Team USA Clinches 4 Gold Medals at the Pan-Am Youth Championships

The US Team won 4 gold medals at the Pan-American Youth Championships held recently in San Jose, Costa Rica—more than any other country—while 6 more US team members tied for 1st, achieving top scores in a total of 7 different sections.

Under 8

Abhimanyu Mishra, the youngest US Chess expert ever, tied for 1st, ultimately earning silver by tiebreaks, in the Under 8 section with 8 points out of 9.

Here is his hard-fought 5th round game against fellow US Chess player, Sebastian Prestia, who finished in clear 3rd with 7 points.

Under 8 Girls

Omya Vidyarthi won clear 1st in the Girls Under 8 section with 8 points. Check out how Vidyarthi uses her positional bind and more active pieces to trap her opponents queen in round 4.

Under 10

Eric Li won clear 1st in the Under 10 section with 7.5 points. Watch how Li outplays his higher-rated opponent and the tournament’s 2nd seed in the endgame in round 4.

Under 12

Nico Chasin at this year’s US Amatear Team East

Nico Chasin tied for 1st and earned gold in the Under 12 section with 7.5 points. Here is Chasin’s exciting attacking victory in the Sicilian in round 4.

Under 12 Girls

Ambica Yellamraju tied for 1st place, earning silver, in the Girls Under 12 section with 7 points. Watch the elaborate knight maneuvers that Yellamraju uses to gain material in round 6.

Under 14

Aristo Liu won clear 1st in the Under 14 section with 7.5 points. Check out Liu’s upset victory against an opponent nearly 350 FIDE points higher in round 7.

Under 14 Girls

Two American players in the Under 14 Girls section tied for 1st, Sheena Zeng and Yassamin Ehsani, each scoring 7 points. By tiebreaks, Zeng earned silver while Ehsani earned bronze.

Zeng defeated the 3rd seed with Black by outplaying her higher-rated opponent in a knight endgame in round 5.

Meanwhile, Ehsani’s attacking play in round 5 also scored her a key victory.

Team USA Overall

Even when the US did not win 1st place, the team was very successful—with at least one player finishing in the top five of every single section.

Under 8

Abhimanyu Mishra – 2nd (by tiebreaks), tied for 1st – 8 points

Sebastian Prestia – 3rd – 7 points

Nitish Nath – 4th – 6.5 points

Under 8 Girls

Omya Vidyarthi – 1st – 8 points

Under 10

 Eric Li – 1st – 7.5 points

Marvin Gao – 3rd – 7 points

Tejas Rama – 4th – 7 points

Lucas Foerster-Yialamas – 5th – 6.5 points

Under 10 Girls

Allyson Wong – 2nd – 7 points

Ellen Wang – 3rd – 6.5 points

Anika Rajaram – 4th – 6.5 points

Under 12

Nico Chasin – 1st – 7.5 points

Under 12 Girls

Ambica Yellamraju – 2nd (by tiebreaks), tied for 1st – 7 points

Anh Nhu Nguyen – 4th – 6.5 points

Julia Miyasaka – 5th – 6 points

Under 14

Aristo Liu – 1st – 7.5 points

Akira Nakada – 2nd – 7 points

Under 14 Girls

Sheena Zeng – 2nd (by tiebreaks), tied for 1st – 7 points

Yassamin Ehsani – 3rd (by tiebreaks), tied for 1st – 7 points

Shree Ayinala – 4th – 6 points

Aasa Dommalapati – 5th – 6 points

Under 16

Albert Liang – 3rd – 6.5 points

Under 16 Girls

Sasha Konovalenko – 4th – 6.5 points

Under 18

Justin Wang – 5th – 6 points

Under 18 Girls

Thalia Cervantes – 3rd – 6.5 points

Nastassja Matus – 4th – 6 points

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Comments

  1. 1) Probably worth mentioning the Date and Location in the article:
    June 30 – July 7, 2017 (San Jose, Costa Rica).

    2) Are FIDE titles awarded to 1st-place? E.g., FM or WFM?

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