Team USA Returns from Uruguay with Five Gold, Five Silver, One Bronze

Coaches and players Team Photos
The US Team returned from the Pan-American Youth Championships in Montevideo, Uruguay with five gold medals, five silver and one bronze. Congrats to the team and coaches!

FIDE Senior Trainer and Head of Delegation Aviv Friedman told US Chess, “At the end of a grueling schedule, when the smoke has cleared, once again the US youth team super-performed in the Pan American youth, that just finished in Montevideo Uruguay. Playing conditions, tournament organization, and accommodations were excellent, and are expected to even be topped when the World Youth is to be held there in 2017!” FSTs Michael Khodarkovsky and IM Armen Ambartsoumian were also coaches in Uruguay.

Open u 8: Marvin Gao – gold (9/9!)

U8 Boys Champion

Marvin Gao, Photo Andy Ke

Girls u 8: Sophie Velea 7 pts (gold on TB), Anika Rajaram 7 (silver on TB). Sofia Dewan – 6th place

U8 Girls Velea Sophie Rajaram Anika (1)

Girls Under 8 winners, including Sophie (left) and Anika (middle) from Team USA.

Open u 10: Nico Chasin 7.5 pts – silver

U10 Boys Chasin Nico Werner 1

Nico (left), in the Boys Under 10

Girls u 10: Rianne Ke – Gold (9/9!). Maya Behura 4th, Stephanie Velea 5th.

Rianne and Nastassja Matas

Gold medallists in the Under 10 and Under 12, Rianne Ke and Natassja Matus

Open u 12: Arthur Guo 8 pts – gold

Marvin and Arthur

Marvin Gao and Arthur Guo

Girls u 12: Nastassja Matus 8.5 pts – gold, Aasa Dommalapati 8 pts – silver, Ambica Yellamraju 7.5 pts  – Bronze. Julia Miyasaka 4th (a sweep!)

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The Miyasaka siblings exploring Montevideo: Matthew, Julia and Marcus, Photo Jenny Ky

Girls u 14: Camille Kao 4th, Naomi Bashkansky 5th.

Open u 16: Marcus Miyasaka 6.5 silver (tie for first)

Girls u 18:  Apurva Virkud: 7 pts – silver

US Girls Group Photos

See full results here and find more photos and info on the official website. Thanks to Andy Ke for the photos. 

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