Over 200 Chess Enthusiasts Battled at the 2007 U.S. Junior Chess Congress

Contact: Joan DuBois
February 27, 2007
Press Release #2 of 2007

The 2007 U.S. Junior Chess Congress was held in Anderson, Indiana for the second straight year over the weekend of February 10-11. Over 200 participants dodged the snowstorms and crowded East Side Middle School for the six round event.

Winning the 18 & under section was Travis Blazer from Anderson Highland High School. Travis won the section by edging out top-seeded Boris Xu on tiebreaks. Lafayette Jefferson High School pulled away late to take the team crown.

The 16 & under competitors were combined with the 18 & under and dominated the weekend. Evan Hanley finished first on tiebreaks with five wins. The next three finishers all represented Canterbury School, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, who were never challenged for the team prize.

The 14 & under section featured the first perfect score as top-seeded Akash Umakantha won the section a whole point ahead of second. The Knightmare Chess Club from Columbus, Ohio won the team prize, followed by the host, East Side Middle School, in second.

Click here to read the full press release by the USCF.

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