Home Page arrow Chess Life Online arrow 2014 arrow August arrow A Weekend of Chess Fun: US Amateur Teams
A Weekend of Chess Fun: US Amateur Teams Print E-mail
February 15, 2013
Over President’s Day weekend (February 16-18) the “chess party of the year”, the US Amateur Team Championships, begin in four locations.

The US Amateur Team East, also known as the World Amateur Team is set in Parsippany, New Jersey. CLO coverage will include tidbits from Texas Tech Program director Al Lawrence, who will also be contributing an article for the magazine. We’ll also have US Chess Scoop coverage, featuring another video by Jason Smiles, a chess afficiando who stopped by the Amateur East for the past two years to learn about structured tournament competition and preparation.


Betsy Dynako will cover the US Amateur Team North in Schaumburg, IL for CLO and Chess Life Magazine. Find event details at the registration page and at  chessweekend.com.

Advance entries include WI Chess Academy led by GM Josh Friedel and strong youth teams such as the The Illini Schmakelers with Eric Rosen, Sam Schmakel, Michael Auger and Akshay Indusekar. The Schmakelers includes three students at The University of Illinois (Pan-American co-champs) as well as Sam Schmakel, who was just featured in a Chicago Tribune article. Darrian Robinson will lead the U of Chicago A team.  Lindenwood University will also bring two teams, while GMs Andre Diamant and Anatoly Bykhovsky of Webster University lead two teams.

Best of CLO winner Kostya Kavutskiy and WGM Anna Sharevich are both attending the USATN for Lindenwood U.

The US Amateur Team South will be held in Sunrise, Florida. Organizer Jon Haskel said, “The Presidents are waiting for the players.  No rain in the forecast, but the highs will “only” be in the 70’s.” See a list of preregistered teams here. 

CLO coverage of the South will include a piece by award-winning writer and chess Mom Melinda J. Matthews, whose son Nicky Rosenthal is participating in the fourth-seeded team. 

The U.S. Amateur Team West will be held near San Francisco in Pleasanton. Organizer Salman Azhar said, “Festivities include a scholastic one-day event as well as 2-day and 3-day schedules for the open event. There are many other teams still registering but the juniors have shown clear intentions to send a clear message to the adults in the area.”

Last year Berkeley Chess's Forfeit by Disconnection won the event. This year the two top-rated teams, Bay Area Chess BAC Attack (Wheeler, Viswanadha, Lu, Virtanen) and Sicilian Mafia (Panchanatham, Beilin, Vasudeva, Jangle), are composed of the top juniors in the area. See links to advance entries, online registration, and more info at Bay Area Chess.

If you plan to play in a US Amateur Team event, good luck! Send games and memories to [email protected] or share with us on twitter and facebook. 

August - Chess Life Online 2013

Melinda's Reflections on MadisonLabor Day Chess Madness Begins Early in Iowa US Squad Bags Bevy of Medals & Norms in Toronto 28th Samford Fellowship Announced Summers at the US Chess School: Matan on #22 Lenderman Wins, Prem Impresses at Atlantic Open Mitchell Denker, 1947-2013US Chess League Kicks Off Ninth Season Tuesday Kamsky Eliminated; Caruana Marches on Sevillano, Moradiabadi & Peters Top Latest Metropolitan InvitationalsFIDE Issues Update From Franc Guadalupe Kamsky Heads to Quarterfinals U.S. Shines at 24th NATO Chess ChampsKamsky Crushes in Round Four, Game One The August Check is in the Mail Andrew Ng: On Princeton, Entrepreneurship & Chesscademy Kamsky & Nakamura Among Final 16 in Tromso And Then There Were Two (Americans): GM Rogers on TromsoNakamura Advances, Kamsky to Tiebreak Daniel A. Steininger (1956-2013)Voices From Madison [VIDEO]Perez Wins Washington International Four Players Advance to Round Two; Ramirez Out in Armageddon Thriller The Scoop on the US Blind Championships Americans at the World Cup: Three Advance, Two to Tiebreak World Cup Underway in Norway Jamaal Abdul-Alim Chess Journalist of the Year [FULL AWARDS LIST] Mulyar Crushing in Washington International Razuvaev Memorial Kicks OffThe Scoop on Madison: The Winners Talk [VIDEO] Chess.com to Host 2013 US Chess LeagueWashington International To Feature Star US GMs US Team Bags Eight Medals at Pan Am Youth!The Scoop on the Beverly Hills Chess ClubThe Scoop on Madison: GM Hungaski