Leaders Hunt for the Win in Denker, Barber and NGTOC

Rochelle Wu (Alabama), is cruising at the National Girls Tournament of Champions. She has 4.5/5 after a fifth round draw against Saithanu Avireni of Georgia, and is leading by half a point going into the final round. Saithanu, Annie Wang (CA), Veronika Zilajeva (OK) and Sasha Konovalenko (MI) are half a point behind with 4/5. https://twitter.com/YouthChessOK/status/891693349371072513 In the Denker, Praveen Balakrishnan (Virginia) and Zhaozhi Li (Illinois) lead with 4.5/5 and will face off tomorrow. Praveen defeated a 4-0 Bryce Tiglon (WA) in the penultimate round, on the white side of a Najdorf Sicilian.
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[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.08.01"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Balakrishnan, Praveen"]
[Black "Tiglon, Bryce"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B90"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2017.08.01"]
[SourceDate "2017.08.01"]

1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2
Be7 9. f3 O-O 10. O-O-O Nbd7 11. g4 b5 12. Rg1 Nb6 13. g5 Nh5 14. Nd5 Nxd5 15.
exd5 Bd7 16. Nc5 dxc5 17. d6 Bf6 18. gxf6 Qxf6 19. Bxc5 Nf4 20. Be3 Ne6 21. Bh3
Rfd8 22. Bb6 Rf8 23. Kb1 Rab8 24. Bc7 Ra8 25. Bxe6 Qxe6 26. Rg3 f5 27. Rdg1 Rf7
28. h4 Re8 29. h5 f4 30. Rg5 Qf6 31. Ba5 Re6 32. Qd5 Re8 33. Bc3 Be6 34. Qc5
Bf5 35. R5g2 Qe6 36. Re2 Qd7 37. Rxe5 Rd8 38. Re2 b4 39. Qxb4 Re8 40. Reg2 Bh3
41. Rxg7+ 1-0

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Bryce Tiglon
In the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, five players vie for the lead, all with four points: Christopher Shen (Ohio), Justin Wang (Texas), Aydin Turgut (Illinois), Pieter Heesters (Maryland) and Derek Clasby (New Jersey.)
Christopher Shen
The final round is tomorrow at 10 AM EST and the top board in each section can be viewed here: http://ches slive.xyz/DBG/tfd.htm Also follow along on twitter for updates like the following from Vanessa Sun taking over @USChess. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/892187772001411072 https://twitter.com/USChess/status/892051279299694593

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