U.S. Nationals in progress!

FIDE Grand Prix 2008

The U.S. National H.S. Championships are underway and a star-studded field is led by Marc Arnold (2406). Many of the top players are state champions, Denker/Polgar representatives, or All-Americans.

Jimmy Canty III (2130, pictured right) and Kayin Barclay (2091) are playing as well as Medina Parilla (1982) and Darrian Robinson (1889) are also playing. The individual points are added for teammates to get the overall team score.

Standings: https://main.uschess.org/tournaments/2008/hs/?pg=results

Frank Johnson ( https://www.shootfilm.net) will be sending photos.


  1. Here’s a wild game from Canty. He lost, but there has to be something here!

    National High School Championships, Atlanta, 2008

    White: Canty, James (2130)
    Black: Yeager, Daniel A (2343)

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.c3 Ngf6 5.Qe2 a6 6.Ba4 e6 7.O-O Be7 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 d5 10.e5 Ne4 11.Ne1 h6 12.Bc2 f5 13.Qh5+ Kf8 14.f3 Ng5 15.g4 Qb6 16.f4 Qxd4+ 17.Kh1 Ne4 18.gxf5 exf5 19.e6 g6 20.Qxg6 Qf6 21.Qh5 Qxe6 22.Nc3 Ndf6 23.Qh3 d4 24.Nxe4 fxe4 25.f5 Qc4 26.Bb3 Qe2 27.Nc2 Bc5 28.Bxh6+ Ke7 29.Rae1 Qd2 30.Rxe4+ Nxe4 31.Qh4+ Kd7 32.Be6+ Kc7 33.Bf4+ Kb6 34.Qxh8 Bxe6 35.Qxa8 Ng3+ 36.Kg1 d3+ 37.Be3 Bxe3+ 38.Nxe3 Qxe3+ 39.Rf2 Ne4 40.Qd8+ Ka7 41.Qh4 d2 0-1

    Kayin plays 1.e3. I’m not sure how he will fare with this repertoire once he becomes a Master and faces strong competition.

    White: Barclay, Kayin (2091)
    Black: Lu, Edward J (2203)

    1.e3 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.b3 g6 4.Bb2 Bg7 5.g4 h6 6.h3 Nc6 7.d4 Ne4 8.Nbd2 Qa5 9.c4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Nxd4 11.exd4 Nc3 12.Qc2 Bxd4 13.Bxc3 Qxc3 14.Qxc3 Bxc3 15.O-O-O d6 16.Bg2 Be5 17.Rhe1 h5 18.g5 h4 19.Nf3 Bf4+ 20.Kb2 Rh5 21.Rd4 Bxg5 22.Nxg5 Rxg5 23.Bh1 Rf5 24.Rxh4 Rxf2+ 25.Ka3 Kd7 26.Rh7 Rb8 27.Bd5 Ke8 28.Rh8+ Kd7 29.Rh7 b5 30.cxb5 Rxb5 31.Bxf7 Re5 32.Rxe5 dxe5 33.Bxg6 Bb7 34.Rh4 Rf4 35.Rh5 Kd6 36.Rh8 e4 37.Rd8+ Ke6 38.Rd2 Rh4 39.Be8 e3 40.Bd7+ Ke5 41.Re2 Kf4 42.Kb2 Kf3 43.Bb5 a6 44.Bd3 Rd4 0-1

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  2. Canty saved a crazy game. He looked busted… finished on +4. Kayin Barclay lost again with 1.e3 which turned into a Bird-Larsen Attack. Kayin moved his knights about the board, but Wong traded down and got strong initiative on the g-file. I thought Wong was clearly winning, but he may have misplayed the ending. In a complicated ending, Wong sacrificed a knight for two pawns and started rolling his connected pawns. Apparently, Barclay flagged in a winning position.

    [Event “National High School Championship”]
    [Site “Atlanta”]
    [Date “2008.04.20”]
    [Round “7”]
    [White “Canty, James”]
    [Black “Parry, Matt J”]
    [Result “1/2-1/2”]
    [WhiteELO “2130”]
    [BlackELO “2328”]
    [Source “MonRoi”]

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.O-O Nf6 5.Re1 d6 6.h3 O-O 7.c3 Bb6 8.d4 h6 9.Qd3 Qe7 10.Nbd2 Nh5 11.Nf1 Qf6 12.Ne3 Ne7 13.Nc2 Ng6 14.Nh2 Nhf4 15.Qg3 exd4 16.cxd4 Bxd4 17.Nxd4 Qxd4 18.Bb3 Qf6 19.Bd2 Be6 20.Bd1 Qg5 21.Re3 d5 22.h4 Nxh4 23.Qxg5 hxg5 24.Bg4 Bxg4 25.Nxg4 Nhxg2 26.Rg3 dxe4 27.Rxg2 Nxg2 28.Kxg2 f5 29.Ne5 Rfe8 30.Bc3 Rad8 31.Nc4 Kf7 32.Na5 b5 33.Nc6 Rd5 34.a4 Ra8 35.Nb4 Rd6 36.axb5 g6 37.Rh1 Ke6 38.Rh7 Rd7 39.Rh6 Rg8 40.Nc6 Kd5 41.Nxa7 Kc5 42.Nc6 Kxb5 43.Ne5 Rd6 44.Rh7 c6 45.Rb7 Ka6 46.Rc7 Kb6 47.Re7 Kc5 48.Nd7 Kc4 49.Ne5 Kb3 50.Rc7 f4 51.Nxc6 e3 52.Rb7 {Here I thought white was winning after 52.Nd4+ but it’s easy to see when you’re not at the board sweating.} 52…Kc2 53.Nb4 Kd1 54.Ra7 Ke2 55.fxe3 1/2-1/2

    [Event “National High School Championship”]
    [Site “Atlanta”]
    [Date “2008.04.20”]
    [Round “7”]
    [White “Barclay, Kayin”]
    [Black “Wong, Nathan”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [WhiteELO “2091”]
    [BlackELO “1794”]
    [Source “MonRoi”]

    1.e3 d5 2.Nc3 c6 3.b3 f5 4.f4 Nf6 5.Ba3 Nbd7 6.Nf3 g6 7.Ng5 Nb6 8.h4 h6 9.Nf3 Rg8 10.Ne2 Qc7 11.Ned4 Bd7 12.Bd3 h5 13.Ng5 Ne4 14.Bxe4 fxe4 15.d3 Bg4 16.Qd2 exd3 17.Qxd3 Qd7 18.O-O Bf5 19.Qd2 O-O-O 20.Nf7 Re8 21.Ne5 Qc7 22.Qa5 Kb8 23.Bc5 Nc8 24.Qe1 Bg7 25.Nxf5 gxf5 26.Bd4 Nd6 27.c4 e6 28.c5 Ne4 29.b4 Bf6 30.Rb1 Qg7 31.Rb2 Ka8 32.Rf3 Qe7 33.Rh3 Rg3 34.Nf3 Rxh3 35.gxh3 Rg8 36.Kh2 Bxd4 37.exd4 Qg7 38.Re2 Kb8 39.Qg1 Qg3 40.Qxg3 Rxg3 41.Ng5 Rd3 42.Nxe6 b6 43.Rg2 bxc5 44.Rg8 Kb7 45.Rg7 Ka6 46.Nc7 Kb6 47.dxc5 Nxc5 48.bxc5 Kxc5 49.Rg5 Rd2 50.Kg1 Rxa2 51.Rxh5 Kc4 52.Rh6 c5 53.Rd6 d4 54.h5 Re2 55.Re6 Kd3 56.Rxe2 Kxe2 57.h6 d3 58.Nd5 c4 59.h7 0-1

    Game (Monroi): https://monroi.com/watch/?tnm_id=1036#

  3. Interesting win by Barclay… mate on the board!

    [Event “National High School Championship”]
    [Site “Atlanta”]
    [Date “2008.04.19”]
    [Round “4”]
    [White “Tan, Derek J”]
    [Black “Barclay, Kayin”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [WhiteELO “2201”]
    [WhiteTitle “”]
    [BlackELO “2091”]
    [BlackTitle “”]
    [Source “MonRoi”]

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Qf6 4.d3 h6 5.Nc3 c6 6.Ne2 Bg4 7.Ng3 Nd7 8.Qe2 Ne7 9.h3 Bxf3 10.gxf3 d5 11.Bb3 g6 12.c3 Bg7 13.Bd2 Nc5 14.Bc2 Ne6 15.O-O-O d4 16.Kb1 O-O-O 17.c4 h5 18.h4 Bh6 19.Bxh6 Rxh6 20.Rdg1 Rhh8 21.Bd1 Kb8 22.Qd2 Nc8 23.Ne2 Nb6 24.Rg3 Nd7 25.Bc2 Rhe8 26.b4 Nf4 27.c5 Nf8 28.Bb3 Re7 29.Bc4 b5 30.Bb3 Nxe2 31.Qxe2 Qf4 32.Kc2 Rdd7 33.Qd2 Ne6 34.Bxe6 Qxd2 35.Kxd2 Rxe6 36.f4 Rf6 37.Rf3 exf4 38.Rg1 a5 39.a3 axb4 40.axb4 Ra7 41.Kc2 Ra2 42.Kb3 Rd2 43.Ra1 Kb7 44.Re1 Re6 45.Rxf4 Rxd3 46.Kc2 Rc3 47.Kd2 Re7 48.Rb1 Kb8 49.f3 Ra7 50.Rb2 Ra1 51.e5 Rh1 52.Rxd4 Rxf3 53.Rc2 Kc7 54.Ke2 Rf5 55.Re4 Rh2 56.Kd3 Rf3 57.Kd4 Rxc2 58.e6 Rd2 0-1

    Game (Monroi): https://monroi.com/watch/?tnm_id=1036#

  4. Thanks Daaim,
    Despite his opponent’s blunder at the end, Kayin played a very nice positional game. Good job Kayin…


  5. It’s great to have these two young brothers coming up. I need to get some of Medina Parrilla and Darrian Robinson’s games. Can’t forget them!

    Where’s Tapiwa Gwaze these days? William Lopes? Ahmoad Ware? They all did well in U.S. Nationals but have all but disappeared. Canty reminds me a lot of Ware. Same strength, speed, style and swagger.


    Kayin Barclay
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    Jimmy Canty III
    Copyright © 2008 Frank Johnson/Shootfilm.net

    Medina Parrilla
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  7. I had the pleasure of playing James while he was in Atlanta. The brother is officially strong. Last year he visited and I broke even with him. I believe the score was 5-5 or maybe 5-4 his way or something like that. This trip the score was a ridiculous 20-2. I may be exaggerating a little bit but the number of losses I racked up was a record for me personally.

    I wish the brother much success in his future chess endeavors and look forward to him making master and more.

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