Friday, June 10, 2011

USA Junior Closed Championship Set for Saint Louis

The 10-player field has been set for the 2011 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, scheduled to be held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis June 16-26. The Junior Closed Championship is the most prestigious tournament in the nation for the country’s top emerging talent, and this year’s field is led by 2011 U.S. Championship participant and International Master Daniel Naroditsky.

Nine other competitors including FM John Bryant, 13-year-old NM Kayden Troff and IM Conrad Holt, who earned his final IM norm after a stellar showing at the Chicago Open, will compete in a nine-round, round-robin tournament to determine the champion.

The winner of the U.S. Junior Closed Championship will receive an invitation to the 2012 U.S. Championship and the 2011 World Junior Championship, scheduled to be held in August in Chennai, India.

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