Field, Prizes Increased for 2012 U.S. Junior Closed Championship

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/26/12, 10:28 AM.

US junior champs 2012 banner.jpgField, Prizes Increased for 2012 U.S. Junior Closed Championship

PRESS RELEASE: SAINT LOUIS, June 26, 2012 -- The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis has increased both the size of the field and the prize fund for the 2012 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, scheduled from July 10 through July 15.  

Organizers increased the field from 10 players to 16 due to a misunderstanding on current regulations. The U.S. Chess Federation verified some invitations, but inadvertently overlooked one qualifying tournament and one invitation by rating. Thanks to additional sponsorship by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the USCF and software development company ConRadical, the prize fund for this prestigious event has been increased to a record-breaking $18,000.

To accommodate the larger field, the organizers modified the format of the Junior Championship. The group of 16 will be split into two fields of eight players each. The eight players will play one another in a round robin, and the winner of each field will play a head-to-head, two-game match for the title. If the score is tied after two games, there will be a playoff to determine the 2012 U.S. Junior Closed Champion.

The list of invited players and current USCF ratings is as follows:

IM Marc Arnold 2612
IM Conrad Holt  2580
IM Darwin Yang 2562
IM Daniel Naroditsky 2552
FM Victor Shen 2532
NM Robert Perez  2519
NM Will Fisher  2436
FM Eric Rosen  2422
FM Alec Getz  2410
FM Jeffery Xiong 2394
NM Raven Sturt 2387
NM Atulya Shetty 2379
FM Kayden Troff 2368
NM Justus Williams 2318
NM Kevin Cao 2230
Matthew Michaelides 2164

The 2012 U.S. Junior Closed Champion also will receive an invitation to the 2013 U.S. Championship, 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Championship and the 2012 World Junior Championship, scheduled to be held August 1 through August 16 in Athens, Greece.

For more information on the players, prizes, rules and tournament format, please visit


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

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  • 4 years ago


    i am rooting for miami favortite NM rob Perez he should win it all....he keeps doing well against GM alex Ivanov....

  • 4 years ago


    is Victor Shen the highest rated player still ranked as a FM ?

  • 4 years ago

    IM dinesh501

    i think all is fake rating , 

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks. Go Matthew! 

  • 4 years ago

    NM iFrancisco

    @Lawdoginator, there is a US Junior Open as well which awards the winner a spot into the US Junior Closed (Matthew won that last year, hence his spot here this year).

  • 4 years ago


    Why is it closed? Shouldn't it be the US Open? 

  • 4 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    For a moment I was stunned with the ratings, but then I realized those must be USCF ones. Smile

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    LOL... That's EXACTLY what happened Rob Wink...

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Wow, man I wish these guys were around when I was a top Junior ;-( 

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