Tuesday, June 13, 2017

West Orange CC Champion Jason Lu

Congratulations to 11-year-old Jason Lu [pictured, left], the 2017 West Orange Chess Club champion!

He is the youngest champion by far in the 40 year history of the WOCC championship.  First prize was split between Jason, Peter Radomskyj, and Lev Zilbermintz.  But there can be only one club champion.

After a champion wasn't determined in the first stage of the tiebreak playoff at game/100 with 5 second delay, Jason won the next stage at game/30 with 5 second delay against his two much more highly experienced opponents.

And this came the day after finishing second (tied for first, but finished second on tiebreaks) at the three day U.S. Amateur East tournament, including his sixth and final round game on Monday which he won in 6 hours and 13 minutes!

Once again congrats to 2017 WOCC champion Jason Lu on a phenomenal display of chess!