With one round to go four players are tied for first with 3.5/6, Li, William, Brown, and Krishnan. So, if they win their last game and any playoff, they will be the champion. The top four players are playing the bottom four players. So, the number of people in first after seven rounds could be 1, 2, 3, 4, or 8. It does seem likely that there will be a playoff. It will be covered live just like the games.
The Maryland Chess Association with be hosting the 2013 US Cadet Championship from July 20-23 at the Rockville Hilton in Rockville, Maryland. The Cadet is an invitational tournament for the top US players under the age of 16. The top eight players will be playing a round robin tournament to determine the champion. The winner will receive a four-year scholarship to UMBC. In addition, the top three players will receive free entry into the Washington Internationl that starts on August 5th.
The players in this year's tournament are:
Only 105 ratings points separate the top from the bottom. So, all the games will be competitive. The games will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 20-22 and at 10 a.m. on July 23. The standings, pairings, and live games will be at http://uscadet.mdchess.com.