Troff Increases Lead at the World Youth; Zierk Clinches IM Norm
October 27, 2010
Steven Zierk at the World Youth

In round seven of the World Youth Championship (Halkidiki, Greece, October 19-31), Kayden Troff of Utah increased his lead in the Under 12 section with a long and important win.

Steven Zierk continues to impress in the Under 18. According to preliminary calculations by Michael "f-pawn" Aigner, Zierk has already clinched an IM norm after this eighth round victory over IM Mazur.

 Steven is now in clear second place behind only Smavel Ter-Sahakyan from Armenia. Zierk already played the leader to a draw in round five.
See interviews with Zierk and Troff in today's World Youth Championship video (interviews start at 4:21).

Other U.S. players with excellent scores include Jeffrey Xiong with 6.5/8 and Tommy He with 6/8 in the Open Under 10. The youngest African-American master in history, Justus Williams has 6/8 in the Under 12. Annie Wang has 6/8 in the Girls Under 8 and Margaret Hua has 6/8 in the Girls Under 12.

See complete scores and pairings for the US team on and see more photos and videos on the official website.