The 2014 Class of Warren Junior Chess Scholars has been announced with 48 qualifiers, 32 in Grades K-8, 16 in High School.
Six are female, nine are from downstate. 15 have never been Scholars before, three are returning to the program after brief absences. 48 participants represents a leap from 37 qualifiers in 2013 and 36 in 2012.
According to Warren Director Pattie Zinski, "The Warren Junior program sponsors unique training and playing opportunities for its Scholars, including quarterly clinics, subsidies for select summer camps and invitational playing events."
Warren Scholars are selected based on national rankings on the USCF Top 100 lists published monthly. At the present time, program qualifiers must have been in the Top 35 of their age group on at least one list in the prior qualifying year, or achieved a certain minumum rating:
- For youth aged 9 and younger and for female players through age 18: USCF 1500,
- For youth through eighth grade, USCF 1700,
- For high school players through age 18, USCF 1900.
The qualifying year runs from March of the prior year through February of the selection year. In that final month (February), the Top 35 criteria is relaxed to Top 50.
Other than for those active on an interscholastic high school team, participants must also have played a minimum of ten USCF-rated games outside of scholastic competition at a regular time control in the qualifying year.
Zinski congratulates the incoming class and looks forward to their participation throughout 2014 and into early 2015.
|Scholar Name||Age||City||Scholar Name||High School / City|
|Aaron Gan (new)||7||Vernon Hills||Anshul Adve||University Lab School|
|Martin Stukan (new)||8||Buffalo Grove||Jimi Akintonde (returning)||Whitney Young, Chicago|
|Brian Gong (new)||9||Naperville||Joe Fennessey (new)||Marist, Chicago|
|Stefan Musikic||9||Chicago||Eli Goering (new)||Evanston Township|
|Aydin Turgut||9||Decatur||Caeley Harihara||Walter Payton, Chicago|
|Jason Daniels||10||Normal||Zachary Holecek||Loyola|
|Shreya Mangalam||10||South Barrington||Jonathan Hrach (returning)||Highland Park|
|David Peng||10||Wilmette||Jonathan Kogen||Deerfield|
|Advaith Prabu (new)||10||Bloomington||Nate Kranjc||Benet Academy|
|Ricky Wang (new)||10||Buffalo Grove||Spencer Lehmann||Barrington|
|Eddie Zhang (new)||10||Palatine||Gavin Mc Clanahan||Glenbrook South|
|Vincent Do||11||Rockford||Sam Schmakel||Whitney Young|
|Marissa Li (new)||11||Streamwood||Duncan Shepherd (new)||Lake Forest|
|Tej Rai (new)||11||Carol Stream||Penny Xu||Urbana|
|Jacob Furfine (new)||12||Wilmette||Tim Zhou (new)||Illinois Math & Science Academy|
|Hanson Hao||12||Bloomington||Max Zinski||Benet Academy|
|Miranda Liu||12||Buffalo Grove|
|Rishi Narayanan (new)||12||Hoffman Estates|
|Nicholas Bartochowski (new)||13||Palatine|
|Jack Curcio||13||Park Ridge|
|James Wei (returning)||13||Buffalo Grove|
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