2022 Scholar-Chessplayer Awards Announced | US Chess.org


The United States Chess Federation (US Chess) and the US Chess Trust, two independent 501(c)(3) organizations, are pleased to announce seven winners of the 2022 Scholar-Chessplayer Awards. This includes winners of a new category , Scholastic Chess Ambassador, which recognizes lower rated but deserving chess scholars.

The Scholar-Chessplayer Awards recognize and encourage outstanding high school juniors and seniors who promote a positive image of chess, while excelling in academics and leadership. A total of $9,000 in scholarships is being awarded this year. Each recipient will receive $1,500, but since the Scholastic Chess Ambassador category ended in a tie, each Ambassador receives a $750 scholarship.

All Scholar-Chessplayer Awards are funded by the US Chess Trust (USCT), with a significant contribution from the National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF). USCT’s vision is that one day every American, from schoolboy to senior citizen, will have the opportunity to learn chess and enjoy its many mental and social benefits.

Thanks also to the members of the American Chess School Committee who reviewed and evaluated all applications.

2022 Scholar-Chessplayers

GM Andrew Hong: junior, Saratoga, Calif., 17

FM Robert Shlyakhtenkojunior, Los Angeles, California, 16

FM Vincent Tsay: junior, Manhasset, New York, 17

IM Justin Wang: junior, Katy, Texas, 16

Kevin Xu: junior, Overland Park, Kansas, 16

(left to right) GM Andrew Hong, FM Robert Shlyakhtenko, FM Vincent Tsay, MI Justin Wang, Kevin Xu

Scholastic Chess Ambassadors

Nikolaus Peter Garcia: senior, El Paso, Texas, 18

Madeline Libby Weber: senior, Mequon, Wisconsin, 18

(left to right) Nikolaus Garcia, Madeline Weber

To be eligible, applicants must be members of US Chess and meet the following requirements:

  1. Play at least 25 regularly ranked American or FIDE Chess games during the current academic year;
  2. Show outstanding academic and chess achievements (School Chess Ambassadors are not required to be highly rated);
  3. Have completed at least one year of chess-related community service since the start of the ninth grade;
  4. Describe in a 500-word essay how being selected as a 2022 Scholar-Chessplayer will enable the recipient to further their education, improve their chess, and continue contributing to the chess community.

Congratulations to all Scholar-Chessplayers 2022!

US Chess was on hand to capture the start of the awards ceremony at the 2022 National High School Championship in Memphis, TN.

For more information, please visit www.uschess.org, www.uschesstrust.org and www.nscfchess.org. The US Chess Trust is a separate 501(c)(3) organization operating independently of US Chess.


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