Young Leads Junior; Holt on Top at Cadets
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 15, 2008
Update: 6/19/08 Conrad Holt  wins Cadet. In the U.S. Junior, Tyler Hughes beat Young in the final round and won on tiebreak. Full story coming soon.

After four rounds of the U.S. Junior and Cadets in Lindsborg, Kansas (June 14-18), Gregory Young leads the Junior with 3/3 while Conrad Holt is on top at the Cadets with 3/3. Both tournaments feature odd-numbered fields. The Junior has only five players after Robby Adamson's slight favorite, Chris Williams dropped just before the tournament began. It will be run as a double round robin. The Cadet has seven players; keep the odd numbers in mind when judging the standings.

U.S. Junior Championship

Standings after 4 rounds
1. Gregory Young-3/3
2. Tyler Hughes-2/3
3. Daniel Yeager- 2/4
4. Bradley Sawyer-1/3
5. Edward Lu- 0/3

U.S. Cadet Championships

Standings after 4 rounds
1. Conrad Holt-3/3

2. Deepak Aaron-2.5/4
3. Shvartsman-2/4
4-5. Richard Tuhrim and Darwin Yang-1.5/3
6. Alex Markobitz-1/4
7. Patrick Tae-0.5/4

 Gregory Young of California has torn through the Junior field so far. His crucial win against top seed Daniel Yeager featured an endgame imbalance in an unusual position in which the bishops turn out to be helpless against mating nets combined with two strong rooks.


In the Cadets, Conrad Holt is on a perfect 3/3. His wins include the following victory over the young top seed, Darwin Yang.


Darwin started out poorly but came back to life with a victory over Deepak Aaron, who was on 2.5/3 before this game:


 Be sure to read
Robby Adamson's predictions story if you haven't already. Also catch the action live on and check Michael Aigner's blog for "f-pawn's" thoughts and analysis.