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.

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

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.




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  1. 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.

  2. 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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