US Chess Announces 2019 World Cadet Qualifiers

Contact: Pete Karagianis

US Chess Assistant Director of Events

The US Chess Federation is pleased to announce the list of players who have qualified to participate in the 2019 World Cadet (U8, U10, U12) Chess Championship to be held in Weifang, China, from August 20 – September 2, 2019.  These students earned this honor by achieving the highest rating in their age and gender categories according to the US Chess February 2019 rating supplement.  Additionally, players may qualify as Personal Rights (PR) players by winning a medal at the 2018 World Cadet Championship or a gold medal at the 2018 Pan-American Youth Championship. The top players by rating in each age category are considered the United States Official Representatives by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, but all USA players may compete in the event as part of the US Chess delegation.  If an Official Representative (listed as OR below) in an age category declines to attend, then the highest rated player in that category who is registered with the US Chess Office by May 1 will be considered the Official U.S. Representative. All players, including official representatives, personal rights players, and additional players, who plan to attend must be registered and fully paid with the US Chess office by the May 15, 2019 deadline.  No late registrations will be accepted. Official representatives and personal rights players receive a travel stipend and free coaching, and are reimbursed for hotel, entry fees, and administrative fees.  Travel and all fees for accompanying persons are the player’s responsibility.  Any “extra” players are responsible for all fees, plus a US Chess administrative fee, and are welcome to pay for coaching. Details and regulations concerning the 2019 World Cadet are now posted! All interested players should contact US Chess Assistant Director of Events Pete Karagianis ( to register. OR and PR players, listed below, are exempt from US Chess administration fees.  Only the Official U.S. Representatives (OR) and Personal Rights (PR) players from the previous World Cadets are eligible to receive further financial support from US Chess and/or the organizers.  However, the FIDE World Cadet is an open tournament and any US Chess member who meets the age and eligibility requirements may pay their own way to play. The age/gender categories for the World Cadets include Open and Girls – Under 8, Under 10, and Under 12.   Find more information on US Chess scholastic invitational requirements. A player’s age for this tournament is his/her age as of January 1, 2019.  The due date for players to be fully registered and paid with the US Chess office is May 15, 2019. More information about international youth events can be found here. Congratulations to the following players who have qualified as the Official U.S. Representatives to the 2019 World Cadets!   Open U12 Qualifiers Liran Zhou (New York) – Official Representative (OR) Jason Liang (Virginia) Eric Yuhan Li (California) Evan Park (Pennsylvania) Joseph Levine (Washington) Dimitar Mardov (Illinois) Jonathan Chen (California) Liam Henry Putnam (New York) Arthur Xu (Illinois) Terry Luo (Delaware) Vyom Vidyarthi (California) Tejas Rama (New Jersey) Sandeep Sethuraman (Arizona) Tommy Wen (California) Ronald Hernandez (Florida) Adi Murgescu (New York) Jack Levine (New York) Adrian Kondakov (California) Bach Ngo (Florida) Vishnu Vanapalli (North Carolina) Erick Zhao (Florida) – Personal Rights (PR) Alex Yuxuan Wang (California) Aryeh Leib Shlionsky (New Jersey) Luke Sicong Ye (Missouri) Sriram Krishnakumar (California) Derek Jin (Massachusetts) Jayden Lee (Arizona)   Open U10 Qualifiers Abhimanyu Mishra (New Jersey) – OR Brewington Hardaway (New York) Bryan Xie (California) Sebastian Prestia (New York) Steve Wongso (Arizona) Harshid Kunka (Texas) Alexander J Wang (New Jersey) Eddison Chen (Kansas) Timothy Xie (New Jersey) Aren C Emrikian (Illinois) Andy Austin Woodward (Texas) Yuvraj Rudra Chennareddy (Illinois) – PR Noah Mahan (Texas) Andrew T Feng (Pennsylvania) Nitish Nath (California) Jack Nathaniel Yang (New York) Cannon Farragut (Florida)   Open U8 Qualifiers Dhruva Dinesh Patil (Florida) – OR Rohan Rajaram (California) Ryan Zhu (New Jersey) Carter Ho (New York) Lucas Jiang (California) Roshan Sethuraman (Arizona)   Girls U12 Qualifiers Rui Yang Yan (California) – OR Ellen Wang (New York) Zoey Tang (Oregon) Kelsey Liu (Massachusetts) Atmika Gorti (Virginia) Jenny Zhu (New York) Tianna Wang (Massachusetts) Sophie Velea (Washington) – PR Allyson Wong (California) Anika Rajaram (California) Sanjana Ramesh (Michigan) Kalia Yuke Wang (Texas) Ashley Pang (California) Stephanie Velea (Washington) Suran Gao (New Jersey) Lilian Wang (Pennsylvania) Yesun Lee (California) Kally Wen (California) Sophia Peng (Arizona) Merissa Wongso (Arizona) Ellie Zhang (California) Lydia Shen (Massachusetts) Melina Li (Washington)   Girls U10 Qualifiers Rachael Li (Texas) – OR Alice Lee (Minnesota) Iris Zhaoying Mao (New York) Omya Vidyarthi (California) – PR Rose Atwell (California) Abbie Wu (Oregon) Crystal Jiuzhou Gu (California) Evelyn Qiao (Georgia) – PR Avery Yu (California) Jasmine Zhixin Su (Connecticut) Nandini Prakash (Illinois) Riya A Kanury (Massachusetts) Kavya Meiyappan (California) Elena Zhang (California) Isabella Lai (Massachusetts) Jocelyn Chen (California) Christina Grace Liu (Virginia) Sunny Zhang (Texas) Ananya Ananth (Virginia) Aliana Fausto (New York) Claire Ziyun Cheng (New Jersey)   Girls U8 Qualifiers Whitney Tse (New York) – OR Alexandra Phung (New York) Grace Chen Liang (New Jersey) Kelsey Routman (Virginia) Anvitha Penagalapati (California) Audrey Zhou (New York)

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