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Bay Area Kids Dominate at the World Youth Chess Championship

November 19, 2012

Cameron Wheeler vs Samuel Sevian from Round 10 (photo by Rob Wheeler)

Young chess players from the San Francisco Bay Area took Maribor, Slovenia by storm this November. Their dominating performance at the World Youth Chess Championships once again proved that the best scholastic chess in the country takes place in Northern, California.

Cameron Wheeler’s silver medal performance at the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship is the top chess achievement for the remarkable Cupertino twelve year old. Chris Torres, Scholastic Director for Calchess, could not be prouder of Cameron’s performance:

“What Cameron was able to accomplish at the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship was simply remarkable. For several, years fans of Northern California chess have watched Cameron blossom into the incredible chess player he is. Now there is no doubt that his name belongs listed with the greatest chess players California has ever produced.”

Cameron was the sole leader at the 2012 World Youth Chess Championships for many rounds and was only eclipsed late in the tournament by fellow Northern California chess prodigy Samuel Sevian.

Samuel Sevian was a favorite among chess analysts to win gold at the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship for the twelve and under group. Sam, a Santa Clara resident, became the youngest U.S. player ever to achieve the title of chess master when he was just nine years old. Now at age 12, he proved himself to be the best chess player in world by defeating his friend, Cameron Wheeler, in a hard fought round 10. According to Chris Torres, “The amazing thing about Sam is he never seems to be nearing his peak in chess. If he continues along this path, the soon to be International Master has a chance to accomplish achievements in chess not seen from an American since Bobby Fischer.”

The Bay Area was also very strong in the under eight section. Ben Rood, a Walnut Creek native, only missed earning a medal by a hair in his second attempt at winning the World Youth Chess Championships .  His 8/11 score was good enough to tie for fourth and place ninth over-all. His coach Chris Torres says of Ben’s performance:

“I know the kid really wanted to win this event so falling a little short was difficult for him. I am incredibly proud of his top ten performance which included defeating several FIDE titled players as well the European Gold Medalist in the final round. Had the pairings been a little kinder, I am sure he would be wearing a medal.”

Cameron, Samuel, and Ben are proudly carrying on a fine tradition of top level youth chess in the San Francisco Bay Area. If your child is interested in chess, Chris Torres recommends visiting his webpage www.ChessAndMusic.com as well as the main page for Calchess  which is http://www.Calchess.org.

World Youth Chess Championships 2012: Half Time for Team USA

November 13, 2012

Ben Rood likes his chances.

Today was the break day for the young chess players competing at the World Youth Chess Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. Team USA is particularly dominant in the U12 Open where American chess masters Samuel Sevian and Jeffrey Xiong are tied for first and will be playing on board 1 in round 7. Only a half point behind and tied for second place are fellow countrymen Cameron Wheeler and Bryce Tiglon. In the U10 Open, Aravind Kumar and Trung Nguyen are tied for third with 5/6.  Americans Annie Wang and Emily Nguyen will be playing each other on board 4 in the U10 Girls section. In the U8 Girls section,  Aasa Dommalapati has played extremely well and is tied for second with 5/6. Finally, in the U8 Open, Tan Nguyen, Balaji Daggupati and super-star Ben Rood are still hunting for Gold. With so many players from the United States having won 75% of the games or more through 6 rounds, it seems very likely that several members of the American delegation will be awarded medals on the podium after round 11.


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