A record-breaking 357 players from the United States, Canada and Mexico descended on the historic American Revolution town of Morristown, NJ, to compete in the North American Youth Chess Championships from July 12th to 16th.
Sponsored by the Continental Chess Association’s Darcy Lima and the International Chess School’s Michael Khodarkovsky, the tournament has 12 sections with girls and open sections from under 8 to under 18.
After three rounds in the Under 16 Open, only the 5th and 6th ranked players had perfect scores: Experts Joshua Doknjas and Christopher Yoo. In the Under 18 Open, only the two top rated players had perfect scores: FM Bryce Tiglon (2357) and FM Olivier-Kenta Chiku-Ratte (2444). At there are eight players over 2300 in that section, it promises do be an exciting finish.
The Under 18 Girls section has five WFMs, but the leader is a 1737 rated Evelyn Zhou with a perfect 3-score.
After a registration mix-up in the first round that was resolved, the tournament has run seamlessly. International Arbiters Steve Doyle, Eduard Duchovny and Ken Ballou have a staff of New Jersey State Chess Federation officers and staff: Hal Sprechman, Jim Mullanaphy, Jabari McGreen and Noreen Davisson. Noreen posted an amusing overheard conversation on one of the truly little kid boards: “Is it your move or my move?” “How should I know?”