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USA Junior Championship Tournament

Samuel Shankland6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Parker Bi Guang Zhao6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Ray Robson6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Darwin Yang5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
John Daniel Bryant4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Eric S Rosen4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Steven Zierk4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Warren Harper4/9(+4 -5 =0)[games]
Conrad Holt3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Tyler Hughes1/9(+0 -7 =2)[games] Chess Event Description
USA Junior Championship (2010)

Next: U.S. Junior Championship (2011)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E S Rosen vs Robson  ½-½492010USA Junior ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. S Zierk vs D Yang  0-1372010USA Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
3. C Holt vs T Hughes ½-½192010USA Junior ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
4. P Zhao vs S Shankland 1-0482010USA Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. W Harper vs J Bryant  1-0422010USA Junior ChampionshipE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
6. E S Rosen vs S Zierk  0-1372010USA Junior ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
7. D Yang vs C Holt  1-0442010USA Junior ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. T Hughes vs P Zhao  ½-½422010USA Junior ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. S Shankland vs W Harper  0-1282010USA Junior ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Robson vs J Bryant 1-0512010USA Junior ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. J Bryant vs S Shankland  0-1572010USA Junior ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
12. C Holt vs E S Rosen 0-1272010USA Junior ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
13. S Zierk vs Robson 0-1462010USA Junior ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. P Zhao vs D Yang  1-0472010USA Junior ChampionshipC00 French Defense
15. W Harper vs T Hughes  1-0332010USA Junior ChampionshipA10 English
16. Robson vs S Shankland  ½-½312010USA Junior ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. S Zierk vs C Holt  1-0402010USA Junior ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
18. T Hughes vs J Bryant  0-1442010USA Junior ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
19. D Yang vs W Harper  1-0602010USA Junior ChampionshipE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
20. E S Rosen vs P Zhao  0-1452010USA Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
21. S Shankland vs T Hughes  1-0602010USA Junior ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. C Holt vs Robson  ½-½302010USA Junior ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
23. W Harper vs E S Rosen  0-1522010USA Junior ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
24. J Bryant vs D Yang  ½-½282010USA Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
25. P Zhao vs S Zierk 1-0792010USA Junior ChampionshipA80 Dutch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-19-10  laskerian: The ethical attitude displayed by Parker Zhao in deviating from the Krush-Melekhina game is something to be admired. Although that netted him a loss against Robson, I think he earned a lot of respect in going his own way.
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  beenthere240: /Robson is "running away"? Half point lead.
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  beenthere240: Shankland's last game was a brutal attack. Fun for sadists to replay.
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  FSR: Very weird to compare the Junior and Women's championships. The two tournaments were held simultaneously, had the same number of players/rounds, and were similar in strength. In the Junior championship, 6/9 got you a tie for first. In the women's championship, 7.5/9 got you a tie for second!
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  Landman: Great quote from Warren Harper: "In open tournaments, you lose a couple games, you play a weak player and then you can boost your confidence back up. But in this tournament, you lose five games in a row, and you play Ray Robson."

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  FSR: Shankland beat Zhao in the first playoff game to advance to the final Armageddon game against Robson. Shankland had Black and received draw odds (i.e. a draw would give Shankland the championship). Shankland played the Caro-Kann, Robson responded with the Fantasy Variation (3.f3), got nothing, sacrificed a pawn to try to do something, still got nothing, then in gross time pressure blundered a piece and lost. Congratulations to Sam Shankland! He just demonstrated the world's weirdest way to win a championship: announce right before the tournament that you're retiring from chess; lose your first two games; score 5-1 in the remaining games, which is good enough to tie for first after both of the players ahead of you falter in the last round (Robson losing and Zhao only drawing an ending two pawns up); then win both your games in the Armageddon playoff. I hope Shankland reconsiders his decision to quit the game. He is obviously a very talented player.
Jul-21-10  Bdellovibrio: So this is the elusive norm for Mr. Shankland?
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  FSR: I don't think so. I haven't heard anyone mention that. I don't think there were enough high-titled players to make a GM norm possible (Robson was the only GM and Shankland the only IM). Moreover, 6-3 isn't a very impressive score; I doubt that it would be a GM norm.
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  sisyphus: Certainly you'd need more titled players for norms. Just for reference, Shankland's performance was 2539, less than his rating of 2563. Also I think these are USCF ratings, about 100 points higher than the FIDE equivalent.

Thanks to the Saint Louis Chess Club for posting the entire webcast of the final game. It was shocking to see Robson fall behind on time so quickly in an even position.

Jul-24-10  turbo231: Congratulations to Shankland for a job well done!
Aug-05-10  goldfarbdj: Man. I still think of Sam as the 1600-rated preteen I used to play in Berkeley. A lot can happen to a kid in six years.
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