Wesley So Leads US Chess Championship 2017 after Round 4

Wesley So won with white against Alexander Onischuk in Round 4 of the US Chess Championship 2017, to take the solo lead of the tournament. Replay the game below:[replay]

The rest of the Round 4 games were drawn:

US Chess Championship 2017 Round 4 Results

1So, Wesley1-0Onischuk, Alexander
2Naroditsky, Daniel½-½Robson, Ray
3Caruana, Fabiano½-½Xiong, Jeffery
4Shankland, Samuel L½-½Zherebukh, Yaroslav
5Kamsky, Gata½-½Nakamura, Hikaru
6Shabalov, Alexander½-½Akobian, Varuzhan

This is the 60th consecutive no-loss game of Wesley So.

US Chess Championships 2017: So and Nakamura Win in the Opening Round

The US Chess Championships 2017 is an 11-round, 12-player tournament, among the very strong members of the USCF. This happens in St. Louis from 29 March to 10 April 2017.

In the opening round, we saw the top seed, Wesley So, slated against the last seed, Alexander Shabalov. So won that game. Another decisive game in Round 1 was the game of Hikaru Nakamura, playing as black, winning against Ray Robson.

US Chess Championships 2017 Round 1 Results

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Breaking Down Philippines’ Performance in World Junior Chess Championships 2016

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Paulo Bersamina

Paulo Bersamino is a Filipino International Master (IM) rated 2402 as of August 2016. He’s a member of the Philippine team going to the Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

In the recently concluded World Junior Chess Championships 2016, he played 13 games against opponents with average rating of 2376, and scored 7.5 points.

Paulo Bersamina in Round 13 of World Junior Chess Championships 2016. Photo credit: wjcc2016india.com.

Paulo Bersamina in Round 13 of World Junior Chess Championships 2016. Photo credit: wjcc2016india.com.

He had a 3-game winning streak from Rounds 9 to 11, so that at the end of Round 11, Bersamina was actually running tied at 4th to 7th place. But he lost to the ultimate champion, Jeffery Xiong, in Round 12 and to Yinglun Xu of China in Round 13, and thus settled for 19th place at the end of the tournament.

The following is the breakdown of the games of IM Paulo Bersamina in World Junior Chess Championships 2016:

World Junior Chess Championship 2016 Final Results

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Jeffery Xiong dominates the Open Section

Leading to the final round, Round 13, Jeffery Xiong of the United States was already a clear winner of the event.

He dominated the event all throughout with eight wins and five draws. Thus, he is now the youngest player to win the World Junior Chess Championship title.

The top-seeded Russian GM Vladislav Artemiev came in closest with 1 full point behind, 9.5 points.

Replay all the games in the Open Section.


The winners of World Junior Chess Championships 2016 Open Division: Vladislav Artemiev (Runner Up), Jeffery Xiong (Champion), and Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna (2nd Runner Up). Photo credit: wjcc2016india.com.

Final ranking of the Open section follows:

US Chess Championship 2016 Final Standings

Fabiano Caruana wins his last game against IM Akshat Chandra to establish a full point solo lead at the recently concluded US Chess Championship 2016.

Final Standings - US Chess Championship 2016

Final Standings – US Chess Championship 2016

Wesley So settled for 2nd place where he shared the score 7.5 with Hikaru Nakamura.