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U.S. Junior Championship Tournament

Gregory Young7.5/9(+7 -1 =1)[games]
Alec S Getz5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Victor C Shen5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Conrad Holt5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Warren Harper5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Daniel Naroditsky5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
John Daniel Bryant5/9(+5 -4 =0)[games]
Kayden W Troff3/9(+3 -6 =0)[games]
Jialin Ding2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games]
Raven Sturt1/9(+0 -7 =2)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
U.S. Junior Championship (2011)

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Bryant vs V C Shen 1-0302011U.S. Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. J Ding vs W Harper  0-1412011U.S. Junior ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. C Holt vs D Naroditsky  ½-½492011U.S. Junior ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
4. A Getz vs K W Troff  1-0312011U.S. Junior ChampionshipA15 English
5. G Young vs R Sturt 1-0322011U.S. Junior ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
6. R Sturt vs K W Troff 0-1632011U.S. Junior ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
7. D Naroditsky vs A Getz  1-0522011U.S. Junior ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
8. W Harper vs C Holt  1-0962011U.S. Junior ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. V C Shen vs J Ding 1-0352011U.S. Junior ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. G Young vs J Bryant 1-0382011U.S. Junior ChampionshipB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
11. J Bryant vs R Sturt  1-0222011U.S. Junior ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
12. K W Troff vs D Naroditsky 0-1202011U.S. Junior ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
13. A Getz vs W Harper  1-0562011U.S. Junior ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
14. C Holt vs V C Shen  1-0312011U.S. Junior ChampionshipE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
15. J Ding vs G Young 0-1562011U.S. Junior ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
16. G Young vs C Holt 1-0252011U.S. Junior ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
17. J Bryant vs J Ding  1-0252011U.S. Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. V C Shen vs A Getz  1-0372011U.S. Junior ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
19. W Harper vs K W Troff  1-0362011U.S. Junior ChampionshipA15 English
20. R Sturt vs D Naroditsky  ½-½702011U.S. Junior ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. J Ding vs R Sturt  1-0372011U.S. Junior ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
22. D Naroditsky vs W Harper 1-0332011U.S. Junior ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
23. K W Troff vs V C Shen  0-1612011U.S. Junior ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
24. C Holt vs J Bryant  1-0432011U.S. Junior ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
25. A Getz vs G Young 1-0252011U.S. Junior ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
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Jun-23-11  Kanatahodets: I wish my son plays like them. Unfortunately, he started very good at age of 5 but then he lost his interest and now he is Naruto-SuperMario kind of boy.
Jun-23-11  Kanatahodets: AAI chess- 0% of draws. My chouchou - Wesley lost. Hou - two in a row.
Jun-23-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <parisattack> That would be a most welcome change, and I'm hopeful of seeing a vehicle to promote chess, though rather sceptical of it.

In 2000, I got to chat with Gregory Kaidanov, who was dismissive of USCF, then headed by Tim Redman, helping titled players.

Guess they'd prefer to involve themselves in internecine squabbles and devote their bankroll to lawyers' fees over promoting chess amongst the top players, or encouraging juniors.

Jun-23-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  parmetd: Yes its quite surprising that they put together this weak field. Even more surprising that the club is trumpeting out this event as something anyone should care about.
Jun-23-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  parmetd: as far as juniors go by rating...
Naroditsky (the only IM in the field) Seed1 is #4 on the junior ratinglist Kayden Troff #22
Jialin Ding about whom there has been alot of silly press cause he is local is #70!! Stuart is #17
Conrad Holt #9
Alec Getz #14
Victor Shen #12
Bryant #8
harper #13
Young #15

To review they have #4, #8, #9, #12, #13, #15, #17, #22, #70 A very strange event combination. It shows haphazard construction and extreme bias (#70?!?!). It also likely means that the top players Hess, Shankland, Robson, Zierk, Arnold, Yang, Zhao and Lee all must have presumably declined their invite (if indeed they got one!).

However, contrast this with last year,
This year's rating average for the 10 contestants in 2011 is 2407 and average spot 17. 2010 saw a rating average of 2429 and average spot 12. (Robson, Shankland, Zierk, Yang, Harper, Rosen, Hughes, Bryant, Holt, Zhao) or spots #2, #3, #5, #7, #8, #9, #10, #13, #28, #32 Meaning only missing Hess and Naroditsky and Arnold (to replace Harper, Rosen, Hughes).

Jun-23-11  parisattack: <perfidious: <parisattack> That would be a most welcome change, and I'm hopeful of seeing a vehicle to promote chess, though rather sceptical of it. In 2000, I got to chat with Gregory Kaidanov, who was dismissive of USCF, then headed by Tim Redman, helping titled players.

Guess they'd prefer to involve themselves in internecine squabbles and devote their bankroll to lawyers' fees over promoting chess amongst the top players, or encouraging juniors.>

Indeed a sad fate has befallen the USCF and, yes, they brought a lot of it onto themselves and U.S. chess. The lawsuits - I followed them for a short while and was just thoroughly disgusted.

It is beyond repair, belongs on the scrapheap of history. But don't get me started - Kirsan has to go, too!

The corporate money is there for national and international chess, but they way FIDE and USCF are structured now - what company would want to ante in for the serious money the game deserves?

Jun-23-11  FSR: <parmetd: ... Naroditsky (the only IM in the field)>

Conrad Holt is also an IM.

Jun-23-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <parisattack: ...Kirsan has to go, too!>

Ah, for the days when FIDE had men of decency as president such as Max Euwe and Fridrik Olafsson.

Campomanes was the beginning of the descent into oblivion, and Ilyumzhinov is just a tinpot dictator with, as an old Star Trek episode roughly put it, delusions of godhead.

Jun-23-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  parmetd: ah indeed thats right he did just get his title confirmed a few days ago. My bad :o

too true Parisattack/perfidious. USCF is almost worse than FIDE truth be told.

Jun-23-11  parisattack: < perfidious: <parisattack: ...Kirsan has to go, too!>

... Ilyumzhinov is just a tinpot dictator with, as an old Star Trek episode roughly put it, delusions of godhead.>

That is to say - he's nuts! Wish those aliens would have kept him for a souvenir and passed the word around the universe to stay away from Earth the inhabitants were all lost-causes.

Seriously, a sound, legitimate FIDE or USCF with a good marketing story, a bit of 'spin' and an articulate pitchman/woman could raise a lot of money from the corporate world. There is absolutely no reason the tournament calendar couldn't have 10-15 top events a year with $1,000,000 in prizes each.

Heck, the guy who finished 20th in the US Open (Golf) took home $70,000 and chess can't support a circuit of 25-30 truly professional players? That's nuts, too!

Oh, well... dream on.

Jun-24-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <parmetd> <It also likely means that the top players Hess, Shankland, Robson, Zierk, Arnold, Yang, Zhao and Lee all must have presumably declined their invite (if indeed they got one!).>

I remember Robson saying, I think in an interview in Chess Life, that the US Junior Ch. was not the kind of challenge he was looking for, because being the top seeded (last year), everyone was out there to get him, and he didn't have much to win from playing... only to uphold his prestige. The experience may have been altogether unpleasant for him (even though he did end up in first place, albeit shared: USA Junior Championship (2010)), and then I'd not be surprised if he declined an invitation this year. I wouldn't be surprised if Shankland feels the same way.

Jun-24-11  kingfu: Where are all the young Russians yearning to be free?

That means living in New York and pretending to be Americans.

That would have made the field stronger.

Jun-24-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: Official site:
http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/...
Jun-25-11  Riverbeast: This kid Young is playing some amazing chess!
Jun-25-11  FSR: <The experience may have been altogether unpleasant for [Robson] (even though he did end up in first place, albeit shared: USA Junior Championship (2010))>

There was a playoff, which Samuel Shankland won.

Jun-25-11  HeMateMe: Not too many draws here. Its a Michael Corleone chess tournament!
Jun-25-11  kingfu: Raven Sturt sleeps with fishes
Jun-25-11  FSR: Young, one of the lower-rated players, is tearing up the field. Not a good tournament for Naroditsky, who was surely one of the favorites going into the tournament. (He and Holt are the only IMs.) I think he's lost two in a row.
Jun-26-11  drnooo: Not sure if any of these arguments against uscf mean much: were another Fischer to come along he would drag uscf kicking and screaming behind him: the great players at least in the free world name the tune: the simple truth is there aint Fischer on the horizon and all one wuld need to sharpen his game is a computer anymore. USCF is redundant with or without corporate enthusiasm: there aint no there there anymore. It didnt take long for everybody to know about the blazing talent of Fischer, he would have done very well with or without USCF he didnt need them to draw with Reshevsky. Usually I am in fairly full accord with paris attack but here he seems whipping a horse thats been rode hard and put away wet.
Jun-26-11  FSR: It's very sad to look at the Americans who have been World Junior Champion: William Lombardy, Mark Diesen, Yasser Seirawan, Maxim Dlugy, Ilya Gurevich, Tal Shaked (the last, in 1997). Seirawan is the only one who really amounted to anything in chess. Lombardy was extremely promising, having won with the unheard-of score of 11-0, but became a priest and never even won a U.S. Championship. The other four gave up chess entirely, although Shaked did play one unforgettable game: Shaked vs Kasparov, 1997.
Jun-26-11  Pensive: Wasn't Lombardy Fischer's second during the 1972 match?
Jun-26-11  FSR: Yes. Evans had been Fischer's second, but Fischer dumped him after Evans refused Fischer's request that Evans agree not to write a book about the match.
Jun-26-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  dunkenchess: This unheralded Gregory Young, is he the son of IM Angelo Young? Anybody?
Jun-27-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  parmetd: No he is not the son of IM Angelo Young. I know Angelo personally.
Jun-27-11  FSR: Phenomenal result by Young. Who would have imagined that he would win the tournament by two points?
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