Carissa Yip wins 2020 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship

by André Schulz
10/12/2020 – From October 8 to October 29, the St. Louis Chess Club organizes the U.S. Championships, but this year all Championship tournaments are played online and in rapid format. The series began with the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, and with a smooth and convincing performance Carissa Yip won the tournament and her third title in a row.

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The U.S. Championships 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all Championship tournament are played online, a first in the long history of U.S. Championships. However, all Championship tournaments still have a very attractive prize fund.

Schedule:

Girls' Junior Championship

October 9 - 11
$10,300 Prize Fund
$6,000 Scholarship for Winner

Junior Championship

October 13 - 15
$20,600 Prize Fund
$6,000 Scholarship for Winner

Senior Championship

Oktober 17 - 19
$50,000 Prize Fund

Women's Championship

October 21 - 24
$100,000 Prize Fund

Chess Championship

October 26 - 29
$150,000 Prize Fund

Girls' Championship

With Carrisa Yip (6th in the girls' world rankings), Annie Wang (10th), and reigning U.S. Women's Champion Jennifer Yu (23rd), the U.S. Chess Federation has three very strong young talents in the girls' world rankings. All three took part in this year's Girls' Junior Championship and all three were considered to have good chances to win the title.

But it was defending champion Carissa Yip, the winner of the previous Girls' Junior Championships, who soon dominated the tournament. On day 1 she started with one win and two draws, and on day 2 she scored 2½/3, defeated co-favourite Annie Wang, and after six rounds was clear first with 4½/6.

Yip against Wu

However, on day 3, the 17-year scored even better and won all of her three games to become U.S. Girls' Junior Champion 2020. Annie Wang finished second, Rochelle won bronze, and Jennifer Yu finished fourth.

Final standings

Rank Name Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score
1 IM Yip, Carissa 2421 x 1  1  1  1  ½  ½  1  ½  1  7.5
2 IM Wang, Annie 2384 0  x ½  1  1  0  ½  1  1  1  6.0
3 WIM Wu, Rochelle 2029 0  ½  x 0  1  ½  ½  1  1  1  5.5
4 FM Yu, Jennifer 2315 0  0  1  x 1  1  ½  ½  0  1  5.0
5 FM Cervantes Landeiro, Thalia 2311 0  0  0  0  x 1  1  1  1  1  5.0
6 WIM Nguyen, Emily 2280 ½  1  ½  0  0  x ½  1  1  0  4.5
7 WCM Yan, Ruiyang 2093 ½  ½  ½  ½  0  ½  x ½  0  1  4.0
8 WFM Samadashvili, Martha 2215 0  0  0  ½  0  0  ½  x 1  ½  2.5
9 WFM Morris-Suzuki, Sophie 2043 ½  0  0  1  0  0  1  0  x 0  2.5
10 WCM Lee, Alice 1967 0  0  0  0  0  1  0  ½  1  x 2.5

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André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.

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