2015 Pan American Youth Qualifiers Announced
April 8, 2015
Contact: Jerry Nash
USCF Special Projects Consultant
[email protected]
Cell: 931-787-2756

(CROSSVILLE, TN)  The United States Chess Federation is pleased to announce that 12 players have qualified to represent the United States of America in their age categories at the 2015 Pan American Youth Festival & Blitz scheduled for June 27 - July 4, 2015, in Cali, Columbia.  These players earned this honor by achieving the highest rating in their age and gender categories according to the USCF's February Ratings Supplement.  These players are considered the Official U.S. Representatives in their age groups.  Seven players who qualified on the basis of their superior performance in the 2014 Pan American Youth Festival have earned the right to be Personal Rights Representatives of the U.S. In addition, nine players qualified as Personal Rights representatives by winning the Gold Medal at the 2014 North American Youth Chess Championships.

The Pan American Youth Festival is an open tournament for players who live in the Americas.  Any USCF player who qualifies for an age group may play, but they must register for the tournament through the USCF.  A player's age for this tournament is his/her age as of January 1, 2015.  Only the Official U.S. Representatives and Personal Rights players from the previous Pan American Youth are eligible to receive financial support from the USCF. 

As the national federation, the USCF provides the tournament organizers with the official letter of endorsement for all U.S. players. For registration and payment details, please contact Jerry Nash at [email protected].

If an Official Representative (listed below) in an age category declines to attend, then the highest rated player (according to the February supplement) in that category who is registered with the organizers and with the USCF Office by May 14th, 2015, will be considered the Official U.S. Representative.

Congratulations to the following players who have qualified as the Official U.S. Representatives to the 2015 Pan American Youth Festival!

  • U-8 Boys - Aryeh Shlionsky - NJ
  • U-8 Girls - Maya Behura - FL
  • U-10 Boys - Kevin Chor - AZ
  • U-10 Girls - Anh Nguyen - TX
  • U-12 Boys - Awonder Liang - WI
  • U-12 Girls - Carissa Yip - MA
  • U-14 Boys - Ruifeng Li - TX
  • U-14 Girls - Jennifer Yu - VA
  • U-16 Boys - Samuel Sevian - MA
  • U-16 Girls - Maggie Feng - OH
  • U-18 Boys - Kayden Troff - UT
  • U-18 Girls - Sarah Chiang - TX

Team members qualifying by Personal Rights: These players achieved medals at the 2014 Pan American Youth:

  • Arthur Guo - GA
  • Andrew Tang - TX
  • Christopher Shen - OH
  • Vignesh Panchanatham - CA
  • Martha Samadashvili - NY
  • Aasa Dommalapati - VA
  • Agata Bykovtsev - CA

The following players qualify by Personal Rights by winning Gold Medals at the 2014 North American Youth:

  • Arthur Guo - GA
  • Maximillian Lu - CT
  • David Brodsky - NY
  • Martha Samadashvili - NY
  • Jason Shi - CT
  • Kesav Viswanadha - CA
  • Devina Devagharan - TX
  • Annie Zhao - TX
  • Annie Wang - CA

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