Americans Abroad: From Greece to Canada
August 18, 2010
Holland
Nakamura recovered from two losses at NH Chess Tournament in Amsterdam (August 12-22) with a rook endgame win over Ljubojevic.



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GM Nakamura and Ljubojevic, Photo Cathy Rogers


If you missed it, be sure to read GM Rogers in-depth onsite report on the first five rounds.

Canada
The North American Youth Championship in Montreal, Canada (August 16-19) is in full swing. You can see results, live games and a photo gallery on Monroi.com. Perfect 4/4 scores from our US squad so far include Aravind Kumar in the Under 8, Jeffrey Xiong and Kadhir Pillai in the Under 10, Samritha Palakollu in the Girls Under 12, Anna Matlin in the Girls Under 16 and Yang Dai in the Girls Under 18. Rachel Gita Gologorsky leads the Girls Under 12 with 3.5/4 while Justus Williams and Peter Chen are tied for the lead in the Under 12 with 3.5/4 each. Andrew Ding is also tied for the lead with 3.5/4 in the Under 14 while Akshita Gorti is tied for 1st in the Girls Under 8, with 3/4. The final three rounds are Wednesday, 10 AM EST and 5 PM EST and Thursday at 9:30 AM.

Greece

GM Robert Hess came clear second with 7.5/9 in Negroponte 2010, a strong international tournament in Chalkida, Greece with over 30 GMs. See the final crosstable on chessresults.com.

Hess won seven games, drew one and lost one to tournament winner Suat Atalik. With this performance, Hess's FIDE rating is closing in on 2600! Play through two instructive endgame wins by Hess with clear examples of zugzwang and positional exchange sacrifice.





The other American GM in the event, Josh Friedel scored 6/9.

Hungary

When we last checked in on Parker Zhao, he had clinched an IM norm at the August IM section of the First Saturday tournament series in Hungary. True to form, Parker won his last game for a final score of 8/9 and a 2598 performance rating!