2012 U.S. Junior Closed Championship

2012 U.S. Junior Closed Championship

Jul 10, 2012, 12:10 PM 3,910 Reads 5 Comments Chess event coverage

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The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is proud to host the U.S. Junior Closed Championship for the third consecutive year July 10 -15. The top Junior players in the nation will duke it out for the title of U.S.Junior Champion, $18,000 in prizes and a highly coveted invitation to the 2013 U.S. Championship.

Last year, Gregory Young, who was ranked seventh out of 10 players by rating, shocked the field with a superb 7.5/9 score to clinch the title of the 2011 U.S. Junior Closed Champion.

Gregory Young (left) with Ben Finegold at last year's championship

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The 2012 U.S. Junior Closed Championship will be a 16-player event consisting of two eight-player round robins followed by a two-game “Championship Match” between the winners of each. Players will be ordered by rating (March USCF rating supplement) and seeded into the round robins as follows:

No. Title Last Name First Name March Rating
1 IM Holt Conrad 2580
2 IM Yang Darwin 2523
3 FM Shen Victor 2510
4 FM Getz Alec 2412
5 NM Fisher Will 2405
6 FM Xiong Jeffrey 2369
7 NM Shetty Atulya 2323
8 NM  Michaelides Matthew 2179

Average 2412.6

No. Title Last Name First Name March Rating
1 IM Arnold Marc 2560
2 IM Naroditsky Daniel 2548
3 NM Perez Robert 2483
4 FM Rosen Eric 2425
5 NM Sturt Raven 2401
6 FM Troff Kayden 2392
7 NM Williams Justus 2314
8 NM Cao Kevin 2233

Average 2419.5


Player biographies can be found hereLive commentary from GM Ben Finegold and FM Aviv Friedman will begin on Wednesday, July 11th at 11am CST.

If two or more players are tied for first in their round robin, the following math tiebreaks will be used to determine who shall advance to the Championship Match: 1. Direct Encounter, 2. Most Blacks, 3. Koya System, 4. Sonneborn-Berger, 5. Won Games.

The schedule for the tournament is as follows:



The prize fund breakdown is as follows: 




About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.
Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit www.saintlouischessclub.org.


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