Nikhil Kumar Clinches Gold in Batumi!

Nikhil Kumar clinched gold at Open Under 12, World Cadets in Batumi with a round to go. After a victory over team-mate Andrew Hong, Kumar has 9/10 and is 1.5 ahead of the field. Nikhil's crucial win over tournament favorite IM IM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa set him up for the early victory.  6e5d460d-7767-49d7-8905-ade9dc6bf1a2 Despite the loss, Andrew Hong is still in contention for a medal: he is tied for 2nd place going into the final round with seven other players, including the aforementioned IM and Andy Huang, also of the US.
20161029_145238 Rochelle Wu
Rochelle Wu is in clear first in the Girls Under 10 with 8.5/9 while Jason Wang is in second in the Open Under 10 with 8/10. 20161029_145410-1 GL to Team USA in the crucial final round. Look for photos, games, and a post-tournament wrap-up by GM Irina Krush. See full team US standings on chessresults and follow action on chess24 and the official website. Also follow along on twitter, facebook & Find out more about Two Sigma sponsorship here.  Also see GM Irina Krush’s first piece from Batumi here and her post rest day report here.

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