|Kesav Viswanadha calculates.|
|Michael Wang concentrates.|
The Bay Area has built the reputation for supporting the growth of talented young chess stars. Over a few short years, many of these juniors improve to Expert, Master and Beyond! Incredibly, 11 now hold a USCF rating above 2200 on the October supplement. Another 5 earned their National Master certificate previously, but have since dropped a few points. That's a total of 16 CalChess young masters!
To put these numbers in perspective, consider that zero masters played at the CalChess Scholastics in 2003, while 2006 was the first year to see more than two masters participate.
Top CalChess Juniors (rated above 2150 on October supplement)
- IM-elect Yian Liou (age 17) 2502 USCF rating
- FM Kesav Viswanadha (15) 2429
- FM Cameron Wheeler (14) 2382
- NM Vignesh Panchanatham (14) 2356
- NM Colin Chow (14) 2282
- NM Paul Richter (16) 2271
- NM Michael Wang (12) 2240
- NM Allan Beilin (15) 2221
- NM Siddharth Banik (14) 2215
- NM Rayan Taghizadeh (12) 2212
- FM Tanuj Vasudeva (13) 2209
- nm Josiah Stearman (11) 2185
- Teemu Virtanen (15) 2184
- Neel Apte (16) 2180
- nm Jack Zhu (15) 2174
- Ladia Jirasek (14) 2174
- Pranav Nagarajan (14) 2172
- nm Ashritha Eswaran (13) 2171
- nm Daniel Liu (16) 2165
- nm Udit Iyengar (14) 2165
- Jerome Sun (17) 2165
- Hunter Klotz-burwell (16) 2164
- Joshua Cao (17) 2164
- Kevin Moy (14) 2155
|Josiah Stearman smiles on his birthday.|
* nm = NM but currently rated under 2200
The top two players on this list both have a trio of IM norms to their credit. Yian also achieved the required 2400 FIDE rating, while Kesav must pick up another 18 FIDE points. We should have two new International Masters among our midst soon.
Watch out for Josiah! The young lad spent the last month of summer on a quest for 2200. He reached his goal in San Diego, peaking at 2215 before slipping back down. Officially, Josiah gained 133 rating points in one month, from the August rating list to September (2066 to 2199)!
Who will be next to make master? Certainly anyone rated above 2150 could crack 2200 after one or two good weekends. In addition, a pair of even younger stars, Hans Niemann (11) and Andrew Hong (9), already sport competitive ratings above 2100.