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July 14, 2009
The Junior Closed players arrived at the Junior Open in time for the prizegiving ceremonies. Here Sam Shankland poses with Eric Rosen and Kevin Bu, #1 and 2 in the Under 21 section.Photo Stan Wright
Two rounds into the U.S. Junior Closed (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 13-16), four players stand at the top of the table with 1.5/2.

U.S. Junior Closed
Standings after two rounds

1.5 IM Sam Shankland(2564), IM Ray Robson(2553), FM Elliott Liu(2405), FM Michael Lee(2384)
1.0 IM Salvijus Bercys(2503)
0.5 GM-elect Alex Lenderman(2654), FM Joel Banawa(2392)
0.0 Maxx Coleman(2182)

Sam Shankland annotated his win over Banawa below while Shankland and Bercys jointly annotated their first round draw. See the full schedule here, and watch the games at Noon and 6 EST live on the Internet Chess Club (USJunior09). Also go to the Wisconsin chess blog for a detailed report on the Open and see the CLO U.S. Junior Open wrap-up.

Shankland,Sam (2448) - Banawa,Joel (2352) [D45]
US Junior (2), 13.07.2009
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 Bb4 8.Bd2 Qe7 9.Rg1 b6 10.0–0–0 Bb7 11.g5 Bxc3 12.Bxc3 Ne4 13.Bd3 Nxc3 14.Qxc3 dxc4 15.Bxc4 0–0 16.Ne5 Nxe5 17.dxe5 Rfd8 18.f4 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Rd8 20.Rd3 g6 21.h4 Rxd3 22.Bxd3 Qd7 23.Qd4
Position after 23. Qd4

23...Qd5 ensures a draw. White has very little to try.24.Be4 Qxa2 25.h5 gxh5 26.Qd8+ Kg7 27.Qf6+ Kg8 28.Bxh7+ Kxh7 29.Qxf7+ Kh8 30.g6 Qc4+ 31.Kd2 Qd5+ 32.Ke1 Qa5+ 33.Kf1
This endgame is deceptively difficult for Black. Although with best play it is surely drawn, Black will always be defending.
24...Kf8 25.Be4 Ke7 26.Kd2 Kd7 27.Kc3 Bc8 28.Bf3 Kc7 29.h5 Bd7 30.h6 Be8 31.Kc4 Bd7 32.b4 Bc8
The start of a bad plan. Black should have played a6 then shuffled Be8-d7-e8 etc which should hold, as White's only winning attempt of b5 followed by d5 is likely to fall short.
33.f5 exf5 34.d5 cxd5+ 35.Bxd5 Be6
33...Bb7 34.Kc3??

Position after 34. Kc3

Allowing an immediate draw with c5 Bxf3 cxd4+ etc. [34.Kd3]
34...c5 35.Bxb7 cxd4+ (35...cxb4+? 36.Kxb4 Kxb7 37.d5 And black has some work to do yet.) 36.Kxd4 Kxb7
White realizes his mistake.
35...Bc8 36.b5 cxb5 37.axb5 a5 38.d5 exd5 39.Bxd5 Be6
36.axb5 axb5
36...cxb5 37.Bxb7 Kxb7 38.d5 Kc7 39.d6+ Kc6 40.Kd4 Kb6 41.d7 Kc7 42.Kc5 Kxd7 43.Kb6
 White breaks. gxf5 is met by Bh5. White had to do it this move otherwise black would play Kd7 and f5 would always be met by gxf5 Bh5 Ke7.
37...exf5 38.e6 Kd6 39.exf7 Ke7 40.Ke3 Kxf7 41.Kf4
Position after 41.Kf4

41...Ke6! The only drawing move. 42.Bd1 Bc8! 43.Bb3+ Ke7 The point. Black now will be able to keep his bishop on d7 rather than b7 (Bg8 is never a problem as Bxh7 can be met by Kf7) 44.Ke5 Bd7
  Ke7 43.Bh5 Kf7 44.Bd1 Ke7 45.Be2 Bc8 46.d5 cxd5
46...Bd7 47.d6+ Kf7 48.Bf3 Be8 49.Bd1
47.Bxb5 Bb7 48.Bd3 Kf7 49.b5 Ba8 50.Bb1 Kf8 51.b6 Kf7 52.Bd3 Bb7 53.Kd6
Position after 53.Kd6

53...f4 54.Be2 d4 55.Bc4+ Ke8 56.Ke5
54.Ke5 Ke7 55.Kxd4 Ke6 56.Bc4+ Kd6 57.Bf7 1–0

 IM Bercys (2503) -  IM Shankland (2564) [D79]
[Shankland and Bercys]
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0–0 5.c4 c6 6.Nc3 d5 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Ne5 e6 9.0–0 Nfd7 10.Nf3 Nc6 11.Bf4 Qb6 12.Na4 Qb5 13.b3 Nb6 14.Bd6 Rd8

Position after 14...Rd8

White was planning on Nc3 but totally forgot Qa5 -/+
15.Bc7 Rd7 16.Bxb6
Preferred over Nb6 to get an extra tempi [16.Nxb6 axb6 17.Bf4 Qb4 18.Bd2 Qe7 19.Bc3 b5 playable for both sides]
16...axb6 17.Re1 Qa5 18.e3 Bf8 19.a3 Rc7 20.Bf1
 So far all forced
Based a miscalculation [20...b5 21.Nc5 b4 22.axb4 Qxa1 23.Qxa1 Rxa1 24.Rxa1 Nxb4 25.Ra4 b6 26.Rxb4 bxc5 27.dxc5 Bxc5 28.Rb8 Kg7 29.b4 most likely drawn]
21.Qd2 Qa7
21...Ra7 Black planned this but missed White's response 22.Rec1 simple and very effective.
This line gives White a slight edge because Black lacks space.
22...Na5 23.Qb2 Rac8 24.Rec1 Qb8
24...b5? 25.Nxb5 Bxb5 26.Rxc7 Rxc7 27.Bxb5 Qb6 28.a4 Bb4 29.Rc1 Rxc1+ 30.Qxc1± Nxb3? 31.Qb2+-
25.Ne5 Be8 26.b4 Nc6
26...Nc4? 27.Nxc4 dxc4 28.b5±
27.Nb5 Re7 28.Nf3 Bg7 29.Rc2 e5 30.Rac1 Rd8

30...exd4 31.Nbxd4 Nxd4 32.Nxd4 Rec7 33.Bh3 Rxc2 34.Rxc2 Rxc2 35.Qxc2
31.dxe5 Nxe5 32.Nxe5 Bxb5
White misevaluated this variation.
33.Bxb5 Bxe5 34.Qb3 d4
Final position

Game drawn 35. e4 g5 (only move) White's slightly better but Black should hold. ½–½

Also among the leaders is Ray Robson, who won his second round game against 2008 U.S. Junior Open Champ Maxx Coleman.
Ray Robson giving a trophy to Awonder Liang.
Photo Stan Wright


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