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|Results in at the Denker, Barber & NGIT|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|July 30, 2013|
I've just arrived in Madison, Wisconsin for the US Open. I was happy to see a fantastic turnout for the 1st National Girls Invitational and was honored to judge the best game prizes for the Girls, the Barber K-8 & the Denker tournament of high school champions. Melinda J. Matthews will write a full report on the event later this week, but till then, find game and photo highlights.
The Denker saw a three-way tie for first between Kapil Chandran, Safal Bora and Michael Brown, with Chandran capturing the University of Texas at Dallas scholarship on tiebreak.
The two best game prize winners represented two poles of master level junior chess- a brilliant attacking win by Alex Velikanov over top seed Josh Colas and a mature positional win by Dipro Chakraborty.
Andrew Liu, Andrew Tang, Vignesh Panchanathan and Craig Hilby tied for first in the Barber. Liu won the spot to the World Youth on tiebreak while the best game prize went to Ziwen Zhou, a fighting battle between two class players.
In the girls, 10-year-old Akshita Gorti and Apurva Virkud tied for first place. Michelle Chen, who was leading until her last round loss to Gorti, won the best game prize for her win over Claudia Munoz, of the popular chesscampeona twitter and blog.