US Chess Announces 2021 World Youth & World Cadet Championships Invitees

The US Chess Federation is pleased to announce the list of players who are officially invited to participate in the 2021 World Youth (Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18) and 2021 World Cadet (Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12) Chess Championships.

These students earned this honor by meeting the peak post-tournament (PPT) rating and activity criteria in their age and gender categories according to the Scholastic National Invitational Event and Award Requirements and subsequent Executive Board motion to adjust the rating and activity requirement periods. The top players by PPT rating in each age category are considered the United States Official Representatives (OR) by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, but all USA players may compete in the event as part of the US Chess delegation. Additionally, players may qualify as Personal Rights (PR) players by winning a medal at the 2020 FIDE Online World Cadets and Youth Rapid Championships (subject to organizer's regulations).


There are currently no details (at the time of publishing this article) regarding either the 2021 World Youth or 2021 World Cadet Chess Championships other than if held, they will be at the same locations as the canceled events from 2020, Mamaia, Romania for the 2021 World Youth and Batumi, Georgia for the 2021 World Cadet. We also do not know if PR players who did not participate in 2020 due to those events being canceled will be carried forward with PR rights for the 2021 events.

Also, per the Executive Board motion suspending international event participation posted on April 8, 2020, and subsequent Executive Board reaffirmation of this motion posted on January 22, 2021, US Chess is not currently authorizing any delegations or providing any financial support for any international events due to the U.S. State Department travel warnings caused by the pandemic.

However, should these events be held, you should note that both the World Youth and World Cadet Championships are open tournaments and any US Chess member who meets the age and eligibility requirements may participate but they will be responsible for all financial obligations needed to do so. A player's age for these tournaments is his/her age as of January 1, 2021.

The latest news regarding international youth events can be found here. Please contact Chris Bird, FIDE Events Manager at if you have any questions regarding these events.

Congratulations to the following players who are invited to be the Official U.S. Representatives at the 2021 World Youth and 2021 World Cadet Chess Championships!

Awonder Liang (WI) - OR
Brandon Jacobson (NJ)
Hans Niemann (CT)
Andrew Hong (CA)
Carissa Yip (MA)
Josiah Stearman (CA)
Nikhil Kumar (FL)
Justin Chen (NY)
Christopher Shen (OH)
Shunkai Peng (OR)
Justin Paul (VA)
Carissa Yip (MA) - OR
Martha Samadashvili (NY)
Sheena Zeng (KS)
Evelyn Zhu (NY)
Sanjana Vittal (NJ)
Susanna Ulrich (WI)
Shreya Mangalam (IL)
Yassamin Ehsani (NY)
Cindy Zhang (CA)
Chang Xu (AZ)
Aria Hoesley (IL)
Anne-Marie Velea (WA)
Arya Kumar (NC)
Iris Zhou (MO)
Minda Chen (WA)
Aasa Dommalapati (VA)
Amy Lei (MA)


Justin Wang (TX) - OR
Christopher Yoo (CA)
Robert Shlyakhtenko (CA)
Balaji Daggupati (CA)
Anthony He (WA)
Maximillian Lu (CT)
Arthur Guo (GA)
Jason Wang (OH)
Vincent Tsay (NY)
Nico Chasin (NY)
Alex Kolay (CA)
Kirk Ghazarian (CA)
Noah Thomforde-Toates (PA)
Ming Lu (CA)
Rochelle Wu (CA) - OR
Gracy Prasanna (PA)
Ambica Yellamraju (TX)
Anh Nguyen (TX)
Nura Baalla (NY)
Rianne Ke (CA)
Annapoorni Meiyappan (CA)
Jessica Hyatt (NY)
Natalie Wisniowski (IL)
Aksithi Eswaran (CA)
Gauri Menon (WI)
Joy Cao (MA)
Emma Cheng (OH)
Aparna Yellamraju (TX)
Asha Kumar (NC)
Sophie Tien (WA)
Charisse Woods (MI)


Jason Liang (NY) - OR
Liran Zhou (NY)
Eric Li (CA)
Dimitar Mardov (IL)
Evan Park (PA)
Tejas Rama (NJ)
Liam Putnam (NY)
Erick Zhao (FL)
Vyom Vidyarthi (CA)
Ruiyang Yan (CA)
Terry Luo (DE)
Arthur Xu (IL)
Bach Ngo (FL)
Alex Wang (CA)
Sandeep Sethuraman (AZ)
Jack Levine (NY)
Tommy Wen (CA)
Sriram Krishnakumar (CA)
Jonathan Chen (CA)
Ruiyang Yan (CA) - OR
Ellen Wang (NY)
Zoey Tang (OR)
Jenny Zhu (NY)
Ashley Pang (CA)
Kelsey Liu (MA)
Tianna Wang (MA)
Yesun Lee (CA)
Anika Rajaram (CA)
Lilian Wang (PA)
Kalia Wang (TX)
Sophie Velea (WA)
Aayushma Rai (NY)
Lily Deng (WA)
Sophia Peng (AZ)
Ellie Zhang (CA)


Abhimanyu Mishra (NJ) - OR
Ryo Chen (TX)
Brewington Hardaway (NY)
Andy Woodward (TX)
Bryan Xie (CA)
Alice Lee (MN)
Tanitoluwa Adewumi (NY)
Alexander Wang (NJ)
Harshid Kunka (TX)
Timothy Xie (NJ)
Spencer Chin (NY)
Steve Wongso (AZ)
Andrew Jiang (GA)
Sebastian Prestia (NY)
Iris Mou (NY)
Eddison Chen (KS)
Emmanuel Dentchouk (CA)
Brian Pang (NY)
Yuvraj Chennareddy (IL)
Alice Lee (MN) - OR
Iris Mou (NY)
Omya Vidyarthi (CA)
Rose Atwell (CA)
Jasmine Su (CT)
Crystal Gu (CA)
Abbie Wu (OR)
Chloe Gaw (NY)
Jocelyn Chen (CA)
Nandini Prakash (IL)
Riya Kanury (MA)
Avery Yu (CA)
Erin Bian (WA)
Evelyn Qiao (GA)
Sunny Zhang (TX)
Aliana Fausto (NY)
Chloe Wang (PA)


Ryan Sun (MA) - OR
Lucas Jiang (CA)
Bobby Qian (NJ)
Rohan Rajaram (CA)
Madison Brown (IN) - OR
Megan Paragua (NY)


Kyle Dong (NY) - OR
Jacob Wang (CA)


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