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By Patricia K Smith   
November 5, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Official Press Release - UPDATED 4 November 2013
5 November 2013 Contact: Susan Houston
USCF Scholastic Associate
Press Release #28 of 2013 [email protected]
931.787.1234 ext. 136

2014 All-America Chess Team Announced

(Crossville, TN) The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is pleased to announce the 2014 All-America Chess Team sponsored by Trophies Plus. Team members will receive their team jackets and plaques at the 2013 National K-12 Grade Championship to be held this December in Orlando, FL.

The All-America Chess 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, 2013, and their peak post-tournament rating from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. 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 Chess 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 eighty-nine members of this year’s All-America Chess Team for receiving this prestigious award!

2014 USCF All-America Chess Team Sponsored by Trophies Plus:

Age 18 (minimum peak rating 2450)
Ray Robson MO
William Fisher NY
Age 17 (minimum peak rating 2400)
Daniel Naroditsky CA
Robert M. Perez FL
Age 16 (minimum peak rating 2350)
Darwin Yang TX
Akeksandr Ostrovskiy NY
Atulya Shetty MI
Sean Vibbert IN
Alexander Ross Katz NJ
Age 15 (minimum peak rating 2300)
Michael H. Bodek NY
Yian Liou CA
Kevin Wang MD
Arthur Shen NJ
David Hua NJ
Varun Krishnan CA
Michael William Brown CA
Jarod John M. Pamatmat TX
Alexander Velikanov WI
Bryan Hu AZ
Age 14 (minimum peak rating 2250)
Kayden Troff UT
Luke C. Harmon-Vellotti ID
Joshua Colas NY
Christopher Gu RI
Christopher Wu NJ
Justus D. Williams NY
Mika Andrew Brattain MA
James A. Black NY
Kapil Chandran CT
Safal Bora MI
Andrew Liu MA
Age 13 (minimum peak rating 2250)
Akshat Chandra NJ
Dachey Lin TX
Andrew Tang MN
Kesav Viswanadha CA
Colin Chow CA
Edward Song MI
Age 12 (minimum peak rating 2150)
Jeffery Xiong TX
Samuel Sevian MA
Cameron Wheeler CA
Jonathan Chiang TX
Tommy O. He TX
Bhaskar Gupta NJ
Vignesh Panchanatham CA
Roland Feng WA
John Gabriel Ludwig FL
Craig Hilby CA
Joshua Sheng CA
Siddharth G. Banik CA
Udit Iyengar CA
Jason Shi CT
Ashritha Eswaran CA
Alexander J. Crump NY
Age 11 (minimum peak rating 2150)
Ruifeng Li TX
Nicolas Checa NY
Albert Lu CA
Bovey Liu TX
Michael Wang CA
Tenuj Vasudeva CA
Age 10 (minimum peak rating 2050)
Praveen Balakrishnan NJ
Aravind Kumar NJ
Andrew Zheng MD
Advait Patel WV
Marcus Ming Miyasaka NY
Rayan Taghizadeh CA
Annie Wang CA
Andrew Titus MN
Luke Bohua Xie OH
David Brodsky NY
Age 9 (minimum peak rating 1900)
Awonder Liang WI
David Tianjian Peng IL
Thomas Elberling NJ
Carissa Shiwen Yip MA
Alexander John Costello CA
Josiah Paul Stearman CA
Justin Paul VA
Brian Fanyuan Gu TX
Brandon Jacobson NJ
Anthony Ge CA
Age 8 & Under (minimum peak rating 1800)
Tan Nguyen VA
Christopher Yu-Shuo Shen OH
Aydin Turgut IL
Joaquin K. Perkins CA
Miling Maiti CA
Kevin D. Chor AZ
Daniel Levkov NY
Ben Rood CA
Andrew Zhang Hong CA
Jason Metpally TX
Anish Vivekananthan TX


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.