Cervantes and Zhu Finish in Top Ten at World Youth in Greece

Thalia Cervantes

Results are in at the World Youth Championships, held in Halkidiki, Greece (October 19-30). Top results from the U.S. team included National Master Thalia Cervantes of Saint Louis, who tied for fourth place in the Girls Under 16.

Evelyn Zhu at the Two Sigma dinner 

Evelyn Zhu of New York also had a strong showing, finishing in a tie for 5th place in the Girls Under 14.

Vincent Tsay, last year’s Open Under 12 Champion, scored 7/11 in the Open Under 14.

Our youngest National Master in US Chess history, Abhi Mishra scored 6/11 in the same section. At only nine years old, Abhi is five years away from the upper age limit in this section!

Aydin Turgut also had 6/11 in the Open Under 14.

Find full results from Team USA on chessresults.com and look for more photos and games in follow-up CLO reportage. Thanks to sponsor Two Sigma for their support, including team uniforms. Two Sigma also hosted an incredible team dinner, a welcome break from the intensity of the event.

Thanks to our World Youth coaches, Aviv Friedman (Head of Delegation), Robert Hungaski (assistant Head of Delegation), John Fedorowicz, Andranik Matikozyan and Nick de Firmian.

Next up for Team USA: The World Cadet in Santiago, Spain (November 4-15), where the U.S. will field an even far larger delegation, including our two recent eight year-old experts, Rachael Li, and Alice Lee. Stay posted on CLO, which will continue to feature photos from FIDE Director of Events, Grant Oen. Thanks to sponsor Two Sigma for their continuing support of US Chess. 

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