The action heated up today in the 2012 U.S. Junior Closed Championship as players once again demonstrated their fighting spirit. Pre-tournament favorites Conrad Holt, Darwin Yang and Marc Arnold hover near the top of the field.
The winners for the the 2012 U.S. Championships Fantasy Chess promotion have been announced! Thanks to all who participated, and congrats to Toby Boas who narrowly edged out the competition on tiebreaks!
IM Irina Krush defeated IM Anna Zatonskih in a rapid playoff to clinch her fourth U.S. Women's Championship title. Krush won the first game handily, and took advantage of time-pressure blunder by Zatonskih to seal the victory.
GM Hikaru Nakamura scored a huge victory in round 10 over GM Gata Kamsky, then bested GM Yasser Seirawan in the final round to seal the deal. IMs Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih both won as well to force a playoff.
Yasser Seirawan got all he could handle from Gata Kamsky who is now in sole possession of first place. In the U.S. Women's field, both Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih won to maintain a tie with one round to go.