Rochelle Wu (Alabama), is cruising at the National Girls Tournament of Champions. She has 4.5/5 after a fifth round draw against Saithanu Avireni of Georgia, and is leading by half a point going into the final round.
Saithanu, Annie Wang (CA), Veronika Zilajeva (OK) and Sasha Konovalenko (MI) are half a point behind with 4/5.
— Rebecca Rutledge (@YouthChessOK) July 30, 2017
In the Denker, Praveen Balakrishnan (Virginia) and Zhaozhi Li (Illinois) lead with 4.5/5 and will face off tomorrow. Praveen defeated a 4-0 Bryce Tiglon (WA) in the penultimate round, on the white side of a Najdorf Sicilian.
In the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, five players vie for the lead, all with four points: Christopher Shen (Ohio), Justin Wang (Texas), Aydin Turgut (Illinois), Pieter Heesters (Maryland) and Derek Clasby (New Jersey.)
Also follow along on twitter for updates like the following from Vanessa Sun taking over @USChess.
— US Chess (@USChess) August 1, 2017
— US Chess (@USChess) July 31, 2017