Results in at World Cadet: US Team Sweeps Open Gold

Aren Emrikian, gold medalist in the Open Under 8, analyzing his final round victory with GM Robert Hungaski, Photo Robert Hess

The results are in at the World Cadet in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil and the US team, sponsored by Two Sigma, swept gold in all three Open divisions.

Aren Emrikian (IL) took gold in the Under 8 Open, while Abhimanyu Mishra (NJ) earned silver. The two Americans played on board one in the final round. Aren scored the victory in a hard-fought game to leapfrog Mishra.

Liran Zhou (NY), hot off successfully smashing the 2200+ barrier, took clear first in the Under 10 Open by a full point, winning his final round game vs Adam Mekhane of France.

Liran Zhou at the World Cadets, sporting Two Sigma jacket and shirt, Photo Jerry Nash

Arthur Xu (IL) earned silver, so the US team had double gold-silver in the two youngest Open sections!

How did Arthur force immediate resignation in his tenth round game vs. Read Samadov (AZE)?

In the Under 12 Open, Vincent Tsay of New York scored a crucial final round victory over Martin Stukan of Russia. Hess pointed out that Tsay already upset three players over 2280, and his formidable field throughout the event earned him the golden nod on tiebreak. Congrats to Vincent!

Vincent Tsay

Vincent Tsay on the podium

Despite a final round loss, Nastassja A Matus took silver in the Under 12 Girls. Her penultimate victory against the Polish representative put her in a great final round position to medal.

This concludes a great summer of chess for the Minnesota star, who also won the Susan Polgar Foundation Invitational last month. 

Ellen Wang with her famous smile, here pictured with National Girls Tournament of Champions Winner Rochelle Wu, Photo Irina Krush 2016

Meanwhile Ellen Wang snagged the bronze medal in the Under 10 Girls. In GM Robert Hess’s final round “Medal Watch, he said Ellen “played a phenomenal tournament and her constant smile is uplifting to all of her friends and coaches.” Hess thought the chances for Ellen to earn a medal were long based on the final round pairings and a potential huge tie for third (which materialized), but pointed out that “Stranger things have happened.” Indeed!

Aren Emrikian

Congrats to the whole team as well as our hard-working coaches, supportive parents and team sponsor Two Sigma. Look for more photos, games (you can find more on chess 24) and US perspectives from the World Cadets in the coming days and follow us on twitter and facebook for additional content.


  1. Congratulations, Team USA!

    Great job all around. Everyone involved should be justifiably proud of this amazing result.


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