Well that's exactly what happened to Sydneysiders Nick Chernih and Tomek Rej who had to face each other in the ninth round of the World Juniors in Armenia. Sadly, of course, only one could be the victor and yesterday Tomek Rej prevailed over his friend.
Shannon Oliver, playing in the Girls section, had a bye.
But Pinoy chess fans are waking up today to some fantastic news. RP's only rep in the Juniors, John-Paul Gomez, defeated grandmaster Quang Liem Le of Vietnam. Outrated by over 130 points, Gomez played beautiful chess. The Filipino's piece activity was the important factor as it netted him some valuable pawns on the Queen-side which later on paved the way for a winning endgame.
This is yet to be confirmed but according to a reader, Gomez has just secured a 9-game IM norm.
John-Paul Gomez's next opponent is the IM from Turkey Baris Esen.
Yuriy Kryvoruchko and Nikita Vitiugov are again the joint leaders on 7 points. Last night Vitiugov beat Arman Pashikian, while Kryvoruchko could only manage a draw against Dmitry Frolyanov of Russia.
WGM Salome Melia (Georgia) is the sole leader of the Girls section on 7 points.