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By Patricia K Smith   
October 24, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Official Press Release - Updated 24 October 2012
24 October 2012 Contact: Susan Houston
USCF Scholastic Associate
Press Release #52 of 2012 [email protected]



2013 All-America Chess Team Announced



(Crossville, TN) The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is pleased to announce the 2013 All-America Team sponsored by Trophies Plus. Team members will receive their Team Jackets and plaques at the 2012 National K-12 Grade Championship to be held this November in Orlando, FL.

The All-America Team was created in 1987 to honor the very best players ages 18 and under. The team, one of the highest national honors attainable by a young chess player, is selected on the basis of age, rating, and activities during that year, similar to the selection process of “all conference” sports teams. This year’s candidates were selected based on their age as of January 1, 2012, and their peak post-tournament rating from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. Since this award is a “post-season” selection, the minimum rating limits in each age group are reviewed annually by the USCF staff and the USCF Scholastic Council.

The All-America Team is sponsored by Trophies Plus of Templeton, Iowa. Trophies Plus has sponsored the team since 2004. In addition to the support provided for this award, Jim Jensen, owner of Trophies Plus, provides trophies for national tournaments as well as post-tournament trophy shipping. The USCF is proud to have Trophies Plus as a part of scholastic chess by sponsoring this year’s All-America Team. You can visit Trophies Plus at their website: www.trophiesplus.com or call them at 800-397-9993.

The United States Chess Federation wishes to congratulate each of the fifty-one members of this year’s All-America Team for receiving this prestigious award!

2013 USCF All-America Team Sponsored by Trophies Plus:

Age 18 (minimum peak rating 2450)
  • Conrad Holt, KS
  • Victor C. Shen, NJ

Age 17 (minimum peak rating 2400)
  • Ray Robson, FL
  • William Fisher, NY

Age 16 (minimum peak rating 2350)
  • Daniel A. Naroditsky, CA
  • Robert Perez, FL

Age 15 (minimum peak rating 2300)
  • Darwin Yang, TX
  • Aleksandr Ostrovskiy, NY
  • Atulya Arya Shetty, MI
  • David Todd Adelberg, AZ
  • Sean Vibbert, IN

Age 14 (minimum peak rating 2250)
  • Micheal H. Bodek, NY
  • Arthur Shen, NJ
  • Yian Liou, CA
  • Michael William Brown, CA
  • Kevin Wang, MD
  • Varun Krishnan, CA
  • David Hua, NJ
  • Daniel Gurevich, GA
  • Sarah Chiang, TX

Age 13 (minimum peak rating 2250)
  • Kayden W. Troff, UT
  • Christopher Gu, RI
  • Luke Harmon-Vellotti, ID
  • Christopher Wu, NJ
  • James A. Black, Jr., NY
  • Justus D. Williams, NY
  • Joshua Colas, NY
  • Mika Andrew Brattain, MA
  • Kapil Chandran, CT

Age 12 (minimum peak rating 2150)
  • Andrew Tang, MN
  • Dachey Lin, TX
  • Kesav Viswanadha, CA
  • Simone Liao, CA

Age 11 (minimum peak rating 2150)
  • Jeffrey Xiong, TX
  • Samuel Sevian, CA
  • Jonathan Chiang, TX
  • Tommy O. He, TX
  • Cameron Wheeler, CA
  • Roland Feng, WA
  • Kiana Arab, AZ

Age 10 (minimum peak rating 2050)
  • Ruifeng Li, TX
  • Albert Lu, CA
  • Bovey Liu, TX
  • Nicholas De T. Checa, NY
  • Tanuj Vasudeva, CA
  • Brandon Nydick, NY

Age 9 (minimum peak rating 1900)
  • Praveen Balakrishnan, NJ
  • Trung Nguyen, VA
  • Rayan Taghizadeh, CA
  • Aravind Kumas, NJ
  • Andrew Lewis Titus, MN
  • Annie Wang, CA
  • Andrew Zheng, MD
  • Marcus Ming Miyasaka, NY
  • Advait Patel, WV
  • Luke Bohua Xie, OH
  • David Brodsky, NY

Age 8 & Under (minimum peak rating 1800)
  • Awonder Liang, WI
  • David Tianjian Peng, IL
  • Christopher Yo-Shuo Shen, OH
  • Tan Nguyen, VA
  • Brian Fanyuan Gu, TX
  • Thomas Eberling, NJ
  • Carissa Shiwen Yip, MA


The United States Chess Federation (USCF), founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is now headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee. USCF is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. The USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization with over 80,000 members. For additional information on the USCF see: www.uschess.org.