Most of the top boards came through Round 1 unscathed in the Championship section, although there were more than a few draws. Blitz Champ and Championship fourth seed IM Bryce Tiglon was held to a draw by Hemachandra Rambha, of whom we will have more to say shortly!
Bryce Tiglon 2019 NHS (photo Rosen)
Among other leading players, WGM Jennifer Yu could only draw against Rishi Narayanan, and both Christopher Shen and Sahil Sinha were also nicked for half points by Marissa Li and Jaisuraj Kaleeswaran respectively.
Shen v Li (photo Rosen)
WGM Jennifer Yu (photo Rosen)
SCENES FROM THE PLAYING HALL
IM Eric Rosen is roaming the tournament site, taking pictures for CLO and Chess Life. He sent in these candids from the playing hall.
World U8 Champ Raj Chennareddy
Wan v Lu
Tourn Hall Rd 1
Peng v Wiseman
GM Nicolas Checa
FM Nikhil Kumar
Reigning World U10 Champion, Raj Chennareddy (Left) and former World U8 Champion Aren Emrikian (right)
MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH
While “the play’s the thing,” there was a lot more going on in Schaumberg today than just the tournament itself.
The Girls Club, hosted by new US Chess Women’s Program Director and WGM Jennifer Shahade, is open to all female players along with their families and coaches. Today GM Jeffery Xiong stopped by for a meet and greet, and Shahade was on hand for analysis and a lecture.
Jeffery Xiong analyzes at Girls Club
Xiong and Friends
Girls Club Lecture by WGM Jennifer Shahade
Shahade analyzes at Girls Club
Shahade @ Girls Club
Both Shahade and WIM Carolina Blanco will participate in simuls in the Girls Club on Saturday, and WCM and Utah State Representative Stephanie Pitcher will join the Club via livestream.
Not to be outdone, GM Vladimir Georgiev gave a 19 board simul in the morning, and then was available for “All Comers” blitz in the afternoon. Hemachandra Rambha was one of two players to defeat the Grandmaster, an auspicious omen that portended his draw against Tiglon. Niko Pompe, a sixth-grader from Illinois, also earned a win against the GM.
Simul Winner Hemachandra Rambha
NM and US Chess Executive Board member Ryan Velez gave the first of his three Educational Seminars. Friday’s session, titled “My First Tournament,” was well-attended and well-received.
Ryan Velez, Friday Seminar
GM Mesgen Amanov, a Chicago resident, leading scholastic coach, and CLO author, will team with WGM Shahade for a livestream from Schaumberg beginning with Round 5 (Saturday, 7pm CST). Amanov and Shahade will cover the top boards, and special guests may drop in. Be sure to tune in to twitch.tv/uschess to catch all the action and join in the comments!
GM Amanov and WGM Shahade
Amanov Roams the Hall
Testing the equipment!
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