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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mackenzie Molner
It was a popular win as Wisconsin GM Josh Friedel took top honors at the just-concluded 114th U.S. Open that wrapped up Sunday evening in the state capital of Madison.
While much of the rest of the world is checking out vacation schedules and beach condo rental rates, the U.S. chess world is gearing up for perhaps its busiest stretch of the year, with tournaments galore in the coming days to keep a columnist busy.
New York master Marc Tyler Arnold is the new U.S. junior champion, having edged young Florida FM Ray Robson by a half point in the 10-player invitational that ended yesterday in Tampa, Fla.
Friedel finished in a three-way tie for first with Texas GM Julio Sadorra and Arizona IM Mackenzie Molner at 8-1, then defeated Molner in a playoff game to claim the trophy and the guaranteed spot in next year's U.S. championship tournament.