|Five American Players Earn Medals in Mexico City|
|By Abed Munoz|
|June 5, 2012|
After 7-hard fought rounds and in four days, five out of nine American chess players won medals at the North American Youth Chess Championship in Mexico City. Top players Joaquin Perkins won the gold medal for the United States in the U-8 Boys with a score of 6.5/7.
Pranav Senthilkumar also won the gold medal with 6.0/7, also going undefeated. Both Pranav and Joaquin also earned the FIDE Candidate Master title.
The American girls also made a statement as the Eswaran sisters, Ashritha Eswaran won the silver medal in the U-12 Girls while her sister who is only 6-years and one month old Aksithi Eswaran won the bronze medal. Also, Chenyi Zhao in the U-10 girls won the silver medal.
All the medal winners are from California while four of the five players are part of Ted Castro’s chess program in the bay area. Ted Castro has made a name for his program as his students are reaping international recognition.
We thank the parents for their trust as well as for the USCF’s cooperation in allowing yours truly to assemble the team.