U.S. Junior Open Concludes
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 27, 2007
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by Jennifer Shahade

Brian Goldstein wins a spot in the 2008 U.S. Junior Invitational Closed via his win on tiebreak over Edward Lu in the U21 section of the U.S. Junior Open (Tampa, Florida June 22-24.) Meanwhile, Miguel Fonseca wins Under 16, HaoQing Wang and Jared Lassner win Under 12, and Miguel A. Hernandez takes Under 8.

Edward Lu (2051) and Brian Goldstein (2088) both scored 4.5/6 in the Under 21 section. Adding legitimacy to Goldstein's win on tiebreak points (there was no playoff) was his fourth round win over Lu:



The players stopped recording moves after 31...Qb3 due to time pressure.Goldstein doesn't remember the rest of the game though he told CLO that he thought he was already better after 31...Qb3. White's main shot is to find a perpetual- if he doesn't, he'll certainly be worse as Black's knight will reign over White's bishops in this structure.

Miguel Fonseca (1594) won clear first in the Under 16 section with 5.5/6. Here is his win over the top seed and second place finisher, Lucas Van Beuzekom (1859).




HaoQing Wang


Haoqing Wang(1621) and Jared Lassner (1190) tied for first in the Under 12 section. Haoqing, who won on tiebreak, is a member of the Ritter's Chess Champions Club. He started playing chess three years ago and studies chess at least one hour during school days and over 2 hours in the summer. He also receives online lessons from GM Larry Christiansen. Haoqing defeated the section's top seed, James Ukoli (1786) in a brutally fast game ( James blundered badly with 10.Bb5):





In the Under 8 section, Miguel Angel Hernandez scored a perfect 6-0!
 
Final Standings