Match of the Millennials pits USA vs. the World

7/26/2017 – Yet another interesting new event put on by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the Match of the Millennials sees eight young American players face off against some of the best juniors from around the world. World Junior Champion Jeffery Xiong leads the USA squad, and Haik Martirosyan from Armenia heads the World team.

Top Juniors Battle for $30,000

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL), in cooperation with the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF), the U.S. Chess Federation, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the FIDE Trainers’ Commission hosts the Match of the Millennials from July 26th through the 29th. Eight American players face eight of the best juniors from around the world.

Group photo

Juniors with Garry Kasparov (center) before the opening ceremony | Photo: CCSCSL Twitter

All games

 

Full commentary — Round 2


Results of round 1

Round 1 results

 

Full commentary — Round 1

GM Alejandro Ramirez, WGM Jennifer Shahade and GM Maurice Ashley

Garry Kasparov himself was on hand to watch the match kickoff, and later was interviewed by Maurice Ashley.

Kasparov interview


Opening Ceremony


Match format

The match has an unusual format and is played in two sections, but both a double round Scheveningen system tournament:

  • Team Under-17 — four boards with a substitute, consisting of players born on or after January 1st, 2000
  • Team Under-14 — four boards consisting of two Boys & two Girls born on or after January 1st, 2003 

The U17 Teams will be playing a total of eight games for each player — two rounds a day.

The U14 Teams will be playing a four round match — one game a day, for a total four games for each player, with boys playing boys and girls playing girls.

Board points are counted for the final standings. Each winning team of each section will be the first to score 16½ points out of the 32 games (U17) and 8½ points out of the 16 games (U14). In overall standings, the winning delegation will be the first to score 24½ points out of the 48 games. In case of a tie (section & overall) the match will be drawn. There will be a winning team (if any) in each section and an overall winner of both sections (if any).

Time Control: All games will be played by classical time control: 90 minutes for the entire game with a 30 seconds increment per move, starting from the first move (G/90+30" increment).

The winning team will receive $20,000, while the runner-up will receive $10,000. Prizes will be split evenly should the match end in a tie.

USA Team

Team

Name

FIDE Rating

Age

Home Country

Federation

U17

Jeffery Xiong

2642

17

U.S.A.

USA

U17

Sam Sevian

2633

16

U.S.A.

USA

U17

Ruifeng Li

2568

15

U.S.A.

USA

U17

John Michael Burke

2479

16

U.S.A.

USA

U17

Nicolas Checa

2415

15

U.S.A.

USA

U14

Awonder Liang

2536

14

U.S.A.

USA

U14

Andrew Hong

2334

12

U.S.A.

USA

U14

Carissa Yip

2261

13

U.S.A.

USA

U14

Martha Samadashvili   

2018

13

U.S.A.

USA

World Team

Team

Name

FIDE Rating

Age

Home Country

Federation

U17

Haik Martirosyan

2544

17

Armenia

ARM

U17

Andrey Esipenko

2523

15

Russia

RUS

U17

Aleksey Sarana

2510

17

Russia

RUS

U17

Anton Smirnov

2495

16

Australia

AUS

U17

Aryan Chopra

2491

16

India

IND

U14

Praggnanandhaa R. B.

2479

12

India

IND

U14

Nodirbek Abdusattorov

2467

13

Uzbekistan

UZB

U14

Bibisara Assaubayeva

2386

13

Russia

RUS

U14

Nurgyul Salimova

2332

14

Bulgaria

FIDE

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