World Cadet Underway in China

The World Cadet is currently underway in China, with 75 players representing US Chess. Our top scorer so far is Liran Zhou, who has 5.5/6 in the Open Under 12. Liran broke the record for the youngest US Chess master ever in 2017, broken in 2018 by Abhi Mishra (who played in the US Masters instead of the Cadets) Other strong first halfs include Lucas Jiang, with 5/6 in the U8 Open,  Steve Wongso with 5/6 in the Under 10 Open, Ruiyang Yan in the Under 12 Girls and Alice Lee and Iris Mou with 5/6 in the Girls Under 10.

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[Event "Girls U10 World Cadet Championship"]
[Date "2019.08.26"]
[White "Mou, Iris"]
[Black "Kirtadze, Anastasia"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B52"]
[WhiteElo "1669"]
[BlackElo "1532"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "United States"]
[BlackTeam "Georgia"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "USA"]
[BlackTeamCountry "GEO"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. O-O Nc6 6. c3 g6 7. d4 cxd4 8.
cxd4 Bg7 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. Re1 O-O 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bh4 g5 13. Bg3 Nh5 14. d5 Nd8
15. Ne5 dxe5 16. Qxh5 Rc8 17. h4 gxh4 18. Bxe5 f6 19. Bf4 Nf7 20. Qxh4 Ng5 21.
Re3 Rc4 22. Rae1 b5 23. b3 Rcc8 24. Ne2 Qe8 25. Nd4 Qg6 26. Rg3 Qh7 27. Nf5 Rf7
28. d6 exd6 29. Nxd6 Rcf8 30. Nxf7 Rxf7 31. e5 Re7 32. Rc1 Qf5 33. exf6 Bxf6
34. Bxg5 hxg5 35. Qg4 Qg6 36. Rf3 Kg7 37. Qf5 Qxf5 38. Rxf5 b4 39. Rc6 Rf7 40.
Ra6 g4 41. Rf4 g3 42. fxg3 Bc3 43. Rxf7+ Kxf7 44. Rxa7+ Kf6 45. Rc7 1-0

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In a titanic battle in the Girls Under 10, Alice Lee won against Rachael Li (whose US Chess rating has been soaring lately.) 
Alice Lee, Photo Grant Oen
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[Event "Girls U10 World Cadet Championship"]
[Date "2019.08.26"]
[White "Lee, Alice"]
[Black "Li, Rachael"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A61"]
[WhiteElo "1822"]
[BlackElo "1910"]
[PlyCount "149"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "United States"]
[BlackTeam "United States"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "USA"]
[BlackTeamCountry "USA"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nf3 g6 7. Bf4 a6 8. a4
Bg7 9. h3 O-O 10. e3 Ne8 11. Be2 Nd7 12. O-O Ne5 13. Nd2 f5 14. a5 b5 15. axb6
Qxb6 16. Bxe5 Bxe5 17. Nc4 Qc7 18. Nxe5 dxe5 19. Na4 Bd7 20. Qc2 Bxa4 21. Rxa4
Nd6 22. Rxa6 Rxa6 23. Bxa6 Qb6 24. Bd3 e4 25. Bc4 f4 26. exf4 Rxf4 27. b3 Qa7
28. Qc3 Qg7 29. Qe3 Rf8 30. Qxc5 Qe5 31. Rd1 Ra8 32. Bf1 Ra2 33. b4 Rb2 34. Ra1
e3 35. Ra8+ Kg7 36. Qa7+ Kh6 37. Qxe3+ Qxe3 38. fxe3 Rxb4 39. Rd8 Nf7 40. Rd7
Kg7 41. Be2 Kf6 42. Bf3 h6 43. Kf2 Rb2+ 44. Kg3 Rb3 45. e4 Ra3 46. Rb7 Nd6 47.
Rb4 Rc3 48. Kf4 g5+ 49. Kg4 Rc4 50. Rb6 Ke5 51. Kh5 Rc8 52. Kxh6 Rg8 53. Rc6 g4
54. hxg4 Rd8 55. g5 Nf7+ 56. Kg6 Nd6 57. Rc7 Rg8+ 58. Rg7 Rf8 59. Re7+ Kf4 60.
Kg7 Rd8 61. g6 Ne8+ 62. Rxe8 Rxe8 63. Kf7 Rb8 64. g7 Rb7+ 65. Kg6 Rb6+ 66. Kh7
Rb7 67. Kh8 Rxg7 68. Kxg7 Kg3 69. d6 Kh2 70. d7 Kg1 71. d8=Q Kf2 72. Qg5 Kg1
73. Qe3+ Kh2 74. Qf2 Kh1 75. g4# 1-0[/pgn]
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[Event "U10 World Cadet Championship"]
[Date "2019.08.25"]
[White "Wongso, Steve"]
[Black "Hvozdz, Aliaksandr"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "1765"]
[BlackElo "1699"]
[PlyCount "79"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "United States"]
[BlackTeam "Belarus"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "USA"]
[BlackTeamCountry "BLR"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. Be2 Nc6 5. d4 O-O-O 6. Be3 e5 7. c4 Qa5+ 8.
Bd2 Bb4 9. Nxe5 Bxe2 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Qxe2 Rxd4 12. Nc3 Nf6 13. O-O Re8 14.
Be3 Rd7 15. Qf3 Bxc3 16. bxc3 Ne4 17. Rab1 f5 18. Rb2 g6 19. Rfb1 Rde7 20. Qd1
Nd6 21. Rb8+ Kd7 22. c5 Rxe3 23. fxe3 Qxc5 24. Rxe8 Kxe8 25. Rb8+ Ke7 26. Qd4
Qxd4 27. cxd4 Nb5 28. Ra8 Kd7 29. a4 Nc3 30. Rxa7 Nd5 31. Rb7 Kc8 32. Rb3 Nb6
33. a5 Nc4 34. a6 Nb6 35. Rc3 Kb8 36. Rxc6 Nd5 37. Kf2 Nb4 38. a7+ Kxa7 39.
Rxc7+ Kb6 40. Rxh7 1-0[/pgn]
FIDE Events Manager Grant Oen told CLO that "Yesterday, on the rest day, our delegation played a lot of blitz and ping pong.  Our staff includes HOD FM Aviv Friedman, Assistant HOD GM Sergey Kudrin, Coaches IMs Kostya Kavutskiy, Levy Rozman, Andranik Matikozyan, Jan van de Mortel, and WGM Katerina Nemcova.  Almost all of us are playing ping pong every day, but GM Mesgen Amanov, who is here as a private coach for many students, is clearly the best." Thanks to our sponsor American Intercultural Education, AIE.  Their sponsorship helped outfit our team with the uniforms that they are proudly wearing in the above photos.       Quick Links  Chess Results Live Games Link Chess24 Live Games Under 8 Girls and Under 8 Open Under 10 Girls and Under 10 Open Under 12 Girls and Under 12 Open (these links will be added when they're available.) Sponsor AIE website

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In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Alice Lee vs Rachael Li -- indeed, you are correct in calling it a "Titanic Struggle." I think this is the first time the two 9 year olds have met over the board. I can only speculate as to how many games they'll contest over the next decade. Looking forward to them.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I look forward to seeing some of these young stars shine in the new Rockefeller K-5 Tournament of State Champions next year. Congratulations to all participants in the Cadet.

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