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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

David Hua, 15, Wins Atlantic Chess Open

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Hi everyone,

We've been following the US chess scene and our amazed at the potential. The US has also just sent their strongest-ever chess team to the Istanbul Chess Olympiad.
Here is some chess news via the official US Chess Fed website. Fifteen-year-old David Hua has won the 44th annual Atlantic Chess Open held August 24-26. He played aggressively and avoid mistakes!

 “I had no real expectations,” Hua said. That style and approach helped catapult Hua into history as the youngest player ever – or at least in recent history – to win first place in the Atlantic Open, organizers of the event told Chess Life Online. Hua took clear first place by scoring 4.5 out of 5 points.

“I don’t believe that I can recall anyone who was even close to that age,” said TD Steve Immitt, who ran the Atlantic Open from 1994 through last year and was on hand at this year’s event, which drew 310 to 320 players. Immitt said he thought the next youngest person to win the Atlantic Open was Eric Most, who was 17 or 18 when he tied for first at last year’s Atlantic Open with IM Yury Lapshun. Although this year’s tournament fielded only two GMs, two IMs and 20 masters, Immitt says the 4.5 out of 5 points that Hua scored was no easy feat. Read the full article at the Chess Life Online.

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