ChessKid to Host 2nd Annual Online National Championship

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PRESS RELEASE -- Chess.com LLC May 5th, 2013:


ChessKid.com is set to host the 2nd Annual Online National Chess Championship, June 14th-17th 2013. Founded and organized in June of 2012, last year's event was the first of its kind as the only ever online National Chess Championship - approved by the United States Chess Federation (USCF).

ChessKid.com is the "scholastic extension" of the world's largest chess website - Chess.com. By bringing so many of the nation's best and brightest youth chess players together for an event of this magnitude, ChessKid.com and the USCF hope to provide more exposure for the great game of chess, as well as all the benefits the game has on a child's cognitive development and critical thinking skills.

For many of these strong junior chess players (listed by age division below), it is their first experience playing in an "inviational / closed" event - a format generally reserved for very prestigious, high level tournaments. Like the first, this year's event brings together the nation's best scholastic chess players in each respective age group to battle over the web for a national title. To add to last year's Under 12 and Under 8 divisions, ChessKid.com has added two additional sections: an Under 10 and Girls Under 13.

The "Round Robin" format will see each player have a chance to face off against everyone in their age group. Each child will compete from a public location (mostly chess clubs) in their area, or from home under the observation from a "neutral" adult observer and their parents. The games will be broadcasted over the internet, with live commentary from National and International Master level chess coaches.

More information can be provided by David Petty, Site Manager of ChessKid.com by emailing davidpetty@chesskid.com. 

2013 PARTICIPANTS - Click here to read the full details on the tournament format.

Under 8 Section

Name Rating Age Rank (Feb '13) Rank (April '13)
Kevin Chor 1783 7 1 7 (for 8 yos)
Atreya Vaidya 1731 7 2 1
Maggie Ni 1718 7 6 3
Henry Hawthorn 1683 7 10 8
Rishith Susarla 1666 7 5 18 (for 8 yos)
Harvey Zhu 1662 7 11 7
Logan Wu 1608 7 4 5
Balaji Daggupati            1547 7 9 6

Under 10 Section

Name Rating Age Rank (Feb '13) Rank (Apr '13)
Brian Gu 1914 9 4 5
Josiah Stearman 1903 9 10 4
Justin Paul 1883 9 3 3
Carissa Yip 1864 9 9 9
Anthony Ge 1859 9 13 13
Ajay Krishnan 1852 9 8 8
Joaquin Perkins 1850 8 7 7
Charles Hawthorn         1839 9 6 6


Under 12 Section

Name Rating Age Rank (Feb '13) Rank (Apr '13)
Bovey Liu 2173 11 3 3
Nicolas Checa 2166 11 2 2
Albert Lu 2157 11 3 8 (for 12 yos)
Tanuj Vasudeva 2112 11 5 4
Andrew Zheng 2093 10 3 3
Luke Xie 2057 10 5 7
Marcell Szabo 2051 11 10 21 (for 12 yos)
Annorjan Naguleswaran  2030 11 11 8







Girls Under 13 Section

Name Rating Age Rank (Feb '13) Rank (Apr '13)
Annie Wang 2061 10 2 1
Maggie Feng 2021 12 1 2
Rachel Ulrich 2040 12 8 7
Ashritha Eswaran 2013 12 4 3
Kiana Arab 1956 12 3
Devina Devagharan       1924 11 6 5
Emily Nguyen 1906 10 4 4
Jennifer Yu 1903 11 7 6



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