Awonder Liang wins again to lead US Junior Chess Championship by a full point!

US Junior Chess Championship takes place on July 12 - 21 in St Louis

With a win with the black pieces against Balakrishnan, Awonder Liang now leads the 2018 US Junior Chess Championship by a full point going into the last round tomorrow! He will have white against Chandra in the final round. A draw or win means that he will repeat as the US Junior Chess Champion!

​Standings after 8 rounds

1 Liang, Awonder 6 21.5

2 Patel, Advait 5 17.75

3 Burke, John M 4.5 18.25
Chandra, Akshat 4.5 16.75
Balakrishnan, Praveen 4.5 14.75

6 Li, Ruifeng 4 16.75
Bian, Alex 4 12

8 Brattain, Mika A 3.5 12.5

9 Tang, Andrew 2.5 9

10 Wang, Annie 1.5 6.25

The U.S. Junior Closed Chess Championship is held between 12 and 21 July 2018. On the prestigious chess tournament junior players under the age of 21 are competing for a chess prize fund of $20,600. The chess players receive 90 minutes for 40 chess moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Round 8
Balakrishnan, Praveen Liang, Awonder 0-1
Burke, John M Patel, Advait ½-½
Chandra, Akshat Brattain, Mika A 0-1
Li, Ruifeng Bian, Alex 1-0
Tang, Andrew Wang, Annie 1-0

Round 7
Brattain, Mika A Balakrishnan, Praveen ½-½
Burke, John M Li, Ruifeng 0-1
Liang, Awonder Bian, Alex 1-0
Patel, Advait Tang, Andrew ½-½
Wang, Annie Chandra, Akshat ½-½

Round 6
Balakrishnan, Praveen Wang, Annie 1-0
Bian, Alex Brattain, Mika A 1-0
Chandra, Akshat Patel, Advait 1-0
Li, Ruifeng Liang, Awonder ½-½
Tang, Andrew Burke, John M 0-1

Round 5
Brattain, Mika A Liang, Awonder 0-1
Burke, John M Chandra, Akshat ½-½
Patel, Advait Balakrishnan, Praveen ½-½
Tang, Andrew Li, Ruifeng ½-½
Wang, Annie Bian, Alex 0-1

Round 4
Balakrishnan, Praveen Burke, John M ½-½
Bian, Alex Patel, Advait 0-1
Chandra, Akshat Tang, Andrew 1-0
Li, Ruifeng Brattain, Mika A ½-½
Liang, Awonder Wang, Annie 1-0

Round 3
Burke, John M Bian, Alex 1-0
Chandra, Akshat Li, Ruifeng 1-0
Patel, Advait Liang, Awonder ½-½
Tang, Andrew Balakrishnan, Praveen 0-1
Wang, Annie Brattain, Mika A 0-1

Round 2
Balakrishnan, Praveen Chandra, Akshat ½-½
Bian, Alex Tang, Andrew 1-0
Brattain, Mika A Patel, Advait 0-1
Li, Ruifeng Wang, Annie 0-1
Liang, Awonder Burke, John M ½-½

Round 1
Balakrishnan, Praveen Li, Ruifeng ½-½
Burke, John M Brattain, Mika A ½-½
Chandra, Akshat Bian, Alex 0-1
Patel, Advait Wang, Annie 1-0
Tang, Andrew Liang, Awonder ½-½

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