Vaidya Wins US Junior Open in New Orleans

Atulya Vaidya, 2018 US Junior Open Champion

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. 


  1. Yep! I was second! It was a great tournament, good luck to Atulya in the US Junior Closed! But if he ever doesn’t feel like playing, well, feel free to contact me, I’d love to take his space.
    RAR Attacker Joseph Truelson

  2. This tournament began with a serious fault, tournament’s fourth seed Eli M Karp’s June rating is 2162 instead of 2225 used in the tournament. Since pairings are based on rating especially in the first round, it is very unfair to the players effected by this rating and pairings mistake…
    Congratulations to the Champion Atulya Vaidya!

  3. Tremendous unexpected photogragh of Atulya Vaidya. There is room for such creativity everywhere in the world of chess. Jude Acers/ New Orleans

  4. Wow! What a great tournament victory for Atulya! The game he selected to share was phenomenal. Good luck in St. Louis!

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