Grandmaster Jeffery Xiong new World Junior Champion!

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Jeffery with his dad

GM Jeffery Xiong became the first US player to win the World Junior Championship in almost two decades. This year’s edition was held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India from August 7-22. The 15-year-old from Dallas, Texas clinched the title with a full round to spare, drawing praise from numerous chess fans and professionals, all the way up to Garry Kasparov.

 

Find more comments from Kasparov on chess.com.

Jeffery Xiong proved that his 2600 is no accident. Photo: Austin Fuller

Photo: Austin Fuller

Xiong becomes the seventh US player to win this title, joining the likes of  William Lombardy (1957)  Mark Diesen (1976), Yasser Seirawan (1979), Maxim Dlugy (1985), Ilya Gurevich (1990) and Tal Shaked (1997).

After earning a commanding lead with some fine endgame play, Jeffery clinched the title with this victory on the black side of a Closed Sicilian:

His other victories included this exciting round 8 victory and wins vs two other top seeds in this earlier report.

See final standings here. In the Girls Under 20 Championship, WGM Dinara Saduakassova took clear first, while US Chess representative Ashritha Eswaran scored 4.5/13. Find out more about Xiong’s victory in an upcoming issue of Chess Life Magazine. 

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