Krush on Sunday in Orlando: “Everything to Lose”


Max Lu, who recently became the youngest US Chess master ever.

It’s difficult to defend the position of top seed. Everything to lose, and little to gain is basically how it goes. When you win, you just confirm your ranking, but any slip up is already a disappointment. Some top seeds held on to their positions going into the final day, while others relinquished their seats by the stage.

First grader Ronen Wilson (rated an incredible 1600!) and fourth grader Maximillian Lu (2170) are still on perfect scores, as is fifth grader Daniel Hung (2094). Of course, five rounds is not enough to determine a leader in most sections, and there are still many perfect scores. I will go out on a huge limb and predict that Maximillian Lu will keep control of his section ūüôā Today I saw his game and it just seemed like he is able to create good positions.




Aristo Liu is pictured here during a critical moment of his round 5 game against Collin Le. Liu managed to win to reach 4.5/5 points and will face the only perfect score in the 7th grade section, Vincent Baker, on Sunday morning.

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I took a walk around the lake looking for the alligator, but found some birds and the swimming pool instead. The walk confirmed that this really is a great venue, a point of view that several parents concurred with. Enjoy some chess highlights below and look out for the final report.

This was a game between two seventh graders, which reached a rare endgame of
rook versus three connected passed pawns. It looked like Black should win this
as the pawns are not so advanced yet. But next time I saw it….


See Irina’s first report here and follow¬†blitz and bug results, find¬†pairings and standings here.


  1. In the first rook vs. 3 pawns position, White to move has a couple ways to force a draw. Easiest is 1.h5 Rd1 2.h6.

  2. In defense of the GM, the first position is very close to winning for black. For example, black to move is a win. Curiously though, if we place the wK on g3 and retreat the wP from g5 to g4, the position is a draw with either player to move. So, the evaluation is not all about how far advanced the white pawns are. Chess is complicated!

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