|Shankland draws with Armenia's top board Levon Aronian at World Team.|
The USA National Team for chess is undergoing an extreme makeover, with youngsters replacing the old guard of the past decade. Just look at the USA Top 10 list. Start with two players near the pinnacle of the world rankings. Then ask Who's on Third? Add to the mix a talented new kid from Ukraine who officially changed federations in the past week. Now observe that 6 of the 10 are 25 years old or younger.
Indeed, the 2015 US champion Hikaru Nakamura can suddenly himself a veteran at the tender age of 27. Since former champion Gata Kamsky already announced his retirement from international play, and Alexander Onischuk cannot be far behind, it appears likely that the American squad at next year's Chess Olympiad will average under 25 years!
USA Top 10 - May FIDE Rating
- #4 Hikaru Nakamura 2799, age 27
- #7 Wesley So 2778, age 21
- #64 Ray Robson 2674, age 20
- #65 Gata Kamsky 2673, age 40
- #71 Alexander Onischuk 2662, age 39
- #91 Sam Shankland 2656, age 23
- #128 Yaroslav Zherebukh 2639, age 21
- #131 Alex Lenderman 2636, age 25
- #141 Varuzhan Akobian 2632, age 31
- #165 Daniel Naroditsky 2622, age 19
|Naroditsky in deep thought at World Team.|