the 118th US Open (July 29-August 6th). NGTOC last previewed the National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC), World Youth gold medallist Rochelle Wu of Alabama has entered. To learn more about Rochelle's style, you can watch GM Ben Finegold's video on the STL Chess Club's YouTube channel. https://www.facebook.com/uschess/posts/1343724622350166:0 Richard Schiffrin, who along with his wife Barbara, donated the top $5000 prize at the NGTOC in both 2016 and 2017, said " “We want to continue to encourage more girls and women to enter fields that have traditionally been filled by boys and men–engineering, math, science, technology, to name a few." Denker & Barber Many of the players in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions have been attending Barber tournament of K-8 Championships or Denker for several years. Even for top seeds who are also focused on winning the tournament, seeing old friends and meeting new ones is also a priority. IM-elect Craig Hilby of California, a top seed in the Denker, told US Chess, "If I'm not bringing my A-game to Denker then I can definitely be upset. I will prepare briefly before the tournament for (some of the top seeds) like Praveen Balakrishnan, Bryce Tiglon, Andrew Liu. I've been to Barber/Denker a few times before and I think what makes it stand out from other tournaments is the professional yet friendly atmosphere given by the small stuff like the opening ceremony, having your state flag by your table and possibly exchanging state souvenirs with opponents. I will definitely be going in with a hunger to win every game, but I am also going to enjoy hanging out with and seeing my friends like Emily Nguyen, Edward Song, Jennifer Yu and Joey Kelly." recently featured on US Chess for winning the Under 18 section at the North American Youth Championships, thus securing his IM title. He told US Chess, " The Denker tournament is special because it brings together incredible talent from across the country. It is already quite an achievement just to be at the tournament!" on the Barber and the Denker. US Open: Emily Nguyen is registered for the Traditional Schedule of the US Open. She told US Chess "this will be my third consecutive US Open. I always love the schedule because there's a lot of time to rest and relax or go sightseeing, and this will be my first year playing the traditional schedule. To prepare, I just finished the US Girls Junior Championship and I'm attending a chess camp in Bulgaria." https://www.instagram.com/p/BW-qs2eAVOC/?taken-by=stlchessclub Best of US Chess writer IM Kostya Kavutskiy told US Chess that he chooses the US Open because "the upside of winning first place (and qualifying for the U.S. Championship) is tremendous, even though I consider myself a huge longshot to win. The tournament is a lot of fun nevertheless, and you can feel the fantastic history and tradition of the event while you're there." Follow the tournaments on the official site and also find out more about the Denker, Barber and NGTOC on their websites. Find top board games here http://chesslive.xyz/usopen/tfd.htm and the Denker/Barber and NGTOC here: http://chesslive.xyz/DBG/tfd.htm Follow @USChess on twitter for takeovers from Vanessa Sun and look for updates from Al Lawrence and photography by Jim Doyle.