Atulya Vaidya, 18, of Texas won clear first in the US Junior Open, held from June 22-24 in New Orleans. The University of Texas at Austin freshman scored 5.5/6, a half point ahead of his nearest rival, Joseph Truelson. This performance, which he said, “might have been the best tournament I ever played,” wins Atulya a spot into the prestigious 2019 US Junior Closed Championships. Earning that ticket was Atulya’s main goal for the event, “especially since this was my penultimate year to qualify.”
This year’s Junior Closed will be held in Saint Louis from July 12-21. Jeffery Xiong won the event in 2016 and Awonder Liang in 2017, prompting Atulya to tell US Chess. ” I’m looking forward to playing against some of the best juniors in not only the US but in the entire world.”
Atulya picked out his game against 2016 Junior Open Champ Bovey Liu as his favorite of the event:
“As usual, the tournament was run very well and I’m very very happy with my play and the end result.”
Browse full standings from the US Junior Open here. The event was concurrent with the US Senior Open here, which Yuri Anatolievich Barnakov won. Nathan Resika will follow up his preview of the US Senior with a report from New Orleans next week.