Qualifiers for 2013 Pan American Youth
By Jerry Nash   
June 7, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Official Press Release
7 June 2013 Contact: Jerry Nash
USCF Director of International Youth Events
Press Release #16 of 2013 [email protected]
Cell: 931.787.2756

Qualifiers for 2013 Pan American Youth

(Crossville, TN)

The following players qualified as official representatives in their age categories at the 2013 Pan American Youth Festival & Blitz scheduled for July 25 - August 1, 2013 in Brazil. The top players according to the February Rating List are considered the Official Representatives in their age group. In addition, players who qualify by personal rights from previous events are also considered official representatives.

The Pan American Youth Festival is an open tournament. Any USCF player who qualifies for an age group may play but must register through the USCF. The age groups are based on the player’s age as of January 1st of the year of the tournament. Participants other than the official representatives are not eligible for financial support from the USCF.

The following changes have been approved by the USCF Executive Board for the Pan American Youth starting with 2013:

  • All Pan American Youth players will be charged a $100 administration fee.
  • Only the Official Representatives and Personal Rights players will be provided coaching. However, if the onsite coaches determine that another US player is in medal contention in the last round, they will be allowed to provide coaching for that player.


As the national federation, the USCF provides the tournament organizers with the letter of endorsement for all US players. To provide this endorsement, the following information must be sent to the Director of International Youth Events: Player Name, Date of Birth, USCF ID, Age/Gender Category, Country, FIDE title, FIDE player code, and FIDE ELO. If an official representative (listed below) in an age category declines to attend, the highest rated player (according to the February supplement) in that category who is registered in the USCF Office by June 22nd will be considered the official representative.

For more information regarding qualifying for national and international invitational scholastic events, go to the USCF website at www.uschess.org/content/view/7865/131/. If you are interested in attending this tournament, please contact Jerry Nash at [email protected].

Details of the 2013 Pan American Youth Festival may be found at http://www.uschess.org/images/stories/scholastic_chess_resources/PanAmYouth/2013panamyouthinfo.pdf.

Congratulations to the following players who have qualified as the Official Representatives to the 2013 Pan American Youth Festival!


  • U-8 Boys – Kevin Chor - AZ
  • U-8 Girls – Agnes Williams - CA
  • U-10 Boys – David Peng - IL
  • U-10 Girls – Carissa Yip – MA
  • U-12 Boys – Ruifeng Li - TX
  • U-12 Girls – Annie Wang - CA
  • U-14 Boys – Samuel Sevian - CA
  • U-14 Girls – Simone Liao - CA
  • U-16 Boys – Yian Liou - CA
  • U-16 Girls – Sarah Chiang - TX
  • U-18 Boys – Darwin Yang - TX
  • U-18 Girls – Alena Kats - NY


Additional Team Members Who Qualify by Personal Rights – These players achieved medals at the 2012 Pan American Youth:

  • Jonathan Chiang – TX
  • Trung Nguyen – VA
  • Tan Nguyen – VA
  • Emily Nguyen – TX
  • Maggie Ni – TX
  • Kadhir Pillai – NY
  • Aravind Kumar – NJ
  • Maggie Feng – OH
  • Anthony Nguyen – TX


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