At the halfway point, two clear leaders have emerged at the U.S. Juniors Championships, Carissa Yip and Advait Patel.
This year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship has a myriad of new faces – half the players are brand new to the championship.
This year’s U.S. Junior Championship is incredibly strong, consisting of a field where half the players are grandmasters. Who will prove to be the top American prodigy?
For the third major tournament in a row, a member of the American “Big Three” grandmasters was the winner. This time, it was Hikaru Nakamura’s turn.
Wesley So is not only currently the sole leader, but he got there with 5 decisive games out of 6 rounds.
The 2018 Grand Chess Tour has kicked off in Belgium with Your Next Move, a rapid and blitz tournament. Wesley So currently leads convincingly with 18 points after the finish of the rapid and 9 rounds of blitz.
So far, Magnus Carlsen is looking like his peak self. After only 3 games, he’s gained a full point lead on the field.
What makes Norway the self-proclaimed “World’s Strongest Tournament”? The event will feature the reigning World Champion, the Challenger, 8 players from the world top 10, and a 2791 average rating.
Just weeks after becoming the newly crowned US Champion, Sam Shankland won the 2018 Capablanca Memorial by a convincing 1.5 point margin.
Congratulations to Ju Wenjun, who became the 17th Women’s World Champion on Friday, May 18!
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