US Junior Girls Championships Underway!

CmCvX6yWgAAlQOgThe US Junior Girls Championship is currently underway in Manchester, NH. One of the lowest rated players in the competition, Emily Nguyen, is currently leading with 4/5. (The ratings listed on the official site are FIDE ratings.) Alice Dong won the round robin blitz tournament, which preceded the main event. Here is a key victory of Emily's over Annie Wang.

[pgn] [Event "2016 Girls Closed Championship"] [Site "Manchester, NH"] [Date "2016.06.27"] [White "Wang, Annie"] [Black "Nguyen, Emily"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D14"] [WhiteElo "2061"] [BlackElo "1944"] [PlyCount "112"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:03:04"] [BlackClock "0:17:38"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bf4 Bf5 7. Qb3 Na5 8. Qa4+ Bd7 9. Qc2 e6 10. e3 Rc8 11. Bd3 Be7 12. O-O O-O 13. Ne5 Nc4 14. Qe2 b5 15. Nxd7 Qxd7 16. b3 b4 17. Na4 Nb6 18. Nb2 Bd6 19. Bxd6 Qxd6 20. Ba6 Rc3 21. Rfc1 Ne4 22. Nd1 Rc6 23. Rxc6 Qxc6 24. f3 Nf6 25. Nf2 Nbd7 26. e4 Nb8 27. Bb5 Qb6 28. e5 Nfd7 29. Rd1 Nc6 30. Bxc6 Qxc6 31. Qd2 Qb7 32. Nd3 a5 33. Nf4 Rc8 34. Nh5 h6 35. Qf2 Nf8 36. h3 Qc6 37. Kh2 Qc2 38. Rd2 Qb1 39. f4 Rc1 40. Ng3 h5 41. Rb2 Qa1 42. Nxh5 Rh1+ 43. Kg3 Qd1 44. Qe2 Qxd4 45. Rc2 Re1 46. Qxe1 Qd3+ 47. Kh2 Qxc2 48. Qg3 Ng6 49. Qg5 Qe4 50. Qd8+ Kh7 51. Qxa5 Nh4 52. Kg3 Qe1+ 53. Kg4 Nf5 54. g3 Kg6 55. h4 Qd1+ 56. Kh3 Qh1+ 0-1[/pgn]
CmAk3HIWMAA_hTN Maggie Feng, the first female winner of the US Junior High School Championships, is also in the field, and currently on an even score.
[pgn] [Event "2016 Girls Closed Championship"] [Site "Manchester, NH"] [Date "2016.06.27"] [White "Feng, Maggie"] [Black "Dong, Alice"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E15"] [WhiteElo "2227"] [BlackElo "1953"] [PlyCount "99"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:10:43"] [BlackClock "1:13:24"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qa4 Be7 6. Bg2 Bb7 7. O-O O-O 8. Nc3 c5 9. dxc5 bxc5 10. Rd1 d6 11. Bf4 Nh5 12. Bxd6 Bxd6 13. Nb5 Bc6 14. Ne1 a6 15. Bxc6 Nxc6 16. Nxd6 Nd4 17. Ne4 Nxe2+ 18. Kf1 Nd4 19. Nxc5 e5 20. Nb3 Qf6 21. Nxd4 exd4 22. Rd3 Rfe8 23. Qd1 Qh6 24. Kg1 Nf6 25. Rxd4 Ne4 26. Nf3 Qb6 27. Qc2 Qc6 28. Kg2 Ng5 29. Qd3 h6 30. Rd1 Re6 31. h4 Ne4 32. Rd8+ Rxd8 33. Qxd8+ Kh7 34. Qd5 Qb6 35. Qd4 Qb7 36. c5 Qb5 37. b4 Qe2 38. Re1 Qc2 39. a3 h5 40. Rf1 Rg6 41. Ng5+ Nxg5 42. hxg5 Rxg5 43. Re1 Rg4 44. Qd5 Qg6 45. Re5 Kh6 46. c6 f6 47. c7 Rxg3+ 48. fxg3 Qc2+ 49. Kh3 fxe5 50. Qe6+ 1-0[/pgn]
And here is Maggie's game vs the leader.

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[pgn] [Event "2016 Girls Closed Championship"] [Site "Manchester, NH"] [Date "2016.06.26"] [White "Feng, Maggie"] [Black "Nguyen, Emily"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D45"] [WhiteElo "2227"] [BlackElo "1944"] [PlyCount "152"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:07:13"] [BlackClock "0:22:46"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd2 O-O 8. h3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 e5 10. O-O Qe7 11. Bb3 Bc7 12. Rad1 h6 13. Nh4 exd4 14. exd4 Qd6 15. g3 Nb6 16. Bf4 Qd7 17. Bxh6 Qxh3 18. Qg6 Qg4 19. Bxg7 Qxg6 20. Nxg6 Kxg7 21. Nxf8 Kxf8 22. Kg2 Bf5 23. Rh1 Kg7 24. Rde1 Bd6 25. Re2 Nbd5 26. Nxd5 Nxd5 27. Bc2 Bxc2 28. Rxc2 Nb4 29. Rd2 Nxa2 30. d5 c5 31. f4 Nb4 32. Kf3 Rd8 33. g4 Be7 34. Rdh2 Bf6 35. g5 Bd4 36. Rh7+ Kf8 37. g6 fxg6 38. Rxb7 Nxd5 39. Rxa7 Bxb2 40. Rb7 Bf6 41. Rc1 Rc8 42. Rd7 Ne7 43. Rc4 Kf7 44. Rd1 Ke6 45. Kg4 Bd4 46. Ra4 Kd5 47. Re1 Rc7 48. Ra6 c4 49. Rae6 Bc5 50. R6e5+ Kd4 51. Rd1+ Kc3 52. Re2 Ba3 53. Re3+ Kb4 54. Rb1+ Ka4 55. Re6 Rc6 56. Rxc6 Nxc6 57. Kg5 Ne7 58. Kf6 c3 59. Re1 c2 60. Kf7 c1=Q 61. Rxc1 Bxc1 62. Kxe7 Bxf4 63. Kf6 g5 64. Kf5 Kb3 65. Kg4 Kc2 66. Kf3 Kd3 67. Kg4 Ke2 68. Kh3 Bd2 69. Kg4 Kf2 70. Kh3 Kf3 71. Kh2 g4 72. Kg1 g3 73. Kf1 g2+ 74. Kg1 Be3+ 75. Kh2 g1=Q+ 76. Kh3 Qg3# 0-1[/pgn]

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Jennifer Yu and Carissa Yip, who both played in this year's US Women's Closed, are also in the field.   Follow along live games at http://relyeachess.com/subpages/2016GirlsClosed/tfd.htm and find more photos on the relyeachess twitter. 

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In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Thanks for the nice article! Congratulations to Emily for winning the entire tournament. It was an honor to host these incredible young ladies.

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