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Ray Robson Achieves title of 2009 U.S. Junior Chess Champion! Print E-mail
By Joan DuBois   
July 22, 2009
Official Press Release
July 22, 2009
Contact: Joan DuBois
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(Crossville, TN) This 8 person round robin event was one of the strongest championships ever held with the average rating of participants at 2455. Prizes: $1,000-$500-$300. The winner of the tournament qualifies for the 2009 World Junior Championship and the 2010 U.S. Closed Championship. The U.S. Chess Federation national chess championship was held July 12-17 at the Ramada Conference Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Event organizer was Alex Betanelli.

The youngest participant International Master (IM) Ray Robson of Florida won the tournament with 6.0. Alexander Lenderman's game vs Ray Robson w/Black can be viewed at: http://main.uschess.org/content/view/9540/141/. Additional information can also be found at: http://wisconsinchess.blogspot.com for round by round schedule and sponsor information.

2nd place: IM Sal Bercys, NY 5 pts.
3rd place: IM Alex Lenderman, NY with 4 pts.
4th-5th place: FM Michael Lee of WA and IM Sam Shankland of CA tied with 3.5 pts.
6th place: FM Joel Banawa of CA finished with 3 pts.
7th place: FM Elliott Liu, CA finished with 2.5 pts.
8th place: CM Maxx Coleman of KS finished with 0.5 pts.

This tournament was organized and sponsored by United States Chess Federation, Vaja International Chess Academy, Wisconsin Chess Blog, and Wisconsin Chess Academy. Many thanks to Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Association, Internet Chess Club and the Milwaukee Brewers for their contributions. Thanks to the chief arbiter Frank  Berry.

The United States Chess Federation (USCF), founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is now headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee. USCF is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. The USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization with over 80,000 members. For additional information on the USCF see: http://www.uschess.org.