Players Qualify for 2011 World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil
By Jerry Nash   
Official Press Release
3 June 2011

Contact: Jerry Nash
USCF National Education Consultant
jnash@uschess.org

jerrynash@chess2learn.com
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(Crossville, TN) The United States Chess Federation is pleased to announce that the following players have qualified to participate in the 2011 World Youth Chess Championship to be held in Caldas Novas-Goiás, Brazil from November 17 – 27. The top players by rating in each age category are considered the official representatives by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, but all players compete in the event as part of the US delegation.

Players may qualify to represent the United States by being established as one of the three highest rated candidates by peak post-tournament rating in the previous 12 months ending with events included in the May Rating Supplement. They may also qualify by meeting the minimum rating requirement within the age and gender categories established in February 2011. A player may also qualify by personal right by achieving a medal at the World Youth in the previous year, by achieving a Gold Medal at the previous Pan American Youth Festival, or by winning the following USCF events: US Cadet, National Elementary, Junior High, or High School Championships.

Qualifying by personal right this year from the 2010 World Youth are Steven Zierk (Boys Under 18), Kayden Troff (Boys Under 14), and Jeffrey Xiong (Boys Under 12) who each won medals at the 2010 World Youth in Greece.

National Scholastic Champions include the following:

  • K-1 Championship - Ben Rood and Aydin Turgut (both with 7-0)
  • K-5 Championship - Cameron Wheeler
  • K-6 Championship - Christopher Wu
  • K-9 Championship - John Hughes
  • K-12 Championship -Eric Rosen

The coaches currently scheduled for this year’s team include Michael Khodarkovsky – Head of Delegation, Aviv Friedman, and Armen Ambartsoumian. 2011 World Youth tournament details may be found at: http://www.wycc2011.com/. The complete USCF invitation regulations are located at: http://main.uschess.org/content/view/7865/131/. All players, along with those qualifying by the minimum rating requirements should contact Jerry Nash for additional information regarding registration for the 2011 World Youth.

The top three players in each age/gender category are listed below.Congratulations to all the players who qualified for the 2011 World Youth!

     
GIRLS UNDER 18    
YANG DAI VA 2093
DARRIAN ROBINSON NY 2069
EMILY TALLO IN 2035

GIRLS UNDER 16
   
ALENA KATS NY 2241
ANNA MATLIN NJ 2100
MEGAN LEE WA 2079

GIRLS UNDER 14
   
SARAH CHIANG TX 2180
ALICE DONG NJ 2018
EPIPHANY PETERS MI 1995

GIRLS UNDER 12
   
SIMONE LIAO CA 2066
MARYIA ORESHKO NJ 2006
KIMBERLY DING NJ 1967

GIRLS UNDER 10
   
DEVINA DEVAGHARAN TX 1824
ANNIE WANG CA 1781
SAMRITHA PALAKOLLU NJ 1721

GIRLS UNDER 8
   
KAAVYA RAMESH TX 1569
ALARA BALASAYGUN PA 1472
SUSANNA ULRICH IL 1277

BOYS UNDER 18
   
RAY ROBSON FL 2623
CONRAD HOLT KS 2468
MICHAEL LEE WA 2440

BOYS UNDER 16
   
DANIEL NARODITSKY CA 2521
DARWIN YANG TX 2500
GREGORY YOUNG CA 2384

BOYS UNDER 14
   
YIAN LIOU CA 2345
MICHAEL BODEK NY 2304
KEVIN WANG MD 2279

BOYS UNDER 12
   
SAMUEL SEVIAN CA 2261
TOMMY HE TX 2174
DACHEY LIN TX 2136

BOYS UNDER 10
   
RUIFENG LI TX 2012
ALBERT LU CA 1989
TANUJ VASUDEVA CA 1949

BOYS UNDER 8
   
AWONDER LIANG WI 1969
DAVID PENG IL 1866
JOSIAH STEARMAN CA 1739


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