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1999 Pressman All-America Chess Team

Two Nevada Chess Players Earn Spots

Congratulations to Philip Wang (age 15, rating 2243) of Reno and Patrick Hummel (age 14, rating 2259) of Las Vegas on qualifying for the 1999 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:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   Contact: Eric C. Johnson
February 5, 1999                                        (914) 562-8350
Press Release #2 of 1999

                 TOP U.S. JUNIORS EARN PLACES ON 

The U.S. Chess Federation has announced the names of the junior players who have qualified 
for places on the 1999 Pressman All-America Chess Team.

The 38 players on this year's team have met age and rating criteria that place them in the 
top one percent of more than 41,000 of their fellow scholastic members.

The Pressman All-America Chess Team is sponsored each year by the Pressman Toy Corp., of 
New York, N.Y.  This year marks the seventh consecutive year of corporate sponsorship for 
the annual team contest.

Each team member will receive an official 1999 Pressman All-America Chess Team jacket, plus 
a special Certificate of Achievement.

Participation in the Pressman All-America Chess Team competition is open to all USCF members 
who meet age and rating eligibility criteria.  For more information about how to qualify for 
next year's team, check the USCF website at <>, or contact USCF 
Scholastic Director Beatriz Marinello through the USCF office in New Windsor, NY.

A complete list of current team members follows.

For more information about this and other chess events, contact Assistant Director Eric C. 
Johnson, U.S. Chess Federation, 3054 NYS Route 9W, New Windsor, NY  12553; 
Phone: (914) 562-8350; FAX: (914) 561-2437; World Wide Web: <>.


NAME                                     RATING              HOMETOWN

Age 18 Minimum rating 2400
Igor Shliperman                           2565               Rego Park, NY
Eugene Perelshteyn                        2495               Lynn, MA

Age 17 Minimum rating 2300
Jacob Chudnovsky                          2403               Mason, OH
Harutyun Akopyan                          2377               Los Angeles, CA
Justin Sarkar                             2331               Scarsdale, NY
Steven Winer                              2325               Burlington, VT

Age 16 Minimum rating 2250
Andrei Zaremba                            2322               Dearborn Heights, MI
Vladimir Miloslavsky                      2308               Brooklyn, NY
Andrew Wesley Whatley                     2284               Pike Road, AL
Stanislav Ritvin                          2281               Philadelphia, PA
Sean Nagle                                2267               Plymouth, MN

Age 15 Minimum rating 2200
Raymond Kaufman                           2257               Potomac, MD
David C. John                             2249               Houston, TX
Philip Wang                               2243               Reno, NV
Joan Santana                              2223               Teaneck, NK
Noah Siegel                               2216               New York, NY
William Surlow                            2207               Pittsburgh, PA
Daniel Thomas                             2203               Huntsville, AL

Age 14 Minimum rating 2150
Vinay Bhat                                2329               San Jose, CA
Patrick Hummel                            2259               Las Vegas, NV
Jordy Mont-Reynaud                        2250               Palo Alto, CA

Age 13 Minimum rating 2100
Dmitry Schneider                          2365               Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Daniel Fernandez                          2239               Coconut Creek, FL
A.J. Steigman                             2169               Coral Springs, FL
Matthew Traldi                            2167               Easton, PA
Matthew Hoekstra                          2151               Charlotte, NC
Samson Benen                              2149               New York, NY

Age 12 Minimum 2000
Asuka Nakamura                            2088               White Plains, NY
Brandon Burrows                           2080               Old Greenwich, CT
Aaron Pixton                              2067               Vestal, NY

Age 11 Minimum rating 1875
Joshua Friedel                            2157               Goffstown, NH
Jack Stolerman                            1946               Marblehead, MA
Ruixin Yang                               1926               Tallahassee, FL
Cory Evans                                1913               San Diego, CA
Adam Maltese                              1895               New York, NY

Age 10 Minimum rating 1750
Hikaru Nakamura                           2226               White Plains, NY

Age 9 Minimum rating 1650
Laura Ross                                1689               Forest Hills, NY

Age 8 & Under Minimum rating 1550
Noah Belcher                              1550               Bloomingburg, NY

Press release copyright 1999 by the U.S. Chess Federation