It’s Saturday night in Schaumburg, and round five is well underway at the 2019 National High School Championship. Only four players remain perfect with 4/4 in the Championship: GM Nicolas Checa, FM and defending champion David Peng, FM Nikhil Kumar, and NM Zachary Tanenbaum.
Kumar has White against Checa in round five, while Peng takes the White pieces against Tanenbaum. Readers should head to the US Chess Livestream at twitch.tv to keep up with their latest moves. GM Mesgen Amanov and WGM Jennifer Shahade are calling the action.
WGM Shahade and GM Amanov hard at work
The Dynamic Duo
Nicolas Checa is America’s newest GM, having been awarded his title at the FIDE Board meeting at the World Teams in Kazakhstan earlier this month. He showed his Grandmaster technique in round four, grinding down NM Aydin Turgut in a long, instructive ending.
Checa v Turgut and Stevens v Balakrishnan, Rd 4
UPDATE: Checa has defeated Kumar in the fifth round as this story goes to press. He is at 5/5 going into Sunday’s play.
Kumar-Checa, Rd 5
Kumar-Checa and Peng-Tanenbaum, Rd 5
Tanenbaum’s round four victory over Jacob Furfine featured intense attacks on both kings and a sharp tactical finish.
Blitz Champ IM Bryce Tiglon is working his way back from a first round draw, and his quick win in round four against Zak Cancio shows why he remains a force to be reckoned with. Will his “Swiss Gambit” work? We’ll find out tomorrow!
CLO’s photographer IM Eric Rosen has been busy this weekend, and here are some of today’s best candids.
Blitz with GM Georgiev
A Floor TD at rest
Jennifer Yu in round four
The playing hall before Round 3
A weary Checa
TDs at work
Tiglon and Nydick nap, waiting for Rd 4 opponents
We’ve all been there, pal.
Round six starts tomorrow at 9am, and the seventh and final round kicks off at 2pm. US Chess will have live coverage on the Twitch stream, where Grandmasters Jeffery Xiong and Vladimir Georgiev are expected to appear. GM Var Akobian may also drop by. Feel free to join in the discussion!