Justus Williams recently scored a respectable 5.5/9 at the U.S. Masters. As the only scholastic player and of African descent, he was certainly getting some attention. He had a performance rating of 2184 and defeated a couple of Masters. His mother gave The Chess Drum the following message:
He got off with a rough start losing rds 1 and 2. After calling me and begging me to allow him to re-enter, he went on to have a pretty good result. At one point he was tied for first place and at the end of the tournament he finished with 4th place and the u2300 prize which was fantastic considering the strength of the opponents.
This is one of Justus’ strongest performances to date. The Scholastic All-American will compete in the World Youth Championships later in the year.