GOTW: Y.Zhang - Josh Doknjas, 2019 NAYCC, Kingston

The 2019 North American Youth Chess Championship was played at Queens University in Kingston, ON, August 17-20, 2019. It determined the North American Champhionships in U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18 age categories in both Open and Girls sections.

The biggest prizes were FIDE titles and Norms:

  • U18 played for IM and WIM titles for the winners and FM titles and IM Norms for 2nd and 3rd.
  • U16 IM Norms and FM titles
  • U14 and U12 winners get the FM or WFM title

Going into the final round there was a six-way tie atop the U18: Alexander Costello (US), Eugene Hua (CAN), Weley Wang (US), Joshua Doknjas (CAN), Maili-Jade Ouellet (CAN) and Yuanchen Zhang (CAN), each with 6/8.

Maili-Jade was one of several girls who opted to play in the Open section, and started with 4/4 before losing to Costello. Another was Carissa Yip (US), who had 5.5/8 going into the last round.


photo by Victoria Doknjas shows the top three finishers in the U18: Joshua Doknjas, Alexander Costello, and Wesley Wang, all with 7/9.

The following was one of the five final round games shown live via DGT. It's the final round and there's an IM title on the line... 


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