Seven-year-old Aren Emrikian (1856) of Wilmette won the World Championship for players under age 8 earlier today!
The 2017 World Cadets Chess Championship, which began on August 22 in Poços de Caldas, Brazil, and just finished earlier today, had six sections: Open and Girls sections for players under 12, under 10, and under 8. USA players in general had fantastic results: read more about it at US Chess Online.
Aren took clear first in the Open Under 8 section, which drew 68 players from 28 nations, with 9 wins, 2 losses, and no draws, including a winning streak of five consecutive games against his strongest competitors.
Abhimanyu Mishra, also representing the USA, took the silver medal, and Battulga Tenuunbold of Mongolia took third. Other players in the top dozen represented India, Russia, China, England, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam: this title is a big deal!
We're particularly proud of our small contribution to Aren's success: he has played in twelve Chicago Chess Center events. His mother, Ani Emrikian, is the secretary of CCC's Board of Directors.
Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich tells me that another young Chicagoland player, Arthur Xu, took a silver medal in the Under 10 section! (More about Arthur later...)
In the meantime, please enjoy this selection of Aren's games.