World Cadets Begin in Batumi


Batumi Boulevard, Photo GM Irina Krush

The World Cadets in Batumi, Georgia begin on October 19, and the US has a powerful delegation including many high ranked players, such as FM Arthur Guo, ranked third in the Open Under 10, Rochelle Wu, ranked sixth in the Girls  Under 10 and Andrew Hong, ranked sixth in the Open Under 12.

See the full detailed lineup below and on, where you can also follow daily pairings and results.

Grandmaster Irina Krush will be covering the event on US Chess and also look for her “Moment of the Day” updates on twitter and facebook. Read more about the Two Sigma sponsorship of our squad here, and also check out Ritika Pandey’s “World Youth Experience” essay from last month in Khanty-Mansiysk, where the Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 competitions were held.


Nico Chasin with his dad at the dining hall Photo GM Irina Krush

World Cadets Team USA 

Open Under 8 
CM Gao Marvin
Mardov Dimitar
Krishnakumar Sriram
Kunka Harshid
Gadi Varun
Huang Brian
Nath Nitish
Raghuraja Sri Avishkar
Wang Ryan
Wilson Ronen

Open Under 10 

FM Guo Arthur
Wang Jason
CM Chasin Nico Werner
Yoo Christopher Woojin
Yu Jason
Pan Kevin
Polavaram Rithik S
Boris Peter Theodore
Zong Jr Davis
Kondakov Adrian
Oberoi Shelev
Clasby Derek
Lu Ming
Selvam Sanjay

Open Under 12

Hong Andrew Z
Huang Andy
Kumar Nikhil
Turgut Aydin
Wang Brandon Mingye
Somalwar Anaiy
Zhurbinsky David J


Ellen Wang and Rochelle Wu, Photo GM Irina Krush 

Girls Under 8
Sara Gupta
WCM Rajaram Anika
WCM Velea Sophie
Chu Joy
Kally Wen

Girls Under 10

Wu Rochelle
Menon Gauri
Ke Rianne
WCM Eswaran Aksithi
Velea Stephanie
WCM Wang Audrey
WCM Wisniowski Natalie
Baalla Nura
Sun Amy Mengtian
Wang Ellen
Wang Tianna

Girls Under 12 

WFM Samadashvili Martha
WFM Matus Nastassja A
Zhu Evelyn
Meiyappan Annapoornif
Ehsani Yassamin L
Ayinala Shree
Velea Anne-Marie


  1. My guess is that Batumi, Georgia is a more interesting place for a “chess-cation” versus Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, the site for the recently-completed 2016 World Youth tournament.

    It’d be interesting to read the opinions of parents and coaches who have been to both places.

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