(Playing room at the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess in Lindsborg, Kansas.)
San Francisco middle school student NM Gregory Young has taken command of the US Junior Championship with a perfect 3.0/3 score. He won two games with the black pieces today, first against top rated FM Daniel Yeager of Pennsylvania and later against Bradley Sawyer of Texas. Gregory achieved an opening advantage in the evening contest, but let it slip between moves 36 and 38, only to have his opponent blunder on move 46.
With four of the ten rounds in the books, Gregory sits in clear 1st, a full point ahead of the field. However, he faces a critical test on Monday morning as white against his closest competitor: Tyler Hughes of Colorado. You may follow the game live on MonRoi website beginning at 8:00am Pacific. Best of luck from the California peanut gallery!
US Junior after Round 4: Gregory Young 3.0/3, Tyler Hughes 2.0/3, Daniel Yeager 2.0/4, Bradley Sawyer 1.0/3, Edward Lu 0.0/3
US Cadet after Round 4: Conrad Holt 3.0/3, Andrew Shvartsman 3.0/4, Deepak Aaron 2.5/4, Darwin Yang 1.5/3, Richard Tuhrim 1.5/3, Alex Markovitz 1.5/4, Patrick Tae 0.5/3