Report by Abed Munoz
Day one of this North American Youth Chess Championship ended on a positive note for Team USA as five of our nine American players went completely undefeated. Team USA scored 13 of 18 possible points against Mexico in the first two rounds, thus having a 72% plus ratio. We did not have representation in the U-18 girls, U14 Boys, U-16 Boys and U-18 Boys. Before anyone begins to comment on why the USCF did not send players it is simple, the parents and the children decide if they wish to invest on international trips such as these. The backbone of American scholastic chess, whether national or international will always be parental investment
The U-8 and U-10 categories were merged where both boys and girls are competing together due to lack of numbers in the girls categories, however at the end of the event the top 3-best boy and girl medal and earn their FIDE titles. The rest of the categories meet the FIDE requirements on numbers..
Several members of our team prior to each round gave their Mexican opponents a goodwill gift; I witnessed reciprocity from several Mexican players as well. Here is where chess transcends international politics and national issues.
After two rounds of play, here are the individual results. Today two additional rounds will be played.
Aksithi Eswaran 1.0
Chenyi Zhao 2.0
Ashritha Eswaran 2.0
Kristen Sarna 0.0
WCM Claudia Munoz 1.0
Joaquin Perkins 2.0
Pranav Senthilkumar 2.0
Alexander Hemmat 2.0
Anirudh Seela 1.0
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