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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Junior Chess Congress: San Francisco Event Witnesses Record Participation

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Hi everyone,

A total of 375 participants played the 2013 Junior Chess Congress last weekend, at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency, breaking the previous record of participation. The National Chess Championship comprised of eight sections based on age from 20 & under to 6 & under. There was also a side event of blitz in two sections, 20 & under and 11 & under, on Sunday afternoon. Bay Area Chess and Norcal House dominated the club competition winning three National titles each bringing their tally in Junior Congress to eight and six National Titles, respectively. Coalinga, Liu Chess, Foster City, and Berkeley Chess won one section each to keep up their streak of National Titles. Edward Li (2045) sealed his National Championship title in the fourth round and won clear first with 4.5 points. Thomas Hart and Blake Wong tied for second with 4.0. After an epic see-saw batter Coalinga Chess and Bay Area Chess shared the National Championship title. Charles Tang (1951) won all his games to finish in clear first with 5.0. Sammy Kennedy (1747) came in second place with 3.5 while Andrew Tang, Kevin Wu, and Charles Ledesma tied for third place with 3 points. Liu Chess dominated from the beginning to win their third National title in 3 years. Alekhya Nandula (1788), Vikram Vasan (1837), and Dhanush Venkatesh (1706), all of Bay Area Chess, earned their first National Championship Title as they tied for the top spot in 16 & under, with 4.0 points. Bay Area Chess dictated terms from the very start to win their second National title this year. (US Chess Federation)

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