Thursday, September 29

CalChess FIDE Rated Juniors - September 2011

Beware the 5th grade master!
When I earned my first international rating in January 2000, the recognition was more of rare bird than it is today, especially for non-masters and juniors.  Starting out at 2054, my FIDE actually dropped to 2011, barely above the absolute floor of 2000 back then.  My USCF rating bounced around 2100 at the time.

I participated in a handful of "Futurity" events at the Mechanic's Institute, intended for players to earn a published FIDE rating.  Only a handful of elite juniors were invited.  Consequently, I doubt that more than five kids in the Bay Area could boast of their world ranking at any one time.   

Fast forward to 2011...

CalChess FIDE Rated Juniors
(September 2011 FIDE ratings)

  1. IM Daniel Naroditsky 2472
  2. NM Gregory Young 2368
  3. NM Yian Liou 2283
  4. NM Samuel Sevian 2180
  5. Daniel Liu 2063
  6. Kyle Shin 2046
  7. Siddharth Banik 2034
  8. Arthur Liou 2024
  9. Jack Zhu 1996
  10. Cameron Wheeler 1962
  11. Kesav Viswanadha 1938
  12. Udit Iyengar 1917
  13. Ojas Chinchwadkar 1915
  14. Vignesh Panchanatham 1902
  15. Allan Beilin 1899
Things certainly changed in a decade!  An amazing 15 youngsters are currently ranked, even after four graduated this past June.  Eight sport a FIDE rating over 2000.  With fellow World Youth gold medalist Steven Zierk now a freshman at MIT, Daniel Naroditsky lays an undisputed claim to the rank of 600 lb gorilla in Bay Area scholastic chess.

Reigning US Junior champion Gregory Young bounced up 72 points in the first half of 2011 before returning to his retirement due to school and basketball.  Hopefully he will submit the necessary paperwork and fee for the FM title that he duly earned by breaking 2300 FIDE.  Last year's US Cadet co-champion Yian Liou lurks within striking distance of FM as well, needing just one or two good tournaments.

After this trio of talented high school players, 10 of the remaining 12 local kids are in middle or elementary school!  Moving up from just below 2200 is Samuel Sevian, the country's youngest master ever (based on USCF rating).  The bottom six players on the Bay Area rankings may still be below 2000, but I bet they will shoot up quickly considering they all are in 5th or 6th grade (except Ojas Chinchwadkar).

1 comment:

Rob said...

As you predicted, both Cameron (2002) and Kesav (2020) have recently crossed the 2000 barrier.