US Chess Announces World Cadet Qualifiers [UPDATED]

CROSSVILLE, TN [UPDATED MAY 16, 2018] The US Chess Federation is pleased to announce the list of players who have qualified to participate in the 2018 World Cadet Chess Championships to be held in Galicia, Spain, November 3-16, 2018.  These students earned this honor by achieving the required peak post tournament ratings according to the US Chess May 2018 Rating Supplement.  Additionally, players may qualify as Personal Rights (PR) player by winning a medal at the 2017 World Cadet Championship. The top players by rating in each age category are considered the United States Official Representatives by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, but all players may compete in the event as part of the US delegation.  If an Official Representative (listed as OR below) in an age category declines to attend, then the highest rated player (according to the US Chess May 2018 Supplement) in that category who is registered with the US Chess Office by August 1 will be considered the Official U.S. Representative. Details concerning the 2018 World Cadet are not yet posted by the organizers, but interested players should contact US Chess FIDE Events Manager Grant Oen ( and US Chess Assistant Director of Events Pete Karagianis ( by August 1 to confirm their participation. Qualified players, listed below, are exempt from US Chess administration fees.  Only the Official U.S. Representatives (OR) and Personal Rights (PR) players from the previous World Cadets are eligible to receive further financial support from US Chess and/or the organizers.  However, the FIDE World Cadet is an open tournament and any US Chess member who meets the age and eligibility requirements may pay their own way to play. The age/gender categories for the World Cadets include Open and Girls – Under 8, Under 10, and Under 12. A player’s age for this tournament is his/her age as of January 1, 2018.  The link to the US Chess invitation requirements is:  The due date for players to register with the US Chess office is August 1. Congratulations to all the players who qualified for the 2018 World Cadets! Open U12 Qualifiers
  • Christopher Yoo (California) – Official Representative (OR)
  • Arthur Guo (Georgia)
  • Jason Wang (Ohio)
  • Nico Chasin (New York)
  • Derek Clasby (New Jersey)
  • Eddy Tian (New Jersey)
  • Merric Hu (New Jersey)
  • Rithik Polavaram (Texas)
  • Eric Yuhan Li (California)
  • Jason Yu (Washington)
  • Vyom Vidyarthi (California)
  • Ming Lu (California)
  • Davis Zong, Jr (New York)
  • Evan Park (Pennsylvania)
  • Nathaniel Shuman (New York)
  • Kirk Ghazarian (California)
  • Krishna Nathan (California)
  • Kevin Pan (California)
  • Paris Prestia (New York)
  • Jason Liang (Virginia)
  • Rohun Thakru (Texas)
  • Sandeep Sethuraman (Arizona)
  • Shelev Oberoi (Texas)
  • Michael Zheng (Michigan)
  • Noah Thomforde-Toates (Pennsylvania)
  • Adi Murgescu (New York)
  • Eric Zhang (Washington)
  • Justin Lee (New Jersey)
  • Teddie Wen (California)
  • Jonathan Chen (California)
  • Jack Levine (New York)
  • Neil Bhavikatti (Colorado)
  • Adrian Kondakov (California)
  • Peter Theodore Boris (New York)
  • Naman Kumar (Florida)
  • Arthur Xu (Illinois) – Personal Rights (PR) Player
  • Derek Jin (Massachusetts)
  • Tejas Rama (New Jersey)
  • Pranav Prem (Virginia)
  • Vishnu Vanapalli (North Carolina)
Open U10 Qualifiers
  • Liran Zhou (New York) – PR
  • Abhimanyu Mishra (New Jersey) – PR
  • Dimitar Mardov (Illinois) – OR
  • Liam Putnam (New York)
  • Sriram Krishnakumar (California)
  • Luke Ye (Missouri)
  • Bryan Xie (California)
  • Jayden Lee (Arizona)
  • Bach Ngo (Florida)
  • Brian Huang (California)
  • Steve Wongso (Arizona)
  • Marvin Gao (Florida)
  • Shawnak Shivakumar (California)
  • Ronen Wilson (Virginia)
  • Erick Zhao (Florida)
  • Varun Gadi (Georgia)
  • Harshid Kunka (Texas)
  • Eddison Chen (Kansas)
  • Brewington Hardaway (New York)
  • Sebastian Prestia (New York)
  • Yuze Cheng (Massachusetts)
  • Andrew Wang (California)
  • Shaaketh Sivakumar (California)
Open U8 Qualifiers
  • Aren Emrikian (Illinois) – PR
  • Yuvraj Chennareddy (Illinois) – OR
  • Ruohan Yin (Massachusetts)
  • Alexander J Wang (New Jersey)
  • Andrew Jiang (Georgia)
  • Cannon Farragut (Florida)
  • Ryan Zhu (New Jersey)
  • Nevo Faitelson (New York)
  • Dhruva Patil (Florida)
  • Andy Woodward (Texas)
  • Rohan Rajaram (California)
  • Xan Meister (New York)
  • Nick Sheely (Georgia)
Girls Under 12
  • Rochelle Wu (California) – OR
  • Rianne Ke (California)
  • Rui Yang Yan (California)
  • Ellen Wang (New York) – PR
  • Atmika Gorti (Virginia)
  • Aksithi Eswaran (California)
  • Dhriti Iyer (Pennsylvania)
  • Joy Cao (Massachusetts)
  • Tianna Wang (Massachusetts)
  • Nura Baalla (New York)
  • Emma Cheng (Ohio)
  • Natalia Zduniewicz (New York)
  • Stephanie Velea (Washington)
  • Gauri Menon (Wisconsin)
  • Jenny Zhu (New York)
  • Sanjana Ramesh (Michigan)
  • Suran Gao (New Jersey)
  • Allyson Wong (California)
  • Natalie Wisniowski (Illinois)
  • Melina Li (Washington)
  • Ashley Pang (California)
Girls Under 10
  • Alice Lee (Minnesota) – OR
  • Iris Mou (New York)
  • Kelsey Liu (Massachusetts)
  • Sophie Velea (Washington)
  • Zoey Tang (Oregon)
  • Anika Rajaram (California)
  • Abbie Wu (Oregon)
  • Rose Atwell (California)
  • Kally Wen (California)
  • Teja Pollard (New York)
  • Ramya Elangovan (Texas)
  • Kavya Meiyappan (California)
  • Riya Kanury (Massachusetts)
  • Tianwen Gao (Texas)
  • Sophia Peng (Arizona)
  • Serena Evans (Connecticut)
  • Prashansa Narnur (Arizona)
  • Chance Nguyen (Virginia)
  • Simone Morden (New York)
Girls Under 8
  • Rachael Li (Texas) – OR
  • Omya Vidyarthi (California)
  • Evelyn Qiao (Georgia)
  • Crystal Gu (California)
  • Aliana Fausto (New York)
  • Jocelyn Chen (California)
  • Jasmine Su (Connecticut)
  • Sunny Zhang (Texas)
  • Nandini Prakash (Illinois)
  • Sri Yashvi Raghuraja (Texas)
  • Kelsey Routman (Virginia)
  • Lyla Basavaiah (New York)
  • Whitney Tse (New York)


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

The FIDE World Cadet Championships is November 3-16, 2018 in Galicia, Spain. The FIDE World Championship Match is November 9-28, 2018 in London, UK. See the FIDE calendar at for details. You incorrectly posted the wrong dates above.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Open U12, you have "Eric Park (Pennsylvania)", but I think that should be "Evan Park (Pennsylvania)".

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Aren Emrikian (Illiniois) – Illinois is spelled with three I's, not 4!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

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In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Unable to confirm our acceptance due to invalid email listed here - Pete Karagianis ( ? We have not received any further communication from USCF as to how we register and what the next steps are, appreciate if one of you can direct us to right person/resources.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

hello, What do we need to do to register by august 1 which is in 1 day? Do we just send email . please reply asap. I am getting mixed responses from other parents.

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