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!)
Girls u 8: Sophie Velea 7 pts (gold on TB), Anika Rajaram 7 (silver on TB). Sofia Dewan – 6th place
Open u 10: Nico Chasin 7.5 pts – silver
Girls u 10: Rianne Ke – Gold (9/9!). Maya Behura 4th, Stephanie Velea 5th.
Open u 12: Arthur Guo 8 pts – gold
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!)
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