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Team USA Heads to South Africa for World Youth Print E-mail
By Jerry Nash   
September 17, 2014
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The 2014 World Youth Chess Championships in Durban, South Africa, are from September 19th–30th. The US delegation has 70 players with a total of 163 people. 

US coach GM Ben Finegold, who will be contributing some reports on the event, told CLO, "I arrived 3 days early, and I can tell it will be the best World Youth ever! Best hotel, best buffet, best view, and everyone I have met has been exceedingly nice and helpful. The trip was simply fantastic all the way from JFK to my hotel room on the Indian Ocean." 

Find the full list of players, coaches and captains below and follow along on the official website. Good luck to team USA! 

Heads of Delegation, Coaches, USCF Official
 
Michael Khodarkovsky           HOD/Coach
Aviv Friedman            HOD/Coach
Armen Ambartsoumian           Coach
Andranik Matikozyan Coach
Sam Palatnik   Coach
John Fedorowicz         Coach
Nick deFirmian           Coach
Ben Finegold  Coach
Francisco Guadalupe  USCF Official
 
Players (OR = Official Representative; PR = Personal Rights)
 
Girls Under 8
 
Rianne Ke CA OR
Rochelle Wu AL
Aksithi Eswaran CA
 
Girls Under 10
 
Martha Samadashvili NY PR
Evelyn Zhu NY OR
Aasa Dommalapati VA
Sheena Zeng KS
Katherene Qi NY
Nastassja Matus MN
Sadie Edelman CT
Laine Massick OH
Claire Cao PA
 
Girls Under 12
 
Jennifer Yu VA OR
Akshita Gorti VA
Camille Kao TX
Naomi Bashkansky WA
Chenyi Zhao CA
Ritika Pandey WI
Sanjana Vittal NJ
Ramitha Ravishankar NJ
 
Girls Under 14
 
Ashritha Eswaran CA OR
Priya Trakru TX
Katherine Davis NY
Tianhui Jie FL
Soumya Kulkarni MI
 
Girls Under 16

Apurva Virkud MI OR
Agata Bykovtsev CA PR
Rachael Eng AZ
Shaileja Jain CA
 
Girls Under 18

Jessica Regam PA OR
 
Open Under 8

Arthur Guo GA PR
Andrew Tang TX OR
Rohun Trakru TX
Rithik Polavaram TX
Justin Friedlander AZ
Pranav Prem VA
Jason Yu WA
Nathaniel Shuman NY
Davis Zong NY
Shelev Oberoi TX
Nico Chasin NY
Lucas Foerster-Yialamas NY
Eric Zhang WA
 
Open Under 10

Aydin Turgut IL OR
Christopher Shen OH PR
Andrew Hong CA
Wesley Wang NY
Maximillian Lu CT
Cole Frutos TX
Daniel Levkov NY
 
Open Under 12
 
Awonder Liang WI PR
Praveen Balakrishnan NJ OR
Aravind Kumar NJ
Rayan Taghizadeh CA
David Peng IL PR
David Brodsky NY
Marcus Miyasaka NY
Ryan Xu VA
Justin Paul VA
Hans Niemann CA
Andrew Roach UT
 
Open Under 14

Craig Hilby CA 0R
Vignesh Panchanatham CA PR
Bryce Tiglon WA
Angel Hernandez-Camen PA
Brandon Nydick NY
 
Open Under 16

Kapil Chandran CT OR
Edward Song MI
Christopher Wu NJ
 
Open Under 18

Atulya Shetty MI OR
 
 
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