Jason Yu becomes National Master

Congratulations to Jason Yu of Bellevue, Washington, who achieved a U.S. Chess rating of 2203 as a result of scoring 5 out of 9 points at the 2nd Annual Seattle Chess Classic, held at Seattle Chess Club August 15-19.  Along the way to the title, Jason scored a draw against GM Tarjan and wins against FM Ignacio Perez and LM Viktors Pupols.  Way to go Jason!!  Here is a link to the crosstable: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201808199902.2

Jason would like to thank all the coaches (WGM Elena Donaldson, IM Georgi Orlov, GM Emil Anka and GM Greg Serper) and people from the Seattle chess community that have helped him on his chess journey so far.

Velea Sisters & Team USA Golden at Pan-American Youth!


By Monica Olaru

Sophie Velea and Anne-Marie Velea won gold medals at girls under 10 and girls under 14 in 2018 Pan-American Chess Championship in Santiago, Chile.Anne-Marie received also the title of Woman FIDE Master and Sophie received again the title of Woman Candidate Master.

Both of them will represent USA as official representative at World Cadets in Spain and World Youth in Greece. Also they will represent USA at next 2019 Pan-American Chess Championship in Ecuador.

22 countries participated in this tournament.  Team USA got 1st place.