New CONIC players gain round-robin experience
American chess players are usually raised on a steady diet of Swiss tournaments. The ChessKid Online National Invitational Championships (CONIC) provides a different flavor: a single round-robin event in which most or all players know who they are facing weeks in advance. Therefore, the level of preparation can be much higher than in a typical large weekend Swiss.
ABOVE: Rachael Li, whose brother is GM Ruifeng Li (the 2014 CONIC 12 & Under champion!), chose to play in the 6 & Under section instead of the Girls 9 & Under section. She fought back from worse positions in some of her games and finished in clear 2nd place with 4.0/5 points.
ABOVE: In his very first CONIC event, Ronen Wilson tied for 2nd place in the Age 8 section.
BELOW: Davis Zong was excited to start his first CONIC event with an upset win over NM Christopher Yoo, the youngest-ever national master in US history.
BELOW: Alexander Wang, an alternate who joined late, performed better than his score indicated.
BELOW: 2016 National Kindergarten Champion Inay Vellore played up in all of his games.
BELOW: Aaron Marian performed creditably with 3.0/5 in his first CONIC event.
BELOW: Iris Zhou, seen here (center) with GM Susan Polgar (right) of Webster University, did not lose a game until the last round.