2009 U.S. Junior Chess Congress Concludes!
By Joan DuBois   
May 6, 2009
Official Press Release
May 6, 2009
Contact: Joan DuBois
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(Crossville, TN)
The U.S. Chess Federation's National, 2009 U.S. Jr. Chess Congress was held February 28 - March 1, 2009 in Anderson, Indiana, under the direction of Scott Reisinger, Chief Tournament Director. 

East Side Middle School was once again the 2009 US Jr. Chess Congress. 173 players from 8 states battled over the weekend in six sections.  Attendance may have been down slightly, but the competition was a tough as ever as the event saw no players achieve a perfect score. 

In the combined 18 & under and 16 & under sections, sophomore Danny Gater from Columbia City, Indiana took home the top 16 & Under prize with a 5.5 of 6 score.  Sean Vibbert won the 18 & Under with a score of 4.5/6.  The team champion was the Knighmare Chess Club (Ohio), followed closely by South Vigo High School (Indiana), and Highland High School (Indiana).

The 14 & Under section finished in a three-way tie for the top spot.  Sameer Manchanda edged out Steven Cooklev and Sai Ravi Teja Munagala.  Each player scored 5 out of 6 wins.  The Twin Citites Chess Club was crowned team champions with 12 points.

Tie-breakers were once again needed to settle the 12 & Under section.  This time four players tied for the championship.  Evan Hawver was crowned champion on tie-breaks, followed closely by David Wen, Epiphany Peters, and Peter Chen.  Hawyer, Peters, and Chen were all teammates for the Michigan Chess Maniacs Club team that captured the team championship.

Apurva Virkud won clear first place in the 10 & under section with a score of 5.5 of 6. Virkud also led his team to victory as the Michigan Chess Maniacs Chess Club won in the 10 & under section.

Second seeded Sam Witwer was nearly perfect in the 8 & Under section with 5.5 points, but it was enough for clear first place over top seeded Anshul Adve with 5 points.  The Twin Cities Chess Club captured the team title narrowly over the Canterbury School from Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Thanks to all of the parents and volunteers who made this event a success for the fourth straight year.  Also, thanks to Mike Anders for again being our book vendor.
Floor tournament directors were Tracey and Terry Vibbert, Aaron Dean, and Nick Zenher.  Chief tournament director was Scott Reisinger.

The United States Chess Federation (USCF), founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is now headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee. USCF is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. The USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization with over 80,000 members. For additional information on the USCF see: http://www.uschess.org.