By Jerry Nash
April 28, 2014
(CROSSVILLE, TN) The United States Chess Federation is pleased to announce that 12 players have qualified to represent the United States of America in their age categories at the 2014 Pan American Youth Festival & Blitz July 10-17, 2014 at the Hotel Club Dorados Oaxtepec in the State of Morelos.
These players earned this honor by achieving a peak post tournament rating according to the USCF’s February Ratings Supplement. Each player is considered the Official U.S. Representatives in their age group. Eight players who qualified on the basis of their superior performance in the 2013 Pan American Youth Festival have earned the right to be Personal Rights Representatives of the U.S. In addition, seven players qualified as Personal Rights representatives by winning the Gold Medal at the 2013 North American Youth Chess Championships.
The Pan American Youth Festival is an open tournament for players aged 18 and under who live in the Americas. Any USCF player who qualifies for an age group may play, but they must register for the tournament through the USCF. A player’s age for this tournament is his/her age as of January 1, 2014. Participants other than the Official U.S. Representatives are not eligible for financial support from the USCF.
If an Official Representative (listed below) in an age category declines to attend, then the highest rated player (according to the February supplement) in that category who is registered with the organizers and with the USCF Office by May 23rd, 2014, will be considered the Official U.S. Representative.
Congratulations to the following players who have qualified as the Official U.S. Representatives to the 2014 Pan American Youth Festival!
- U-8 Boys – Arthur Guo – GA
- U-8 Girls – Rianne Ke – CA
- U-10 Boys – Aydin Turgut – IL
- U-10 Girls – Martha Samadashvili – NY
- U-12 Boys – Awonder Liang – WI
- U-12 Girls – Jennifer Yu – VA
- U-14 Boys – Jeffery Xiong – TX
- U-14 Girls – Ashritha Eswaran – CA
- U-16 Boys – Kayden Troff – UT
- U-16 Girls – Simone Liao – CA
- U-18 Boys – Darwin Yang – TX
- U-18 Girls – Sarah Chiang – TX
The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is a 501©(3) organization dedicated to promoting chess in the United States. Founded in 1939, the USCF 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. To make a tax-deductible donation to support the USCF and our World Youth teams visit www.uschess.org/donate.
The link to the 2014 Pan American Youth organizers’ website is: http://panamericanoajedrezmexico2014.com/