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Saturday, June 21, 2014

U.S. Junior Chess Championship Begins: Colas, Williams score Big Upsets

Hello chess friends, a premium chess event has begun in the US - It's the US Junior Chess Championship 2014. The event is being held in Saint Louis. Already on the first day, where all games were decided, two huge upsets took place.
Joshua Colas and Justus Williams each scored huge upset victories in round 1 of the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship. 

Second seed IM Sam Sevian lost to FM Justus Williams rated 150+ points below him. Also winning the first round was FM Josh Colas, who notched a 150+ point upset over IM Luke Harmon-Vellotti. In another upset, FM Michael Bodek beat NM Matthew Larson. GM Kayden Troff and  IM Jeffrey Xiong won their games. 

Each round of the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed will see its first move daily at 1:00 p.m. local, beginning Friday through June 29, with a rest day on Wednesday. The tournament will be streamed live on, with commentary, analysis and player interviews by GM Ben Finegold and FM Aviv Friedman.

Read a detailed report by Brian Jerauld at the official website.

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