A Good Week for Summer Chess Academy

Congratulations to the US Amateur Team Champions, Summer Chess Academy for Talented Youth. They won the US Amateur Team Playoffs, held on April 22 on the Internet Chess Club, first defeating Mode Beast of the South in the semifinals and then XcellChess from the West in the finals. Xcell Chess won against Fake Moves from the North in the semis. To cap off an excellent week for the four young chess champs, their Chess Life Magazine cover was just released. The cover design, based on a photo by Vanessa Sun show the team after their big victory in NJ: Warren Wang, Board 3, Jason Li, board 4, Ethan Li, Board 1, and Wesley Wang, Board 2. Find key victories by Academy for Chess Success below, and see the US Chess story on their US Amateur Team East victory which qualified them for the playoffs.  The secret to their success? They largely attributed it to teamwork...With two brothers and a close relationship besides that, there was an extremely strong bond with the players. They found that they were able to rely on each other throughout the tournament. Look for the magazine cover story, also by Vanessa Sun, available to members on  uschess.org on May 1st.
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[Event "USAT2017"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2017.04.22"]
[White "Yan Meillier"]
[Black "Ethan Li"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D43"]
[PlyCount "100"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 c6 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bg5 Nbd7 8.
e3 O-O 9. Bd3 h6 10. Bh4 Re8 11. O-O-O Qa5 12. Kb1 Ne4 13. Bxe4 dxe4 14. Nd2 f5
15. g4 Nb6 16. Nb3 Qb4 17. gxf5 Bxf5 18. Rhg1 Nd5 19. Bg3 Bf8 20. Be5 a5 21.
Nxd5 cxd5 22. Qc7 g6 23. Nc5 Rac8 24. Qxb7 Rxc5 25. Qxb4 axb4 26. dxc5 Rxe5 27.
c6 Bd6 28. Rd4 Kf7 29. c7 Bc8 30. a4 bxa3 31. bxa3 Bxa3 32. Ra4 Bd6 33. Rd1 Re7
34. Rxd5 Bxc7 35. Rc5 Bh3 36. Rxe4 Rxe4 37. Rxc7+ Kf6 38. Kc1 Bf5 39. Kd2 Rh4
40. Rc6+ Kg5 41. Rc5 Kf6 42. Rc6+ Ke5 43. f4+ Ke4 44. Rc4+ Kf3 45. Ra4 Rxh2+
46. Ke1 Re2+ 47. Kf1 Bh3+ 48. Kg1 Re1+ 49. Kh2 Bg2 50. Ra1 Rxa1 0-1[/pgn]
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[Event "USAT2017"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2017.04.22"]
[White "Arul Viswanathan"]
[Black "Jason Li"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A48"]
[PlyCount "112"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[TimeControl "5400+5"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 Bg7 4. Nc3 e6 5. e4 d5 6. exd5 exd5 7. Be2 c6 8. Qd2
O-O 9. Bh6 Nbd7 10. h4 Ne4 11. Nxe4 dxe4 12. Bxg7 Kxg7 13. Ng5 Nf6 14. h5 h6
15. Nh3 Bxh3 16. Rxh3 g5 17. f4 exf3 18. gxf3 Nd5 19. Rg3 Qf6 20. O-O-O Qf4 21.
Rg4 Qxd2+ 22. Kxd2 f5 23. Rg3 Nf4 24. Rh1 Nxe2 25. Kxe2 Rae8+ 26. Kf2 f4 27.
Rgg1 Re3 28. Re1 Rfe8 29. c4 Kf6 30. b4 Kf5 31. Rhg1 Rxe1 32. Rxe1 Rxe1 33.
Kxe1 g4 34. fxg4+ Kxg4 35. a4 Kxh5 36. b5 Kg5 37. d5 cxd5 38. c5 Kf6 39. a5 Ke6
40. b6 axb6 41. c6 Kd6 42. cxb7 Kc7 43. a6 h5 44. Ke2 h4 45. Kd3 h3 46. Ke2 h2
47. Kf2 h1=Q 48. Ke2 f3+ 49. Kf2 Qg2+ 50. Ke3 Qe2+ 51. Kd4 Qe4+ 52. Kc3 f2 53.
Kd2 f1=Q 54. Kc3 Qff3+ 55. Kb2 Qee2+ 56. Ka1 Qff1# 0-1[/pgn]
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[Event "USAT2017"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2017.04.22"]
[White "WIM Ashritha Eswaran"]
[Black "Wesley Wang"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C70"]
[PlyCount "84"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nge7 5. c3 g6 6. d4 exd4 7. cxd4 b5 8. Bc2
Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. d5 Nb4 11. Bd2 Nxc2 12. Qxc2 d6 13. Bc3 f5 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15.
Nc3 fxe4 16. Qxe4 Bf5 17. Qd4+ Kg8 18. Qh4 Qd7 19. Ng5 h5 20. Rfe1 Rae8 21. Ne6
Rf7 22. Ng5 Rff8 23. Re3 Nc8 24. Rae1 Rxe3 25. Rxe3 Nb6 26. Ne6 Re8 27. Qf6 b4
28. Rg3 Qf7 29. Qxf7+ Kxf7 30. Ne2 Nxd5 31. N6d4 c5 32. Nxf5 Rxe2 33. Nxd6+ Ke7
34. Kf1 Rxb2 35. Ne4 c4 36. Ke1 c3 37. Kd1 Rxa2 38. Rxg6 b3 39. Rg3 Ra1+ 40.
Ke2 b2 41. Nxc3 Nxc3+ 42. Rxc3 b1=Q 0-1[/pgn]

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