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Junior High Champs Heat Up Print E-mail
By Shaun Smith + Matan Prilleltensky   
April 17, 2011
Safal Bora

The action is heating up at the 2011 National Junior High (K-9) Championship in Columbus, OH. The underrated Safal Bora upset Kevin Cao and Reynaldo Perez, Jr. with smashing attacks to take the sole lead in the K-9 Championship with a perfect 5-0 score.  The A player from Michigan won his last two games with the black pieces to top a star-studded field entering the final day.  Two players trail by a half-point -- NM Justus Williams and John Lodger Hughes-- and a large group of players at 4-1 are lurking in the shadows. Bora will be looking to replicate his recent success in his first game tomorrow against John Lodger Hughes.  However, with a large group of the nation’s top K-9 players in position to move up, tomorrow’s action should be exciting.


White had a chance to equalize or even get a better position with 18.Qxe7 followed by Nc6 check. However, after missing this shot Perez lost quickly due to a few inaccurate moves.

Justus Williams

 After giving up an early draw, NM Justus Williams’ form improved as the second day went on. Here is his 5th round win versus Tian-Shun Jiang:


The team championship now sees a clear leader, but nothing is decided: IS 318k, led by NM Justus Williams, holds a 3.5 point lead over Ohio’s own Columbus Academy led by John Lodger Hughes.  If both players do their part in round 6, NM Justus Williams and John Lodger Hughes could meet in the final round to determine both the individual and team championships.
John Lodger Hughes

 The K-8 section featured a perfect score logjam heading into Saturday’s final game: NM Joshua Colas, James Black, and Brian Li were the rating favorites in the undefeated group.  However, when the dust settled in a very competitive section, three players remained perfect--- James A. Black, Tip Wolfe, and Gavin McClanahan.  McClanahan took down the section’s top seed Joshua Colas in a tough 5th round


Colas versus McClanahan
James Black who is coming off his Blitz and Bughouse wins is playing some great chess and won a tough 5th round game against Matthew Fishbein.


James Black

 The K-8 Team Championship also sees IS 318k-the NYC Chess-in-the-Schools powerhouse in the lead in the team competition.  The Brooklyn squad has a 2 point lead over a few schools including Moody MS led by 5-0 scorer Tip Wolfe.   A possible matchup between Black and Wolfe could play an important role in determining the K-8 Team winner. Also stay tuned for pairings and results at http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2011/jhs/.


November - Chess Life Online 2011

Sucesso in Brazil Four-Way Tie at Turkey Bowl in Florida The US Chess Scoop on the National Chess Congress Shabalov Wins STL Thanksgiving Open, GM Norm Tourney BeginsThanksgiving Results are in Stars of Chess in Education Gather in Dallas Liang Golden at World Youth; Silver for Li Carlsen Wins Tal Memorial, Plans Trip to NYC Hou Yifan Defends World Women's Title Happy Thanksgiving From BrazilNew York Knights: 2011 US Chess League Champs Nakamura Hunts for a Win in Moscow Hou Extends Lead in Women's World Championship US Junior Congress Smashes RecordsOver 1000 Compete in K-12 Nationals in Dallas US Chess League Final: Chicago Blaze vs. New York Knights A Weekend in Dallas: National K-12 Champs Kick Off Preparing for Brazil: Awonder Has Adream Heading to Brazil: World Youth Awaits Amanov & Akopyan Top 12th FIDE Metropolitan Invitational John Ballow Earns Correspondence IM TitleRuth Haring: President's Report Tal Memorial Begins in Moscow US Chess League Highlights: Quarterfinals Kaidanov Takes Throne in King's IslandWomen's World Championship Begins Grandmasters Attack in Michigan Brooklyn Castle: The IS 318 Story Urgent Update for Organizers of FIDE Rated Tournaments2012 Samford Fellowship: Call for Applications US Chess League: Week Ten Highlights The Scoop on the US Chess League: Eastern DivisionMore Action Than Ever in Irvine & Miami The November Check is in the Mail Kekelidze New Marshall Club Champ; Wu Second Greg on Norms Part I: Please Stop Caring! Pumpkin Patch Chess Tournament A Better Place to Wait in Dallas New in Chess and the FEB show on Nakamura and Kasparov