar Javidfard was defeated 1-0 in the U16-Open category in a match played against Gary Giroyan from France.
On Friday, Ghazal Hakimifard held her Uzbek opponent Sarvinoz Kurbonboyeva 1-1 in the second round of the U18-Girls class.
Minoo Asgarizadeh also tied 1-1 with Russia’s Daria Pustovoitova in the second round of the U18-Girls category.
The match in the second round of the U10-Girls between Iranian chess player Anahita Zahedifar and Aleyla Hilario from Peru ended in a 1-1 draw.
It was one all for Arash Tahbaz and his Vietnamese competitor Thang Tran Minh in the second round of the U12-Open.
Pouya Mohammadi Arbati tied 1-1 with Andrea Becchi in the second round of the U08-Open section on Friday.
Nima Javanbakht was held 1-1 by his Swedish rival Joar Olund in the second round of the U16-Open category.
The match between Aryan Gholami and Germany’s Emil Schmidek in the second round of the U12-Open ended in a 1-1 draw.
Jaber Kouchaki Penchah also held his Ukranian opponent Kirill Shevchenko 1-1 in the second round of the U10-Open class.
The 2012 World Youth Chess Championship opened in the northeastern Slovenian city of Maribor on November 7, and will wrap up on November 19.
A total of 1,587 young chess players from 93 countries will compete in various age categories during the sports event.
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