Thursday, August 6

Kyle Shin Plays GM Alexandra Kosteniuk

Bay Area 11-year old Kyle Shin got the pairing of his life today at the US Open in Indianapolis. In round 2 of the 4-day schedule, he played one on one against Women's World Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk! Reportedly, Kyle (now rated 2095) even had a decent position, attracting an audience that included several titled players. At the end, the World Champion prevailed against the National 5th Grade Champion. Nonetheless, it was quite a memorable experience for Kyle's first tournament game against a Grandmaster! (Photos taken by Kyle's father.)

Quote from Kosteniuk's chess blog: "The second game was one the toughest of the tournament. I played Black against a talented young boy Kyle Shin."

Check back on Friday for further updates from the US Open, including how Evan Sandberg finished in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions.

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