Halftime at the US Junior Champs

Akshita Gorti currently leads the US Junior Girls’ Championship by a half point. Photo: St. Louis Chess Club

US Junior Girls’ Champs

Round 5 featured a key match-up: Emily Nguyen—the tournament leader entering the round—vs. Akshita Gorti—who trailed by half a point in clear 2nd place. Gorti won the game, leapfrogging her way to 1st at the halfway mark of the championship.

Akshita Gorti vs. Emily Nguyen

After Black’s overly aggressive opening play, White has a lead in development, better piece coordination and a safer king. How can Gorti convert this into an immediate victory?

White to move and win.

Nguyen is now tied for 2nd with one of the top seeds, Maggie Feng, who defeated Thalia Cervantes in an exciting game to keep pace.

US Junior Champs

Kayden Troff at the opening ceremony. Will he be able to turn his lead into his second US Juniors Championship title? Photo: St. Louis Chess Club

In the US Junior Championship, Kayden Troff has led the tournament from the beginning and is currently a full point ahead of his closest rivals, Awonder Liang and Nicolas Checa.

To maintain his significant tournament lead, Troff defeated tournament newcomer Bovey Liu in the 5th round.

Both Liang and Checa won their games as well to remain in contention. Here is Liang’s hard-fought endgame victory against Mika Brattain.

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For more information on the U.S. Junior Championship and to watch live games and commentary, visit the Official Website. The U.S. Junior Closed runs from July 8-17.


  1. More corrections.

    Troff’s opponent was Bovey Liu, not Liu Bovey, so the score should have said “Liu, Bovey”.

    Mika Brattain’s opponent was Awonder Liang, not Liang Awonder, so the score should have said “Liang, Awonder”. Also, Liang had White and Brattain had Black, and the game was won by White.

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