2016 All-America Chess Team Announced

(Crossville, TN) The United States Chess Federation (US Chess) is pleased to announce the 2016 All-America Chess Team sponsored by Trophies Plus. Team members will be presented with their team jackets and plaques at the 2015 National K-12 Grade Championship to be held December 4th through the 6th in Lake Buena Vista, Florida at the Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The All-America Chess Team was created in 1987 to honor the very best players ages 18 and under. The team, one of the highest national honors attainable by a young chess player, is selected on the basis of age, rating, and activities during that year, similar to the selection process of "all conference" sports teams. This year's candidates were selected based on their age as of January 1, 2015, and their peak post-tournament rating from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Since this award is a "post-season" selection, the minimum rating limits in each age group are reviewed annually by the US Chess staff and the US Chess Scholastic Council. The All-America Chess Team is sponsored by Trophies Plus of Templeton, Iowa. Trophies Plus has sponsored the team since 2004. In addition to the support provided for this award, Jim Jensen, owner of Trophies Plus, provides trophies for national tournaments as well as post-tournament trophy shipping. The US Chess is proud to have Trophies Plus as a part of scholastic chess by sponsoring this year's All-America Team. You can visit Trophies Plus at their website: www.trophiesplus.com or call them at 800.397.9993. The United States Chess Federation wishes to congratulate each of the 64 members of this year’s All-America Chess Team for receiving this prestigious award! 2016 USCF All-America Chess Team Sponsored by Trophies Plus:  
Age 18 (Min. Rating 2550)  
Darwin Yang TX
Age 17 (min. rating 2450)  
Michael H Bodek NY
Arthur Shen NJ
Michael Brown CA
Age 16 (min. rating 2400)  
Kayden Troff UT
Luke Harmon-Vellotti ID
Mika Andrew Brattain MA
Safal Bora MI
Joshua Colas NY
Christopher Wu NJ
Age 15 (min. rating 2400)  
Akshat Chandra NJ
Andrew Tang MN
Kesav Viswanadha CA
Edward Song MI
Age 14 (min. rating 2350)  
Samuel Sevian MA
Jeffery Xiong TX
Cameron Wheeler CA
John Gabriel Ludwig FL
Joshua Sheng CA
Vignesh Panchanatham CA
Craig Hilby CA
Roland Feng WA
Ethan Li NY
Age 13 (min. rating 2300)  
Ruifeng Li TX
Nicolas Checa NY
John Michael Burke NJ
Albert Lu CA
Age 12 (min. rating 2200)  
Praveen Balakrishnan NJ
Advait Patel OK
David Brodsky NY
Jennifer R Yu VA
Annie Wang CA
Marcus Ming Miyasaka NY
Ben Li MI
Aravind Kumar NJ
Akshita Gorti VA
Andrew Zheng MD
Rayan Taghizadeh CA
Aaron Shlionsky NJ
Andrew Titus MN
Luke Bohua Xie OH
 Josiah p. Stearman  CA
Age 11 (min. rating 2200)  
Awonder Liang WI
Hans Moke Niemann CT
David Tianjian Peng IL
Carissa Shiwen Yip MA
Age 10 (min. rating 2100)  
Andrew Zhang Hong CA
Christopher Yu-Shuo Shen OH
Wesley Wang NY
Andy Huang VA
Age 9 (min. rating 2000)  
Kevin D Chor AZ
Justin Wang TX
Chinguun Bayaraa CA
Logan Wu TN
Anthony Bi He WA
Atreya Vaidya TX
Maximillian Lu CT
Benjamin Medina NY
Balaji Daggupati CA
 Daniel Hung  TX
Age 8 & Under (min. rating 1950)  
Arthur Guo GA
Jason Yuyang Wang OH
Rithik Sai Polavaram TX
Nico Werner Chasin NY
Jason Yu WA
Nathaniel Lande Shuman NY

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