|Team USA winners. L to R: Pranav, Chenyi, Joaquin Perkins, Aksithi and Ashritha.|
|CalChess Girls Champion Sophia Li|
Indeed, three local girls won medals for their age at the North American Youth Chess Championships last weekend in Mexico City! Kudos to Ashritha Eswaran (silver in Girls-U12), her sister Aksithi Eswaran (bronze in Girls-U8) and Chenyi Zhao (silver in Girls-U10). Actually, the girls didn't take everything--here's a big cheer for Pranav Senthilkumar for earning the gold medal in Boys-U10!
Closer to home, the girls scored a collective hat trick at the Best of the West Championship on Memorial Day weekend. Out of six sections in this adult tournament, half ended with a middle school age lady on top! Congratulations to Audrey Zhao (Class B), reigning state girls champion Sophia Li (Class C) and Emily Zhu (U1400 section) for capturing clear first place, each a half point ahead of the boys!