Seven US Kids in Inaugural St Louis Chess Club-Kasparov Training Camp
The program's chess players include:
- Awonder Liang, age 8, from Madison, WI - Won a gold medal in the under-8 section of the 2011 World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil.
- Ruifeng Li, age 9, from Plano, TX - Won the 2011 Arkansas State Championships and a silver medal in the under-10 section of the 2011 World Youth Championships.
- Jeffrey Xiong, age 11, from Coppell, TX - Recently, Xiong received a four-year scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas.
- Sam Sevian, age 11, from Santa Clara, CA - Is currently the youngest-ever American chess master.
- Kayden Troff, age 14, from West Jordan, UT - Troff participated in the Junior Championships at the CCSCSL in 2011.
- Kevin Cao, age 15, from Saint Louis - Named to the 2010 All-American Team at the age of 12.
- Sarah Chiang, age 15, from Southlake, TX - Tied for third place at the World Youth Championship in the girls U-14 division in 2011.
World Chess Champion and KCF Chairman Garry Kasparov personally coaches the young players in the training program, which will be held at the CCSCSL every summer and in New York City each winter. The CCSCSL and KCF have established a five year educational program for extraordinarily talented children to maximize their potential to achieve the highest level in chess and become members of the U.S. Olympiad Teams. The grant also provides individual coaching for each participant.
"The Chess Club and KCF have sponsored the U.S. Men's and Women's Teams for the World Chess Olympiads and World Championships for several years," said Michael Khodarkovsky, president of the KCF. "Now we have partnered to sponsor the Young Stars - Team USA, which is dedicated to searching for best young chess talents in the country and providing them with the best training system so they can achieve the highest results possible."
More information on the program can be found at www.SaintLouisChessClub.org or www.kasparovchessfoundation.org
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