U.S. Junior Closed Championship
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will host the U.S. Junior Closed Championship for the third consecutive year July 10 -15. The top Junior players in the nation will duke it out for the title of U.S.Junior Champion, $18,000 in prizes and a highly coveted invitation to the 2013 U.S. Championship.
STL prodigy Kevin Cao, …will compete against 15 of the top chess players in the country under the age of 21 .
With a draw in the final round(9)Young takes the first-place prize of $3,000 and receives an invitation to the 2012 U.S. Chess Championship
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 b5 8. O-O Be7 9. Qf3 Qc7 10. Qg3 O-O 11. Bh6 Ne8 12. Rad1 Bd7 13. f4 Nc6 14. Nxc6 Bxc6 15. f5 Kh8 16. fxe6 gxh6 17. Rxf7 Rxf7 18. exf7 Ng7 19. Rf1 Qa7+ 20. Kh1 Rf8 21. Nd5 Bxd5 22. Bxd5 Qd4 23. c3 Qd2 24. Qg4 h5 25. Qd7 Qg5 26. g3 h4 27. Rg1 Qe5 28. gxh4 Bxh4 29. Qg4 Bf6 30. Rg3 h5 31. Qg6 Qf4 32. e5 Bxe5 33. Be4 Qxe4+ 34. Qxe4 Rxf7 35. Rf3 Re7 36. Rf8# 1-0
Players under the age of 21 will compete at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis June 16-26 for the title of U.S. Junior Champion and an automatic bid to both the World Junior Championship and the 2012 U.S. Championship.
The 2011 U.S. Junior Championship will feature a prize fund of more than $10,000.