Ten players are competing in the 2016 U.S. Junior Closed Championship (invitational rating):
- GM Jeffery Xiong (2723)—Coppell, Texas
- GM Kayden Troff (2639)—West Jordan, Utah
- IM Ruifeng Li (2608)—Plano, Texas
- IM Akshat Chandra (2583)—Inselin, N.J.
- IM Luke Harmon-Vellotti (2527)—Boise, Idaho
- IM Michael Bodek (2523)—New Rochelle, N.Y.
- IM Awonder Liang (2515)—Madison, Wis.
- IM Aleksandr Ostrovskiy (2508)—Brooklyn, N.Y.
- FM Michael Brown (2506)—Trabucco Canyon, Calf.
- FM Nicolas Checa (2502)—Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Players are coming for more than $20,000 in prizes, and the winner will also receive an automatic invitation to the 2017 U.S. Championship, the nation's top invitational chess event. Two players from this year's field, defending U.S. Junior Champion, Akshat Chandra, and Jeffery Xiong, competed in the 2016 U.S. Chess Championship.
The opening ceremony will take place July 7 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis at 6:00 p.m. The nine-round, round-robin tournament will begin on July 9 with the rounds starting daily at 1:00 p.m.
Each round of the 2016 U.S. Junior Closed Championship will feature live commentary from Grandmaster Ben Finegold and FIDE Master Aviv Friedman. Viewers can watch in-person at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis or online at www.uschesschamps.com.
Previous winners of the Junior Closed Championship include the legendary GM Bobby Fischer, as well as GM Larry Christiansen, GM Patrick Wolff, IM Joshua Waitzkin, GM Tal Shaked, GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Robert Hess, GM Ray Robson, GM Sam Shankland and GM Akshat Chandra.
For more information, visit www.uschesschamps.com.
About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.
Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit www.saintlouischessclub.org.
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