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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2014 All-America Chess Team Announced

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Hello everyone,

(Crossville, TN) The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is pleased to announce the 2014 All-America Chess Team sponsored by Trophies Plus. Team members will receive their team jackets and plaques at the 2013 National K-12 Grade Championship to be held this December in Orlando, FL. 

The All-America Chess Team was created in 1987 to honor the very best players ages 18 and under. The team, one of the highest national honors attainable by a young chess player, is selected on the basis of age, rating, and activities during that year, similar to the selection process of "all conference" sports teams. This year's candidates were selected based on their age as of January 1, 2013, and their peak post-tournament rating from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. Since this award is a "post-season" selection, the minimum rating limits in each age group are reviewed annually by the USCF staff and the USCF Scholastic Council.

The All-America Chess Team is sponsored by Trophies Plus of Templeton, Iowa. Trophies Plus has sponsored the team since 2004. In addition to the support provided for this award, Jim Jensen, owner of Trophies Plus, provides trophies for national tournaments as well as post-tournament trophy shipping. The USCF is proud to have Trophies Plus as a part of scholastic chess by sponsoring this year's All-America Team. You can visit Trophies Plus at their or call them at 800-397-9993.

The United States Chess Federation wishes to congratulate each of the eighty-nine members of this year's All-America Chess Team for receiving this prestigious award!

2014 USCF All-America Chess Team Sponsored by Trophies Plus:

Age 18 (minimum peak rating 2450)Ray Robson, MO
William Fisher, NY

Age 17 (minimum peak rating 2400)Daniel Naroditsky, CA
Robert M. Perez, FL

Age 16 (minimum peak rating 2350)Darwin Yang, TX
Akeksandr Ostrovskiy, NY
Atulya Shetty, MI
Sean Vibbert, IN
Alexander Ross Katz, NJ

Age 15 (minimum peak rating 2300)Michael H. Bodek, NY
Yian Liou, CA
Kevin Wang, MD
Arthur Shen, NJ
David Hua, NJ
Varun Krishnan, CA
Michael William Brown, CA
Jarod John M. Pamatmat, TX
Alexander Velikanov, WI
Bryan Hu, AZ

Age 14 (minimum peak rating 2250)Kayden Troff, UT
Luke C. Harmon-Vellotti, ID
Joshua Colas, NY
Christopher Gu, RI
Christopher Wu, NJ
Justus D. Williams, NY
Mika Andrew Brattain, MA
James A. Black, NY
Kapil Chandran, CT
Safal Bora, MI
Andrew Liu, MA

Age 13 (minimum peak rating 2250)Akshat Chandra, NJ
Dachey Lin, TX
Andrew Tang, MN
Kesav Viswanadha, CA
Colin Chow, CA
Edward Song, MI

Age 12 (minimum peak rating 2150)Jeffery Xiong, TX
Samuel Sevian, MA
Cameron Wheeler, CA
Jonathan Chiang, TX
Tommy O. He, TX
Bhaskar Gupta, NJ
Vignesh Panchanatham, CA
Roland Feng, WA
John Gabriel Ludwig, FL
Craig Hilby, CA
Joshua Sheng, CA
Siddharth G. Banik, CA
Udit Iyengar, CA
Jason Shi, CT
Ashritha Eswaran, CA
Alexander J. Crump, NY

Age 11 (minimum peak rating 2150)Ruifeng Li, TX
Nicolas Checa, NY
Albert Lu, CA
Bovey Liu, TX
Michael Wang, CA
Tanuj Vasudeva, CA

Age 10 (minimum peak rating 2050)Praveen Balakrishnan, NJ
Aravind Kumar, NJ
Andrew Zheng, MD
Advait Patel, WV
Marcus Ming Miyasaka, NY
Rayan Taghizadeh, CA
Annie Wang, CA
Andrew Titus, MN
Luke Bohua Xie, OH
David Brodsky, NY

Age 9 (minimum peak rating 1900)Awonder Liang, WI
David Tianjian Peng, IL
Thomas Elberling, NJ
Carissa Shiwen Yip, MA
Alexander John Costello, CA
Josiah Paul Stearman, CA
Justin Paul, VA
Brian Fanyuan Gu, TX
Brandon Jacobson, NJ
Anthony Ge, CA

Age 8 & Under (minimum peak rating 1800)Tan Nguyen, VA
Christopher Yu-Shuo Shen, OH
Aydin Turgut, IL
Joaquin K. Perkins, CA
Milind Maiti, CA
Kevin D. Chor, AZ
Daniel Levkov, NY
Ben Rood, CA
Andrew Zhang Hong, CA
Jason Metpally, TX
Anish Vivekananthan, TX

The United States Chess Federation (USCF), founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is now headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee. USCF is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. The USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization with over 80,000 members. For additional information on the USCF, see:

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