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.

14 Northwest Juniors qualify for 2018 World Youth & Cadets!

Congratulations to the Northwest chess players who qualified for the 2018 World Youth & Cadets!

​The following local players have qualified for the World Youth (ages 12-18), which will be held in Halkidiki, Greece, October 19-31, 2018:
Open U18:
  • Roland Feng (WA)
  • Bryce Tiglon (WA)
Open U14:
  • Anthony He (WA)
Girls Under 16:
  • Naomi Bashkansky (WA)
Girls Under 14:
  • Minda Chen (WA)
  • Anne-Marie Velea (WA)
  • Sophie Tien (WA)
Here are the qualifiers for the World Cadets (ages 12 and below), which will be held in Galicia, Spain, November 3-16, 2018:
Open U12:
  • Jason Yu (WA)
  • Eric Zhang (WA)
Girls Under 12:
  • Stephanie Velea (WA)
  • Melina Li (WA)
Girls Under 10:
  • Sophie Velea (WA)
  • Zoey Tang (OR)
  • Abbie Wu (OR)

The full lists of US qualified players can be found at the following links:

World Youth

World Cadets