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NM Aristo S. Liu has posted some strong showings as of late. In mid-December, he tallied 5 wins and 2 draws in the National K-12 Grade Level Championship, Grade 8, in Tennessee; next he scored 3 wins and 1 loss in the December 2016 Mustard Seed Tournament, Open Section; then 3 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw in the Akron Chess Club Tournament, Open Section on January 8; followed by 3 wins and 1 loss in the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Chess Tournament for a 5-way tie for second in the Championship Section on January 21.
In the 2017 Ohio Cardinal, Open Section round 1, NM Liu notched a win against NM Mika Brattain, the 2016 Ohio Champion. In round 2, he played as Black against GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez of Missouri, ranked sixth in the state. Play was even up to move 20, then drifted from slightly better to clearly better for Black by move 35. White's move 37 is definitely bad, and from there Black was able to take full advantage of further inaccuracies by White through move 50 to claim a full point. Both players finished the 2017 Ohio Cardinal with 3.5 points.