Shen Leads U.S. Cadet Chess Championships
By Alan Kantor   
July 13, 2011
There is no doubt about it.  For the third year in a row, the theme for the U.S. Cadet Championship (Crossville, July 12-15) is fighting chess. For the first two rounds of the Cadets, every game ended decisively.  The missiles are out and they came to Crossville armed and ready.  Arthur Shen leads the pack with a perfect 3/3 score. Two years ago, Arthur's brother Victor was number one seed in the 2009 U.S. Cadet Championship but Andrew Ng took first place.  Victor is in attendance at the event.

Check out the standings and games below to see for yourself. You can also follow all the games on as they happen or review them later.

Standings after round 3: 

Shen - 3;
Bodek - 2½;
Cao - 2;
Ostrovskiy - 1½;
Brown, Mo, Shetty - 1;
Wang - 0


Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation (B90)

Slav Defense, Exchange Variation (D13)

Sicilian Defense, Scheveningen Variation (B87)


Sicilian Defense, Richter-Rauzer Variation (B66)


Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation (Yugoslav Attack) (B79)

Closed Ruy Lopez (C90)

Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense (C65)

Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation (B90)


Round 3

Caro-Kann Defense (B10)

Closed Ruy Lopez, Chigorin Defense (C97)


Sicilian Defense, Velimirovic Attack (B89)

Sicilian Defense (B53)