|Junior High Nationals Update|
|By Joan Dubois|
|April 3, 2007|
Over 1000 junior high students competed in the National Junior High Championships last weekend in Sacramento, California. Check out the press release below with results, and look for Elizabeth Vicary's in-depth report with games and photos later this week. Vicary brings a valuable perspective, as a coach who thrives under pressure. Elizabeth coaches I.S. 318, a Brooklyn school that won three categories in Sacramento including the K-8 Open. Her article will include many games with comments from the kids themselves, including the winners of the K-9 Open, where there was a thrilling six-way tie for first.
(Crossville, TN) The U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) held their 2007 U.S. Junior High (K-9) National Chess Championship at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. Play concluded among the over 1,000 young chess competitors on April 1, 2007.
Section Champions were:
K9 Championship: Alec Getz (NY) won on a tiebreak as six tied for first with 6.0 scores. Steven Breckenridge (OR), Gregory Young (CA), Christian T. Tanaka (CA), Michael Anthony Yee (CA), Grant D. Ho (FL).
K8 Championship: Marc Tyler Arnold (NY) took first with 7.0 points.
Blitz Championship: Steven Breckenridge (OR) won with an 11.0 score.
Parents & Friends Rated: Lawrence Martinez won with 4.0.
Peter J. Sherman rated 355 won the "Biggest Upset" prize and also receives the $250.00 scholarship donated by MyChessPhotos.com.
A complete list of all winners for every section can be found at: http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2007/jhs/ Click on the "Results" button.