Haik Martirosyan (left) and Manuel Petrosyan competing for World Chess Federation’s World Youth Championship title in their respective categories (Photo: World Chess Federation)
Armenian Teens Become
World Chess Champions
:: KHANTY MANSIYSK, Russia—Armenian teenagers Manuel Petrosyan and
Haik Martirosyan have won the title in the World Chess Federation’s World Youth
Championship in their respective categories.
According to the official FIDE 2016 website, Martirosyan won first place in the
boys “Under 16” category, beginning with seven consecutive wins and securing
the gold in the final round by beating Tran Minh Thang from Vietnam.
Petrosyan achieved the winning title for the boys “Under 18” category by beating
Russian rival Maksim Vavulin for the second time— his first time at the European
Championship, then World Championship.
Armenian was the only participating country in the tournament to win in more than
The World Youth U14, U16, U18 Championships 2016 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk,
Russia and ran from September 20-October 4.