Niemann Keeps Lead In World Youth U16

IM Hans Niemann kept his lead in the 2019 FIDE World Youth Open U16 on Wednesday after a spectacular Round 8 win over Colombian FM Miguel Angel Soto.

Hans Niemann, Photo IM Rosen

Niemann appears to have rehabilitated a line in the 3…e6 Rossolimo Sicilian that was scoring very well for White. While it’s unclear whether this was over-the-board brilliance or heavy home preparation, IM Jan van de Mortel explains in his notes to Soto-Niemann just how Hans got the job done. Check out for more from van de Mortel as the tournament unfolds!

Niemann’s win was a beacon of hope on an otherwise rough day for the American team, which saw the squad collectively go 5 for 15 (four wins, two draws) in Round 8. Other good results included Alex Kolay’s victory over Kashyap Dhrupad (IND) in the Open U14, putting in him ninth place heading into tomorrow’s ninth round.

Alex Kolay (photo Carol Meyer)

Aydin Turgut picked himself up after two losses in Rounds 6 and 7, defeating Nikolas Wachinger (GER) to get to 5 points and sixteenth place in the Open U16.

Aydin Turgut (photo Carol Meyer)

Adeti Mohanselvan drew Fatima Marium (IND) and is at 4/8 in the Girls U14, while Amy Lei drew Srbuhti Sargsyan (ARM) in the Girls U16 and is now at 3.5/8. After arriving late to the tournament, George Wang won his second game of the event, downing Stilian Angelov (BUL) to get to 2.5/8 in the Open U18.


The U.S. Delegation met with Jonathan Hwang, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, before play began on Wednesday.

US Chess Executive Carol Meyer presented Hwang, who comes from a chess playing family and also plays himself, with a board signed by the members of the U.S. team.

Complete results from Wednesday’s Round 8:

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