Players Qualify for 2016 World Youth

Contact: Jerry Nash FIDE Youth Events Cell: 931-787-2756 (CROSSVILLE, TN)  The United States Chess Federation is pleased to announce that 101 players have qualified by rating to participate in the 2016 World Youth Chess Championships to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, September 20 – October 4, 2016.  These students earned this honor by achieving a peak post tournament rating according to the USCF’s March Ratings Supplement.  Additionally, players qualified as Personal Rights (PR) by winning a medal at the previous World Youth or if they achieve a Gold medal at the 2016 Pan American Youth Chess Championship. Participants may also qualify by winning the first place trophy in a Championship section of the National Elementary Championship, the National Junior High Championship, or the National High School Championship and by achieving top spots at other designated national scholastic events such as the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, the National Girls Invitational Tournament, the All-Girls National Championship, and the U.S. Girls 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 players compete in the event as part of the US delegation.  Details concerning the 2016 World Youth tournament are currently found at All players should contact Jerry Nash by 4 PM CST on May 24th to confirm their participation and to receive additional registration information. The FIDE World Youth is an open tournament and any US Chess member who meets the age requirement for an age group may play. Starting in 2016 the World Youth includes players in the U14, U16, and U18 age groups. The World Cadets, for players in the U8, U10, and U12 age groups, is a separate event scheduled for Batumi, Georgia - Players must register for the tournament through US Chess.  A player’s age for this tournament is his/her age as of January 1, 2016.  Only the Official U.S. Representatives and Personal Rights players from the previous World Youth and Pan American Youth are eligible to receive financial support from US Chess.  The link to the US Chess invitation requirements is: The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting chess in the United States. Founded in 1939, US Chess serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is now headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee. US Chess is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. To make a tax-deductible donation to support US Chess and our World Cadets teams visit Congratulations to all the players who qualified for the 2016 World Youth!  
Open Under 14
David Peng IL Bronze Medal at 2015 World Youth
Awonder Liang WI
Advait Patel OK
Praveen Balakrishnan NJ
Hans Niemann CT
David Brodsky NY
Brandon Jacobson NJ
Aravind Kumar NJ
Rayan Taghizadeh CA
Ben Li MI
Andrew Zheng MD
Andrew Titus MN
Andrew Titus MN
Aaron Shlionsky NJ
Justin Paul VA
Alexander Costello CA
Marcus Miyasaka NY
Gabriel Sam CA
Brian Gu TX
Josiah Stearman CA
Luke Xie OH
Kevin Yang CA
Open Under 16
Jeffery Xiong TX
Samuel Sevian MA
Ruifeng Li TX
Nicolas Checa NY
John Burke NJ
Cameron Wheeler CA
John Ludwig FL
Joshua Sheng CA
Craig Hilby CA
Roland Feng WA
Vignesh Panchanatham CA
Ethan Li NY
Bryce Tiglon WA
Albert Lu CA
Yoon-Young Kim CT
Jacob Furfine IL
Zhaozhi Li IL
Tommy He TX
Open Under 18
Kayden Troff UT
Akshat Chandra NJ
Luke Harmon-Vellotti ID
Andrew Tang MN
Joshua Colas NY
Safal Bora MI
Mika Brattain MA
Kapil Chandran CT
Kesav Viswanadha CA
Christopher Wu NJ
Justus Williams NY
Edward Song MI
Girls Under 14
Carissa Yip MA Silver Medal at 2015 World Youth
Jennifer Yu VA
Akshita Gorti VA
Annie Wang CA
Emily Nguyen TX
Joanna Liu AZ
Vicki Yang NY
Thalia Cervantes MO
Naomi Bashkansky WA
Sanjana Vittal NJ
Camille Kao TX
Shreya Mangalam IL
Marissa Li IL
Meghana Bhanuprasad MD
Angelica Chin NJ
Sophie Morris-Suzuki NY
Simona Nayberg CA
Samantha Dong NY
Ritika Pandey WI
Sarah Yen NJ
Ramitha Ravishankar NJ
Sasha Konovalenko MI
Katrina Wong NY
Chang Xu AZ
Serafina Show CA
Chenyi Zhao CA
Sara Herman CO
Athira Arayath NJ
Jamie Nicolas NY
  Girls Under 16
Maggie Feng OH
Ashritha Eswaran CA
Rachel Ulrich WI
Devina Devagharan TX
Anupama Rajendra WI
Priya Trakru TX
Queena Deng CA
Nancy Wang NY
Tianhui Jie FL
Julia Sevilla CA
Katherine Davis NY
Miranda Liu IL
Sangeeta Dhingra WA
Mengnan Chen NY
Saithanusri Avirneni GA
Girls Under 18
Agata Bykovtsev CA Bronze Medal at 2015 World Youth
Apurva Virkud MI
Alice Dong NJ
Kimberly Ding NJ
Rachael Eng AZ
Clara McGrew MI
 Evan  Xiang  TX

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