2001 Pressman All-America Chess Team

Two Nevada Chess Players Earn Spots

Congratulations to Philip Wang (age 17, rating 2325) of Reno and Patrick Hummel (age 16, rating 2410) of Las Vegas on qualifying for the 2001 Pressman All-America Chess Team sponsored by the Pressman Toy Corporation of New York, NY.

The complete text of the U.S. Chess Federation press release follows:


Jan. 25, 2001
Press Release #5 of 2001
Contact: Tom K. Brownscombe
(845) 562-8350, ext. 130


The U.S. Chess Federation has announced the names of the junior players who have qualified for the 2001 Pressman All-America Chess Team. The 25 players on this year’s team have met age and rating criteria that place them in the top one percent of more than 46,000 of their fellow scholastic and youth members.

The Pressman Toy Corp., of New York, N.Y, sponsors the Pressman All-America Chess Team each year. This year marks the ninth consecutive year of corporate sponsorship for the annual team contest. Each team member will receive an official 2001 Pressman All-America Chess Team jacket, plus a special Certificate of Achievement.

Age 17 Minimum rating 2300
David C. John 2332 Houston, TX
Philip Wang 2325 Reno, NV

Age 16 Minimum rating 2250
Vinay Bhat 2498 San Jose, CA
Patrick Hummel 2410 Las Vegas, NV

Age 15 Minimum rating 2200
Dmitry Schneider 2463 Hastings on Hudson, NY
Daniel Fernandez 2294 Coconut Creek, FL
A.J. Steigman 2284 Coral Springs, FL
Matthew Hoekstra 2280 Charlotte, NC
Samson Benen 2229 New York, NY

Age 14 Minimum rating 2150
Aaron Pixton 2320 Vestal, NY
Daniel Rensch 2245 Payson, AZ
Asuka Nakamura 2183 White Plains, NY

Age 13 Minimum rating 2100
Joshua Friedel 2152 Goffstown, NH
Ruixin Yang 2102 Tallahassee, FL

Age 12 Minimum rating 2000
Hikaru Nakamura 2300 White Plains, NY
Igor Schneider 2081 Hastings on Hudson, NY

Age 11 Minimum rating 1875
Noah Pang 1920 Cambridge, MA
Max Enkin 1909 Peabody, MA
Laura Ross 1907 Forest Hills, NY
Hana Itkis 1882 Fair Lawn, NJ

Age 10 Minimum rating 1750
Noah Belcher 1887 Bloomingburg, NY
Teddy Coleman 1760 Scarsdale, NY

Age 9 Minimum rating 1650
Aleksandr Dementiev 1653 Decatur, GA

Age 8 and Under rating 1550
Fabiano Caruana 1582 Brooklyn, NY
Michael Thaler 1558 New York, NY