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🏆 U.S. Junior Championship (2011)

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Player: Raven Sturt

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Young vs R Sturt 1-0322011U.S. Junior ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
2. R Sturt vs K W Troff 0-1632011U.S. Junior ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
3. J Bryant vs R Sturt  1-0222011U.S. Junior ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
4. R Sturt vs D Naroditsky  ½-½702011U.S. Junior ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
5. J Ding vs R Sturt  1-0372011U.S. Junior ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. R Sturt vs W Harper  ½-½312011U.S. Junior ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. C Holt vs R Sturt 1-0342011U.S. Junior ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. R Sturt vs V C Shen  0-1432011U.S. Junior ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. A Getz vs R Sturt 1-0362011U.S. Junior ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
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Jun-22-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: No Ray Robson?
Jun-22-11  hellopolgar: look at the average rating of the contestants. why would ray participate in something with such a low caliber?
Jun-22-11  parisattack: Not to offend, but not a promising picture for U.S. chess.

We need to abolish the USCF, start over with an EFFECTIVE organization that can raise some corporate money and fund the events necessary to build a base of promising young players.

Jun-22-11  Blunderdome: A lot of the best US Juniors missing -- Hess, Shankland, Robson, Zierk, Arnold, Yang, Zhao...

http://main.uschess.org/component/o...

Jun-23-11
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  perfidious: This event is a joke for Robson or Hess-how can they develop their game here?

Much better for them to play a GM tourney elsewhere.

Jun-23-11
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  WannaBe: The only name that I know/recognize is Daniel Naroditsky... =(
Jun-23-11  Troller: I see there is a page for this event, but none for http://www.aaichess.com/
Jun-23-11  Kanatahodets: Unfortunately Kayden and Jialin are not in good form here. IMHO they may represent the future of US chess. Of course Hess and Robson are the best, but these two guys should be in the second cohort.

But no pressure; these guys already have achieved great success and if they won't progress like Magnus, so what? Chess is just a game, nothing more...

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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  FSR: <parmetd: ... Naroditsky (the only IM in the field)>

Conrad Holt is also an IM.

Jun-23-11
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  Peligroso Patzer: Official site:
http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/...
Jun-25-11  Riverbeast: This kid Young is playing some amazing chess!
Jun-25-11
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  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
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  HeMateMe: Not too many draws here. Its a Michael Corleone chess tournament!
Jun-25-11  kingfu: Raven Sturt sleeps with fishes
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