The 2014 national championship for players under 21, which began Friday at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, kicked off with several shocker upsets and has since proven extremely decisive -- with only four draws through 15 games.
In the second round of the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, four out of five games saw black answering in the classic resistance, though white was able to smash through all but one. GM Kayden Troff and IM Jeffrey Xiong lead the event after two rounds.
A day of decisive results marked the opening round of the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, the national title for players under 21, with all five matches finding their way to victory including two big upsets from Joshua Colas and Justus Williams.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will host the Junior Closed Championship, the premier, invitation-only tournament in the country for the nation's top rising stars.