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By Joan DuBois   
July 7, 2009
Official Press Release
July 7, 2009
Contact: Alan Kantor, Chief TD
[email protected]
(931) 200-9038

(Crossville, TN) The 2009 U.S. Cadet Championship is officially underway.  The opening ceremony and dinner was held on July 6, 2009.  Welcome speeches by many notables like Mayor Brock Hill of Cumberland County, Bill Startup of Cumberland County Bank, Cosby Stone of TAP Publishing, Janice Hamby of the Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce, Bill Hall, Executive Director of the U.S. Chess Federation, and Jerry Nash, Scholastic Director of the U.S. Chess Federation gave the players a hometown feeling of camaraderie among the city of Crossville. This national championship is a joint effort of sponsorship between The Cumberland County Bank, Cumerland County Chess Club and the U.S. Chess Federation. Other contributors include TAP Publishing, House of Staunton, Crossville Trophy & Gifts.

Along with the title is $500 plus a four-year, fixed dollar incoming tuition scholarship to the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (current value $69,760 for out-of state, $34,832 in state). Second place is $300 plus a four-year University Academis Service Scholarship to Tennessee Tech University (current value $20,000). Third place $200. All players will receive plaques.

Drawings were held for pairing numbers.  The tournament is a round robin where everyone plays everyone.  There will be daily coverage of the event.  The pairings for the event are as follows:

Round 1 (Tuesday):
Andrew Ng (white) versus Michael Yang (black)
Deepak Aaron (white) versus Victor Shen (black)
Christian Tanaka (white) versus Matthew Dahl (black)
Jarod Pamatmat (white) versus Rohan Agarwal (black)

Round 2 (Tuesday):
Michael Yang (white) versus Jarod Pamatmat (black)
Rohan Agarwal (white) versus Christian Tanaka (black)
Matthew Dahl (white) versus Deepak Aaron (black)
Victor Shen (white) versus Andrew Ng (black)

Round 3 (Wednesday):
Victor Shen (white) versus Michael Yang (black)
Andrew Ng (white) versus Matthew Dahl (black)
Deepak Aaron (white) versus Rohan Agarwal (black)
Christian Tanaka (white) versus Jarod Pamatmat (black)

Round 4 (Wednesday):
Michael Yang (white) versus Christian Tanaka (black)
Jarod Pamatmat (white) versus Deepak Aaron (black)
Rohan Agarwal (white) versus Andrew Ng (black)
Matthew Dahl (white) versus Victor Shen (black)

Round 5 (Thursday):
Matthew Dahl (white) versus Michael Yang (black)
Victor Shen (white) versus Rohan Agarwal (black)
Andrew Ng (white) versus Jarod Pamatmat (black)
Deepak Aaron (white) versus Christian Tanaka (black)

Round 6 (Thursday):
Michael Yang (white) versus Deepak Aaron (black)
Christian Tanaka (white) versus Andrew Ng (black)
Jarod Pamatmat (white) versus Victor Shen (black)
Rohan Agarwal (white) versus Matthew Dahl (black)

Round 7 (Friday):
Rohan Agarwal (white) versus Michael Yang (black)
Matthew Dahl (white) versus Jarod Pamatmat (black)
Victor Shen (white) versus Christian Tanaka (black)
Andrew Ng (white) versus Deepak Aaron (black)

The event is being held at the new Cumberland County Bank, West Street, Crossville, Tennessee. Rounds are daily between July 7 through July 10. (July 7-9  9am & 4pm, July 10 9am). Spectators are welcome.

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: http://www.uschess.org.