|Americans in Europe, Continued|
|August 16, 2010|
After a great 2.5/3 start at the NH Chess Tournament in Amsterdam (August 12-22), Hikaru Nakamura faltered with a loss to Peter Svidler in round four.
In round five, Nakamura's woes continued as he struggles at the time of writing in a tough rook endgame against World Cup Champion Boris Gelfand. Update: The game is over, and Hikaru is now on an even score. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is a rest day.
Ray Robson finished with 3/10 in the strong double round robin, the Gyorgy Marx Memorial (August 5-16, Paks, Hungary). A bright spot of his difficult tournament was his fascinating tactical struggle against legendary Dutch GM Jan Timman.
Meanwhile in Hungary, Parker Zhao is blazing through the August IM section of the First Saturday tournament series in Hungary. After eight rounds, he has 7/8 and with a TPR of almost 2600 and has clinched an IM norm with a round to go. In the US Junior Closed last month at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Parker tied for first (losing the title on tiebreak to IM Sam Shankland.) In Saint Louis, Parker particularly impressed with his clean attacking games with White. He continued the trend in Budapest:
Marc Arnold finished the World Junior (Chotowa, Poland, August 2-17) with 7.5/13 while Alisa Melekhina scored 8.5/13 in the Girls Under 20. See final standings in the World Junior and the Girls Section.
Alisa's attacking style helped her rack up points, like the following slashing win over Anya Corke of England.
Also play through Marc Arnold's important Najdorf win over Brazilian GM Andre Diamant.
The champions were Dmitry Andreikin of Russia for the World Junior and Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia in the Girls Under 20.
GMs Josh Friedel and Robert Hess both have 4/5 in the Negroponte tournament in Greece. You can download bulletins and watch live games on the official site.
They do say that Montreal is the closest you can get to Europe in North America! Our North American Youth squad travels to Montreal, Canada (August 16-19).See a list of participants on the official site. Here are the players representing the USA:
Under 8 Girls
Zachary Chen Tanenbaum
Under 10 Girls
Runjie (Jennifer) Liu
Under 12 Girls
Rachel Gita Gologorsky
Under 14 Girls
Miles Gamble Hinson
Under 16 Girls
Under 18 Girls
Watch live games on Monroi.com and see an interview with Jeffrey Xiong on chesscampeona.com.