Naroditsky Crowned King of 2013 U.S. Junior Closed

On Sunday, IM Daniel Naroditsky went clutch to win his final game of the 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Championship proving, once again, that slow and steady wins the race.

Naroditsky, Harmon-Vellotti Tied Heading into Final Round

IM Daniel Naroditsky and FM Luke Harmon-Vellotti are tied for first with one round to go, but FM Sam Sevian lurks just a half point behind the leaders.

Unbeaten Naroditsky Leads U.S. Junior Closed

Naroditsky entered as the tournament’s highest-rated player and has played like it. As the last player standing without a loss, his approach to the tournament has been systematic.

Harmon-Vellotti Leads Again at U.S. Junior Closed

FM Luke Harmon-Vellotti is back in clear first with 4.5/6, after the other co-leaders heading into round 6, IM Daniel Naroditsky and Robert Perez, failed to win.

Logjam Atop Leaderboard at U.S. Junior Closed

Today marks the players’ rest day, and seven of the ten players still sit within a point of each other, now with three tied atop the standings at 3.5/5 points.

Naroditsky Clear First at U.S. Junior Closed Championship

FM Luke Harmon-Vellotti entered atop the standings with 2.5/3 points, but he fell in glorious fashion to FM Samuel Sevian in round 4. The full-point victory was one of four on the day, with only one draw.

Top 2 in World, Top 2 in U.S. Battle for Sinquefield Cup

The World’s No. 1 ranked player, GM Magnus Carlsen, will battle GMs Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky for the Sinquefield Cup, September 9-15.

Harmon-Vellotti tops Shetty to take lead at U.S. Juniors

Round 3 featured defeats of IM Victor Shen and FM Atulya Shetty, who had been the early frontrunners of the tournament heading into Sunday, and points on the board for both FM Jeffrey Xiong and WFM Sarah Chiang.

Shen, Shetty Lead After 2 at U.S. Junior Closed

After a completely decisive first round on Friday at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, four out of five games on Saturday featured identical-score matchups, ensuring some early separation in the rankings.

No Draws in Round 1 of U.S. Junior Closed Championship

At the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, a decisive round 1 saw four of the five players playing white emerge victorious at the 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Championship.