U.S. Head of Delegation – TEAM USA
After Day 1 at the 2012 NAYCC
México City, Mexico

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.

U8 Girls
Aksithi Eswaran 1.0

U10 Girls
Chenyi Zhao 2.0

U12 Girls
Ashritha Eswaran 2.0

U14 Girls
Kristen Sarna 0.0

U16 Girls
WCM Claudia Munoz 1.0

U8 Boys
Joaquin Perkins 2.0

U10 Boys
Pranav Senthilkumar 2.0

U12 Boys
Alexander Hemmat 2.0
Anirudh Seela 1.0

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