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The best medal chances for Team USA lie in the following sections:
- Girls-U12: Jennifer and Akshita are clear 1st + 2nd and decide gold among themselves.
- Boys-U12: David is tied for 1st, Praveen is 3rd, and Rayan + Aravind are tied for 4th.
- Girls-U8: Rianne is tied for 3rd with Aksithi and Rochelle just 0.5 behind.
- Boys-U10: Aydin is tied for 3rd while Andrew lurks 0.5 back.
- Boys-U8: No Americans are in top 6, but somehow 6 squeezed into the top 14.
How many medals will Team USA collect? Coach Ben Finegold predicted five medals at the start of the tournament. Will he be right? Stay tuned!
The CalChess kids have performed well too, with five scoring 6.0 or 6.5. Three have realistic medal hopes if they can win the final two games: Rayan (B12), Aksithi (G8) and Andrew (B10). Ashritha (G12) and Vignesh (B12) should finish in the top 10 with 1.5 out of the last two games. Good luck!!
Sunday late night update: The Sunday round proved tragic for many of the American players. Sigh! The best chances remain in the Boys and Girls U12 sections. At least there will be one medal -- Jennifer Yu (G12) clinched gold! The CalChess medal hopes rest on the shoulders of Rayan (B12) and Aksithi (G8), while Vignesh can finish top 5 with a win. Round 11 begins at 10:00am in Durban -- 1:00am in California. Go U-S-A!!
Team USA -- Average Score: 5.4 out of 9 (60%).
Team USA -- Average Score: 5.8 out of 10 (59%).
- Nathaniel Shuman 6.0 (7th place) Drew Round 11 - Final 15th place
- Rohun Trakru 6.0 (8th place) Won Round 11 - Final 10th place
- Jason Yu 6.0 (9th place) Won Round 11 - Final 11th place
- Rithik Polavaram 6.0 (11th place) Won Round 10 - Final 9th place
- Arthur Guo 5.5 (12th place) Won Round 10 + Drew Round 11 - Final 8th place
- Pranav Prem 5.5 (14th place) Won Round 10 - Final 14th place
- Rianne Ke 6.5 (4th place) - Final 14th place
- Aksithi Eswaran 6.0 (CalChess) Won Rounds 10 and 11 - Final 5th place
- Rochelle Wu 6.0 (11th place) Won Rounds 10 and 11 - Final 6th place
- Aydin Turgut 7.0 (4th place) - Final 14th place
- Andrew Hong 6.5 (9th place) (CalChess) Won Round 11 - Final 10th place
- Maximillian Lu 5.5 Won Round 11 - Final 25th place
- Christopher Shen 5.5 Won Round 11 - Final 22nd place
- Martha Samadashvili 6.0 (11th place) Won Round 10 - Final 8th place
- Natassja Matus 5.5 Won Round 10 + Drew Round 11 - Final 10th place
- Evelyn Zhu 5.5 Won Rounds 10 and 11 - Final 6th place
- David Peng 7.5 (2nd place) Drew Round 10 - Final 5th place
- Praveen Balakrishnan 7.0 (3rd place) Drew Round 11 - Final 12th place
- Rayan Taghizadeh 6.5 (CalChess) Won Rounds 10 and 11 - BRONZE MEDAL
- Aravind Kumar 6.5 (6th place) - Final 25th place
- Awonder Liang 6.0 (14th place) Drew Round 10 - Final 24th place
- David Brodsky 5.5
- Marcus Miyasaka 5.5
- Hans Niemann 5.0 (CalChess) Won Round 11 - Final 40th place
- Jennifer Yu 8.0 Won Rounds 10 and 11 - GOLD MEDAL
- Akshita Gorti 7.0 (clear 2nd) - Final 12th place
- Camille Kao 5.5
- Ramitha Ravishankar 5.5
- Chenyi Zhao 4.5 (CalChess) Won Round 10 - Final 34th place
- Vignesh Panchanatham 6.0 (CalChess) Won Rounds 10 and 11 - Final 5th place
- Angel Hernandez-Camen 5.5 Won Rounds 10 and 11 - Final 10th place
- Bryce Tiglon 5.5 Won Rounds 10 and 11 - Final 11th place
- Ashritha Eswaran 6.0 (CalChess) Drew Round 10 + Won Round 11 - Final 7th place
- Priya Trakru 5.0 Drew Round 11
- Tianhui Jie 5.0 Won Round 10
- Kapil Chandran 6.5 (6th place) - Final 14th place
- Edward Song 5.5 Drew Round 10 - Final 19th place
- Apurva Virkud 6.0 (10th place) - Final 17th place
- Agata Bykovtsev 6.0 (14th place) - Final 19th place
- Atulya Shetty 6.0 (10th place) - Final 27th place
- Jessica Regam 5.5 (15th place) - Final 28th place