The Cadets are off in Crossville!
By Alan Kantor
July 11, 2011
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Crossville and Cumberland County Bank is host to the 2011 U.S. Cadet Chess Championship for a third year in a row!

Crossville, TN -
The U.S. Cadet Championship is off.  If it is anything like the last two years, this promises to be a barn burner.  The last two years I named the theme of the tournament, "fighting chess."  I expect the same this year. Players from all over the country arrived in Crossville, the home of the U.S. Chess Federation. They are ready to begin an intense week of chess--an eight-player round robin tournament.

Ostroslide.jpgThe players took part in a catered dinner courtesy of the host of the tournament, Cumberland County Bank.  After the dinner, they were greeted by local dignitaries beginning with Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey and City of Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham.  Executive Director Bill Hall welcomed the players as well surprising everyone in the room, and singled out Aleksandr Ostrovskiy with a certificate awarding him the title of senior master! Ostrovskiy recently tied for first in the strong Under 2400 section at the World Open.  

The players were then asked to choose paperweights for the "drawing of the lots."  They will know who they are playing for each round and you will too.  Here are the pairings:

Round 1 (Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 9:00 am):
Michael Bodek (2279) (white) - Andrew Wang (2248) (black)
Michael Brown (2243) (white) - Aleksandr Ostrovskiy (2332) (black)
Kevin Cao (2236) (white) - Arthur Shen (2241) (black)
Kevin Mo (2248) (white) - Atulya Shetty (2283) (black)

Round 2 (Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 4:00 pm):
Atulya Shetty (2283) (white) - Michael Bodek (2279) (black)
Arthur Shen (2241) (white) - Michael Brown (2243) (black)
Andrew Wang (2248) (white) - Kevin Cao (2236) (black)
Aleksandr Ostrovskiy (2332) (white) - Kevin Mo (2248) (black)

Round 3 (Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 9:00 am):
Michael Bodek (2279) (white) - Aleksandr Ostrovskiy (2332) (black)
Kevin Mo (2248) (white) - Michael Brown (2243) (black)
Kevin Cao (2236) (white) - Atulya Shetty (2283) (black)
Andrew Wang (2248) (white) - Arthur Shen (2241) (black)

Round 4 (Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 4:00 pm):
Michael Brown (2243) (white) - Michael Bodek (2279) (black)
Aleksandr Ostrovskiy (2332) (white) - Kevin Cao (2236) (black)
Arthur Shen (2241) (white) - Kevin Mo (2240) (black)
Atulya Shetty (2283) (white) - Andrew Wang (2248) (black)

Round 5 (Thursday, July 14, 2011, 9:00 am):
Michael Bodek (2279) (white) - Kevin Mo (2240) (black)
Kevin Cao (2236) (white) - Michael Brown (2243) (black)
Andrew Wang (2248) (white) - Aleksandr Ostrovskiy (2332) (black)
Atulya Shetty (2283) (white) - Arthur Shen (2241) (black)

Round 6 (Thursday, July 14, 2011, 4:00 pm):
Arthur Shen (2241) (white) - Michael Bodek (2279) (black)
Michael Brown (2243) (white) - Andrew Wang (2248) (black)
Kevin Mo (2240) (white) - Kevin Cao (2236) (black)
Aleksandr Ostrovskiy (2332) (white) - Atulya Shetty (2283) (black)

Round 7 (Friday, July 15, 2011, 9:00 am):
Kevin Cao (2236) (white) - Michael Bodek (2279) (black)
Atulya Shetty (2283) (white) - Michael Brown (2243) (black)
Andrew Wang (2248) (white) - Kevin Mo (2240) (black)
Aleksandr Ostrovskiy (2332) (white) - Arthur Shen (2241) (black)

Chief Tournament Director and International Arbiter Walter Brown commented about a tournament at Thiell College in Pennsylvania and compared the conditions to the tournament back then to the conditions in Crossville and there really was no comparison: "This is great!  In Thiell, there was no air conditioning in June and July." Brown remarked.

The players will be playing on chess sets donated by USCF Sales/House of Staunton and now they just need for the "bell to ring."